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  • #5558

    James Mitchner

    Usually every prepper site has a mention of EDC.  I didn’t notice it here, so I thought I would throw this out there should anyone want to comment, add to, or otherwise discuss what each of us normally, and on a daily basis, select the gear that goes along with us.

    The attached photo is generally what I always have on my person when leaving the house.  A 9mm Glock 43 in a Vedder Light-Tuk kydex holster and extra mag. Kershaw Blur folding knife w/pocket clip. Small loop of aircraft cable containing assorted little tools and micro-light.  Butane lighter.  Multitool, in this case a Leatherman Wingman. Ink pen.  Wallet with all those things men have in their wallets. Last, but not least, a suitable pistol belt, in this case a Vedder belt with Cobra buckle.  (If you carry concealed, or intend to, have both a quality holster and pistol belt.  More comfortable and more secure.)

    I do make a few changes sometimes depending on where I intend to go and how I’m dressed.  The G43 and large folding knife may be switched out for a smaller Ruger LCP and a Kershaw Amplitude ‘flipper’ having only a 2.5″ blade that is less noticeable, and the multitool may also stay at home.

  • #5638

    Lee’s homestead

    I just went through a class called Guns and Lace. It was set for women on gun safety, how to handle a gun, shoot, remove ammo, load ammo, and several concilling options. It was great.

    I have panic with guns and this class was great. I was able to shoot 6 different types of gun and they allowed me time to get comfortable. I now go to the range to just try and get used to the noise. My hope is to carry and get comfortable around guns noise and all.

    • #5669

      James Mitchner

      Thats great that you are taking the time and initiative to get that training.  In my state all one had to do in order to receive a CCW is take a test on-line.  Very irresponsible, I think.  Hands on is certainly the way to go, and with qualified instructors.  Good job!

  • #5693


    As an instructor, I applaud anyone who sets out to obtain training.

    I would avoid any “shoot like Seal Team 6” type of training, but stick with instructors and classes that reaffirm the basics.

    If you want to go take a 2000 round carbine class over a weekend, go for it but realize that it’s not reality. Fun but not real.

  • #5696

    Crow Bar

    I have been to 2 CCW classes.

    The first was  a joke.  The “instructor” sat around and talked about how cool he was with firearms in between the course material.  Then we did one live fire exercise and here is your CCW.

    The second was very good.  Class room instruction was great.  After we did the required qualifying live fire, they put me through a series of drills.

  • #5697

    Crow Bar

    @James Mitchner,

    How do you like that Cobra buckle?

    • #5698

      James Mitchner

      I like it.  I know the cobra buckles can be had on belts sold by several companies.  The Vedder belt I have is a pain to readjust, requiring me to remove it first.  But I just leave it at one size and it hasn’t been a problem.

      The buckle itself is really strong and secure, and I like being able to just push in the tabs to release it.

  • #5699


    I’ve taken a few different “beginner” courses and the main takeaway for me is that it’s all about the instructor.

    The first guy I took instruction from was a jerk who was off to prove how badass he was. He was the kind of person he yelled at you like a drill sergeant, scoffed because my ear protection was pink, etc. I went to 3 classes then never went back and felt zero comfort or confidence to handle my weapon after the class.

    The second instructor was a woman who was all business but still warm and friendly. I took more from that first lesson with her than all 3 of the other lessons combined. I went home and felt truly comfortable. It was with this instructor that I got my CCW in California.

    I also took some lessons with a couple of retired cops in California on situational gun use (someone is in your house, someone tries to mug you, etc.) Great information, still got an adrenaline rush and no one screamed at me.

    Here in Virginia, I took a lesson with a new, unfamiliar firearm from a nice young retired Marine. I left with a good comfort level and enjoyed the time spent learning.

    I think that is how you judge the success of your lesson – do you leave feeling comfortable with your weapon and confident that you can use it, rack the slide, load it, and unload it?

    My EDC is pretty small and I carry most of it in my purse. I have a little LED flashlight on my keychain, a bandana tied to my purse, a folding pocket knife, a Sawyer mini, a lighter, a Glock 19 and an extra magazine.


  • #5703

    Crow Bar

    @James Mitchner,

    Thank you.

    When I was in NCO school, we did an exercise where you had to use your belts to build a bridge out of 3 lengths of wood.  This is back when they authorized the riggers belts.  One thing we noticed was the reinforced riggers belts were not as flexible as the non-reinforced belts.  They still worked but made for “who goes first” over our bridge a little interesting.

    I have been looking at those cobra buckles.

    • #5707

      James Mitchner

      I used a “Wilderness Instructor’s” belt while in the fire service.  About the same as the rigger’s belt, the buckle would accommodate a carabiner should I ever be forced to do an emergency repel out of a building.  I ordered them reinforced with a plastic insert to stiffen them a bit for concealed carry purposes off duty.

  • #5704

    Crow Bar


    Right you are!

    I have known a number of instructors who know the course material well, but dont actually know a lot about firearms.

    I was a Expert with the M16A2 service rifle, but did not really learn about the ins and outs until I started competing in NRA High Power and reloading my own ammo.

  • #5711

    James Mitchner

    During the Terry McAuliffe administration, the AG, Mark Herring, decided to remove CCW reciprocity with a number of other states that he personally deemed did not meet the same training standards as did Virginia.  As a consequence of that, most of the states he targeted said they would stop recognizing Virginia permits.  The hypocrisy was that in Virginia, a “shall issue” state, all one had to do was go on line and take a test to receive your training certificate to qualify for a permit!  No classroom and/or ‘hands on’ training required.  Thankfully groups like Virginia Citizen’s Defense League and a Republican General Assembly was able to put a stop to it.  We may not be as lucky next time now that we have another socialist administration under Gov. “Whats his face”.  As a safeguard, many of us took the classroom training and applied for a Utah non-resident CCW permit that is recognized in over 30 states.  Should the socialists pull the same stunt again and are successful, I’ll just dust off my Utah permit if traveling out of state.

  • #6056

    OldMt Woman

    I took CCW class from neighbor who knew my disability issues.  He’s the county’s CCW person anyway.  We had 6 in the class,  3 were ‘gun guys’ plus DH and I with some experience…and another woman who kept hitting the next target over.  Got that handled by having her use the other eye.  Then she did good.  We had a great time.  The gun guys [do competition, etc] were so encouraging to the other 3 of us.  Then we had a competition and I won….which led to razzing the gun guy that lost to me.  lol   DH ended up buying me the gun we’d borrowed from our neighbor/instructor….for my anniversary present. 🙂  Still my favorite! 3 days of good book and practical instruction with totally encouraging participants/instructor.

    Hunter Safety course in this county is taught by an arrogant buffoon who attempted to direct how I would ‘do things’ and what I ‘couldn’t do’ with my disability.  Ack, you win some and lose some.  But I aced the written test and passed the shooting part.  Never have to see dumbo again.  Hmph!

    EDC for around our house/doing chores at barnyard…..yeah, living with lions, tigers [coyotes] and bears – oh my! …gotta have protection!  Additionally, I always have SAK, usually another knife, bandana, lip balm [fire starter], cig liter, mints, Emergency food bar(s), gum [sinus], tissues [sinus], couple Nuprin [sinus headache], couple Bandaids, mylar sheet-summer/ bivvy sack-winter, keys, whistle [neighbors know], CORDLESS house PHONE [no cell towers], P38 [splinters], folding reader glasses, spotting scope [ID any critters], headlamp/extra batteries, small water/more in vehicle, and in Ziplock in back pocket:  Drivers license, CCW card, medicare card, MAP copy of this confusing area to give to frantically lost people.  (not kidding)

    Plus… XXL dog with harness to assist me if needed – but mostly for Vigilance/Early Warning/Protection.

    Most of that would also go ‘in town’ with me too.  Plus a lot of other Ebag things to survive trying to get back home again [winter and summer specific].

    OldMtWoman ….like to have my tools/equipment handy

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