As a gear addict myself, currently a recovering twelve stepper, I have had issues in the past with having too much gear, with having a piece of gear for every possible task or contingency. There is a line that needs to be drawn, and I’ve accepted that; however my love for gear still burns strong, and I am sure that it shows.

There is a phenomenon that exists among all types of heavy-hitters, from police to military to private security, etc.  Rookie cops have a fully stocked “bat belt” while those about to retire have department minimum on their waist. Boots spend their paycheck at the tactical shops in town while the old salts have slick body armor with the bare essentials on an LBV and only carry it when needed. Similarly, I have found myself ditch some weight since I started working in protective services. Here are some things that are worth their weight.

For most tasks, I wear business attire while on-the-job which affords me the option to wear an OWB and keep my jacket on or I have to use a tuck-able IWB, either of which is most commonly held by a DeSantis EconoBelt. I prefer the IWB method of carry as it affords the option of dropping the jacket if I need to without worrying about concealment. Depending on a number of things, I either have a Glock 19 or Kahr P9, both of which ride in their respective Precision Holsters Ultra Carry Elite. A very well made and versatile holster, it allows me to conceal in comfort without worrying about any common issues with holsters such as printing, retention, irritation, balance, etc. The holster performs as it should, as you’d expect it to, plain and simple.


My weapons are mostly unaltered, except for night sights in which I prefer the TCAP sights by Ameriglo. This is largely due to my preference for a black rear sight and a stand-out front sight bright enough for quick acquisition yet thin enough for precision work. The Glock also has some trigger guard modifications which make a big difference on the achievable height of your fingers as they wrap around the grip.  The Kahr has some grip tape which was cutout to match the existing texture.


One of the main components of my EDC is a med kit. (small pouch shown above) I put together the most appropriate pieces of an on-body med-kit in a covert, compact package which has been validated by the purchase and use of over 100+ other practitioners who have given feedback on the use one of my kits.

“We are at war…adapt.”  Art Dorst