I have talked a lot about force multipliers, and I want to make sure that you get a good definition. A force multiplier is anything that you can use that would give you an advantage over an enemy. This could be anything from the element of surprise to being able to call for air support. However, there are tons of force multipliers that you can do that are short of calling in an A-10 gun run if you should need help, some are gear, others are more cerebral.
Training on your gun
There is an adage that you should “beware the man with only one gun”, and there is a lot to be said for its accuracy. Having a consistent platform that you practice repeatedly does help you become better and know how to get your gun to work for you vice the average street thug or even some trained operators. The knowledge of your gun is a force multiplier when in a stressful situation.
Too often there are divergent types of concealed carriers. One tends to be stuck in their ways, shoot the same gun, carried the same ammunition since Christ was a Corporal, and have the same holster since their first gun. The other group is the Tommy Tacticals, the ones that have to have the latest gun, slickest holster, and newest cringe fad ammo (like RIP ammo). However, while both of these groups can be at odds, there is some middle ground. Too often the stalwarts only want a leather holster that’s on their belt, and nothing else, whereas the Tactical crowd wants the latest mil-spec technology to give them the edge. To both, you could use our Original Holster, which has the benefits of the silent draw and the comfort of leather, with the ability to harness magnets for ease of wear and retention of the firearm without destroying the finish of the gun.
I have talked a lot about optics and while I love shooting iron sights on everything because they rarely fail, there is an undeniable truth that optics tend to make people more accurate and therefore increase their ability to impose their will on their adversary. RMR optics are plentiful as are kits to make modern handguns compatible with the majority of the major manufacturers. Our company makes holsters that will accommodate those optics, something that didn’t exist ten years ago. And if you are a die-hard 1911 fan and refuse to change, that’s ok, because they make great after-market sights that you can increase your night visibility, or you can do one of my favorite tricks, and get bright orange/pink nail polish and paint the front sight so it really stands out.
This one is a great asset to have if you know how to use them correctly. Lasers are ok, but I don’t have any on mine for one reason, I don’t like how in the wrong conditions they can point a line straight back to where you might be concealed. They are good, I will concede, with up-close reflex/hip shots, but I don’t recommend those anyway. Night vision is an amazing tool, and if you ever get the chance to own or use it, I would highly encourage it. While not available for pistols, they do make night vision monoculars and goggles for a bump/crash helmet, or you can
get a night vision scope. Just be mindful because Gen 1 and Gen 2 might have an IR light to illuminate the surrounding area. Gen 3 NVGs (note as far as I know there is no such thing as a Gen 4 and is marketing hype according to the military) don’t emit that IR flashlight and therefore don’t signal your location. Thermal, which I think is awesome, is used day/night and is fantastic
for picking out critters of the two or four-leg varieties at a long distance.
There is no reason to have a fair fight
Especially when your life is on the line. This list is non-exhaustive, but I would highly encourage you to take a look and see how you can implement some of these into your playbook to give you the upper hand should you ever be in a fight.
Author: Ian Bolser