A few nights ago I spent 2 hours as the guest in a LIVE video show hosted by two good friends.
You can go watch the whole recording here if you have a few spare hours, but during the show, one of the attendees asked a question that forced me to reveal a less than popular opinion of mine.
The question asked? “Do you carry extra mags on your person?”
And honestly I myself used to think differently about this topic until my friend John Correia shared his thoughts on the subject a few years ago and ultimately changed my perspective.
As an industry, it is considered a GOOD THING to carry a spare mag or a backup gun, and to be clear I don't have an issue with anyone who wants to carry a spare mag or backup gun.
I don't think it is a “BAD THING” I just think it's often a sign of poor priorities or a lack of understanding the reality of the danger that surrounds us.
What do I mean? I mean that you are MUCH more likely to need a tourniquet or a less-lethal option in your daily life than you are to ever need a spare magazine or backup gun.
Could a spare mag come in handy? Yes. But if you carry a spare mag and not a tourniquet I think you have your priorities out of wack.
And generally, the amount of space needed for a spare mag would also accommodate a Gen 7 CAT Tourniquet.
Here is another one. More important than a spare mag are less-lethal tools like pepper spray. Yep, I said it. You are far more likely to need pepper spray than a spare magazine. It isn't even close.
So one day if we are hanging out together and you tell me that you carry a spare magazine I promise I don't have any issue with that but my follow up question is going to be, “Do you carry a tourniquet or pepper spray?”
If you tell me “no,” you are going to get my above lecture.
Sometimes as concealed carriers we get so focused on the gun that we forget there are serious and dangerous problems in life that a gun can't or shouldn't solve.
So when you look at your loadout and EDC, ask yourself if you have your priorities straight.
If you need a good tourniquet I recommend the CAT or if you need something a little more compatible with a pants pocket try the SWAT-T (not as good as the CAT but a potential alternative depending on your carry method). Of course, I recommend having a full trauma kit within an arm's reach at all times like in your car, desk, bag, etc.
If you need to look at pepper spray options, we don't really sell that kind of product at ConcealedCarry.com but here are some I recommend:
What do you think? If we are really focused on the top priorities what else should we consider carrying on our person before we stow that spare mag? Let me know in the comments below.