Carrying Guns – And Stuff
The adage “imitation is the greatest form of flattery” rings very true quite often in the gun/gear industry. It’s the nice way of saying someone stole my idea. If you take a look at the Maxpedition line created by Tim Tang, you’ll see his designs have been imitated quite often. I’ve found myself checking labels to verify certain products when I see them. Tim has been an innovator, so in turn — his designs have been copied for years.
I don’t recall what my first piece of Maxpedition gear was, but I did a little inventory of my gear and I currently have a older worn (notice I didn’t say worn out) range bag — I’m on the range weekly and this bag always makes the trip with me. The briefcase is for when I have to actually look professional when visiting clients. My Doppelduffel has made more trips than I can count, including one to South Africa. My Sitka Gearslinger is my EDC (everyday carry) bag, and also made the trip to South Africa. I like Tim’s work.
The briefcase doesn’t scream tactical but it has a secret compartment for concealing an extra handgun. I used it to carry some files and paperwork when in court to testify. On one occasion I forgot to let the deputies know there was a gun in as it went through the X-ray screeners. I got a really strange look from the deputy until he realized it was just me in a suit and tie.
The Sitka Gearslinger also has a hidden compartment for concealing an extra gun. This bag is the perfect size for day trips. Not too big so you overload it but not to small to be accused of carrying a man-purse. I’ve taken it to Disneyland a few times and it goes on all my road trips.
The latest piece of Maxpedition I’ve been using is the Jumbo EDC. I know it says for everyday carry, and I’m sure it would work great in this capacity, but I use mine on the range deck while teaching classes. I carry my personal blow-out kit, as well as a med kit for fixing boo-boos on the spot. I stow a blue demo gun, timer, multitool and my water bottle. There’s also a little pouch for my beef jerky snacks! My first training officer told me to never go hungry — so I don’t. And don’t forget, there’s a compartment for an extra gun too. My blue gun resides there, but a real gun could also fit. So, why did I say extra gun? I’m not a fan of off-body carry for my primary gun. I prefer to keep my gun on me and use the bag for my backup or spare. To arm one of my non-CCW friends if stuff hits the fan?
By Sammy Reese
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