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!

Ok so maybe that’s a bit over the top, but hell I am not being paid to “Protect and Serve” and I try to observe the simple rule set of “Don’t go stupid places, with stupid people, at stupid times” so my chances of getting into a self-defense situation are pretty low, and if I do it will likely be at a range of between 5 feet and bad breath distance. Add to this the need to wear formal business attire frequently and well, the tacticool operator look does not work.


So what does one do when they desire to travel light and prepare in a reasonable manner? First a philosophy of use is needed. What do I NEED on my person that will enable my survival in an immediate confrontation or survival situation?

Self defense

Cutting Tool


Direction Finding


First Aid

And how do I cover these needs with the least weight and interference possible? Read on.

Self Defense: Smith and Wesson Model 442 I practice regularly it is capable of head-shots at 15 yards, recoil is stout but manageable. Capacity is 5. I carry a speed strip in my pocket.

I also carry a self defense blade, and again I went for weight reduction. The Al Mar Eagle ultralight Talon is my choice for a light duty defensive knife. Will it hold up to batoning firewood? NO. Can you pry the door off a car with it? NO Will it work for self defense and fighting ala’ Martial Blade Concepts type work? HELL YES.

Cutting Tool: I carry the Leatherman Squirt which gives me several tools including a utility blade.

Light: Fenix single AA F4b This light has been with me for 4 or 5 years and has honestly been through the wash at least two dozen times and in the Atlantic even more often. 0 Problems

Direction Finding: Sunnto Clip on watch band compass

Fire: Original Austrian made Imco Triplex Lighter, wind resistant, multi fuel awesomeness, I’ve carried it since 2000.

First Aid: Blue Bandana, it’s a snotrag, emergency TP, headrag, AND can be used as a bandage or makeshift tourniquet.

Aside from my watch, phone, keys, and wallet that’s it, my total EDC system.


SW 442 15oz
10 rnds .38 5.25oz
Al Mar Eagle 2oz
Squirt 2.5oz
Fenix Light 2.9oz
Imco Lighter 1.8oz
Bandanna 1oz
Sunnto .33oz

Total: 28.28 oz!

Compare with

Glock 19 (stock) w/16 rounds of 124gn – 31 oz.
Kimber Custom II w/8 rounds of 230gn – 45 oz.

Which are you actually more likely to go out the door with EVERY SINGLE DAY?

Come on over to the Light Side

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