Annie Get Your Gun … and Your Jacket

Being from Alabama, I can honestly say that I don’t wear jackets very often. I don’t own many jackets in the first place. And I don’t really think about this type of outerwear all that much, either. However, I was more than intrigued by the Annie Jacket from SCOTTeVEST, and I immediately started checking the weather forecast and looking forward to the first opportunity to officially wear it. The Annie Jacket (named after the inspiring and talented Annie Oakley) may look like a simple — but stylish — softshell jacket on the outside, but upon closer inspection, this meticulously designed garment is a tactical wonder!

When I first checked out this unique concealed carry garment, I immediately thought about those fascinating buildings with secret doors, hidden passageways and clever compartments. I’m just glad this fascinating jacket came with instructions (and illustrations), because things could possibly get lost or forgotten in the 35 (yes, THIRTY-FIVE) inner and outer panels and hide-away pockets of this high-quality CCW creation.

The Annie Jacket’s 35 well-designed pockets are all easily accessible, and I can’t imagine ever using all of them. In fact, even though I had an inexplicable urge to fill them all up with something, I almost felt as if I needed a legend or a map so I’d remember where I stashed all my treasures, except for the designated “rapid-access panel” for my firearm (and holster), of course. I guess you could say there’s a little bit of a learning curve with this crafty clothing item. (Just a note: There are helpful little icons embroidered inside the jacket, in case you forget where things can or could go and you need a quick visual reminder!)

From a company who offers “more and smarter pockets,” the Annie could definitely be a game changer for a lot of women. Who needs a purse or a handbag when you have an outer layer that’s specifically designed to stow keys, sunglasses (with attached microfiber cloth for cleaning), pens, cellphone (with clear cover to access and use the phone without removing it), wallet (with RFID blocking technology), water bottle (via built-in loop) and — yes — secret documents (in panels large enough to hide a manila folder)?

Wide pockets, itty bitty pockets, velcro pockets, zipper pockets … pockets galore! For someone whose nickname was actually “Pockets” in junior high (thanks to a basketball teammate who noticed the shirts I wore for practice almost always had pockets), this is the perfect addition to my wardrobe. The fit of this black, staple piece is sleek and subtle, but you can carry a whole lot of everything in it. It is also warm, breathable, water-resistant and comfortable. And the sleeves have zippers, so when I’m in hot, humid Alabama (where it snows 10 inches one day and then is 65 degrees the next), I can roll them up, if needed. And the best part is: No one would look at me wearing this jacket and think, “She’s clearly carrying a firearm … and top-secret blueprints!”

In my opinion, SCOTTeVEST has done a tremendous job with this very practical, tactical garment. And if Annie Oakley ever had a CCW jacket, I’d like to think that it would be very much like this one!