Would you ever EDC a monocular?

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    Would you ever EDC a monocular?

    So, I know this sounds a bit crazy but I ask it out of the experiences I've had in the last few years.

    As a teen on the family farm, I always carried a knife, At college I hardly felt the need to so I stopped. When I started carrying, I finally decided to carry a Spyderco Delica 4 FFG. I love the knife and use it every day. later I ordered a fenix PD -30 realizing that if I was serious about self defense, I need to be prepared at nigh. For the first few weeks, I didn't touch the thing, it just sat in my pocket. Then I started loving having a flashlight on me at all times and use it at least once a day now and feel lost without it.

    So, the question is this, do you think you would ever a compact monocular on a daily basis? Given its weight and its size it may only work for those that use a bad of some sort like a backpack or messenger bag.

    So, would you use it? I'm not sure if I would or not, it would be a bit odd to see some guy whip out a monocular to check something out but it does have an advantage in some situations (witnessing a crime, getting a license plate, etc).

    I keep a cheap set of binoculars in each of my vehicles and when I need them, I'm glad they are there. I typically use them for recreation/fun like when I'm taking a drive up the canyon and want to get a better look at a hiking trail or climbing route, or when I've gone to the range and forgot my other set (use it for zeroing a rifle at 25 yards, no walking and waiting for the range to cease fire). I have on occasion pulled out the set to check out something suspicious (although to some I was probably the suspicious one).

    I realize this could be a bit over the top and maybe impractical, but to a lot of people carrying a gun is as well.

    Just curious as to what you guys think.

    Thanks!
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    Hardly over the top. I carry a small Zeiss monocular clipped in my shirt pocket or tucked into the neck opening of my polo shirt every day. It is the diameter of a thick pen. I use it every day, too. When ever something looks a little odd I "take a closer look" without actually getting any closer.

    I carry much bigger binoculars in my vehicles.

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    I looked into monoculars for a good while, I keep a small set of Bushnell's in the bag (small back pack) I have with me all the time. I'm still on the fince with one cause I'm so used to the bi's.

    No it's not over the top. I can't tell/explain all the things I learned/experienced being a bike courrier in downtown Houston for 6yrs....but haveing a set of bi/monoculars is advantages (sp) in most cases.

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    In a bug out bag? Yes. EDC? No.

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    If the potential trouble is so far away that I need a monocular to see it, I can probably just get away. So, for EDC, I think not. At night, you are better off with a good light - to distinguish a weapon from a wallet or a cell phone.

    However - I am a firm believer in having a scope (with magnification) on your rifle. You'd better be sure, one last time before you pull the trigger, that the gun the BG is holding is in fact a gun, and not a cell phone. My assumption, of course, is that if you are using a rifle, that the threat is at some distance from you. In a temporary breakdown of law and order scenario, it is a very good idea to have binos (or a monocular) for general scouting purposes.

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    I keep one in each of my vehicles. You never know where you will find the Swedish Bikini team.
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    I've replaced the older, heavier binocs in my B.O.B. with a much lighter weight monocular. I've recently been trying to "shave weight" without compromising quality or effectiveness.
    I never really considered a monocular for EDC but, if there was a decent one that was truly key-chainn size" - I might consider it as I could see it being potentially (though only occasionally) useful.
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    I used to carry a cheap Brunton mono around every day and I loved it, forgot about it once and sent it through the wash, though, and that was that.
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    Slightly Off Topic To EDC of a monocular.

    I added a VORTEX to my B.O.B. because it's light weight and Nitrogen purged "fog proof" waterproof and optically it's pretty doggone nice. No complaints though I think they could "slimmed it up" a bit more on the exterior design.
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    I dont think I'd carry one on me ever, but I do carry some compact Nikon binoculars in my patrol bag. They have come in handy a lot.
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    If I ever need a monocular to view a crime in progress, that's good...I'm heading in the other direction while I call 911.

    No, I don't think that I'd ever feel the need to EDC one.
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    At first I thought you meant a monocular like Col Klink on Hogans Heroes wore.I got too much stuff I carry already,If I carry anymore I'm gonna have to get a Batman Utility belt
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    "At first I thought you meant a monocular like Col Klink"

    That would be a "monocle". I have contact lenses set so one sees good far away and the other sees good up close. Makes shooting interesting, both sight and target are clear. I have been trying to get a monocle for reading, but it is almost impossible to have a real one made these days, but costume pieces are easy to find.

    Back to Monoculars, I have a few of these prismatics, LINK> Universal Prismatic Monocular UM8-2 binocular, optic sights, microscopes, telescopes, devices of night vision, night vision glasses, pipes of telescopes, night field-glasses, collimator sights, collimator sights, laser range finders . Russia captured and removed the Leica plant in Germany and makes some fine optics. These are very clear over distance. Don't know the price, my Brother worked at a place that imported Russian goods. I think some fell off a truck.

    Binoculars with prisms are Binoculars, those without are called Field Glasses. I don't know how that applies to Monoculars.

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    There have been times, not self defense, related where I have wished I had something like that. Looking for addresses, wildlife viewing, many other things come to mind. Maybe now that they have become so compact I should reconsider getting one.

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