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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

I have owned this pocket – tactical – penlight – flashlight for several years, and it may the best flashlight (of its type) for under 30 dollars.

Here’s what I use it for, and why I believe it’s one of the best for the money.

 

I’ve posted on flashlights before (I like flashlights ;) ), and I thought I would briefly review this one for your potential interest – since I’ve used it for so long now…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Best Pocket Carry Flashlight For Under 30 Dollars

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everyday carry strategy

By Travis P

If you follow a lot of survival and self-defense articles, you are bound to see at least one or two on individual everyday carry. The same goes for those who watch the gun guys on YouTube. I’m not sure if people are actually fascinated by someone else’s everyday carry or people just like to see everyone’s perspective. Maybe we Internet self-proclaimed gun and self-defense experts just like showing off what we carry.

I do tend to have opinions and waste too much money on different gizmos, gadgets and holsters until I find one that works just right for me. I have two different everyday carries, one at work and one for the rest of the time. The reason I have two is simply because my manner of dress at work is much different than my manner of dress off work.

At work I’m confined to a shirt and tie, as well as slacks and occasionally against my will a suit jacket. Even though I dress like I work in an office, I rarely see any kind of office and spend lots and lots of time on the road, often transporting large sums of money or expensive merchandise. This is why I still carry a full EDC everywhere I go, at work or not.

At home I can dress anyway I like, but try not to dress around my carry gun because I feel it kind of gives it away. Anyone trying to wear an overshirt in the middle of August in Florida is not only going to hate life, but they are going to look out of place. So I don’t dress around my gun, but I still carry everyday and I find a way to carry enough gun.

Work Everyday Carry

As I mentioned before, at work I have to tailor my EDCs to work in a confined manner. I also try to avoid having large bulges that can either be major tells or anything that could turn into an awkward question. Carrying with a shirt and tie is possible, and there numerous inside-the-waistband holsters that are tuckable out there.

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Personally this doesn’t work for me because of the amount of time I’m on the road. I want something that is both comfortable and easy to draw from. A tuckable inside-the-waistband holster is neither of these once I’m in a vehicle.  In the passenger seat of my company vehicle is a Blackhawk Sportster range bag. I keep the tools I need for my job like pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, gloves, and small stuff like that. In the main pouch, a Sig P226 sits in a Kydex holster. This is my car gun, it’s instantly accessible and big enough to fight with. This bag basically has a bigger version of everything I carry on my body.

The Sig P226 stays in the car, though. On my body I’ve taken to carrying an H&K USP Compact in a belly band by DeSantis. The gun is stretching the max size the band is designed for but still fits well. The band has multiple different pockets for different items but I prefer just to use it to carry the gun and an extra magazine.

The band is comfortable enough for all day wear, even on bare skin. I usually do keep a shirt between my skin and the band. I feel this makes the band even more comfortable and is another layer to absorb sweat.

Flashlights, Pocket Knives, Etc.

For my on-body flashlight I’ve been very happy with my Smith and Wesson Penlight. This is a single LED light that is made of a strong aluminum. The tip features a glass breaker that could definitely make a potent point if you to jam it into somebody. The pen feels very well made and has suffered plenty of abuse in the last six months of being carried. The little pen light has a clip like any normal pen and clips on my pocket and rides there all day. In my bag I keep a Sidewinder flashlight; it’s the one I was issued in the Marines and I love it.

Carrying a pocket knife can be a tedious adventure. I would love to carry one like I carry my penlight and just clip it to my pocket and let it ride all day. Pocket knives can actually make people quite uncomfortable, though, and openly displaying own could be taken as unprofessional.

I carry a Gerber Diesel, which is a huge multi-tool in my bag. It’s very strong and chock full of tools. It could nearly replace most of the other tools I carry in my bag. Gerber is a brand I’ve trusted for a long time and always had one on me while I was overseas.

Of course, I have the normal things like everyone else. I carry a cell phone, and I keep a car charger and spare wall charger in my bag. I carry a lighter, not because I smoke anymore, but a flame is always handy. I also keep some form of local maps printed out in case my GPS fails. I also keep a change of socks in the bag, odd I know, but until you’ve accidentally stepped in a puddle and had to work 12 hours with wet feet you may not understand.

Off Work EDC

Ah the comfort of jeans and a T-shirt. There is really nothing better than a beat up old Led Zeppelin shirt you’ve had since high school that your wife hates with a passion. Combine that with a pair of well-worn Levi’s and you might as well be in pajamas. My off-work wardrobe is built on comfort and so is my holster.

I carry a Nate Squared Tactical holster. I carry the original model and it’s so extremely comfortable. I love Nate Squared. I love the fact they are an American-made holster and just so comfortable. I carry either my USP Compact or my P250 Compact; the Original model actually works for both. I usually prefer the P250 because it’s a little bigger and I carry a 17 round magazine in it, which is five more than my USP Compact. My loose-fitting clothes make the weapon easier to conceal than my work clothes.

I carry a Benchmade folding knife, clipped to my pocket. I like the 525 Mini Presidio by Benchmade. Benchmade knives are extremely durable and capable knives. They are very robust, but also lightweight. This model’s blade comes just under three inches, which means in my locality it’s not considered a weapon, but a tool. I hate the bulk of carrying a multi tool like the Diesel and rarely have a need for one when I’m not working, so I stick to the lightweight knife.

For a flashlight I keep with the same pen-light I use for work carry. I find the little Smith and Wesson quite likable and easy to carry. I don’t have much need for something bulkier or even brighter like a Surefire.

So this is my EDC, nothing extremely expensive or high speed, but everything is functional and durable. Reliability and durability are two of the biggest considerations I put to my EDC. I also prefer lightweight and small items, instead of filling my pockets with a duty belt.

What’s your EDC? Do you have one established? Let us know in the comments section below.

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This article first appeared at Off The Grid News: Everyday Carry: Why Your Strategy May Be Wrong

The Importance of Illumination in Your Preps

How important is light?  Well, in the Bible, on the  first day, the very first thing God created was light. This signifies exactly how vital a role illumination plays in  any situation.

Any person who has ever moved from the city to the country can agree, there is no darkness quite like that of being in a place where there are no streetlights, no neon signs, no car headlights, and no light from nearby houses.

When we first moved far away from the city to our little cabin in the woods, the darkness there was of an entirely different variety from city darkness. I’ll never forget the first evening when the moon was hiding. It was a cloudy night that also hid the stars and the blackness was almost palpable. I had stepped outside to take the dog out for her last walk of the evening, and even she was disconcerted by the thick darkness. You literally couldn’t see your fingers waving in front of your face. I like the night – the stillness of it, the rustling music of the nocturnal world going about its business – but when you suddenly become essentially blind, it can make you feel a little panicked or afraid. You can’t see, but you wonder what is out there that can see you. Multiply that feeling greatly if you are in a situation that is already dangerous or unfamiliar, and then you can start to contemplate how vitally important to your psyche a reliable source of light will be in a crisis scenario.

This was the kind of darkness experienced more than a year ago when Hurricane Sandy took out the power in New York City.  The city that never sleeps was suddenly cast into the same kind of pitch blackness as you would find in the middle of a forest on an overcast night.

The extreme darkness wrought psychological havoc on many people.  Not only were children afraid, but adults found the complete blackness of the nights to be disconcerting at the very least.  Crime went up when people realized they had the complete cover of a pitch black night.  Instead of being a restful time, night became something to endure until the sun came up.  Small tasks were difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish once the sun went down.  For those who had flashlights or candles, those light sources soon ran out as the crisis extended into yet another day without power.  Add the darkness to the lack of power, heat, and sanitation facilities, and it made a terrible situation even harder to endure for many.

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Psychologically speaking, light should be near the top of your list for preps.  Although most adults would be loathe to admit it, nearly everyone is unsettled in complete darkness. This fear is not necessarily irrational.  It may be somewhat ingrained in our DNA, as many predators are nocturnal. It isn’t always so much a fear of the darkness itself, but more a fear of the unexpected: you can’t see what is out there in the blackness with you.  You have lost one of the senses that you rely on the most to assess impending danger – your vision.

You should have several different sources of light included in your preparedness supplies.  Some of the sources should be easily renewable, in the event that a situation exceeds your supply of replacement batteries.  Here is a list of a few alternative light sources to consider adding to your preps:

  • Flashlights 
  • LED penlights
  • Headlamp for the ability to light a task hands-free
  • Solar garden stakes: Charge them outdoors during the day and put them in vases throughout the house at night
  • Oil lamp (you can burn used cooking oil in an oil lamp)
  • Kerosene or propane fueled lamps
  • Solar lanterns
  • Hand crank flashlights 
  • Hand crank lanterns
  • Candles
  • Heat sources like fireplaces or glass-fronted wood stoves provide a little glow on a cold night
  • Push lights (the kind you put in closets)
  • Night vision goggles (pricy but extremely worthwhile in a long-term situation)

For children consider toys that offer a soft light when hugged (remember Glo-worm?)  This allows them the comfort of control over light when they feel afraid. You don’t want to give them a light they might accidentally leave on as they fall asleep, using up valuable battery life, nor would most parents want to leave a child in the room with a candle or oil lamp because of the risk of fire.  A reader had the awesome suggestion of stocking up on dollar store “glow bracelets” or “glow sticks” for children.  They don’t give off an enormous amount of light but kids would enjoy the novelty and the items will most likely last long enough to allow your youngsters to fall asleep.

Some complimentary supplies to keep on hand along with your alternative lighting sources:

  • Batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries and solar charging device
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Lighters and matches

Be sure to keep your supplies where they are easy to find in the dark. We don’t always have a warning before a power outage occurs, although when a bad storm blows up you might want to consider having your alternative light sources at the ready.  When my daughter and I spent a winter in a little cabin in the north woods of Canada, we lost power so frequently that we kept candles and a box of matches out as part of the “decor” in every room in the house. We also had flashlights in the top drawers of our end tables.  It was a quick thing to immediately be able to supply light when the electricity failed.

Depending on the situation, you might not want your home to be the only one in the neighborhood that is well-lit.  Consider having supplies to cover your windows so that your home is not a beacon to those who are less prepared.  Blackout curtains or heavy duty garbage bags duct taped to the windows can keep most of the light contained.

Proper lighting is one of the most psychologically vital preps that you can make.  Being scared of the dark isn’t just for kids.

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: Let There Be Light: The Importance of Illumination in Your Preps

 
About the author:
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca