Loadouts

Over the past weeks several questions came via Instagram about what I carry, how I carry and where.

A good answer would be: what I need and nothing else.

I tend to go light. I learned to do that a long time ago. The less I carry the better I feel. I rely on my mind, training and the environment. Having said this, I still need tools for my work, personal protection and fun.

Here are few examples of loadouts. From what's on my person, to minimal kit, to activity specific ones.

I carry very little on me.

  • iPhone
  • Saddleback Leather Minimal Wallet
  • Glock 43 and spare mag
  • Rolex Submariner or MKII Paradive
  • Photon Light
  • Emerson A-100 Mini

When I need to go to the office, or when weight and mobility is an issue, I carry very little on a small pack:

  • Laptop and charger
  • iPhone
  • Cable for the iPhone
  • Earphones (mostly for calls when I need to be hand's free)
  • Entry kit (lock picks, etc)
  • Pen

My usual loadout is also pretty small. I carry all in either a GORUCK Echo or Bullet 10:

  • Laptop and charger
  • Phone and earphones
  • Cable for the phone
  • Pen and Notepad
  • SureFire Light
  • GoalZero charger for the phone
  • Emerson Mini CQC-15
  • Entry kit
  • USB Thumbdrive and UBC-C adapter
  • Empty badges (to be used for clonning)
  • Personal trauma kit

This is an example of what I would carry when doing a realtively easy physical security assessments.

  • TAD Rain jacket
  • Laptop + charger
  • Binos, scopes, and other small optics (in the longer pouch and inside the CPL24 pack
  • Notepad and pen
  • RF equipment inside the pouch
  • Knife, gun and trauma kit

I might add a warm jacket and some other random kit, but this is pretty much it.

As you can see, I try to go as light as I can. Rule 7: Simple and light equals freedom, agility and mobility.

Question from a reader

NC asked:

"What clothing do you recommend to wear if you'd like to be well dressed, while maintaining a level of mobility?"

Good question. I tend to wear a lot of techwear. This means clothing that is made out of technical fabrics that provide comfort across many uses.

Here are two examples:

Custom Fixed Blade Knife

A few weeks back, I posted on Twitter and Instagram that I was looking for a simple, fixed blade knife, maybe 3.5-4 inches long. With a thick, drop point blade and with a simple, yet easy to grab handle. Either stone washed or coated blade. Not shiny and no markings.
Searching on social media for a good knife maker, I saw what Eric from Trinity Bladeworks (intagram) was making and I thought that he could be the knife maker for this project. I reached out to him and after a few exchange of details he immediatelly set up to design and make the knife I was looking for.

The result is amazing.

Specs:

  • AEBL steel with full cryo
  • Black G10 rock pattern handle
  • Carbon fiber pins
  • Dark stone wash finish
  • 3.75 in blade
  • 8.15 overall

Eric went above and beyond. Communication with him was excellent, and the constant updates allowed for on-time tweaks to make this knife the exact one I was expecting.

I'm really looking forward to trying this blade and see how it performs on the field. Updates will follow.

Here are some more pictures from the knife maker.

Quote of the day

"Assess your kit, keep what works and discard the rest. Keep it small, minimal and light"

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