Real world EDC

Every day carry is a pretty hot topic. Even people who don’t carry guns post pictures of their “EDC pocket dumps” on Instagram, and searching the hashtag “EDC” can lead to some pretty impressive gear arrangements. Some of those dumps are so impressive that I question whether the person is actually carrying that much gear, but that’s neither here nor there. Today we’ll look at some sensible EDC choices, and how the Lone Wolf Timberwolf Large fits in.

First, we’ll talk about the gun itself. The TWL is a full size frame that replaces either a Glock 21 or Glock 20 frame (also is compatible with G40 and G41 frames). The footprint of the TWL is smaller than the G20/21 frames, and as a result fits in the hand much better and is far easier to conceal. In fact, it’s about the same overall size as a G17 frame, which is something people conceal every day. One of the popular axioms of concealed carry is to carry the largest, most powerful gun that you can readily conceal, and the TWL means you can do that with a 15 shot 10mm or a 13 shot .45 ACP.

Of course, when you’re a concealing a gun that size you need a holster that’s going to work well. The secret to concealing the TWL lies with a company called Phlster, a holster manufacturer that makes some of the best concealment gear on the planet. They have a product called the Floodlight, which fits almost any pistol that mounts a Surefire X300. Since the TWL has a rail, you can add the X300, and then BOOM your concealment issue is solved with the TWL. Using a simple combo of a Surefire X300, a Timberwolf Large, and a Phlster Floodlight you can carry 13+1 rounds of .45 ACP with relative ease.

The Timberwolf Large frame built into a 45ACP format, featuring a Signature Series #22 slide profile and Trijicon RMR RDS.

What about other items for an EDC loadout? The truth about EDC is that other than a couple of things, it’s situational. If I’m walking the dog during the day and I know I’ll be outside for 20 minutes, I don’t carry a flashlight. I will have pepper spray however, no matter where I go…unless I’m flying for work, in which case I won’t have it. We’re not worried about things like car keys and your phone, people always have that with them. Here’s what I think a solid “real world” EDC is:

1. Wristwatch
2. Pistol
3. Folding knife
4. Pepper spray

Once you get the basics, you can add other items as you see fit. Depending on the circumstances I may carry a tourniquet, a small medical kit, a flashlight, a spare magazine, a fixed blade knife, or another piece of gear that I may find useful. The point with EDC is that you have to get into the habit of actually carrying it. There’s no sense in posting sweet photos on Instagram of your “EDC” if you don’t actually carry any of it.


  1. Pepper Spray …..are ya’all F—‘in kindin me, There ain’t no way…….

    I carry a Knife ,fixed Blade Skinner just in case I come along a warm road kill, flashlight ,at least 700 lumen’s..My Glock 20 with a slide melt Burris red dot. A folder with a seat belt cutter, oh yeah. Also a Bug Out bag with survival everything.

    1. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that there are a lot of problems that aren’t appropriate to solve with a gun, but need a level of force higher than harsh words. That’s why extremely well respected instructors like Tom Givens, Chuck Haggard, and Melody Lauer all recommend carrying pepper spray.

  2. Caleb, thank you for your writings on the Lone Wolf Large Frame- I’ve been impressed by the G20 for half my life and this product is just what I would want to get a proper 10mm polymer pistol project rolling.

    Mr. Thurm, something to consider is that as EDC’ers, the primary goal is to break contact with an assailant, and not to effect an arrest, as would be the case for law enforcement. I once volunteered as a pepper spray recipient to better understand what some of my friends were relying on for self-defense. I am confident that a healthy adult could have broken contact with me after that hosing.

    Force options that help guns stay in holsters are a benefit to defenders.

    1. Thank You Very Much for your timely response. I am a retired LEO and my individual experience has been mixed. Depending on the situation there certainly has been times when the perp. has been immobilized BUT there has been times in critical problematic areas, such as south St. Louis, also East St. louis, where I spent most of my career, I got my Ass kicked over and over trying to do the right thing….Guess what , it was not clear to me until I relocated to Southern Cal. that I was not the problem…..That metro area I spoke is not fit for Human occupation….Only really good for rats and other vermin….Praise the LORD that at age 62 I sit here and relay my message. OH and if not for my Glock I would be in the grave…..Thank You Very Much.

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