Everyday Carry: Here’s What a Former SAS Special Operator Carries in Case of a Terrorist Attack


by JD Heyes, Natural News:
Because they are experts in close-quarter combat and other dangerous scenarios, they get asked all the time what they would do in certain situations, how they would respond and, more importantly, what kind of personal gear they carry in order to increase their chances of survival.

In a report for SOFREP, a subscription-based intelligence newsletter, a former British SAS operator revealed what he carries as part of his personal EDC — everyday carry — gear, to protect himself during a terrorist incident, since such events have become much more prevalent in Britain than in the United States — for now.

“There are many ways to increase your chances of survival, and one thing we can all do is incorporate appropriate kit in our everyday carry. I now have a complete set of items which will help me in a variety of ways should it ‘go noisy’ while I’m out and about. I don’t leave home without my day sack which now contains everything I need to try to keep myself safe, within the stringent UK law,” the operator, Phil Campion, writes.

[First, a word about legalities: It is against the law throughout Britain for civilians to carry concealed firearms or, really, any objects that can be considered offensive weapons (batons, knives, etc.). In the U.S., thanks to the Second Amendment, most jurisdictions outside of major cities allow for concealed carry of a firearm and/or knife. But Campion makes a great point: Know the law in your area, because they can differ from region to region, city to city, etc.] (RELATED: Preppers in California get a rare self-defense victory: Federal judge blocks state ban on high-capacity magazines)

“I have drawn on my experiences as a Tier One operator in some of the world’s most dangerous places to piece together gear which will give me and those around me the best chance of survival, should the worst happen,” Campion writes. “I have also managed to remain covert about the way I do business and not scare people, which is very important.”

Finally, he writes, discretion is the better part of valor; don’t make yourself a target by telegraphing the fact that you are the person best prepared to handle things.

What’s in the EDC?

Campion writes that his EDC consists of items that will help against attackers and to take care of victims in the aftermath of an attack:

Flexible ballistic plate: Hidden in Campion’s carry pack is a flexible ballistic plate, transforming it instantly into a protector against both bullets and knives. In a retreat situation, the pack becomes a one-sided protector-vest.

Large Maglite: In Britain, any form of a baton is considered a weapon and hence, illegal. But larger Maglites are made of metal and very durable; the can double as both a blinding and bludgeoning tool. He also carries a smaller Surefire defender. It has a blinding beam and can devastate an attacker when used to punch with.

Gloves: Kevlar-lined and durable, these gloves allow Campion to actually grab the blade of a knife. In addition, they allow him the ability to pick up nearby shards of glass to use as a cutting weapon, or grab window frames containing broken glass safely.

Tourniquets: These help stop severe bleeding until help can arrive. Wounds can be severe in a terrorist attack; tourniquets are Campion’s first line of treatment, since victims can bleed out quickly (3 minutes) if major arteries are severed.

Blast dressings: Self-explanatory; heavy gauze bandaging and wraps do the trick.

Clotting agent: There are commercially available dressings that come with blood clotting agents built-in. You don’t have to be a medical expert to use them.

Bottled water: These are for drinking, of course, but also cleaning wounds and for burns.

Heat packs/cold packs: Depending on the time of year, these come in handy for warmth/cooling/reducing swelling.

Other essentials include a pen and notepad, extra power cells to recharge your cell phone, and umbrellas (to use as light shields).

You may have some ideas of your own and that’s great, but the basic carry kit should at least consist of these items — so says an experienced operator.

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  1. I’m gonna re-read this twice or even THRICE. A lot of GREAT ideas in there.It’s not just a bug-out-bag, it’s a more likely “disaster bag” (and/or terror incident bag).

    A couple books on important emergency topics- because you don’t always remember everything you’ve read, and I REALLY like the Earthquake survival tool. (I like THIS one best, because it’s not just a GAS METER shut off tool, it also does the WATER pipe valve AND it can be used to help PRY apart collapsed (smaller) building materials to help extract yourself or somebody else from the broken building (and you can use it to hit a “terrorist” over the head). Because you keep it in the “retail” package that designates it as a “rescue tool”, it can be defended in a court of law as “not a weapon”. Less than $20.


    The flexible ballistic plate (great idea), HD gloves (Super important also for digging out of a collapsed building-earthquake rescue, car wreck and fire rescue, cold weather, etc).
    Various 1st aid stuff, big Mag-Lite, (and crank-light-solar-radio, etc).
    Bottled water, but they don’t mention any dehydrated food, vitamins, caffeine pills, or WATER FILTER.

    Don’t forget that “space blanket”, tarp-shelter, and how about some EXTRA pairs of DRY, warm socks, undies, Long sleeved T-shirt, knitted CAP & plastic garbage bags/poncho & cheap SHOWER RAIN CAPS (because disasters often make people get soaking wet during cold weather!)

    If you are out there, and need to be found & rescued, then a LASER pointer flashing around into the sky (or even flashing at rescuers) can be seen for MILES and tracked back to your exact location. (Green laser light is easier for the human eye to detect from longer distances.)

    It’s not mentioned, but also, you should put REFLECTIVE TAPE on the bag, and have a little extra, because rescuers need to find you in the dark.
    If you’ve got one of those “workman’s emegency florescent orange/yellow & reflective work-vests on, it will help make you more visible AND identify you as one of the GOOD GUYS in any wild, chaotic situation!!! Those things are very thin, light weight, roll up for carrying in your bag.

    If you make your bike helmet, look like a workman’s hardhat, (florescent paint and reflector tape), or if you actually have a work-crew hard hat with you, then it will be easier for you to be identified as a good guy and not somebody who should be shot or arrested.

    In a massive “arrest” (police or military) situation, if you’ve used your home printer and computer to create your own “official looking” “rescue-worker” Identification Card, and keep it in your pack, (and laminate it, etc) and wear it when needed, then it might really help to prevent you from being harassed or swept up with the other mindless idiots.

    I hope this helps somebody to “fine tune” their Bug-Out-Kit or their everyday “car kit”. Be well!!!

  2. OK, I tried to post this, but it won’t post, and then the page-filters says it won’t post because it’s a “duplicate”. Hahaha… how can it be a duplicate if it’s not here?
    In SO many “jurisdictions”, they make it illegal to have any items for self defense. England & dictatorships are great examples of this.

    Those places (and many American cities too), even make it illegal to have Pepper Spray.

    Here’s a way to get around that. Buy a couple SPICE RACK containers of CAYENNE PEPPER POWDER (leave it in the retail container to identify it as a FOOD PRODUCT).

    Have a plastic sprayer-pumper bottle, (like the ones for “misting” your potted plants), and if the need arises (and if you have the TIME), you can put a bunch of your powdered Cayenne (food product) in the sprayer bottle, fill with water- and a bit of alcohol & few drops of dish detergent will help everything to mix better, and you’ve got Home Made Pepper Spray.
    If your sprayer bottle has a (home made sticker or felt marker label on it) you can IDENTIFY it as “Non-toxic Plant-bug spray” for keeping the APHIDS and caterpillars off your house plants!!!
    I don’t know of ANY laws that make it illegal to carry or spray food spices and dish soap on aphids or inch-worms.

    But if you spray this into the face of a terrorist, you can just say you thought he was a big tomato worm. (if you really say this, and it goes to court, you’ll make the JURY laugh, and this is a good little strategy to get them sympathetic to YOUR side, and more likely to get a ‘not guilty’ verdict in case you’re arrested for “carrying an illegal weapon”.)

    Even the cops enjoy a good humored, calm, sweet response (as opposed to a smart ass’d one).

  3. Here is something that we ALL forget in the emergency kits.
    Flea, and bug spray, & Mosquito repellent, etc. people out there, have dogs, cats, and FLEAS at one time or another, and during any big disaster, those fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, ants, spiders, lice, mites, bedbugs, etc.

    Get the wrong bug with the wrong virus or bacteria, and it will kill you. DE works too slow when you need to get rid of these pests in a matter of minutes. You need the harsh chemicals for a fast, complete job.

    Yes, in your kit, you should have a bug-screen head cover, so if you’re in a situation with lots of flying insects around your face all day or night, the bug screen head-cover is great.
    If you wish for your kit to give you ALL night protection while you sleep, then you’ll need the full bed MOSQUITO NETTING.

    There are all kinds of bugs that crawl and bite at night, and some of them carry very dangerous diseases, or even the Brown Recluse & Black widow spiders in America, and other dangerous spiders in other parts of the world.
    There are camping-expedition types that also have a tarp on the bottom (crawling bug shield),

    …and the very inexpensive ones, as low as $10. Here’s a LONG list at Amazon, just to get your brain started. You could also get the “treated” ones, or spray some bug killer on it yourself?


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