My current EDC is a 9mm SIG P320 in a Safariland ALS holster. I chose the P320 for a variety of reasons. First, and most importantly, I am left handed. My requirement for a carry gun is that I am able to operate all the controls easily one-handed, which immediately cuts out 80% of the current handgun market. So, after narrowing down the field and looking at my options I decided the absolute best handgun for me would be…. a Walther PPQ! You probably didn’t see that one coming . . .
No, that isn’t a typo. The PPQ is still my favorite gun and I did carry one for awhile, but I realized something about my Bavarian buddy: Walthers are kinda hard to find and relatively expensive. If something were to happen to my PPQ (lost, stolen, confiscated, damaged) it would be a real pain financially and logistically to replace it.
Right about this time the P320 became available. It had every feature the PPQ had, but unlike the Walther they were relatively inexpensive and every freaking gun store in town was full of them. A bonus was the fact that I could change its size and caliber by simply ordering kits online. I decided to relegate my PPQ to safe queen/BBQ gun status and picked up what is now my go-to handgun. The PPQ has a slightly better trigger in my opinion, but overall the guns are very close.
As for the holster, I live in Arizona. For those of you unfamiliar with this state, you only need to know two things: 1) it is hotter than Hell (Michigan or California), and 2) open carry is legal. Because of this (and other reasons), I choose to open carry. I knew I needed a retention holster, and once again the whole left handed thing coupled with a fairly new pistol made life difficult for me.
Thankfully, one of the TTAG regulars turned me onto the Safariland ALS holsters in the comments of a post a few weeks back. It’s an excellent holster, affordable and well made with very secure retention and a lightning quick draw when needed. It’s also small enough that I can pull my t-shirt down over it if I need to conceal it for quick trips to the mall or other OC unfriendly establishments.
Yes, it does print just as badly and conspicuously as the New York Daily News, but I have yet to have someone call me out for it, and since ‘no guns allowed’ signs have no force of law in this state, concealing it is more of a courtesy to the owner than anything. In short, IDGAF.
Which brings me back to the gun. If I do have the need or desire to carry concealed, the P320 is small enough that it disappears under my shirt inside my N82 Tactical holster, yet it still sports a four-inch barrel and holds 15 rounds of 9mm. So it’s big enough for OC, small enough for CC, does everything I want, has everything I need, and is affordable, reliable, and accurate to boot. And that is why the P320 is what I carry.
(See the rest of the posts in this series here. Send your What I Carry and Why submissions with a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with WICAW in the subject line.)