What's your lockdown loadout?!
So, we’re all stuck at home. Sort of. At least for the time being. For some of you. Depending on what state and city you live in.
But whether you’re home by choice or necessity, you still need to prepare for what might happen: the unenviable potential break-in or home invasion. Criminals don't typically follow the law or stay-at-home orders, ya know! Instead, they’re on the hunt for easy victims. Which is why it’s always a good idea to carry at home, or at least have what you need within arm’s reach at all times.
That's why I make sure I have a fighting chance against any attacker at all times.
Here's my lockdown loadout:
Yep, we’ll start with the gun, the obvious line of defense. If you’re looking for compact concealed, the Glock 43 offers legendary Glock reliability in a 6+1 round configuration.
At just over six inches long and one inch wide, the G43 is easy to conceal, and it weighs only 20 ounces fully loaded, so it won’t bog down a holster or the pants it’s attached to. With a boatload of built-in safety features, the G43 is one of the safest guns on the market to carry and perfect for anyone's loadout.
And because Glocks in general and the G43, in particular, have been around so long now, accessories can be found pretty much anywhere, including a wide selection of IWB and OWB holsters to fit your personal carry style. Of course, you should always carry an extra mag in a mag pouch. Lucky for you, the G43 comes with two magazines.
Designed for ultra-comfortable concealed carry, the Hybrid MT2 (which stands for MiniTuck 2, as opposed to the original full-sized SuperTuck holsters for larger guns) combines soft yet strong leather in back with powder polished Kydex in front for great concealment. The “Tuck” part of the name comes from the belt clips that let you tuck your shirt back in after holstering your gun for a clean, dressed-up look. And the clips can be moved up and down to adjust the cant, too.
Are you one who likes to mess with retention? No problem! Adjust all you want just by tightening and loosening the seven mounting screws on the Kydex shell for a totally custom fit.
If your loadout doesn't include a knife, you're missing out. The unassuming-looking Kershaw Shuffle DIY Knife 8720 has some features you hardly ever find on a folding blade, much less one at this price. It starts with a 2.4-inch that’s not too big to carry yet big enough to do the job, whatever that job is.
The 8Cr13MoV steel with black-oxide coating prevents rust and offers superior strength for a wide range of uses. Now, every knife has a blade, right? It’s kinda what makes it a knife. But how many knives do you know that double as multi-tools?
I don’t mean a multi-tool that has a knife as one of its multi-tools. The other way around, where the knife is the star of the show. With the knife safely folded away, you can grab one of the two screwdriver heads and insert it into the hex sleeve and use the handle as a driver grip to fix small items, a clever way to take advantage of previously unused space on the opposite side of the handle from the highly-useful clip.
You have to see the threat to know the threat and how to handle it. The 1,000-lumen Streamlight PROTAC Flashlight lights up the night so you can quickly assess what’s going on. At just over 7 inches long, this handy light fits comfortably into a pocket or hang it on the edge with the included clip. Grab and go to light up your target.
Don’t need it on so bright? The TEN-TAP light multifunction push-button tail switch clicks to three programmable settings: high/strobe/low, high only, and low/medium/high. All these lumens are powered by our choice of a pair of Lithium 123s or Streamlight’s SL-B26™ protected Li-Ion USB rechargeable battery pack that fully charges in just 7 hours.
No matter what, where, or how you're carrying, let us know what your lockdown loadout is in the comments below. We want to hear from you!
David Workman is an avid gun guy and a contributing writer to several major gun publications. In addition to being an NRA-certified RSO, David trains new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as you possibly can. “Real life shootouts don’t happen at a box range.”
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