I’m just finishing up an advanced class with a solid group of folks. It was a great class and the focus was on concealment and maintaining a low profile. This is a program that we have worked up for some clients who need to work overseas armed and it is applicable to anyone who is carrying concealed. In working up to the class we put out the gear list, which asked for at a minimum two different holster options. In other classes we usually get the folks who respond back with I’m really happy with whatever holster option. My response is great, now have a Plan B.
The mistake folks make is thinking that Plan A will solve all their problems. It goes back to if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like nail. I think it is very important folks think outside the box and realize that a change in clothing requirements, weather conditions or threat level can affect how you carry concealed. What ends up happening is folks push their only option and find out it does a suboptimal job. What does that really mean, it means comfort. If you are not comfortable then you will find yourself cuing folks into the fact you are armed through subtle gestures.
As we progressed through the class we required the students to work with their Plan B. As it turned out a couple of folks figured out that their Plan B worked out better than their Plan A. Others realized that their Plan A didn’t work out too well during certain drills forcing them to reconsider all together.
There are several things that look good on paper or the internet, but until you have worked through various contingencies you don’t know. Bottom line; you don’t know what you don’t know so prudence demands you have a Plan B.
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