Making the decision to obtain a concealed carry permit means a lot more than packing a pistol. When deadly force is one of your choices, every other option should be played out before making the decision to draw and fire.
Every concealed carry holder should have a field kit and what goes into that kit should provide you with more options on the street.
Author Kevin Michalowski stresses the importance of a field kit in his article “What’s In Your Kit? Concealed Carry Means More Than Just a Gun” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“Now we can talk about concealed carry gear. What you carry every day is important. Sure, many of you strap on a pistol and call it good. And that is good, insofar that it is better than nothing.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
One of the most important items in your kit should be a small, high-intensity flashlight, especially if you’re frequently out during the evening. Nighttime and shadows can be used by an attack to hide themselves from your line of vision. Light takes away the element of surprise and may give you a few precious seconds to formulate a plan of action.
Extra ammunition is always a good idea. The premise of concealed carry is based on self-defense. Although the likelihood of being in an extended firefight is highly unlikely, it does happen and running out of ammo puts your ability to defend yourself near zero.
Another item that should not be left out of your kit is pepper spray. This highly effective irritant can immobilize an attacker for a brief period, allowing you to escape. It’s a viable option to deadly force and carries far fewer legal ramifications. Although laws vary from state to state, most states allow the use of pepper spray in cases of “imminent threat.”
Cell phones are a tool that just about everyone already carries everywhere they go. Some members of the concealed carry community may resist the technology, preferring to go “old school” but when it comes to self-preservation, it’s time to move into the 21st century. Obtaining a cell phone means acquiring a device that at least allows you to have 911 on speed dial.
These items are the basics and should not be considered all-encompassing. Naturally, many concealed carry practitioners need items specific to their circumstances. Individuals should assess their own situations and add items deemed necessary to increase the odds of surviving any attack.