“Off body carry is too slow” is the oft-heard refrain. And it may be, but as stated, this is an unthinking repetition of something that someone once heard…somewhere. Probably from some tactical celebrity on the net.
The critical-thinking approach to this is to reply, “In what context, and compared to what?” Some third-grade arithmetic:
>> Roughly a second to draw from concealment compared to, say, 5 seconds from a bag. Yup: off body carry is 5X slower.
>> But: roughly 5 seconds to draw from a bag compared to 20 minutes for SWAT to show up (if you’re lucky). Wow!: off-body is 240X faster.
Now, I could argue (and have) that off-body carry is too slow, on average, for the usual citizen-involved episode of random street violence. It’s a trade-off that must be weighed against not being able to reasonably carry at all, and a disadvantage that can be somewhat mitigated by tactics. Ditto ankle carry.
But to say, as a blanket statement, off body carry is too slow? Really? Don’t you think that a gun in a CC bag would have been helpful in San Bernardino and Paris recently? At least to get yourself to safety?
And for those of you that insist on lugging around a SBR, where to you carry it?