Part of being a prepared citizen is being properly equipped. As the seasons change, the layers of clothing will change. This will be good and bad when it comes to your EDC. In all of our Oregon and Utah Concealed classes, we cover a basic baseline that you should think about incorporating into your daily routine. Experience, level of training, and your needs will dictate what type of kit you will carry. This will vary between women and men. Women’s clothing is typically tighter and doesn’t have eective pockets. Men’s clothing is typically looser and our pockets have pockets. This helps us carry everything and the kitchen sink. This could be good but it can put limitations on what we do as concealed carriers. We must plan our EDC around our day and incorporate all the necessary gear that we might need for our time away from our home.

A few of the basic tools necessary for concealed carry are a quality, rigid belt, a quality holster, and lastly a quality defensive handgun. Your body type and lifestyle, plus your situation, ie do you work or visit a dangerous area? If I am in Portland or other urban environments, I will carry a full-size handgun. Why? A full-size handgun is easier for me to shoot effectively. It also has a larger magazine capacity and gives me greater capability. I can add a weapon-mounted light or a red dot. These are both important additions to my EDC. I do recommend that you carry as big of a handgun as you can comfortably conceal on your person. Your lifestyle will also help shape your decision on what type of firearm is right for you. One thing to think about is that the handgun will be part of your everyday routine. You have to make it habitual and having a handgun that you can comfortably conceal is job #1. If it is not comfortable and if you do not shoot it effectively. You will not carry it, period. Your life and the lives of others could depend on this decision, choose carefully.

Handgun with tactical light holster on wooden surface.

On social media, you will see people who will do a “pocket dump.” I’ve done them quite frequently. In my pocket dump, I will showcase all of the dierent tools that I will use for my lawful self-defense. It will feature a handgun, a holster, a spare mag, a handheld flashlight, a blade, or two, and a tourniquet. My EDC will also include my phone and AirPods for communications. Cargo shorts or pants with many pockets will help me carry everything discreetly and organized. It might seem like it’s a lot but once you are setup, it’s easy to repeat. All the tools that I carry daily will serve dierent purposes. The handgun is my last line of defense, it can help me de-escalate a situation but it also could be used to save my life or the life of others. The spare mag will ensure I have all the ammo that I may need. I view this as an insurance policy, it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

The handgun that I choose to be my everyday carry is a Glock 47. It is basically the Glock 17 with a different number. I chose this handgun for its magazine capacity, the ability to mount a red dot sight to it, and how I can shoot it eectively. I have a Surefire X300 Turbo also mounted to it. This is a very capable handgun and I encourage you to think about setting up your handgun in a similar manner. The only limiting factor would be your budget and your comfort level on carrying a full-size handgun. Another tool that I carry is a blade, this will either be a Benchmade OTF Infidel model or a fixed blade. The blade could be used to open a box, cut rope, or in a defensive situation help me create the space necessary to draw my handgun from concealment. This would be a worst-case scenario but the blade is the most utility-type tool that you can incorporate into your EDC. A separate handheld light will help you see in low-light situations, it could be because you heard a bump at night or to identify a valid threat. The light could also help de-escalate a dangerous situation. A bright handheld light will temporarily blind and confuse an attacker. Most could be used to strike with as well. The one I prefer is the Surefire Stiletto, it is well-built, concealable, bright, and rechargeable. It is a great option for an EDC flashlight.

An often overlooked part of EDC is medical. Statistically, you are more likely to need a TQ than to need your firearm. You are more likely to come across a car wreck or other form of accident where there could be blood loss. Being able to stabilize and get the first responders coming is important for prepared citizens. Medical training is also an important part of this conversation. I know this topic of EDC can be daunting, it can be hard to know where to start. I recommend that you just start with the basics, a gun, a belt, and a holster. You can fill in the blanks as you become more comfortable and gain experience. The most important part is to just start!! Make it habitual and you will be safer because of it. Until next time. Be Safe!