My Glock 19 Pistol- My Everyday Carry (EDC) Pocket Dump & Why I Carry ~ VIDEO

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Editors Note: The below text was machine transcribed from the included video sound and not representative of Kevin's many writing talents, but still a great read with lots of good tips. Stay healthy.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Glock 19 is Kevin's everyday carry, EDC. He chose the Glock 19 for concealed carry because of its reliability. He also customized his Glock 19 into the Glock 19 Grey Man by Lone Wolf Distributors. This gave it a custom look, tungsten barrel, an improved trigger, and other great features

In addition to the Glock 19, Kevin also carries a small flashlight and a pocket knife.

Kevin has been a USCCA member for 8+ years.

My Glock 19 Pistol

In 1998, my brother was shot and killed and everyone is saying, oh, no, that's terrible. Well, he was the bad guy. He was committing felony robbery and a good guy shot and killed him and stopped the threat.

My Glock 19 Pistol
My Glock 19 Pistol

You know that I'm a big fan of the Glock 19 Pistol, but you know what's true about Glocks? They all look exactly alike. And if you want to make something your own? Well, you got to make it your own.

Now, I'm not saying I'm the most knowledgeable guy in the world, but I recently stumbled upon Lone Wolf Distributing and they make all kinds of really cool stuff for Glocks. And I decided my Glock 19 needed an upgrade. So I went online at Lone Wolf and had them make me the slide I wanted. I wanted this color. I wanted WAVY Serrations, because I'd been in the Navy and it reminds me of the ocean. I wanted a tungsten guide-rod. I wanted a combat style slide release to make that a little bit easier to work. And I wanted the lone wolf style trigger that they put in your gun to make it a little bit better, a little bit more accurate. I also had them give me a different barrel. Man, this thing shoots like a house-afire. My Glock 19 now shoots better than I can shoot. I'm not the greatest shot in the world, but this gun outperforms my abilities. The point I'm getting at is if you really liked the Glock design of the pistol, the folks at Lone Wolf distributing will make for you pretty much anything you want.

You can go from the Standard Model Glock pistol into something that is almost totally custom. And I really like that because I just got tired of looking at the typical traditional Glock with the black slide. I am gonna put on my glasses, put a few rounds down range and start carrying my new Glock. The Range is going hot!

Pocket Dump

So now they ask me to do a pocket dump to show you what I carry on me every day, and I'm sure this will give everybody something to talk about because the other folks who've been here, have been carrying things like trauma kits and all sorts of stuff like that. And you know what? I honestly just go with the minimalist kind of gear.

Handheld Flashlight

The one most important thing that I carry with me at all times is a handheld flashlight. And this one is actually just a simple 60-lumen on-and-off flashlight. That's all it is. It's a promotional item I got from the folks over at Cross-Breed Holsters. And you know what? 60-lumens will stop you. You won't be able to see me if I shine this right in your eyes. And that's what a flashlight is to me. It is a force option. I keep the flashlight on the offside at all times. So it doesn't impede my draw. If I need to reach for my pistol, so I pull the flashlight out. If I want to see something, I want to let people know that I know they're there. So shine a flashlight on them. It's not a really aggressive behavior, but it certainly takes away the element of surprise. And again, shine it right in their eyes and then move-off-the-X. They're gonna be attacking to where you were, not being able to see you.

So I love having a flashlight. This one I carry one triple-A battery runs this whole thing because it's so small, just disappears in the side of my pocket, doesn't bug me, stays right there.

Glock 19

As discussed above, the big thing, that's the firearm.  I carry hollow point ammunition. You know what? I don't even care what kind. I don't even know what kind is in here right now. I believe it is a hundred and forty-seven grain 9mm hollow point ammunition. Almost all nationally made big name ammunition is going to function the way you want it to function. Good quality jacketed hollow points will transfer the energy and will help you stop your attacker. But don't think it's going to take one bullet to stop him. Three, four, five shots.

Notice fifteen round magazine. Yep. It's a Glock 19. Keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction. We'll make sure we drop the round out and lock the slide to the rear. And you saw the light and laser on this pistol. It is a Viridian X5L. That is a one hundred lumen light with a green laser on the front and you notice that it came on as soon as I drew it from my holster.

Galco Kingtuk Deluxe IWB Holster For Viridian
Galco Kingtuk Deluxe IWB Holster For Viridian

The holster is the Galco King Tuck version of the holster and I use a leather SNAP's on the side. The cool thing about these snaps. These are the pull the dots snaps. They won't unsnap if you pull sideways. You've got to get right on the dot and then they will snap internally to the holster. A rare-earth magnet operates this system. When we push the gun into the holster it automatically shuts off the light and laser. As soon as the gun comes out of the holster the light in the laser is on, allowing you to get on target and see your target better and more quickly. I don't have to think about turning this light and laser system on when I pull it out of the holster it is just automatically there. But just a simple touch of my finger on the button. Turns it on or turns it off. And you can see that we have a strobing light and a strobing laser. Your eye picks up that strobing laser a little bit better downrange. And that's what I want. High-speed target acquisition. So I know where my rounds are gonna go because the average gunfight inside of three yards lasts only three seconds. I want to be the first one shooting. If I need to shoot.

EDC Pocket Knife

Spyderco Native 5 Signature Folder Knife
Spyderco Native 5 Signature Folder Knife

The last thing that I carry with me every single day is a pocket knife. This one happens to be a Spyderco Native 5 Signature Folder Knife. I like it because it's lightweight, super sharp and it can just grab it by the hole in the top of the blade and fling it open. But I am not counting on this as a weapon of defense unless it is the last-ditch weapon that I'm using. If I have fired all 16 rounds, 15 plus one in my magazine and I still need to fight. Then I got my knife, but typically I'm thinking a gunfight is gonna be over with inside of five, six, seven, eight rounds or something like that. Because once we start shooting, I'm hoping the bad guy will be moving off. I'm hoping he's not that determined. But if he is, I still have a 15 round magazine to help me out. I just need to make sure I put those rounds on target.

So that's about it for my everyday carry pocket dump. So flashlight, firearm with a light, and laser and a pocket knife. That's all I got. I'm Kevin and I'm a member of the USCCA. Join me and more than a hundred thousand responsibly armed Americans by clicking the link below and joining the USCCA right now.

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Boomer
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Boomer

I too thought “instinctive activation” idea was a great solution to having to actuate a button separate from gripping the frame, similar to why external safety-less pistols are preferable, as its one less thing to have to remember/train to operate, especially in a life/death situation. As a concept the Viridian instant on is a great technology, and I got 2 of them for my Shield edc guns as soon as I became aware of them. Upon actual use, unfortunately, I found them to be lacking in the real-world functionality dept. After a long day of work, running errands, etc., when… Read more »

Oki
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Oki

Geez lighten up Francis. Nice pistol, nice holster and great membership with USCCA. This was a fun read until I reached the comments. If any of you cowboys wants to write an article about how you think we all should be acting… pony up or go back to your FB mosh pit and share your cynicism with the rest of the masses.

RoyD
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RoyD

Oki: I don’t need to “write an article” my comments suffice. At least your comment was understandable and cogent. Thanks.

RoyD
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RoyD

I can’t decide if this was written by a Third Grader or by someone trying to look as if they are a Third Grader. This would be a boon for anti-gunners to show just how stupid and ignorant gun people are. And this also gives one a certain impression of the type of person who would join USCCA. Good job, dumbasses.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

He writes simply and concisely so that everyone can understand. He also used proper terminology. What about that makes him look stupid? If anything, it is the mark of an intelligent person to be able to speak in a manner everyone can understand.

RoyD
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RoyD

“He writes simply…” Well, you are right about that.

bradmeli
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bradmeli

As it says above the article. “The below text was machine transcribed from the included video sound and not representative of Kevin’s many writing talents”

Kevin is a very talented and award-winning writer. I highly recommend you look up some of his actual writings.

RoyD
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RoyD

I had not noticed that. After reading it I found that it does say, “but still a great read with lots of good tips.” So then the fault lies with the author of that quote and that would be the “Editor” whoever that was. There is still no excuse for what was printed as it could have been properly edited. My claim still stands even though the blame may shift or be spread around. As to my looking for his “actual writings”, sorry, I don’t have time for that.

JDL
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JDL

So much I disagree within this article that I don’t know where to start. Personally, for a life defense tool, I go 100% for function over fashion. My EDC is also a Glock, but a completely stock one – no trigger work, no aftermarket internal parts, and not wasting my money on fancy paint jobs or wavy slide cuts (On a Glock? Putting lipstick in a pig comes to mind). I like a separate flashlight – when drop your keys at night or need to see the keyhole, you don’t need to be pulling your gun to get a light… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

He had the firearm customized. He is frequently testing gear, holsters, pistols, ammo, etc. That is probably why he forgot what ammo it was, but that does not mean the ammo was untested. This gun combo he presented is from last year. He does recommend a separate flashlight, and in the video he has one, too. Every person has their own preferences. I don’t like Glocks, I prefer hammer-fired, without any external safeties. My favorite right now is a DA/SA, the full-frame Beretta PX4 Storm in .45 ACP. I can even carry it CC, with the right holster and clothing,… Read more »

Ej harbet
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Ej harbet

Agree on the spare mag,i use a 17 or 24rd factory mag because if its bad enough you have to reload then a few more rounds is nice.however i built my 19 using a od frame from a good friend and a swenson slide and barrel, all the mods are proven and it has close to 1000rds downrange.
Only malfs happened in the first 100. Ymmv

DMack54
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DMack54

I’m no legal expert and may be wrong but from things I’ve read, written by experts, modifying your CCW gun can be used against you if you are unfortunately prosecuted for a self-defense shooting. Fancy up your range gun and leave your CCW gun alone.

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

Please post the links to what you have supposedly read that was supposedly written by experts, saying that modifying your gun can be used against you if you are unfortunately prosecuted for a self-defense shooting! The gun community is full of BS myths and urban legends!

I am personally not a fan of internal modifications due to reliability and safety issues. Plus, one should rather spend the money on training than on gold-plating their Glock. But then, no-one has gone to jail for using an aftermarket trigger or barrel.

Don in 805
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Don in 805

Never modify a ccw gun. What kind of advise are these clowns giving.

Superman
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Superman

AMEN! If it ain’t broke, DON’T FIX IT.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

He did not advise you to modify your firearm. He said that is what *he* did to that one. He is frequently testing firearms, holsters, ammo, etc., this is just one from last year. Everyone has their own preferences, mine is not Glock, and not striker-fired. As to the “advise” about never modifying a CC firearm, the only place I have read that is in firearm forums. It would appear to be a self-perpetuating myth. Never have we read in a news report that a victim was prosecuted for modifying his/her firearm. If you have ever read that, please post… Read more »

Don in 805
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Don in 805

what happens if you are involved in a shooting your gun is confiscated your gun is given to a Police armored disassemble the gun looking for any irregularities. if you have an aggressive da if the cute is in anyway questionable and you modified the gun they could say that you work to make the gun more deadly because you quote wanted to kill somebody unquote. carry guns should be kept as stock as humanly possible no barrel changes no trigger changes you can change the sights and maybe modify the grip the best case that’s about it this information… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Don in 805; my reaction to reading your post was, “OH MY GOD!!” But then, your post might have been just, “machine transcribed,” LOL!

Don in 805
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Don in 805

RoyD, actually it was dictated.

Knute
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Knute

Don: Well, in that case you ought to fire whomever you dictated it to. Not a single sentence of your posts in this thread is without basic grammar error(s).

Don in 805
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Don in 805

Will, its the opinion of the attorneys’ who work with USCCA. I’m just telling you what they’re own people say.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Don, And it is part of the sales plan to program your thoughts, first.

Don in 805
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Don in 805

Will, that info comes from USCCA attorneys. I’m just repeating what they taught me.

Don in 805
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Don in 805

Will, I live you in CA. You shoot someone 15 feet away in San Francisco with a modified gun the DA is gooding to ask the question. “Why did you make your gun MORE deadly, did you want to be a hero or kill someone?”. Even if you win the case with the DA the civil suit will break you. Love USCCA, and their attorneys say use a stock gun. The environment may be different where you are. That said I liked your comments.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Don, The proper answer is “Your question presumes facts that are not in evidence, Mr. DA.”

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Don, … what they programed you.

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

BS myths and urban legends. If you have a DA saying you made a gun “more deadly”, then you know they have a weak case or no case at all. Talk to a lawyer about how things go in the real world. How much jail time does one get for making a gun “more deadly”? What is the actual criminal cone one would be charged under for this? Hint, there is no such thing. Such criminal codes do not exist. You can not be charged for such modifications!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@CF, You are quite right. The notion of “making more deadly” is just salesmanship to the jury (or buyer of insurance.)

Finnky
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Finnky

@WB – Unfortunately the jury is the buyer, and what they are buying is your incarceration. Also unfortunate is that while some perform jury duty as their civic duty, others are there simply because they are too stupid to find a way to avoid it. Hopefully if any of us need it, we will get a jury full of responsible people with uncommon sense and able to view evidence with an open mind.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Finnky, And a slick attorney, too! Slicker that the prosecutor.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Don, No matter what one has done, or not done, to the firearm or ammunition or how one has acted, spoke, or thought, the prosecutor will come up with something. That is his job.
Conversely, it is the job of the defense attorney to negate the prosecutor’s assertions.
The argument that you offer could be demolished by a high school debate team member.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Don – As a crappy shooter with insufficient hand strength or coordination, I have an apex trigger in my carry gun. Switching triggers shrank my group size to less than half as large and centered the group which had remained low left though many range trips. Yes it is an equipment solution to a training issue – but anyone claiming that being able to hit what you meant to rather than an innocent bystander is begging for opportunity to charge you with murder. I would accuse the DA of that from the stand if questioned about my choice to modify… Read more »