Do You Carry Enough Gun?

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Do You Carry Enough Gun?

November 1st, 2019

2:26 runtime

Editor’s Note: This is the second entry in our 12-part Armed & Ready series from Richard Nance and Handguns magazine. The series covers a range of personal defense and CCW topics. Tune in next week for the next entry in the series. See links below for the other entries:

If you’re involved in EDC at all, you know there are numerous modes of carry for your favored CCW pistol. Inside the waistband, outside the waistband, appendix carry, ankle, pocket, etc. But, beyond where you carry it, are you carrying enough gun for your situation? In this entry (see video above) in the Armed & Ready video series, we’ll look at three different guns and carry modes to show you some of your options.

If you conceal carry, you have to not only select a holster type and preferred carry mode, but also the size gun that best fits your needs.

More May Be Better

There are many different carry mode options, but the most physiologically efficient way to carry a pistol is on the hip. And, if you’re going to carry this way, it’s nice to have a full-size pistol. The one we’re using here is the Range Officer Elite Operator full-size pistol in .45 ACP. This is a lot of gun and feels good in the hand, and its 41-oz. heft makes it very controllable. But while it offers a lot of power, it can be difficult to conceal.

A full-size pistol like the Range Officer Elite Operator .45 is a great companion for EDC, but is heavier and harder to conceal than more compact offerings.

Splitting the Difference

Choosing a carry gun is always a balancing act between concealability, accessibility, and shootability. To get a more concealable option, we also take a look at the XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm. More compact and lighter at 21.5 oz. and in a smaller chambering, the 7+1 pistol makes concealment much easier.

Choosing the right pistol and holster for your needs is a must if you are going to conceal carry.

Admittedly, this gun is not as easy to shoot as the full-size 1911, but with its 9mm chambering and well-designed grip, you can still very effectively employ it. We set it up for appendix carry, which means you can easily conceal it, even under a light shirt. The result is a good amount of firepower in a very concealable package.

The XD-S Mod.2 is a smaller polymer-framed pistol in 9mm that offers a good balance of power and concealability.

Less Can Be More

If you need an extremely small pistol that still offers good power, the Springfield Armory 911 in 9mm is a good option. Weighing in at just over 15 oz. and packing six rounds of 9mm in its flush-fitting magazine, the pistol can be carried in a pocket holster. This carry mode is not particularly accessible, but offers very low-key EDC.

While the pistol is very small, it’s still reasonably easy to shoot well. You get a decent grip on it that makes it very shootable, particularly with the extended 7-round magazine. Yes, it is lighter and smaller, but you can still get rounds on target with this one.

The 911 in 9mm is an ultra-compact pistol that is small enough to be carried in a pocket holster.

Your Choice

All three of these pistols and carry modes are more than viable for CCW, but you need to decide which is right for you based on your lifestyle, dress mode, and situational needs. From a full-size in .45 to an ultra-compact in 9mm that can fit in a pocket, there’s an option out there for you.

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