THE OPTIMAL DEFENSIVE LOADOUT FOR EDC
Human beings can’t see in the dark, so I carry a quality flashlight such as my Streamlight Pro-tac 1L-1AA. Anyone who carries a pistol without a weapon light or handheld flashlight assumes the only fight he will get into is when he will be able to see his target. Darkness is real, and night sights, alone, don’t make you shoot more accurately. How can you squeeze the trigger if you can’t figure out what is past your sights?
2. FIXED BLADE
I can’t stress the importance of carrying a knife that doesn’t require an extra step from concealed carry to ready for action. The only exception is an Emerson Wave-equipped folder. A blade can be used effectively against a threat and can be deployed faster than a firearm. Modern-day combatives training and execution are evolving toward the multi-weapon (pistol and knife) approach.
Firearms are mechanical tools held together with screws and pins. Sometimes, it’s easier to clean a pistol or long gun with the right tools. A quality multi-tool such as the Leatherman Mut can help keep your firearm up and running—let alone open battle packs of ammo, cut bullet groupings out of shot targets and handle any other knife-related tasks.
Tourniquets can be purchased for less than $20. They weigh mere ounces and can save lives. Tourniquets can be applied in seconds when that might be all you have before bleeding out. I carry one in my workbag every day, one in my car and one on my water bottle kit. If you carry tools that can puncture and lacerate, carry a tourniquet. You never know when you’ll need one.
5. SPARE MAGAZINE(S)
A magazine that malfunctions leaves you with a single-shot pistol. Even the most reputable and reliable handguns can drop a mag unintentionally when the user accidentally hits the release button or when it is lost in a scuffle. A spare magazine—or two, if the weight isn’t too much to carry—should always be carried to gas up your handgun. The weight of the magazine(s) also helps even out the load carried on the belt.
6. CHARGED CELL PHONE WITH CONTACTS SAVED
If you end up using your concealed handgun, the police will show up. Yours should be the first phone call they receive, and you should relay all important information to them.
Once they are contacted and know you used your firearm for self-defense (avoid identifying yourself as “shooter”), describe your appearance and location, along with the fact that you still have your firearm.
When the police arrive, ask to go to the hospital for evaluation before anything else; after all, you are in shock. Make sure your “one call,” if necessary after the fact, is to someone who knows your level of readiness. This phone call need not be to a lawyer if your contact will get in touch with the right lawyer, along with your family, for additional information.