A Country Gunsmith’s EDC: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

Fred Hauseur from Carson City, Nevada sends us the stuff he carries on a daily basis.  No wonder he writes about his pants and vest remaining in a constant state of “overloaded.”

Mr. H. titles this his “This is what a country gunsmith carries on a daily basis” carry.

He writes:

This is what I carry on a “light” day.. there are many other things I carry. I sure wish there was some better way of carrying all this.. My pants and vest are just over loaded most days.

His carry choices are interesting, to say the least.  He carries an FNH FNS-9L – a longslide 9mm pistol.  Because he wants people to think he’s excited to see them?  Or because he wants to have the ability to reach out and touch bad people at a 100 yards?

The Tayga flashlight…  a brand that’s new to me.

The Benchmade Mchenry and Williams Design Knife is, according to the link, out of stock.

In the upper right is a Ruike F-118- B fixed-blade knife.

And then he’s got a satchel full of gunsmithing stuff too.

Just goes to show that different folks carry different stuff.



  1. avatar Firing Pin says:

    I know Fred. Good guy.

    Love them some Snap On. If you haven’t used Snap On, then you have no Idea what your missing. Good tools mean good results. Great tools change the world!

    1. avatar B.D. says:

      I agree, and love snap-on, but in 2010 they setup shop in China. Why? Obviously, the market for vehicles over there has increased 400% since 2006. Not long ago, they all rode 3 wheel motorbikes. Now, they have brands that sell more than FORD in china alone, while FORD is worldwide. This had me concerned though. How long will it be until snap-on is made in China? The answer is also obvious, like most things made in China. Their market is skyrocketing, and so is everything else in China. This means that whole “made in china” thing that used to mean it broke the first time you used it, won’t be relevant for very long. I have always kept my tool options open with other brands, but if I need a 600+ft/lb torque, snap on is what I am getting. I have a whole setup with over 10k invested in tools, and honestly, some of my favorite stuff is not snap-on anymore. But when it comes to the big stuff, it most definitely is snap-on. Don’t mistake my ‘made in china’ rant as not supporting them, I mean, they did what every great american company has done, amiright? But don’t be fooled by that made in America propaganda. They will do what it takes to make a dollar, and don’t believe they are the best for everything, because there are tons of other cheaper options as well.

      1. avatar Barn Animal says:

        Everything out of China is poor quality. Just the way it is. Japan on the other hand is a completely different matter. I’ll happily buy a product from Japan.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          on the fritz became jap crap became chinese junk.
          like the first two, some of that will change; it already has in as far as chinese use of super steels, fit, finish and design of their knives.

  2. avatar conrad says:

    Did FNH fix the intermittent issue of firing out of battery?

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      To my knowledge yes. None of the FN pistols we own come up as requiring work. Most were bought after that problem was known. They have a website where you punch in your model and SN and they’ll tell you if it may have a problem.

  3. avatar enuf says:

    Well okay but that’s not a pocket dump. Nobody carries all that in a pocket.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Hey, guy’s got a big pocket…

  4. avatar B.D. says:

    Doesn’t he have a work bench?

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      in his other vest.

  5. avatar Knute(ken) says:

    Nice. I like the borelight and the pocket screwdrivers. I carry just the fiber optic part of a bore light, because it’s so much smaller. I can almost always find a light source to shine on the optic to light up the bore. In my younger days I just used to use a scrap of white paper, but the old eyes need more light nowadays. OFC, There’s a battery powered one in the shop, but it’s too big and heavy to carry always, for me anyway.
    The set of hooktools are also more than I want to carry, but a set lives in my truck toolbox, as well as in the shop. Indispensable tools. When you need one, nothing else will do. In a pinch, paper can double as a borelight, but there’s no substitute for a decent hooktool.

  6. avatar Specialist38 says:

    If you’re a gunsmith …..wouldn’t you have this in your shop….on a bench?

    When I’m working on my tractor, I’m not carrying my tools in my pockets…they’re on a table of some sort.

    Are there traveling gunsmiths ?

    1. avatar jwm says:


    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Speaking only for myself, I often have basic tools in my pockets. I have a flashlight on me at all times, a set of +2 specs, a loupe, a carbide scribe, pens, a mechanical pencil,, a Leatherman. I’ll usually have a set of screwdrivers, pin punches, and assorted tools (including a set of hooks and tweezers, as seen above) in a small kit in my vehicle.

      The set of screwdrivers, punches, etc on my bench never leave the shop.

      I can’t speak for other gunsmiths, but I get asked questions by gun owners when I’m out and about – all the time. I’ve been asked to drop parts into $10K shotguns in between rounds of trap to taking apart Hi Point carbines to show people how they come apart.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Thanks…I noticed you mentioned the screwdrivers and such you kept in your vehicle………….I understand that.

        But carry all the stuff he has in pockets is wild.

        His stuff…he can do as he pleases…that’s a lotta stuff to rattle around wiith.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          You would be surprised about what people ask handy people to do. Gunsmiths, because most of us work in both wood and metal, are among some of the handiest people walking the planet – even in complete non-gun situations.

          Example: People sometimes razz me about carrying a 6″ steel rule everywhere I go.

          Then they ask some question where being able to measure something down to a 64th of an inch is pretty useful. Today, someone plotted a number of data points on a piece of graph paper pretty quickly, and was then whinging that they didn’t have a ruler. Out comes the 6″ rule – and a light went on over their head. Now they understand why I carry tools in my pockets.

  7. avatar John Valentine says:

    Not to worry about the Benchmade – the 940
    Wayne Osborne is what I’ve carried for 25 years. And, yes, when it was stolen – I had no business buying the 940-1 Agency carbon-fiber body version – but, Boyo – ain’t it sweet!

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      really great blade shape. longish for some jurisdictions.

  8. avatar SLD says:

    That’s a workout in itself….

  9. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

    “His carry choices are interesting, to say the least. He carries an FNH FNS-9L – a longslide 9mm pistol. Because he wants people to think he’s excited to see them? Or because he wants to have the ability to reach out and touch bad people at a 100 yards?”

    Where is this snark coming from? If the guy is a gunsmith he presumably open carries at work.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      I do, if there isn’t a rifle in quick reach. My choice is a Government Model loaded with 185 HP’s.

      If you’re in a business where people you’ve never met before are coming towards you with a gun, it seems only prudent.

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