Building Your EDC On A Budget – Building Your EDC For Less Than A Benjamin

So, maybe you have to travel and you are concerned about losing your good knife or flashlight. Or maybe you are new to the concept of EveryDay Carry (EDC) but are limited on funds and don’t want to spend the next month eating ramen. I’m leaving guns out of this discussion partly because legality varies by state.

I’m sure most of us already carry our ID, phone, and keys. Whether you use a wallet or not is up to you. Lately I haven’t been. I have a gorgeous Stingray wallet but it’s kind of bulky.


I wasn’t real serious about carrying a flashlight early on in my adulthood. One night I happened to be carrying an original Surefire 6P. On that occasion, I found myself in need of a light to temporarily blind someone who was dead set on my letting him ride in my truck. Worked great. He pulled his hands up to Continue reading “Building Your EDC On A Budget – Building Your EDC For Less Than A Benjamin”

Effective Communication Trumps Guns

Today, I have something a bit different from what I usually post. The incident used as an example is from about 3 years ago. Now, let me preface this by saying I am not now nor have I ever been in law enforcement.
I come from a background of management. My former employer put a lot of emphasis on effectively communicating. So with that understanding, this incident has stood out to me as a shining example of piss poor communication. And I’m not blaming the officer 100 percent for this. The stopee (as I will call him) also fails to communicate effectively. More officer training in the area of effective communication could help. Instead of asking the stopee to get his wallet, he could have asked him where his ID was located. The stopee, instead of just going for it assuming the officer knew what he was doing, could have said to the officer, “Hey no problem. It’s in my glove compartment. How would you like to proceed?” Craig gets into this in his post as well. This incident was also a topic of discussion in a class I took with Travis Haley.

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When Is .40 S&W A Reasonable Choice?

With the gun enthusiast mainstream wholesale transitioning to 9mm for self defense use, we hear cries that any other cartridges are unsuitable. Most don’t bother to consider the context behind this. ¬†Right now, we’re seeing Gen 3 Glock 22 police trade in guns. They tend to be very affordable. Many may be tempted to pass them up in favor of a Glock 17 or 19. Or maybe even some other manufacturers offering. The question is, are the former worth considering for self defense?

For the hobbyist level shooter who actually shoots regularly, it may not make Continue reading “When Is .40 S&W A Reasonable Choice?”

What’s the Most Obscure Ammo?

So just for the fun of it, I decided to do something different today. So, in the comments, I want readers to name the most obscure ammunition they can think of. I’ll go first. Let’s have some fun. Maybe we’ll even learn something.

.38/.45 Clerke

Your turn.

Don’t Buy the Wobbly AR

One of my commenters here pointed out that the Mini-14 doesn’t wobble like an AR does. My response to him included the wording of the title of this post. I couldn’t help my urge to turn it into a title. I have heard that I have impulse control issues. Anyway, no matter.

If an AR wobbles, it’s generally in one of two places, sometimes both. The upper and lower fit and/or the traditional handguard. We now see some AR Continue reading “Don’t Buy the Wobbly AR”

Why Do People Hate the 1911?

Recently I saw the general discussion come up on why someone doesn’t trust the 1911 for self defense. I found it interesting in that it seems many people trust guns based on manufacturer or model reputation rather than individual firearm itself. ¬†Nonetheless, hate for the 1911 has seemed to be growing.

First, the 1911 type handgun has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success for the last 25-30 years or so. I’m sure many can remember when it was unusual Continue reading “Why Do People Hate the 1911?”

Hiking the Ape Cave at Mount Saint Helens, Washington

"Skylight" in Upper Ape Cave, Washington

Today is going to be a bit of departure from the usual content here on Bores and Blades. The GFU (girlfriend unit) and I elected to drive down and hike the Ape Cave on the south side of Mount Saint Helens. Clearly this is what one should do when out of shape, right?!?!


First up, we needed lights and batteries. I opted to use a Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA ¬†flashlight and clip it to the brim of my Tactical Tailor Bad Things hat. I also took along 4 spare batteries for it. Hiking the upper and lower sections of the cave with the light on high, resulted in the the consumption of two CR123 cells. Continue reading “Hiking the Ape Cave at Mount Saint Helens, Washington”