What is “Every Day Carry”? You hear about it around other conceal carry holders and throughout the internet from blogs, Pinterest and forums. This refers to what type of handgun and related gear/accessories someone has on them daily while conceal carrying. It is a valid and constantly revolving question…”how much do I need to adequately defend myself in a true defensive situation?” This is a tough and innately personal question; it depends on the person’s current firearm of choice, their body size, what they wear, their skill level, and what type of situation they expect to find themselves in.
No one can ever begrudge a man for taking too much ammunition into a gunfight or for having a backup. The old saying always applies “two is one, one is none”. Certainly having a spare magazine, a trusty folding knife and the ever important cell phone are key considerations for such EDC. Other common accessories can be weapon lights, lasers and even a second firearm all together.
That being said, photos abound on the internet of conceal carry holders who have every pocket full of magazines, lights, lasers and knifes. The question I invariably ask is “what kind of situation do you expect to get into on a daily basis?” A handgun is a defensive weapon only, there is a reason you don’t see soldiers going into battle just carrying a pistol and knife. What are the odds you will actually ever use any of the items you lug around all day? If you can avoid whatever comes your way the odds are slim that you would be required to go down the road of self-defense at all. An overabundance of EDC may also require you to defend yourself and your actions that much more should the unthinkable happen; how will this look to a jury of your peers that you went out “loaded for bear” in their minds? Will they see a responsible conceal carry holder or will they see someone who may be looking for trouble? That’s not to say it can’t and won’t happen as it does every day across this nation, but what are the actual odds of a self-defense scenario if you don’t frequent bad areas of town and hang out with shady people?