Navy SEAL CIA Operator Shawn Ryan explains his Everyday Carry EDC

Navy SEAL and CIA operator Shawn Ryan explains what he carries everyday to protect himself and others from harm.

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Shawn is a minimalist and does not carry a ton of unnecessary gear.


For the survival, military, and tactical audience, the Cat S62 Pro Rugged Smartphone is a formidable tool designed to endure the harshest environments. Engineered with a focus on durability, this unlocked smartphone boasts a robust construction, drop-tested up to 1.8 meters onto steel, ensuring reliability in challenging situations. Equipped with a FLIR thermal imager, it offers enhanced situational awareness, enabling users to detect heat signatures even in low-light conditions.

With its 6GB memory capacity and Android 10.0 operating system, the Cat S62 Pro ensures smooth performance and efficient multitasking. Optimized for North America’s carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and others, it provides reliable connectivity in the field. Featuring a 4000mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery, this smartphone offers up to two days of battery life, ensuring continuous operation during extended missions or emergencies. However, it’s important to note that it will not work on Verizon, US Cellular, or Sprint networks. With its rugged design and advanced features, the Cat S62 Pro is a vital asset for those operating in demanding environments where communication and situational awareness are paramount.

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Expanding the SOCOM series, the Microtech SOCOM Alpha Mini presents a compact and robust fixed blade knife option reminiscent of its folding counterpart, the SOCOM Elite. Featuring G-10 handles for enhanced grip, along with 17-4 PH stainless steel hardware, this full-tang knife offers durability and reliability in various conditions.

With an overall length of 8.125 inches, a blade length of 3.75 inches, and a weight of 6.26 ounces, the SOCOM Alpha Mini is suitable for everyday carry. Designed with a custom Concealex or KYDEX sheath, and Molle-compatible, this USA-made knife combines versatility with practicality for a range of tasks, making it an ideal choice for users seeking a dependable companion in their daily adventures.

We also like SOG EDC folding knives.

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In certain third-world countries or regions where economic instability, political turmoil, or social unrest prevail, possessing valuable items such as a Rolex watch could indeed serve as a bargaining chip for survival and escape. Rolex watches are globally recognized luxury items with high intrinsic value, making them desirable assets in situations where currency might not hold its worth or where traditional negotiation tactics may not apply.

In such scenarios, where access to resources or safe passage may be limited, individuals may use a Rolex watch to barter for essential goods, services, or assistance in securing a safe exit from the country. The perceived value and prestige associated with a Rolex watch can potentially facilitate negotiations or garner favor with individuals who possess the means to provide assistance or safe passage, ultimately aiding in the pursuit of survival and escape from precarious situations.

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Shawn Ryan is a Veteran Navy SEAL and is the owner and founder of Vigilance Elite. He also serves as the Director of Special Operations Outreach for Veterans Advocacy Services.

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Shawn Ryan is a former United States Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) operator who gained recognition for his expertise in tactical training and operations. After serving in the Navy SEALs, Ryan transitioned into the private sector where he founded his own company, providing tactical training and security consulting services. He has also become a prominent figure in the firearms and tactical gear industry, sharing his knowledge and experiences through various media platforms, including social media and television appearances. Ryan is known for his dedication to sharing his expertise with law enforcement, military personnel, and civilians alike, contributing to the advancement of tactical knowledge and skills within the community.

Shawn practices what he preaches and trains American citizens to become more proficient in the use of firearms. He believes in gaining the tactical advantage, and remaining Vigilant at all times.

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