Your safety is your responsibility. Police can and will do everything possible to make sure you’re safe, but in the end there is 1 officer for every 300 citizens and that’s looking at numbers collectively across the US. It could be significantly less if you live in a rural area. To that end, here’s a brief list of what you should have available to you on an EDC “Every Day Carry” basis:
- Sidearm – It should be comfortable enough that you’ll carry it on a daily basis, and have a large enough caliber to be able to stop a threat in as few bullets as possible. HRT trusts Glock and S&W as they are both affordable and reliable, but most major modern brands work fine. Something else to bear in mind: spare magazines. A bad magazine will cripple any gun, no matter how good the gun is.
- Knife – These are excellent tools that most people can use on a daily basis that can also function as a weapon in a pinch. If you plan to use it as a weapon, take a class and learn how. Don’t go ultra-cheap. Kershaw is a good brand if you’re looking for a budget knife.
- Trauma kit – You don’t have to get super fancy with an EDC trauma kit. A tourniquet (CAT-T) and a pressure bandage will usually keep you alive long enough for advanced medical support to arrive. Larger kits should be kept in vehicles and your home.
- Flashlight – Unlike some other animals humans have poor night vision, and require a certain amount of light to see clearly. This is obviously tactically advantageous for identifying your target, but also a useful daily tool. A powerful yet budget friendly light we suggest is Fenix.
High Risk training offers training from weapons manipulations to life saving medical skill. Be sure to seek out training like your life depends on it!