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You see a lot of folks who insist on carrying a concealed Para P16-40 10mm conversion with 2 spare mags because "MURICA!" I've been through my Tim Taylor "More power" phase, but the longer I carry, the smaller and lighter my EDC has gotten. I just wonder if there is a correlation between the number of years carrying and the size of your pen... I mean, your gun. I'm sure that a thread like this has probably been posted before but rather than try to figure out what search terms to try, I just decided to start my own thread.

Anyway, Please post what your first EDC was, how long you have been carrying, and what you carry now. Feel free to explain how you got from point A to point Z (or full circle back to point A again). I'll start.

I started carrying about 15 years ago and bought into the hype of both the 1911 and the 45 ACP cartridge. I still love them both and have never sold a 1911 so I have a few, including the Para P16-10mm mentioned above. My first carry was a Kimber Compact Stainless (pre II). I carried it for a few years until I convinced myself that a 5 inch gun carried better because of the way the longer slide against my glutes forced the grip more tightly against my kidney, thus offering more comfortable and concealable carry. I graduated to a Caspian bobtail stainless in 10mm which I carried for a few years.

I eventually became aware of all that weight and matured into a Glock 19 which, although was much lighter, had more capacity in a still acceptable cartridge. I carried the G19 until I discovered the Sig P365xl. I loved shooting it so much that I almost bought one until I read about all of the reliability issues that it has. While in that market, I found the G48. Thinner and lighter than the G19, and who really NEEDS more than 11 rounds? Although I do carry it with the SA15 mags. I sold the G19 in favor of the G48.

Now that it's getting warmer, I have rotated a Ruger LC9S Pro into my daily routine. I love carrying this little jewel. I may keep carrying it through the winter next year. I hardly notice it.

So there you have it, At about age 34, I thought that a 44oz. 10mm 1911 was the cat's meow. Now at age 49, I think very differently. How 'bout you?












 

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For me a Glock 17 from '89 to around '95.

A G23 from '95-2000.

The G19 from 2000-2010.

The G22 from 2010-2018.

The G26 for a year along with a Kimber TLE RL II.

I carried the Kimber up until March when I bought the Gen 5 17 MOS.

My duty weapon has been the G17 for many years and honestly that's what I'm most comfortable with. The .40 and .45 are too much gun for me.

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I started carrying as a LEO 22 years ago.

Back then I carried an issued 5906 (required) along with 1 mag and a pair of cuffs in a fanny pack. Policy changed and I was then able to carry a G26, but still carried the cuffs and the extra mag by policy.

Over the years I have scaled down quite a bit as has the policy. No extra mag, no cuffs, no fanny pack.

We are mandated to carry unless drinking and can only carry Glock varieties in 9mm or .380. Most days I carry a G42 in a OWB Safariland ALS paddle. Some days I carry my issued G19 in an OWB Safariland ALS paddle but that is normally when it's colder.
 

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Primary carry, duty, off duty, and BUGs since 1985 for me (as best as I can recall…)

1985-1988: Primary EDC Walther PPK/S .380, primary range/competition gun Browning Hi Power 9mm (Assigned gun during my 3 years at Ft. Knox, 1911 for 2 years and Beretta 9mm for 1 year)

1989: LEO duty gun Beretta 92FC (13 round version), off duty gun S&W 6906 or Walther PPK/S

1990 – 2002: Duty Gun SIG P226 9mm or SIG P220 .45, off duty assorted guns – primarily used the SIG 225, 228, 229, 239, 230 or 232. BUG was always a S&W J frame snubby – different models during those years.

2003 – mid 2005: SIG P239 9mm primary EDC, sometimes carried SIG P220.

Mid 2005 – 2015: Primary EDC gun Glock 19 (Played around with a Springfield EMP 9mm for a while in 2009 & 2010)

2016: Primary EDC gun Walther PPS M2

2017: Primary EDC gun Glock 43

2018: Jan: Glock 43,
Feb: Glock 19,
March: back to Glock 43,
April – June: Glock 26 with custom grip reduction & stippling.
July to current day: Gen 4 Glock 19 Front Slide Serrations

2019: Primary EDC Gen 4 Glock 19 with Front Slide Serrations, my travel gun is my Grip Reduction Glock 26

2020: Jan: Gen 4 Front Serrations Glock 19
Feb: Glock 26 with custom grip reduction & stippling
Mar: Shadow Systems MR918

My wife's primary carry guns over the years:
1985 – 1988: Primary carry gun was a S&W Model 38 Bodyguard, Nickle finish, range gun Ruger Security Six followed by a S&W 586 6” with Bo-Mar rib, chamfered cylinders and trigger action job

1989 – mid 1993: S&W Model 36 3” Ladysmith, range gun various assorted models (S&W Model 10 HB 4”, Beretta 92DAO, S&W 39?? DAO, Colt Commander 9mm, some others that I can’t remember…)

Mid 1993 - 1995: Colt Officer’s Model .45 ACP carry gun, range gun was Para Ord P14

1995 – 1998: SIG P228, played around with a HKP7M8 for a short time

1999-2002: SIG P230, SIG P228 relegated to range/training gun

2003- mid 2005: Kahr K9 or T9, some range time with a Glock 19

Mid 2005 to current day: Glock 26 EDC, had a Glock 17 for a range/match gun for a while
 

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Started with a Glock 19 over ten years ago. I carried it for three years. I was miserable carrying it, but I didn’t know any better. It also wore homes in my t-shirt where the butt of the gun stuck out. I then switched to a 26 and that was night and day. I carried that for over 5 years. Good stuff, but after a long day it’s width and weight would get fatiguing. I bought a 43 and had some issues at first with the serrated trigger. I solve that and it’s been my EDC and one of my favorites since. At the movies, in the woods, grilling on the deck, it goes with me everywhere. Very comfortable and capable. I followed your train of thought: in the carry world, less is indeed more.
 

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I started carrying about 10 years ago, maybe a little more. I thought I needed "a caliber that started with a 4," and I'd wanted a 1911 for forever and a day. So I bought a Springfield Armory GI model and had a gunsmith buddy of mine work it over. It was my EDC for about 3 years, and I got tired of hauling it around. I still carry it from time to time, but during those three years, I also learned a lot more about pistols and ammo. (I'd kind of been away from guns for a long time & I'd never been much of a pistol shooter to begin with.) So, I went on the hunt for a polymer 9mm.

I thoroughly overthought things, as I often do, but I couldn't beat the caliber/capacity/BlueLabel price calculus of a G19. I bought that and carried it for about 3 years. Maybe a year after that, I decided I needed a "Saturday Morning Grocery Gun" for my pocket, so I picked up an LCR in .357. I think I shot it with .357s twice before deciding that .38s would be OK, too. Still have it, still carry it.

Still, I decided around 2017 I wanted something a little smaller for my belt, so I went searching. Now, to back up a moment, one of the reasons that I'd switched to 9mm was the theory that if Mrs. McGee ever had to use my pistol, 9mm would be easier on her than .45. And I thought maybe she'd practice with it once in a while. I was wrong. She doesn't like shooting either one of them. Nonetheless, I stuck with 9mm in my search. Right before the Shield 2.0 was released, prices dropped on 1.0s and I grabbed a Shield 1.0 in 9mm. It's been a fantastic pistol and remains my EDC to this day. For the moment.

As much as I like my Shield, and I really do, I still like the .45 acp, and I've long thought that the Commander 1911 is just about the perfect size for carry. So I'm moving back up in both caliber and size. Still, I wanted to stick with a polymer pistol for weight. I also didn't want to go back to a thumb safety for carry. I found the S&W Performance Center Shield 45 2.0, and bought one. I don't have enough trouble-free rounds through it for carry yet, but I'm working on that. It's just about Commander-sized, carries 6+1 or 7+1 of .45, and works just like my Shield 1.0 in terms of triggers and safeties. What's not to like?
 

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I've carried prolly 40 guns over the years. But the macro trend has been bigger when I was younger, and smaller when I was older. I think that's the way it is for most guys. We carry a big, heavy gun and extra ammo when we are 28 years old, and figure out how dumb that is by the time we hit 58.


Les Baer 1911. Not fun to carry all day at age 58.


Glock 43. Much better to carry.
 

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Too many guns and too many holsters to list all. Short list was a Wilson Stealth .45 acp, Wilson Ultralight .45 acp and Glock 43 9mm. And you can obviously see they all got lighter and transitioned from larger caliber to smaller. And the guns and holsters got a lot less expensive going from leather (6mos wait) to Kydex (overnight delivery).
 

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For me it was an evolution of convenience and comfort. Then I decided that was a poor trade off so I went back to a G23. I'm not saying an LCP isn't easier, I'm just saying that if the need ever arises....an LCP isn't what I'll wish I had on me.
 

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For example: Today is warmer. Thus I am carrying a Walther PPS M2 9mm with a 7 round mag in the pistol and one in the pipe as well as an 8 round mag in the left front pocket and a 6 round mag in the right front pocket for a total of (22) 9mm 147 Grain +P rounds....Bravo Concealment Holster BTW....
 

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I’ve been ccw’ if since I turned 21 back in 2002 and to the best of my recollection-

2002-06: alternate between a Gen2 Glock 23 ,1968 Colt LW Commander (.45), and S&W pre-37 Airweight
2006-12: 1971 1.5” S&W Model 60
2012-20: Glock 19/S&W Airweight in summertime.
Most recently: Glock 43
 

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Glock 26: was the most shootable, durable CCW when I started.

Kimber Micro 9: I wanted a safety and a slim package. 7+1 in the extended magazine was good enough.

P365: Same form factor, available safety and 12+1 in a pinky extension, what’s not to like?

I have experimented with carrying G33, G23, EDC X9 but ultimately I shoot the P365 well enough that I’m comfortable with it.
 

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First EDC- 1975, Colt 1911 MK IV Series 70, 45 ACP.

Current EDC- 2020, Dan Wesson 1911 Valor 10mm
 

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Up until 1988 I never carried a handgun or even kept one in my car. They all stayed at home. I lived in Norfolk Va. then, about 1990. Many things started to happen in the tidewater area. Lots of murders, gang shootings and muggings.
A women in downtown Norfolk was car jacked by the Drug people, she was murdered and placed in her trunk. They used her car to transport their drugs then abandon the car not far from my upper lever neighborhood. It sat there for three days until the HP had it towed. The tow truck driver smelled something bad and called the Norfolk PD. They found the women in the trunk. That's when I started caring a handgun in my Broncho. Norinco 1911 with 3 extra magazines.
Later I looked at several handgun to carry on me. Started with a 2 shot derringer. I decided on the need for more rounds. Bought a little Intertek .22 automatic. 3 weeks later I was at the range practicing with it and it actually just fell apart. Since then I've carried numerous upper level handguns of numerous cal. Just trying to find what was best for me. For a couple of years I carried a Grendel P-12 .380. I was a good little handgun. But then I looked at a Glock 23 and its been there every since. Now I carry specifically for what ever I'm doing on that day. Living rural its pretty easy. If I go to a big city or hiking it's a 10mm.
 

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In Russia I carried department issued Makarov on daily bases and AKS-74U for “special occasions”.
During my four tours to Chechnya in 90s I carried Makarov and AK-74S.
Here I started with USP .45 Tactical in 2008, when I earned US citizenship.
Later I carried Sig P220 in .45, P229 in .40 and .357, XD 9C, S&W 642, Beretta 92C, Glock 26.3.
Now I carry Glock 19.5 with recently installed Fastfire III, TLR-1 HL and 31-rd magazine, in my Vertx EDC Transit Sling 2.0 (see my avatar).
However, Recover Tactical 20/20 brace is coming next week...
 

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Back in the day, 1911 Combat Comm, one spare mag. Today it is a G26, one spare mag. Though I do still occasionally carry a 1911PD alloy Comm, one spare mag. It is so thin & light, bobtail makes it pretty concealable even under a T.
 
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