As the days get cooler and shorter, your mind may be drifting to thoughts of the beautiful fall leaves, Halloween candy, the the warmth of Christmas get togethers with family and friends. Or, if you’re like me, thinking fondly of roast grouse, and less fondly of the arrival of that white stuff that constitutes a four-letter word in this household.
But are you also thinking about your safety? Well, believe it or not, that cold weather can be a good thing for you if you carry any kind of personal defense items (you do carry something, don’t you?). How so, you ask? Well, let me elaborate a bit.
First off, every item you carry, whether a cell phone, Glock, or a candy bar, has mass and takes up space. While I’m all for svelte summer wear, like tank tops and hot pants (okay, maybe I’d rather not see uncle Bubba showing off his new Spanx), you really can’t carry anything substantial with that kind of clothing and still expect it to be inconspicuous.
This causes many people to leave their pistol, pepper spray, or stun gun at home or in the car, and that, my friend, is not good for anyone. Except maybe for the bad guy hiding behind that bush, waiting for the chance to kick your kid and rape your dog. But don’t expect him to say ‘Thanks!’ when he’s done.
Other folks may choose to carry their weapon off body, in a purse, fanny pack, or sling bag. This is fine, and many prefer this method, but it isn’t for everyone or every situation.
I’m sure you’ve also noticed the strangely out of place wardrobe of some guy or gal, suspiciously reluctant to shed that vest or other heavy garment despite the warm weather, sweat beading on their faces and soaking their chest and neckline. To a keen eye, like that of an experienced criminal, this screams ‘Shoot me first!’
That is precisely where the cool weather of winter comes in handy. Now you can easily conceal that big ol’bottle of retina-searing bear spray, stun gun/flashlight combo, or a full size pistol or revolver under your cushy jacket or sweater. Heck, you could even toss on a bullet resistant vest and blame the extra bit of bulk on the holiday treats.
You can not only carry larger gear, you can also carry it in a more easily accessed rig. Maybe you typically carry your pistol in a belly band under your shirt. That’s a very convenient way to carry in warm weather, but it is certainly not as easy or fast to draw from that style holster as it is from a hip holster. Guess what? You can carry on your hip now that you’ll be wearing warm clothing.
But on a more serious note, your personal safety and that of your family is one of the most important considerations you can have, and you should make full use of every advantage. So go ahead, strap on that .45 and a couple spare mags. That’s what I’ll do. Or did I just have too much figgy pudding…