Hot Weather Carry or TEXAS TOASTIN'!
I have just returned from two weeks or thereabouts traveling through Texas to pick up the new puppy and enjoy our first real vacation in years. Since reciprocity is in full effect from Florida to Texas and back in every state through which we drove, I was determined to be armed at all times. I put together my standard "carry bag" a small case with 150 rds of ammo in boxes, all my Glock 40 mags fully loaded (72 rds ready to launch) and a group of holsters. I packed my 511 tactical pants and two vests and a number of different holsters. For the initial leg, I was ever faithful with 511 tropicals, a lightweight vest and a Blade Tec IWB in which to carry my Glock M27 40. This lasted up into the first overnight stay at the in-laws place in Lake City Florida. It was pretty hot and humid all the way from Miami to pop's place.
Then we set off on I-10 west. When we hit Alabama, it got a bit worse. But by the time the alternator went bad in Alexandria Louisiana, it was SMOKIN' HOT! My word, I'd walk the adult dog in the pre-dawn moments and be sweating profusely by the time I got back into the hotel room (BEST WESTERN IS EXCELLENT IF YOU HAVE PETS!). By the time the van was fixed on warranty at a dealer, we headed up into Texas and through the Piney Woods and into the Hill Country where we picked up the pup and went sightseeing over 4th of July on thru the 11th. I have to confess, I swapped the vest and IWB to a belly bag and stayed with that for the entire trip. It held spare hi-cap M22 mag, SpyderCo knife and a SureFire 6P light.
Yup, it well...FELT conspicious. But I think that wearing a VEST in that heat and humidity would have been far worse. If I'd needed to draw, it would have been excruciatingly slow, but hopefully, being in condition yellow, I'd be able to see the threat a bit in advance and get set. I only had ONE time when the hairs on my neck stood up and that was when a carload of punks passed us full of "salty lookin' dudes" (as Dirty Harry once said) with full tatts and some evil looks. But even if they were predators, they didn't stay behind us long. I wonder if my window stickers were a factor?
"GLOCK, Sig Sauer, NRA Instructor, NRA Life Member, etc....." LOL
Welcome Back Home Soldier!
Exsoldier was not cavorting.
You folks don't seem to know the subtle difference between "cavorting" and "rollicking and frolicking"
He was "rollicking & frollicking" all over the country picking up stray mutts.
I'm guessing that at least part of his trip was business as he did spend time "torture testing" his vehicle alternator.
I imagine that if you are traveling in "high heat" that the belly bag would be a better choice than an additional cover garment and probably much more comfortable than a synthetic blend "Please Shoot Me First" Vest.
The only real advantage to the vest would be that you could have carried a spare alternator in one of those many deep vest pockets. :biggrin:
Traveling when it is super hot? Remember these wise words.
Light Colors & 100% COTTON Will Keep You From Getting Hot And Rotten