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!

Every Day Carry Med Kit

It is impossible to always be ready to react to every situation that may occur. If I had a quarter for every time I had gotten a scrape, cut, abrasion, or laceration when I had no way to take care of it, I would at least be able to take my family out to a very nice dinner. The best way that I have found to deal with this is to have what I call a ‘Pocket Medical Kit.’ This basically equates to a kit that is relatively flat that can treat emergent injuries in the form of lacerations, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, etc. Being flat in design allows it to easily fit in a pocket, wallet, or purse and is minimal in weight to the point where you can almost forget that it is there.

The bottom line with your kit is that it should be designed for you and your medical needs. Each individual may face different risks or dangers in their daily lives that may result in the need to custom tailor the contents of their kit to address these concerns. A ‘Pocket Medical Kit’ is designed to address injuries of inconvenience and is not designed to address life threatening injuries. As always, even the best medical kit is not a substitute for good training. If you have the opportunity to obtain medical training, that can often be more useful than the medical supplies themselves. There is no replacement for quality training by qualified personnel. Here are the contents of my kit:

POCKET MEDICAL KIT

1 – 6 Mil Poly Bag (3″X5″) : The contents of the kit will fit nicely into this bag.

1 – Nonadherant Dressing (3” X 4”)

1 – Medical Tape (1”X24″) : Wrap the tape around the poly bag.

1 – Band-Aid (2″X4.5″)

2 – Band-Aids (1″X3″)

1 – Steri-Strip (1/4″)

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What is in your ultra-portable medical kit?

Product Review: Kifaru PullOuts

This product received a 5 ninja star rating from The Prepared Ninja!

 

 

I can honestly say that Kifaru makes some of the most durable products in the world. Not only have I used my Kifaru PullOuts for such mundane tasks as keeping all of my pens and pencils together, but I have also used them for multiple uses during two of the three combat deployments with the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq that I have completed. That has equated to heavy use/borderline abuse without ever having a failure with any of my Kifaru PullOuts. While their uses are only limited to each individual users imagination, I have found the PullOuts to be perfect for the organization of everyday carry items.

A little bit about the PullOuts from the Kifaru website: “These “grab-and-go” pouches have been quite popular because they let you easily organize permanent caches of gear that can be hung inside your pack, pocket or on a gear room wall. Rugged and incredibly lightweight with a full zipper for complete access. Mix and match to suit your needs.”

There are several options that are available with the PullOuts including the sizes available as well as the material that they are made out of and colors available. Sizes that are available are small (5″ wide X 8″ long), medium (6″ wide X 10″ long), large (8″ wide X 13.5″ long), and extra large (10″ wide X 15″ long). Materials and colors available include mesh (OD green and black), ultralight (coyote brown and white), padded (black only), and 525 pack cloth (OD green, coyote brown, and foliage green).

Photo Credit: Kifaru.net

Retail prices for the Kifaru PullOuts range from $10.00 for the small size up to $13.00 for the extra large size. A set of four (one of each size) is also available for the price of $32.00. These are extremely reasonable prices! I have seen so many pieces of tactical nylon equipment that sell for so much more than this and does not even come close to the quality.

PROS – Durable, lightweight, and versatile with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship. The multitude of materials, sizes, and colors available make the PullOuts almost the perfect storage and organizing option for your pack or bag whether you are a prepper, soldier, outdoorsman, or hockey mom.

CONS – I tried to think of a downside and the only thing that came to mind is that Kifaru PullOuts will not do my laundry for me.
Kifaru PullOuts can be purchased online from Kifaru.
If you have a Kifaru story or pertinent addition, please don’t hesitate to add a comment for the good of the order!

Cool Gear – TMT Wallet

I recently stumbled upon a product that I thought was pretty cool. There is a company by the name of TMT Tactical out of Morganton, North Carolina that makes TMT Wallets. Now I will admit that upon first inspection I do not find this product to be a wallet that I would put in my back pocket but I do think it has  practical applications for emergency preparedness.

My favorite thing about this wallet is the fact that it is made in the United States! There are plenty of products that are made in Guadalajara these days so it is always great to see something that is actually employing Americans. The TMT Wallet also features RFID protection as part of the polymer material that it is made out of which protects you from having your personal and financial information stolen right out of your wallet via radio frequency ID scanners.

The TMT Wallet is made of a glass filled polymer that makes the wallet ultra-light, weighing in at approximately 2.4 ounces. It is also fairly compact in size with measurements of 4.25 inches by 3.5 inches by 1.15 inches. Some of the features include:

- Glass Breaker

- Pen

- Toothpick

- Tweezers

- Compass

- Lanyard Clip

- Reflector

- Self-Defense Striking Edge

- False compartments in the top and bottom allow for easy concealment of small items.

- Money clips on the top and bottom to securely hold money and cards.

- O-Ring seals the TMT Wallet and protects the contents from moisture, dust, and dirt.

- The TMT Wallet also floats which is extra handy if you spend any time around the water.

The cost for the TMT Wallet is $85.00 plus $15.00 for shipping and handling. This may seem a little steep at first impression but if you consider how much more durable this is compared to a leather or nylon wallet combined with the additional features, it does not really seem like a stretch at all.

The Case For Concealment

There is no better time in the history of the United States to exercise our God given right to own and carry a firearm.  If you happen to disagree…you might be a liberal.  In all seriousness, the way that America is headed is a source of major concern for me and many others.  The economy is in trouble.  Politicians are exercising unbelievable powers and only implementing additional power at every opportunity.  Police forces throughout the country are starting to be harder to distinguish from the military.

My belief though is that the security of this country is going to be solidified by the citizens and not by law enforcement, the military, or the government.  As the budgets of most cities, townships, counties, parishes, and states continue to vanish like steam over a simmering pot, law enforcement agencies are seeing the number of officers on their staffs decrease.  The military is in a drawdown as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a conclusion.  With these resources dwindling, it is going to fall on us as Joe and Jane America to stand up for ourselves.  The day is coming where you may call for help and the dispatcher on the other end of the line tells you that there is no one to send to assist you.  The solution….

Legal concealed carry of a firearm!  With few exceptions, most of the states in our great country will allow a law abiding citizen who meets the minimum criteria to get a license to carry a concealed pistol.  If you qualify to get a concealed pistol license (CPL) then you will qualify to buy a pistol.  Furthermore to obtain your CPL you will need to undergo the mandatory training.  So now you have a pistol and you have the proper training, all you need is some ammunition and you will be set to be a part of the solution.  Once the word gets out on the street that citizens are taking a stand, criminals are going to at least reevaluate their profession.  Let’s be real, the only thing that laws are good for is keeping honest people honest.

NOTE: If you live in one of those areas that does not allow you to practice your constitutional rights I would encourage you to find a new place to live.  If this is not an option for you then check your local laws and see what you can legally carry as a means of defeding yourself and the ones that you love.  Pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, knives, monkey paws, and kubatons are all potential means of accomplishing this alternate means of defense.  Additionally, if you do have a concealed pistol license I would also encourage you to look at having a secondary means of self defense that is less than lethal.  Not every situation requires lethal force so another option is nice to have.  This also lends itself to the theory that when all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

The Possibles Pouch

So today’s post is about the possibles pouch which is a concept I read about in an article written by Patrick Smith at Kifaru.  Esstentially the possibles pouch gives you a highly organized means of carrying your every day carry (EDC) gear.  The possibles pouch is kind of an emergency kit for every day carry but as explained in Mr. Smith’s article he also relies on it heavily as a wilderness survival kit when he is out camping, hunting, traveling, working, or whatever.  This is truly a great concept because it offers a ton of flexibility.  It can be used as part of a bigger kit or simply used as a standalone kit.  Either way it offers one more take on the possibilities that are out there on the various ways to configure your emergency preparedness gear.  The list of contents in the possibles pouch as described by the author along with some occasional discussion as to what the thought process is behind the particular items is as follows:

1. The Pouch Itself

2. Firestarter Kit

3. Water-Making

4. Let There Be Light

5. First Aid Kit

6. Toiletries

7. GPS and/or Compass

8. Cheap Drugstore Eyeglasses

9. Meat Baggie

10. Moss Tent Repair Kit

11. Two, Gallon-Size Ziploc Baggies

12. Space Blanket

13. Manzella Gloves and Turtle Fur Hat

14. Cordage

15. Ancient Megamid Stuff Sack

16. Accusite

17. Signal Mirror

18. Power Bar

19. Fog Cloth

20. Biodegradeable Soap

21. Duct Tape

22. Rubber Bands

23. Orange Flagging Tape

24. Foam Earplugs

25. Sewing Kit

26. Safety Pins and Paper Clips

27. Pocket Crock Stick Knife Sharpener

28. Super Glue

29. Heat Pack

30. Wire Saw

In addition to the items above in the possibles pouch, Smith also covers the list of items that he would have in his pockets as well as additional items that would be in his day pack.  Now most of you can look at this list and see that it may be tailored to a hunter but by all means if it does not apply then leave it out.  Not everyone is going to have the exact same gear.  Individualize your equipment to fit you for what is best for your individual situation as well as the circumstances that you might find yourself in.

One of my favorite parts of this article is the fact that everything on this list is something that has been proven over and over again through a period of years.  This is a huge advantage for the beginning prepper or someone that is unsure of what they have assmbled in their kit.  Check out Patrick’s article to read about the possibles pouch in its entirety and see how your kit compares or what you need to do to get your own kit together.  I hope it helps!