Just because it’s conventional wisdom doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wise. As an example, for many, it’s conventional wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human mouth. Think about it. How many times have you heard someone make that statement with the self assurance of a no it all? Hell, you hear it enough and you might even start to believe it. But think about it. Look what a dog does with its mouth. It licks its own ass, licks the ass of other dogs, eats shit, throws up and then eats it, etc. Hell, dogs chew on anything smelly and rotten that they can get a hold of. Based on simple observation, the notion that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than the average human mouth is ridiculous. The next time you let your dog lick you all over your face and mouth, think about where that dog’s mouth has been probably just moments before.
You get the drift.
Perusing around the various gun forums and sites I’ll occasionally see a discussion regarding the wisdom of wearing tactical pants. Basically, tactical pants are glorified cargo pants. One popular tactical pant is 5.11 TacLite Pro.
See, glorified cargo pants. They have lots of pockets for lots of different stuff. The so called conventional wisdom regarding these kinds of pants is that by wearing them you mark yourself as most likely being a concealed carrier thus drawing unnecessary to yourself. Some even call them “shoot me first” pants.
Others say that only idiots who want to look like an “operator” would wear them. Not much more than wearing a costume. Either way, drawing unwanted attention to yourself. I see that argument put out their a lot.
I think both arguments are nonsensical. First off, like I said, they’re nothing more than glorified cargo pants. Secondly, cargo pants are so ubiquitous that no one even registers them. Really, the next time you’re out and about, make note of how many people you see wearing cargo pants or cargo shorts. You see people of all stripes wearing them. They wear them because they are convenient and they are comfortable.
I personally know quite a number of IT types and many of them wear cargo pants. Specifically a lot of them wear 5.11s. Many of them are completely gun clueless. Why do they wear them? Because IT types tend to carry a lot of crap with them. The pockets are damned useful for that.
I’ve been wearing cargo pants for years. I remember my first pair way back in my school days circa 1977 or thereabouts. Later years I switched back and forth between cargo pants and trusty Levi 501s. For the past several years I’ve almost exclusively worn 5.11s. The reason is that I know exactly what size fits me–32×34–and it makes it easy to buy them. I also hate carrying my wallet in my back pocket because it makes my back sore when I sit. Instead I carry my wallet in one of the cargo pockets. Plus having my wallet in a cargo pocket makes it much less susceptible to being picked vs riding in a rear pocket. That becomes especially important if you do much international traveling. The last time I traveled to Europe we went to Ukraine. Traipsing around Kiev as an American; riding on the subways, buses, etc, trust me, you want your wallet in a front pocket. Wearing jeans and having your wallet stuffed in a front pocket is just plain stupid.
I also have a carabiner keychain full of a crap-ton of keys. The best place to carry them is to latch it onto the little d-ring on the front.
Also, there’s a handy pocket up front for my cell phone. However, with the advent of larger phones that pocket is no longer useful for that. Note to 5.11: Please make that front left-side pocket larger to accommodate today’s larger cell phones.
And then the other cargo pocket is where I store my little EDC pouch full of my crap; rudimentary boo boo kit, mini Leatherman, fingernail clippers, etc. These pants are especially useful when I’m wandering around with my camera and want to have another lens handy.
So, there are plenty of reasons to wear cargo/tactical pants that have nothing to do with looking operator cool or advertising yourself as a gun carrier. And to reiterate, these kinds of pants are so common that the average person isn’t even going to register.