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EDC Knife: CRKT Outrage

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This is a knife I recently acquired as an everyday carry. I picked it up for a couple of reasons, including the fact that it’s a Ken Onion design and the fact that the blade belly is interesting and seemingly efficacious. I’ve carried it for a couple of months and really dig the low profile in the pocket (note the clip position) and the ease of opening.

It’s a flipper and the action is very nice. The handle is a textured 6061 aluminum with a 2Cr13 steel liner lock. The blade material is 8Cr13MoV steel and I just love the profile. It feels fantastic in the hand in both directions. Very happy with this purchase.

CRTK Outrage by Ken Onion

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WEDC Chest Rig

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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.

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WEDC Battle Belt

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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.

Simple 25-Yard Concealed-Carry Drill

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6×12 steel target at 25 yards. Run from concealment. I like to repeat a lot of 25-yard+ drills as they are a good indication of my accuracy. At this range, the little A-zone steel plate looks like a grain of rice. After scanning and assessing, I typically do an administrative reload, as shown here, to ensure my gun is fully charged.

Ha, as you can see from the awful sweat stains, I had been training a while before doing this video!

Already Been Boughten: Dragon Egg MK II Backpack

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Picked up a well-appointed pack this week. The Dragon Egg MK II has features that make it useful as a daily pack, bugout pack, or as an assault pack. Can’t wait to get it and put it through its paces, though I have an assignment in mind for this one.

Dragon Egg backpack

  • Laser-cut slits MOLLE/PALS system
  • Heavy duty two-way YKK® zippers
  • Main compartment features an internal mesh and a hydration pocket
  • Two additional zippered external pockets
  • Redesigned side pockets that are equipped with elastic to expand
  • Additional zippered back compartment for hydration bladder or the padded sleeve can be used for carrying up to a 15” laptop
  • Paracord drag handle (contains of two 2.5m cords)
  • Additional side handles
  • Quick release shoulder straps
  • D-Ring attachment points
  • Side and bottom retention straps with buckles
  • Daisy chain webbing for attaching extra gear/carabiners
  • Velcro panel (12 x 8cm / 4.7 x 3.1in) for ID patches
  • Made of 500D Cordura® fabric
  • All clips and buckles are made by Duraflex®/WooJin
  • PenCott™, Kryptek™ and Multicam® camouflages are NIR treated

A Little Fun With the Kel-Tek KSG

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This weekend I spent some quality time and a bunch of shells shooting the Kel-Tek KSG 12 gauge shotgun for an upcoming review. This thing is a blast to shoot (ha) and I’m a big fan of the size of this perfect-home-defense shotgun. Far more maneuverable and easier to wield than my Mossberg 500A, especially in tight quarters.

Here (vid below) you can see how it is much like shooting a small carbine or SBR with regard to maneuverability.

Review later this month on the Eagle Gun Range blog.