Everyday carry (or EDC) items are those that you consistently carry on your person every day. These defensive items can help you prepare for unexpected, dangerous, and/or potentially deadly situations. Whether you’ve carried daily for years or you’re just getting started this year, it’s very important to choose your EDC items strategically. The wrong weapon choice could hamper your ability to protect yourself in the future, while the right weapon choice can maximize your chance for survival.
Ideally, EDC weapon combos include both a handgun and a tactical knife. Both are ideal weapons for different types of situations. For example, if an assailant is already within 20 feet of you and closing ground quickly, it may actually be faster for you to pull out your knife than it would be to draw a gun from a holster, aim and fire.
Guns, of course, are better for any situation where your assailant is more than 21 feet away but is clearly a threat to you. A gun is also the only weapon you want to have on-hand against another gun. Fortunately, when you carry both a knife and a gun, you always have access to the right weapon for each situation. Here are some of the best EDC weapon combos to consider.
Sig P938 Extreme and Spyderco Paramilitary 2
The Sig P938 Extreme is a lightweight firearm that is easy to carry concealed, thanks to its short barrel. Many users also report that they love the single-action trigger and the included full-size Night Sights. This gun also has ambidextrous safety features that make it an ideal option for both left- and right-handed shooters.
The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 knife is also lightweight and is 8.28” long (including the handle). The blade alone is 4.22” long. Both weapons have excellent reviews and won’t weigh you down. Their lightweight appeal makes them ideal to carry along while hiking, camping or engaging in any other warm-weather activities.
Ruger SP101 3” and Mora Classic 2/0
Do you like the look, feel and reliability a revolver can offer you? If so, you may want to make a Ruger SP101 3” your EDC weapon of choice. It has some serious stopping power and can give you a great deal of confidence, especially when paired with the Mora Classic 2/0 knife. The Ruger SP101 3” has solid steel sidewalls, which makes them highly dependable (a very desirable feature in self-defense situations).
The Mora Classic 2/0 knife has a blade length of 4”. The sheathed weight is just 3.3 ounces, so you don’t need to worry about it feeling heavy in your pocket or bag. The blade is made from carbon steel that continues throughout the length of the handle to provide superior support and strength.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center Ported
M&P 9 Shield and M&P Oasis
Smith & Wesson offers a convenient Performance Center Every Day Carry Kit which makes it easy to select an EDC pistol and knife pair. One of the best combinations is the M&P 9 Shield and the M&P Oasis. This gun/knife combo is a great combination for your everyday carry needs. The M&P 9 Shield is one of the most popular carry guns in the United States, and it weighs only 18 ounces. It features a narrow, attractive design and modest 6-inch overall length that makes it very easy to conceal.
The M&P Oasis folding knife has a titanium coated, high-carbon stainless drop-point blade that is 3.25” long. This lightweight knife is only 4.75 ounces, which makes it easy to wield and easy to carry. It also opens very quickly and has a Linerlock locking system.
If you’re serious about having a reliable EDC combo, consider one of these three options. You’ll have greater confidence that you’ll be ready to handle any dangerous situation that comes your way.
Do you have any other favorite EDC combos you rely on every day? Let us know in the comments below!