My Everyday Carry for Self-Defense

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I receive lots of questions about weapons and tactics from other authors, and I’m always ready to give them assistance in writing realistic fighting scenes. One of the most common questions I receive is “What kind of pistol should my protagonist carry?”. In order to answer this, I often just start off with a description of what I personally carry every day for self-defense and the defense of others. As you will soon see, it consists of far more than just a pistol. Here it is:

FN FNS-9 Compact 9mm handgun with 12-round magazine (plus one in the chamber) and a 17-round spare magazine, Monkey Fist impact weapon, two flashlights (one on key chain, one in pocket), waterproof lighter, Sabre Red pepper spray, TDI Law Enforcement fixed blade knife. seatbelt cutter/glass breaker tool.

I also carry a pretty complete trauma kit in my car, and a smaller one in my jacket. If you want to be prepared for a fight, you had better prepare for someone, maybe even yourself, to get hurt.

All of the above has changed considerably over the years, and is subject to further change as new tools become available, or as I learn new self-defense skills. I still attend at least one firearms/self-defense training course every year. I also actively compete in USPSA and IDPA handgun matches every month. In my opinion, if you aren’t regularly training and practicing, you’ll likely be more of a menace than help in any kind of crisis.

All of the above works for me, but, of course, your mileage may vary! 🙂