Galco Holsters

In every bug out bag, you should have one good pistol that you are comfortable with. Whether that pistol is a revolver or a semi-automatic, you should be proficient at shooting it, and you should be able to carry it naturally. Depending on your local gun laws, and the environment that you are carrying in, it is ideal to carry concealed. Either way, if you are open carrying or carrying concealed, you need a dependable holster. Sticking the firearm in your pocket or shoved in your pants is not an acceptable way to transport it. You want a comfortable holster that you can trust to keep your pistol secured to your body. Galco holsters are a trusted brand, by military, police, and civilians alike.

Galco Holsters Shoulder Holster

Galco Holsters

Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System

There are many ways to carry your firearm. As I mentioned before, the most ideal way to carry would be to carry concealed. This could include a shoulder holster concealed by a jacket or a vest. These are the holsters made famous by the 80’s television show “Miami Vice.” These holsters usually do not protrude from the body, making unusual bumps in your clothing where there shouldn’t be. Another plus to these Galco holsters is that they usually do not restrict your movement. You are able to move and perform tasks the same as you would if you were not carrying. One other advantage to the shoulder holster is that you are usually able to carry a couple of spare magazines on the other side of your body. The downside to this type of holster is that if you are in a position that you need to carry in the hot summer, you will stick out like a sore thumb wearing additional layers of clothing in the heat.

Galco Holsters Inside-the-Waistband Holster

Galco Holsters

Galco Waistband Inside The Pant Holster

Another way to carry concealed is to have an inside-the-waistband holster. I own a leather inside-the-waistband holster made by Galco holsters, and it is very convenient. It is a simple, brown leather holster with a black clip. The clip is worn on the outside of the pants and clips onto your belt. Moving around is somewhat limited, but not as much as I initially thought that it would be. Since you are wearing a belt, you are able to draw the pistol in close to your body and keep it there. I was kind of hesitant at first since it does not have a strap on top to keep the gun secure. I thought that this would be an issue, so I put it on and went for a little run. It wasn’t the most comfortable then, but the gun stayed in place. The downside to this is that you need to be wearing either jeans, or some kind of pants or shorts with a good belt on. You also need to wear your shirt untucked, as the butt of the pistol is above your belt.

Galco Holsters Underwraps Belly Band

Galco Holsters

Galco Belly Band Holster

The problem with both of these holsters is that during the spring, summer, and early fall is that I like to run around in a comfortable pair of gym shorts and a tee shirt. That is where my favorite of all my Galco holsters come in. The holster is called the Galco Underwraps Belly Band. This is the most versatile holster that I own. I will wear this around my belly when I am wearing a button-up shirt that needs to be tucked in. I will wear this around my waist when I am wearing my gym shorts that I don’t wear a belt with. I will wear this holster around my waist even when I am wearing my jeans, and I don’t feel like wearing my inside-the-waistband holster. The belly band has two places for your pistol, so you can wear your gun on either side of your body. If you want to cant the gun differently, you simply turn the belly band inside out. The belly band also has a pocket for a spare magazine, and a larger pocket for ID’s, keys, cash, handcuffs, or whatever small items you want to put in there. I wear this holster at least 90% of the time.

Galco Holsters Speed Paddle Holster

Galco Holsters

Galco Speed Paddle Holster

If your state gun laws do not allow concealed carry, but they do allow open carry, Galco holsters still has you covered. Galco has a fine line of paddle holsters. They are called paddle holsters because there is a “paddle” connected to the holster that is designed to slip on the inside of your pants, while securing your holster to your hip without having to wear a belt. These Galco paddle holsters are designed to hold your pistol securely in place while still allowing you to access your gun in a hurry. These holsters can be also be concealed, but in my experience they protrude from your body more than others, and are more noticeable. As far as comfort is concerned, these are the most comfortable holsters, in my opinion, as they do not hold the gun squeezed close to your body. Also, during the hot months, you do not need to worry about sweating all over your gun since it is not pressed against you. However, they do let your gun collect more dirt and dust since your gun is not covered by your clothes.

However you choose to carry your pistol, Galco holsters provide a bunch of options to suit just about everybody’s needs and wants. Galco holsters are tested to stand up to the most extreme conditions, and that is why they are trusted my the military and top police agencies.

Emergency Water Purification

One of the most important needs in life and while buggin’ out is the need for water. At the minimum, a grown human adult needs at least 1 liter (about 1.06 quarts) of water per day. If water weighs 8.35 pounds/gallon, and you need at least 3 liters, then you need to carry a little more than 6.6 pounds of water in your bug out bag. However, if you are going to be constantly walking, then you will need even more than the minimum suggested. Instead of carrying all that extra weight on your back and shoulders, you should look into some kind of emergency water purification for your bug out bag.

Emergency Water Purification by Katadyn (Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter)

Emergency Water Purification

Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter

The Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter is an excellent addition to any bug out bag. It weighs a mere 15 ounces, and is only 6 1/2 inches in height. That is smaller and lighter than any standard water bottle. Yet its output is a huge 2 quarts per minute. That means less work and less time filling up your bottles or your hydration bladder, and more time moving to where you are going. Another smart feature on this emergency water purification unit is that a turn on the head of the unit engages the ceramic filter, thus extending the life of the pleated glass fiber filter that you use in normal conditions. When the ceramic filter is engaged, the output slows to about 1 quart per minute. Inside of the fiber filter is a replaceable carbon core that keeps the water tasting fresh. Unlike most water purifiers, this one operates on a dual piston technology. This means that it is purifying the water while you pull the handle up, and also when you push the handle back down. The only downside to this unit is that the filter is only good for up to 500 gallons, or about 1875 liters. Hopefully your bug out bag does not see this much action.

Emergency Water Purification by Katadyn (Pocket Water Microfilter)

Emergency Water Purification

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

The Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter is the “Cadillac” of the water purification units. This water filter is the choice for the U.S. military, and expedition units. The water filter has a silver-impregnated ceramic element, that is effective against bacteria and protozoa. The Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter filters out any microorganisms larger than 0.2 microns to provide you with the clearest, cleanest drinking water. This unit is a little larger than the previous one, but still a small 10 inches tall. It weighs in at just over a pound (20 ounces), but that is because it is made of more heavy duty materials so that it can handle being thrown around. This pump features a round handle which is more ergonomic than most units, and contains a cushioned base which makes pumping easier, regardless of the surface its set on. The output is about 1 quart per minute. That is slower than the previous model, but the reason is that the filter is better. The filter in this unit is good for up to 13,000 gallons, which is more than almost all other emergency water purification units. Also, this is the only water filter on the market with a 20 year warranty.

Either of these emergency water purification units are excellent choices for your bug out bag. Both units have been extensively tested by the manufacturer and various government agencies. I personally keep a Katadyn water filter in my bug out bag for the sole purpose of emergency water purification. There are other brands out there that cost less, but I believe that you get what you pay for.