I Feel Like Batman Undercover. What’s Your Everday Carry (EDC) Loadout?
Major Pandemic 03.02.15
As I get ready to head out the door to complete a simple task of buying food or going to a movie, I begin loading down my pockets with what is required for everyday life plus all the recommended defensive accessories. That means into a pair of shorts or pants goes my wallet, cell phone, keys, a Space Pen, a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife, tactical light, my concealed carry gun, a tactical knife, a spare mag, and usually a mini container of mace. Then of course I still have to strap on my watch and slip my sunglasses on my head. I need a utility belt because the only thing missing is an expandable baton, smoke screen, throwing stars, and grappling hook.
My hope is that very soon we can again have open carry to alleviate a lot of the back pains and other issues associated with carrying all this crap simply to defend ourselves, satiate the needs of everyday life, and support a responsible escalation of force.
Many would say that only a gun is required, but the challenge with that is many defensive concealed carry class teachers instruct students to carry a light, mace, and knife in order to satisfy an escalation of force requirement should you ever be required to fire your firearm.
Escalation of force is the same requirement that police and military have to follow that provides escalation of force options from mace or a tactical light to a knife to finally the firearm. The other reality is that I tend to use my pocket knife and my Leatherman or Swiss Army knife for a variety of tasks during the day, and my tactical light gets used constantly.
My next challenge caring all these items without the aid of a utility belt is the discomfort and accessibility of having all these things in your pocket. After all, you want to be able to have decent access to all of these items.
During travel, I usually can be found carrying my Drago Sentry pack, which can easily and comfortably carry all of the above plus my iPad. If the load is heavier, day packs like the 511 Moab Rush pack or a beautiful 5th Ave-looking waxed canvas Blackhawk Diversion bag make so much sense with extra room for drinks, snacks, and a jacket. If needed even a Dolos equipped AR15 can be stowed in take-down configuration inside the Moab Rush, Blackhawk Division Messenger, or similar sized packs. These grab and go packs are designed for short short term outings on the road, but daily life back home usually means pockets, purses, and waistbands full of accessories.
Along with the light is the smallest genuine Mace brand container I can find–just enough to create a window that I can get to my firearm.
Do you feel like Batman but without the cool car, utility belt, and snappy rubber suit? The reality is that all these items I noted come in handy during daily life regardless of a defensive need. Maybe it’s time to bring back the belt bag or man bag.