As a CCW carrier (and a graduate of a LE academy but not a officer), these are the things that I carry on my belt everyday and the reason why. Starting from the top of the photo and moving down left to right:
A pair of Smith & Wesson cuffs. Why? You never know when you might actually need them. During the time that DO NOT NEED THEM; when seen by non carriers (or potential perpetrators), they send an unconscious (and open) message to those that see you that you are not a threat to them or the law abiding general public without have to say a single word of explanation.
Next is the ammunition loaded: I carry two types of rounds in a very specific order. I always carry a round loaded in chamber. That round is a GLASER SILVER TIPPED FRAGMENTABLE. Why? Because you not only have to think of your own safety, but the safety of the public around you as well.
Also, most gunfights occur at distances of 10 to 5 feet away. At those distances, the Glaser is very effective with proper shot placement while significantly reducing the risks associated with a shoot-thru or a complete miss altogether.
My weapon is loaded after the first (chambered) round in the order that you see in the center beneath the cuffs. That order is: 2 more fragmentable followed by 1 round of Winchester CRITICAL DEFENSE hollowpoint. This order (2 frag’s & 1 CD) is repeated three times for a total of ten rounds.
If I should every find myself in a situation where I need to go beyond ten rounds, my magazine hold 15 rounds and the last 5 rounds are Winchester CRITICAL DEFENSE hollow points. I carry one (1) spare 15 round reload will all CRITICAL DEFENSE hollowpoints. I am thinking of upgrading to two 20 round magazines instead of the two 15 round magazines.
The blade is a BenchMade model N680. It has a goat’s head front head for cutting clothing, a serrated and straight edge blade, a seatbelt cutter and a auto glass breaker. The Model N680 comes with an unconditional lifetime repair and free sharpening warrantee.
My weapon is a Sig 229 old style with the all steel frame in 9mm. I carry the Sig 9mm because there is absolutely no way that the weapon can fire under any circumstances; unless the operator specifically and intentionally pulls the trigger (or sets the hammer back out of DA mode).
I carry a SUPER SHARPIE in RED, so as to attract attention to write with.
Next for EDC is a STREAMLIGHT rechargeable flashlight “STINGER” model with the LED tactical upgrade.
For a holster, I use the controversial SERPA locking holster. I believe the holster is safe when properly used and trained with.
Because this is a potentially a “Use Of Force” scenario with the real possibility of Felony charges associated with the incident, I want documented to the fullest extent possible the events that transpired. To that end, I carry a micro-cassette (currently upgrading to a digital thumb recorder).
Next, I carry a LEATHERMAN for those odd moments when you wish you had a pair of pliers or a screwdriver for a quick fix.
Lastly, a “Use Of Force” scenario is a stepwise progressive response. the use of a handgun is the very last resort when there are no other options. However, although all 3 of the << ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY AND INTENT>> standards may be present … the use of LETHAL FORCE MAY NOT BE JUSTIFIED as seen in the “Reasonable Person” standard. Thus, I also carry a 3 oz can of pepper spray for that reason.