Off-body carry is a really bad idea. I suspect you already know that. But maybe you know someone who off-body carries. Or someone who’s thinking about concealed carry who doesn’t like the idea of carrying on-body. (Women are particularly prone to entertaining handbag carry.) If so, please share this video and post with them. OK, so, don’t off-body carry because . . .
1. Off-Body carry makes it hard to get to your gun
Presentation — bringing your gun to bear on the bad guy — is the reason most defensive gun uses end without a shot fired. Getting your gun on target quickly and efficiently also enables your best chance of winning a gunfight; the first combatant to land shots on target usually wins.
The hardest way to access you gun? From a bag. Yes, I know: there are handbags, satchels and the like designed for easy access, complete with bespoke gun pockets. But under stress, without any prior warning, getting your gat is going to be a bitch.
Not to mention the fact that bad guys like bags. The first thing you notice in an attack could well be the violent removal of your off-body carry bag. Then what?
The carry systems demonstrated above may seem slow, but they’re still better than undoing flaps and reaching into a bag for a gun. If nothing else you know exactly where your gun is at all times. Drawing may be a bit lengthy, but it’s predictable.
2. Off-body carry increases the risks of loss and theft
Ever lost your keys, wallet or bag? It happens. Can you imagine the stress of losing a briefcase, backpack or bag with a gun inside? If you live in a gun-unfriendly state, perhaps one with where reporting a lost or stolen firearm is mandatory, it will be a hassle on an epic scale.
Chances are a lost gun will be “donated” a bag to a potential perp. That’s not good, either. And as I mentioned above, bags are bad guy bait. Even if you maintain a watchful eye on your off-body receptacle, unless you handcuff it to your person, there will come a time when you’re not paying attention — and someone else will.
3. Off-body carry can lead to fatal “accidents”
Kids are curious. There are numerous examples of small children “finding” a gun in a bag and harming themselves or others. And don’t think your teenager won’t know where you keep your gun, should they decide to do something really, really stupid.
Obviously, all children in your care should be taught gun safety. I have no problem with parents providing well-trained, responsible minors access to a firearm. But there’s access and there’s access, and other people’s children are everywhere. You don’t want a “one in a million” oversight leading to tragedy.
There are dozens of on-body carry systems for hundreds of firearms, all of which provide quick and effective access to your gun, no matter what you’re wearing. Find one or two or three that suit and use them for concealed carry. And nothing else.