Everyday carry (EDC) no longer only refers to a concealed pistol and a CCW permit. As the discipline evolves, equipment such as tourniquets and survival kits are going from the realm of soldiers and cops to join everyday Americans. Carrying a concealed is not always an option, however. Whether on vacation in foreign lands or in a “gun-free zone,” our surrounding environment might force us to shift to non-lethal instruments for self-defense.
For these reasons, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to get their take on what you need for both lethal and non-lethal setups in a variety of conditions.
MIKE PANNONE: Lethal & Non-Lethal Setups
What is your current setup for personal protection?
I carry a CZ P-07 in an appendix rig. If I’m wearing lighter garments due to heat, I always double check to ensure I’m not printing. All of my vehicles have the equivalent of an IFAK plus extra tourniquets. Additionally, we always carry a backup charging device and accessory cables for our phones, because sometimes good comms might be what saves you, not a weapon.
Understanding your family’s differences in ability, what do you encourage them to carry?
My wife is a very competent shooter, and she carries a 9mm M&P Shield, also in an appendix holster. Her holster allows her to clip it in various locations, so she can put in in a purse, a backpack or just wear it on her body.
In our house, we’ve rehearsed different contingencies for addressing hostile incidents.
First, I look on the State Department website and do a quick area study of the country and any criminal or terrorist trends. Next, I’ll look at the city being traveled to and the police station and hospitals relative to my lodging location. Finally, I’ll look for terrain features or easily identifiable buildings as reference points. To do that effectively and precisely, I always have a small compass.
If I can’t bring any weapons of any type, then I look for impact and edged weapons that are locally procurable. A good flashlight is a must. I carry either a SureFire Executive or Back-Up overseas, and they’re useful for many tasks. These lights are great impact weapons that are legal all over the world. Small edged improvised weapons are also available anywhere in the world, so that’s not an issue.
As for family planning, we always have “check-in” time windows when out and no-contact linkup points.