Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GunnyUSMC, Aug 5, 2021.
Flat 1911 mags I find pretty easy to conceal in a pocket. One in the front or two in the back pocket works well for me.
For carriers I like KyTex. Really flat and cheap, though single stack mags have popped out the back when I bend over, so my 1911 carriers are wrapped in duct tape. Works like a charm.
When my back tolerated a 1911 I liked one mag in a KyTex carrier and one in my front pocket by my wallet.
I am not a big fan of carrying spare mags in pockets. If I am going to need it, it is going to be now and not after I fumble with getting it out of a pocket that may have other things around. I have been looking at a StealthGear IWB carrier and modifying it with an Ulticlip, like my dress holster. Allows them to clip to the pants behind a belt, making them harder to see with a tucked in shirt. My typical semi dress attire is khakis and a polo shirt.
Heavy used to be a 5946, so DAO for both. Interesting how the Kahr fits fine into both categories, as far as in-the-hand feel. I can shoot both on a single range session, no problems.
LCP II or LC9 for hot weather.
Glock 43X or when I can cover it.
Boring details: An aging right hand, that I no longer fully trust to be a stable platform for reliable auto-loading function, with all auto-pistols, and, then, the Panic-Demic, which reduced my access to the frequent live-fire training that I need, to maintain proficiency with autos, and to maintain verification that my right hand is still fit for the task, has resulted my defaulting to revolvers for daily use. My least-perishable triggering skill is long-stroke DA, due to the hard-wiring established when I had to carry DA revolvers for LEO-ing purposes. So, I only selected the one choice, for Revolvers, for now, but I am not out of the autoloader game, having recently added compact .45 Glocks, and some slim-line S&W Third-Generation autos, the latter due to nostalgia for the Models 3913 and 3953, that I really liked, in Nineties. I may well be working a compact Glock, and/or S&W DA/SA, back into my carry equation, in the coming months. (Notice that I did not say “rotation.” )
I only recently discovered that the Short Frame Glocks fit my my left hand, most very well, and then handled a 4th-Gen G30, to find a similar result. I bought both the G30s Short Frame, and the Gen4 G30. I will mostly shoot these lefty, as “compact” 9mm G26 and G17 Glocks became to much for my gimpy right thumb/hand/wrist by late 2017. (I do still shoot 9mm Glocks with “orthopedic” full-length grips, right-handed. The key seems to be that the back strap needs to extend all the way to the “heel bone” of my right hand. A G17/G19x/G45 reaches far enough, as does a factory Ruger SP101 grip. A G19 does not reach far enough.)
I was fortunate to have been born left-handed, but right-armed. I write lefty, but throw righty. I chose to carry “primary” on my right side, in 1983. LEO-ing, from 1984 to 2018, strongly conditioned me to reach for the right side, for a handgun, but I have long regarded shooting handguns to be an ambidextrous activity, and have tended to position a second gun for lefty access. Well, now, in my 60th year, it still makes plenty of sense to keep a revolver handy, for the right hand, but work an auto into an increasing important role, for lefty carry. It is no longer a matter of “primary and secondary,” but simply accessibility options, based upon my hands’ changing capabilities.
I use either an H&K P30SK-V3 or a Walther PPK when size is an issue.
SIG p238 380
Depends on where I am in the house when I am leaving
I found the Taurus easier to take apart than the Glock I usually carry---old hands-whatever
90% of the time it’s my nickle Model 36 at my 4 o'clock in a DeSantis Black Widow holster.
I have a S&W .380 EZ I’m trying to work into the rotation but have not found a holster that I like. Also bought a Glock Model 48 “Black” last week through their Blue/Homeland Security program. Haven’t had any range time with it yet but plan on evaluating it as an EDC over the next few months.
HK VP9sk in winter
Something about it just works for me, carry feels better even compared to similar guns with nearly the same weight and in the same holster/mag carriers feels uncomfortable at points the Glock does not.
And, heresy incoming (especially from a former Glock "grip angle" hater) I just don't own anything that points better out of the holster. I outshoot even my beloved 1911s (with a laser bullet) at 7-10 yards, from holster, with eyes closed consistently.
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