Tag: edc

Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

| December 19, 2017 | 4 Comments

For about $50 you can get a new vacuum sealer and pre-scored bags that will add durability to your pocket / ankle carried trauma gear, and save you a little bit of space. The Problem Medical gear has been part of my everyday carry (EDC) for the last three years. One thing I’ve noticed is […]

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EDC Update: MDTS Pocket Shield and The Clemons

EDC Update: MDTS Pocket Shield and The Clemons

| November 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Mount a folded bill in your MDTS PocketShield in case you need to defuse a situation with hard cash instead of a hard right cross. I’ve used Chris Fry’s MDTS PocketShield since March of 2016. I’ve gone through a few iterations since I started carrying it, and I wanted to give an update on what’s […]

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Concert Security Experiment #01

Concert Security Experiment #01

| October 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

The She Shepherd and I went to a rock concert at a small venue last night. I knew the venue had a strict no weapons policy, including OC spray. However, the concert was in downtown Minneapolis and I expected the concert to last until at least 11PM at night. I wanted to carry a defensive […]

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Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

| October 11, 2017 | 7 Comments

We carry pistols because they are convenient, not because they are effective. – John Farnam In November of 2011 I purchased a Mini Draco AK47 pistol, with the intent of converting it to a short barreled rifle (SBR) and carrying it daily. I carried it for about two years before experimenting with my .300 Blackout AR15 […]

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Reprioritizing Essential Self Defense Training Based on John Correia’s Active Self Protection Violent Encounter Data

Reprioritizing Essential Self Defense Training Based on John Correia’s Active Self Protection Violent Encounter Data

| August 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

Our good friend John Correia from Active Self Protection gave several lectures at last weekend’s NRA Carry Guard conference. The premise: John’s observations after watching over 10,000 videos of violent encounters. John had published some preliminary findings in 2016, but he’s watched over twice as many videos as he did back then. I did not […]

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Just the Tip: Adjusting ASP Key Defender Inserts for Carry in a Pocket Shield

Just the Tip: Adjusting ASP Key Defender Inserts for Carry in a Pocket Shield

| August 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

We really like the ASP Key Defender OC spray. We like the size, the form factor, and the ability to switch between “hot” OC spray and “test” practice spray. We’ve since purchased dedicated ASP Key Defenders for force on force usage, but you can easily swap out live and practice spray canisters. A combination of […]

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That’s What She Said: Vertx EDC Transit Review

That’s What She Said: Vertx EDC Transit Review

| May 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

I began carrying the Vertx EDC Commuter Sling 2 years ago (read my review). Apart from the everyday wear and tear you might expect of a daily carry bag, I pressure tested this bag through: 16 hours of force-on-force training 16 hours of close quarters force-on-force training 16 hours of low-light force-on-force training 8 hours […]

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EDC Bag 90 Day Challenge

EDC Bag 90 Day Challenge

| April 24, 2017 | 1 Comments

I started carrying a PDW everywhere I went in mid-2012. I received my first NFA stamp in January 2013, and have carried an SBR or PDW since. I’ve used a few different bags, but they all shared something: they were “common” bags that were designed to carry something other than a firearm. I stayed away from bags that […]

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Force on Force Personal Training Equipment

Force on Force Personal Training Equipment

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I did my first force on force training I carried a G19, a G26, and a box cutter. All of my formal, adult self defense training at the time was with firearms. I knew very little, and as such my options — and FoF gear — were limited. In the last six years, I’ve […]

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EverBrite 6-pack LED Headlamp for Trauma Kits Review

EverBrite 6-pack LED Headlamp for Trauma Kits Review

| January 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Low light trauma care is a real possibility, especially considering that most violent encounters happen in (some) darkness, and that the power may be out during/after a terrorist incident. The more trauma care training I take, the more I believe it’s critical to have both hands free during an emergency. In low light trauma care […]

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