Category Archives: Every Day Carry

Product Review: 5.11 Tactical MOAB 10

A little over a month ago I received the 5.11 Tactical MOAB (Mobile Operation Attachment Bag) 10 that I ordered from my friends Fabian and Roman over at Ready To Go Survival . I was immediately impressed with the bag as I took it out of the box and noticed the quality of the materials and workmanship in putting the bag together. At a total interior size of 1062 cubic inches, it is a versatile size that makes it great for a myriad of survival as well as every day uses.

The design of the MOAB 10 allows the user to attach the bag to another pack in the 5.11 Tactical RUSH series for a modular system if so desired. It is also covered in MOLLE webbing allowing for expansion and customization of the bag for maximum user function. In addition to the versatility of the design, the MOAB features water-resistant materials, ambidextrous and lightweight design, and the ability to integrate a water reservoir with a pass through port for the tubing. It even has a headphone port for anyone wanting to jam out while they get out of dodge! Not to be overlooked is the way the shoulder strap is designed. It allows for the bag to be brought forward for easy access without having to take the bag off. This is especially useful if the choice is made to carry a pistol that may be needed for self-defense.

My use of the MOAB has primarily been as an everyday carry (EDC) bag because it can comfortably house my laptop while also leaving plenty of room for a blow out medical kit, emergency rations and water, handgun with extra magazine, emergency blanket and poncho, a change of socks, underwear, and light jacket, along with some other survival necessities. It would also be suitable for use as a medical bag, small bug out bag, a masculine diaper bag, day pack, or perhaps even a purse. While the size of the MOAB 10 is large enough to be a multi-purpose bag, it is also compact enough to not impede movement and could even be stashed safely if the need should arise.

At the end of the day it comes down to the fact that the MOAB 10 is an extremely flexible bag that can be put to task for a variety of uses without being concerned about whether or not it will hold up. Whether it is chosen for daily use or to keep in the trunk of the car for an emergency, this bag will not disappoint! I can honestly say that I highly recommend Ready To Go Survival’s Rush MOAB 10.

EDC Fire Starting Options

Fire is one of the basic needs for survival. Whether used to stay warm, cook food, provide a light source, or ward off pests, fire can be the difference between life and death. Because fire can be started with a variety of small and lightweight elements, a fire starting method should be included as part of your every day carry (EDC) items and a minimum of two fire starting methods should be included in survival kits, get home bags, bug out bags, etc. The ideal fire starter for every day carry should be small, light weight, and sturdy enough to withstand extended periods of time in a pocket or bag. My top selections for EDC fire starting options are as follows in order from least preferred to most preferred:

4. Magnifying Glass – A magnifying glass can be a good option for starting a fire and there are a few different options when it comes to magnifying glasses; there is the traditional round and thick shape but a better option for every day carry is going to be the flat credit card style of magnifying glass. Starting a fire with a magnifying glass relies on using the magnification to focus a bright light into a fine point that produces fire through heat. Because of this, the single greatest disadvantage to choosing a magnifying glass is the need for sun light. With sun light not always being available in all areas, it comes in at number four on the list.

3. Matches – When it comes to matches, strike anywhere is the way to go. Unfortunately, the availability of strike anywhere matches has significantly decreased in the United States. If obtaining strike anywhere matches is a challenge, try to make your own. It is also beneficial to carry waterproof matches if that is your choice. A sturdy container will protect matches from damage and environmental threats such as moisture. There a purpose-built containers for matches but repurposing a prescription pill bottle or even a clean spice container can be just as suitable. Because of the bulk and each match being typically limited to starting one fire, it comes in at number three on my list.

2. Fire Steel – A fire steel is an awesome choice for a fire starter because it is durable, lightweight, and functions in all types of weather. It is a less reliable option overall because of the fact that it can provide a spark but needs to be paired with a fuel source to start a fire. The fire steel finds itself at number two on the list as a result of the effort needed to produce a fire and the fact that a fuel source is required as well.

1. Lighter – A good old-fashioned Bic style of lighter is often the weapon of choice for starting a fire. With the exception of interference from wind, a lighter will usually successfully produce a flame in most conditions. The placement of a lighter as the first choice in EDC fire starting is based on the fact that it is lightweight, durable, versatile, affordable, and packages a spark and fuel source together.

When deciding what goes into your pockets, purses, and preparedness kits…fire will always have a place. What will you carry?

Fractions of Firearms Foresight

There are a couple of useful firearm related pieces of writing that I stumbled across and thought I would share here on the blog. Massad Ayoob is an authority in firearms tactics and training with decades of experience behind his name and has developed the, “Ten Commandments of Concealed Carry” which can serve as a great reminder for those that do carry concealed and also be a primer for those interested in carrying a concealed firearm. Buying a used firearm is a great alternative to the cost of purchasing a brand new handgun and reviewing this article could be beneficial to anyone considering such a purchase.

Make sure to click the links to read the entire original articles.

The Ten Commandments of Concealed Carry by Massad Ayoob

  1. If You Carry, Always Carry
  2. Don’t Carry If You Aren’t Prepared To Use It
  3. Don’t Let The Gun Make You Reckless
  4. Get The License!
  5. Know What You’re Doing
  6. Concealed Means Concealed
  7. Maximize Your Firearms Familiarity
  8. Understand The Fine Points
  9. Carry An Adequate Firearm
  10. Use Common Sense

How To Buy A Used Handgun by Scott Smith

This article written by Scott Smith at Police Magazine is a great overview of some of the pros of purchasing a pre-owned handgun as an alternative to a brand new model and some of the things to look for and to avoid when shopping for a used firearm.

Principles of Personal Defense

I have been familiar with one of the war hero’s of our nation, Colonel Jeff Cooper for a number of years now. He is renowned in the firearms community for establishing the Gunsite Training Institute where he provided training on rifle and shotgun as well as pistol training in Cooper’s modern technique which is identified in part by the use of two hands to shoot accompanied by the use of the weaver stance. In addition to a proud military history and phenomenal training academy, Jeff Cooper had a writing career that extended across seven decades of his life. While he wrote for several magazines and newsletters throughout his life, Cooper also wrote many books, one of which is titled, Principles of Personal Defense which serves as an awesome primer on situational awareness and dealing with the reality of having to defend oneself in the face of attack.

What I find particularly great about Principles of Personal Defense is that it is written from the perspective that attackers should not be allowed to dictate the circumstances in which we live. Colonel Cooper mentions in his introduction that only a small percentage of people are sociopaths that will commit crimes and go on to mention that,

Violent crime is feasible only if its victims are cowards. A victim who fights back makes the whole business impractical. It is true that a victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not almost certainly will suffer for it. And, suffer or not, the one who fights back retains his dignity and his self-respect. Any study of the atrocity list of recent years-Starkweather, Speck,Manson, Richard Hickok and Cary Smith, et al-shows immediately that the victims, by their appalling ineptitude and timidity, virtually assisted in their own murders. (“Don’t make them mad, Martha, so they won’t hurt us.”)

Obviously the list of criminals from “recent years” is not so recent as this quote is taken from the first edition written in 1989 but the principle is a sound one. The idea of personal defense in this booklet is not limited to one particular setting but encompasses crimes at home and on the street which provokes additional thought as well. Cooper goes on to outline the seven principles of personal defense which are:

  1. Alertness – Know what is going on around you. This is covered with two basic rules. The first is know what is behind you and the second is pay particular attention to anything out of place.
  2. Decisiveness – When faced with a life threatening situation you must make the appropriate decision on how to react immediately.
  3. Aggressiveness – “The best personal defense is an explosive counterattack.” Being on the defense doesn’t allow one to be on the offense but a violent defense can completely stop an offensive attack.
  4. Speed – “The perfect defense is a counterattack that succeeds before the assailant discovers that he has bitten off more than he can chew.” Speed is key to surviving an attack by an assailant.
  5. Coolness – Keep your cool. Failure to keep it together can result in an inability to mount an effective defense.
  6. Ruthlessness – “Anyone who willfully and maliciously attacks another without sufficient cause deserves no consideration.” Operate within the confines of the law but offer no relief to the enemy. Given a chance to remove the threat, do so.
  7. Surprise – Do what your attacker does not expect you to do. By catching the attacker off guard, you can gain the advantage.
This booklet is not a long read at all and I would encourage everyone to read it. Even if you do not have an interest in firearms, the book can teach the reader a great amount about situational awareness and dealing with an attacker or the potential of facing an attack.

In addition to the previously mentioned works, COL Cooper is deeply engrained in many other principles of firearms training which include the four rules of firearm safety and firearm carry conditions. If you have ever heard of the scout rifle concept before then you have heard of another one of the works that COL Cooper is well-known for refining.

What do you think is the most important principle of personal defense? Leave your remarks in the comments section.

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Disclaimer – Consult all local laws and regulations regarding use of force and personal defense. The author of this blog post is not an attorney or not otherwise qualified to offer legal advise or counsel on any subject. The information provided here is strictly for the purpose of provoking thought on the subject matter.

Friday! Friday! Friday!

It’s Friday again and that means a few highlights for the prepper from the preppers around the web. This weeks highlights cover low-cost preps, every day carry, and a warning from a federal officer.

18- Low-Cost Ways to Start Prepping from PreppingToSurvive

New to prepping? Not sure where to start? Intimidated by the perceived cost? Prepping To Survive covers eighteen ways to start prepping for disaster in this piece that include things like doing research, budgeting, learning to tie basic knots, exercise, or learn to make repairs around your home. This article provides a great way to get started in emergency preparedness that involves more time than money which is great for the beginner.

Everyday Carry by Rick Keyes on the Official Blog of Knesek Guns, Inc.

What are some of the items that experts recommend that prepared citizens carry on their persons every day? Find out in this article from the folks over at Knesek Guns. This blog post covers the essential Every Day Carry (EDC) for the armed citizen and the unarmed citizen alike. The author even gives specific examples of the items that he carries every day by type and brand.

Warning From a Federal Officer by Silent Prepper on PrepperCentral

This is an interesting piece from an employee at a law enforcement supplier that recently received an unofficial “travel advisory” from a federal law enforcement officer when he was in the shop the other day. You can interpret it for yourselves. I found it interesting myself.

If you found a prepping gem on the web this week, chime in and help out your fellow prepper by posting a link in the comments section!