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EDC is Every Day Carry

What is your EDC?

EDC = Every Day Carry

We carry plenty of stuff around every day. When you have made the decision to add a concealed carry firearm to the list, your Every Day Carry setup can get a bit more interesting as you shift items around and find the best place to carry everything. Add to the mix your smartphone and charger, keys, wallet, pocket knife, and the million other things that you absolutely have to bring and you may find yourself wishing you had a duffel bag on your daily excursions. For those of us without the luxury of a pack mule, we rely on the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid!

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Yes, it would be wonderful to carry everything you own around with you on a daily basis, but you’d need to be built like Duane Johnson in Pain and Gain for that to be reasonable.

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Instead, focus on the bare necessities to get you through the day. Those extra items can stay in the car or live in your desk rather than your pockets, giving you a much more pleasant day.

So, what are my essentials?


-Wallet (with IDs, spare cash, credit cards, etc)
-Keys (car, house, and work keys, with the addition of a P-38 can opener that is tape wrapped to prevent leg stabbing, and a handcuff key)
-Pocket Knife, currently a Ka-Bar Mule (remember Gibbs rule #9)
-Firearm and spare magazine (depending on the weather and season, Springfield XD40 or Ruger LC9)
-Holster (depending on the pistol, I use a Piasa Creek model 4 for the LC9 and an SSX OWB for the XD)
-Fitbit Zip (In my quest to bring myself into a shape other than round, a pedometer has been helpful. At about the size of a half dollar, it clips onto my belt and stays out of the way)
-Watch (not pictured, but the finest that $10 at Wal-Mart can buy)

From there, you can expand according to your specific needs and how much you can comfortably carry. I wear cargo pants all the time allowing for a bit more capacity. Here are my personal preferences.


-Flashlight (Streamlight Strion, LED model)
-Phone (iPhone 6)
-Phone charger
-USB flash drive (16gb Sandisk Cruzer, inexpensive and has survived several trips through the laundry)
-Pen (Zebra F-301, only the best right?)
-Business cards

Depending on my needs, my iPad or laptop may come along for the ride. When that happens, the bag those travel in also holds a few other items.

-2 additional spare magazines
-Phone backup battery (able to fully recharge the iPhone 6 twice)
-Spare phone charger
-Rite in the Rain notepad
-Spare pens and pencils
-Multi Tool (Leatherman Wave)
-Spare flashlight (Streamlight Strion, incandescent model)

In the future, a small first aid kit will be added to the laptop bag and will include items like band-aids, gauze, medical tape, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen.

This is by no means a complete list of everything that you can or should carry, just what works best for my daily life. Yours will depend on your daily life and what rules you must follow in your state and place of employment. Vehicle and desk EDC is another matter entirely and is something I will cover at a later date. For now, what does your EDC include?

Private transfers

Did you know that as of January 1, 2014, all private transfers in Illinois need a background check?  You can run it here.  Here’s a few other things you may not have known about private transfers in Illinois:

  • You still need to observe the waiting periods.  24 hours for long guns and 72 hours for handguns, receivers/frames, and pistol grip shotguns.
  • You will both need to keep a record of the transfer for 10 years.  (find a handy form on our download page for Illinois and out of state residents)
  • Federal law prohibits person to person transfers across state lines.  Selling a handgun to a friend in the next state over, you’ll have to take it to a dealer in their state.  Giving a long gun to a family member in another state?  If they live in a state that borders Illinois, they can come to a dealer here, if not, you’ll have to send it to a dealer local to them.  These are called FFL transfers and dealers are free to charge any amount they choose.  When you wonder why dealers charge for this service, just remember that we have to pay for the background check and keep a record of the transfer forever!
  • There are a few people that are exempt from the background check.  These are husband, wife, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, brother, sister, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law.

If you want to read the FOID Act in all of its legalese, check it out here.

Just remember, at least we aren’t in New York or California!