Sunday, January 20, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #14 American Mercenary

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #14
Today's entry is coming to you from American Mercenary who runs a totally awesome blog. 

Ryan, please do not consider this for any prizes, but I would like to participate in your EDC posting as I think it is worthwhile.

This is my comfortable minimum that I carry daily.  I can't always carry the pistol and the knife. 

My current area is "Middle America" in an urban/suburban environment.  My biggest threat is not environmental, but other people statistically speaking, although my choice of tools that I carry is designed to get me home, either through contacting someone or figuring out where I am so I can get where I want.

I carry a SOG Flash II knife.  I have carried a lot of different types of knives over the years and this one has the best pocket clip so far.  Blade performance is on par with more expensive AUS-8 steel bladed knives, but doesn't seem to have the corrosion problems that Kit Carson CRKT folders do.  If/when this knife breaks I would have no qualms about replacing it with the same or similar model.  The knife is for utility, but could be used for defense if pressed.

The watch that is currently on my wrist is an Invicta Pro Diver model, rated to 200 meters and it has a timer function of up to one hour for diving.  My solar powered G Shock watch finally broke to the point that I could not wear it anymore, and this has been an acceptable replacement for now.  The watch crystal makes a good emergency reflector if need be, and is a barter item if absolutely necessary. 

My wallet carries identification, concealed carry permits for my home state and my Utah non-resident permit.  Cash, debit and credit cards are in there as well.  I try to keep 80 dollars or more cash in the wallet. 

The cell phone is an amazing piece of technology, a first generation Samsung Galaxy which is still going strong.  I'm waiting for the next generation of Samsung Rugby ruggedized smart phones to use a multi core processor (current generation is a single core processor stuck at Android 2.3) before I will upgrade.  The software applications "apps" on the phone include gps mapping and geocaching software.  As a side note it also has three ballistic calculators.  I will not use a cell phone from which I cannot remove the battery.

The pistol is a Khar CW9, seven shot single stack 9mm.  The ammunition is CorBon Pow'RBall.  The actual type of bullet does not matter very much to me as no pistol is instantly incapacitating without a central nervous system hit, although the expanding ammunition may help a threat bleed out faster.  Before this I carried a full size 1911 and this is much easier to carry concealed for long periods without discomfort.  The holster is a Tagua inside the waistband I used for my 1911, it was just happy coincidence that the Khar fits it very well.  I cannot carry the pistol during the work day due to my job, and to be quite honest I feel exposed with just a knife.

Things I used to carry that I no longer carry.  A lighter.  I keep a fire source in my vehicle, but I have not used one in my daily life for so long that I don't routinely carry one.  When I go to the field, or deploy, I do carry a fire source with me at all times.  But in the relatively urban area I find myself in most days I do not feel under equipped without having an immediate fire source.  I do not carry cordage, although my shoe or boot laces would serve (I do carry cordage deployed, or in the field).  I do not carry medical supplies other than a bandaid or two in the wallet (when deployed or in the field I carry my stocked IFAK).

As you can see the choices I've made limit my response to a disaster to shooting, cutting, getting in touch with someone else, or trying to buy my way out.  Those were deliberate choices for where I am, and where I generally operate.  When my environment changes, what I carry changes with it.

Take care, shoot straight,
American Mercenary


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