Modern Gear Systems (Part 1)
Greetings to all.
We have been and still are swamped with work. This is the reason we have not been posting much…
Over the years we continuously developed our “kit”…
As you all are aware, there is no “one” kit for all mission requirements.
We as many others have everything from EDC (everyday carry) to full battle load-out kits…
We decided to create a series of articles that will guide you in developing a generic kit that is fast into action and not super expensive. The concept is if your kit is lightweight, quick into action, and cost effective, you will be more likely to carry it and train with it. Our selections are not absolute. They are just well selected items that work great and are cost effective. This kit will be “layered”, meaning you still have your EDC kit on you at ALL TIMES + you have a slick, high speed low drag kit that is quickly accessible when needed that works WITH your EDC…
There is a lot of confusion as what to purchase.
This will help.
Assuming you already have your EDC kit developed… What? Your not quite there yet.
Okay, we will start with your EDC.
EDC Kit (Part 1, Tier 1 Kit)
- Get fit. This is the most important & cost efficient part of your kit. Exercising is free. Walking, backpacking, running, bicycling, swimming, martial arts/boxing type training will help take care of your cardio needs. Do body weight exercises, various pushups, pullups, chin-ups, situps, leg raises, squats, isometrics, sprinting, etc., this will take care of your strength training. Eat healthy. The Paleo type diet is great. http://thepaleodiet.com/what-to-eat-on-the-paleo-diet/
- Attire is subjective to activities and occupational requirements. So lets focus on your casual outside of work attire. This is again, subjective. We use and recommend 5.11 clothing. http://www.511tactical.com/mens.html
- Get good hiking boots. Mid height and relatively lightweight wins here.
- Get a good gun belt.(Super important!) http://www.511tactical.com/maverick-assaulters-belt.html , the belt supports your holster, magazine pouches and what every else you need to attach to it.
- For pistol holsters we recommend Blade Tech, Raven Concealment and Cross Breed. We generally favor appendix carry but do often carry in the lower back area as well. Carry in a way that works for you. http://shop.blade-tech.com/index.php?cPath=1_13 , http://raven-concealment-systems1.mybigcommerce.com/appendix-carry-rig-acr/ , https://www.crossbreedholsters.com/HotcakesStore/ProductViewer/tabid/113/slug/SuperTuck-Deluxe/Default.aspx?utm_source=ammoland
- Carry at least one extra pistol magazine. Two would be better… Remember our theme, layerment, meaning our EDC will become part of our battle kit when needed.
- Carry a folding knife that has a pocket clip. Lots of options here. We recommend SOG and Spyderco. http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/knives/flashback-mini.html , http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=209 , The choices here are proven to meet our needs. These are smaller and more lightweight than many others. Easy to carry and work very well.
- Flashlight.: Get one. Gazillions of options here as well. I currently carry this: http://maglite.com/shop/maglite-xl50-led-3-cell-aaa-flashlight.html#.V1mKcyjtiSo It is lightweight and AMERICAN MADE, a very cost effective option that uses common AAA batteries!
- Ear plugs, disposable dust mask, handkerchief, clear or light tint safety glasses/eye glasses, multi-tool, tourniquet. All of these items will carry easily is a cargo pant pocket and/or shirt pocket. (Disposable dust mask & handkerchief, what for? Ask the folks on the streets near the 9-11 attack. (So you do not bleed out…) (They fold flat. Carry in a zip-lock sandwich bag.) (Throw in a pair of vinyl disposable gloves also…) (Some folks are allergic to latex.)
- Pistol (Subjective as heck…) There are a lot of solid choices here. We generally carry Glocks, Sigs, & HK’s. My personal carry is a Glock 19 and for deep concealment a Glock 26. Yeah, yeah, it is just the measly, 9mm… Calibers are subjective as well. We recommend 9mm, 40sw, 45acp. These calibers are common which helps with the ease of acquiring ammo. As for defensive ammo we recommend Speer Gold dot, Hornandy Critical Duty, Federal HST, Corbon. There are many more good choices available. Make sure you test fire your ammo through firearm to make sure it functions! Most people will not carry a large, heavy handgun. We don’t. We want to carry our handgun of choice all the times. Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain, as they say. So choose wisely.
Until next time,