Revisiting an old idea, everyday carry is a concept that should be updated every so often to be sure the right gear is carried and in good working condition. These items that are on person every day often get put into pockets, carried around, dumped on a shelf at the end of the day and go unchecked for potential problems and damage. Let’s take a look at our items to be sure that we are using the right gear and that they are in proper, working order.
Weapons: Many choose to carry a firearm. Be sure that the gun is free of debris and is clean. Night sights often become dingy and need to be cleaned. The holster should be checked to be sure it is in good condition and protects the firearm as designed and will not snag the trigger when reholstering and that any belt clips are not loose or bent. Magazines need to be checked to be sure they are free of debris, the ammo in good condition, and that the pouches are in good shape.Knives should be checked for a good edge free of nicks, no loose screws or pocket clips, and that the blade is clean.
Lights: A have carried pen lights, clip on hat lights, and small “regular” flashlights. Whatever is carried, it needs to be checked for good batteries, that there is no corrosion, good bulbs, and lenses, and pocket clips that need to be righted or that are bent.
Medical: If first aid items are carried, it is important to check for torn packaging, that you remember how to use each item correctly, and that you are sure what items are carried.
Wallet items: Do you carry any items in your wallet? A card tool or knife? Perhaps information cards or small maps? Remind yourself of what’s in there and be sure that everything is in good shape and usable.
Miscellaneous: Many people carry button compasses, whistles, chem lights, lighters, and other small items. If these items are not used often, they need to be checked. Be sure that they are clean, the compass points North, chem lights haven’t been cracked and that whistles will whistle.
This will also be a good time to check how and where each item is carried. Are all of the items necessary? Can they be replaced with better items are items that serve multiple functions? Is each item in a location that can be easily accessed as needed and put into use? Who knows what you carry? My wife is aware of all of my EDC items, knows how to each one, and has a general idea of where they are located. This is extra important for first aid items and weapons.
Whatever your setup, be sure to check it often, correct any issues, and update your items as needed to ready for as many situations as possible. In addition to proper working gear in the right locations, be sure to have the proper skills to use each item effectively and safely under stress.
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