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EDC While Traveling: Should Things Change?

Everyday Carry or EDC is something that is often confused with being exclusively Firearms-centric in its scope. However, it bears noting that EDC or as I like to refer to it, Everyday Combative really means being ready for the fight no matter what is on hand. When we travel it becomes a real hardship to bring our weapons along if we're traveling by air. As a well traveled individual who's job requires him to travel with firearms I can attest to the fact that doing the whole TSA thing is truly wearing thing. After a debacle on my way to SHOT Show one year I realized that I needed to be done with traveling with weapons. I was separated from my Glock 19, ammo, knives, and support gear, and that wasn't the real issue. The bigger problem is that those items were in my luggage along with my cameras. I had to work the trade show and had to do the first day with just my cell phone for a camera. After that I realized that I drastically needed to change how I traveled even if it meant leaving my weapons at home. I no longer check my luggage - Ever! I've alerted to travel light and procure things at my destination and then mail them back home to myself if need be. Now I carry either my Drop Out of Sight Torsion holster or a trigger guard holster when I travel by air. In doing so I at least have a way to carry a firearm should I need to procure one at my destination. I also carry knife scabbards which can receive a blade at my destination. These are all things that I never thought of before until necessity drove me to change my EDC set up. Using your head while traveling also means dressing to be the gray man. It means not plastering firearms related stickers on your vehicle. You can be a badass without actually declaring it to the world on what you drive or how you dress. Like I always say "be Clark Kent not Superman..." I know some of you get that, for those who don't here it is in a nutshell. Clark Kent and Superman are the same guy with the same powers. The difference is that Clark can walk along the sidewalk and be ignored, Superman tends to draw attention everywhere he goes. If your goal is to blend in being Clark Kent is the better choice.

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~Abner Miranda 

Is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media.


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