I actually carry two guns, but rarely at the same time. A lot of people tend to frown on the idea, unless the guns are identical like a GLOCK 19 and GLOCK26. My two guns are the Walther PPS and the Smith & Wesson SW99C. They aren’t identical but they share a variety of features. They are both striker fired, and feature a trigger guard magazine release, three dot sights, and are chambered in 9mm. I can also change the grip sizes with different, extended magazines. They differ in a lot of ways as well; the SW99C is a double stack, and the PPS is a single stack. The PPS is a GLOCK style ‘kind of’ DAO pistol, and the SW99C is a DA/SA design . . .
I carry the two different guns for two different situations.
The PPS is my work carry. I carry in a belly band holster due to uniform requirements, and find tuckable holsters to be very uncomfortable. I used to carry the SW99C, but it was much too wide, and stuck out like a sore thumb (a co-worker once asking if I had a medical device or something around my waist). I needed something thinner, and didn’t like the XD series of single stacks, and the GLOCK 43 didn’t exist yet. I also wanted a compact gun that still gave me real sights, a full grip, and wasn’t a pocket pistol.
I looked at the Shield, but the PPS did have the same magazine release I had been already using and it made sense in the long run, even though it was a little more. The PPS is super thin, and clings to the body. I shoot it well, and it feels good in the hand, and I can slightly alter its size with a different magazine. The PPS can use 6, 7, or an 8 round magazine, and the grip gets a little smaller as capacity diminishes. I have all three mags, but I tend to stick with the seven rounder with the 8 rounder as a backup. The PPS also completely disappears under my shirt.
I still carry the SW99C when I’m not at work. Typically when I’m off work I am with my family, my wife and 4 year old. The SW99C offers a lot more capacity than the PPS, and when I am with my family the likelihood of simply being able to retreat is lowered, and definitely slowed. I like having the extra firepower when I’m in an unpredictable environment and in charge with my family. The SW99C offers 16 rounds of 9mm with a full sized magazine with the same grip length of the PPS with an 8 round mag. I typically carry the SW99C with it’s stock 10 round magazine, and carry the 15 rounder as a backup. I carry in double action, in an OWB kydex holster.
I originally wanted a SW99C because I couldn’t find a Walther P99C for a good price. I wanted a P99C because I am a contrarian and didn’t want a GLOCK. This is halfway true, in reality I like DA/SA guns, and the SW99C has an absolutely wonderful trigger. The reset is unbelievably short, tactile, and all that Tier 1 bs. If you’ve never given an Anti stress trigger a ride you’re missing out. In all seriousness it’s an awesome gun, and was quite affordable on the used market.