(The above photograph is not my actual carry)
There’s a lot of talk these days about ‘EDC’ (i.e., everyday carry), meaning the weapons and important tools one carries on their person each and everyday. I’ve been carrying those sorts of things for years before the ‘EDC’ thing ever became popular.
On Youtube, for example, guys and gals will show the kinds of things they regularly carry on their belts. Some of it is good and necessary, but some of it is extreme in my opinion. I can’t believe some of the heavy and double and triple tools that some guys carry?! Do you really need to carry two sets of knives, a double-magazine pouch, two flashlights, a backup gun, and two separate cellphones? To each his own, but goodness gracious that’s a lot of crap!
I’m a very practical person. I won’t brag about carrying something I don’t really carry, and I won’t carry something that’s uncomfortable or an item that’s not really necessary or is unlikely to be used. I suppose one can argue for carrying just about anything, but I can’t.
There’s enough I have to wear and carry such as a watch, keys, wallet and flat badge, so I don’t want to wear or carry any additional items that aren’t really needed. Besides, I’m not a gadget guy and I don’t feel the need to have the latest this or that. I like keeping things as simple and ‘real’ as possible. I have to constantly ask myself, ‘Am I really going to carry that everyday, all day long?’ This forces me to ‘get real’ and helps to keep me from impulse buying.
What I do recognize is the importance of purchasing well-made and high-quality equipment and to keep it at a minimum. Please understand that none of the items and tools I’ve purchased are my grand or unique ideas. I’m not smart enough for that. I wish I were, but the truth is I’ve learned about these things from others as most of us do about almost everything. I have, however, tried to carry only that which meets my requirements for daily carry and which is unique to my situation in life.
So for those of you who might be interested in what Ambrose Kane carries, here you go.
Glock 26 (4th Gen) 9mm
I prefer the Glock 26 (4th Gen) which is chambered in 9mm. I’ve placed a ‘double-diamond’ aftermarket barrel on it, including a ‘Tungsten’ steel guide rod spring (yes, I really have noticed less recoil and it has taken the ‘snap’ out of that short barrel!), a Glock factory magazine extension (which allows me to carry 13 rounds), and a set of Tru-Glow TFX Pro Tritium fiber optic sights (which work wonderfully!).
The bullets I use are 9mm Winchester Ranger (law enforcement ammo), 147 grains. It’s an outstanding defense round. I’m not saying there aren’t other great rounds, I’m just saying this one has served me well and I’m content with it. I also carry one extra magazine.
I’m not really into ‘whoring up’ my gun with this new gadget and that new gadget. I try to keep it limited to only those items that will improve my shooting accuracy and target groupings. The remainder of my money is spent on target ammo for practice, practice, practice!
The holster I use most often is a BlackPoint Tactical ‘Leather Wing’ which uses both Kydex and a leather backing to secure my handgun. It keeps the gun secure and it’s also very comfortable. I can wear this thing all day long and easily forget its there (although, in reality, I never forget that I’m carrying a pistol).
Every so often I mix it up between my Glock 19, Glock 27 (chambered in 40 cal.), and my Sig P320 (chambered in 9mm). Good Lord, I love my Sig P320! That gun is almost perfect, except my compact version is perhaps a little too big for comfortable concealed carry. I’ve thought about getting it in the sub-compact version, but there’s no rush at this point. However, I keep going back to my Glock 26. I guess I just can’t help myself. It fits me perfectly and is so reliable. It’s a Glock after all, right?
I love everything about my Glock 26. There are many guns like it, but this one is mine.
Benchmade 581 ‘Barrage’
I have several knives. I have knives I use for backpacking. Some are for camping, while others I used when I worked street patrol as a cop. There are some knives I carry for about six months (‘Cold Steel,’ ‘Spyderco’), and then I alternate to another EDC knife.
I keep coming back, however, to my Benchmade 581 ‘Barrage’ assisted-opening knife. Benchmade manufactures high-quality knives, and I don’t know of anyone who trashes this knife designer. They are highly respected by just about everyone who is knowledgeable of these things. I’m not saying they’re the best, but only that they’re good enough for me and what I need it for. It more or less serves as a secondary weapon and a box and letter opener. Yeah, I know, it’s not too exciting.
I like the Leatherman products and tools. The quality is outstanding and they’ve gained a well-earned reputation for making quality and practical tools. I’d be lying to you if I told you I use it everyday. In fact, I’ve rarely used my ‘Wave.’ It is nice, though, knowing that if I were in a pinch and I needed a multi-layered tool device to fix something on the spot, the Leatherman ‘Wave’ is just the kind of thing that could help me.
‘Thrunite’ mini flashlight
I always carry a small flashlight with me. I prefer the Fenix and Thrunite brands (currently I’m carrying Thrunite). This is important in case you ever find yourself stranded or find yourself in a situation needing illumination. These may be pricey to some folks (I actually think they’re pretty affordable!), but the quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. They are very reliable too and, because they are small, they can easily fit into a pocket or a purse.
Naturally, I carry a small and thin wallet (I’m not into bulky and oversized wallets), one set of keys (no, I don’t carry two sets!), cellphone, my flat-badge with police ID, and my reading glasses (I always need those!).
I do something that perhaps many EDC carriers don’t. Maybe in this I violate a core EDC rule? Whatever, I don’t really care. Well, here it goes. I carry a ‘man-purse,’ a small black leather carry bag (or whatever you want to call it) that allows me to hold those items when I don’t feel like carrying them on my waist or in my pocket. In fact, I actually have a holster in my bag that allows me to place my firearm into it securely. I also position it in such a way that I’m able to retrieve it quickly when I want to.
This ‘man-purse’ or ‘carry-bag’ affords me a break on those occasions when I don’t feel like carry all that stuff, especially on long car rides or when I just want to be comfortable. Mind you, the bag goes everywhere I go, and I never leave it unattended. I don’t worry about what others think about my ‘man-purse.’ I’m secure in my manhood. 🙂 It’s a practical thing, that’s all.
On other occasions, I actually do carry that stuff on me, particularly when I travel into the big city. Aside from my head constantly turning ‘watching my six’ (I can’t help it, I was a cop for too long!), I make sure all my EDC stuff, especially my firearm, is on my person.
Whatever rides on my waist, by the way, is always attached to a thick bull belt. If you’re going to carry concealed, you need a good foundation. Flimsy leather belts won’t do the job. You need a thick leather concealed carry belt such as that manufactured by Hank’s Amish Belts (very affordable!), Daltech Belts, or Zach’s Gun Belts (a little pricey but definitely worth it!).
Lest anyone dismiss my words about the importance of a proper and sturdy concealed carry belt, please don’t! The average belts available in clothing stores, even those designed for ‘heavy duty’ construction work, are not sufficient. You really do need a thick, sturdy, and well-crafted concealed carry belt. I prefer bull belts over standard cow leather belts because they are thicker. They also make them in reinforced ‘tactical’ nylon if that’s something you might find more appealing.
Some manufacturers even place a strip of Kydex inside the seam of the belt to make it stiffer, but that’s a personal preference. The point remains: You need a strong and sturdy belt if you’re going to carry a firearm and other tools on your belt.
Well, there you have it. You might carry some of the same items, or something altogether different. You might even carry more than I do or perhaps less? Do whatever works for you, and make sure to enjoy it too!
Carrying concealed is practically a religion for me. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I never get tired of it. I love everything about it, probably because I love firearms (no, I’m not a ‘gun fanatic’ nor do I know everything about them!). I like knowing that I’m always in a position to fight back against those who wish to rob me or harm my loved ones. I never want to be the victim. I refuse to be.
All of this, of course, is a big responsibility. You’ve got to be smart if you’re going to carry concealed. It’s more than just knowing the laws of your state or county. It’s more than just being informed about your handgun. It’s more than regularly going to the range and practicing. It’s about common sense. It’s about making sure the pistol is always concealed on your person and not allowing it to ‘print’ or subtly ‘showing it off’ so that people know you’re carrying a handgun. It’s about avoiding certain places where the likelihood of having to use your firearm is more probable. It’s about avoiding the type of people who attract problems and conflicts with others.
I hope I never have to use my pistol. I’d take no pleasure in taking the life of another. But it’s comforting to know at the same time that if I ever had to in defense of my life or those dearest to me, I would know what to do and I would have complete confidence in my handgun and my firearm skills.
For now, that’s all she wrote.