Every Day Carry is Like Food Allergies.

Lifestyle changes are hard work.  It doesn’t matter if is a new way of eating, starting an exercise program or carrying a gun for self-protection.  I know a thing or two about all of these things.  Almost 4 years ago my life was momentarily turned upside down when I was diagnosed with not one, but two (and quite possibly three) food allergies.

How can I possibly keep calm at a time like this?!
How can I possibly keep calm at a time like this?!

The stress of figuring out how to avoid the foods that were poison to my body was quite a challenge.  It felt hopeless at times.  But, I am happy to report that once I spent some time researching and learning about how to deal with this, a whole new world of food options, that wouldn’t make my body attack itself, were revealed to me.  This was something I had to figure out for myself, with the help of others who had come to the challenge before me and some hard work.  And, you know what?  It’s really not that difficult any more.  The exercise part, is still a struggle, but having a energy charged dog to walk helps with that.

The methods used for conquering food allergies are exactly the same as the methods I used to conquer the challenge of carrying a gun for self-protection.  It takes time.  Not a significant amount of time, but I had to read, research and work it out by trial and error.  There is good and bad news.  The good news is that today there are a good selection of holsters made for women, and nice sized guns to go with them.  Heck even Glock finally makes a single stack 9mm!  The bad news is that wading through the choices can be daunting.

I hear from ladies all the time who want to know what holster or gun they should get, and I love that question, really, I do!  But, here’s the thing.  I can’t just give them an answer and be on my way.  You see, this Every Day Carry (EDC) lifestyle is such a personal journey, that I don’t necessarily have the answers.  I do however have so much information that I can provide to help others make an informed decision about what might be good or not-so good for them and why.  That is the value I can provide.

Yes, I have my go-to list of equipment, but remember this is not a one size fits all situation and I would be remiss to treat it that way.  Luckily for my students, I have tried so many holsters that I have a fantastic selection for them to play with in class.  I can point out different features and what the pros and cons are to each.  Here’s a secret that many instructors won’t tell you:  There is no such thing as a perfect holster (but there are a few that I own a bunch of).

I have 4 of these Thorasos from Soteria Leather. This is my newwst. Photo Credit: Soteria Leather
I have 4 of these Thrasos from Soteria Leather. This is my newwst. Photo Credit: Soteria Leather.  The only flaw with this holster (for me) is that this is too bulky to wear with out a cover garment.

The trick to holster shopping is finding a product with flaws that you can live with.  It’s the same for guns, BTW (although 1911’s are close, IMHO).

This is Lucy! Stop me if you've seen this a time or 10.
This is Lucy! Stop me if you’ve seen this a time or 10.

Bottom line is that it takes work to figure out EDC, but there are resources out there and you don’t have to go it alone.  The key is finding people who can provide you with enough information that you are comfortable making informed decisions.

Carry On Colorado!