Since it's mid-December and global warming is already kicking into high gear in the Cleveland area, I've been thinking about ways to bundle up against the bitter cold. The wind coming off of Lake Erie is sometimes so brutal it takes your breath away and we get piles and piles of lake effect snow. Clevelanders are a hardy bunch - we deal with the cold well, mainly because we get so much practice at it.
Anyway, this is my first winter carrying concealed and having to consider if my outerwear would hinder my ability to draw my weapon. I wear a knee-length wool pea coat with a hood and have been buttoning only the top two buttons so that the part that covers my hips is open, just in case I need quick access to my pistol. The coat is heavy and double breasted so that although the bottom half is unbuttoned, the fabric hangs in such a way that I'm still covered and warm.
And despite wearing a scarf and multiple layers, my hands have been bare until yesterday. I've been afraid to wear gloves because the thought of fumbling my gun or not being able to feel the trigger is just too frightening. Instead, I walk with my hands in my pockets because numb hands would be just as bad for shooting as hands muffled with wooly fabric.
But yesterday at Target, I noticed that fingerless gloves and "armwarmers" are in fashion now. Handy for gunchicks, I thought. I sorted through the various styles and found the perfect pair. I call them my "tacticool mittens." They are microfleece and come in a bunch of colors but I chose black, natch.
The mitten top folds back out of the way and buttons to the back of the glove, leaving two thirds of your fingers free. The thumb tip also folds back and there is a little grippy pleather section sewn on the palm. A pretty good deal for $10.
Of course, I'll be practicing with them on at the range sometime soon. I'll let you know how it goes.