Every Day Carry

I’m fascinated by the website: http://everyday-carry.com/  Basically people dump there pockets and belt holsters out.  Showing what they carry everyday.  It’s not about handguns, even though many people carry them, it’s about wallets and watches, knives and lighters and, of course, cellphones and flashlights.  (I have some lunatic love of flashlights)

It’s amazing what some people carry and others don;t, why and where they carry it.  Well, it go me thinking about how inconsistent I am about what I carry, and I plan to rectify that.

  • DIY Carlisle Bandage Pouch Wallet
  • Key cable with Micro Leatherman, Keys, Ferrocerium Rod
  • Fenix E15
  • CRKT M-16 with Carbon Fiber Scales
  • Pen  (spare Biz cards to write on the back off)
  • iPhone in Temple Belt Holder
  • Bandanna
  • Suunto Vector
  • Maui Jim Atoll
  • S&W 442 and a speed strip pouch with 5 spare rounds

I’m missing fire…

Trauma Kits

I put together a group buy for a group I was involved in during the summer of 2010, from Chinook Medical.

The kit was optimized for cost, size and shelf life, so you will notice the conspicuous lack of hemostatic agent and better tourniquet.  The kit fits in a cargo pocket and was put together for $25.  It was vacuum packed with a kitchen vacuum packing machine and should have a near infinite shelf live and it also prevent the owner from raiding the kit for non-emergencies, keeping it intact.  Duct tape was wrapped on business card which allowed it to be flat, and was cheaper that buying mini rolls.

This kit is very close to the “Tactical Response Gear – V.O.K. – Ventilated Operator Kit” tat sells for the very reasonably priced cost of $40 and includes a 14ga x 3 ¼ Catheter for those trained in it use in chest decompression.  If I need a kit or two, I would just purchase them from Tactical Response, but if want them for a group or desire to customize them doing it yourself is the way to go and not difficult.

The Standard Kit we put together contains:

  • Tourni-Kwik TK-4 Combat Tourniquet
  • 6″ Israeli Emergency Bandage
  • 2 PriMed Compressed Gauze Bandage
  • 30FR Nasopharyngeal Airway
  • Pair of Latex Free Gloves
  • Packet of Surgical Lube
  • 8’ Duct Tape
  • Safety Pin
  • Triage Card/Pencil
  • EMT Shears external to the package, might be need to open the vacuum pack.

Current Prices as of 02/05/2012

05157     Tourni-Kwik TK-4 Combat Tourniquet               $5.55
05149     SOF Tactical Tourniquet                                 $27.17

Trauma Bandage
05176     Olaes Modular Bandage, 6″                             $7.45
05131     6″ Israeli Emergency Bandage                        $6.01

Wound Packing
05143     2 PriMed Compressed Gauze Bandage (or Z-pack)        2x$1.45
05156     2 Z-PAK Gauze Dressing                                           2x$1.89

Chest Wound/Air Way Stuff
03682     Duct Tape, 2″ x 5 yd (can roll/fold your own from a larger roll) $2.55 or Free
12099     HALO Seals                                                      $16.59
02120PA  30FR Nasopharyngeal Airway                              $3.67

Other Items
01202       EMT Shears – 7.5″      (Not vacuum packed)       $1.90
99804 50 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves     $9.00

Hemostatics (optional)

If you look at the minimum (prices in bold) for a trauma bandage , 2 packing gauzes, TK-4 Tourniquet, EMT Shears, fold your own Duct Tape and 1 pair of free gloves, you are in about $17+S&H.

Review of the “Terrorist Interdiction Bag”

They have many names; “Get Home Bag”, “Active Shooter Bag”, “Go Bag”, “War Bag” or the really cool name of “Terrorist Interdiction Bag”, but basically they are all the same thing, a bag that contains supplies for a short duration event. The TIB (Terrorist Interdiction Bag) is a nicely made bag that is reasonably priced and purposely built to carry your gear, act as a magazine drop pouch to recover spend magazines and withstand hard use. It comes with a shoulder strap and waist belt to prevent movement of the bag, while allowing you to move unencumbered. It’s roughly 12.5×10 inches which seems correctly sized for the task (but is 1 inch too narrow to hold your Gen 1 Apple Airbook).  It comes in two colors, tan which is pretty subdued compared to the other choice of tactical black that scream “mall ninja”.

The front flap is secured with a fast-tex buckle and Velcro, along with a strip of Velcro for a name tape or very cool zombie patch that mine sports and it hides a bunch of elastic loops for holding things like magazines and flashlights.  The main pocket has 3 magazine sleeves and a Velcro backed rear panel for a holster or other pouches that use the male side hook and loop for attachment.  Rounding off the bag are two side pockets with zippers and para cord pulls.  I replaced one side with red para cord to indicate that is the location of my trauma kit.  If you carry a gun, you should be carrying a trauma kit!  If you are like me and live in a peaceful suburban neighborhood the odds of needing a firearm are likely lower than being a first responder at an automobile accident.

If you conceal carry a pistol, there is only so much equipment you are going to carry on you without looking like you are wearing Batman’s utility belt. This is not a bag that you would normally carry around with you all the time. This bag would be left in your vehicle to be grabbed during an active shooter event or getting home during civil unrest. It will contain what is needed for immediate action, it is not bag for the long haul like a Bug Out Bag (BOB).

Some guys swear that they carry a bag like this everywhere, but I’m not really in to the fashion trend of the “murse” or man purse.  This bag can hold a larger “offensive” pistol, if you normally CCW a J-frame or .380ACP pocket gun.  This bag will also partner nicely with a trunk or truck rifle as it is designed to hold 3 rifle magazines of the AK or AR variety.

My Bag Contains:

  • 2 Glock Magazines
  • Fixed bladed knife
  • Streamlight Scorpion 2 123A flashlight
  • Trauma Kit (there will be a forthcoming post on what this contains)
  • Sharpie Marker
  • G17 with a Vanguard Holster

CCW on a budget of $350

wpid-wpid-img_1173-2012-02-2-11-08-2012-02-2-11-08.jpg Creating a nice concealed carry package for $350 is no easy task today, but there are some surplus arms that will fit the bill and the Czech CZ-82 is one of them. Another common pistol would be the Makarov, but I will argue that the CZ-82 is a substantially better pistol, with better controls and a double stack magazine. It is not a small pistol.  I would classify it as a medium frame, the butt is similar in size (and weight) to the Glock G19, but more rounded, with a significantly smaller slide. The sights are full sized meaning they are large, well defined and perfectly adequate with a white line on the front and a black wide notched rear sight. There are tritium sights available from Meprolight for the princely sum of $80. The grip panels that come with the pistol are nicely done in a tough black plastic, but these too can be upgraded to custom wood as pictured above by Marschalgrips.

The magazine release is American styled, not theEuropean heel release ( aka Makarov ) which tends to be slower and less intuitive, but does promote magazine retention in military applications which is less important to the average armed citizen.  Since you have 12+1 rounds on board, hopefully a speed reload will not be needed, but it’s there if you need it. The pistol has two modes of carry, Cocked and Locked for all you 1911 guys and DA/SA “crunchenticker” for the rest of us. I don’t use the term with the disdain that Cooper did, it’s a perfectly adequate system that required no safety lever manipulation. Since I often carry a Glock G19 or S&W 442, levers are not programmed into my brain, so the DA/SA is my preferred carry method. If you listen to some of the trainers on the internet who do “Force on Force” training with Airsoft, they will tell you that with some regularity the safety is either missed or forgotten by those who have carried that style of pistol for years. The half cock notch is not present and will not be missed. Both magazine release and safety are ambidextrous which would be helpful for the 11% of the population that are wrong handed.

The round it fires is the 9×18 Makarov round, which is about 15% hotter than the .380 ACP (230 ft·lb verse 200 ft-lb). It delivers these very accurately, which is often the case with a fixed barrel. This is not a Browning link-less lock up like it’s bigger brother the CZ-75, but uses a fixed barrel with the recoil spring wrapped around it, common with mid size, mildly recoiling .380s like the Walter PPK, Makarov and Astra pistols. Often recoil is perceived to be punishing with fixed barrel pistols, but with it’s wide double stack grip, the force gets distributed over a large part of your palm, and is much less than the PPK or similar single stacks.

Hornady, Doubletap and Corbon all offer perfectly capable defensive ammo, and training ammo is $10 for a box of 50, which is right in line with the 9mm Parabellum and slightly cheaper than the .380 ACP. Boxer primed cases are as easy to reload as any other center fired pistol cartridge and Lee sells a set of dies economically and casing projectiles is also an option. Being an Iron Curtain design, steel case ammo is not an issue nor are hollow points. The barrel uses polygonal rifling just like the Glock and is chrome plated which makes cleaning a snap and resists surplus corrosive ammo, promotes slightly higher velocities and will provide longer life that a standard barrel.

Currently a CZ-82 can be had for about $225 with a single magazine.  A spare magazine will cost about $30.  A Triple K belt slide is $30 and a Bianchi Single mag push runs about $25. The Knife is CRKT M-16 from Walmart for $30 and a Cree AA flashlight from Dealextreme for $15. With this combination you are not unarmed or unprepared. You can spend more, and I do believe that a 9mm or .40 cal is a better defensive round, but this will be better than a sharp stick.