You carry concealed: pistol, holster, mag pouch, extra mags, weapon light. You carry every day without fail and train so that you can hit what you’re aiming at should the situation require it.
I maintain that this is not enough.
Your EDC rig is a complement of components that you HAVE to know how to run and manipulate given any circumstance and under all sorts of conditions. Ideally this means:
- Knowing without a doubt—without thinking—what condition your weapon is in at every given moment should you have to draw and engage (Should never vary. Ever.)
- Ability for immediate draw from concealment and first shot(s) on vital target in less than 2 seconds (less than 1 is better)
- Ability to exchange magazines (reload) and fire accurately again in under 2 seconds
- Doing all of this after your strong (or weak) arm has been incapacitated
- Ability to manage your weapon light and place rounds on vital target under duress in darkness while maintaining tactical advantage
- Ability to immediately manage any malfunction and get back into the fight in under 2 seconds: one-handed or two handed
- Ability to hit small targets (eyes & nose) at 25 yards quickly (less than 2 seconds is best)
- Ability to do all of this while running oblique towards or away from your target, while being shot at, while seeking or from behind cover
- Knowing what your holster feels like when there is the slightest obstruction while re-holstering
The times referenced here are optimal. They’re what you should work toward. Regardless of the strict times, If you cannot do these things like a boss, you need more training from qualified instructors and heaps and gobs of practice. Continually.
Or what was it you thought you were doing, carrying a gun?
Harsh? Not near as harsh as what’ll happen if you’re ever required to depend on these skills you in no way possess.
If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, hit me up and I’ll try and direct you toward proper resources to set you on the right path. Happy to help!