Alright this is a little bit different then what we normally do but it’s a good topic and I can do a few mini reviews at the same time. So what is EDC? Well if you haven’t seen it referred to as EDC before it stands for Every Day Carry or what you always have on you.
As you can see I carry a decent amount of stuff. It’s not as bad as it looks and probably not much more than the average person has on them at any one time.
First thing that I always have on me just like almost everyone else are my keys. Nothing out of the ordinary with the exception of the Gerber shard. This little guy comes in handy all the time because it’s always on me. It has a mini prybar, 2 sizes of flathead screwdrivers, a Phillips screwdriver and a bottle opener on it. I have been really surprised how often I find myself using it. The best part about it is that it’s only $5 on amazon. I highly recommend going and picking one up.
Next is the 5.11 EDC flashlight I love the size and shape of this flashlight. It has got a somewhat rectangular shape as opposed to the round of most flashlights so it ends up being the same basic size and shape of a small folding pocket knife. It makes it feel very natural to carry if you are used to carrying a pocket knife on a clip. I carry it next to my pocket knife and can’t even feel that I have it on.
It’s a very simple design using 2 AAA batteries and a simple on/off with only one brightness setting. I find this ideal so that I’m not messing with settings and I always know what will happen when I turn it on. If you have been thinking about adding a flashlight to your EDC for $21.00 the 5.11 EDC is hard to beat. And you can get them in Black or FDE.
On to my Gerber pocket knife there really isn’t too much to say here I have been carrying this knife for years and can’t remember what model it is it’s a Gerber spring assisted opening tanto half serrated blade and has never let me down.
Well as you know if you have been reading my other articles I was never a big Glock fan until a friend got a Glock 43 and gen 4 19. I really ended up liking the gen4 Glocks and ended up getting a Glock 32 and putting a Ghost 3.5lb trigger kit in it that has become my EDC gun. If you are not familiar with the Glock 32 it’s the same size as a Glock 19 and 23 but is chambered in .357 Sig.
Why .357 sig?
Now you might ask why I went with a .357 sig instead of a 9mm when it seems like lots of places on the internet would have you believe that 9mm is the perfect carry round. Well the biggest reason for my decision is how well .357 sig defeats barriers plain and simple I do not want to sacrifice 2 rounds over a 9mm Glock 19 but I am willing to make that sacrifice and I still have 13+1 capacity so nothing to complain about, but if you ever have to shoot through a windshield or some other barrier you will be glad you have the .357 sig, and since I spend a lot of time driving that’s an important factor for me when picking a caliber.
Finding the best carry gun/caliber
Don’t get me wrong I am in no way knocking a 9mm, I carried a 9mm for many years including overseas and it has never let me down and I wouldn’t ever feel undergunned with it, but for my needs I feel the .357 Sig was a better choice. I also don’t really like to make recommendations on the best gun to carry. I think that’s a very individual choice and that you need to get out and try several different pistols and see what feels the most comfortable for you and that you can shoot the best. Caliber selection is what you feel comfortable with carrying but the truth is no matter what you carry if you have to use your pistol the bad guy won’t be able to tell what caliber he was hit with, shot placement is the key.
So there you have it that’s what I have for my EDC. I didn’t go into my phone or wallet because everyone already has a phone and wallet and let’s face it this is a gun blog not a tech blog so I doubt you came he to learn about smart phones. What do you carry? We would love to see your answers in the comments.