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Ah, a rare HK sighting. Having shot one, we can attest that the USP-C .45 is a very worthy EDC pistol. See what Erik carries with it at Everyday Carry . . .

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  1. The R.A.T.S. TQ kinda sketches me out.

    I’m not saying it doesn’t work/isn’t effective but their little deal with printing “TCCC Approved” on it in a way that is clearly meant to mislead consumers into believing that the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care approved it when that is not the case makes me nervous.

    [Instead it’s “approved” by a company called Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which sells the item.]

    • They’re made out of metal. They usually have a grippy surface texture to make a decently tough a blunt striking instrument, fistpack and usually are equipped with a glass break. What makes it “tactical” is that you can generally take it places you can’t take your gun/knife/other object that’s explicitly a weapon.

      They’re kinda like those “self defense key rings” (this: ) in that you can generally get them past security checkpoints because, in this case, it’s a pen (or in the other case a cute kitty emblem keychain).

      I have one (pen, not a cute kitty keychain) a friend gave me as a Christmas gift and I thought it was kinda stupid until I was able to carry it into a courthouse with a security checkpoint and past TSA checkpoints numerous times.

      Effectively it’s a kubaton but since it’s multi-purpose you can claim it’s just a space pen or something and security guards and cops will usually let you keep it. That’s if they even bother to look at it kinda closely. TSA actually explicitly bans kubatons so having one on your key ring is a no-no. I’ve never had them look at the pen twice. I leave it in my backpack or toss it in the “wallet, sunglasses, change” bin for X-Ray inspection. They’ve never even mentioned it.

      It’s not as useful as a gun or a knife obviously but if you’re in a place where you’re legally disarmed and get to keep the pen it’s better than nothing if you have to get into a fisticuffs match with some drunken asshole on an airplane. In fact, if you know how to use it it’s a pretty vicious weapon.

      General concept of how it works:

  2. TQ, knife, reasonably sized firearm, spare magazine, and a flashlight! Holy crap a nicely rounded edc. Someone give this man a prize.


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