I have little regard for tradition when it comes to winning a fight, or training to do so. Take traditional concealed carry. Much of the common held thought involves a strong side holster with off-side ammo pouches, carried on a heavy leather belt (or Nylon Tactical Belt) hidden under a photographer's vest.

Such attire, while technically legal (the gun IS covered), is hiding nothing. Understand that there is definitely a tactical reason to hide the gun far and above the legal requirement to do so. The legal requirements are tactically uninteresting, we want to know the combat reasons why its important.

Simply speaking, popular CCW attire marks you as gun carrier, and an adversary seeking to dominate an environment that you occupy will simply shoot you first. Consider a bank or other high profile location. Bad guys come in and look around. There, standing in the midst of a bunch of Gucci wearing latte swilling yuppies are you, bedecked in your Royal Robbins Tuxedo, Wilderness Black Tactical Belt, NRA Cap, and GSG9 boots, with that tell-tale Surefire lanyard dangling beneath the vest.

Open-carry-toolsWho do you think will bear the brunt of their "example making" today?

A surprise attack on your part is much better than a forced reaction to their attack don't you think?
How do we help insure that?  Simply be low profile. Before you step out the house give yourself the once over in the mirror. Do you look like a regular guy on his way to run errands in town, or do you look like an extra from the show "The Unit"?

Another issue is the draw. Much of the training involving the defensive application of the handgun has involved keeping it in the holster until the very last minute and then explosively drawing and shooting. That's fine on a shooting range when drilling school drills for proficiency, but how tactically sound is this when it is your only method of access and you find yourself in the middle of a robbery-soon-to-be-mass-killing?

The human eye is drawn to quick movement, and while your lighting draw may get one or at best two, if there's a third bad guy things will become difficult very quickly. Perhaps a better solution in some cases is the surreptitious draw. My studies indicate that many old-time gunfighters practiced subtle methods of getting the gun into the hand in a very low key and unobtrusive manner.

Fairbairn, I understand, actually spent time learning sleight of hand tricks to enable him to produce a pistol like a rabbit out of a hat. We may not need to go that far, but some time spent on deploying the gun s-l-o-w-l-y and hidden from the eyes of the enemy may pay off big dividends one day.

This can be done on the range by turning the body away from the target so the body mass hides the action of drawing. Similarly, anything carried in the hands can aid the hidden draw like a newspaper, a carried coat or other articles. Practice carefully and with an open mind.

Give these things some thought and consideration brothers.