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EDC 2017

by Andy Rutledge 2 Comments

My everyday carry complement stays pretty consistent, but I do change out components and sometimes add or remove an item. Here is my current EDC kit, with notes to follow:

edc 2017

My EDC complement includes the following:

…and it all rides on or near a Core Essentials Trakline rigid-core EDC belt.

Yes, this means I’ve got 3 full magazines of 9mm on me at all times. We are at war and in wartime one never knows whether a life-and-death situation means a lone mugger or a team of trained terrorists in a public place. Might take a few rounds to get out (or get my family out) safety.

If you’re a responsible citizen, I hope you have a similar EDC complement, with at least a good pistol, backup mag, light, tourniquet, and at at least one knife. Hang as much of it as possible on your belt to keep your pockets free. Stay safe, stay trained, and be vigilant.

Inforce APLc Light

For a while I’ve been a Surefire XC1 man and have that on both my carry gun and bedside-defense pistol. A strange anomaly I’ve discovered while training at the range (more later) has convinced me that something better might be in order. So I’m trying the next best thing–so far as size and functionality are concerned. Today my new Inforce APLc light arrived.

I’m putting this one on my new-ish Glock 19 Gen 5. I’ve ordered a holster to accommodate this new configuration and we’ll see how that works out, soon.

Inforce APLc

Rifle Ready Mount

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Today I put up a wall-mounted ready rack for a rifle in my office. It’s a simple, padded bracket from Hold Up Displays. It mounts into a stud or into drywall (screws and heavy-duty drywall anchors included) and has a rubber-covered hanger bracket. Works like a charm and is still handsome when it’s unoccupied.

This is brand new, so I cannot report on its durability or just how well the bracket handles heavier burdens. Time will tell, but I’m very happy with it at this point.

Hold Up rifle wall mount

Actually, this is the orientation I prefer…

rifle wall mount

Wartime EDC Truck Rig

We are at war. Since one never knows when the war will be brought by mob of leftist thugs or Islamic terrorists to the street one is driving on, it makes sense to have enhanced defense capability in one’s automobile.

.300BLK SBR

My SBR goes with me everywhere.

As a matter of course, and like many responsible Americans, I am armed every waking moment with my Glock 19 (and 2 spare magazines whenever I leave the house). Additionally, I carry a RATS tourniquet and both folding and fixed-blade knives with me. Since this is a time of war, whenever I leave the house I bring my .300BLK short barreled rifle with me. My rifle is loaded, but one magazine might not prove sufficient in a situation where my vehicle is blocked or disabled and a violent mob descends upon my location; or if a small team of jihadis armed with fully automatic AKs decides to make a religious statement in my location. So I carry a light-but-effective chest rig, too.

I carry my Haley Strategic Disruptive Environments chest rig in the driver’s-side door panel of my truck.

chest rig in my truck

My WEDC chest rig

Note that the rig is fitted to my body size and the ends of the straps are wound up with 100MPH tape, so there are no loose ends flopping around.

My WEDC chest rig and contents

The rig’s contents include:

  • 4 full rifle magazines
  • 2 full pistol magazines (for my EDC pistol)
  • 6″ compression bandage
  • flashlight
  • write-in-the-rain pen and pad
  • Sharpie

These—along with the med kit in my truck that quickly clips onto the chest rig, the tourniquet, flashlight, and multi-tool in my pocket, and the knife and phone on my belt—are a nice complement to my EDC pistol and rifle. With these I can shoot, move, communicate, and treat a serious wound.

It is rather unlikely that I’ll ever need to employ my truck rig’s capabilities. But it’s also rather unlikely one would ever need to employ a fire extinguisher. However, as history clearly illustrates: better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Report: Relentless Tactical’s Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt

For everyday wear I prefer a normal-looking leather belt as opposed to a tactical-style belt. Though I carry several EDC items on my belt, I want the easy-on, easy-off, normal buckle that a traditional-looking belt offers, but it can be hard to find this style of leather belt that is stiff enough to serve as an EDC belt.

About seven months ago I purchased the “Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt” from Relentless Tactical. Since then, it has been the only belt I’ve worn every day while carrying a Glock 19, 2 spare mags in a Kydex double mag pouch, iPhone in a Kydex phone pouch, and a TDI knife in a belt-clip holder.

 

RT Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt

 

I find the belt to be attractive and, even with the weave pattern I chose, in no way gaudy. The color is a good brown; neither too red nor too dark for my taste (the belt also comes in black). The edges are smooth and textured well with a dark burnished finish.

When looped once in your hand, the belt will not form a flat rigid ring like many steel or Kydex-core range belts, but the belt is stiff top to bottom. It is impossible to bend the leather from edge to edge. This is an imperative quality for a gun belt.

As I mentioned earlier I carry two magazines, a phone, and at least one knife on my belt in addition to my Glock 19 pistol. With this loadout, the belt has always felt and performed up to the task during the past seven months of every-day wear. I am very happy with the function.

 

Above: This is my normal everyday-carry loadout, 365 days per year. I typically wear an un-tucked shirt, which suffices for easy and complete concealment.

 

Leather belts wear and typically become softer over time. I wondered how this belt would hold up to both softening and to the wear of several Kydex loops and clips. While there is some wear, the exterior wear is not terrible thus far. Wear is minimal at the buckle and hole area; only a crease with no discoloration or cracking of the leather. The belt has completely held its edge-to-edge rigidity.

 

EDC belt

 

The only external wear showing is on the left side where my Kydex mag pouch rides. The interior of the belt loops have sandpaper to keep the the pouch from moving along the belt line. Even so, only one loop area shows wear. It’s not too bad, but there is some discoloration, as you can see below:

 

edc belt wear

 

I have not yet polished this belt and I expect that with a light polish this mild discoloration could be mitigated considerably.

Overall I’m very happy with the Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt from Relentless Tactical and I have no complaints to report. They have a steel-core belt coming soon and I expect I will give that one a try, as it will have the benefit of loop rigidity. In the mean time, I’m not looking for anything else. This belt gets a thumbs up from me.

New Watch: Smith & Bradley “Springfield”

Really loving my new watch. The Springfield has a classic look, clear indicators in light or darkness, and rugged construction. It’s not an expensive watch ($175 – $225) and I think it looks amazing.

  • Domed Sapphire Crystal With Anti-Reflective Coating
  • 7mm Crown
  • C3 Superluminova Hour Markers 
  • C3 Superluminova Hands
  • Swiss Ronda Quartz Movement
  • 10 ATM Water Resistance
  • 316L Stainless Steel Brushed Finish Case
  • Military Markings
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

S&B Sp0ringfield

Playing With a Pivotal Trainer

Last week I got to play with a couple of Pivotal Trainers from Triumph Systems while at Proactive Defense. The targets were 2-sided and I was shooting only Target Side #2.

The action was random and the timing was set to 5 seconds, so it was super easy, but having to monitor both targets made it interesting. This is just a small clip of what I got to do. These are cool tools with wireless remote control and adjustable settings. I can see how they could be of use in shoot-or-no-shoot and multi-target drills. The price of these guys is not too bad!

True-Weight Blue Gun

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Today I got the True-Weight Glock 19 blue gun from Alternate Force. It’s an exact replica in both details and weight to a fully-loaded Glock 19. The rail is even functional. I’ll be using this for various dry drills at home and for training new shooters in some safety and manipulation fundamentals.

I used my Dremmel to grind the “frame” and flattened the trigger to match the way my everyday carry Glock 19 is setup so that the feel is near identical.

Blue Gun