|Yes, it's cool to have a rotation of toys but having just one go-to|
kit is really about all one needs.
In the prepping community, the phrase, “Two is one and one is none,” is a recurring theme. I have to admit that I do own more than one make/model of a particular implement but if you’ve been reading and absorbing most of the articles on this blog, you will see that I advocate simplicity.
To begin with, I live by the operative word in EDC—Every Day!
While it’s nice to roll with a primary/backup system, living with just one go-to anything is considered a skill to master.
During a casual conversation with a fellow enthusiast during a slingshot tournament, the Value of One became the emphasis for good shooting which prompted me to reflect on my own personal carry style aside from my traditional and instinctive shooting skills.
In the slingshot world, ‘living’ with a single frame fitted with the same bands, same pouch and shooting the same ammo is the key towards consistency and eventual mastery of the weapon.
This principle is exactly what I apply to my EDC practice. I carry the same basic setup every single day.
FINDING THE ONE
Take the knife, for example: I’ve owned several over the years and have acquired a handful as gifts from my partner.
Next to my first ever EDC folder—the Tekna Axis-lock—I have carried and used a Buck “Flick-it” for a good 17 years before I replaced it with a Spyderco Delica 4. The Delica was something I’ve always wanted but could never afford and when I finally acquired it, the thirst to collect had all been but quenched.
This is not to say that one should not acquire an armory of blades. My point is simply sticking to one implement in the course of one’s EDC practice.
|This "weathered" G19 indicates extensive live-fire time in both|
flat range and real life.
Having been a practitioner for the last three decades, I have somehow narrowed down my criteria for “the One” to a really short list. What suits me may not suit everyone but personally, I have found my go-to blade and I am looking forward to decades of service with this piece unless I have to fly off to somewhere with no more than carry-on luggage or to a country where toys are generally banned.
While it’s good to have options for rotation, one should never underestimate the value of having just one heater—knowing that firearm well enough to be able to manipulate it in pitch darkness and with only one good hand might just increase your survivability in an imminent threat situation.
Yes, it’s cool to have all the 1911s, Glocks, M&Ps and then some but in a high-stress, high-speed game of life and death, taking that millisecond to figure out which one of your many toys is in the holster or trying to recall the point of aim of a particular system may just cost your life.
This is no different from slingshot shooting where different frames will feel and shoot differently. Having to transition from one frame to another really just messes up your aim and point of impact. You can never be any good at slingshot shooting if you keep on changing frames (though it’s really cool to have and shoot several styles).
PUTTING A PREMIUM
Having just one of anything will force you to care for the thing more. You will learn to handle your blade, firearm or slingshot frame more carefully and perform the necessary maintenance with ease because of your mastery of the particular implement. You will build intimacy and reach a high level of proficiency with your Chosen One.
|The blade that made me say, "That's it!"--the Spyderco|
An often overlooked doctrine in the prepping practice is accounting. The more stuff you have, the more difficult it will be to keep track of. I realized this early on as a professional photographer where you have to spend hours on end just making a checklist of all the gear you have and stowing them in cases to get ready for travel.
More often than not, gear selection is also dictated by mode of transport and if you have a vehicle that can only store so much, that can be a problem.
One consideration I always bear in mind is that I might be the only one who’ll hump my own kit if and when I need to bug out or for some reason leave the safety and security of the home base. Cars will most likely be useless in the metro especially in an earthquake scenario or flooding so the most one can rely on are his own two legs. How much gear can one human being really carry?
In reality, large 72-hour packs are great if you’re in a vehicle but when on foot, I doubt that one can cover great distances. For another, once a decision to bug out is set, you may Just as well say goodbye to your stash of guns, ammo, gear and food supplies. Marauders will certainly thank you for it!
Having a roomful of toys is a cool idea but the ugly truth is that you only have two arms and legs. If you find yourself in a situation where being overrun is imminent, there will never be enough ammo!