I was over at a friends house a few days ago and his son(17 years old) was asking me questions about my CCW. I took the time to answer his questions but I could tell he didn't really understand why I carry a pistol. To hear him talk my pistol was this super weapon that would stop any conflict as soon as I touched it. So I tried to explain that my pistol is one of the tools I carry with me and it isn't my first choice when I get that "something isn't right" feeling. So this got me thinking am I alone in this mind set or do others see it the same way? I bet I'm not alone. I know most of this isn't anything new but maybe it will help someone, so going to share with you gals/guys. My EDC tool kit Head Flash light Knife Pistol Car Keys Cell Phone Wallet Head If I use my head to keep aware of what is going on I should see most potential trouble spots before I get there. I'm talking about things like when walking down the street and you see a group of people heading my way you can cross the street, enter a store or turn down a side road. There are times when stuff will slip past but most can be seen early. Stay alert to dangers so you don't get surprised. Flash Light Mine is a small LED 600 lumen light. It is small enough I don't notice the size or weight and it is always clipped to my left front pocket. Its just right to fit in my hand to use as a small weapon to increase the pressure points and will light up a area to make sure nothing is lurking in the dark. Knife This is always clipped in my right front packet mostly a tool, I use it 3-4 times a day so it is a must have. Now yes it could be used in defense but honestly if I feel I need to pull it to defend myself I might just use the pistol. I see the knife used to cut a seat belt free or something like that more than for defense Pistol I carry what I train with and I trust. Not getting into details on what is best because that isn't the point here. Just make sure you can operate it under-stress and hit your targets. Car Keys Simple thing is drive away but that isn't my point here. I carry my keys in my hand, if some gets close to me they can be used to jab them face or throat. Yes they won't do much damage but every little bit can help and if you get jabbed in the face your focus will change fast from hurting me to holding your face. Cell Phone My job isn't to rescue people other than my wife and kids. My cell phone is there in case I see someone in trouble so I can call the cops they can work out who is the good guys. Or if I do get into a encounter to call 911 myself as soon as I can. Wallet There is nothing in that worth my life or any others life. I will hand it over with out worry. Now if the bad guy wants it he will be focusing on it and if I drop it while handing it to him it could buy me a few secs, but that will depend on the encounter and how I feel it is going to turn out. Training If you are thinking about carrying a pistol please get some hands on training. A good instructor will be able to show you a lot of things and how to stay safe when you do it. You can learn a lot from watching videos and books but hands on a instructor can show you much, much more. I would also encourage people to look into self defense classes. If you ever do get into a encounter you might not have time to draw any weapons and you will have to defend yourself with your hands. If you have a basic set of self defense skills they will be invaluable when the time comes you need to use them. I started Tae Kwon Do with my youngest son and while not my first choice of martial arts we have learned some great skills. We where lucky to find a school that teaches self defense focus and not the going to tournaments and learning to score points focus. Again videos and books are nice but hands on is best.