A common question you might ask yourself is what are some everyday carry (EDC) items you should be carrying? The quick answer is it depends on the situation.
Say for instance you go out for a walk around your neighborhood. If you live in the suburbs it wouldn’t be that busy. However, if you went out into the city for a date night with your girlfriend or wife, you can definitely expect more people around.
Different situations call for different load-outs, and you’ll want to have an idea of what you should carry to defend yourself.
In this post, retired Navy SEAL, Mark Cochiolo, covers what he carries each day depending on what he's doing.
Common Everyday Situations
For those common everyday situations such as going to the grocery store or taking your dog out for a walk, Coch carries a Smith & Wesson Model 642, Revolver, .38 Special+P. It has a small frame for personal defense and five rounds. You could even add a light and laser for low light situations, which Coch has both on his revolver.
He keeps his Smith & Wesson stored in a simple holster that he can just slip into his pocket and step out the door. With his revolver, he carries a five-round stripper clip in the same pocket. You’ll never know if you need to reload (odds are you won’t), but it’s nice to have just in case.
Busy Everyday Situations
There are those special times you want to go out of your neighborhood and enjoy the sights in the city. Maybe you’re doing a date night or it’s a friend’s birthday. For these situations, Coch carries something with a little bit more firepower such as a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. It’s nice and flat with a high-capacity magazine and quicker reloads.
Coch adds a light and a laser for the same purposes as mentioned before. For his reload, he carries a holder with a magnet and clip. It drops right into his pocket, and if he has to reload, he can just pull it and there it is. The clip stays in his pocket and the magnet holds it down.
Higher Threat Situations
These types of situations vary, but you’ll be able to recognize them based on your routine. Say you work in a populated area where there can be threats hanging right around the corner. For those type of situations, Coch recommends a Glock 19 for good reason. It is the most popular handgun in the U.S. because it is a very reliable handgun that allows for fast follow-up shots.
As with the other guns, Coch adds a light and a laser to it. For the Glock 19, Coch finds that sometimes just the additional light is fine. For his reload, he uses a holder with a clip and magnet.
With a Glock 19, Coch recommends carrying an additional light. Let's say you end up working late and you're coming home when it’s dark. You’ll find having that extra light is helpful not only for seeing but for potentially scaring away a threat and improving your overall situational awareness.
Coch likes to carry a small, bright flashlight he can easily tuck away in his pocket. He uses various lights manufactured by Olight or Streamlight.
If you're looking for a great everyday tactical flashlight, check out our review on Streamlight's ProTac 1L-1AA Everyday Carry Tactical Flashlight.
Everyday Carry Knife
Along with his firearm, Coch doesn't leave his house without his everyday carry knife. It’s a valuable tool that can serve many different purposes and more importantly can be life-saving if he's being attacked.
The type of knife you’ll want will vary on your routine and the situations you commonly find yourself in on a daily basis. Much like any everyday carry item, you’ll want to be aware of your local and state laws. There are many local and state laws that place a limit on the size of the blade and the type of knife may be illegal, so you’ll want to ensure your knife is legal.
Through years of experience and research, these are the everyday carry items Coch carries. Don't forget, even if you have the right everyday carry items, you still need to know how to properly use them.