I would hate to think that people would view the term “EDC(Every Day Carry)system” as an extreme concept. Technically we all have an EDC system in some form or fashion. Think of a woman with her purse that she takes everywhere with her. Her purse is merely a form of off-body EDC with all the goodies and comforts she will need in order to function in her daily life from work to recreation. Heck, even guys have an EDC like their wallet, cellphone, and keys. The concept I am discussing in this article is intended to help you establish an EDC system that merely adds certain items in a way that has minimal impact on your daily life, but adds another level of preparedness, which never hurts.
There are plenty of people who have been carrying, or able to carry a firearm daily in their EDC. However, from many of the posts and videos out there, people have either not done much real thinking about how their EDC system works or they don't have enough experience training and using the gear they experience. In my experience, the more you use something and the harder you train with it, the more likely you are to uncover problems. This is what I like to do for my channel and blog. I like to push the limits of my gear and my own capability in order to expose weaknesses. In this article, I am going to share lessons with you that I stumbled upon or realized after making a grave error.
When I got my Glock 23 Gen4, I immediately went in search of some affordable magazines that I could use for training. It is common for many people to regard anything other than OEM Glock magazines as strictly training magazines. However, let us not underestimate the need to have reliable training mags so that we aren't getting too accustomed to our guns giving us problems. Training and practice is the time we are supposed to be developing good habits, not anticipating the next issue.
Recently I took a huge step out of my comfort zone and took a course on how to use a red dot sight on a pistol. The idea of using an MRDS (Micro Red Dot Sight) on a pistol has seemed more like a trendy move and didn't appeal to me in the least. However, I like to step outside of my comfort zone often and try new things, so I coughed up some cash and took a course on the pistol MRDS using a rental pistol and gear. What an experience! Anyways, in the next few paragraphs, I want to glaze over a few things that I noticed that a red dot can do for you that irons never could.
I think it is very productive to look at the history of different warrior cultures and analyse the qualities that made them so successful. This is not going to be a quick read about a trendy workout program for an unrealistic outcome. I am simply going to go over some ideas that the Roman Army had for getting their troops ready for battle. The purpose is to give the reader a few ideas about how to take historical examples and adapt them to current weaponry in order to help them train to a higher level of proficiency. Keep in mind that I am going to have to leave alot of stuff out since this is not a book, but rather a quick jot about incorporating historical examples into current training methods.
Today, the line of tactical clothing in America is starting to go towards the low profile and incognito direction. This is apparent by the fact that some of the big names in tactical clothing such as Vertx and 5.11 have recently started selling jeans with the idea of remaining incognito. However, Helikon-Tex is putting their own spin on the incognito look. However, I think this pant offers alot to the end user that I have yet to see in other pants in this class.
I do not use outside the waistband holsters with the greatest regularity, but I do find them to be necessary in some applications here in Alaska. Winter time here can allow the user to wear an OWB holster while also wearing a cover garment like a jacket to effectively conceal the firearm. However, even if you are able to wear alot of layers, your holster should still maintain a low profile, reasonable retention, and be capable of being used continuously in practice without compromising the functionality. The question is whether this $45 hybrid holster is up to task for being a good belt holster option according to the requirements I have laid out.
Roughly a year ago, I bought a pair of those "Indestructible shoes" and was less than impressed. It came time to get new footwear for my daily footwork. Of course I could have selected some cheap shoes from Fred Meyer or Walmart, but I know I need more durability and support. My daily activity is quite rough compared to most. I do alot of walking and running outdoors. I need footwear that is versatile and durable. However, it is also important for it to be versatile for the seasons such as rain and cold. This means I need the shoes or boot to be waterproof. After much consideration, I decided to go with a product that is not so mainstream. The HQ ISSUE Canyon Tactical Hiking Boot was a great price and seemed to have the features that made it worth a try.
With the Fall season reaching it's prime and October being right around the corner, Alaska is about to dive right into Winter. This will entail us getting snow, very little light, and generally undesirable living conditions. With this seasonal change, it is time for me to think a little bit about my daily carry system in terms of weapons, clothing, etc. I will run you through my method for selecting the firearm I use and why.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, Firearm and Gear Tester.