Wednesday, July 19, 2006

EDC considerations

Being in the online Self Defense/weapons world, I have read
time and again countless EDC (every day carry) threads, where
people list or post pics of what they carry on their person everyday.

Now, I am not going to get sanctimonious, and berate people for
carrying excessive amounts of gear, but really, do you carry it
for a purpose other than the cool factor? Do you know how to use
what you carry, can you access it in enough time for it to make
a difference and be useful? I carry, by some peoples standards,
alot of gear, but you know what? It is all thought out, includes
emergency medical and survival items, that I know how to use.
Plus, yes, I carry weapons that compliment my style of fighting.

Just remember, only buy and carry things you know how to use, and don't
buy things because someone says it's cool, or the latest greatest.
EDC should and must be personal, not groupthink based, use your brain,
study what you may need, and make good choices.


Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

There's nothing wrong with fashion accessories as long as people realize they are fashion accessories. Hell, how many people drive their Hummers anywhere but the mall let alone combat zones?

The problem comes when you mistake the aesthetic statement for an actual tool.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

Another thing to think about is "What are the real risks and benefits?" You can't be like Alice's White Knight and carry everything you could possibly need. The choices have to be made not just on the basis of "Can I use it?" but "Does it make any sense at all to spend money on it and lug it around given the real dangers I face?"

3:19 PM  

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