Carry the Pistol You Want to Carry

Since I mentioned Glocks in a recent post, I have been getting some questions about what my preferred Glock is? My opinion is somewhat in the minority since it ISN’T the Glock 19. You see, I don’t have the smallest hands and I find the Glock 19 just a little too small for complete comfort grip-wise. And if I am not careful, severe magazine bite is just a drill away.

And when you factor in that I am not of the smallest stature, I don’t have ANY issues carrying and concealing a full sized Glock 17. Even AIWB. Heck, I carried a 5″ steel 1911 for 12 years AIWB / cross draw. A polymer, wonder-nine is a piece of cake! And when I zoom past 8-9 rounds without reloading, I feel like I’m downright cheating!

So while all the cool kids swear that the Glock 19 is where it’s at, go with what makes you happy. Carry the 17. Carry the 21. Carry the 34. Who cares? I learned a long time ago that confidence in your weapon choice is huge. Almost paramount. If YOU don’t like your gun or don’t believe in it, you won’t shoot it as well.

Note: These pics are old but never published. I took these while on the range breaking in a brand-new Gen 4 17 in FDE in 2014. Which is why you see the crappy stock Glock sights. And yes, I shoot just about every pistol on a timer. Why? It eliminates the subjective bull$hit and keeps you humble. Today this pistol has a Wilson Ledge style rear.

 

Marky

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  • Brennen Munro

    I have had this same kind of conversation with others because I prefer a hammer fired pistol such as the CZ 75 Compact or the H&K P30. I have been told so many times that I am carrying “wrong” because I do not carry the one and only Glock. I get it, you like Glocks, but there are other guns out there that have been getting the job done long before the polymer strikers brought forth by Glock. So please, embrace your carry gun, even if it is a Glock… and let the rest of us carry our choice without prejudice… Just carry.
    Munro

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      Brennen, I was in the same boat in my previous career everyone was carrying the modern striker pistols, but I carried a 1911. The main reason was I carried very deep concealment and multiple safeties were a must. But I am glad the holster technology has caught up with the need and we have things like the Raven VG2 and the Keepers AIWB. –Marky

  • Jeff

    Something also to think about is different activities that you do. I am a cyclists. Now if you have seen cyclists you know that the clothing is not conducive to concealing a weapon. There is no way I could, even in the winter carry my FN with out it printing big time. 🙂
    I chose a Kahr, CW45, they offer a nice “bro” type holster that wears like an undershirt, and for the most part is not noticeable. Just something else to consider.

    • Freeze

      I ride myself and find a fanny pack holster works well and is not something anyone gives a second look at (at least not on a cyclist)……Freeze

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      I find fanny packs are situational dependent. If you are around a bunch of tourists, cyclists, or hikers fanny packs are everywhere. No one gives them a second look.

      –Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        I have a fanny pack that I have mounted a holster in. I prefer it over one of the tacti-cool ones made by K-Bar, and the other “gun” type companies. People see it and think nothing of it other than it is just another fanny pack. I like having this as another way to carry if I am wearing shorts and a tee shirt that fit snug, but what I like most about my set up is that the trigger guard is protected by the mounted holster I have put inside! Always carry!
        Munro

        • tacticaltshirts.com

          I am very experienced with holster packs. Check out Marom-Dolfin in Isreal.

          They are 15 years ahead of the U.S. on fanny packs.

          I used to run them for work.

          Marky

  • Mikial

    I am personally not big on compact pistols. I’ll carry a compact if the situation dictates, and even a subcompact in a cell phone case if there is absolutely no other choice. I also generally carry a PF9 as my BUG (please, save the anti-Kel Tec lecture because you’re wasting your time).

    But my EDC is practically always an XD 45 or a Glock 21 in a Crossbreed IWB. I like to have 13+1 .45 HTP rounds plus an extra mag, and the feel of a full sized pistol. I occasionally carry something else (like a 1911) just because I want to. I am proficient and experienced under highly stressful conditions with a wide range of firearms, so I’m not really concerned that I will forget what gun I’m carrying under stress. In my over two years doing private security work in Iraq I went from a Browning Hi-Power, to a Glock 17, and finally to a dream of a Kimber 1911.

    I like .45s, but my wife loves her Beretta 92 and she is very good with it, so I’d be wrong to try to get her to switch. If it works for you, carry it. But, if you carry it, be ready to use it.

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      We are in agreement. I’ve never liked or carried sub-compacts. I always carry service sized.

      Everyday.

      But I’m committed. My whole personal and professional life was organized around that.

      But I realize I’m in the minority.

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Commitment is the key word here. I’ve heard people say they are not about to select their wardrobe to accommodate carrying, but will adapt their EDC to accommodate their wardrobe and lifestyle. I never quite understand that. For me, carry is my lifestyle, and everything else follows that.

        I buy my pants to ensure they will be comfortable and accommodate my IWB, and my shirts to make sure they don’t print and allow for easy access when the need arises. I like the 5.11 covert carry pants because they have several hidden pockets with built in pouches for mags, a light and a knife, and have a elasticized waistband and heavy belt loops, but don’t look like the typical 5.11 operator pants. If I wear jeans, I like the carpenter jeans because they have external pockets well suited to slipping an extra mag in and accessing it quickly.

  • Paradox

    Thought I was the only person who liked the G17 over the G19. The G19 grip length is too short for my palm. It also feels fatter than a G17 grip to me.