As readers of concealednation.org and/or activeresponsetraining.net may know, Concealed Nation has a regular feature they call “Dig the Rig”. Generally if there’s something glaringly bad, Greg over at Active Response Training covers it. Since he hasn’t yet touched this one, I thought I would.
THE INITIAL EQUIPMENT
On July 18, 2017 Concealed Nation posted the carry arrangement of an individual named “Philip”. It can be found here. On the surface, it didn’t seem so bad. But you know how some people seem ok until they open their mouths? This was sort of ok until you read his explanation. Well that is, if you just glanced at the picture. If you started to scrutinize the picture, then you might find yourself thinking “wtf?” as you perform your best imitation of the RCA dog. “Philip” says he graduated the police academy but isn’t employed in law enforcement. Consider that as you read on. After that, the next thought that comes to mind is that there is no damn way this is being carrying concealed.
First up, his pistol around all of this is based. The pistol itself is a sound option in the form of a Sig P229. The Sig P229 is, by all accounts, and excellent gun.
And then there’s the holster, a BLACKHAWK! Serpa holster. I’m not going to go into the issues with that holster in this post. The issues are documented and can be found without much problem. Suffice to say, if you spend Sig money on a gun, one should get a good holster.
The knife is listed as a Benchmade N680. Nothing wrong with Benchmade’s knives however, I do believe he has confused the blade steel with the model number. He also says it has a “Goat’s Head blade”. I suspect he means “Sheep’s Foot” as that is how Benchmade describes it. Additionally he lists a Leatherman tool, again, I see no issue with the hardware itself.
I still don’t understand the red Sharpie. I figure a decent ball point pen or pencil does the job.
“Philip” also list pepper spray which isn’t a bad idea as many bad situations don’t warrant the use of lethal force.
He actually carries two spare magazines. Good for him. Both magazines are loaded with an ok hollow point.
AND IT GOES SIDEWAYS…
The first true wtf moment comes when you spot the handcuffs and then read his explanation:
During the time that DO NOT NEED THEM; when seen by non carriers (or potential perpetrators), they send an unconscious (and open) message to those that see you that you are not a threat to them or the law abiding general public without have to say a single word of explanation.
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I see someone that is carrying cuffs and doesn’t have any sort of LE or security identifier on them (say an actual badge for LE), this person is immediately suspect to me. I tend to view them as possibly not that mentally stable.
Also, application of handcuffs requires making physical contact with the potential threat. Something that generally isn’t advisable for someone that’s a concealed carrier. Say nothing of possibly opening oneself up to other legal implications.
“Philip” also states that he alternates ammunition in his gun by starting with a Glaser “fragmenting” round in the chamber. He follows that with two more Glasers and then alternates with rounds of “Winchester Critical Defense” Ammunition. Let me pause for a moment here and point out that Hornady makes Critical Defense, not Winchester and if you can’t keep that part straight, I start to get skeptical. That aside, he follows repeats this order about 3 times. After that, he states that the last five rounds in the magazine are Critical Defense.
Now, his reasoning is that “most gunfights occur at distances of 10 to 5 feet away. At those distances, the Glaser is very effective with proper shot placement while significantly reducing the risks associated with a shoot-thru or a complete miss altogether”. First, he has chosen ammunition with a relatively spotty history of effectiveness and essentially betting that if he ever has an encounter, it will be within the realm of averages rather than a statistical outlier. It is interesting what Tom Givens briefly mentions in his recent article in American Handgunner.
Let’s now look at his choice of flashlight. I’m not sure exactly which Stinger he is carrying but it’s likely about 8 inches in length. Eight. Inches. Of. Flashlight. WTF?
STILL MORE WTF
Now, I’m not sure if “Philip” carries a phone or not though it would be odd if he didn’t. Many phones have a record function for voice memos and such. So why on earth carry a micro cassette recorder? Oh look, he can reload it! Anyway, it’s one more thing that is odd.
Conspicuously absent is any sort of first aid equipment. No tourniquet, no Band-Aids, no nothing.
HOW I WOULD FIX IT
- Ditch the recorder.
- Find a smaller light. Streamlight has several options.
- Find a more suitable holster. In the unlikely even I was opting for open carry, I’d take a serious look at one of Safariland’s security holsters. For concealed carry, there are tons of options.
- Ditch the hand cuffs. No good need for them.
- Add a tourniquet, some Celox Gauze, and a small first aid kit.
- Add a ball point pen.
So there you have my assessment of this train wreck. I’m sure I left plenty out. This is just what jumped out at me. Do you have any thoughts? Feel free to leave them in the comments.