I have a lot of stuff. Too much stuff. I subscribe to one of those monthly subscription boxes and I get even MORE stuff. But I also get issued a lot of stuff. The following are 10 things I have, I have used, and I recommend for any other Nerd, Cop, or NerdCop in your life.
10. Glock 43
My department issued this weapon to me a year or so ago. Maybe 2. Time flies. Compared to my old S&W .38, this thing has been a god-send. No longer do I leave the range with the palm of my hand aching after qualification. This Glock perfection has operated flawlessly since the day I took it out of the box. With all of the advancements in 9mm ammo over the years, I am confident in the effectiveness of this as a back-up and/or off-duty carry. For years I carried a Glock30 off duty in a Fobus Holster. Now, I can easily slide this weapon into my IWB Holster. Although it MSRP’s in the mid 400’s, seek out a Blue Line Dealer or police supply dealers. Cops might get a lower price. I’ll attach a link for more information.
9. Alien Gear Holster
Since I was issued the Glock43, I made the decision to move away from Fobus Holsters. They served me incredibly well, and I still have some for my larger guns, but I needed something different. I’d been seeing ads on my social media accounts for Alien Gear Holsters. I cant tell you how many times I scrolled right past them because of the name or logo. It looked cheesy to me. Then one day I cashed a big off-duty employment check. Sure, I had bills to pay. But those bills weren’t going anywhere… my Glock43 was. I was struggling to find ways to carry it without it shifting in my waistband or rotating in my pocket. It was an irresponsible way to carry it and I almost stopped. Then one day I caved and clicked the ad. I bought the IWB Cloak Tuck 3.0. I won’t lie. The very first day I bought it, I carried it to a department store and it fell apart. I had to scoop some pieces, take it home, and tighten the screws. I probably should have tightened them initially. Ever since then, I have never had a problem. Every several weeks, I’ll grab my screwdriver and adjust the tension again on it. It’s never been a bother since. I have worn this holster in 100 degree heat against my skin, I have worn in in sub-freezing temperatures. I’ve worn it in shorts, jeans, khakis. It has never felt awkward or bulky. In the heat against my skin, I’ll feel the neoprene backing, but its never been unpleasant. With a recent acquisition of another firearm, I’ve been looking at their new holsters. With their phenomenal exchange program, I could get a new shell for my new gun, but I think I’d just rather have the two holsters. They offer a 30 day test run of their equipment AND back it with an Iron Clad Lifetime Guarantee. They offer holsters custom molded to countless makes, models, and set-ups. If you have someone in your life carrying a terrible holster, or you just want them to carry concealed, and in comfort, check out Alien Gear Holsters. The link is to their homepage.
8. Secret Path, Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire
Combining incredible artwork and soulful music, with history and heartbreak, this story about a Canadian child, Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack who was sent to live at a residential boarding school. Being from the US, this story was never taught to me growing up. It seems it wasn’t taught as much in Canada either.
I catch a lot of grief for reading comic books. But you can pick this one up, and rest assured, you won’t have to read anything. Told entirely in song and pictures, this story tells the heartbreaking journey of Chanie leaving his school and trying to walk home. He never knew it was 400 miles away. Chanie died on his journey, never making it home to his Dad. Chanie’s life in the school, and the treatment he received, was not unique to him. This was a dark time in Canada and Mr. Downie hoped to explore that time and begin a path to reconciliation.
Written by Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, and with an accompanying soundtrack by Mr. Downie (Tragically Hip singer), the story can be as quick or as slow as you want it to be. Linger on the pages and see the emotion drawn on Chanie’s face, listen to the songs, and feel what Chanie must have been feeling on his long walk. Open your heart and I guarantee this book will hit you in the feels.
Gord Down passed away in October of this year. Help continue his mission by purchasing this book.
7. Gerber Air Ranger
I received this knife as part of one of those monthly subscription boxes I mentioned. I have carried a Gerber Knife since my first day on duty. I carried a Gerber Paraframe. I still have it, and it’s still usually tucked away in a pocket every day in uniform. Last year I received the Gerber Air Ranger. It’s sleek, its professional, it’s beautiful. This has become my go-to off duty carry knife. Paired with my Glock43, it’s what I’ve jokingly called my Gentleman’s Kit. Mine is black handled, chrome bladed, and serrated. When I use it on duty, I feel comfortable using it in front of the public for small tasks. Because of it’s classic appearance, I think this knife is less abrasive to those who are already uncomfortable around our weapons. Link below is to a serrated version, which I personally recommend.
6. Fallout 4 GOTY Pip-Boy Edition
Fallout is the single greatest video game I have ever played. Fallout has literally taken hundreds of hours of my life. With such a massive open world environment, you can fast travel, or trek on foot between the different locations and discover huge, inhabited, interactive land. Playing Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were some of the most amazing moments Ive had gaming since playing Mist 20 years ago. The characters, the mystery, the enemies, the gameplay, the back story, the CHOICES you are forced to make! It’s all so incredibly fleshed out you can dive so deep into it or you can run and gun and do whatever you want. There have been alot of vocal critics about Fallout 4. Some people think they’ve put TOO much into the game. People have argued about the story not being engaging enough. People have argued the game isn’t advancing enough between generations. Those people are wrong. You don’t HAVE to engage in the extras. The story drew me in. They could literally make Fallout 3 over and over in different locations with different stories and I don’t care if the gameplay changes. Bethesda Softworks does amazing things.
In Fallout 4, you’ve witnessed your wife’s murder and you are on a mission to find your missing son. But wait, how many years have passed? How long were you frozen after your child was kidnapped? Bethesda added the ability to build and manage settlements in the game, and honestly, I thought it was a distraction. There were so many needy settlements I felt like I was always handling their problems rather than exploring. So I often ignored them. I’d have been satisfied with building one mega settlement.
The retro-futuristic world, a world with astounding technology but filled with 1940’s and 1950’s decor and clothing, is still prominent. It’s beautiful work flashing back to a classic time in American History. The DLC packs were fun, and engaging. And they were massive add-ons!
The game made 3/4 of a billion dollars its first day on sale. This franchise is massive and continued support means bigger and better games in the future. The linked edition included here is the GOTY (Game of the Year) Pip-Boy Edition. It’s a phenomenal price for everything you receive. The game, all of the DLC, AND A WEARABLE PIP BOY! No case included, but you don’t buy a pip-boy to lock it up in a case! All of this for $99!