1. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Well I started this on the accessories and gear page but figured I'd get a better response here...I wanted to get some different ideas about what you guys (and gals) have for your every day carry. I'll start us off

    -Springfield XD .40 service in a Concealment Soultions Black Mamba IWB holster
    - 2 mags (24 rounds) of hornady TAP
    - kershaw volt II folder
    - smith and wesson extreme ops folder (back up)
    - streamlight polytac led flashlight
    - Gerber multi tool
    And of course, my trusty iPhone 4

    So what do you guys like to carry? Do you keep it simple or walk around like bat man with a utility belt? I want to know!
     
  2. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    No utility belt here. I have several in my carry rotation from 9mm to .45AP, which I trade out every couple of weeks plus a .380 back-up. No extra mags because I can draw & fire another pistol faster than I can insert a new mag & even that is strictly in the case of a malfunction with my primary. I figure if I need more than 8 rounds, I failed to recognize a problem that could have been avoided, to start with. Since I am retired, nothing forces me to go anywhere that I can foresee a problem, like a trip to the bad side of town, etc.
     

  3. NC1760

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    On my person, during the warm Spring/Summer... Radom P64 in 9x18mm & extra mag w/ Hornady defense rounds, half-serrated 3 1/2 blade Spyderco pocket knife (one handed opening type), cell phone (fully charged), wallet, my reading glasses, a clean hanky, and MOST important... my driver's license and CCW permit in a separate ID case for quick access should the need arise (ALWAYS have it on you when you carry!!) and a palm leaf cowboy hat.
    In the Fall/Winter.. replace the Radom with my Ruger P95 & an extra mag (... again, loaded w/ Hornady defense) and a wool cowboy hat..... I also try and have a smile on my face where ever I go (puts others in a good mood and avoids confrontations)...
    Now in the vehicles.... 1st aid kit, jumper cables, short trenching tool, hatchet, blanket, about 20ft of rope, small fire extinguisher and a maglite each... of course, there is always AAA too. Fortune always favors the prepared.
     
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  4. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    What about the "extras"? After all, our pistols are just 1 survival tool. We need to supplement that. What kind of light, folder, multi tool, etc?
     
  5. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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    "No extra mags because I can draw & fire another pistol faster than I can insert a new mag & even that is strictly in the case of a malfunction with my primary." ....I do believe that would be called a "New York Reload" according to me father-in-law ;)

    "What about the "extras"? After all, our pistols are just 1 survival tool. We need to supplement that. What kind of light, folder, multi tool, etc?"
    ....Not quite sure what you mean there my friend. Gun, extra mag, pocket knife...... maybe a small light of some kind (possibly attached to the gun?).... What more should you need (and more importantly, Why??)... Could you expand on the question? :confused:
     
  6. ThinkFastHolsters

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    I'm talking about any other survival tools you might actually need. Not just self defense items. For example, a multi tool for any unexpected little repairs you might need. A light for looking under the hood if you break down in the middle of the night, etc. So you pretty much answered it, although I wouldnt carry a weapon mounted light only because if I do need to check fluids on my truck at 10 at night I don't want on lookers thinking I'm about to shoot my engine up :p
     
  7. trip286

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    On more than one occasion I've though of doing exactly that, just shoot the hell out of my truck.
     
  8. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Oh me too but I haven't and shining a weapon mounted light at my truck would probably get some unwanted attention
     
  9. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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    ...and you guys just gave me another smile to carry. :D
     
  10. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    In my pockets:
    Torch lighter
    Leatherman multitool
    4" Cold Steel folder
    Fenix TA20 tactical light
    (Pen, chap Stick, Phone, Wallet, Keys).

    On my person:
    Glock 17L.

    In my EDC bag (a camera bag always with me at home or left in the car when I'm out):
    Two spare mags (34 rounds).
    22oz water bottle,
    Mini Duct Tape roll (1" x 75' I think)
    Spare C123 Batteries (flashlight)
    Filter for water bottle
    Iodine Tablets
    Deodorant
    Toothbrush / Paste
    $2 in Quarters (parking, etc)
    Disposable and Non-Disposable ear plugs.
    Water Purification Tablets
    Knife Sharpener
    Aspirin
    Claritin (to relieve cold symptoms).
    ...
    Miniature Corkscrew ( :) )
    Bottle of lotion (for my hands :p )
    Another pen
    Some peppermints (for my breath :p )
    Ibuprofen
    Gun Club badge
    Fruit Bar


    The idea is that first, I ALWAYS have at least a knife / multitool, a good light, and lighter (just because it is small enough for pockets). Where legal / allowed, I will have my weapon on me, or at least in the car.
    Finally, with the EDC bag, the idea is that I can pretty easily grab it and get the essentials. Basically, if I ever had to bail from my car for whatever reason, I might not have time to grab a full pack from the trunk, but snatching the bag from the passenger seat is easy.

    So, including with the EDC bag I have basic survival tools, a bit of food, a bit of water, fire, extra ammo, and then several comforts that might be missed (the medicine and toiletries, for example). And actually, I use and refill the water bottle probably 5 days of the week, and I occasionally used the toiletries if I end up staying with away from home at the last minute.

    *edit*

    I am not against weapon-mounted lights, but I agree a good, variable-powered handheld flashlight has just been WAY too handy to not have. I use it at least a couple nights a week, whether looking for keys in the dark or, a couple nights ago, using it to identify faded street sights by shining the 225-lumen beam through the windshield :D .
     
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  11. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    And I'm REAALLY skeptical of this being the case. It largely depends on how each is carried, of course. But, a mag change is at least as fast as dropping / reholstering your primary, and getting a grip on / drawing a new firearm.

    Not to mention there are two distinct advantages to simply refilling your primary:
    1) I'd much rather maintain the fight with my full-sized fighting gun than some pocket .380.
    2) Either I have to drop my gun (which I'd hate to do), or take the time to reholster it in order to keep up the fight with a good two-handed grip. Shooting a pocket .380 1-handed is not going to be nearly as condusive to winning the fight as shooting your primary with a solid 2-handed grip.

    Now, carrying a backup is never a bad thought, but deliberately continuing the fight with a lesser firearm because you'd rather not reload is.

    FWIW, the only reason the "New York Reload" came about was because they were having to reload 6-shot revolvers using loose shells from a pouch. However, reloading an auto is at least as fast as drawing a pocket pistol from a secondary (i.e. deeper) concealment position, and you get to maintain the above advantages.
     
  12. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I carry so I can draw either weapon with either hand. No need to drop the pistol & can reholster it at the same time that I am drawing the back-up. Also, there's a possibility of your primary hand being injured/disabled. A one-handed mag change & slide rack is possible, but slow.

    My back-up is .380 because of size/weight & I do not consider it as being under powered. In fact, there are times when it is my primary carry.
     
  13. ThinkFastHolsters

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    Damn linden! You're ready to go! I need to invest the time into putting a small bag together. And very good points on a BUG gun too! As of now I only have one pistol and that's my XD. I plan to get a PF9 before summer rolls around because I don't want to be lugging the XD around in the summer if I can help it. Another thing I may add to the topic of the new York reload is changing a mag allows you to (for the most part) keep your eyes on the threat provided you practice mag changes. where as drawing a second weapon (unless you practice and train for that scenario) could cause some unneeded attention to the part of the body where you are drawing from because it's not as natural as a mag change. And again that's unless you spend a lot of time practicing drawing a second weapon
     
  14. Tetelestai

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    General EDC:

    Glock 23 in a Crossbreed supertuck (fantastic holster btw)
    Spare mag (sometimes)
    Taurus TCP (just got it, have been carrying it as a BUG/ accessible car piece)
    Benchmade griptillion (half serrated)
    Lethermen Juice s2
    Streamlight stylus pro
    Pen
    Keys
    Wallet
    Watch







    I'm a grad student so I'm not able to have a gun on campus. Given that I'd prefer not getting booted from my program, I don't bring my guns with me there. My field also puts me in public schools as well - so no carry the either.

    Off topic: this actually really irks me, the notion of gun free zones is just stupid.
     
  15. mark1616

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    Scenario 1
    Glock 23 in Kholster Full Moon IWB (or Glock SC OWB)
    Spare mag in Glock holder
    Calebas Doubly Duty Gun Belt

    Scenario 2

    S&W 642 in Dom Hume IWB (or Uncle Mike's Pocket #3)
    2 Bianchi Speed Strips in old cell phone case

    Plus
    Kershaw Leek
    Fenix PD20
    Samsung Convoy
    Junker Pilot watch
    Cash/Card clip
    Keys

    I also have back pack I keep in the car which will hold important emergency items like water, protein bars, mutli-tool, para-cord, etc... but for now it holds an extra pair of glasses ( I wear lenses), medication, Bible, stun gun and miscellaneous things like ipod, pens...
     
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  16. ThinkFastHolsters

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    Oh man, me too! I'm not in school or have any reason to be on school propert but I find it rediculous! K-12 not so much but colleges yes. I live in Richmond VA and I have some friends who go to VCU and last month alone there were 3 violent crimes in a 3 week period. All involving a guy or group with guns who held up students for cash and other stuff. Campus gun bans obviously aren't deterring criminals so let the good guys carry and make it known that good guys are possibly carrying and I'm sure it will die down a good bit.
     
  17. PowerViolence

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    The best type of weapon mounted light are the ones that serve as weapon mounted but are easily removed to be carried by the hand. though those are more common for AR/shotgun lights.
     
  18. USMC-03

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    I carry a variety of guns depending on what I'm doing and how I'm dressed.

    My duty rig at work is a Glock 17 loaded with 124 grain +P PDX1, 3 spare mags on my belt, can of Fox 5.3 OC spray, 26 inch ASP baton, 2 pair of Peerless handcuffs, Streamlight Stinger DS light, a pouch with a few pair a rubber gloves and a radio. Carry a Benchmade Griptillian knife. Currently caring my PF9 as back up on my ankle, but that is being replaced with an LCR in 357. In the car I keep a bag containing 3 more pistol mags, various shotgun loads, AR mags, 2 sets of extra handcuffs, zip cuffs, extra flashlight, tac gloves, multi tool, another folding knife, and various other gear. Car also has the shotgun and AR ready to go.

    Off duty I carry the same Glock or my M&P compact .40 with PDX1 rounds, one spare mag and the same Benchmade knife. Sometimes I'll keep a small can of spray on me as well. At night I keep a small flashlight.
     
  19. WilliamTF

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    Warm weather- Kahr CW9 w/+p 115gr Speer iwb Galco or a Ruger LC9 same load same holster. Cooler weather Springfield XDSC with supplied XD gear holster in 40sw 135gr Blackhills hp, if I change barrels to my EFK .357 sig same holster and Winchester 125 gr fmj (that's all they had at the time)