My younger brother (he just turned 21 and got his CCW and so has all kinds of CCW related questions) asked me a question last night that I didn't really have a ready answer for. The question was simple, "Why do you carry that gun?" I got him to clarify, and the inference was, "Why do you carry that old one when you have so many other newer choices." My EDC is a second gen G19, issued to me in 1995, Serial "SWXXX US" two pin model. It was not new then, and I've given it a hard life. With the following changes over the years from when it was issued to me till now. Extended slide release, several recoil springs over the years, one trigger spring replaced for no reason. Hogue handall, tritium sights, till they dimmed, then tritium fiber optic sights which are still bright. That plus around 50k bullets through it and a couple encounters with dirt and gravel, plus over 15 years in various holsters has left it so holster worn that my newer glocks always look just incredibly black and shiny compared to the matte gray my slide had become. It has a number of spots worn smooth where other 2nd gen pistols are textured, shiny spots on the slide where my main EDC holster grabs it. The spot where my finger indexes just past the slide lock is worn smooth. In short, this old gun has been through a fair bit. Even though its appearance lacks quite a bit, it doesn't have a rail, or the new style extractor, or any super nifty trigger modifications or aftermarket internals (whoops, the current guide rod is a lightning strike, but thats it). Is it weird that although I have other 19's, Gen 3's in excellent condition that have never let me down in training or recreational shooting, I have a 23 and a 26 and a 27 and compact and full size 1911s, an XD compact and subcompact, an S&P 40, a keltec p11 and taurus tcp (second most carried gun of mine), Sp 101, a J frame, and a few others suitable for concealed carry, I have this semi irrational attachment to this old gun. Its been through a lot with me, never failed me even once. While I dont actually believe that if I set it aside and start carrying one of the others I'll immediately get in trouble, and have my gun explode or something equally silly, I just don't want to give up old reliable. I guess what I'm asking, is if any of you guys carry an older gun despite having newer options, or if that just makes me a weird firearm luddite or something. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!