Sites like The Truth About Guns often like to talk about home carry but don’t often go into the challenges surrounding it.
- Complacency and Routine
- Our home is our castle. Ideally, it is where we go to unwind and relax.
- Our guard is lowered
- Securing the Gun from Unauthorized Access
- Sweat pants are not conducive to safely carrying a gun.
Think deployment before equipment!
- Get a solid home defense plan in place and put it into practice!
- Do you “lock your damn doors” routinely?
- Does your house routinely look occupied?
- Are your lights on?
- Are your hedges trimmed?
- Do you have an immediate action drill planned and practiced for yourself and your loved ones in the event of a home invasion?
- Do you have a designated safe room?
- Do you have any medical supplies?
- To treat yourself or a loved one
- Do you have items staged in your safe room?
- Do you have blowout kits staged around your house?
Building one version of a Home Carry Kit
You are going to need the following:
- Fanny Pack or Holster Rig
- Fanny packs are certainly not the best option for carrying outside the home but their ease of wearing does counteract the issue of immediate access and complacency.
- Combat Application Tourniquet, C-A-T (Improved Version)
- QuickClot Combat Gauze (Z-Fold) or QuikClot Advanced Clotting Gauze, 3 Inch x 24 Inch, 0.085 Pound
- IDF Israeli Army Dressing / Bandage
- Note: There are better bandages out there but this one is usable and compact enough to fit in a fanny pack at the same time.
- You can keep larger bandages in blowout Kits staged around your house.
- Nitrile Gloves
- Columbia River Knife & Tool CRKT 6773Z Crawford Kasper Blade Knife or any other good folding knife.
- This will be the heaviest item in a relatively light kit (even with the medical items!)
Fanny packs are not an ideal method of carry BUT they mitigate the issue of comfort by making it as comfortable as possible to carry.
The late Paul Gomez provides an excellent demonstration of how to properly deploy a fanny pack.
Thank you to the following folks for the ideas that contributed to this article.