“What I Carry Everyday?” How original, right?
That JBoch guy wrote this of his menagerie of stuff:
I carry about 10 pounds of stuff. Start with a 5.11 Tactical nylon belt (or Wilderness Instructor belt, Size 34), Glock 19 and two reloads. I have the Bladetech Phantom or Nano holsters (I have both, like them equally well) for a Glock 17, which works great for the G17, G19 and G26 guns, depending on what I’m carrying. Two spare magazines. I use the flashlight the most of all the gear. Well aside from the phone and keys. Ruger LCPII for the backup/weapon retention tool in a DeSantis Superfly rig. Tactical pen, big Lone Wolf folder honed to a wicked sharpness thanks to a knife-smith buddy that’s solely used for self-defense, two backup flashlights (because I’m not as religious about charging batteries as I should be) and a utility knife for opening boxes and other mundane cutting. Routine fire-starting and emergency fire-starting gear, along with a keyring multi-tool. Missing: I ran out of breath strips.
Thank the Lord for 5.11 cargo pants. Or now, “dad pants” now that I have a brand new pair of twin boys. Yeah, spare diapers, baby wipes, burp cloths and even a pacifier or two have been known to find their way into my cargo pockets of late. But not for this photo.
Probably the newest addition for EDC is the Uzi-style Tactical Pen. This particular one I got as the emcee of the HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes Annual Golf Outing Fundraising Dinner last year. I and the veterans who participated all got one of these and I love it. It writes great, even upside down, and it doesn’t bend or break in my pocket.
When someone needs a pen and you hand them this thing, they just hold it and take in the heft. “Nice pen!” inevitably follows. It’s also big enough that it doesn’t make it into the washing machine by mistake.
The Samsonite Business Card wallet also doubles as a throwaway wallet for armed robbers. Whether or not I ambush them with a GLOCK 19 magazine full of behavioral modification as they bend over to pick it up after I “drop” it by mistake will depend on circumstances. With two spare magazines in pouches (a Galco and a Bladetech) I have the flexibility to show greater charity in giving when it comes to ballistic therapy.
Used to carry a Karambit after taking Steve Tarani’s knife class, primarily for firearm retention, but the Ruger LCPII deploys flawlessly from my support side everytime. Unlike the Karambit. Also unlike the Karambit, I don’t have to be within arm’s length. And more importantly, I can share the little Ruger with a second person who doesn’t have a gun and that becomes a big force multiplier for the good guys.
The big blade, the Lone Wolf Harsey T1 is awesome. A gift from a knife-loving Guns Save Life member before I became more of a knife lover myself close to 20 years ago. It’s a personal defense tool sharpened to near-scalpel sharpness and doesn’t get used 99.99999% of the time and I’ve carried it for close to 15 years now and it’s going strong. Even unopened, it makes a fine impact weapon. The little Gerber Mini Paraframe, another gift, works perfectly for packages and utility hacking.
As I’ve written before, I carry a couple of spare lights, primarily because I’m lousy at charging the Lithium Ion batteries religiously.
While I still carry an EagleTac G25C2, when it buys the farm, I’m going with an Olight. EagleTac’s customer service sucks bigtime – as in they have a lifetime warranty but you have to send it to Taiwan or China for service. I’ve done that once with about five of their products a couple years ago and only three remain functional.