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Thread: When was the last time you really ran hard with your EDC?

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    When was the last time you really ran hard with your EDC?

    Over the weekend, I was playing with my kids. It led to me, 40 something, a few lot of extra pounds, flat out sprinting a lap around the house. I was in my regular EDC with all of my gear. (Biobelt, kydex OWB, mag pouch's, light & knives.)

    Other than my pants slipping down a little, everything stayed where it should.

    I remember doing this quite a few years ago when my gear selection wasn't the best. (Let's just say Uncle Mike's was involved.) I lost a few things in the process.

    I said all of that to say this. In these times, a full sprint may be more likely than ever. When that happens, you really won't know how good your gear is until you try it. I'd really suck if you had to run 15 yards to cover and when you get there, you gun is on the ground.

    So give it a try. Put on what you normally wear for EDC and go out for a full sprint, or whatever your limit may be. Make a few turns too. It's better to find out now what may be lacking in your set up. I'll working on how to keep my pants up better.

    I haven't done it yet but I've heard rolling around in the ground in your regular gear is another way to test your set-up. Maybe someone can share their experience/technique for this.
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    great way to get someone to understand the quality belt/holster combo argument
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    Did you make any observations about your cardio or how much energy you had left after your sprint? Keeping your tools is important, but maintaining the ability to use them effectively is probably more important. My cardio is terrible and I'm starting to focus on fixing it. I have a lot of work to do.

    A sprint is a really good test and I think everyone should try it. Rolling around in the ground with a training partner on top of you is the best gear test I've tried as far as keeping everything in its place. It's a little weird though, that the times I have broken holsters have been during relatively simple movements and not grappling exercises. Things like picking up steel targets and moving them around or jumping in to a prone position and rolling around on the ground a little during a rifle class. Maybe the holster improvements I made after those was effective.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson View Post
    Did you make any observations about your cardio or how much energy you had left after your sprint? Keeping your tools is important, but maintaining the ability to use them effectively is probably more important. My cardio is terrible and I'm starting to focus on fixing it. I have a lot of work to do.
    I find generally people focus more on gear and less on physical fitness. Both are equally important. Treat your body like your most important piece of gear.
    I hate cardio FYI. I generally work out with weights 3x a week, and only do cardio for a mile a week. As I age I'll have to move that ratio more toward cardio (I'm 34).

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    Yeah. I'm working on the cardio.


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    Good thinking, I did this type of thing years ago and along with general draw/shooting practice under less than ideal situations I changed my belt/holster setup right away. My cardio could always be better but I can get a fair amount of real movement accomplished and still hit my target. Always room for improvement!!
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    The last time I was in an all out sprint......

    ....these guys had just started a new TV series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nderbeard View Post
    I find generally people focus more on gear and less on physical fitness. Both are equally important. Treat your body like your most important piece of gear.
    I hate cardio FYI. I generally work out with weights 3x a week, and only do cardio for a mile a week. As I age I'll have to move that ratio more toward cardio (I'm 34).
    This is a great discussion for couch commandos. Present company excluded of course. Last year I turned sixty and with some apprehension I ran a mini after not running since my kids were in HS. I was always a good runner but man I really had to ease back into it. It took weeks and weeks. Best to keep up some type of fitness 365, for me that is basketball ref, hiking with pack and rifle for hours keeping busy by only watching tv or internet as a last resort activity. I also OWB 90% of the time with good retention, and really only carry 30 rounds one mag in gun one in pouch when going in a high risk urban area. (This helps with my maneuverability). Of course if evasion is not an option then is might make sense to load up, but I like options. Well I have probably said too much as it is. One more thought, if you have ever chased someone, if you run them down that pretty much breaks their will and it is very satisfying. Be safe stay strong and love thy neighbor whenever possible.

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    Good thread / topic, BT ! I really like holsters with a security strap, although I realize that they'll slow the presentation a bit .... but it's a trade-off that I'm willing to make.


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    I have been using the lockdown as an excuse to get out and walk a mile or two every day if at all possible. Normally that meant a Ruger LCP in the front shorts pocket.

    This week long rioting has me reevaluating what I carry even when around the neighborhood, so it's back to the trusty Glock 19 and a spare mags or two, even when wearing gym shorts.

    I use a 5.11 nylon operator belt with Velcro which is great because it can be worn and tightened down even with shorts or without belt loops (aka pants less). My Raven Concealment holster keeps the gun in real high and tight. It doesn't have active retention but the kydex does keep the gun in nice and snug. No worries about it falling out on its own.

    It's basically a bare bones duty belt set up that can be put on and taken off quickly and provides a very stable platform.

    We won't talk about the cardio part. I am working on that too.
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