Starting with the lower left moving clockwise, not on the belt:
- Unbreakable nylon rope knotted rosary with miraculous and St Benedict medals.
- Purple stole for Confession and sacraments and sacramentals like exorcism.
- Hospital I.D.
- Bait wallet with a dollar bill and fake credit cards etc. I’ve been shaken down before. Not a pleasant experience. But I don’t want to be hamstrung without the contents of my real wallet. If this works until you can exit the scene, great. If not, it buys you precious seconds to put another plan into action.
Inside the belt also not carried on the belt (left to right):
- Oleum Infirmorum (unseen: personal medicines)
- Voice recorder, for when I can’t take notes but have to remember something, also for homilies at whatever of the churches on whatever day.
- Pen, which goes on the shoulder pen pocket.
- El-cheapo watch that no one would want to steal or be envious about.
- Real wallet, which includes medical cards, credit cards, drivers licence, gun permit, car insurance and registration, USCCA insurance (I can’t recommend this more), enough cash for rubbish food if on the road way too long on any day, and for ammo for the days off.
- Phone which also contains all medical indications such as conditions and meds taken and those that are essential and why and counter-indications for whatever might be done in an emergency situation.
Lower right corner:
- Scapular of Mount Carmel (I have a super long and wild history with this). This goes over the undershirt and under the 5-11 shirt.
- Pyx from Lourdes given to all permanent chaplains by UNITALSI. Of course, I only have this when I’m carrying the blessed Sacrament. It hangs around the neck but the Pyx is placed deep in a very useful 5-11 shirt cargo pocket over the heart. Ritual books can also fit in these huge cargo pockets when visiting hospitals, rehabs, nursing homes, shut-ins. The 5-11 tactical shirts are the best clergy shirts I know.
On the belt, starting with the handgun:
- Glock 19 Gen 4 with no backstrap, no Hogue grip, with tritium sights installed in Smyrna (this is something I’ve had to bring to the fore for real a number of times). I’m guessing I’m one of the most shot at priests. Nothing has ever connected. All it takes is once. Many have suffered that and are on their way… For them: Hail Mary… The Glock is chambered with 15 in the magazine. These are defensive rounds. The Glock is carried appendix, but outside which makes it possible. I don’t even know it’s there even after all-day carry, which is, in fact, all day, every day.
- Keys by the zillions, which hang from the Serpa Blackhawk, the dreaded, hated, dangerous holster which I love to pieces as an aggressor simply cannot defeat it’s locking mechanism, but which is, relatively speaking, zero problem for the carrier.
- Tourniquet. This is not just about guns. I’m often doing dangerous things with chainsaws and such. Also, the leg is such that if there were even a minor accident in the wrong conditions, compound fractures would be all too easy and multiple.
- On the right side, a flashlight, really bright, also with strobe. Use it all the time.
- Two mags situated for quick combat reload with full metal jacket. I mean, if you need this, someone’s wearing a ballistic vest, right?
- Attached to the bottom of the mag carrier is a 2 1/2″ straight blade in combat position for the left hand but also available to the right hand. This is also opposite side appendix carry outside the belt, which makes it possible.
Just to say, I wear the 5-11 tactical shirt NOT tucked in, and so a multitude of sin is covered over, you know, like the love of God and neighbor in all good contrition covers a multitude of sin. ;-)
Then there’s car-carry EDC for a priest. More on that in another post.
Any suggestions most welcome.