American Rifleman - December 2013 - 70

OFF-BODY CARRY

DAILY CONCEALMENT
Galco's Hidden Agenda (1.),
also shown on the opening
spread of this story holding a
.45 ACP Springfield XD-S and
a spare magazine, measures
just 9½"x7"x2½" and is
available in several colors and
leather types. Blackhawk's Belt
Pouch Holster (2.) is a simple
affair with belt loops and one
separate compartment for a
spare magazine. Uncle Mike's
PDA Holster (3.) clips to the
belt and resembles the cases
used for various personal
digital assistants. The Sneaky
Pete holster (4.) looks like a
cell phone or tablet holder.

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Of course, carrying a bag or a
briefcase around with you all day
once you're at the office or your
place of business isn't always possible. There, a portfolio or a day
planner/calendar might be a better
choice, but, once again, you need to
think things through. In our constantly evolving electronic society,
more and more people rely on the
calendars stored in and synchronized between their laptops, tablets
and smart phones. So in some
working environments, a handheld
appointment book-something so
common everywhere just 10 years
ago-would look as out of place
today as some of those older-style
waist packs I described earlier.
Therefore, need and environment
must both be examined before you
settle on an appropriate design.
As much as I find myself using
an electronic device these days, I
still use a "real" notepad for jotting
down certain things and for roughing out sketches of the projects I'm
working on. As such, something like
Galco's Hidden Agenda works very
well for both those tasks and carrying a gun-something that most
of its competitors' models don't
do-when I am working somewhere
that my activities or mode of dress
won't allow me to position a gun on
my body.
I have designed purses suitable
for concealed carry for others, and
I teach with them regularly. They
too, are something that has seen
tremendous advancements in recent
years. Traditionally, they were dated,
often unattractive and not always
functional. Today, the better ones
are well designed in terms of both
appearance and performance.
Galco's full line of designer purses
reflects the sense of style and
penchant for detail that has been its
hallmark for decades. But relative
newcomers such as Woolstenhulme
and Gun Tote'n Mamas are doing a
great job with purses as well. And
products found on websites such as
theconcealmentshop.com show
that others, too, are advancing the
state of the art in terms of purses

suitable for carrying firearms.
Not everybody is looking to
conceal only a handgun in an offbody manner. Some people also
have a need to carry or transport
a long gun in a similarly discreet
way. Traditionally, however, the
design of long-gun cases left little
to an observer's imagination. Even
the so-called "discreet" rifle and
shotgun cases were almost as obvious as the time-honored leather
and canvas shotgun slips of our
duck-hunting forefathers.
Blackhawk's "Diversion" line
not only includes a number of long
gun cases that nicely fit into the
Backpack, Daypack and Courier
Bag categories we've already
discussed but also includes
its Racquet Bag, a wonderfully
misleading design that has two
full-length internal compartments,
each capable of accommodating
a firearm (or a broken-down AR
platform) up to 29" long. And with
an eye toward newer and more
contemporary ways of hiding
in plain sight, the company also
offers a very common-looking but
well-constructed Board Pack that
is completely at home in a number
of environments. That design and
Blackhawk's gym-inspired Workout
Bag are also great ways of carrying
your firearms to and from the car
without revealing to passersby that
you are transporting firearms.
Obviously there is a lot to think
about regarding ways to carry a
firearm with you when it cannot be
attached to, or concealed upon, the
body. The methods of doing so can
be quite varied. But there are two
traits they all share that you must
always be aware of.
One is that your method of
carrying a firearm-the tool upon
which you might base the defense
of your life-could become the
reason that you need such a
defense. That briefcase, purse or
backpack could be why someone
singles you out, not just for robbery, but perhaps for something
worse. And now the gun you are
carrying to save your life could be


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