A lot of people think off-body carry is a bad idea.
They point out that you might not have the gun when you need it.
Never carry a gun unless it's on your person, they caution.
Carrying in a bag or purse could get you killed, they warn.
So are they right?
I talked to firearms expert Omari Broussard about off-body carry.
He told me there are certain things you have to do to make off-body carry work for you.
Here is a summary of what he had to say.
Will Off Body Carry Get You Killed In A Real Gun-Fight?
If you're going to make off-body carry work, you have to be able to get to your gun when you need it.
You also have to be able to deploy that gun to deliver potentially lethal force.
This is serious business.
It means you have to take a principle-based approach.
Let's cover three of those principles now:
1. Your Bag Is Your Holster
Treat your bag like a holster, because it is one.
Just tossing your firearm in any old messenger bag or even a briefcase isn't good enough.
Yes, you've got a gun with you.
But can you get to it when you need it?
Your bag, as a holster, should have a sturdy, dedicated pocket for the gun.
Nothing else should be kept in that pocket.
It should cover the trigger guard completely.
The same principles that apply to good concealed carry holsters apply here.
If a holster with the same qualities would be junk, a bag with those qualities can't be trusted.
2. Your Bag Must Be Mobile
A bag that is too heavy or too large won't be a comfortable or mobile “holster.”
You'll always be finding excuses to put it down or leave it somewhere “safe.”
If the bag is so heavy that it hurts your shoulder, you won't want to have it and you'll give up on carrying (even if you tell yourself you'll carry it when you think you “need to”).
Stay way from big backpacks, too.
Something so big that it slows you down is too cumbersome to be useful and hinders your ability to respond in a gunfight.
A messenger bag is better than a backpack.
It should be relatively light and not too bulky.
3. Stay In Control
Choose a bag over which you can maintain positive control.
What this means is that it should never be flopping around loosely, and it shouldn't be something your enemy can grab onto or even snatch away.
Use your off hand to control the bag as you deploy your gun.
You can then bring your support hand up to the gun as you extend it on target.
Keep these principles in mind and you can make off body carry work for you.
It can and will save your life.
The first rule of defending yourself with a gun is to HAVE A GUN.
Off body carry might be the best means of making that work for you.