The Bare Minimum: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

Specialist 38, a technical specialist from the South East, sends his “Bare Minimum” setup.  From Everyday Carry.

Like many of us, he’s always got a gun on.  In fact, sometimes more than one.  Here’s what he writes:

This is what I carry every day. I may carry more (like a spare mag or another gun) but I have this if I am vertical and awake.

Indeed, home carry is a good thing.  Don’t you love those people who ask, “How long would it take you to get to a loaded gun in your home?”

The look on their face when you say 1.5 seconds oftentimes borders on priceless.

Easily one of the more unusual items:  the old-school Case Stockman pocket knife.  Just like my grandpa used to carry.  Specialist also carries a Benchmade Griptilian, so it’s old school and new school on blades.

Oh yeah, and the irony that Specialist38 carries a .380 in the form of an LCP.  How about that?  I liked the LCP a lot way back when.  Well, until the LCPII came along.  In fact, I liked the LCPs so much that back in 2013, at my second wedding (practice makes perfect), my groomsmen all got an LCP.  Yeah, they thought that was a pretty cool groomsman gift.



  1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Good carry. Prefer a heavier caliber and spare mag, but since he often has that covered, no criticism.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Nowadays, I normally have a spare in my shirt pocket.

  2. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Love it! Just about what I carry every day. Only difference is I have the larger Pearce mag plate ’cause of my big hands. I do love my LCP.
    The ammo I use is ARX. Which seems to be pretty bad ass in the videos w/ gel. So I don’t feel under armed.
    The biggest difference is I drive a RAM.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      I used to drive a Ram. Better seats than the Ford I have now.

      I tried the factory grip extension and the Pearce. The extension jumps between my fingers and is irritating for me so unstick with the short plate.

    2. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Hey Dave…does that ARX drop your point of impact on the target?

      1. avatar daveinwyo says:

        Not that I have noticed. The bullet is 56 grains, so it flies pretty fast. I only practice at the 10 yd. line. Of course if I get 7 in the kill zone I’m happy. I don’t think I could get better than a 4″ group and I have tried. I think it’s me not the gun. Big hands small gun.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Thanks. Have looked at them but haven’t run across any at my LGS.

        2. avatar Tile Floor says:

          I have to qualify with any secondary weapon I use, on Q targets. The qual ranges from 2-15 yards, 2 rounds in 3 seconds from the holster mostly, but also dominant and non dominant hand only. I shoot a 100 every time. Its a great shooting little gun.

  3. avatar Viejo Torro says:

    I am strangely disappointed. I was hoping to see a vintage K fray in a upside down shoulder holster

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Or really old school and go with a Bren Ten in a shoulder rig, ala Miami Vice.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        I saw a Bren once….but it had no magazine. The unicorn gun.

        I’m carried a 1911 for a while in a Bianchi pistol pocket … those holsters.

        1911 was slim but too long for comfort while driving.

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          I have a friend who owns a Bren Ten WITH two spare mags. Keeps in a shadow box with a pic of shaking hands with Jeff Cooper.

      2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        Tom in Oregon,

        I never thought of Miami Vice as being “old school” until you mentioned it and I realized that series debuted on network television 35 years ago! Thanks for making me feel really old!

    2. avatar Specialist38 says:

      That was 30 years ago in a lightning holster. Couldnt carry all the time back then.

      Before that I carried a Highway Patrolman in a Jackass Rig.

      Still carry a J frame or LCR in a Mika or Kramer pocket holster off and on.

      The Glock 43 or 48 go IWB bit I have toyed with the idea of Galco shoulder rig since Ken Null quit making the USH.

  4. avatar ‘liljoe says:

    So would that be a straw men purchase?

    Asking for a friend.

  5. avatar strych9 says:

    Always nice to see an EDC from a regular poster.

    I like the thumbhole choice on the Grip.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Amen. The Spyder hole was designed for arthritic thumbs……and gloves.

  6. avatar Johannes Paulsen says:

    John Boch, you give some pretty good wedding gifts.

  7. avatar OldProf49 says:

    Now THIS is an EDC I can relate to! Very similar to mine, just some different preferences, especially the knife(ves) and flashlight.

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