For the last several years, I’ve worked from my home. During the week, I don’t get away from the office very much. When I do leave the house, I’m usually shuttling kids to and from school, checking our company post office box, or trying to squeeze in some desperately needed exercise time at a local public park. For those with concealed carry privileges, you may recognize these locations as a trifecta of carry restricted areas. And that restriction extends to leaving your concealed weapon stowed securely in a locked vehicle in the parking lot. As a multi-decade concealed carry license holder, I’ve had to learn to “leave home without it” to stay within the letter of the law.
While the firearm may be optional depending on my destination, I never leave my home without a knife and light. Starting out as an experiment in minimalist carry, The CRKT Shrimp and Streamlight Nano Light make an excellent keychain combination that I’ve used for over two years. While their size may be small, I’ve never found myself in a situation that left me wishing I had a bigger knife or more light. They fill their roles perfectly while taking up very little pocket space.
CRKT Shrimp has been discontinued, but you can still find it at Amazon or other on-line retailers. http://www.crkt.com/Shrimp
The CRKT Shrimp is only 2.5″ long. The 1.75” blade opens easily with the extra deep thumbnail notch. The stainless steel side of the frame securely locks the blade in place when deployed. The alter handle is machined from aluminum and has been drilled through for weight reduction before anodizing. I’ve cut paracord and cardboard quite easily with this little knife. It’s been a handy little guy to have in my pocket.
The Streamlight Nano Light is a 10 lumen LED light with an 8 hour run time. It’s constructed of aircraft grade aluminum and anodized with a glossy finish. The light is activated by turning the light head. The light is marketed as shock resistant and weather proof. After two years of use, the finish is getting thin on my Nano Light. I’ve accidentally drop tested this light on several occasions and it’s still going strong.
Streamlight Nano Light – http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=141
When I do carry a firearm, it will most often ride in my right front pocket. I’m not a big fan of dressing around the gun so I prefer a handgun and holster combination what works with any pants, shorts, or slacks in my wardrobe. After trying many different combinations, the Seecamp LWS .380 and Del Fatti Leather PH-3 holster find their way into my pocket most frequently.
While it may not be very pleasant to shoot, the L. W. Seecamp LWS .380 is very easy to carry. The all steel .380 auto pocket protector weighs a scant 15 ounces fully loaded to 6 +1 capacity. Lacking any sights, the LWS .380 is purpose built as a handgun to be deployed at close range as a last resort. It is popular as a backup firearm or as a primary firearm for those that live and travel in low risk areas. Despite the small size, my LWS .380 has proven to be 100% reliable and suitably accurate with some practice.
Matt Del Fatti is arguably one of the premier holster makers in the USA. Working exclusively in leather and exotic skins, each Del Fatti Leather holster is hand made to the buyer’s specifications from one of Matt’s catalog of holster models. The PH-3 pocket holster completely obscures the outline of the Seecamp, and the double wing design keeps the handgun from rotating when sitting and standing. The expertly boned holster back provides just enough retention to securely hold the pistol while still allowing for an easy draw.
L.W. Seecamp LWS .380 Specifications – http://seecamp.com/products.htm
Buy a Seecamp on GunsAmerica – /Seecamp.htm
Del Fatti Leather Holsters – http://delfatti.com/