The Everyday Carry 2
In our first article, we concentrated on relatively small and slim items that can go in pockets or on your belt. Our hands are still free…. Let’s discuss some additional items you may wich to carry everyday in additional on your body or in a back pack or small bag.
If you are going to carry a gun, first please comply with all local laws for open carry or conceal and carry as they apply. There are a myriad of weapons to choose from but I will discuss the most popular conceal carry models:
Ruger LCP .380: even with a crimson trace laser, this is a concealable rig that will fit in your front pocket or an inside the belt holster. Double action – you really have to want to fire the weapon to get a shot off.
9mm Glock 19 or any .45 ACP Officer’s model: while still compact, they are a little too big for a pocket carry. Get yourself a comfortable hip rig and practice presentation of the firearm from a concealed carry – note that when the weapon has a round in the chamber (we refer to this as “red” or “hot”), you a one click of a safety away from discharging the weapon. You need to practice a lot presentations and dry fires to insure you do not dis-engage the safety* until the weapon is clear of your carry position and oriented towards the target. This is not something you should wait until you are in a crisis to discover the intricacies of this manuever – training will build muscle memory so you can safely deploy the weapon and get it in action. Slow is fast and fast is slow (an accidental discharge may ruin your day).
*Safety Tip: the Glock’s only safety is a trigger safety – you do not want to have your finger on the trigger until you have presented the weapon / pointed it at your target.
Last point on a concealed carry – if you do place your weapon in your pocket, nothing else should be in that pocket. You don’t want to fumble for something else when you don’t need your weapon and you don’t want to have to mess with anything else when you do need your weapon.
Don’t forget to plan where you are placing your spare magazines – again wherever they go, you don’t clutter up that space with anything else. Lots of dry fire practice of magazine changes is highly recommended, don’t want to be learning it for the first time when you need to be executing… although on the flip side, in a gun fight you literally have the rest of your life to get it right. Know before you go…
Ok, hands are still free.
It seems that everyone has a Starbucks travel cup these days. They fill up with coffee, take it to the car and enjoy a cup on the way to work. A small thermos or Nalgene water bottle would suffice and if you have a backpack, many of them include a side sleeve specifically for water bottles or canteens. Of course you can simply buy a bottle of water each day and hydrate as you go. If you don’t like the idea of carrying a bottle or canteen with you –condoms, a foldable plastic water bladder, or a sealable plastic bag to store water if needed. Fold them up and stuff them in your wallet or a pocket. I prefer a travel cup since I always carry one anyways.
Ok, do you carry a backpack or small bag? If not, the below items should be in your car.
While a mylar blanket will easily fit in your back pocket, if you have the space, I recommend an emergency Bivvy bag. There are sturdier, but still only weigh a couple of ounces. Less likely than a mylar blanket to tear and are they designed to encapsulate your body. These will retain more heat and may get you through the night (cue the Beatles song). Do yourself a favor and try to get some shelter from the elements in these instances, the Bivvy is a wonderful piece of kit but if you a sleeping on a concrete slab on the roof or a rock face on a hilltop, you shouldn’t expect a great night’s sleep…
Something for a medical situation: When we discussed the Mandalay Bay incident in Las Vegas, we described a light-weight trauma kit. In addition to that, I am going add some gauze and some medical tape and a scissors. You can cut the gauze to the size of any wound. Include a few alcohol or betadine wipes (although with a bottle of alcohol and the gauze you have an instant wipe) to sterilize the wound. To seal cuts since many of you might not want to stich your buddy up (Important Tip – the care giver [that’s you] feels no pain!), pull out the Super Glue – adheres skin instantly. Use gauze to wipe away the blood apply the glue and push together. Your goal here is for first aid before moving to a medical treatment facility or for minor injuries to prevent infection initially before doing follow on treatment as required.
So in summary what do you have in your every day carry?
- Wallet: money, credit cards, ID, maybe some credit card sized tools or survival kits, condoms or foldable bladder or sealable plastic bag
- Escape -the hand cuff key
- Shelter – a mylar blanket
- Cell phone
- RFID proof card holder: spare debit or credit cards, some spare cash, some other credit cards sized tools or survival kits
- A Lighter
- Lock blade knife (if not on the hip) or your tactical pen (in your breast pocket)
- A small concealed pistol and spare mag(s) in opposing pocket
- Alternate location of a lock blade knife or a collapsible baton or a multitool
- Alternate location for concealed weapon and spare mags
- Keys or Remote Fob
- Fire stick
- Micro light
- Paracord grenade
- Small Swiss Army knife or micro multitool
- Canteen or thermos or water bottle
- Emergency Bivvy Bag
- Trauma and First Aid kit
Mix and match with what you are comfortable with and what your circumstances allow.
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