2019 Holiday
Gear Guide

Jack Carr 2019 Load Out List

Be prepared this holiday season with the Jack Carr Holiday Gear Guide.  I trust, carry, use, have read, know, and stand behind everything on this list.  Enjoy the season and get ready to fire it up!

Winkler RnD Sub-Compact Tomahawk

The sub-compact version of my favorite tomahawk.

Gear & Accessories

Dynamis Combat Flathead

This Dynamis collaboration with my friend Daniel Winkler is my favorite new tool of the past year.

Gatorz Wraptor

I discovered Gatorz in 1998 at a motorcycle shop in San Diego while in my first SEAL platoon.  They accompanied me on every work-up and deployment and I’m still wearing them today, as is the protagonist of my novels.

Black Rifle Coffee Grinder

Part of my travel coffee brew kit.  Designed by the veterans at BRCC.  Bomber construction!

Nock on release

For the archer in your life, this is a must!

Sitka Hoodie

I’d be hard pressed to think of a day when I’m not using something from my friends at SITKA Gear.

The Zeus

The Zeus portable charger is always in my pack.  Yes, it will keep your phone charged; it will also jump start your car.

Halfface Karambito

A vicious blade from my friend and SEAL teammate Andrew Arrabito at Half Face Blades.  You might remember it from a particularly memorable chapter in The Terminal List.

30 Seconds Out T-shirt

Love what the 30 Seconds Out crew is doing in the mountains of Idaho.  Navy SEAL owned and operated.  Awesome!

Black Hills Ammo

A favorite of mine in the military and out.
77 Gr. OTM
Velocity: 2750 FPS
Energy: 1293 Ft. Lbs.

Give the Gift to keep them writing all year

This writing program is A GAME CHANGER! For aspiring and established authors who are not using Scrivener, do not delay!  I simply can’t recommended it highly enough.

Books & Movies

The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell

A classic by the master.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

My favorite Christmas Movie. “When I was nineteen, I did a guy in Laos from a thousand yards out…”. Oh, it’s also a sniper movie.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

First published in 1956, this autobiographical Christmas short story by Truman Capote introduced me to whiskey, holiday fruitcakes, and the intoxicating power of eloquent prose.

Constitution of the United States

Read.  Study.  Learn.

Die Hard Christmas

Mandatory for every American child’s bookshelf.  Parents, you might want to redact a word on the last page…

True Believer

Exploding onto the scene with a terrorist attack on a European Christmas market and coming full circle to its climactic conclusion during the Yuletide season, True Believer is destined to become a holiday classic!


Start your morning off on the right foot with a pour-over Vintage Roast from my friends at Black Rifle Coffee! Watch the video to learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee from the experts!

Drinks & Beverages

Leadslinger Whiskey

“Men who believed in freedom and good booze who laid down their lives, forging the bedrock of this republic, and in doing so, created a new species of man: the American.”  Veteran owned and operated.

Beckstoffer Mockingbird Blue

For the most special of occasions, do not settle.  You will also find this full-bodied cabernet in the pages of Savage Son.  “You never really understand a man until you consider things from his point of view. . . Until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.”  Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Kill Cliff

My beverage of choice as I finish editing my third novel in the James Reece saga, SAVAGE SON!  Check out Kill Cliff’s partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Give an Experience They will not forget

Join me this year in Utah and Montana! Let’s sling some arrows!

Every Day Carry

Sig Sauer P320 XCARRY

This pistol and the Sig P365 are my two go-to pistols for concealed carry.  Be prepared!

Mini-Wing Holster

On my side every day.

Dynamis Razorback

A vital part of my everyday carry. SEAL designed. Master Bladesmith made.  A tribute to our friend and teammate Adam Brown.

Contingent Group Executive Pen

I’ve tested quite a few “tactical pens” over the years and this one is at the top of my list.  The perfect stocking stuffer!

Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED

Illuminate the holiday with this pen light that will not break the bank. I always have a few at the ready.


If you wear a ring, make it a QALO, the hard use band that can take any and everything you can throw at it. Spec Ops and First Responder approved.