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0002: Crafting The Ideal EDC With EDCTraining

January 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Crafting The Ideal EDC With EDCTraining

Welcome to the second installment in the new TitleBeard series, Crafting The Ideal EDC.  In case you missed the first entry, head over to the Crafting The Ideal EDC page.  For the sophomore entry in the series, we’re having a chat with EDCTraining.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Matt. I’m 33 years old and feel like I’m closer to 50. I’ve been a pastor for the last 10 years and I love it. I live in West Virginia and, yes, I have all my teeth. I’ve been married for over 10 years to a woman I don’t deserve and I have 2 kids; a daughter and a son.

What’s in your daily EDC that you carry on your person? 

So, my every day carry consists of:
Glock 19 with an extra mag, an Inforce APL light in a Trex Arms sidecar (loading Speer Gold Dot 147 gr. 9mm)
EDC belt from Center Line Systems
F.A.T. wallet from Wise Men Company
Kershaw 6k folder
Selby Knives Folsom Necker (fixed blade)
Streamlight 1L-1AA light
CanYouHandlebar shop rag
Repsol Care beard comb
iPhone 7 with the earpods

How long have you been carrying your EDC?

I’ve been carrying every day for the last 5-6 years.

Why is your EDC and carrying these items important to you?

The most important thing is protecting my family. I have a wife and two kids the mean the world to me and I will do anything (including taking someone’s life) to make sure they are safe. Other than that, everything I carry has a practical purpose. I like practical. Function is a big deal for me. So I carry practical things. Like lip balm during the winter. I carry it because it makes sense to carry. I don’t carry anything just to carry it. Everything has a purpose.

What one item do you always have on you no matter the environment?

I can’t pick one. LOL. The only thing(s) I DON’T have on me in EVERY environment are my gun and knives. And that’s only when I have to go to my kids school, a courthouse, or the like. Unless I’m statutorily forbidden areas, I carry everything always.

What’s your favorite item in your EDC?

That’s an easy, and probably predictable, answer. That would be my Glock 19.

Does your EDC change, and if so, how often?

My EDC changes with the seasons. During the colder months I usually carry my Glock 19 and during the warmer months I usually carry my Glock 43. But other than that, it all pretty much stays the same.

How long did it take you to put together your current EDC?

That’s a difficult question. I’ve been carrying the same general items for a long time. Years. But each individual item has been upgraded or changed out for something different. For instance, I’ve carried a flashlight for years. But recently I upgraded my flashlight from a lower lumen, less intuitive light, to my stream light. I still carry a light, it’s just different now. Each item I carry has gone through that same conversion at one point or another.

What approach/philosophy did you take when assembling your EDC?

Effectiveness, conceal-ability, and practicality. I don’t carry a 300 BLK SBR. It would be effective. I could easily conceal it in a nice pack. But it’s not very practical.

What’s one item you’d like to carry more often?

My Glock and my knives. I’m sure I’ll be preaching to the choir when I say that schools should NOT be gun-free zones. That’s pretty much the only time I can’t carry the things I feel are most necessary. Hopefully that will change in the near future and I won’t have to worry about when I can/can’t carry certain items. Until then, I will yearn for my blaster and blades on school property.

What’s one item you’d like to add to your EDC? (Be as general or specific as you’d like)

One thing that I would like to add is a tactical pen. I feel it’s the most practical way to conceal a “weapon” in restricted areas.

What item(s) do you think is missing from most people’s EDC?

A tourniquet. I carry one with me every day in my pack. It’s one of the most under-prioritized pieces of gear that people think about and it’s more likely you’ll have to use that than your firearm.

Do you have any stories about how your EDC came in useful for you outside of regular daily use/saved the day?

I had one incident happen a few years back. I was driving to the range (awesome) and ended up at a stop light. While waiting, I saw a man running down the street. Not jogging. All out running. I thought it was odd so I watched him. He ended up stopping next to a (very attractive) young lady and I assumed he was just really trying to get her number or something. The light turned green and as I was coming up to where they were talking, she yelled at him and backed away. He grabbed her arm and started pulling her down the alley behind the building they were in front of. I immediately stopped my car (in the middle of traffic), called 911, put my hand on my firearm (did not draw), and started to instruct him to let her go. I spoke with dispatch and they sent some officers who finally caught up with him after he took off running. I gave my statement to the police and was on my way again to the range. I’m not sure if it was my hand on the firearm that got him engaging with me instead of trying to pull her behind the building, but I know that if it would’ve gotten worse, I had more to contribute to help this woman out.

Where can we find you on social media?

Instagram: @EDCTraining
Twitter: @EDCTraining

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