Showing posts with label writing contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing contest. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2013

NANOWRIMO Goes Nothing!!!

Patrice got the idea into my head. Given that I have been working on a book for awhile now (halfway through Chapter 8 of I'm not sure how many now) off and on so it seems like a good thing to try. NANOWRIMO might just be the ticket to get it done.

My rational side says I'm pretty busy so I do have some concerns about when I will find time to AVERAGE a bit over 1,600 words a day. While a marathon evening or two is doable I am not honestly willing to make a ton of sacrifices from my busy and generally productive life (work, gym, family, sleep, etc) to make it happen. My challenge will be identifying useable gaps of time in my current schedule then taking advantage of them.

Honestly if I get The Crunch finished but do not make the word could that would still be a huge win. If I finish Book 1 of The Crunch (Planning to go Archer style with 2 or more parts to the larger work)

So anyway here it goes.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June Contest Announcement!!!

The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss mistakes and outright failures we have made in gear, firearms, food storage and preparedness in general. There is a bit of a facebook effect where we hear about/ see all the super cool stuff others do without the work that goes into it or the inevitable failures of life. In such I think beginners get the worst of it ending up feeling down about their efforts.

My goal here is to share our mistakes and failures for two reasons. The first is that one person sharing a mistake may prevent others from doing the same thing. This is a valid reason in and of itself. The other reason is to make people, in particular beginners, feel a bit better when they inevitable make a mistake. I want them to know that very prepared people make mistakes, sometimes big ones, yet they are not in fact the end of the world.  Over the course of this contest I will share some of my personal failures.



So tell me about your failures. A simple email or word document will work. As to length I would like to see at least a couple full paragraphs. Pictures would be nice. If you are uncomfortable using your usual online name just make one up for me to use. Texas Pete 1911 could become Panhandle Colt or whatever.

The prizes will be as follows:
A) 1 year subscription to Selco's One Year In Hell and
B) A Solo Stove. First place gets to choose and second place gets whatever is left.

The Details:

The contest will run from today until midnight 16 June. Winners will be picked in mid June after you have seen all the entries. Details will follow as we get closer. We might vote or maybe I'll just pick.

Submissions will be made via email to theotherryan@yahoo.com.  I usual edit guest posts for OPSEC, spelling and grammar.

I reserve the right to change prizes, contest dates or whatever else for any reason. Also I reserve the right to disqualify a contestant or even a winner for any reason, can't see why I would do this but things happen.

So please ask any clarifying questions then get to writing. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Upcoming Contest

I will announce the details tomorrow. It will be fairly quick and easy to enter. The prizes will be a 1 year subscription to Selco's One Year In Hell and a Solo Stove. First place gets to choose and second place gets whatever is left.

Check back tomorrow for the full scoop.

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

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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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #29 Archer Garrett

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 #29

ToR,

Here's what I sport.  A rundown:

Gerber EVO:  Nothing special, but it flicks open like butter and its pointy.
Leather Wallet:  Spartan in nature; no more than a few bucks on hand.
Columbia Fleece Cap:  This gets traded for a generic, camo ball cap in warmer weather.
Blackberry:  Got demoted from an iPhone to this.  The withdrawals were severe.
ANSI Sunglasses + Croakies
Keys:  Minimalist in its offerings.  Other, seldom-used keys go on other rings.
Bic Lighter:  For burning ants and smoking Meth, what else?
Generic Pin:  I used to carry more expensive pens, but they always lost me.
Keltec P-3AT + Mag ext. + belt/pants clip:  Look closely, it's as if there's no sights.  Did they forget them? 

Carried on colder days/when especially warranted
FNP-9 + ArmaLaser Stingray + belt/pants clip:  Good gun, functional laser, nice clip.  I seldom use holsters.  If not worn, it rides in the laptop case (see below)

Not Pictured:
Keltec PF-9 + Mag ext. + CT Laser + belt/pants clip:  Carried when the FNP-9 is inconvenient to conceal.

Also:
I have a Laptop case that follows me in the office and around in my truck.  Here's some of the more interesting items that tag along.  I just now realized there is a particular amount of redundancy with bladed items and lighters.  If I see a light or a knife, it often gets tossed in the case.




The ultimate goal for the laptop case is to conceal a sub2k in places that a laptop case/briefcase would be deemed acceptable (office, etc). Active shooter scenario is the rationale behind this. It would give me the ability to engage a threat with much greater accuracy. AFAIK, the sub2k is the shortest shoulderable weapon on the market, when folded (excluding NFA options).

The current political atmosphere has unfortunately elevated the lowly sub2k to about $2k. So I wait.

The only thing I'll mention here is the Leatherman Skeletool and the Nebo Redline Flashlight (~$30 & very bright).


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Monday, February 4, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #28 Jake

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 #28
Before I get into what is actually in my pockets, let me say that I am currently a college student and I live in a gun free zone so I do not carry concealed. I will start as soon as my living arrangements change.

From left to right

Phone - iPhone 4S with Griffin Survivor case. I can't say enough good things about this case. I have dropped it several times over the last year that I've had it and my phone has never been damaged.

Wallet - ID cards, debit/credit cards, cash

Flashlight - My flashlight is a Streamlight MicroStream. I'm very happy with it. It runs on a single AAA battery and is very bright.

Knife - I carry two knives on a daily basis. The first one is a Swiss Army Rambler. It has a small blade, scissors, nail file, flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, tweezers, and a toothpick. The second one is a SOG Flash II. It holds its edge very well and is easy to operate with one hand.

OscarDelta Go-Tube - This is a small waterproof tube that I picked up online for about $5. Inside I keep around $50 in cash, a small 4GB flash drive, and the SerePick Bogota Titanium Entry Toolset.

Chapstick - No explanation necessary.

Lighter - I don't smoke but I carry this as a potential survival tool.

Keys - Normal keys with small carabiner and a lanyard made of 6 feet of 550 cord.


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #27 Levi on the Farm

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 #27

Hey, I enjoy the blog. Here is my EDC submission.

Pistol: Italian made 6 shot .22 SA revolver. Unlike most other people’s EDC gun, mine isn’t primarily for human problems. I live and work on a large fruit and vegetable farm, and we have some livestock too. Much of my EDC is based heavily on that. It is mostly for problem varmints, as well as for putting down hogs or goats at butchering time. As you can see with the pictured holster, I open carry, as we are permitted to do here in Ohio. I know where it is and is not a good idea to open carry, and I tend to avoid those that are a bad idea altogether. But I do occasionally take it off and leave it in the truck. The holster has loops for 25 spare hollow points.

Knife: Schrade 152 belt knife with homemade deep sheath. It is an inexpensive little knife, but it is full tang, high carbon, and takes and holds an edge well. Frequently use it to cut hay bales, skin and gut while butchering, and any number of other every day tasks. It’s low cost allows me to not worry about breaking it if I do something like use it as a chisel on frozen water tanks, but it hasn’t broken on me yet. I also carry a folding disposable razor type knife for jobs that may tear up the fine edge on my Schrade. It is pink because it seems less likely that it will end up in someone else’s pocket that way.

Multi-tool: Leatherman Wave. I use it all the time for innumerable tasks.

Small vice-grip style pliers: a great backup when you need more than just the pliers on the Wave.

Light: El cheapo LED single AA made by Gander Mountain. It does a great job, I use it pretty much every day and generally only need to replace the single battery once a month.

Lighter: right now I carry a plain Jane Zippo. I have vacillated between the Zippo and the Bic for a while now, but I think I have decided on the Zippo. I used to not like it because of how quick the fuel would evaporate. That has been solved by fitting a tight ranger band around the joint between the lid and the base, and it now goes weeks without refilling. I like it better for fire starting because you don’t need to have your thumb on it while trying to get a stubborn fire to light.

Fire Steel: great backup to the Zippo. I stuff a little dryer lint in the bottom of my flashlight/leatherman/firesteel/vice-grip carrying pouch, it lights great with the fire steel.

Wallet: the usual, plus a credit card sized diamond knife sharpener made by DMT. It is great to put the razor edge back on the Schrade. Wallet is homemade, because I wear thru commercially made ones too quick. I figure if I made it in the first place, I can fix it easy enough.

Phone: Verison GzOne. Their version of a military grade phone. Water, dust, shock resistant. Has a good compass, thermometer, calendar, and note pad that I use a lot. Has taken a dunk in the creek plenty, and still works great.
 
Bandana: last but not least, I typically wear this on my head to protect from sunburn, but if I am not wearing it there, I have it tied around my wrist to keep it handy and out of the way. Have used it for soaking in water to cool my neck, as a bandage, or as a coffee filter, among other things.
 
Thanks for the blog and the contest.

Keep your powder dry,

-Levi



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Saturday, February 2, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #26 Tricia

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 #26



Hi. My name is Tricia and this is my EDC. My purse is small compared to many ladies purses, but it gets the job done. My phone is a Droid X so it is basically a handheld computer but I forgot to put it in the picture.
My CC weapon is a hot pink Taurus Slim .380. It is the width of a penny so it is perfect for open carry or conceal. The CC holster is advertised as a PDA and in fact looks like it could be a Blackberry case. I also carry an extra clip in my purse. To the right of that is my wallet with debit card, cash and ID. Directly below my gun is a pair of tweezers, my pink Browning knife, and a small penlight. Many times I have been thankful to have this little light, looking in my purse for something at the bottom, christmas caroling, and one time when we saw a wreck happen in front of us, we stopped to help. A few minutes later, a Forest Service truck also stopped. There was an EMT on the truck who started checking out the driver and realized the medical bag was back at the station. He borrowed my penlight to check the guy's pupils! Anyways, the next items are writing utensils, an ink pen, a Sharpie, (never leave home without one), and a pencil. Next to that is my Mini-Mag flashlight. You can never have too many flashlights, this one is also able to be used as a standing light by removing the bulb cover and standing the flashlight in it. Very handy. The last few items are Excedrin Migraine pills,  low dose chewable aspirin which can be use for many things, a pair of fingernail clippers, hard candies, mini playing cards, ear plugs, an elastic hair band and about 6 gold dollars. I also carry my camera in my purse, but I was using it so it wasn't in the picture.   The next item is my first aid kit.

The first aid kit is one I bought at Staples and have added a couple of things and will probably add a couple more. I am the mother of a teenage boy and we spend a lot of time outdoors and around other children so I have used this many times. There are a couple of sterile pads, alcohol cleaning pads, cotton swabs in a reusable ziploc bag, 2 paper face masks, a tube of triple antibiotic cream, lots of assorted size band-aids, a roll of medical tape and an Altoid Tin.

The Altoid Tin was given to my for Christmas one year by my sister who had researched survival tins online and came up with a compilation of her own. I use something in it at least once a week. The tin is full so there are 3 heavy duty rubber bands wrapped around it. Inside of the lid is a diamond hacksaw blade. It is attached in a such a way that I can easily remove the blade, reattach it to the outside and I have a small saw with a handle. Next is 25ft of green wire, a quart ziploc bag, 50ft of twine, and 50 ft of 15lb test fishing line.  A white lens cleaning cloth, a button that needs no sewing, matches with the striker pad in a waterproof plastic case, and a fingernail file is next. I have never used the blue handled scissors but they seem pretty sturdy. There is a mini sewing kit with buttons, thread, needles, and a set of eyeglass nose cushions. A magnifying glass. A mini clothespin. Some thicker twine. Two mini straight screwdrivers and a mini Philips head screwdriver. A couple pairs of ear plugs round out my survival tin.
Another item that I carry everywhere with me is my Kindle. I love to read and have more than 600 books on it that I am still trying to get a chance to read. I read whenever I am waiting in line, or just have a few minutes to kill. But it doesn't fit in my purse, so I didn't post pictures of it.
Thanks for hosting this contest. It allows us to think outside our own little worlds.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Contest Update

Hey Folks, Just want to update you on our super awesome EDC contest. To recap. The broad strokes were this. To share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it was my goal.

The prizes are 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. 

Anyway the contest is closed (except one big guy who lives off grid in the hinter boonies and is very busy building and traveling that can send me his if he gets it together in before the 10th). I got caught up on posting some more entries today. If you sent an entry you should have received an email from me today. Otherwise the internet ate it or I missed it in the in box. Please forward me the original email if this is the case and I will get it into the contest.

We had 35 entries total which I am super excited about. Honestly this contest exceeded my wildest expectations. You will be seeing entries until the 11th. After that we will talk about the entries and do some voting.

I am leaning towards doing a primary to narrow it down to a top 10 then do a general. Am open to input on this. It just makes more sense to me to narrow down the competition some and then let folks vote on those entries. Am open to thoughts on this.

Anyway I am super excited how this contest is going. It has gotten way more attention than I possibly imagined. Think I will try to do a contest like this 2 or just maybe 3 times a year.




EDC Contest Entry # 25 Garrett T

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 #25


Hello,
Attached is my entry in you contest. I also attached a pic of a boot knife I periodically carry, but I don't do it enough to really make it count. Looking forward to seeing all the submissions.


­­Contents from clockwise from top left:
-          Kershaw Tremor – I upgraded about a year ago from a Kershaw leek. I got a great deal on the tremor and even though it is a massive knife for EDC, I have been very satisfied. For utility and self defense, it is fantastic.
-          Novelty butane lighter that I bought as a teenager. Not the best lighter around but the flame could melt an aluminum can so it is worth it.
-          Saddleback Leather Wallet – Very durable, great products.
-          Free note pad – Must have with a memory like mine
-          Keys – Include on the ring are clippers, and two Swiss Tech utility items. The Swiss tech gear  has come in handy dozens of times.
-          Recycled thumb sized chapstick container. Used for pills like Tylenol etc.
-          Flash drive with a little tape on it.
-          Cell phone – Yes it is a flip phone. I can’t justify spending money on a data plan when I sit on a computer all day anyway. I don’t need to be that connected.
-          Wedding band on one hand and a bottle opener ring on the other. It has some surprising applications and not just opening a cold one.
-          Pen with light on the end. Looking to upgrade this sometime soon.
-          Pilot Precise V5 ink pen. I love these pens. They will also write on skin in a pinch.
-          Bandana. You all know the reasons.
-          Colt .45 New Agent. The New Agent has gutter sights which make it ideal for concealed carry. I carry with a Clipdraw. Fantastic product, keeps a very low profile and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has trouble with printing. I also like that I can remove the gun when needed and not have to fiddle with a holster. I carry with one in the pipe, seven in the magazine and a spare magazine of seven in my back pocket.
-          A bit of cash with a binder clip as a money clip. Most money clips were too bulky and there are dozens of uses for a binder clip if you are resourceful.
Not shown is the boots I wear and anything I carry in my jackets. I ride a motorcycle for half the year so I add a bit more to the load out then. Plus there is the jacket itself which I theorize could turn a blade, but I'm not gonna test that.

-Thanks
Garrett
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