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Introduction

Line gear should be constantly evolving as we acquire things, test ideas and most importantly use the gear and figure out what works best in out own situation.  I was revisiting the “my gear layout” page and realized how much my gear had changed since I wrote that.  Rather than replace that article with a new one I am going to leave both up with an eye towards showing the reader how gear evolves.  I have also decided to add a page of examples of my friends’ gear, to give examples of how others have approached the issue and maybe get you moving in a direction that ends with you more satisfied.  At the end of this page I will review the “general gear tips” from the older article.  


CCW gear or “Everyday Carry” (EDC)

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Here are some of my options for everyday carry, more than any other type of gear EDC gear is very personal.  When at work I am not allowed to carry a gun, so it stays locked in a safe in my car.  When not at work I generally care the Glock 19 shown or, if I really can’t hide it, the S&W Airweight.  No matter what, I always have a knife on hand.  EDC gear should match your competition or go-to gear as much as possible.  For example I usually carry the G19 in the same place as I carry my G17 on my field/competition gear.  This way the muscle memory and training for each carries over.  EDC gear should be “modular” with your go-to gear.  By this I mean I could have my CCW gear on and then throw on my chest rig leaving off the pistol belt and I am just as capable if I dressed up just to fight zombies.

The Go Bag

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This is my “go-bag.” It sits next to my gun safe loaded with most everything I would need to go to a three gun match, training day at the range or if Chinese paratroopers started falling from the sky.  Everything that is except the actual guns and ammo, which sit in the safe.  I shopped long and hard for something that wouldn’t scream guns and gear while sitting in the back of a car.

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This is an exploded view of everything that goes in the “go-bag.” It includes my second line gear and field/competition/SHTF first line gear.

A: My pistol belt. L-R- two Glock magazines in an uncle mikes pouch; small BOK (Izzy Dressing, shears and celox;) AR magazine;  SOG SEAL Pup knife; Glock 17 in dropped SERPA holster; dual magazine pouch (usually with a pocket knife and flashlight)
B: Spare safey gear, muffs and glasses (in case I forget my normal ones)
C: Miscellaneous training ammo and LULA mag loader.  When I don’t finish a box of ammo this is where it goes.
D: Larger BOK 2xIzzy dressings, triangular bandage, tourniquet, gloves and more celox.
E: Cleaning kit and spare parts
F: 6 shell shotgun stripper
G: Utility pouch with tools and spare batteries
H: Shotgun bandoleer
I: MRE incase I train through lunch or have to hit the woods
J: Blackhawk four mag chest rig with multi tool and cleaning kit in pistol mag pouches.
K: My primary rifle



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This is my ready ammo.  Each can has four times my basic load of ammo (140 rounds) in ziplocks w/desiccant, 50 rounds pistol ammo, 3 loaded magazines and a garbage bag so the whole thing can be sunk in water if needed.  (Ready made ammo cache.)  This sits beside my safe.

Third Line Gear

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This is my 3-season bag.  A Kelty Raven plus and a camelback bladder. 

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This is how it is loaded for summer, there are things around the house that would get put in either for a camping trip or in case those dreaded Chinese paratroopers show up.  As it sits I carry this a few miles around the neigborhood. 

A: 9x9 cammo tarp
B: camelback 2L bladder
C: land nav tools on top of a poncho liner
D: headlamp and shovel with TP
E: hammock
F: 200 round battle pack
G: MISC Bag w/ hygene supplies, non trauma first aid and fire starting kit
H: two stripped MREs with extra food added..
I: stove
J: water Filter
K: spare clothes (seasonal)



Conclusion
 
As always the most important thing about having gear (not just line gear) is knowing how well it works for you, in your situation.  You need to wear your gear at the range, on camping trips, training etc.  If you cant do that get in your yard and roll around, practice changing magazines in different positions.  Know what it feels like in the dead of winter and the heart of summer.  So may people buy top of the line gear and leave it in the closset.  Buying it is only the first step.

General Gear Tips

1) Make sure all your gear will work together.  Put it on and make sure you can get to all the things you might need to instantly (ammo and first aid.)

2) When packing a rucksack place the things you might need to get to more frequently (water and stove) in any outside pockets.

3) Store items in waterproof bags.  Especially anything that can be ruined by water.  Small ziplock bags can help with organization.  I like the “zipper” type and reinforce the edges with duct tape.

4) “Dummy cord” or put a lanyard on things that might get lost.

5) Use duct tape to stow loose straps and cover buckles.

6) Test your equipment on camping trips (1st and 3rd line) and at practical shooting matches (2nd line.)

7) Always think about weight!  You are no good if you can’t keep up.

8) When you shop for gear weigh the advantages that a particular piece of kit might give you.  Run a “cost benefit analysis” and see if it stands up.  Never overspend on gear, once you’ve got the basics, more food, ammo and other expendables are almost always more important.

9) Don’t be afraid to modify gear to better suit your needs.

10) Use it, train with it, make sure it works and know how it works.

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