Most of the United States has seen a hot summer so far in 2019, and the added heat doesn't make it any easier to strap on a concealed-carry gun. However, there's an entire self-defense industry dedicated toward making it easier for today's defense-minded citizens to carry a gun for personal protection, and that includes coming up with products that beat the heat. Here are five must-have products that are sized and built right for summer carry, so you won't have to encumber yourself with a heavy cover garment or saddle up with a heavy self-defense pistol.
A. The Propper Men’s Summerweight Polo sports lightweight, two-way, moisture-wicking fabric and strategically placed mesh venting at high-heat areas to keep you cool and dry. There’s even a pen pocket at the left sleeve and a sunglasses loop. Colors include alloy, black, navy and olive drab. MSRP: $39.99; propper.com
B. A flat, slim design allows the SureFire Stiletto Flashlight to be drawn and activated from a pocket like a knife. When pressed, the primary switch activates a wide beam that is capable of 650 lumens on its highest setting, 250 lumens on medium and 5 lumens on its lowest setting. MSRP: $109; surefire.com
C. TruSpec Men’s Simply Tactical Cargo Shorts helps you beat the heat without breaking the bank. Practical features include an elastic waistband, a gusseted crotch, generously sized belt loops with 2.5-inch-wide openings and felled seams. Two cargo pockets contain a covered flap, behind which are two accessory pockets sized to accommodate most smartphones. MSRP: $36.95; truspec.com
D. The Mission First Tactical Minimalist Ambidextrous Appendix Holster for the Glock G42 and G43 features an ambidextrous design and the added versatility of an adjustable cant from 0 to 20 degrees. Thin but rugged .08-inch thick Boltaron construction boasts a laser CAD design for a perfect fit, smooth draw and reduced wear. The holster body also includes an open-muzzle design, a tall sight channel and is even molded for RMR/reflex-style red-dot sights. MSRP: $34.99; missionfirsttactical.com
E. Robust 600-denier ballistic nylon is paired with leather reinforcements to provide a secure and breathable fit for the Blackhawk 6-inch Trident Ultralite Boot. A mid-shaft design encompasses the ankle to provide uncompromising support, while the combination of a phylon-foam midsole and an aggressive outsole foster superior traction and comfort. MSRP: $129.95; blackhawk.com