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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.

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.

WEDC Chest Rig

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Given that we are at war and that war may find any one of us at amy time, anywhere we normally go during the day or night, there are a few extra things I carry in my truck at all times. Among my wartime everyday carry (WEDC) in my vehicle is the Haley Strategic Disruptive Environments 762 heavy chest rig. In this case, it is not “heavy,” but loaded up with M4 magazines (which fit just fine) for my .300BLK rifle that is also with me at all times in the truck.

chest rig

WEDC Battle Belt

by Andy Rutledge 1 Comment

Wartime everyday carry (WEDC) is different from normal EDC. Aside from how it affects advisable on-body carry items, I believe it affects what you keep with you in your vehicle. Here’s my WEDC battle belt I keep in the truck at all times.

Wartime EDC: battle belt

It’s an HSGI rigger belt with a micro-grip (velcro) pad. I’m using ITW FastMag pouches for the carbine magazines, dump pouch, and the holster is (I think) an HSGI padded leg panel to which I’ve affixed a Bravo Concealment OWB holster that I replaced the belt loops with malice clips in order to affix it to the drop-leg pad. The holster accommodates the Surefire XC1 I have on my EDC Glock 19. The result is a minimalist and rock-solid drop-leg holster that rides very high (like it’s supposed to). Love it.