First Line Gear: Everyday Carry:
1st Line Gear or Everyday Carry (EDC): This is what you carry on you everyday. EDC refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. The list of items may include your wallet with cash, cell phone, watch, quality blade, small flashlight, concealed handgun and one reload. In a broader sense, EDC is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.
If you are ever in a situation where you might have to bug-out, consider adding quality walking shoes, quality leather or “rigger’s” belt, handgun in quality belt holster, plus a minimum of two reloads for your handgun to your everyday carry wear. You may also choose to carry a bigger flashlight, and possibly more cash (small bills).
If you are in an all-out SHTF situation, carry all of the above, and consider adding a pocket survival kit and a first-aid kit in cargo pants pockets.
Do not wear tactical clothing (military clothing, 5-11 pants, etc). Nothings say “cop” or “armed wanna-be” like wearing that stuff. Your personal line gear should be worn concealed so as not to attract unwanted attention from sheep and well-meaning law enforcement that may misinterpret your intentions, and wolves intent on taking your gear. When not carrying a long gun you should be able to blend into the general populace without drawing attention to yourself. Be the sheepdog, but dress as the sheep. There is an old saying: “The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they will be when you kill them.” Surprise the wolf.
Carried on your body and the minimum to fight with:
- ammunition (amount is mission dependent)
- small knife or multi-tool
- mobile phone
Depending on the threat level and environment, add:
- medical gear (tourniquet, hemostatic and/or compression bandage)
- compass and/or GPS
- cash (large amount of small bills)
- passport and credentials
- escape and evasion kit