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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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