Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – Tom in Oregon

Yes, that’s the same Tom in Oregon whose pieces you enjoy here from time to time. As he notes, there’s no holster because his employer has a no firearms policy, so that GLOCK 19 with the custom slide lives in the car all day. See it all at Everyday Carry . . .


  1. avatar jwm says:

    Details on the knife?

    1. avatar Sert says:

      William Henry B12 Psychadelic

      1. avatar No one of consequence says:

        Very pretty, but a bit out of my price range.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Did a quick google check on price. Is “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it ” a valid answer?

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Very pretty, but a bit out of my price range.”

          Something tells me Tom got an employee discount on it.

          I recall Tom mentioning once how the boxes the knives come in at the place he works for cost more than many quality EDC blades themselves…

        3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          We get points each month. I saved them for a year to get this knife. Still cost me some cash on top of my points. But it’s worth it.

        4. avatar Geoff PR says:

          It’s a beautiful blade, Tom!

          I’m not brave enough to carry something as gorgeous as that EDC.

          (Any chance they need someone to sweep floors, mow the lawn, walk the boss’s dog, *anything*?)

        5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          They’ll probably be hiring again soon. Seems to be the trend.
          It’s a fantastic company to get to work for.

      2. avatar Rog Uinta says:


  2. avatar Ralph says:

    No Field Notes? Tom, you is a poser. 🙂

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Tom, you is a poser.”

      Yeah, but Tom poses in front of game he bagged on Safari in deepest Africa.

      Unlike me… *mutter*

      1. avatar jwm says:

        If it’ll make you feel better you can pose with the next bucket of KFC you bring home.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          my gun, knife, truck and a bucket o’ cluck.

    2. avatar Anonymous says:

      This was my first thoughts as well. Where are the field notes?

  3. avatar Hank says:

    Hey how often should you rotate ammo that’s in a hot car all day? Once a month or so? Or is it fine?

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      When it turns green from humidity and heat, or is corroded. Ammo is good for many years, hot frozen, or in between. There is plenty of 50 year old ammo floating around out there, and it shoots just fine. the only thing you have to pay attention to is bullets being pushed into the case from loading and reloading it into the gun, as this can lead to an overpressure situation.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “There is plenty of 50 year old ammo floating around out there, and it shoots just fine.”

        I recall reading here in TTAG about some nearly *100* year-old early manufacture .45 ACP that was tested and most of it fired, but it was a bit on the ugly-corroded side…

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      While ammo certainly can last for awhile, I rotate self-defense ammo every 3-6 months. Our policy at work is 6 months max. That’s more often than necessary, but why go through such great lengths to have a reliable carry gun and then neglect the ammo aspect? Also, carry guns get dusty and fuzzy. I knock the dust off on a weekly basis.

      Again, I’m aware that I’m more anal about cleaning than a lot of shooters, but my guns also tend to be more reliable.

      Continual clambering / unloading of a a semi auto can affect cartridge overall length, too. Better safe than sorry.

      1. avatar J says:

        Same field, but ours is every year. A lot of us have bailout bags that we keep with a bunch extra, some of which is rotated more frequently causing our belt mags to be rotated in use.

    3. avatar Hank says:

      Thanks y’all.

  4. avatar jwtaylor says:


    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      After its done being shaped and polished, we hit it with a blow torch. Ti does some cool colors under a torch.

      1. avatar ORCON says:

        Raw Ti also does some fun things when introduced to pure O2.

  5. avatar Dave says:

    Need a single stack 9. Hide it in a belly band holster and your employer will never know.

  6. avatar Steve Wonders says:

    If it is just company policy (not law), I’d suggest hiding an LCP type pistol somewhere on your person.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      I have a feeling that Tom is making a very good living and wouldn’t want to risk it. And whatever he does, it might just be one of those jobs with a very low risk of criminal invasion or ex-employees going postal.

      1. avatar MyName says:

        I’m thinking anyone who comes into Tom’s workplace looking to commit a crime is gonna get filleted.

  7. avatar Matt in FL says:

    OK, Tom, you’ve inspired me.

  8. avatar M1Lou says:

    No bag of weed?

    1. avatar Anonymous says:


  9. avatar Accur81 says:

    Nice gun, and much prettier than my Glocks. Normally I’d say get a .380 or 9mm single stack and carry anyways, but you are clearly capable of handling business.

    Cheers to you and hope we can meet up for a hunt or range time someday.

  10. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    I’m not a Glock hater, I own a few. But it seems to me like putting a custom slide on a Glock is like putting custom wheels on a Toyota Camry.

    To each his own, I guess.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      What? Are you trying to tell us that you’ve never seen a Camry jacked up and with 20″ chrome rims with rubber band tires? You must not get out much!

    2. avatar Snatchums says:

      You may have just hit the nail on the head. Glock is the toyota camry of the gun world: cheap, reliable, ugly, and ubiquitous.

  11. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Pretty light load, there. I carry tons of stuff (slight hyperbole), all of which _could_ be useful, so I don’t know where to trim.

    1. avatar ORCON says:

      Probably everything but the pistol, wallet and keys…maybe keep a knife.

    2. avatar Joel says:

      Rick I have two words for ya. MAN PURSE. : )

      I keep my pocket carry very light because I have a bag o tricks very close by. (Often in the car, sometimes on my back). Sure it’s a compromise. Most things in life are.

      I keep a phone, minimalist wallet, keys, knife, pocket flashlight and pocket pistol on body. Everything else goes in the bag.

  12. avatar Crowbar says:

    Hey Tom. Who did your slide? Was that a custom job or did you purchase it that way?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


      Tactical Firearms Solutions. It’s an NiB coating they call “battle worn.
      I saw it in my LGS and it was love at first sight.

  13. avatar Eric says:

    My employers have the same policy, I have a different policy. They will never know that I carry and if I ever need to protect myself and get fired for it, well I will be alive to look for a new job, and if I don’t survive then it won’t matter anyway. If the company doesn’t take steps for security then several of us have decided that we will do what we can.

  14. avatar IdahoBoy says:

    So does your employer prohibit guns in cars in the parking lot? Or do you park offsite?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      No. Several of us leave them in our rigs in the parking lot. Even my supervisor.
      But company policy is company policy. I love working there too much to worry about it. And disgruntled ex-employees? No such thing. Nobody wants to leave, it’s that good.

  15. avatar JoeVK says:

    My employer doesn’t specifically ban guns. The most I can find in the employee handbook is that “possessing a firearm on company premises” is in a list of offenses that are “punishable by up to, and including termination”. There are no signs anywhere, so customers aren’t banned, and the only answer my noss or myself can get from corporate is that “it’s probably not a good idea”. So, I leave my gun at home. I live literally across the street from my employer, so I walk to work. The only time I bring my gun in to work is when I’m off the clock.

  16. avatar FlamencoD says:

    Nearly every EDC dump is a Glock since you’ve mostly stopped showing nearly any Springfield Armory firearms. Get some variety going in these things. And does Glock really hold THAT much of the market share when Springfield is taken out of the equation? It’s really mind boggling.

  17. avatar Anonymous says:

    You carry it chambered? (Cocked and unlocked)?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


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