I have been quite busy of late and have been completely remiss on my weekly Tacticool Tuesday posts. Not trying to show the community what a lazy guy I really am, but when I spent a few moments to make my rounds with the "go-to" blogs, I realized that there are several posts over at Mason Dixon Tactical that were absolute gold and needed to get pushed out over here.
I know there is a lot of cross-over between the two blogs so forgive me if this is old news to you. If it is, then go read it again until it sinks in.
Choosing Your Survivalist Weapons Battery
Questions To Ask When Upgrading Your Gear
And the equipment posts he referenced from Bushbeater:
Identifying Equipment Requirements
Shows you how much I pay attention to other blogs, but I must confess my ignorance to the Bushbeater blog. It certainly looks like there is a ton of good info and well worth your time.
A concealable pistol is an important consideration, but in a TEOTWAWKI situation, it would be logical to discard any notions of fashion that make a full-sized pistol difficult to conceal (or access). Still, since you do probably want a concealable pistol up until TEOTWAWKI, I'm not saying you shouldn't have one.
I'll reiterate this point for all the other equipment mentioned. In a TEOTWAWKI scenario, your outerwear should create a great deal of uncertainty as to the value and capabilities it might hide (and possibly serve as most of the necessary material for an expedient shelter). This also has a certain tactical value against aimed shots from a distance. And of course being able to fit a dozen layers of clothing inside of your outerwear has proven survival value independent of hiding your gear.
Not saying you can't wear fashionable clothes and well-organized gear under your outer layer, of course. Just that your former CCW and some of your extra load might be feasibly carried by someone who has less of a direct combat role than you've prepared yourself to fill.
Chiu -- I think the point with a concealable pistol is that it has other common attributes beyond concealment -- it's both lighter and easier to find a place for -- You can drop it in a pocket holster, put it on an ankle (something practically impossible for a full size pistol), or just save a few precious MOLLE rows on the holster.
Let's face it -- you want it on your person all the time before and after the SHTF. The same weight and convenience issues are going to apply to both situations. If it is heavy, bulky, and worst of all, pokes you in the side the entire time you are digging out a fighting position, the temptation is going to be real to shed your excess gear and put it "right there" while you are doing that work. If the pistol is convenient enough, you'll keep it on you even then, and it might be the difference between you getting to your gear right there, or not.
It's easier to remove temptation with careful gear selection than to rely on yourself to gut through it when you are in the middle of the highest stress in your life. We do dumb things when we are exhausted and sleep deprived. Make the right choice now when you aren't.
If the stuff you got works, DON'T FIX IT.
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