Sunday Pocket Dump (EDC); By David Bruce

EDC: Sunday Pocket Dump

By David Bruce


Early this morning I was running some errands in Witch City, Salem Massachusetts, putting some miles on my minimalist Lems hiking shoes. Lems an earthy, crunchy company that makes a hell of a hiking shoe, that if you had to you could run a few miles in. That’s important when you wear them to work and realize you forget your running shoes come gym time.  



It’s my day off, I didn’t put a lot of thought into my carry, it’s a well-established routine after spending the last twenty-five years, carrying in plain clothes at my day job. My weekend EDC is slightly less than my typical carry – as it is without any med gear. I know, I know, five feet or five miles, if it’s not on your person it doesn’t make it to the fight. The med kit is in the XTerra, and it’s a gangster medic kit, I’ll show you next time. But back to the smoke wagon and assorted gear.


I carry a Glock 19, Gen4, with a Trijicon RMR. The gun itself, has been wrenched by Business End Customs, in Peabody, MA, by owner, Lou Biondo. He’s a grumpy, curmudgeon of a man, and is often critical of the firearms that I buy, but he is an absolute savant when it comes to churning out the absolute best full custom build, fighting 1911s, and also polymer guns, but he doesn’t like to work on polymers, but will if you really bug him. Anyway, he did a reduction on the back-strap on this one and also did an awesome stipple job, but tormented me for my requested pattern. The reduction changed the whole grip angle of the gun making it more Sig-like, so I don’t have to roll my wrist forward to shoot, it’s Glock Perfection, made more perfect.


I also carry a spare G17 mag. Why, you ask, because it works and it holds 17 rounds, instead of the G19 15 round mags. But forget about capacity, let’s talk about the need for a spare magazine. If you spend any time on a range where people are doing the real kind of training where your magazine hits the deck when you do an emergency reload, then you’ve seen the baseplates pop off the bottom of the mag and watched the mag go from one piece to three pieces instantly, with the spring launching into oblivion. It doesn’t take much and it happens quite regularly. Now picture this, you draw your firearm and fall or get knocked over and you instinctively break your fall with your hands. Where’s your gun? That’s right, high likelihood its touching the deck and the next thing you know your rounds come rocketing out of your gun all over the street. Now you have a BFR in your hand with one round in the chamber. That’s why I carry a spare magazine.


In my pocket, I carry a DPX HEST, designed by Robert Young Pelton, the man that wrote the ‘World’s Most Dangerous Places.’ He’s a legend to anyone that reads, and happens to travels to places where people hate them.  Look him up, it could change your life; could save it. The blade is made of razor sharp Lion Steel, perfect for cutting a seatbelt. It also has a glass-breaker on the back. I have used it to smash countless windows in a bullets-on-vehicles class I teach. *Pro Tip: Always tap the glass close to the edge. It has no flex there like it does in the middle. The knife also has a bottle opener on the back of the blade. Yeah, it’s a well thought out design. Not sure what the most important part of that knife is, but one time after a range day with my man Scuba Steve, we had bottles that weren’t twist off and we couldn’t shoot the caps off; it came in handy. Note: All firearms were locked up with ten different locks while we partook in two beers.


Lastly, I had my Surefire flashlight. To tell the truth I left it in the truck because it was just too big, and I wasn’t wearing my normal belly-band, which accommodates just about everything. A flashlight is important, but I had like 10 hours before the sun went down and if I had to, I could run in my minimalist, fair trade hiking shoes: calculated risk.


About the Author

David Bruce is a 25-year federal law enforcement officer, recently retired. David has served in several specialty assignments to include lead firearms and tactics instructor. The capstone of David’s career was a five-year assignment as a counterterrorism investigator on an international terrorism squad. He credits much of his firearms knowledge to his decade spent as an adjunct firearms instructor for the world-renowned Sig Sauer Academy. There David taught many basic classes and also concealed carry, bullets on vehicles, and force-on force classes. Prior to his law enforcement career David spent four years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a combat medic. Still to this Day, David is involved in tactical medic training.  With a lifelong passion for writing, David earned a BA in Journalism, from UMass Amherst in 2019. David contributes to several magazines and does work for a private counterterrorism think tank.




  • Christopher, I do believe a multi-tool trumps a knife, I have just never needed one ‘yet’ in my urban environment. I do however frequently need a knife for various tasks and I have found that the DPX HEST performs all my tasks without needing more. If I were in a more remote environment I would probably have a multitool. Thanks for your question.

    David Bruce
  • Hello,

    I was curious as to why you didn’t include a multi tool in your carry? I understand different strokes for different folks, and I completely understand you have more real world experience than I. However, although I carry a firearm, pocket light, wml, med, and the usual wallet and keys, I also have a multitool on my belt. I use that for EVERYTHING, and it’s gotten to the point I think my wife uses it more than I do(she likes the scissors). Anyway, very good article, and I’m excited to see how the site goes forward! Cheers!

    Christopher Harpster
  • Great Write up!
    I’m going to order some new stuff to carry around after reading this!

    Jason Sampson

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