Hidden in Plain Sight - Discreetly Carrying Gear
Recently, I've been asked more and more about how to discreetly carry fighting equipment and gear as people try to balance accessibility and concealability. To tackle this request, I decided to take on a new project that would fit my needs of carrying sufficient equipment in my vehicle that I could fight with. My daily carry is a Glock 19 (which has been modified to accept Glock 26 magazines for additional concealability). I also keep an additional Glock 19 in my vehicle. My "truck gun" has for years been a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 which has been heavily modified to add additional features to it. In the bag with the Sub 2K is a mag carrier containing 5 of the 33 round Glock magazines. So in my vehicle at any given time, are:
- Glock 19 with a G26 magazine in it (10 rounds)
- Spare G19 magazine on my weak-side hip (15 rounds)
- Additional Glock 19 (15 rounds)
- Kel-Tec Sub 2000 with Glock 17 magazine (17 rounds)
- 6 of the 33 rd Glock mags (198 rounds)
- Total of 255 rounds in Glock mags
The Kel-Tec has been a fantastic folding rifle, and it's a lot of fun to shoot. With that being said, it is slow to deploy (and I feel like I needed an additional project). So, I have recently put together a new AR pistol chambered in 9mm that accepts Glock magazines. The firearm is from Palmetto State Amory, a company that I've had a lot of good experiences with on multiple projects and builds. Since I'm building this as a potential firearm to keep in my vehicle, I wanted a way to store it and not draw much attention to it. After doing a little research, I found a bag that I thought might fit the bill. It's the Blackhawk Diversion Tennis Racquet Bag. Blackhawk makes an entire line of these bags, with some gym bags and similar discreet bags to not draw attention as to what might be inside them. There are no labels on the outside, no MOLLE panels to draw attention to the idea that it might contain gear, etc.
I built my AR pistol out with the accessories that I prefer, and the final product looks as follows (accessories and links listed at bottom of this article):
The AR-15 (9mm) pistol wouldn't fit into the Blackhawk bag in its current stature. So, I came up with an alternative solution.
I added a LAW Tactical 3G Folding Stock adapter to shorten the length when in storage.
As you can see, now the overall dimensions allow it to be safely stowed in the bag:
When it's zipped up, it looks like I have a normal tennis racquet bag. This draws much less attention than a bag covered in MOLLE, especially when stored in the backseat of a vehicle and visibly accessible to folks who might be "window shopping" in the parking lot. A tactical bag covered in MOLLE probably has a firearm and/or gear that is valuable to a thief for resell value. Tennis racquets, on the other hand, are far less appealing.
After some initial testing of the bag, I've found that getting the AR pistol employed into the fight is much faster than getting the Kel-Tec Sub 2K ready, and I'm much more familiar with the controls of an AR-15 style weapon than that of the Kel-Tec.
In short- I like how I can now keep the AR pistol in my vehicle and it will accept any of the Glock magazines that I always have close by.
Equipment Links Below:
- PSA AR 9mm lower (Glock magazines)
- PSA 10.5" 9mm upper
- LAW Tactical Gen 3 Folding AR Stock
- Vortex Sparc AR Red Dot Optic
- Magpul MBUS pro sights
- Magpul M-LOK panel covers
- Strike Industries AFG (black, not red)
- Inforce WML light
- KAK Shockwave Pistol Brace
- KAK shockwave pistol buffer tube
- Low-Profile Picatinny Rail Covers
- Quick Disconnect Sling Mount
- Blackhawk Diversion Racquet Bag