We’ve all heard THAT one before, haven’t we? (And if you’ve said it yourself, welcome to the blog, you must be new here…). I simply cannot comprehend the logic there: There have been two times in the past five years when I’ve felt like I needed a gun: When my family was in St. Louis the night of the Ferguson riots, and when I accompanied a friend to buy some woodworking tools for cash off of Craigslist. It makes sense to go armed if you’re carrying several hundred dollars in cash and you’re meeting a stranger or if a mob pops up twenty miles away. Other than that, however, I avoid places and people that make me feel like I “need a gun”. People who say such things don’t own guns, they own talismans of self-protection, and they are hoping that the warm feelings of having a gun nearby will somehow make the bad guys go away.
The bad guys, who are unaware as to how sympathetic magic works, ignore such desires and attack you anyways.
I live in a quiet subdivision outside of a quiet town in Southwest Florida: It’s like Mayberry, but with Catholics instead of Southern Baptists. The other day, I walked to our local grocery store (just over a mile, round trip), and I had all of this on my person. Was I expecting trouble? No. Could a stray dog or something else have ruined the tranquility of my walk and presented a danger to me? Yes. I live on the edge of the Everglades, and Florida panthers (the felines, not the hockey team) and black bears have been spotted near my house (and we won’t even begin to talk about the gators or snakes). If something like this can happen to the sitting governor of Texas, it can happen to me.
Clockwise from upper left:
- Pepper spray
- CRKT Pazoda II
- Leatherman PS
- KelTec P3AT w/Crimson Trace laser
- EAA ABDO Holster (more on that below)
- iPhone 6+
- Carabiner and key ring (to use with this trick)
- Photon II flashlight
- 14 rounds of Hornady XTP Custom .380
- ThruNite TI4 Flashlight
The ABDO is an interesting beast. I have it as part of a review for Shooting Illustrated, and it’s rapidly turning into a useful thing for those “I just need to pop out and get the mail” moments when you don’t need to carry a week’s worth of MRE’s on you because you’ll be within walking distance of your home. I use it because I hate pocket-carrying with jeans, and the darn thing is surprisingly quick on the draw.I’ve got a full review of it up on Shooting Illustrated’s website, go check it out.
All of that easily fits into my pockets and on my belt, and yet it still covers all the bases of less-lethal, knife, flashlight, medical gear, ammo and gun that we should be carrying around everyday.
Think you should carry “Only when you need it”? Carry first, worry about the need later.