Now first up I’ll say I urge everybody to work to carry the most guns and ammo on them as is comfortable and convenient. Nobody has ever wish they had brought LESS guns or ammo to a gun fight, and its certainly possible to have too little gun to get the job done.
That being said read Nancy’s GRAND SLAM post on “Better than Nothing”. If you decide that you only have “enough gun” by carrying a Glock 17, 3 33 round G18 mags, and two backup guns, unless you dress in a unique way there are going to be LOTS of times when you will NOT be able to carry that way.
Also there will be times when you will have to leave your home unexpectedly or quickly.
My daily carry is a 1911 in a shoulder holster with two spare mags. Still if that rig was my ONLY carry option there would be a LOT of times I just wouldn’t carry.
I still like the analogy of “getting a pack of smokes”. If you’re a non-smoker think hitting the all-night pharmacy for some medicine for a late-night illness, or maybe a friend or child needing a late-night ride home. But there is an instance when somebody might have to leave their home when they thought they might be bedded down for the night. Think of where you might be going to. A Convenient store (AKA Stop-and-Rob) or a Drug Store (Were they sell prescription meds that have a high street value), or driving somewhere (cars do break down).
These are LOUSY situations to not have a gun.
Another thing popped into my mind. Who hasn’t overslept when they needed to get to work? If you leave fast without grabbing your gun it’ll be ALL DAY before you’re home again.
All of these instances don’t leave you a ton of time, or desire for that matter, to gun up with your gun, your spare ammo, holster, belts, concealment garments, etc etc.
If you don’t have a Grab-and-Go gun and holster combo, you may leave without a gun, and if you encounter danger you won’t have a gun when you need one. You’re SOL.
The old saying has a LOT of weight, a .22 or .25 in your pocket beats a .44 or .45 back home in your gun safe. There’s something to be said about small pocket guns, they aren’t great guns, they aren’t very powerful, but you can quickly load and pocket a gun. One of these with you is better than you with nothing at all!
And of course while we say “Better than Nothing” its fun to come up with ways to maximize your “better than nothing”.
I went from a 5-shot .38 Special as my primary pocket gun to a 5+1 .45 ACP, and now I’m planning on seeing how often I can incorporate the Remora double mag carrier filled with 7-round magazines (the biggest .45 mags Kahr makes…if they make 8s I’ll buy those too!) so rather than just having 5 rounds of .38 Sp, I’ll have 20 rounds of .45 ACP.
Maybe you can stick a Glock 26 into a pocket or a Remora holster, and a G19 or G17 mag in a pocket. That would be 26 or 29 rounds of 9×19 with just one subcompact gun and ONE spare magazine!
If a rig isn’t comfortable and convenient you just won’t carry all the time, and having just one carry method is going to impose limitations. Still see how much gun you can make comfortable and convenient.
Isn’t your life, and the lives of your loved ones worth it?
This phrase came up with the review of the Remora Holster which requires no belt, no adjusting clips or loops, just tuck it into your waistband and pull your shirt over it and you’re done.