I didn't want to clutter up an internet mates thread, so I started my own on the topic, regarding some recent adventures.
I left my hot dry desert environment yesterday and went to the land of movie stars and millionaires for a day. I ended up driving through downtown Los Angeles, and on to Northridge and Brentwood. Most of my time was in Brentwood, but I did go walking through the Northridge Mall. That's the mall where Terminator 2 was filmed, IIRC.
I was carrying the Browning High Power in a Kramer IWB 3#, along with three reloads and a BUG with two reloads. There is something nice, and "comforting" about carrying a handgun suitable for combat in an environment that doesn't have many subjects carrying weapons for self protection.
The reason I mention all this is to give people pause to consider what they carry, and the often mis-guided belief that they are unable to carry a weapon suitable for combat, and thus opt for something much smaller, both in caliber and luanching device size. Make no mistake about it, a gunfight is combat of the most serious kind in my opinion, as you will be fighting to stay alive. To me it only makes sense to carry the largest weapon of "reasonable" proportions as one can in the event that the unlikely occurs.
High quality gear goes a long way in the success of doing that. My Belt was a Wilderness Instructor Belt, which has the rigidity to help minimize printing, and holds the weapon in place on your hip. The holster, already mentioned, provides for minimizing "printing" and allows for one handed reholstering. It allows allows the weapon to be carried with reaonable comfort while one is driving or sitting in the vehicle.
The BUG was in the usual location, support side pocket in it's respective Mika Pocket Holster. The two reloads for the P-35 were in an OWB Double Mag Pouch on the Belt and the two reloads for BUG, Speed Strips, were in the primary side front pocket. The third magazine for the High Power was in the 5.11 cell phone pocket. All this, along with two wallets, one cell phone, pager and two knives were carried under an untucked shirt, which given the weather and conditions was not out of place.
The only things carried that proved of need was the cell phone and one knife. The knife was used to open a package of food stuff. I posted this so that people may give consideration to what they carry and ponder the often misguided, IMO, belief that they cannot carry a suitable size weapon. While not needed, it was nice to be prepared for worse conditions than what was found.