Last week, prior to the massacre in Orlando, I changed up my non-office concealed carry gear. I went from carrying a full-size 9mm handgun back to carrying a sub-compact 9mm S&W Shield, and added in a small trauma/1st aid kit to my belt, under my shirt. I weighed the benefits of having double the ammo on me with the P07 versus having a tourniquet and some Quikclot on me, and came down in favor of medical supplies. I have good friends who are really smart who suggest at least 30 rounds are the minimum ammo load to carry these days, but the 8+1 (plus another eight) in the Shield should be enough to get me to my home or to my car, where more things are there for my use (including more first aid gear). Also, I’m just as confident with my ability to make the shot with the Shield as I am with the bigger P07. I’ve shot the Shield in competition and I’ve trained with it as well. I know it works, and I know what I can do with it.
I decided to carry a trauma kit on me because “near me” is not “with me”. I’ve had first aid kits near me for quite some time now, but I decided to carry one on me because the 3-5 minutes it would take to retrieve a tourniquet from my car is also about as long as it would take for me or a loved out to bleed out from a gunshot wound.
To see how everything carried and how heavy it seemed, I carried all that gear on a walk in the hot Florida sun up and down the beach Saturday afternoon. Believe it or not, everything there concealed under an untucked white t-shirt, and I didn’t notice the weight all. More importantly, no one else noticed it, either. Mission accomplished.
Clockwise from lower left:
- Crossbreed Minituck.
- Gauze Pads.
- iPhone 6+ case to carry all the medical stuff.
- Antiseptic wipe and bandaids, because I have two young sons who get cuts and scrapes.
- Celox from the “Wound Seal Kit” I bought at Wally World.
- Nitrile gloves in a zip close bag.
- Six feet of electrical tape. I wanted to use duct tape for this kit, but the backing on the tape was too inflexible and it made the kit stand out when I carried it, so, electrical tape it is.
- SWAT-T tourniquet. There are probably better tourniquets out there, but I like how this one molds to your body when it’s carried, plus it can also serve as a pressure bandage, sling and a bunch of other things.
- S&W Shield 9mm. I upgraded it with an Apex trigger and Trijicon HD sights, and now I really like it.
- Ridge wallet.
- iPhone 6+.
- Coast HP1 Flashlight.
- Holster Works Mag Pouch.
- Spare magazines.
- SOG Mini Instinct.
- Pepper spray. I know good trainers who tell me to carry pepper spray, and good trainers who recommend other less lethal options. I chose to carry it.
- Fourteen rounds of 124 grain HST and two rounds of snake shot, because not all threats walk on two legs.