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Shady, a civil engineer, says he carries this compilation all day every day. And why not? A good, reliable, concealable nine and only the additional gear you’re most likely to need on a daily basis. See it all at Everyday Carry . . .


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  1. Uh. That ain’t no single-stack.

    It’s an SR9c.

    Looks like he has backups for ink and fire.

    Might want a spare mag or an LCP for bullet backup.

    Just sayin…..not judging.

    Carry on.

    • I agree. If you need an extra lighter and are willing to carry it, add another mag- although that is much easier in actual single stack guns.

      But, to each his own. I don’t have a backup for my TCP (still want one), but have two for my 226. Priorities and timing.

    • I agree, replacing a spare lighter with a flashlight and a spare pen with a spare magazine would be wise. Adding at least a tourniquet would round out the most important essentials.

      • I also noticed the backup pens (he’s an engineer) and lighters (he’s a smoker). Ten rounds should be enough for most encounters unless he has calculated a high probability of gunfights.

        • There is also only a 1% chance of needing to draw a gun, yet we cary them. There is a 1% chance of having to fire after drawing, yet we carry them loaded. There is a 1% chance of needing to hit the bad guy more than once, yet almost nobody advises carrying a single shot. Just because something is unlikely does not mean we should ignore it. Also, it isn’t just because he may need more than 10 rounds (whis is entirely possible) but also because malfunctions are most commonly caused by bad magazines or ammo. If you load the mags from different boxes of ammo, a magazine change will likely fix both.

  2. Give the guy some credit, he carries a real pistol (Ruger SR9c).. not some foofoo pistols like the others.

    Foofoo as in California gay.

  3. What is the obsession with tourniquets? It’s tactical, right? Operational? Desire to loose a limb? What does a tourniquet do you when you are gut-shot? How many of us truly train as we plan to fight? Do you train with a tourniquet? How does one train with a tourniquet without injuring oneself or someone else? Is a good compression bandage sometimes easier and better for normal instances? We’re not talking Iraq or Afghanistan here.

    Just random thoughts.

    • The following are my opinions based on my own research and conversing with people I know with medical experience. I’m not a medical professional nor do I play one on tv. Please do your own research and consult your own trusted medical provider.
      Tourniquets are the most effective and simple means of stopping blood loss on the limbs. That is why I value them so highly. Studies have shown that they help much more than they harm and that serious damage is only done after a number of hours (stateside that is more than enough time to reach a hospital) Training with them is very important, one handed access and application are good skills to keep sharp. Training tourniquets can be purchased so you do not mix up a training aide with a lifesaving device. The torso wounds referenced would require the use of celox and compression bandages and possibly also a chest seal depending on the location and severity of the injury. Those things can and should be kept close at hand as well (preferably on body). The tourniquet can be applied much faster than the celox and compression bandage and with severe extremity blood loss time is certainly critical. First tq goes as high on the limb as possible and if it is not enough a second one gets added 2 inches below the first. The celox and bandage get applied once the tide has been stemmed.

  4. No flashlight? No pocket knife? No backup gun (I carry an additional launcher for my spare ammo), but at least carry a xtra mag! I also carry a pocket carry trauma kit. I know not everyone can do that. I carry in cargo pants pocket or cargo short pocket. Includes: RATS Tourniquet, NPA w/lube, 6 tampons, 32″ mini roll duct tape (when with packaging is a chest seal), abdominal compression bandage, 3 ft roll gauze bandage and hemostatic gauze sponge (QuikClot)
    I think I’ll be far more likely to need this kit for myself or a loved one long before I’ll ever need to draw on someone. With that said, I still carry both at all times!

    • Good stuff Paul! I don’t frequently tore a bug but multiple spare mags for sure.
      You may want to consider adding a cat/softw tq and replacing the women’s hygiene items with some celox.

      • I prefer the Rapid Application Tourniquet over the C.A.T. myself. The C.A.T. is fine, but the RATS is also a one handed capable device and more compact. I keep all in a vacuum sealed package to help keep clean, but also to compress it for carrying. I know, I know.. the tampons sound ridiculous, but they become less ridiculous pretty quickly if your shot. 6 tampons (removed from their, eh,…hem… applicator) will stop a non-arterial bleed from a 9mm bullet wound when packed into the wound. Oddly, it’s a trick I learned in improvised traumatic care and triage training years ago while I was a firefighter. A couple added bonuses is that 1. the attached string makes it much easier for the surgeon to retrieve them later and 2. They are great for stopping nose bleeds. 🙂


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