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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Retired Grammaw
March 5, 2011 at 1:17 am

When I am out and about., town, or going anywhere of my place.
I am 63 and I carry a,
Buddy Knife around neck,
Punch 2 pepper spray,
38 Special in belt/or waist clip holster.
Comfortable above ankle hiking boots,
Thick hiking socks
wear jeans,
gortex 3/4 coat with hood always in the car,
Bank Card, Drivers Lisence, CC permit, Bi-Mart card
money , only what I will spend on that trip in front jean pocket
stay alert


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1pete
March 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

Most of the responders here sound younger and somewhat athletic.

Any suggestions for an 80 year old man that CRS, has atrial fibulation, hi blood pressure, steel bars in his neck, hearing aids that also eliminate a cell phone, no longer has airborne knees and ankles, cant run or get too physical?

Please dont just tell me to stay home; I already do a lot of that and cant afford a bodyguard.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Gary
March 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Can’t beat a little hand held Taser if legal in your situation.


Vote -1 Vote +1pete
March 6, 2011 at 11:49 am

thanks for the idea Gary.

I would be little concerned about legallity as I dont need a document or someone else to tell me if I have a right to defend my God given right to life. I have 2 cc permits. One from the sherriff and one in my constitution.

Best to you


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Vic
March 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Pete, In the past I found a company called Cane Masters, that sells medical looking canes that are very strong (oak or hickory) and have slightly triangular
instead of round shafts. They make great defense weapons, especially if you learn to use them properly. Also, who is going to take that “weapon” away from an older man like your self? You can even take them on planes sometimes. Cane Masters also sell videos on using the canes as weapons. I hope this is helpful.


Vote -1 Vote +1galiper
March 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

What a neat site!!! And there are 22 videos on YouTube from CaneMasters – thanks! 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
March 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

‘God made men and Sam Colt made them equal.’ Even if you cannot run I defy anyone who would attack you to outrun a nice slow chunk of lead at 800+ fps. The inability to outrun an attacker rather limits your ability to beat a hasty retreat.


+6 Vote -1 Vote +1John Bowie
March 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

OK, all this is great, depending on when/where you are. I am 64, retired Army paratrooper, with some disabilities including those “airborne” knees aluded to above. But, I don’t run from trouble, either! I live in the SW US and have my CCW & a Sig P220 all the time. I do not even like to think about going into an unfriendly “libreral” state or Lousiana. However, last fall I took a car trip back east with my wife to visit her sister. We covered 17 states & D.C., not all of which are “friendly”. Yes I had my Sig, for it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6, and I was not going to let anything happen to my wife. I also took my little safe to keep it in during inconvenient times. While in Boston, the Pops were giving a concert in the park, and we went. I was separated from my wife and S-I-L for about an hour, waiting for the concert time to arrive. We had taken some snakes which included cheese, crackers, fruit & a small paring knife. To make a long story a little shorter, I had two “Jackels” circling me while I was “guarding two womens purses & my bag of snakes. I also had one “bad assed” walking stick I had made from a white oak brance some 25 years ago. Anyway, I stood off those two somalian pirate “Jackals” with the stick and the paring knife. I was damned disappointed, I’ll tell you! My point is, I was in a very “liberal” city that I did not dare carry my Sig in, nor a knife of any size. Just remember, just cause you have a CCW, that does not cover you for knives, bazooka’s, or flame throwers. And, it sure as hell don’t cover you in the Obamanation of Massachusettes. But who is going to stop a crippled up old man with fruit, cheeze, crackers and a paring knife? Use your heads, it is the best weapon you will ever have, next to the Bible!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bobby D
March 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hello Pete,
I have an 84 y.o. dad and 89 y.o. dad-in-law. Both are ex-military but now frail. They BOTH get a small tube of pepper spray/tear gas mix every Christmas from me. It works VERY well and they’re NOT afraid to use it.
My dad got mugged (attempt) in his own garage in Cicero when he was under his car working on it by a couple of 20 something minorities looking to exploit a weak retired man.. Little did they know he had the tube with him under there. They approached him, he saw their legs, grabbed the tube, they pulled on his legs and as he came out from under the car he sprayed them. Well, he got them both in the “face with the mace” and he got up from the crouch, shoved them enough to get them out of the garage, closed the big door, went inside and called the cops. They took off running, STAGGERING all the way, according to a neighbor who saw the tail end of the scuffle. The cops didn’t get them but I’ll just BET those punks will think twice before trying to assault a retired man again.
He now has a .32 Beretta I gave him that he “keeps in his house” for overnight protection, et al.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tin Star
October 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm


Look into ‘Sportsmansguide.com’ web site and select the “ZAP Cane” (a 1 million volt stun gun in a usable cane), If you’re not ‘lighting up’ some punks world, it also has a nice built-in flashlight. I’m a retired police ofcr and have a nation wide permit (HR 218). but I still use the ‘cane’ to keep em busy until I decide if they are worth the ammo or not..


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom
March 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

All great stuff. I also carry a p-38 (can opener) around my neck… just habit. I also have a leather belted tool kit like electricians use… there is a Glock 27 stuffed into it, covered with a “rag”. I only use that method when working in bad areas. People with smart phones can download GPS and compass programs onto their phone. They work pretty well.

Thanks for all the info you provide


Vote -1 Vote +1Karolyn
March 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

Nice collection of ideas here, especially for women. I carry quite a few ‘odds and ends’ that fit into my work backpack but the lock pick set escaped me. As I’m not a chatter by nature, instead of a cell phone I invested in a SAT phone for emergencies, haven’t had to use it – but you never know.

I don’t find my Glock bulky but I’ve been wearing it a while now and feel naked without it. Unless you wear tight skirts, blouses or slacks most weapons can be concealed on a woman’s body, at least the women I know. One is a former LEO, and she carries hers in a shoulder holster.

Glad to see more women at least responding here and thinking about their safety.


Vote -1 Vote +1Stumpy Pope
March 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Good stuff!
My only question is …. if someone has a weapon, is a lethal threat and you have to pull your firearm, why is he still alive? If you are in a situation that is so dangerous that the only alternative is to pull out your firearm, then the next sound you hear should be a very loud BANG! (preferably coming from your weapon, not
the other person’s weapon)


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
March 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

GREAT question, Stumpy.

Here are a few reasons why you might find yourself in a lethal force encounter and not fire your weapon:

1. In many states, you have to verbally challenge/warn your attacker before you fire. If you come upon someone beating a friend of yours with a baseball bat, you *might* need to challenge them before shooting. They might comply.

2. There is a delay between when you identify a violent attack and when you’re able to fire your weapon. During that time, something may happen that makes it such that you may cause more trouble (legal/moral) for yourself by firing than not firing.

3. If you are facing two attackers, have to shoot one to stop the threat, and the other one complies, you will probably cause yourself more trouble by shooting the second one than by not shooting.

4. If I heard an intruder in my house, I would have my firearm out before knowing whether or not the intruder meant to enter an occupied house or not. As an example, if the first thing they do when I light them up with my flashlight is to pee their pants and start shaking, I’m not going to shoot them.


Vote -1 Vote +1rtl
March 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

So true, Mr. Morris. My husband and I were awakened one night to the dogs barking and my 13 year old son hollering. We both ran upstairs, my husband with Glock in hand, to find my son holding off a stranger with his bowie knife at our front door. My husband was able to “convince” him to exit quickly. While we were waiting the 40 minutes it took for SO to arrive, we discovered that the dumb kid almost lost his life because he was sooo drunk he thought he had driven 3 miles to his house instead of the 3 doors down that he actually drove. He just happened to walk to a door that had accidentally been left unlocked (that NEVER happens!), and the unfortunate set of circumstances almost cost him his life. I am pesonally glad it didn’t.


Vote -1 Vote +1Vincent Vollero
August 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm


I recently took a “low light” pistol course, and we went over some different methods of lighting. To your point #4, what technique do you use? Do you go with FBi, modified FBI, Ayoob? Do you have a light on your home defense weapon? And I’d like to know the reasoning for whichever methods you are using.



Vote -1 Vote +1S. Tinaglia
March 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Interesting email but some of us travel on planes so most of this is impossible – well except for the pen

TG Sam


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
March 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Actually, I travel a good bit as well. I probably don’t qualify as a road warrior, but I do get “elite” status with 2 airlines each year.

All of that to say, I carry my sidearm, pepper spray, and knives on almost every trip. I know that firearms DO get stolen, but in over 100 flights carrying my sidearm, multiple knives, and multiple pepper sprays, I’ve never had any stolen.

Again, it’s a matter of improvising, adapting, and overcoming. TSA lays out what you can and can’t do, as well as how to transport firearms, ammo, knives, and pepper spray. Amazingly enough, they’ve never given me any attitude. Sometimes the airline ticket agents get snarly, but the TSA people usually just want to look at my gear because they’re gun nuts and end up wanting to get into conversations about the guns they own or want to buy.

I’m not saying that ALL TSA agents are as nice as the last 100+ that I’ve had dealings with concerning my firearms, but they’re not all as bad as the horror stories you may have heard either.


Vote -1 Vote +1tony
August 2, 2011 at 5:34 am

why do people wear neck knifes?? im a lil behind on this subject.lol


Vote -1 Vote +1TPPatriot
March 6, 2012 at 5:27 am

Not ALL bad?! Due Diligence:
It’s NOT the QUANTITY it’s the QUALITY!!
More than 50% have criminal records & more than 30% of these are for sex-related offenses!!!
by their own admissions, just by searching: TSA criminal records



Vote -1 Vote +1Gary
March 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I almost always carry a very easy open belt clip knife, a Neck Knife & a Mini Mag Flashlight. Most times when clothing allows I also have my LadySmith in my pocket holster


Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
March 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

A more affordable option for the pen – Zebra F-701 stainless steel body pen with knurled grip.
Gets through airport security, easy to hold to. Costs under $6 at Staples or on Amazon.


Vote -1 Vote +1tony
August 2, 2011 at 5:36 am

what is up w/the tactical pens? do they have a blade in them or are they just really durable??


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Jobe
March 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

In a ‘average day’ fanny pouch, I recommend the following:
1 ) A whistle (actually that’s around my neck) for under rubble, lost, wild animals, +
2 ) A Multifunction Tool
3 ) 1st Aid Kit (and the knowledge to use it) customized for my needs (and wife’s)
4 ) Full Water Bottle
5 ) Weather Gear (poncho and space blanket)
6 ) Mask (at least a medical grade) or Dust, Chemical, Bio & Smoke Combo Mask
7 ) Goggles (swimmers, military, etc)
* usually I’ve got a couple of energy bars, and fire sources.


Vote -1 Vote +1Rob
March 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I carry some of the same things. These are the things I carry just in my pockets and person.

PF9 with laser sights and a spare mag in custom leather.
Skeletool, which has a combo blade, pliers, screw driver and bottle opener.
Streamlight, Stylus Pro. Its a 1 watt LED that cand funtion tactically and is the same size as a Kubaton, I have carried it on airplanes.
Wallet with stuff. Including about 5 pieces of duct tape that are affixed to the back of a store card.
550 cord woven bracelet.
My watch has all kinds of functions.
Finally my cell phone, which bieng a smart phone has tons of functions as well.
A bandana in my pocket in place of a hankerchief.

None of this is bulky or prints. It mostly gets used every day except of course the firearm. I find that I rarely feel underprepared, but since I quit smoking I miss having the firemaking ability.



Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Lindley
March 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

You don’t have to smoke to carry a small lighter. I do and I’ve never smoked.


Vote -1 Vote +1SKIP
March 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm



Vote -1 Vote +1Eddie Vidrine
March 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

For writing, check out the Fisher Space Pens at Smokey Mountain Knife Works. Although they have the $ 25.00 metal tube pens, you can get the plastic versions in several colors for around $ 7.00. They have a pressurized cartridge, will write upside down, and in zero G’s. That’s why they call ’em Space Pens. They been there ! BTW, SMKW has a huge offering of tactical, survival, and hunting knives. Probably the two that David mentioned.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
March 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

@Steve thanks for the suggestion of the Zebra f-701, I’ll definitely check that one out.

Since I live in the great state of Kalifornication, I can’t exercise my CCW right. So no gun, but if the national carry law passes I’ll probably retrieve my Glock 27 from the safe in Flagstaff and carry it.

Knives: starting on the bottom and moving up to increasing severity; a razor knife with two additional tools, a nail file, and a cap lifter/screwdriver; a Swiss army, saber point main blade, leather awl, cap lifter/large screwdriver, can opener/small screwdriver; CRKT M16 -03Z; Cold Steel Gunsite tanto. LED flashlight with scalloped bezel and buttcap, cell phone, money, credit cards.

Although my brief case is not actually EDC it is usually nearby. What’s in it. Gerber multitool, several small first aid kits, Aleve, nail clippers, anti acids, instant coffee, GPS, sewing kit, small crock sticks, matches, lighter, pen, pencil, tissues, and a bottle of Tea tree oil.

About the CRKT, that little flipper nub really makes it easy to open and yesterday at the knife show I saw a custom maker had put one on one of his knives.

About the flashlight, the scalloped bezel and butt cap have two good points. If you stand the light on it face, as many do, you can readily see if you left it turned on. For close in combat, the scallops can be use to deter an attack. Use the scallops against the back of hand, wrist bone, breast bone, anywhere on the spine, anywhere on the face.



Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
March 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi Jim,
I do live in the republic of Kalifornia and I do have a CCW. There are many good websites on how to get your CCW here. There are some counties where you are not, no way no how, going to get a CCW (Sacramento and San Francisco). Your best bet is to talk to your local sheriff department and find out what their requirements are. I live in a county that is almost “shall issue” as the Sheriff feels its a right for his citizens to have one. This is based that they go through the required training and paperwork.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ruth
March 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Very interesting. I am 58 and have never carried any of those weapon type items, except a flashlight app on my iphone. I live in Australia in Brisbane. My question to all of you is – Have any of you ever had to use your tools to defend yourself and what happened? Pardon my ignorance, but what is a Glock 27 that most of you seem to have?

What I carry actually, if I think of a tool, is my Bible in any bag I have with me. I trust in God, and whenever I may have a sense of fear I pray for protection (not saying what you all do is not good, just have never thought of doing so, or up to now needed to).

Is Australia more safe?


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Capt Cook
March 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Ruth, the Glock 27 is a semi-automatic pistol.
It is admirable that you carry your bible & put your faith in God. It would be prudent for you to be prepared though for those mundane situations that may arise.
A simple knife to cut that seat belt off when you or someone else is stuck in a car wreck. A lighter to start a fire if you are stuck somewhere on a cold night or for light in the dark.
Let me ask this question of you. Would God want you to sit idol and watch a child be beaten to death or would he want you to have the means to stop that child from being brutally killed? If you say he would want you to stand by and do nothing, then I want nothing to do with Your God! I believe that My God would want me to have the means to stop that attack and save that child.
Do you think God would want You to be beaten and not defend yourself?
The Sixth Commandment says Thou Shall Not “Murder”. It is not murder to protect yourself or another from a deadly attack.

Mankind has not survived throughout the ages by not being prepared. We have survived by being ready for those situations that seem to happen most often & also being prepared for the worst.


Vote -1 Vote +1BUD
March 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm



Vote -1 Vote +1Bob
September 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

There is a song here in the USA, that was popular in WWII.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tony
May 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Christians get raped, robbed, murdered and assaulted every day.

Trust in God is one’s personal choice. But it is not an adequate substitute for preparedness and self-defense.


Vote -1 Vote +1T
March 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

A Colt Defender in a Galco paddle holster on my right hip, two extra magazines, handcuffs and my badge. (A full size 1911 on duty with four extra mags.)
A Cold Steel Vaquero Grande in my right front pocket. A Lumaforce LF1 300 lumens flashlight in a left side pocket. A stainless Walther PPK .380 on my left ankle. One extra .380 magazine in a left side pocket. I cannot emphasize enough that you should always carry a backup gun. I got involved in a shooting in 1991 with three armed robbers. Thankfully I deployed the shotgun that night. One round fired, minor injuries and all three were taken into custody. Because I used the shotgun, my primary duty weapon was not checked that night. I found out a week later at the range that the firing pin was broken and it would not have fired if I needed it. Mechanical devices made by man can and do fail. Always have a backup, plan ahead and train.


Vote -1 Vote +1Doc Savage
March 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Different people carry different things. The best part of the whole idea is that everyone should carry something. By the way, screw CA. I take my .38 Spl snubbie–with a CCW from another state–because I’m not going to stretch my frail body across their dumbass altar of political correctness. Give me a hard time, amigos, and I’m taking it to the press.


Vote -1 Vote +1Yvonne
March 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

What does your wife carry in her purse. I prefer not to carry any guns or knives in my purse. I live in So Cal so being prepared is a good idea.

I carry my small wallent, chapstick, pick comb, keys, pack of kleenex, hand sanitizer, eye drops, nailcllipers with the small swissknife (multiblade scissors toothpick) attatched and my older phone in a small purse.


Vote -1 Vote +1Christian Gains
March 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Good tac-out. My lifestyle and business has allowed me to expand my “Go Bag” a bit…and, to enable me to be BOTH “light tac’ed” AND “FULL TAC”….So, my “Light” is a Leatherman, (use it several times, daily), a “folder”, (midrange S&W Titanium — ‘tactical’), another VERY SPECIAL little guy that a friend gave me — LOTS of potential value — a small “Tawara” stick, and a few other “tools”. BUT! Since I literally live in my van, (due to my work), it is my “FULL TAC Go Bag”. but that’s just me, and my special circumstances.


Vote -1 Vote +1Capt Cook
March 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

David, you didn’t mention one of the handiest & most basic of things to carry.
A Bandanna or handkerchief. It has a thousand uses & is easily carried or worn.
Mine has come in very handy to stop bleeding wounds(job related mostly), as a dust mask, for a tennis elbow brace, as a cover, as a small bag, wet it for smoke inhalation prevention and the list goes on & on.
I also carry a mini multi-tool on my keychain, so even if I don’t have my SOG multi-tool with me I still have a few of the basics to work with.
And in my philosophy, even if you don’t smoke, you should always carry a lighter or matches with you. Fire is one of the basic necessities for survival.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ed
March 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That bandanna can be used as a splint on a sprained ankle as shown in the boy scout handbook all tenderfoots must learn this before advancing in rank. Bandanna can be used as distress flag also.


Vote -1 Vote +1Greg
March 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

Being a Scout leader for 11 years, I’ve been teaching being prepared for years. A good pocket knife, small first-aid kit, mimi-mag flashlight, and a fire starter are a must.

I try to carry my Glock 19 as often as possible but my Bernadelli .380 packs in almost any clothing choice.

Out of habbit, My vehicle is packed for a week-end campout (short the cooler with food), a tent, space blanket, regular blanket, and two liters of water and snacks to last a couple of days.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kent Ward
March 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

On my body, I carry a Glock 19 or 23 depending on my mood. three extra magazines. I use a Crossbreed IWB or Thompson Gun Leather OWB depending on my dress. I also carry a book of matches, lip balm, Surefire “backup”, a 8 LED light (not bright but useful in movie theaters, checking under a desk…) Folding Stihl pocket knife with 2.5″ blade.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1NowInWyoming
March 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

Ladies, please keep in mind that if your gun is in your purse it will take longer to draw it than if it is in a holster. I am female, 46 yoa, former military, and former LE. I’ve been shot twice and stabbed once. I have defended myself on a few occasions and I am still here, the “bad guys” are not. No, I’m not some bruiser either. I’m 5’8″ and weigh 125lbs. The stabbing happened because my gun was in my purse, I walked around a dark corner to get to my parked car (assigned parking otherwise I would have never parked in the alley) and was jumped. The guy came out from behind a trash bin and grabbed me, knocking me to the ground. I’ve always kept a stainless steel ballpoint pen on the outside of my purse, I pulled it and stabbed the a*[email protected]# in the eye. He fell back, I pulled my Glock 27 and laid him out. In the days previous two other women had been raped in similar attacks, I wasn’t taking any chances that he was getting up to come back after me. I couldn’t have ran, he slice my right calf open like a fillet. Now I carry my Glock in a holster w/ a spare mag, (sometimes a shoulder holster sometimes on my hip, depends on my attire) a KelTec .32 in an ankle holster, and my Taurus Judge in my “purse” which is either a fanny pack or my maxpedition bag. I also carry a zaplight (flashlight/stun gun) in the outside pocket of the maxpedition next to my trusty stainless steel pen and the KA-BAR LDK around my neck. In my bag I have a small first aid kit (w/ 3 days of pres. meds.), eye drops, nail clippers, chapstick, wallet, hand sanitizer, Glide dental floss (this stuff is tough enough for catching small fish), a small sewing kit w/ two fish hooks added to it, a magnesium firestarter, a leatherman tool, a plastic pen that could be used as a straw/trache if needed, a space blanket, a granola bar and a protien bar, a collapsible cup and a steri pen for water purification and tic tacs. In my pockets I carry a small lighter, a small lockpick set, my keys which has a P38 and a handcuff key on the ring, a bandana, and a 550 cord “bracelet” on my wrist. I always have extra water and MREs in my vehicle along with a gortex jacket, bivy, sleeping bag, and more gear, too much to mention. My point is not so much about the “too much gear” I carry but that if you carry a weapon and can’t get to it quick enough, you might be the one that is laid out, not the bad guy. I learned it the hard way. Stupid on my part, won’t happen again.


Vote -1 Vote +1john henry
March 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

i guess I live in a safe littlr town. We do not have rapes,murders or muggings here. WhenI went to the city I put my 357 in a part of the baby stroller where I could pull it out abd shoot. I stopped caring a gun but have not went to a city for several years. I do not plan on leaving the country. good luck and god bless. oh I have a shot gun behind the truck seat but that is there if I see a turkey or some other game. Not that I road hunt that would be illegal.


Vote -1 Vote +1also in wyoming
September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

You sound like someone I would like to know and for sure, to have on my side!!


Vote -1 Vote +1john
March 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

for every day survival gear i have narrowed it down to two bags worth of gear here is the list
1 combat commander pistol from the korean war, 3 pistol magazines loaded with 9mm ammo 1 100 round box of 9mm jhp ammo, 1 ar-10 armlite rifle, 2 30 round magazines with 120 rounds of .308 jhp ammo, 1 tactical flashlight with spare battieries, 4 chemical light sticks, 1 first aid kit, 1 tactical folding knife, 1 fixed blade knife, 2 bottles of water, 1 box of matches, 1 box of plastic ties, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 multi tool plus 1 swiss army knife and one pair of working gloves all in a GET OUT OF DODGE BAG from cheaper thandirt item number BAG-222 in desert brown and thats a GOOD BAG TO HAVE IN EMERGENCIES


Vote -1 Vote +1KenDawg
March 15, 2011 at 1:54 am

I typically carry a full size 1911 Custom II in a concealment holster on my hip. I also have a shoulder holster, but can’t wear that concealed too often given the climate in Arizona. I also carry a Kershaw 1660 clipped to my rear left pocket and a 1667 on my right. I am seriously considering a LDK to wear under my shirt, but have not gotten one yet. I also carry a Kobun tanto on my boot. Typically have anywhere from 13 feet to 50 feet of 550 cord in bracelets and shoelaces. Tactical gloves. Leather belt, and a Parker pen that is identical to my kubotons that I can easily pass through security checkpoints with. I also have two homemade slag weapons made out of clothesline that I keep in my carry on when I travel. I fly often and have never been asked about them, even when flying through the Peoples Republic of NY. People sometimes say I look like a janitor because I carry ALL of my keys with me (including handcuff keys). Ironically, I once had my keys “held” at a courthouse screening point, but was able to get in with some of the more lethal equipment. I carry this stuff every day and none if it prints at all… except my keys.


Vote -1 Vote +1HarleyK
May 3, 2011 at 3:23 am

@KenDawg – What is an ‘LDK’? Several pages of Google and Bing searching did not satisfy my curiosity.


Vote -1 Vote +1Carlo
August 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Last Ditch Knife, boot knife, neck lanyard carry, etc.


Vote -1 Vote +1Celticwaryor
September 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

What are slag weapons?


Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Sarge
March 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I once sprayed an aggressive dog with pepper spray, really made him mad and even more aggressive.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
March 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hey Sarge,

That brings up a great point…pepper spray is a natural product that breaks down over time. That breakdown speeds up if the pepper spray is exposed to extreme temperatures, like what you’d find in a car. To keep this from happening in the future, make sure that you use a pepper spray that has the highest OC levels allowed in your area and that you replace it periodically.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mimi
March 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

I’m a 65 yr old native Californian that moved to GA 6 yrs. ago to be near grandkids. I do appreciate all the info. each of you have shared. A few items I have, but will be looking to add more. My truck and home are ready, hadn’t thought about carrying on my person every day though. Certianly will now. Thanks


Vote -1 Vote +1Warren
March 18, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Here in Australia, you can’t carry anything that is deemed a weapon, no knives, Guns are banned, not allowed Cross Bows, not allowed to defend, was attacked two yrs ago at home, big thug, didn’t know I had done Karate, but at 56 I was out of touch, he got me for a while, concussion etc, then I got him in the groin, then pressure points on the neck and two well aimed blows to the nose, heres the thing, Cops were ticked with me for wanting him charged, I was treated like I was the Crim, never rely on Cops, rely on “YOU” to get out of a bad situation, we can’t carry Baseball Bats, Jimmy Bars in our vehicles, let alone knives. When the proverbial hits the fan, many Aussies are in strife. My Bible goes with me everywhere,


Vote -1 Vote +1Amren
July 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

Can you keep a ball and glove in your car with the baseball bat? How can a cop keep you from playing baseball? I’m always either on my way to the park to play ball, or coming home from playing ball, as far as the cops are concerned. How can they say I’m not? Have they outlawed baseball? What about a Cricket bat? What about tow chain? It sounds like you may need to be a little more imaginative. A bicycle lock on the end of a cable makes a great mace. Lol! Just locking up my bike, officer! Left it in the car.
Although, I do know that Australia has gone the way of the UK in that they don’t believe you have a RIGHT to defend yourself.
Good luck!


Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
February 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

No offense intended here but…..what a lame country. Not allowed to defend yourself? I think if they tried to arrest me for that, I’d just add on assault on the officer to the list of charges.

What lunacy.


Vote -1 Vote +1A. Gabriel
March 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for the great blog; I am realizing how unprepared I am!


Vote -1 Vote +1Prone2Wander
March 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

For my EDC on my person, I carry a CRKT P.E.C.K.and EDGIE a Kershaw 1920 tool knife and a pair of EMT shears plus a surefire flashlight in my pockets along with my wallets, yes wallets. My Chiropractor convinced me that 2 smaller packages were better than sitting on one brick, and not having all my goodies in one place, if I were to have to let go of something, all would not be lost. Most days I carry a Glock 30 .45 ACP in a High Noon tuckable IWB holster along with 2 spare magazines, or a SigSauer P250 in .357 SIG also with 2 spare mags in a Cross Breed Super Tuck. I have a Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger that I use as a book and computer bag with trauma supplies and some extra doses of my daily meds, a 1l nalgene and a AMK Pocket Survival Pak. I rarely wear shorts, so if I feel like I need a little something extra I bring my Keltec PF-9 in an ankle holster with a spare mag.


Vote -1 Vote +1Angel
March 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

With no CC Permit, I carry a matched right and left hand Spyderco knife in each pant pocket, for ease of access with either hand. Spydercos are one-hand-opening knives, so if engaged in a tussle, either hand can access a knife. Additionally, I carry a surefire E1eLED, cellphone and lip balm in the left front pant pocket. They all stack next to eachother to rest vertically in the pocket, which prevents them from printing relatively well. I keep a magnifying glass and a plastic comb in the left back pocket. The glass can start a fire during daylight, but mostly gets used to read small print at antique shows. One wallet, but may rethink that in light of former blog, and carry a secondary. Shiney credit cards double as a signal mirror. Leatherman (best multitool in my humble opinion) in each automobile in the family, and good common sense to make sure each is in good working order with jumper cables, tow rope, folding shovel, good tires and brakes (best insurance money can buy!). Need to add duct tape, para-cord, tool kit tothe zippered bag the jumper cables are in. Don’t forget benign weapon within handy reach of driver’s seat. Benign weapon might include oversized bamboo chopsticks with a sharpened point heat tempered on the end for fending off unfriendly critters. Won’t appear like a weapon, but useful for defense. Be safe out there…


Vote -1 Vote +1Adam Freeman
April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

David, I just clicked on the link to check out the CRKT knife. It takes you to Amazon.com, and at the bottom it says “Customers who purchased this item also purchased:” and it lists 4 of the other exact items on this list. It just made me smile. Keep up the good work! What you have to say needs to be said and people are obviously listening.


Vote -1 Vote +1BenjyP
May 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I have always been an avid prepper. I love your blog/newsletter, David. Having no CC permit, I have trained in and studied various martial arts, weapons, and self defense curricula. Once I turn 21, I plan to get my permit and purchase a handgun. (I am debating over the Colt 1911 and the Sig Sauer. I like both.) For EDC gear, I always have my SOG Flash II, BIC lighter, Swiss Scout, bandanna, stainless steel black gel pen, cell phone, keys (w/ P38, whistle, S-biner, folding scissors, 8-GB flash drive, and pocket screwdriver), LED mini Maglite, and my wallet (w/ ID, cash, cards, bandaids, duct tape, needle/thread, phone book, alcohol prep pads, and a few 3×5 cards) on my person. I also carry a emergency pack with me wherever I go that contains the following: Advanced medical kit (bandaging & blood stopping supplies, various medications, full trauma/splinting kit, small surgical kit, etc.), 2 space blankets, 5″ fixed blade utility knife, zip ties, compass, knife sharpener, folding saw, 6-in-1 screwdriver, needle nose pliers, 6″ crescent wrench, heavy duty scissors, hand warmers, Sharpie, 20′ each of gray and orange duct tape, 32 ounces of water, 2 Cliff bars, and 100′ of 550 paracord. I also lace my boots with 3′ each of 550 paracord and keep a 2″ folding knife in my boot. Various other E-prep items are stuffed in my pack/coat pockets at any given time.
I believe that preparation of the mind and body are just as important, IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT, as having the “right” gear. “You DO what you TRAIN!” Proper training is VITAL in any emergency situation. Every prepper should have a regular exercise/fitness training program and study/practice essential survival skills (self defense, first aid, orienteering/navigation, scavenging, water/food procurement, fire building, shelter building, knot-tying, etc.).


Vote -1 Vote +1Celticwaryor
September 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Benjy, if more young people had their poop-in-a-group like you do, this country would be in a lot better shape. You are the upcoming future leaders of this country, and hopefully we will be able to pass on to you a better country than we have at present.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ron
May 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I enjoyed your article. I have a small swiss army knife and a small flashlight. I also keep a lighter and a bottle of hand sanitizer with me. I know these are as high tech as others have. They are practicle for my use.


Vote -1 Vote +1aileen Milton
May 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi David,
The State of Fl is having our First Tea Party Convention Nov 4-6 in Daytona, FL. visit http://www.ttpnc.com Would love for you all to have a vendor booth at the convention.
Have tired to reach you through regular emails… maybe this comment will help.


Vote -1 Vote +1aileen Milton
May 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Just got my CWP …a senior women . enjoy your information… any courses geared for us more mature chicks?


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lana
June 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I love reading all the information. I personally carry a Glock 26 with two extra mags or my .32 Beretta Tom Cat with extra mags. I also carry a Spyderco knife, a Streamlight pen light, lighter, hat pin and my car is packed with a bag full of emergency gear (food, water, first aid, change of clothes and shoes, etc.). I started emergency preparedness in 2010 and my workout room two days ago became totally lined with shelving for all our food and gear. With a few other firearms strategically placed around the home, we feel much better about our survival. Get to the gun shows…buy government ammo cans to store your radios in…learn, learn, learn. Thanks for helping me do that.


Vote -1 Vote +1MITCH M.
June 15, 2011 at 9:47 am



-12 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Fano
July 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I read these comments and just shake my head….what have we become? I refuse to walk around armed to the teeth…most people who have guns have no idea how to safely use them anyway..most end up killing each other than deranged criminals. I tell you one thing, American society is sick!..and has lost its way…we have no values anymore..and no I am not a religious nutter who believes a non existant diety is going to save my butt and the world. I am so glad I am 55 yrs old and have more of my life behinds me than in front of me…I would not be 25 again for all the money in the world.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Evan
July 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hey Martin,

Everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but one of the big answers to your questions requires you to define “we.” and what timeframe you use when using the word “become”.

As to “we,” I don’t think you and I are covered by the word “we” in this case. The “we” that I identify with is the founding fathers of the US who risked everything and everyONE they loved by taking a shot at self-government (which requires self-discipline, self-reliance and self-defense). The “we” I identify with is the portion of the population around the globe who feels that individuals need to take responsibility for their own safety rather than putting their heads in the sand and abdicating that responsibility to a nanny-state.

As to the “become” timeframe…I agree that it is sad to see what we’ve become. Modern preppers, like those who you’ll find on this site, are MUCH more like the founding fathers than all of the sad people who choose not to recognize that they have a responsibility to store up for bad times and continually take actions that will cause criminals to avoid them.

If you consider this post to be walking around “armed to the teeth” then we’re on COMPLETELY different planes. Of course, that comes from someone who has carried concealed carbines for security details and who feels naked when I’ve only got my little 9 shot .40. That gross mischaracterization aside, what possible statistics can you point to that would support your statement saying that most people with guns end up killing each other???? Are you referring to career CRIMINALS? Because they are the exact people who we carry firearms to protect ourselves from.

In any case, God bless you and I sincerely hope you find some peace in your life.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tom-Hazleton,Pa
August 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm


I’m not sure what kind of secuirty details you worked, and given the publicity of this website I would not expect you to disclose such things, but I would however like to say thank you for doing your job.



+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Amren
July 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

Wow, Martin! First, on behalf of the guy that may eventually attack you: Thanks for not being “armed to the teeth”. You will be easy pickings and he probably won’t even break a sweat taking your belongings and “non existant diety” forbid, your life.
American society in not sick. Certain individuals in America are sick. Those of us that walk around “armed to the teeth” are mostly peace-loving, quiet individuals, that you would never know were armed.
I feel bad that you are glad that more of your life is behind you. Although I am in better shape at 47 than I was at 25, I wouldn’t mind having my “youth” back. Your post makes you sound like a miserable person. I hope you are not. There is still a LOT to be thankful for in America. The ability to protect yourself is one of the best things about America. Hope one of us is there to protect you, if you ever need it.
“non existant diety” bless you.


Vote -1 Vote +1wardog
March 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

No Amren. I disagreein the hope that “one of us is there to protect you”. This man has chosen to be self reliant & I would not put my self in judicial and civil jeopardy to protect him. Martin is the perfect example who would take the stand & not say ‘thank you’ for saving him. I do wish him no harm but also wish he is never a juror sitting in on a self-defense trial where an innocent civilian defended themselves.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom-Hazleton,Pa
August 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m 28 and your 55 years should have taught you something. There is nothing wrong with being prepared. American society is sick, what god has anything to do with the matter I have no idea, however, I believe in the norse gods, protect whats yours and your family till death do you honor. I’ll make this very, very short. This country was founded, built, protected, and still protected to this day by guns, guts, and god. If that concept is hard for you to believe, then look at our fine AMERICAN troops dieing in some third world country, as they have done before.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1CJ
September 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Martin, I understand your feelings. Please promise me that if and when problems start you will curl up in the corner and get the Hell out of our way. In any given scenerio you can only be one of three groups. That would be the Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the crap that we trip on. As for me, I carry 2 wallets, 1 money clip, a Tailwinds knife, a Swiss Army knife, a flashlight, and 12 feet of paracord, I pack all of this is a ScottEvest with a kubaton. You can not see the outline of anything as my vest hides all very well. I have a bad knee so I always have my cane with,


Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
February 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

There’s a name that describes folks like yourself.



Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
July 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

JIM One item I almost always wear is a good quality web belt. If needed it can be used as a tourniquet, handcuff, of just to keep your s#it in one bundle.


Vote -1 Vote +1Wes
August 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

I didn’t see one person list zip ties. In my “laptop” bag. I keep heavy duty wiring scissors, assorted zip ties, a multi-tool, razor knife, and mini mag light. That’s just to do day to day wiring work! lol. Throw in some provisions, and your choice of handgun with some mace and you’re rockin. ALWAYS have zip ties.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom-Hazleton,Pa
August 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I’m 28, licensed to carry since I’m 21.
I’ve always carried items on my person daily without realizing it was an “EDC” until I choose to further my knowledge in survival of both woodsmanship and urban areas. Currently on my person: (all day, everyday, even at home)
Pepper spray
Whistel…yes a whistle, good for getting attention, etc.
Smith and Wesson SD40 + spare mag
Leatherman Wave
160 lumen flashlight
Smith and Wesson Magnesium Folding knife
eye drops (contacts)
And… I just acquired a Maxpedition “FATTY” pocket organizer which has:
Pen light
Small Notebood
bic lighter
small pocket style magnifying glass
small prybar
back up folding knife
pocket sharpener
spare batteries (2 AA’s and 3 AAA)
small retractable mirror
small combo phillips/flat/allen screw driver (lowes… colbalt brand)
and a “Sports AFIELD” pen brush/lens cleaner.

Also, just got a Maxpedition Tactical Attache bag which I have an assorment of items which I carry as far as my vehicle, bedside, or office situation.
Defensive items in the bag are:
Bull dog .44 spl
3 oz. can of pepper spray
ASP 21″ expandable baton
small med kit (I have 5 kids…. need I say more)
map of my state
and a few other items I found that come in handy sometimes.
Although, I suggest checking office regulations when loading an “office” bad with defensive tools.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jeremy
September 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I’m a stay at home dad and carry my Beretta PX4 Storm Sub 9, tac flashlight, CRKT knife and a small first aid kit all in a Maxpedition Fatboy pack. Doubles as a “diaper bag” for the little one and when asked about it, that is always the explanation. I tell people that I can’t bring myself to carry a “girlie” diaper bag and this is the best one I could find. I carry to the museum, park, kids play places, zoo, everywhere I go with my son. My outlook is that my little guy has been given to me by God to raise and protect and I will be damned if I let something happen to my charge. So to give yet another answer to Martin about walking around “armed to the teeth” I add protecting the rights of my son to grow up unharmed by the actual deranged people, the criminals.


Vote -1 Vote +1Trainer
December 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hi David,

Couple of comments on your daily carry gear. I haven’t tried this yet but I am told that Wasp Spray is very effective and will actually reach out almost 20′. Just about at the safe distance. This product to all intents is very innocuous.

Your comment that spray is good for those who can’t shoot someone is potentially dangerous. In my opinion and most of those who train for real is that if you can’t shoot someone you shouldn’t carry a gun. This is a mental and soul searching process followed by as close to real exercises as you can get to ensure you can.

Other than those 2 points your article is good.




+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
December 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

Please NEVER buy wasp spray for self defense purposes. If you find yourself naked in a shed with absolutely nothing other than a can of wasp spray, then you might want to consider using it…but I really wouldn’t want to use it when I was naked either 🙂 I wrote an extended explanation on why wasp spray is such a bad choice here: https://secretsofurbansurvival.com/1031/lasers_pump_shotguns_eating_dog_food/


Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
February 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

I wear Tru-Spec 24-7 tactical pants everyday. They are the only kind of pants I wear. I like them because they have very deep pockets, velcro closures and a very nice knife pocket on each leg. I carry a Victorinox one-hand Treker http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Swiss-Army-Knives/Category/Outdoor/One-Hand-Trekker-NS/54875 , in one of those pockets. I also have a Victorinox Spirit multi-tool in a leather pouch on my belt. In my right-hand pocket, I have a Kershaw Crown 3160, with a pocket-clip, that I picked up at Walmart for about $10.00. The position of the clip on this knife allows it to sit very low in the pocket, so it is not easily seen by the casual observer. A very small LED pen light is in my shirt pocket and I have a much more powerful LED light in my laptop case. I carry a coleman gas lighter and Leatherman mini-tool in my pants pocket as well. Several zip ties are in my laptop case.

In my vehicle, I have a small pack with sufficient equipment to get me home should I have to set out on foot. Included in this pack I have water purification tablets, emergency blanket, zip-ties, road flare, Gerber LMF knife , first-aid kit, canteen, fire-starting stuff, compass, small hand-crank/solar emergency radio, gloves, a couple of MRE’s, Gerber folding shovel, flashlight and a vinyl tarp. And a pair of good quality hiking boots.


Vote -1 Vote +1Damon
February 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

Hey David, is there a particular lock pick set that you recommend? When i click the link in the newsletter, the amazon page is not found or no longer exists. Any advise here would be great!




Vote -1 Vote +1Kj
April 15, 2012 at 12:32 am

wow,glad i stumbled on this page…. several things i havent thought of here! maglight w xtra batt’s,12’hand saw,swiss bayonet,roll nylon cord,sardines,granola bars,water bottles,snake bite kit,magnesiam fire,compass,Tx map,XD9 tactical,or 1911,or ruger sr9c,boxes of spare ammo…… thats jump n run backpack i keep in truck…..also truck gun is stock norinco sks paratrooper,(most exellant hard hitting,ultra reliable,inexpensive,cheap ammo,easy to shoot,maintain,not too terroristic type gun to have in truck) will kill any game in N.America,and shoot thru an engine block too,if needed!! i will b upgrading me pack n truck w some items i havent thought of THANKS,VERY INFORMATIVE AND HELPFULL site, please keep up the good work GOD bless America and true Americans PS hope to find some preppers of like mind in my area houston,san antone


Vote -1 Vote +1freddy
May 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

i carry my nine all the time for protection and a boot nife thats all i need im a ex army man


Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
May 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

Ladies might try keeping a can of hairspray in their purse. When it gets in someone’s eyes its impossible to open them. cheap too!


Vote -1 Vote +1Gunner777
June 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

A magnesium fire starter could come in handy if things really hit the fan.


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