Missing in the pic:
Gold chain around the neck with crux, Sacred Heart image, and Virgin Mary image, and the key to where I keep my loaded guns.
It’s also missing the few coins I generally have in my pocket.
Now, for what’s on the pic.
Right front pocket: coins. change for parking, vending machines (paper money sometimes has a hard time in these, and locally most machines use coinds, not paper money) a phone call when the cell network is down, just to mention a couple times when you need coins bad and you wish you carried some.
Left front pocket.:
Elsa’s 4 leaf clover “Lucky Charm” zippo. Both for luck and fire, besides, it’s pretty darn cool. :)
“El Hombre” folding knife by Cold Steel. Strictly for defense, don’t use it for anything else so the serrated edge is razor sharp.
Back left pocket:
Wallet. Money, cards, a few subway tickets in case I need them, band aids and paper matches also in there.
Keychain: This one is usually attached to my bag but occasionally goes in my right front pocket if I just go out the door to get something down the street.
It has a 1 watt LED flashlight, uses a single AA battery ( most common battery) attached with a small quick release buckle.
Victorinox midnight Minichamp. This little tool deserves a thread of it’s own. It has numerous tools. The blades are kind of small and fragile but it includes many tools as well as a red LED and ballpoint pen. Very nice addition to the keychain.
Shades. These are Global vision “Neptune” security shades. Just 16 bucks.
As everything else, the idea is to have something that provides a bit of actual protection.
These are ANSI Z87.1 Safety Glasses, Shatterproof Polycarbonate Lenses and UV400.
My shoes too, they look ordinary but they are steel toed for added protection.
M1936 “Musette” bag.
(first one up front)
Now the bag.
It’s an M1936, with a few customized things such as two zippered compartments, an attachment for key, and a small pocket in the exterior compartment for my cell and OC spray.
All done by myself, with needle and thread.
The zippers are absolutely nescesary becuase if traveling by bus, train or other crowded public transport, pick pocketers would likely try to sliip a hand in.
The zipper keeps importnat stuff safe, so there’s where I put anything valuable I might be carrying.
Since the LED light and victorinox also have their own attachments; I usually hook the keychain to this and if I need the Led or the victorinox, I can remove them without unattaching the keys.
Inside front pocket:
Here’s where I keep my “emergency” stuff in two ziplock bags.
First aid kit with large dressing, ibuprofen, iodine, alcohol patches, antibiotics, painkillers, cauterizing powder, bandaids, superglue for wounds and assorted smaller dressings.
There’s also some soap.
The other ziplock bag below contains my Altoids Survival kit, head lamp (with extra button batteries), space blanket, Tang stick and red butane lighter.
You’ll notice I have several spares for knives, lighters and flashlights. Those are pretty importnat stuff, so I apply the 3 is 2 , 2 is 1 and 1 is none thing.
Next to it there’s more Tang, Starbursts, larger dressing roll, and a disposable diaper ( I have a baby :) ) that could also be used like a large dressing pad during an emergency.
At the top you can see my daily pocket notebook, with Parker ball pen and black fountain pen. I usually have a pencil as well but its’ missing in the pic.
Gerber Multitool, nothing fancy there. I have other multitools but this one is the one I carry the most becuase it works well, has enough tools, and isn't sometihng I'd miss much if I loose it.
Bottle of water, always keep one. Drinking or cleaning, even cleaning a wound if I add some salt.
The small bottle next to it is my hand sanitizer, used a lot to avoid contagious diseases due to poverty of the general population.
This is something you might want to add to your bag as conditions deteriorate in your area and people become more sick and less careful about higine.
“Elite” cleanex for the obvious, of course I use these often like anyone else does.
Nail file. for when I do my nails… just kidding, it’s for sharpening my knives and keeping the ones I use often razor sharp( victorinox Spartan) .
My trusty victorinox Spartan, Just the right size, no silly stuff like orange peeler ..:)
OC spray, Do carry one of these, even if you carry a gun. There are situations where a gun simply isn't the right tool for the job, even where legal to carry.
If you can't own guns, DO get a OC spray can. And ( again where legal) carry a serious fighting knife.
cell phne. This one is pretty old. I simply dont like cell phones much. Not my thing. Weird because I do like gadgets and tools generally speaking, but I can't get to like phones much. I forced myself into taking phones seriously becasue of security reasons. Every familiy member shoudl carry one to keep in touch with one another.
During certain incidents phones may g down, but that's not good enough reason to ignore their advantage when teh lines do work.
A lot of "virtual kidnappings" could have been avoided with a phoen call to check on the missing person, and at least one girl that made it to the news used a cell to escape from slavers ( slaved for prostitution, yes that kind of thing happens here)
Spare AA for the LED flashlight. Between all the flashlights I carry and teh batteries I have. I have almost a week worth of light.
A light is priceless when the subway brakes and you have to get out and walk through the tunnels. Happens more often than you'd think around here, probably because of poor maintenance. I can easly see how useful it would be during an accident, terrorist attack, natural disaster, not to mention the much more common blackouts.
And we reached the guns.
Where legal to do so, I'd advice you to carry an auto for carry and the revolver as backup in the bag.
Mostly, these are what I have around in my house. Glock 31 ( it’s 357 SIG, 15 rounds in the magazine plus 1 in the chamber) and a Smith and Wesson 38 special revolver ( 2” barrel “snubby”, 6 rounds)
Sometimes I keep the Bersa 9mm handy ( around the house), which is basically a beefed up version of the Walther P-88.
I'd advice people to carry an extra loaded mag in their bags.
WARNING!: Firearms are dangerous weapons and serious injuries or death may occur if used unproperly.
.50 AE Desert Eagle pistols don’t solve certain…problems… you need Viagra for that, and if you just MUST use Derringers, peacemakers, and black powder guns in general, there’s always Cowboy Action Shooting, don’t confuse hobbies with self defense.
Only carry and own guns were legal to do so and well, if illegal maybe ask yourself why your government is tagging you as a criminal simply because you want to be able to defend yourself.
Anyway, just do everything you (legally) can to get a gun, ok? If it’s your first, make that a handgun, big bore, preferably high capacity.
For an inexperienced non-gun person I’d recommend a 38 special revoler, but it’s better to be mature about one’s self defense, stop messing around, get a Glock 19, learn how to use it, take a Defensive Pistol course, and at least visit the range every couple months or so :)
It’s as obvious as an elephant in a Swarovski glass shop, but in case you didn’t notice it, crime and insecurity are the mayor concerns after a socio-economical brake down, mostly because a broken economy makes a lot of poor, desperate people, some of them with military and police training, so you really must learn how to defend yourself if you expect to have a chance, other than surrendering to every scumbag out there (too many scumbags out there for that attitude, in my opinion )
Mindset and mental training are important. Being convinced that, when needed, you are the actual killing machine, the firearm or knife is just the tool, the weapon you use.
Other than that you must be convinced and capable of killing with whatever you have available, your car, a crowbar, machete, the Tramontina knife you just prepared dinner with or even your bare hands.
If you can’t figure yourself smashing a person’s skull to pulp, it only means you’ve never been pushed to that spot. Most people have it in them somewhere if you press the right buttons.
Even the most liberal lady would do so to save her child’s live, the trick is, learn to control it. Have the training and tools, the foresight to do so BEFORE something happens that can’t be undone, such as the murder/rape/torture of a loved one.
Most of us are brought up to be civilized, polite people.
But a person wanting to hurt my family?
I’d chew his carotid artery out with my own teeth to kill him if that’s what it takes.
And so would any other father reading this.
Hand to hand, I can take care of myself, with a blunt object, better yet a blade, I can handle maybe a couple guys, but a fighting firearm is the only weapon that allows you to put down for good 3 or 5 guys in a matter of seconds.
Get a handgun, learn how to use it. Buy a few boxes of ammo ( premium JHP) for the proverbial rainy day. Even better, practice regularly and carry your gun on daily basis, one day it may save your life or the life of a loved one, and you may not even need to shoot it, (believe me I’ve been there on several occasions).
And if nothing ever happens, at least know your are exercising your right for self defense as a free individual, a right that is indeed rare these days.
Final Disclaimer: People read this blog from all over the world.
Mostly Americans (where guns are legal to own ) but also people from European countries Ukraine ( hi guys :) ), Philippines, Japan, other South American countries, just to name a few.
There’s one guy reading from somewhere in Asia that the program can’t find a flag for.:)
So in some places guns are legal and in other places guns are not.
I write what I write for people that can legally have firearms.
I do not promote or encourage the illegal use of firearms in anyway.
This is particularly meant for the one idiot that apparently doesn’t know that guns are legal to own in his country and threatened to contact google about my blog…
As Albert Einstein put it "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."