We’ve all heard the stories…
“Teen jogger abducted and raped in broad daylight.”
“Investigators are asking for the public’s help after a female jogger was abducted, robbed, and sexually assaulted.”
“Woman raped at knife-point on running trail…”
“Female runner attacked near elementary school…”
“Police investigate sexual assault on runner…”
I think about these things a lot, but it hit too close to home a few weeks ago when it happened in a town about half an hour from here. A woman was running in town in the middle of the day and a guy tried to get her into the truck with him. Luckily she got away, but they still don’t know who it was, so the next girl may not be as lucky.
I will not be that next girl. I will not be a victim.
I got my concealed carry permit a few months ago but have never carried while running because I thought it would be too cumbersome. But I have always thought I SHOULD be carrying because most of my runs are done on the back roads near my house where for much of the run it’s just me and the cows. There are times that I don’t see a car or another person.
No one could hear me scream. No one could come to my assistance.
So as much as I’ve thought about it before, it wasn’t until it happened locally that I put those thoughts into action. After a lot of searching and review reading, I decided to purchase the PT-2 holster. It’s specifically designed with active people in mind. It’s made from a lightweight breathable material with a perspiration barrier so your sidearm doesn’t get sweaty, and they claim it doesn’t bounce if worn correctly. I tried it out for the first time yesterday.
I first tried it on empty. The ambidextrous pouch is worn in the front with a belt that wraps around your body and secures with velcro. I ordered the short belt, which says it will fit up to a 30-inch waist, but I think it would fit probably up to a few inches bigger than that. As you can see from the photo below, I had several inches of overlap there, and I have a 28-inch waist. I tried it on wearing it a couple of different ways… high vs low.
Most of the stock photos on the web site I bought it from showed people wearing it lower, but I personally found it more comfortable and more discreet wearing it higher.
Before I bought the PT-2, I checked the holster fit chart to be sure it could accommodate my Beretta Nano 9mm, and it said that it would. However, when I tried it on with my Nano, I really wasn’t pleased. It added way too much bulk.
|Beretta Nano 9mm with 8-round magazine|
That wasn’t going to work, so then I tried my Taurus TCP .380. I personally like to carry the most powerful piece that I can conceal, so I prefer to carry my 9mm over the .380, but that’s just not going to be an option here.
|Much smaller in comparison.|
|You can still see the outline of the pouch, but lots of runners wear personal item belts, so it doesn’t stand out as anything unusual like it did with the Nano.|
Once I was all situated, I took it out for a test run. I did three miles with it and came away knowing two things for sure. First, true to their word, it DOES NOT BOUNCE. They nailed that part. And no bounce = no chafe, so that was a huge win. But second? This thing is HOT! It was hot and crazy humid yesterday when I was trying it out, and I don’t like things touching my midsection anyway, so this is just my opinion, but when I was done, I couldn’t get inside and get my shirt and that belt off fast enough. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, and I’m also sure that when it cools off outside it won’t be an issue, but I was pretty uncomfortable with it on yesterday. Just one more reason to look forward to fall.
I’ve also practiced drawing from the holster. I’m used to drawing from my hip or from the small of my back, so the position of the pouch slows me down by a second or so, but I’ll keep practicing with that. Having a personal defense weapon with you doesn’t do you any good if you can’t get to it quickly when you need it!
So would I recommend the PT-2 holster? Without a doubt. It lived up to all of the manufacturer’s claims. My only issue is the heat, and that’s a personal issue and not one that a potential customer reading this should let sway them away from buying this holster. Besides, a little heat is a small price to pay for safety.
*** This post was in no way influenced by anyone. I bought the holster and formed the opinions all by myself.