We constantly meet people who are trying to turn their EDC kit into a system that will allow them to be prepared for absolutely any situation. I (the author of the article – David Donchez) found that many people carry with them things that they certainly don’t use every day. So let me just list these things, and also explain why I consider them optional equipment, which only reduces overall functionality.
The presence of things that I am going to enumerate is usually justified by classical phrases like “What if …” and “Just in case”. But we must understand that the criterion of the necessity of a thing is not assessed by this, but by its real utility and common sense. Yes, I understand that there are special situations where the things listed below can really come in handy. But are they able to the average person in his usual daily activities? And even if specifically you regularly find yourself in situations where these things are obligatory, my opinion about the fact that they are needed ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING will not change anyway.
If you are going to put a flashlight on your gun – first of all ask yourself the question “Do I need it? Will I really use it with a weapon? ”
Nowadays, pistol lights are very often included in the list of items for the EDC, but their practical value for most people is extremely low. Most people stupidly do not climb in dark places, so even with a gun. Nevertheless, there is a category of people who regularly, by virtue of their work, do this. But their number, among the general population, is not too large.
In winter, in Alaska, we often have no more than 4 hours of sunlight, so gun lights are very widespread there. I personally do not use them, but the features of the environment strongly recommend to do it. That is why I advocate the use of such lamps, even if I myself do not wear them. Just as for me, the benefits of wearing them do not outweigh the inconvenience.
I believe that if the speed of the onset of darkness does not exceed the speed of pressing the switch in the house, there is no need for a gun flashlight. I understand the need for lighting for weapons, if the environment requires it, but I do not think that this is what each of us faces daily and constantly, and therefore I consider it optional equipment, unless you want to be deliberately paranoid.
Not advertising, but an example. This thing is, by the way, about 100 bucks
I met several people and heard others say that you need to carry a full-fledged pocket medical kit with you. I will not say that this is a useless thing, but its necessity is proved mainly by the arguments that everyone can accidentally become a participant in an active exchange of fire. I can still understand the wearing of dressing bandages and small pocket first aid kits, but a complete medical kit, as for me – optional equipment.
If you find yourself in a situation of active exchange of fire, you will most likely take a defensive position and wait for the arrival of the “cavalry”. I understand your desire to save people’s life as a “field medic”, but if you really understand how to handle gunshot wounds, then you will agree that you can do without improvised material without using bulky sets.
Most of the elements of such medical kits can be replaced by things that you carry with you every day. From the belt you get a great harness, and a shirt and shoelaces can be used as an improvised wound dressing.
I’m not saying that medical harnesses and bandages are useless, they just don’t need to be carried around with you all the time, especially if you can replace them with improvised counterparts.
Spare gun shops
A good practice will be to take 2, a maximum of 3 spare stores. And hone the skill of reloading and quick firing marks.
I know people who are trying to carry as many weapons and spare stores as possible, while maintaining stealth. I know people who carry with them more than three spare stores. What danger do they think they are going to face? This, as for me, does not fit the concept of “being ready” at all. It seems to me that these are either adherents of the “conspiracy theory”, or they are eager for fame, or are completely unable to shoot straight and know about it.
If you do not plan to “stand up to the last” before the arrival of reinforcements, then you certainly do not need so many shops. And in general, learn to shoot straight at those who are going to shoot at you. If you learn, then a large number of spare cartridges will not be needed. Unless, of course, you plan to experience a zombie apocalypse with the equipment you are wearing at this particular moment.
Spare “trunk” gives some relief when using the main gun. Isn’t it easier to simply learn to work confidently with your usual weapon and not to carry too much?
I understand that the concept of “equipment redundancy” attracts many people. But this is mainly due to the lack of confidence in their own training and technology. If you have the opportunity to buy spare firearms, then it seems that you will be able to use your main fire much more freely without fear of any minor troubles. However, law enforcement officers should carry a spare trunk with them, especially in cases where the main one is out of reach.
Most of the above things can calmly lie down in or in your car until you really need it. There is a very thin line between “The Preparer” and “Paranoid”, which is largely determined by what you carry with you all the time. So think about it. before you start stuffing equipment in your pockets. In any case, it is your personal choice. I just want to say that the chance that you will need it. optional equipment – very insignificant. The very concept of EDC implies the wearing of those things that you really can need every day. And if, like some special agent from the militants, stuffing your pockets with equipment for absolutely all occasions, then this is no longer EDC.
You, of course, can consciously decide to carry with you not necessarily equipment – this is, after all, only your choice. However, it is possible that you later change your mind. Do not constantly carry with you what you do not have to face every day. But you decide. Personally, I experimented with my equipment for a long time before I reached such a life. And I met a lot of people who did the same. Yes, even if I do not have with me everything that I may theoretically need, but I’d rather be rational in choosing equipment without sacrificing my usual lifestyle.
Source – EDC failures: An analysis of unnecessary gear