Inspired by John’s articles on Everyday Carry (EDC) here and here (and, sadly, by about a million other articles, videos, and photos of others’ EDC gear), I thought I would throw together an article on my own preferred EDC.
Before launching into this, a few words are in order. What follows is my “ideal” EDC gear. By ideal I mean what I carry in an environment where carrying these items is legal. Keeping in mind that I am a teacher, I spend all of my workdays without most of these items (an astute reader can figure out which). I generally run most of my weekday errands on my way home from work, which means that I am again often without many of these items. I do not usually keep the items I cannot have with me at work locked in my car for use on these weekday errands. My school is in a crappy part of the city with an unsupervised parking lot; street parking is an even greater risk. I regard the risk of theft from my car as greater than my need to have these items with me before I get home. On weekends, days off, when traveling, etc., what follows is what I carry. In a few areas, I will list some options that I occasionally consider for some of the items. I should also note that what I am including in this article does NOT include items I might carry in my bag each day, which may be the subject of a future article.
I wanted to note what for me is my typical clothing. Working up from the bottom, I typically wear comfortable shoes which could vary from Keen hiking boots or shoes or Asics running shoes. I have also had good luck with Merrills and Salomon shoes. Even my work “formal” shoes are Timberland heavy soled black oxford shoes. In short, I want something I can walk or run a long way in, won’t fall off if I have to run, won’t hurt me if I have to kick someone, and will protect my feet from being stepped on, stepping on glass, gravel, or other potentially dangerous surfaces.
For pants, I tend to wear cargo pants. I used to wear jeans often but find that they just restrict my movement too much and do not offer enough pockets. I do not wear all the latest “tacticool” pants like 5.11, Vertx, etc. I am fine with ripstop Wrangler cargo pants, $19.99 from Wal-Mart.
For shirts when out and about, I tend to prefer casual button down shirts worn untucked. In the cool months, these might again be Wrangler heavy-duty shirts from Wal-Mart. In summer, I tend to go with plaid-patterned button-down short-sleeve shirts from the same place. The cut tends to be just right for me, they are cheap, and are available in plenty of patterns and colors. They have recently improved by adding wrinkle-resistant qualities, which has the added benefit for concealed carriers of helping the shirt have its own “form”, for lack of a better word, draping better around the items on the belt.
Belt and Associated Gear
My belt is the backbone of everything that I carry, as it supports a number of items on its own and holds up my pants that have numerous items in the pockets.
My current preferred belt is the Ares Aegis Enhanced belt (see review here). This is a very stiff, rigid belt that does a great job supporting everything else. At times, however, I will wear other belts such as the Wilderness Instructor belt.
My preferred carry pistol is the Glock 19 (see article here). It gives me a full grip for the draw, 16 rounds on tap, good accuracy, and is not too heavy. However, there are times, particularly in the summer or when dictated by certain clothing, where something smaller is preferred. In those cases, I prefer to carry the Glock 26, usually with the flush-fit ten round magazine. For more discreet carry, I also have a Ruger LCP, though this is never actually carried on my belt; I might utilize pocket, smart, or ankle carry for it. I have also just purchased a Glock 43 and will see how that might work into the carry rotation.
My current preferred holster is the Raven Concealment Eidolon holster (see review here). No other holster I have tried does as good a job concealing my Glock 9mm pistols as this one. It is so good that a Glock 19 conceals on me as well as a Glock 26 used to, and a Glock 17 can conceal as well as a Glock 19 used to. As a backup to this holster I still have my modified Dale Fricke Archangel holster. In either case, these holsters are invariably worn in appendix fashion.
For a fixed-blade knife, I usually carry a Shivworks Clinch Pick. I purchased it lightly used and so am unsure of the manufacturer of the sheath. I carry it more or less horizontally at around the 11:00 position on the belt, with the knife handle toward my belt buckle and angled slightly downward. It is affixed to my belt with a single pull-the-dot loop.
Whether carrying a Glock 19 or 26, I prefer to carry a Glock 17 magazine for a reload. This is carried in a slightly modified Raven Concealment magazine carrier (see here), positioned just behind my left hip bone. On occasion, I will instead carry my no-name kydex double magazine pouch with two spare Glock 17 magazines. This may be when traveling longer distances or going to a location that I deem to be of a bigger “threat” (movie theater, shopping mall, etc.).
Everything else that I typically have on me is carried in my pockets. So….
My typical folder is a Benchmade Griptilian, the full-size model with combination edge and black blade. I do plan to replace this with a plain-edge model and move the one I currently carry to a backup role. This is typically carried clipped to my right pocket (sometimes worn deep in pocket, depending on environment). However, if I am pocket carrying a pistol, this knife moves to another location (usually clipped to my belt and worn appendix style). I also usually carry this knife clipped to the waistband of my running shorts when I am doing my multi-mile runs.
Nothing fancy here. Leather bi-fold wallet with too-little money in it is carried in either my right cargo pocket or my back pocket.
Keys (not shown)
My house keys are typically carried in the same pocket at the folding knife. Car keys are separate and in the same pocket unless I am wearing a jacket, fleece vest, etc. Then I like to keep the car keys there.
A new addition to my EDC, I have just started carrying Sabre Red MK 6 clipped to my left pocket (or deeper in pocket, depending on venue). This is something I like to get into my support hand in “transition zones” like parking lots, pumping gas, etc., just in case.
My well-worn Streamlight ProTac 1L is typically carried in my left side pocket. I do not usually clip it to my pocket, just sink it deep. I will occasionally instead carry my Fenix PD35 in place of this (movie theaters or when I know I will be out after dark), but I must confess to liking the smaller size of the ProTac. Notice that it is wrapped in paracord with the central white fibers removed. This allows me to wear the flashlight around my neck to facilitate opening doors, etc., without having to pocket the light, something I learned in the CSAT Advanced Individual Tactics class with Paul Howe (see here).
I carry a larger blow out kit in my EDC bag. On my person, I like to carry a flat-folded SOFTT-Wide Tourniquet, typically worn in my left side cargo pocket.
Phone (not shown)
My smart phone is usually carried in that same left-side cargo pocket with my tourniquet. It is not visible in any photos because I used it to take the photos.
Other than a watch worn on my wrist (Casio G-Shock, the model number of which escapes me) and a paracord bracelet (carried as much for its cool aesthetics as any utility it might provide) worn on the opposite wrist, the above rounds out my EDC gear. I continue to explore other options, tweaking things from time to time. As noted, I will also make “adjustments” depending on my environment.
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