As society changes by the day the threat will sometimes change. Currently there is a big push to normalize bad behaviors, defund the police, and criminalize responsible gun owners. This makes all of us and our families vulnerable. We have to remain vigilant and continue to train. It is important to have the skillset and the equipment available to handle any dangerous situation that comes your way. It could be a vehicle accident, a medical emergency, or mass casualty event. Being an asset not a liability to society is critical. Here in Oregon, our law enforcement is stretched thin. They are overworked and understaffed. This puts us all in a situation in where we may have defend ourselves or others. There was a recent Supreme Court ruling where Law Enforcement does not have a duty to protect us. I know many still would, but what I’m trying to impress upon you is the importance of self reliance. Being prepared for anything is critical. On any given day, the tasks that I have to complete dictates the equipment that I carry with me. Depending on the environment is what I have with me. In my vehicle I typically have armor, a rifle, medical kit and other necessary survival items.

It’s important that you train with the equipment that you carry. It is possible to train at home with dry fire practice. You can practice your draw from a holster, clear malfunctions, or work on your reloads. I try to dedicate a few minutes each day to do just this. It helps keep my mind sharp while focusing on fundamentals. Typically when I leave the house I have a plan on where I’m going, I know the route. If there has been anything that we have learned from the last year that the pandemic and societal unrest has made the reason for self reliance an important issue. You are on your own, no one is coming to save you!! Being prepared with the proper mindset, training, and equipment could be the difference in going home safely or not. It’s a big, bad world out there, don’t leave your safety or the safety of your family up to chance.

I know that finances could be tight right now because of the economy so some of the things that I recommend that you might want to incorporate in your daily routine may have to wait. Obviously these are all budget minded recommendations. First is I would recommend a quality handgun. Depending on your body type, lifestyle, and budget, buy a high quality handgun. I carry a Glock habitually. I either carry Glock 17, 19, or 48 depending on what I’m doing. This will also be dependent on where I am going. Then once you have a gun picked out find a quality, comfortable, and concealable holster. I really prefer an inside the waist holster. It is comfortable, discreet and helps you carry in various environments. I always advocate you carry where you are able to and to be compliant with state and federal laws. I carry a gun, extra magazine (ALWAYS!), a blade, flashlight and a tourniquet. This is all typically on my person. In my vehicle I will have a rifle, body armor, extra mags, and more medical items.

When it comes to my carry gun, I match it to my activity for the day and many times I dress around the gun. When it is warmer out I tend to carry a smaller more concealable gun like the Glock 48. As the seasons change I will go to the Glock 17 because I will have heavier clothing that will help break up the outline of the gun. Being discreet is important in different places in public, for safety and to not scare people. I try to be as incognito with my carry as possible. I always have a few spare magazines on me as well. Ammo is cheap, your life is not! The holsters that I really prefer are made by Phlster. I have a few different ones and they are top notch. They help keep my gun secure and concealed. Another part of my carry is a high quality flashlight. The one I really like is the Surefire Stilleto Pro, it is about 1000 lumens. It’s important to have a light too either help identify a valid threat or de-escalate a violent encounter. A bright light shined in the eyes of an attacker potentially could get you out of a sticky situation. A high quality blade is also and important part of your kit. The ones I typically carry are made by Benchmade. A knife can help protect or defend when in really close proximity of an attacker. It is an effective and intimate type of fighting, but in a last resort it could be your only option. Lastly on my person I always have a tourniquet. If I can create blood loss I need to have the capability of stopping the bleeding. Medical training is really an important component to being your own first responder. We are starting to offer them in partnership with a local paramedic. It is our goal to put out a complete prepared citizen. This is a value to our local communities.

pistol & targets
The last part of the equipment that I incorporate in my vehicle is a Vertx Commuter XL slingpack. In that I have a Aero Precision 300 BlK Out pistol. Aero has been a tremendous partner and sponsor of the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation. I am proud to rep their products and trust them for my safety. In that pack there is a Premier Body Armor panel that will stop up to a 308 round. I also have a few extra magazines in there, some more medical supplies as well as another light. The goal is to have extra capability if ever needed. I make sure that I keep everything out of the sight of thieves and always bring it inside with me. I pair that with a plate carrier that has more magazines and armor. In the event that I am put in a dangerous position I have the capability to save myself or others until law enforcement arrives.

I hope you found this blog post valuable and insightful towards valuable tools that you can incorporate in your daily routine. It’s not considered paranoid or scared, it’s considered prepared. There is a difference. As society devolves our need to evolve increases. We have to start with our mindset. Evaluate when you are most vulnerable, then seek appropriate training to help safeguard yourself and your family. Remember to always be an asset to society and not a liability. Until next time. Be safe!