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Phil, who works in a grocery store in Wisconsin sends his Everyday Carry stuff.  Via Everyday Carry.

First, why the brown belt instead of black?  So the belt clips contrast brightly if the shirt rides up over the belt?  And what’s up with the “Hypertough” 100-lumen flashlight?  There are many smaller packages that use a single AA battery and run circles in terms of performance around the “Hypertough” light (available at your local Walmart — not far from the ammo they used to stock.)  Like the little Streamlight, or one I carry, the Klarus XT1A.

Another thing I noticed is now brand new everything looks.  None of it looks worn.  For instance, that bag of Celox would last about five minutes looking that nice in my cargo pocket.  If I carried Celox.  Really?  Celox?  And no tourniquet?  Hopefully Phil’s baseline plan isn’t to dump Celox into any bleeding wound.  Because when all you’ve got is a bag of Celox, everything looks like a hemorrhage.

The Ruger SR9c is a decent single-stack 9mm.  And another kydex rig in the form of a Blue Star Holsters bright green rig.  And Phil carries a couple of spare mags.  Good on him.

He’s also got his share of non-firearm steel in two blades, including a fixed-blade Outdoor Edge Le Duck and a CRKT Caligo folder.


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  1. Looks good. Some of it’s a little weird. An alien green holster? I learned a long time ago to carry two single mag pouches instead of a double mag pouch. Allows you to position the pouches around belt loops and such. Also gives the option of carrying either one or two mags, depending.

    • Personally I always go with bright colored holsters (I prefer orange but also have a spare setup in this alien green…)

      A bright color makes it easier to see into the holster when reholstering.

  2. He worries about different things than I do.

    I would opt for a tournequet instead of Celox. But hemmay be worrying about a deep cut in the grocery game.

    It may also be he has the perfect spot for carrying THAT light.

    Seems kitted up.

    • “I would opt for a tournequet instead of Celox. But hemmay be worrying about a deep cut in the grocery game.”

      It’s a legit concern, and not just for the butcher. The stock boys are making *hundreds* of cuts a day (actually, the overnight hours when the store is usually closed) slicing open cartons to get the stock on the shelves…

  3. “First, why the brown belt instead of black? So the belt clips contrast brightly if the shirt rides up over the belt?”

    Have you met your average modern American? Pick 1000 randos off the street and maybe a dozen of them actually notice the clips on a brown background. Of that 12 maybe half, but probably less, know what it means and of those who correctly surmise what those clips are, none care.

    • I have to agree. Most people don’t even notice when you open carry. Everyone’s heads are too on their phones. A it’’s a pickpocketer’s dream out there these days.

        • I’m convinced the 20-something that nailed me was on her phone while driving into me. The police interviewed the driver in the car following her, and he saw me just fine (1000 + lumen headlight and a bright-assed flashing tail light will do that) and was well into the brakes when she nailed me…

    • This is true. I’ve seen someone in Home Depot walk around with their shirt ridden up exposing their glock in a non-permissive state. For a bit of fun- and because I don’t usually go up to people to talk to them about their gun- I kept an eye out. No one else seemed to notice until the carrier himself realized it and pulled the shirt back down after about 10 minutes.

      • If he was that casual about it in a non-permissive state, it’s only a matter of time for him…

      • I had a similar experience in Home Depot with an employee. His shirt had ridden up over his holster and his gun was exposed.

        I just got his attention and said, “The back of your shirt is riding up.”

        Him: *stares at me*
        Me: *stares at him*
        Him: “Oh! Thanks….”

        I don’t know about HD’s corporate policy, but I would guess that he’s not supposed to carry at work.

  4. Ruger SR9C is an excellent choice.

    Mine is the full size SR9. Same gun except for length and capacity. Good fit on my hand, better than any Glockenspiel I ever tried.

    I did try a Ghost Ultimate 3.5lb drop-in trigger upgrade. It was cheap and easy to do and I found it better than original, so I kept it. I’ve lost count of how many thousands of rounds I’ve put thru that gun. Never had a single jam with any brand of ball or hollow point I’ve tried.

    • Solid gun. It looks like Ruger brought the SR line back. They probably realized they didn’t have any semi-auto 40 S&W’s in their lineup. I was thinking about picking up an SR9 because you can find them for $260 now. You can’t beat that.

  5. People from Wisconsin are notoriously cheap. That explains the flashlight, the Ruger, and everything else. Don’t take it as a criticism, the flashlight will work when called upon, the Ruger will reliably make 9mm holes just like a Glock. People from the badger state just don’t like spending money to buy more than they need.

  6. Didn’t ttag post an article a few months ago about how tourniquets are useless in mass casualty events?

    They’re useful rolling in a convoy with a plate carrier where most injury is blast to the limbs. stabbed by a crackhead, less so.

  7. This article seemed unnecessarily critical. Maybe this guy bought what he could, when he could, and can’t afford to spend much else. I say good on him for having a well rounded carry that will serve him well in a variety of scenarios.

    • True. Not criticizing, but I never understood carrying multiple knives. If you’re committed to carrying a knife everyday, why not find just one that suits your purpose? Keep another one handy in your vehicle if you feel like you might have a need for a different type.

  8. Nothing wrong with a cheap pocket/belt flashlight, IMHO. I have a cheapey LED flashlight from Wally World I keep in one of my jacket pockets. Sure, I have a bigger, more powerful light in my car bag (and one in my office) in case of an emergency. But for daily, carrying around use here in the suburbs? I’m not likely to need it for anything more than to see if the cat is hiding behind the refrigerator again.

    That just me, though. Each to their own, and all that.

  9. Anyone who cares to check will find that I never comment on these “pocket dump” articles, so this will be my first (and likely only) time doing so. The reason I typically avoid them is because John Boch rips on everyone who apparently doesn’t EDC exactly as he would. Brown clip vs. black? Who cares? Personal preference. 100-lumen cheapie flashlight instead of a 600-lumen Surefire? Who cares? Personal preference. I myself have my light set to a lower setting rather than the max, to protect my own eyes as they quickly adjust while acquiring a target along my gun’s sight picture.

    As long someone is prepared to defend him/herself successfully in the heat of the dreaded moment, isn’t that what counts?

    These articles should be more aptly titled as “John’s excuse to regularly bash on people who don’t EDC like he does”.

  10. I think his choices are pretty good. Personally, I like dark colored holsters, etc, and often have a mix of Kydex and nylon/leather on when I’m kitted up. The CRKT is a solid choice for a folder, as is the Ruger pistol. I’m also a light geek, but don’t recognize the one he’s picked. That said, if it’s 100+ lumens it should be good for most situations at hand. Does anyone know what his carry ammo is?

  11. I don’t carry a tourniquet for mass cass, I carry it for me, and a pressure bandage too, since I’ll be on rat poison till I’m 7 lbs of ash. Celox without a dressing is of questionable use. Decent Gun, spare mags, knives (personally I’d rather a multitool than two blades ), holster, mag pouches, and any flashlight is better than no flashlight. I do have a preference for Streamlights, but I’m not a flashlight snob as some are. Heck, I’ve bought enough ofthe little plastic $1.00 Walmart flashlights to keep one in just about every drawer, nook and cranny in the house and vehicles. You can hand them out and if they’re not returned, you’re only out a buck. As for his color choices, to each his own. If he’s a happy camper, who am I to say nay?


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