Thursday, January 10, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #6 Brian

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring the another entry from 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. Looking both at broad tools (pistol, folding knife, light, multi tool, etc all) and specifically digging into the this vs that of a Wambanger 29 vs a Doohickey A3.

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 #6
Thanks Ryan, this is a great idea! This is my EDC,


We live at our retreat/farm where I work full time. Working here has its own requirements, as you will see. How and where I wear my EDCs is planned for sitting (desk, tractor and truck), working on my feet as well as working bent over for various chores. Hopefully some of this will be useful for others.

A few weeks ago I upgraded from a Kel-Tec P11 to a Glock 19. I was able to sell the P11 along with it's two holsters, 14 mags and packet of spare parts for enough to get the Glock and a start on gear for the G19. 
I got an Israeli tactical retention holster which I wear at 4 o'clock, adjusted to a 20 degree forward cant. I can get it out quickly, except in the truck. I've ordered a left handed Kydex holster to attach to the upper console of my pickup to solve that problem. I keep it loaded with Hornady XTP 124 grain, 14+ 1 chambered. 

My multi-tool is a Leatherman Super Tool 200. I use this many times everyday. It is on my belt at 8 o'clock. Its thinner than a Glock mag carrier so it is more comfortable at 8 o'clock than the mag when sitting. 

I bought a Glock mag carrier but I don't care for it. I'm going to try a Kydex mag carrier with cant adjustment. I wear my mag carrier with a G19 mag (fully loaded) at 9 o'clock, just in front of my Leatherman.

I use a Carhart 1.5" leather belt. It is good quality, I've used it daily for two years so far, and it still looks and works good.

On my keyring I have stainless steel tweezers. They have sharp points and can dig out just about any splinter or sliver, but I use them for other tiny tasks as well. My keys are carried in my left front pants pocket. 

Shooting around here is common, and no big deal. I carry a cheap pair of ear plugs for the occasion. 

My knife is an older 4" Tanto blade CRKT M16-14Z. This is closest to it. I've had trouble with the belt clips coming off every knife I've owned, then I discovered the new Costco (Kirkland) jeans have a very deep "change" pocket, which holds this knife perfectly, and is easy to pull out quickly.

I carry a plastic tooth pick stored in its own handle. This stays in my right front pants pocket.

I use small tools every day. I carry an assortment of screw driver bits to save a lot of time. These work in both my 18VDC drill or a 1/4" nut driver. These bits are loose in my right front pants pocket.

I've had a bunch of different flashlights, none of which were all that handy to carry, till I discovered the PakLite LED flashlight. It is barely longer than a 9 volt battery and is no hassle to carry in a pocket. I selected the Pak-Lite Super Glow with White LED Bulbs ($25), but there are lots of models. The recessed switch on the "Super" has three positions, low, off and high. It is bright enough for most of my needs, and it is always with me. So far it has not been inadvertently turned on in my pocket. The glow cap is perfect for my wife finding her PakLite in her purse. Battery life is amazing, with the lithium battery you get 1,200 hours continuous on low and 80 hours continuous on high. With an Alkaline battery you get 600 hours continuous use on low, 30 hours on high. This thing also has gold contacts in the switch which speaks to its longevity, as does its 5 year warranty. I am looking into rechargeable 9VDC batteries. This also lives in my right front pants pocket.

A clean folded cloth handkerchief is incredibly handy. Not only for the obvious, but I also use other folds for wiping off (some) things like camera or flashlight lenses, glasses, etc. plus putting pressure on a nasty cut, and so forth. I fold it in half, then in half again, and again and then one last time so it is about a 4" square. This gives me many sides available for different uses during a day. I know this sounds gross, but it is very useful every day. I keep this in my right rear pants pocket where it easily stays folded.

My wallet holds IDs (particularly my CHL), plus cash, cards and has a separate place to put receipts during the day. It is kept in my left rear pants pocket unless I go into a ‎crowd, then I move it to my left front pants pocket to irritate pick pockets.

My left shirt pocket (with a flap) holds a spiral notebook (2.5"x4") and black medium point pen for making notes and reminders during the day. 

My Android cell phone rides in my right shirt pocket (with a flap). This very handy, including several calculators (math with memory, construction and financial), multiple alarm clocks, timers, a voice recorder, text messages, an appointment calender, weather forecasts, camera, and once in a while I use the map/GPS functions when I make a wrong turn. I do not use it for email or the internet. Oh, and I use it as a phone too.

My blue-tooth Jawbone is either in my right ear or in my right front pants pocket. Some times it rides in my left shirt pocket, depending on what I'm doing.

I have bic lighters stashed all over the place, including all our vehicles. So far this has worked for me, but I can see how carrying one is a good idea. 

I wear above the ankle boots with deep tread, blue jeans, a long sleeve flannel shirt and a ball cap most every day. 


Ryan here: First of all I would like to thank Brian for his entry. It takes some guts to put yourself out there in front of others and some motivation to put an entry together. [Remember that before flaming anybody, lets keep the dialog constructive.] I will share my thoughts on this entry down the road.
As always everybody is welcome to leave their thoughts in the comments section.

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