Budget-Friendly EDC With Weapon Light Attached: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

A “Budget Friendly EDC” from over at Everyday Carry.  He carries a Springfield Armory XDs-9 Mod.2.  If the single stack Mod.2 handles recoil as mildly as the double-stack Mod.2, it’s a great choice.

Also of note, he carries an Olight Valkyrie 600-lumen weaponlight attached.  Frankly, I don’t see a lot of civilians carrying with weapon lights attached.  Frankly, even cops with permanently mounted weapons lights are few and far between in my neck of the woods.

Do you carry with a weapon light attached?

For a complete description (and links to where you can get some of this for yourself), follow the link to Everyday Carry.


  1. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I did. Viridian light on my LCP.

    The holster wore out and I haven’t replaced it yet.

  2. avatar strych9 says:

    WML on my bedside gun but not on any carry gun.

    This is a pretty nice budget EDC. I don’t know much about the lights but the gun and knife are both decent. Fisher pens are cool too.

    1. avatar NiceTryGuy says:

      So do you only carry during the day? No need for a carry WML? TLR1 on a strobe setting is a pretty strong deterrent for people or animals.

  3. avatar Nanashi says:

    I had a hard enough time finding a holster for my M&P with integral laser. Can’t see myself carrying a light on anything but the most common handguns after that.

  4. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Like Strych9, light on nightstand pistol, but not on carry. Surefire clipped to left front pants pocket though.

  5. avatar ThrOtherDavid says:

    600 lumens? That’s a hella lot of illumination, especially on a handgun likely to be employed at shorter distances and perhaps inside a room.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      The newer Olight mini Valkyrie is 1200 lumens. It’s what’s on my G19.

    2. avatar mrbadnews says:

      I was thinking 100-200 Lumens is enough. Getting light blinded in a tough situation can be a hindrance.

  6. avatar rob says:

    I like how the money he saved is still there in his money clip.

  7. avatar WI Patriot says:

    “Do you carry with a weapon light attached?”

    Nope, no need for it…

  8. avatar SoCalJack says:

    I have the Streamlight TLR6 on my carry Shield. I have a Olight pl-mini on one my HD guns, Glock 19. With how new the pl-mini 2 is, I doubt the owner of this pocket dump has a holster yet asumming he goes with a kydex holster. Maybe the spare mag was left out? This is a very realistic EDC, good job!

  9. avatar FlamencoD says:

    An XDs Mod 2 9mm isn’t a “budget” gun. Current low street price is about $400 I believe. I’d consider a budget gun under $300. There’s plenty of options under that and even closer to $200 I’d consider “budget”.

    1. avatar BR says:

      Exactly. It is not fair to say that an average priced gun is a budget gun. Until I see a post of someone’s carry being a 250$ new gun or less it isn’t budget. I would like to see a few Tauruses, SCCYs, or KelTecs. That is budget.

  10. avatar Defens says:

    Crimson Trace rail mount laser on XdS carry pistol. Olight Valkyrie Mini on bedside pistol and Olight laser/light combo on house AR.

  11. avatar Tom T says:

    Seems like anything under 800 bucks is called a “budget gun” now. Whatever.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      You can find these NIB for $350 at budsguns.

      1. avatar FlamencoD says:

        Maybe for Gen 1 XDs. The XDs mod 2 without night sights is $448 right now on Bud’s. Far from a “budget” gun. I do agree the the Gen 1 XDs can be found for around $350 on sale. But that’s about the lowest I think I’ve seen.

  12. avatar AZgunner says:

    I have a weapon mounted light, streamlight tlr-1, mounted on my G22 duty weapon. But I don’t bother with a light on my off duty weapon, a G26.

  13. avatar Jean-Claude says:

    Weapon lights are useful on OFFENSIVE firearms. They’re good for cops and entry teams, as they’re clearing rooms and such.

    But on a carry pistol? Seems like adding unnecessary bulk and weight.

  14. avatar Aaron says:

    Civilians? Really? Thin blue line flag equals police. Police are civilians!!! They are not subject to the UCMJ.

    1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

      Well, because of qualified immunity and plain old corruption, they sure don’t get held to the same legal standard the rest of us do. Maybe we need a third term?

      1. avatar bryan1980 says:

        Yeah, they’re definitively “more equal” than the rest of us.

  15. avatar Djm says:

    Black Rhino Concealment make holsters for the XDs mod 2 with the Pl mini 2. They also make holsters for CZ pistols. Good holsters for CZ pistols can be hard to find.

  16. avatar Wedge259 says:

    I do when I can (aka have a holster fitted for one). Currently that’s a Beretta M9a1 with a streamliht tlr1. Nightstand gun is a CZ sp01 tactical with my ghost 45m and the same streamlight, I also carried a standard sp01 with a light. If I had my way I’d have light fitted holsters for all of my handguns, but since that isn’t practical I pick the ones well suited for it (generally full size handguns). Since I carry a streamlight protac 2lx everywhere in my pocket I don’t mind having a weapon mounted light as much as I used too.

  17. avatar Bearacuda says:

    WML is the only way I carry. High lumens isn’t an issue unless you’re using it wrong.

  18. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Has Springfield Armory apologized yet?

    1. avatar Djm says:

      A long time ago!
      Benchmade is the latest pooped it’s bed story.

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