I’ve been using the Raven Concealment ModuLoader Pocket Shield mounting system designed by Chris Fry (MDTS) for almost a year now. For quite some time I just carried the mid-sized TDI KA-BAR knife on it. About a month ago I added a custom made Kydex sheath made by Hawaiian Punch Industries for my ASP Key Defender OC spray.
This is an update on the Pocket Shield, as well as my current thoughts on the pros and cons of adding a second self defense tool to the setup. If you are unfamiliar with the PocketShield, you may want to read my review first.
I kept my ASP Key Defender in the same pocket as my PocketShield / TDI knife. As you can imagine, the cannister moved around in my pocket throughout the day. It was still better than nothing, as the knife was always in a reliable position / orientation, but I knew this was not ideal.
If you intend on using the PocketShield with just one tool on it, I recommend that you practice with it so you can get comfortable with the draw and settle on where you mount your tool. A little angle or height may make a huge difference.
I also strongly recommend a very vigorous drawstroke. The PocketShield stays inside the pocket when you perform a quick, decisive draw. The PocketShield had a much greater chance of coming out of my pocket when I drew slowly.
I have had limited success accessing the TDI during a clinch. This is due to my posture (knees slightly to very bent, ass out, pushing into or around an opponent) and not due to the PocketShield design. Exertion in the lower legs also collapses pocket openings and makes it hard for hands to go into. I encourage you to try this at home with your training partners, especially if you have to put your hand all the way into your pocket to access a tool.
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