I had a renewed interest to take a look at what I was carrying, and how I was carrying when I picked up a Raven Concealment/MTDS ModuLoader Pocket Shield while attending Paul-E-Palooza 2014 in Middle-no-fucking-where, OH.
The event itself was a smorgasbord of topics ranging from physical fitness to using a .22 as a defensive firearm in the home, and quite interesting. The interdisciplinary collaboration was refreshing, and really captured Paul Gomez’s spirit as a super-connector of some of the most interesting instructors we may know today.
In any case, when I returned from Ohio, I initially put the Pocket Shield aside in a pile: Things I will look at later.
It wasn’t until late November I started to play around with it.
A majority of my day is spent at an office with dress trousers, shirt, and jacket. I usually carry the P3AT in the right, and an assortment of crap in my left: phone, wallet, extra magazine. In the back right pocket is a Leatherman Skeletool which is the only clip someone might see. I used to carry a Preon 2 in the left pocket, but I kept activating the light. I used to just carry the light in my bag.
Eventually, I finally sat down to determine how I would use the Pocket Shield to resolve a few issues. The Pocket Shield is one of those things you don’t think will help, but it does. Below is a photo of the Flowfold wallet, Preon 1, iPhone 5s, Hedley pocket magazine pouch, and a Spyderco P’Kal.
I made an attempt at making a smaller magazine pouch that worked moderately well. It’s certainly not as low profile as the Blue Force Ten-Speed magazine pouch, but it doesn’t swallow the tiny .380 ACP magazine either.
I after some testing here and there, I ended up with the configuration in my left pocket below. I can’t carry my personal phone in the same pocket without it being too conspicuous, so that will stay in the jacket for now.
Otherwise, I can carry more what I want in an organized manner in a non-permissive environment.
On other days, the Blue Force Ten-Speed magazine pouch for the Kahr PM9 worked well, too.
However, I ended up with the magazine pouch threaded horizontally on a 1.5″ belt. Photographed below is a Dale Fricke Jonathan Deep Concealment AWIB holster. In my left pocket is the Pocket Shield, which also works well with jeans sans obvious pocket clips. Concerning the magazine pouch, I prefer this set up over the Joab.
I’ll eventually play with Kydex to discover what may, or may not increase capacity/configuration. Dark Star Gear makes a pretty cool holster for the Pocket Shield if you’re interested. VinjaBond and MTDS have some great photos of various setups.