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Stark Naked in Vegas

February 1, 2023
Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin

At SHOT Show, I walked around Vegas completely naked and regretted every second. I know what you are thinking right now, "How could he leave himself so vulnerable!" It isn't often I leave unclothed, but I made a mistake and promised not to venture out without proper clothing again.

Typically, I check my “clothing” through TSA on any trip. However, this trip was different. I just didn't want to mess with it. When packing for trips, it's a difficult decision whether to dress appropriately. Anytime we venture out of state with our clothes, we've got to alert the proper authorities, get your blessing card, and sit around to wait. It all is one big hassle. But, perhaps, those against clothing make it that way, so we might decide not to cover ourselves.

I have many different outfits that I could have packed, but none felt right. I have designer clothing lines such as Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, and Walther. You get the point, but I just said screw it; I'll bare it all. I foolishly felt it necessary to trust my capabilities to evade and evaluate potential attackers without knowing when and where the attack would occur. An unwise approach to selecting your outfit if you ask me.

Honestly, it felt a little dirty going unclothed in Vegas, which I assume would be what it feels like to go to the local grocery store buck-naked.

Instead, I threw caution to the wind and left myself bare-naked without anything to protect myself from the elements. I left my safety into the hands of others that, to be honest, I hoped were clothed. As it turns out, their approach was like mine; each had the same thought and was just as naked as me.

So, what should I have done? Dress for the conditions one might encounter. Since we do not know what the weather holds, I dress in something comfortable that feels good on the hips. On stormy days, I prefer wearing extra clothing from Outlier Knives, CRKT, or SOG. All good options to have on oneself anyways.

Don't listen to the naked folks who wish to live in a colony filled with nudists. Wear your clothes daily, and you won’t have to worry whether the sun is shining or the clouds are rolling through. ~ KJ

Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a different venture often. His early career had him working with one of the finest PR agencies in the outdoor industry – Blue Heron Communications. Before that, KJ molded the minds of business school students at the University of Oklahoma. Quickly learning he had to grow up sometime, KJ dedicated himself to the outdoors no matter what it took.

Sporting his flat-brimmed cap, KJ traverses the country in pursuit of the greatest game and best adventures. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, KJ always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind. KJ is a skilled communicator and connector in an industry that he has loved since a child.


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