This is a discussion on How Do You Decide What Is Necessary For EDC (Specifically What Weapon)? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I always carry a gun, at least one reload, two knives, and a flashlight. For EDC I prefer a 1911, usually a Commander, but there ...
I always carry a gun, at least one reload, two knives, and a flashlight. For EDC I prefer a 1911, usually a Commander, but there are times that greater concealability dictates that I carry something smaller and it's a S&W snubby or a Kahr CM9 (today's gun). Around the farm it's whatever strikes my fancy that day - maybe a 1911, maybe a revolver, maybe a .45 or a .357 or .41mag. I only carry guns that I trust and shoot well and are in 9mm or heavier caliber. I live in a small town (<1000) and work in a small town (<3000) but those things are not considerations, I'm comfortable with my choices here in rural Maine as well as in big cities.
"If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge or jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim." - LtCol Jeff Cooper
A low risk profile, if ever there was one. But still, things can happen anywhere, anytime. Long ago I was a Boy Scout: "Be prepared."
So, just about anytime I leave the house, I'm carrying my j-frame snub. EVERY time I leave, I have a 3" folding knife in a pouch on my belt. On rare occasions, I'll carry a compact 45 semiauto instead of the snub. No reloads for either firearm. In my pocket on the keychain is a surprisingly powerful little flashlight. I'm just not a likely target and I figure I'm well armed against whoever might have a defective victim finder. I'm comfortable with my load out.
For me, an unfortunate reality is that I have immediate family in NYC, Chicago and DC. When I visit, I'm almost unarmed. My TX carry license isn't recognized in any of those locations. But I still carry the 3" folder, mostly for reassurance.
And I did have a dicey encounter in Chicago 20 years ago. My daughter lives right in the downtown area in a high rise. It was after midnight and I was escorting her home after a visit to a big well-known blues club right on Michigan Ave. We were "interviewed" by a very large young urban dweller. I knew what was up and was prepared to go psycho all over him if things went south. No firearm on me but I did have the knife. After exchanging greetings and a very brief conversation, he decided I wasn't the one he wanted to test right then and we both got to spend the night in accommodations other than a hospital bed.
Wise choice on his part and very fortunate for me.
My daughter was with me and there's no line I wouldn't cross in defending her. I do have the mean gene and I can turn it on in an instant if the situation calls for it. To this day I'm very glad it didn't come to that.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it."
I'm not inclined to disarm for a concert, game, (entertainment) and I ain't going on a plane or cruise.
"Wouldn't want to or Nobody volunteer to" get shot by _____ is not indicative of quickly incapacitating.
What I carry must meet the following requirements, in no specific order.
Is it legal where I'm going?
Is it concealable? (if required)
Is it reliable?
Is it appropriate performance for the most likely encounters? (I wouldn't carry a .454 casull to defend myself against street crime, nor would I a .380 while in grizzly country.)
Can I operate it proficiently enough?
I carry a backpack to work every night full of things that my experience has taught me might be useful.
Long johns and boxers because I've seen the weather change that drastically in the course of a shift.
Extra socks because I've stepped in mud holes at work.
Minor first aid items and so on but I don't have a frame of reference to base a decision on whether or not I need an SBR and multiple magazines in my day pack. Although, I did get surrounded by a herd of cows at work one night
I use to be like that and carried enough firepower to fight a war, I now carry a DB9 gen 4 and an extra 6 round mag. I carry a survival kit in my truck with the bad weather we get it the Saw Tooth Mts.
USCG Ret. Code Enforcement Officer, Small Arms Instructor.
There is a difference between EDC and bug out. Far too many people blur the lines between the two. For me, my EDC is simple and is driven by the situation I will most likely encounter. Typically that is a firearm, one or two spare magazines, a flashlight, and a knife. I'll MacGyver the rest if need be.
U.S. Army, Retired (1986 to 2014)
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
The only time I up-arm is when I'm going to a place with lots of soft targets - malls, movie theaters, hospitals. On those occasions I am certain to be carrying a high capacity semi with 2 reloads and usually a BUG as well.
If I'm on a road trip, I'll carry a compact primary on my person and a full size pistol with multiple reloads in my satchel.
For me, necessity means having at least one weapon handy even if it's only a plastic pen.
There is a solution but we are not Jedi... not yet.
We have deep thinkers and stinkers in this group that could come up with a solution...
Buck the donkey
OP said, “To put it a different way how do you determine what weaponry is necessary for your daily life?”
No weaponry is necessary for my daily life. Nor are many other choices we each may have Liberty to make.
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Every security decision made by me for myself and my family is based on perceived threat. Going to a friends house or into town to the mall both get different tools for the job. Both require stealth but the mall episode requires more capabilities. Between the mall and church are some of my more higher threat areas (Yes, I said church). I rarely do the mall. When I travel, I am prepared for most scenarios with my primary on my side and a .38+P on my driver's door to repel borders. At home, I have a wide range of choices to address situations. Threat is the driver for me....
The 1911 is an antiquated weapons system but then again, so am I.
Retired SF(SP) CMSgt 1979-2005