I’ve rearranged the daily EDCs to run this — “submission” — from John P. who at 43 years of age, who writes that he is a retired doorkicker. From Indiana. Why? Because the soyboys over at Vox seem to think EDCs have something to do with survivalism/preparedness.
He calls it his, and I quote, “My EDC covers personal defense, comms, survival and get-home-bag essentials.“
As for Mr. John P… Perhaps he’s been kicking doors as part of military service and not law-enforcement. If that’s the case, then thank you for your service John, and oh by the way, you’re going to need to get a new gig since military pensions aren’t exactly gold-plated.
As for his submission: Yeah, I’m more than a little skeptical about all this “stuff” getting carried around on an everyday basis. I suppose it’s all relative though, as people made fun of my ten pounds of guns, ammo, blades, lights and gear as excessive. But I suspect I’m not the only one who doesn’t carry around beef sticks and 100′ of 550 cord on a daily (or even infrequent) basis.
Wearing a backpack around as a middle-aged male will also attract some attention. Not the kind of attention he probably wants, either.
While like this John, I carry two spare magazines, but I don’t carry a box of ammo on top of that. C’mon John. I’ve been to rough parts of Indy and Gary and didn’t feel like I needed to carry a spare box of ammo on top of gun plus two spare mags. Then again, maybe he wants the ammo for barter. Because .40 S&W has become such a hot commodity in gun and ammo sales lately. (/sarcasm)
I’d probably give him a gallon of gas (or milk) for that box of .40.
Another perplexing observation: He’s got an ancient LG 3G Tracphone and he carries a spare Pocket Juice 10mAh battery. Why? And 3G? That’s like, what, 1990s technology there? It’ll call 9-1-1. Is he worried about keeping that ancient brick running for a week or something? In case he buys a Tracphone card and reactivates it, perhaps? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to use a pay phone (or borrow someone’s cell phone)?
He has his Springfield XD 40’s holster down as a Serpa, but a Serpa that ain’t. I’m no fan of Serpas and frankly, I have met few who know what they are doing who do like Serpas unless it’s something their job requires. And then while they use it, they oftentimes have less than kind things to say about them. The risk of negligent discharges runs high (“I just … shot myself!”) because of the release button’s location, to say nothing of the whole system locking up with a little pebble or two getting in the mechanism.
But maybe that Gun Owners of America sticker is sort of a tool to fix those Serpa issues? Maybe as a big Band-Aid for the hole in his leg if he gets a little too aggressive on the trigger while fast-drawing?