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Charlie’s Updated EDC Video

I wasn’t able to give you all a weekly prepping podcast last week because of work. I’m sorry for that, but I made and updated video of my every day carry. This is my EDC, it may not fit everyone’s EDC model. It’s a good starting point for anyone who may not have a what they consider to be a EDC kit.

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Every Day Carry Essentials

Everyone has an everyday carry (EDC) kit whether they know it or not; if they carry the same items every day, they have an EDC kit. Preppers take extra care in selecting the items in their kit usually adding tools that will help them with any aspect of life they may find themselves in. Some preppers and patriots however put more stock in certain items more than others and not always the correct one. A month ago American Patriot the III% ran a contest in one of the Facebook groups and wanted to know contestants most important EDC item, everyone started flashing their gun. Now as important as personal protection is, our carry pistol is the least used tool (thankfully) in our EDC kits. So what is the most used items that people use every day?

1. Cell Phone
Most everyone has a cell phone now a days and the majority of them are smart phones. We use our phones for the obvious phone calls and text, but there are several other functions smart phones do. The smart phone has successfully replaced dozens of products that people use in their everyday life which, whether you like it or not, makes your phone immensely important to survival. Here is a short list of tools that an average phone can do today without having wireless service or even wifi: road or topographical maps, camera, voice recorder, camcorder, notebook, library of books, scientific calculator, watch, timer, datebook, MP3 player, and many more. With some type of service you can add two-way radio, police scanner, weather station, up-to-date news, GPS, and then the obvious communications. In my opinion, the ability to have maps and reference books at my finger tips with or without wireless service is enough for me to always have my phone on me. There is one massive down side: durability. Smart phones are very fragile just like a basic lap-top computer, so you should protect them with the best phone case you can get. LifeProof makes a very durable waterproof/shockproof case for most models of phones and even though they aren’t waterproof, the Otterbox Defender series is shockproof and I personally have seen how well it works.

2. Knife
I use my knife or knives all the time and not just for cutting. Now even though the manufacturers will never recommend using your knife for anything more than the intended purpose of cutting, how many other people have used theirs for prying, scraping, sawing, or even as a screwdriver (even though it didn’t have a drive bit or was a swiss army design). It is due to those extra curricular “activities” that when I am selecting a new knife, I look for the most durable at a reasonable price. I currently still carry my Camillus EDC3 that I reviewed last year. I also carry a Wenger Basic Issue that unfortunately is no longer available, however the Victorinox Swiss Army PioneerEdit looks to be identical and slightly cheaper.

3. Flashlight
Now many people may not see the need for a flashlight every day, but neither did I until I started carrying one. My background profession is nothing cool that may require a flashlight, I’m not a security guard, law enforcement, mechanic, or any career that may operate in dark places; I am in retail management. Before my flashlight days, I’d just deal with low light environments with eye squinting and feeling around for objects hidden in the shadows of backrooms or under desks. With a flashlight I can actually see product names printed on the ends of heavy boxes that are shadowed by pallet shelving or that pesky quarter that rolled under the desk in the cash office. You don’t have to be a creature of the dark to need a good flashlight. Some may be saying that their phone works as a light and that may work for you, but for those of you that work someplace that may result in unintended damage to your handheld computer, get a flashlight. Flashlights come in all shapes and sizes so you should find one that meets your needs and is still small enough to carry without it being cumbersome. I have two that I walk around with all the time, one is the Streamlight NanoEdit which was my second light that I carried in my EDC. The nano was much, much smaller than my original light and that was the reason I bought it. After using it for about a month I realized the limitations and began searching for a new one and that is when I was introduced to my current light the Lux Pro LP290. It is a little larger than some models on the market and it is perfect for my main, but I still carry my nano because it’s small enough to clip on to my swiss army knife.

4. First Aid Kit
You don’t have to carry a full first aid kit on you all day, but anything from a a few band-aids to a pocket trauma kit. I personally only carry band-aids, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, and ibuprofen. You can get and carry a pocket trauma kit like the D.A.R.K. by Dark Angel Medical, but they can get expensive and not all people can fit it in to their kit. I also don’t recommend using medical equipment that you have not received proper training with.

5. Cash
Yes, I said cash. Relying on electronic payment or funds may be easy, but can be quite problematic. Ignoring all the recent collapsing economies, it’s just smart to have cash on hand with power outages or other instances of electronic card readers failing. How much money to keep on hand is up for debate, but i suggest at least $50 up to $200. For those concerned with safety and security while carrying cash, it is another reason to carry a defensive pistol or carry the bulk of the money in a safe place on your person and keep an decoy wallet.

Ultimately what you have in an EDC kit has to fit your personal and professional lifestyle. Look at what you do every day and decide what items work best for you. Please tell us what you have in your EDC.

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APIIINation Podcast Episode 9

In this episode Charlie covers Mt. McKinley, Iran, investments, Syrian refugees, and Washington wild fires. The finer points are pissing some people off possibly, but also trying to remind patriots that it is the Constitution that matters to Charlie and defending American rights. Also he challenges everyone to send in a picture of the cheapest a gallon of gas cost everyone around country since gasoline wholesale prices hit $1.39/gallon Tuesday.

September is National Preparedness month and October is National Fire Prevention month. Charlie covers fire prevention and safety slightly at the beginning of the preparedness segment. Remember fire extinguishers in kitchen, garage, basement, 1st and 2nd floors, working smoke detectors in every bedroom and on every floor.

After fire prevention, we dive into his every day carry… essentials:
-first aid possibly micro trauma kit for concealed carry permit holders (Dark Angel, Doom & Bloom, Chinook, ITS Tactical
-multi-tool with Knife, can opener, bottle opener, screw driver, pliers, saw, file, reamer, etc
-second (maybe third) knife
-pepper spray, baton, taser, etc
-handgun with extra magazine (where legal)

Shout out to our friends at PCSD Tactical, one of the two companies that are official manufactures of APIII merchandise


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PRODUCT REVIEW: Camillus EDC3, Every day carry on a low budget.


In search for a new every day carry knife while also on a budget, I came across the Camillus EDC3. The EDC3 is a inexpensive folding knife. The roughly three inch blade is made out of AUS-8 steel and is serrated at the first 1/3rd of the base. The handle is made of two stainless steel panels held together by two pillars with a built in lock not the clip side and cut-out designs for cosmetic appeal. It opens manually with use of the ambidextrous thumb studs and it appears to have thin black nylon washers on both sides of the blade at the hinge. The pocket clip is removable, but not reposition able from the hinge side.

Personal Impression and Review
I had heard mixed reviews on the Camillus brand.of knives and really at the time that I found the EDC3, I was looking for something a little higher grade like Cold Steel, CRKT or even Syderco. None the less when I saw it at Walmart for $19.97 I was intrigued by the look and feel and figured I’d give it a run but figured it wouldn’t last more than a couple months. First thing I noticed was the feel of the designs cut into the handle panels, they had a very aggressive texture to them so it wouldn’t slip around in my hand. I was not looking for a serrated blade either but was willing to deal with it for the price.

The first couple days I had it, I realized that I did not like the lock on it. The lock has a built in blade retainer that effectively holds the blade shut, but can catch sometimes when deploying and slow the blades opening. The lock itself seems to be too thin at the point it connects to the rest of the handle causing it to bend and bind on the base of the blade when I was trying to disengage it.

After about a months worth of use, it seems to have been broken in now and I haven’t had as much of an issue with disengaging it. The AUS-8 steel seems to take an edge well and it holds edge decent, but metal on metal contact can ding up the edge. The blade and hinge strength seems ok, really good for a $20 knife. I have used it as a prying tool in some cases with no loosening of the hinge. I’m not a huge fan of serrated edges, mostly because I’m hardly ever in a situation that I really need one for EDC. I did however test it out on a sapling maple tree in a very over grown portion of our training grounds.


My final verdict: recommended. There are a lot of “EDC” knives out there, a lot that are better, but ninety percent of them in this price range are worth little more than butter knives. If you are prepping on a budget try out this blade.


Your EDC Kit

EDC stands for “Every Day Carry” and everyone has an EDC kit whether they acknowledge it or not. All your EDC kit is, is what you take with you everyday where ever you go. Men normally EDC a wallet, pocket knife maybe, and ink pen. Women EDC a purse containing wallet, pepper spray maybe, hair brush, make up or lip gloss at least.


Why not add some helpful or life saving items to your EDC. My personal EDC is my wallet, band aids, lighter, 10′ rope, Advil, small flashlight, 3 different knives, pistol with extra magazine (I have my carry permit), and emergency phone charger. Yes, that sounds like a lot of stuff and you are correct, but I’ve been carrying the same kit for over a year now so I get pretty used to it and can blend it in to my outfit everyday. I’m not saying that you have to carry a gun or rope or even three knives, those were just examples of what a carry for my EDC kit.

What I am suggesting is to carry stuff that would be helpful to have all the time. Band aids are a great first step, you never know when you or a friend will get a cut or a scrape. You don’t need a big flashlight but just something that will illuminate enough to help walk through the dark or look under the hood of a car at night. Most cellphones now a days have a light feature, it’s definitely not my first or second choice but it works if nothing else. Advil or other pain killers are an obvious choice, you can’t choose when you want a headache and they usually happen in the most stressful environments. I don’t smoke and now that Michigan doesn’t allow smoking in almost all commercial buildings I am finding more and more friends that have quit, so why a lighter. To tell you the truth I plan on updating my EDC soon and purging items that I haven’t any need for, but when I look at how many times I have still had to use a lighter in the past year I will continue to keep it.

Knives, I carry at least three, you do not have to… But. I carry a Swiss Army “cadet” as a multi-tool, Gerber “para frame” as a utility, and a Condor “barracuda” as a defensive utility. Every knife I use differently and have used regularly especially the cadet. The cadet has a can opener, bottle opener, flat blade screw driver, reamer, and a knife…. I use each one of those tools about as regular as that order and honestly I have used the knife blade about 3 times ever. The Gerber I use for cutting primarily because it was the cheapest knife and I don’t care if the blade gets dull and I have to sharpen it. The Condor, is a nice long blade and I can use it as a defensive weapon if I ever need to but I can also use it better for bushcraft if I get stranded someplace. I do recommend you carry at least one knife and, or a multi-tool. You will always need a knife for something.

Your defensive weapon does not need to be a firearm, but if you can carry one 90% of the time with a concealed carry permit, I recommend it. A firearm is a force equalizer no matter how you look at it. Other defensive weapons that you could carry with or instead of a firearm would be pepper spray, taser (with permit in some states), cane, or a knife. Whatever works best for you, you still should practice with. A knife takes a specific skill set to use as a defensive weapon so I would recommend getting trained if that’s your choice. The nice part about using a cane is that as long as it is just a cane and it doesn’t look dangerous in any way and you can pull off a look of actually needing a cane, you can take it places that you can’t take any of the defensive items such as airports.

Other items you could put in your EDC may include a whistle, fingernail clippers, duct tape, sunscreen, etc.. Really you can put what ever you would possibly use to help you through your day and especially in an emergency, you just need to be able to carry it all. I prefer wearing pants or shorts with deep pockets to put my EDC in, not so much a lot of pockets because then I feel I have to fill them all up and then I stick out like a sore thumb. And i keep the small items in an old altoid mint container. Other people wear fanny packs, if your into that look. How ever you choose to have your kit just try and not make it obvious that you are ready for an emergency because you can be targeted by people who are not. Always remember, being prepared is a way of life.