Showing posts with label EDC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EDC. Show all posts

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I ordered a case of Tula 122gr HP ammo from Lucky Gunner.

Ordered 250 rounds of 12 gauge #6 shot from Lucky Gunner.

Put together my HSGI War Belt.

Edited to include: Added dog food to the family movers vehicle kit. Also purchased a new flashlight (Streamlight Microstream) to try for EDC. So far I like it a lot. 

This coming week I need to order a holster, put a few finishing touches on the ALICE pack and maybe order some food.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tiered Gear: Bringing It All Together

I've been struggling with this mentally for about a year. I keep putting together more and more kits. I basically had 3 'survivalist' kit as well as 3 militaryish kits (home defense, fighting load, ). I had my EDC, EDC bag,  a get home bag and a Bug out Bag. I also had a home defense setup, a fighting load and a never totally put together but always on the radar full on red dawn/ Doug Carlson type ruck. It has been a big mess for awhile.

Anyway here is where I am going. 

Level 1- Normal Everyday Carry. I keep some extra stuff handy in case a knife/ lighter doesn't get moved from one pair of pants to the other.

Level 2-HSGI War Belt, Chest rig (Probably MOLLE II review to follow), Body Armor as appropriate. It's a decent bet but I'm hoping the war belt works out. If the chest rig which ups my rifle mag count from 2+1 to 10+1 is coming the body armor almost surely would be. There is potential to add a camelback if the situation dictates. Camelbacks (and other hydration systems) are an interesting discussion for another day. Suffice to say I like the option of wearing one but they are a hassle when wearing a ruck or a bulkier assault pack.

Level 2.5-Get Home Bag/ Assault Pack. This is sort of an awkward to define but useful kit as I have talked about before. Mine is primarily set up as a get home bag though since it's mostly empty could easily be set up with mission specific gear in a more assault pack fashion. While it would suck it is compatable with attaching to my ruck. That would put the total weight close to 90 (70-75 w/o armor) pounds which is getting silly but I guess it's good to have options. Also if I ate the food and drank the water in this kit the weight would drop considerably to a more reasonable level. The immediate survival type portion of this kit might live in my Hill People Gear kit bag.

Level 3- Bug Out Bag/ Ruck. Tonight I began the conversion from an excellent civilian backpack to a surplus ALICE bag. The reason is the ALICE is high enough to work with the war belt. Also while I dislike carrying them the damn things last forever. If things go all Mad Max/ Red Dawn this is the uncomfortable bag I want to be carrying.

Do need to pick up a couple more pouches to make the transition work. The ALICE is big enough but most of the space is in the main pouch. I like being able to be a touch more organized than that I will probably pick up some MOLLE sustainment pouches to fit onto the sides. Also maybe a pouch of some type for the bottom. I have plenty of space NOW but probably not enough for a slightly heavier winter module. Anyway I'm working on it.

Discussion- In normal times the war belt will be my bump in the night kit. No real changes needed though I will probably add a burner cell phone and photocopy of my drivers license. Also the level 2.5 will live in the vehicle I drive to and from work.

One of the biggest benefits of simplifying the amount of kits/ systems I am using is that it will let me combine stuff to have overall better setups. This will let me have better gear present without breaking the bank. Also it just makes things simpler which is good.

So that is my thinking for where stuff is going. As always your thoughts are welcome.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reader Question: Rucking Weights, Fighting vs Approach March Loads, Afghanistan, etc

Rucking 101 Part 2 Training Plans got a comment that I thought was worth replying to on the main page:
I question the sense, even the rationality of trying to train up to the military 65 lb load. Training should have a purpose. What is the purpose of the 65 lb load? The military does it? So effing what. The military is losing in Afghanistan to poorly trained, poorly equipped light infantry in part because those heavy loads give the Taliban the choice of when to engage. And then when they do engage our troops carrying 65 pounds of gear cannot catch them when they disengage. The bulk and weight of the loads, to a great extent, limits our troops to roads and trails where they can be ambushed or hit with ieds. So why would you want to copy the military when what the military does doesn't work?

Ryan here: I am going to ignore the slightly condescending tone of the reply  so we will just stick to the issue at hand. First I have to say the plan I pretty blatantly stole is the brainchild of John Mosby. I am not going to try putting words into his mouth; all thoughts that follow are my own. In no particular order here we go:

-Let's talk about system levels first.

Level 1 is your survival load. I everyday carry mine.

Level 2 is a fighting load. A way you carry plenty of ammo, some water, a bit of food and medical stuff, etc. Level 2 can vary widely in weight depending on whether or not you choose to wear body armor. Even a stripped down set of plates with a plate carrier weights in the fifteen to seventeen pound range. Add side plates and it will be more. Choose a full on vest with class IIIA soft armor, side plates and front/ back plates and it's going to be more like 30 pounds.This is also called a fighting load.

Level 3 is a subsistence load. This will have food, shelter, water, spare clothes, ammo, etc all. This is a rucksack or something similar. It is also called an approach march load.

-Where you confuse things is by arbitrarily linking 65 pounds being the end weight of this program with what you perceive to be soldiers fighting loads in Afghanistan. These two things are entirely unrelated in my mind.

-As to taking lessons from our combat forces. Who else would you propose taking them from?

-To the single point issue of whether soldiers loads in our current operational environment, particularly high altitude mountainous Afghanistan are too heavy. One can make a legitimate argument, as I noted a couple years back in Thoughts on Insurgencies #1 that the current focus on wearing heavy protective equipment no matter what decreases mobility. Years and a trip to Afghanistan later I would argue in particular that it greatly limits our ability to do the long multi day presence/ movement to contact type patrols and SKT/ ambushes that would really deny the Taliban safe haven everywhere an MRAP/ Cougar can't drive. This means the Taliban have functional control of these areas only needing to worry about SOF types occasionally popping out of the sky to hit an HVT. Day to day that terrain and it's populace are theirs. You just can't haul enough stuff to survive for 3-4 days and wear full on body armor.

If I were El Supremo General Ryan I would delegate authority to forgo protective gear in order to increase mobility to the Company Commander, with review by the first 0-5 in the chain of command which is typically the Battalion Commander. Moving on.

-Beyond that to the larger question of whether our overall success, or very arguable lack thereof in Afghanistan can be attributed to our troops efforts (or even more arbitrarily the weight of their fighting loads).  One could argue that seperating military and political objectives is arbitrary. After all as Clausewitz said "War is a continuation of politics by other means".

The conditions determined to be success and by implication failure, as well as the limits of troops and force allowed being defined by civil leadership largely put success in a venture such as Afghanistan into the political spectrum. For example, our soldiers could stop the Taliban in a couple weeks simply by killing the known bad guys and their major supporters without waiting to catch them in the act with evidence that can convict them and subsequently gathering intel to go kill their buddies but it would not be pretty. In fact it would probably remind one of The Battle of Algiers.

Of course any legitimate effort to route the Taliban would need to include significant incursions if not outright occupation of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal areas. Taking it a step further our military would be quite capable of killing every human being in Afghanistan to end the problem that way. However we are not as a society willing to accept those costs; which is probably a good thing.

In closing on this point I'd argue our soldiers are doing a decent, though inherently less than perfect, job in pursuit of what could be argued to be an inadequately resourced, poorly defined and unrealistic, out right fantasy based often changing end state.

-You mentioned training having a purpose. So let us work backwards in terms of how much weight one might want to train up to carrying.

My fighting load including M4agery weights in around 20 pounds. Toss in body armor and it is closer to 35-40.

My sustainment load AKA BOB weights about 42 pounds (wet).

Carrying a light (sans armor) fighting load and my BOB puts me right around the 65 pound weight hack. I don't worry to much about a full on load out of fighting kit, armor and ruck. The reason is I can't see myself realistically carrying that for a prolonged period.  Where I can see myself sucking under a ruck is in some situation trying to get home. Often for long trips I toss my BOB and a rifle into our vehicle. Walking home a long distance would suck but it is my realistic walking worst case scenario.

The point I am trying to get at here is that 65 pounds is not out a crazy weight for a multi day sustainment load and some fighting gear. Instead of being an arguably bloated fighting load it is a lean fighting load and enough stuff to somewhat comfortably live for 3-4 days in realistic field conditions. Really add up the stuff and if your weights come across drastically different I'd recheck the packing list.

While not intentionally planned 65 pounds is just about right for me. Knowing John Mosby that probably isn't a happy coincidence. If you do the same math as I just did and come up with a drastically different weight then adjust accordingly.

That being said as one wise commenter noted "If you can carry 65 you can definitely carry 35" so maybe training hard even if you do not plan to haul a heavy pack has some wisdom after all.

Anyway that's my thinking on that. Hope it helps or entertains somebody.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Schism of the Everyday Carry and the Get Home Bag

So like I said recently a new backpack last weekend at a garage sale. Wasn't actively in the market for one but at $20 it was an easy decision.

What I have been wanting to do is split my everyday carry and get home bags. That way I can keep some bare essentials in my everyday bag to let it have plenty of space for everyday stuff and stay light. There is also the benefit that my get home bag can be beefed up a little bit.

So what made the cut for my everyday carry bag? Well since you asked I will show you.
Metal water bottle. I would like to upgrade to a 1 quart wide mouth one at some point. The granola bars are for snacking or enough food to be reasonably comfortable for a day or so. The IFAK is in case I get caught in some sort of attack. The rest is pretty much a personal survival kit. The contents are my Rat 3, compass, lighter, fire starter. I chose a fixed blade because it gives me a few capabilities the EDC folder doesn't.

I am comfortable with this relatively light setup because a more robust setup is nearby. If I took public transit or rode in a car pool this setup would be a little bit light. So while it suits my needs it might not fit yours. 

Once I get it all sorted out the new and improved Get Home Bag will be discussed. What's in your EDC bag?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kershaw Blur and Thanks

Grasshoppa was kind enough to send me a Kershaw Blur to check out. It has a tanto blade with partial serration which is pretty much my ideal fighting/ destroying things configuration in a folding type blade. It is working into my EDC for testing and evaluation. It seems like a very well made knife at a super competitive price. You will see an initial impressions post shortly and a review in due time. I need to go find some stuff to cut.

Thanks again Grasshoppa!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Admin Request to Close Out EDC Contest.

Zombie Guy #10 please contact me to get your copy of The Blighted by Archer Garrett. The rest of the winners info has been passed to the sponsors. I will get the wildcard together and out shortly. 

Again big thanks to the the advertisers who made this contest possible:
LPC Survival
LuckyGunner.com
Camping Survival
and Archer Garrett 

Monday, February 25, 2013

EDC Contest Winners

#1 CF #22 with 124 votes wins 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
#2 Meister #20 with 74 votes wins 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
#3 Tricia #26 with 37 votes wins 1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)
#4 Zombie Guy #10 with 32 votes wins 1 copy of The Blighted by Archer Garrett.

 The Wildcard goes to  Thomas #4. To be in high school and already on the right track in survivalism is pretty awesome. This guy is going places.

To the folks listed above please send me an email (from the same account your entry came from) with the address you want the prize sent to. If you fail to do so within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and I will pick an alternate winner.
 
Out of the prizes but rounding out the top 10 and gaining honorable mention are:
#5 Ray #33 with 20 votes he is tied evenly with Brian #6 who also has 20 votes
#6 Michael W #32 with 19 votes
#7 Brock #24 with 12 votes
#8 Garret T #25 with 11 votes
#9 Jacob #1 with 8 votes
#10 Matt #21 with 5 votes

I personally appreciated the participation of my fellow bloggers. In no particular order:
American Mercenary
TEOTWAWKI Blog
and Arma Borealis

A big thanks to the the advertisers who made this contest possible:
LPC Survival
LuckyGunner.com
Camping Survival
and Archer Garrett 
Please check out their sites. They support this blog and make these contests possible so please go to their sites and buy something. Tell them I sent you.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Current Results of EDC Contest Voting

The current results of the voting are:
 #1- CF entry #22 with 25 votes
#2- Tricia entry #26 with 23 votes
#3-Zombie Guy entry #10 with 20 votes
#4- Meister entry #20 with 17 votes
#5- Michael W entry #32 with 15 votes
#6- Brian Entry #6 with 14 votes

Voting will continue through tomorrow so plenty of time to vote for yourself or your favorite entry. After you vote feel free to mention the EDC contest as well as your favorite entry to the spouse, friends, family or web buddies.

 To recap here is what our contestants are playing for:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)
4th Place: A copy of The Blighted by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. ($30+  value).
Check out the details and my example post here. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

EDC Contest Roll Up

Hey Everybody, I wanted to put all the EDC contest entries together before we start the voting. So here they are. Before we get going here is a quick reminder of what our contestants are competing for:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)
4th Place: A copy of The Blighted by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
Check out the details and my example post here. 

Now without further rambling lets look at the entries:
 #1 Jacob
#2 Max in Colora
#3 Mike in Wisconsin
#4 Thomas
#5 J in Dallas
#6 Brian
#7 Dan
#8 James
#9 Kim
#10 Zombie Guy
#11 Alexander Wolfe of TEOTWAWKI Blog
#12 H
#13 Heather of Arma Borealis
#14 AM of American Mercenary (not in for prizes but I wanted to include it in the discussion)
#15 JW
#16 WPW
#17 Mike in Sweden
#18 C
#19 Mike
#20 Meister
#21Matt
#22 CF
#23 John
#24 Brock
#25 Garret T
#26 Tricia
#27 Levi on the Farm
#28 Jake
#29 Archer Garrett. You can check out his books on Amazon.
#30 Brian N
#31 Dave B
#32 Michael W
#33 Ray
#34 Chris the other half of Arma Borealis
#35 Jack

Please take a look at the posts as voting will (baring technical difficulties) start tomorrow.


*If there is a bad link someplace please let me know.

Friday, February 15, 2013

EDC Contest Update

So you have seen all the entries to our awesome EDC Contest. In the next couple days I will wrap all of the entries into one post and figure out some stats so we can look at trends and have some discussion. Discussion is an area where I failed in this contest and in the future I will do better.

So please feel free to check out all the entries and start thinking about who you will vote for to win the awesome prizes.

1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Thanks to everybody who participated.

Monday, February 11, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #35 Jack

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #35
Ryan,
Attached you should find my EDC picture. I hope it can help others out! Thanks for your blog as well! I discovered you from TEOTWAWKI Blog that I've looked at for the last year or two. You both do good work! Thanks again! My info for the load out should be able to be found below! Thanks!

EDC:
Watch - A cheaper Timex Ironman series watch that I got off amazon for $30 or so. Great watch, lasts forever and is very durable! 

Weapon - I carry my Ruger LCP quite a bit and was just able to upgrade my ammo recently! I alternate a Hornady 90 gr. Critical Defense and a regular 90 gr. ball round. One for expansion, one for penetration since the .380 doesn't have a lot of knock down. I carry at least 3 mags, so 18-19 rounds.

Holster - Yes I gave into the Smart Carry (Thunderwear) for a couple of reasons. One, with an LCP you legitimately forget about having it and the 2 extra mags! Two, a few spots I potentially carry, it's against policy (NOT illegal). Having said that, some of those I do carry, some I don't (risk vs reward). Either way theres no way anyone ever could spot that. Lastly it leaves pocket room free and I put a hook in the back of my front door that I can hang it from there when I'm home! Pretty nice set up with it! It does take a little getting used to but haven't had any problems! Just like an extra set of underwear that's comforting! I also have a Blackhawk Size 1 pocket holster that I love to just throw in my pants or jacket pocket if I'm just going out real quick. 

Knives - I always have at least one knife. I have a gerber paraframe wrapped with some 550 for grip and use which is my utility knife. I also have a Kershaw Speed Safe Scallion I believe that's sharp as anything and is more of a last ditch knife.

Key Chain - I carry a Magnesium striker, a Streamlight Nano flashlight, and some keys.

ID tags/Dog Tags - You can see the chain. I always have these especially if I'm going to work out and don't carry ID into the gym or go for a run so in an emergency I always have it. 

Wallet - Cheap leather one, holds an emergency stash of cash, ID, CHL, Debit/Credit Card, Health care card, as well as a BFE Kit knife so I always have a knife, and a back up valet car key just in case. 

Listerine strips - For obvious reasons.

Spray - I find it a necessity to carry a non-lethal if you carry lethal force options. It's very helpful if your just having problems with someone. It's much easier all around if you spray someone vs. shooting them. Just another option. It's come in handy before when I was by no means justified to shoot but completely justified to spray a drunk, rowdy guy who was in my face on vacation! Sabre makes it and I believe it's a fairly high dose of OC in it. Again about $13 on amazon. Small price to pay for how useful it could be in deterrence. 

That's it! Thanks.

Jack


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #34 Chris

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #34
Better late than never!  Sorry the picture is grainy.  It was the best I could do with the webcam on my netbook.

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From top left to bottom right:
- Beretta 96 Centurion (alternate carry is a S&W M&P)
- Dragonworks Leather Flap Jack Holster
- Spare Mag
- Surefire taclight (LED)
- 20 round PMAG in BladeTech belt carrier*  
- Leatherman Charger*
- Folding knife (el-cheapo free swag 5.11 folder). 
- Key chain with Gerber Dime mini-multitool, LED light, and CPR mask
- Mini-notebook
- Handkerchief
- Pen & Sharpy marker
- Wallet with wallet stuff including emergency contact numbers for family and work
- CAT-T (usually slipped in a cargo pocket and forgotten about -- I've put some through the wash...)

Not pictured:
- Boots:  I almost always wear decent quality boots and I keep a spare set in the trunk.
- Clothes:  I am fortuanate and can wear rugged cargo-pants type attire most days.  For a more "professional casual" appearance I usually rock the 5.11 pants & polo look.
- Hat & Gloves:  I usually wear a cap (ballcap in summer, fleece cap in winter) and have a set of glove liners in a cargo pocket in the winter at a minimum.
- Phone:  I sometimes have a prepaid cell.  I am trying to be better about carrying it regularly.

Comments:

I only carry the PMAG when I also have to have a long gun handy for work or other reasons.  The 20 round mag is much more comfortable on the belt and conceals nicely if necessary under a shirt or in a pocket.

The Leatherman is a great multitool but I'd be lying if I said I carried it all the time.  I carry it often, but usually it is a tradeoff between the spare mag, the light, and the multitool:  pick two of the three.  I keep multitools in the car and at work so usually the Leatherman gets left behind.

Thanks for running the contest -- great idea!
Chris (Alaska)


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #33 Ray

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #33

TOP, left to right.

-Omega carabiner for keys. House, bike lock, gun cabinet, friends house, truck, fuel cap, and a victorinox classic SD (super handy).

-Bandanna, standard black.

-HTC 4G LTE. Communications, GPS, handy apps like (SituationWare and ERG 2012).

-Sharpie ultra fine point.

-FENIX LD20 flashlight, water proof and up to 180 lumens on turbo mode.

-CRKT M16-01KZ -or- M16-14D. Dependent on formal dress code or not.

-Self made para-cord bracelets with (FireSteel) toggles. One with magnesium, one without.

BOTTOM, left to right.

-Ruger LCP .380 w/ hollow points.

-KNJ-IWB Holster. Made in the U.S.A.

-Self made pocket holster for spare mag. and MTE C3-907 flashlight.

-Bamboo flash drive encrypted with important documents and certifications. Gorilla tape.

-MIGHTY WALLET(S). American flag, woodland camo, and black depending on my plans and surroundings.Mighty wallets are made from Tyvek paper, like security envelopes from the post office, or siding wrap for home construction. It's very tough stuff and one of my favorite gifts I've ever gotten. Inside wallet, Drivers license, carry permit, discount cards, bank and credit cards, business cards, cash and pictures.

Note I know there are some redundancies. I can't always carry a firearm so I usually take the big knife with me in those situations. As well as the flashlights. When I can, I like to carry the MTE for its size, but when I leave my gun behind I also leave my pocket holster/organizer behind. I only wear one bracelet at a time as well as take only one wallet. But I like having the options.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

RAY

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Friday, February 8, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #32 Michael W

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #32
This is my write in for the EDC contest. It may not be as elaborate as some of the other entries but its what I keep on my person and it gets the job done. I work in IT and most of the day is spent at the computer with the occasional site visit. I've enjoyed seeing what others have for their EDC's and will be building upon those to expand mine.

-Basic bill fold wallet containing my Socialist state of California ID card, ATM card, medical insurance cards and misc. cash. I like to keep things to a minimum.
-Samsung Galaxy SIII in Otterbox Defender case, my digital Swiss army knife
-Bandana in city camo
-Kershaw Select Fire folding knife

Keyring:
-Pull-Apart Key Ring
-Keys to the house, car, office and gun cable locks
-Maglite AAA flashlight
-Utili-Key 6-In-1 multi-tool
-Duct tape keychain fob, about a foot or so of duct tape (http://lifehacker.com/5843693/make-a-duct-tape-keychain-fob)
-Paracord key chain fob, unravels to about 3.5ft (http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Paracord-Survival-Key-Fob/)

(Not pictured, currently in use) 16GB USB drive. Holds all my IT goodies for fixing computers on the spot.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #31 Dave B

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #31

Top is my watch, a basic Casio AMW 340 diver style watch. I like the dual time capability with analog and digital formats.
 
Next row from the left is my wallet carried on the right rear with plastic cards, roughly $100 cash most of the time, and all the requisite licenses and privileges to avoid jail. The little gadget is a FitBit, just a fancy bluetooth pedometer to help me lose the 20 pounds gained in school. This is clipped on the right utility pocket. Keys to the Tacoma, full of many other goodies but exempt from this competition, carried in the right front pocket. My Spyderco Delica, probably the fifth one I have had through the years, is also in the right front. I use the combination blade for the ease of rope cutting and general utility. My favorite pocket light, a Photon Proton Pro, is clipped inside the right front pocket. I have lost three or four of these and always go back to it. The adjustable light throws a bright beam that can adjust low enough for pupil testing without scarring the retina. It also has a second red led, fully adjustable, for tacti-cool stuff. The reflex hammer fits nicely in my right cargo pocket; it sees daily use in the clinic that I work. Just below are my pen and pencil usually carried in my shirt pocket. To the left are my Smith & Wesson penny cutters, invaluable for so many purposes and ride nicely in the right cargo pocket. I carry a Droid 3 with an extended battery in the left front pocket, there is much software for diagnoses and pharmaceuticals, it is heavily used. The Olight I15 Infintium flashlight rides in the right cargo pocket, I like the AA form and this serves as a backup to the Proton. The Victorinox Swiss Army knife is a Swiss Army knife, gifted by a Swiss Army officer, It makes a nice light duty multi-tool that has proven useful quite often. The Glock 19 is my daily carry and the Minotaur inside the waistband holster is well worn.  I load with 124 grain Golden Saber and usually have an extra mag in my left cargo pocket. I wear True-Spec 24/7 RipStop for the light weight and serviceability with a Wilderness Instructor belt, a dress shirt, no tie, and Rockport XCS shoes keep me prepared for most situations.  The rally point is the Toyota for additional supplies and bugout items.    Dave B
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Great Book and a Terrible Light

I have been reading Max Velocity's new book Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises. I am very impressed, the book is downright awesome. Will do a full review but to save you some time just buy it. Onto a less pleasant subject.

The LED Lenser P3 AFS flashlight I have been carrying around. I didn't link to it because somebody might not read this carefully and end up buying this piece of junk. I got the small 1 AAA version which in fairness may be part of the problem.

The only nice things I have to say about this product are that it is small and looks like it's well made. However looks can be deceiving.  This light has a lot of show and very little go. Maybe if they put a bit more energy into making the light actually work instead of making it look like a quality product this review would be different.

The run time could be measured in seconds. Also the darn thing will just run out of batteries spontaneously without even being used. Can't count how many times I have grabbed it to use and found it dead. There are more problems.

The pocket clip has fallen off leaving it floating in my pocket. The darn adjustable front piece somehow worked its way off once. Basically pieces fall off the darn thing randomly.

I would use it as a backup but since it (even turned off) goes through batteries like Charley Sheen through coke and hookers it wouldn't even work to live in the glove box of a car or something.

My expectations would be very different if it was a $15 light but it isn't. This piece of junk cost me about $40 (can't remember exactly) which puts it in range of a lot of many Streamlight and a couple Surefire offerings. Offerings I should have purchased instead. At this price point for a stupid flashlight it should frickin work.

Can't say everything made by these folks sucks thought I will be avoiding it all. In any case I can say the LED Lenser P3 AFS definitely sucks a lot. This is a firm do not buy.

Does anybody have a smallish flashlight with a pocket clip they have been using for awhile that actually works? In a perfect world if would be reasonably affordable.

EDC Contest Entry #30 Brian N

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #30

Hi Ryan, this is Brian N. This is my EDC.  Pretty basic car keys/house key with the store cards and gym card.  These ride on my right front jeans clipped to my belt loop.  Wallet with no surprises goes in right rear pocket. The LED flashlight is usually clipped to my keys but I took it off for this picture. The Schrade knife and the Gerber Suspension multi-tool ride in the right front jeans pocket.  The Bic with a few ranger bands rides left front pocket with my iPhone (not pictured because it serves as my camera).  Glock 19 in a Fobus IWB are carried at 3 o'clock position.

The Cold Steel Roachbelly and extra mag are only carried in late fall, winter, and early spring because they ride in a jacket pocket. No jacket - no carry for these two items.  It's winter now so they are in the picture.  Really enjoy the blog and all the entries so far.  Congrats on the new ankle biter.

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