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Tacniphobia

Ok this is a bit of a rant, and hopefully will make you think and perhaps re-evaluate your Everyday Carry Philosophy.

So first of all let’s get a couple of things out-of-the-way, I am not nor have I ever been an “operator”, Seal, Green Beret, Ranger, Seabee, or Cop. I have however spent lots of time with many who have worn those titles, and spent over 20 years studying various aspects of self-defense and survival. I am also an old fart and thus am entitled to spout off anything I so desire before returning to my curmudgeonly hidey hole, until which time I feel sufficiently perturbed to spout off again.

Ok so I have been carrying “EDC” items for 25 years or so, and admittedly once upon a time, I tried to do the whole YouTube commando tactical operator blackwater beard load-out. You know what? It was foo-king heavy and ridiculous. Listen I go into some really bad, Jihadist Somali neighborhoods on occasion and I STILL Don’t carry 20 lbs of she-ite on my belt and in my pants pockets. It’s ludicrous to think that I will need four blades, three guns, mace, a blowout kit, two multitools and 100 rounds of ammo, oh and chap-stick because you cannot possibly survive a day in the USA without something to soothe your wittle chapped lips.

I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up!

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What tomorrow might hold….

 The Scene from Taken , (Which should be mandatory viewing for anyone with Teen Daughters simply because of the methods the bad-guys use to gain the trust and abduct the young women!) will make you evaluate how your children can be better prepared to deal with this situation. None of us are Liam Neeson characters, but all of can better prepare our families to deal with violent encounters by equipping them with training, tools and most importantly proper situational awareness to survive. Continue reading →