Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day: Full-Size Gun?

Noah Wyka's everydaycarry.com pocket dump

Colorado security officer Noah Wyka’s everydaycarry.com pocket dump reveals a full-sized Walther PPQ M2. Right answer! If you want the best possible firearm for armed self-defense, a full-sized firearm is it. Well, in terms of accuracy and capacity. In terms of carrying, or concealing, a full-size handgun is something of a challenge. Now I fully admit . . .

when it comes to carrying a full-size handgun, sometimes I do and I don’t.

Some days, when I want the ultimate in concealment, I pocket carry a Ruger LCP II. Some days, when I want the best possible ballistic solution, I strap on a full-size Wilson EDC X9. And I always feel better armed when I do. ‘Cause I am. 

Do you have one gun for everyday carry? If you do, what size is it? If you vary, which guns do you vary and how do you choose?

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  1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

    Because of the illegal rules in my living area I have to be very discrete in my carry. A J frame in a pocket holster works best for me.

    I caught a break from a cop once for illegal carry. I hope to not have to rely on the next cops discretion.

  2. avatar strych9 says:

    A full sized gun really isn’t that hard to conceal if you’re willing to put effort into selecting a holster and the right clothing to go with it.

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  3. avatar Duane says:

    On most days I carry a SR1911 or a Glock 23 open or concealed.

    It is all about how one dresses in cooler climates one can conceal most any hand gun.

    The more and more open carry becomes common the less one has to worry about any printing.

    The freer the state one lives in the less one has to worry.

    Any more I tend to open carry more then concealed.

    Each to his own.

  4. avatar Bloving says:

    The Walther may be considered full-sized – but I’d say only barely.
    It has a short grip that belies its full capacity and its rounded profile and contours lend itself to concealment very well.
    If you really want a full sized concealment piece, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

  5. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I carry a full-size semi-auto pistol every day.

    Specifically a Smith and Wesson M&P40 (with 4.2 inch barrel) chambered in .40 S&W.

    Having 15+1 rounds in a full-size handgun was incredibly comforting when I went to the end of my driveway to confront two large psychotic German shepherds that were on the loose.

  6. avatar Big Al says:

    Full-size??? Seems as though a recent “pocket dump” included a S&W 629. THAT IS FULL-SIZE! For concealed carry, make mine an XDs, 3.3 in 45ACP.

  7. avatar Oscar Meyer says:

    I carry a full size hotdog @ 4o’clock with IWB buns, and reloads of ketchup and mustard on my other hip

    1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      Sounds like wiener envy to me.

  8. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    That’s pretty much the rig I run during winter carry months but I carry a 17 round extra mag.

  9. avatar Sgt at Arms says:

    Sig P320 carry, full sized grip with 3.9 barrel and slide. 17rounds of Hornady critical duty 135gr +P spare 17rd mag loaded with the same.

  10. avatar Erik Weisz says:

    CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow w/threaded barrel and magwell in a Stealthgear IWB @ 4 o’clock. EDC almost all the time, even at home. So comfortable I hardly know it’s there, and no one else does, either. I don’t ever have to tuck in my shirt is the only caveat I can think of, besides I live in an open-carry state, so I couldn’t care less if I were to print, anyway – but no one ever notices.

  11. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    Two full sized guns in a double shoulder holster. I feel heavier but it is comfortable. I couldn’t decide which I wanted to carry so that seemed the best solution. One, the revolver is a bit over 40oz empty and the other is about 28oz loaded. 5.25″ and 6″ respectively. Before I got double holster I just carried the auto.

  12. avatar George from Alaska says:

    PPQ M2 .45, outside Safariland at 4 o’clock, two spare mags at 9. I don’t like being noticed so I just wear a big enough shirt over everything. It’s the same setup I use for paper and steel and once I started carrying this way I hardly even notice it.

  13. avatar mike oregon says:

    My normal concealed carry pistol is a S&W M&P 40 pro 5″ Bbl. With 15 hst rounds, I think I’m good. I always carry 2 backup magazines, the weight seems to balance and it carries easier. The Blade Tech nano actually let’s me sometimes forget it’s there.

  14. avatar Case says:

    My EDC is a PPQ M2 Navy SD in an Aliengear Cloak Tuck, it’s really not that hard to conceal, just an untucked shirt does just fine, even here in Seattle with the hostile natives and all.

  15. avatar Hank says:

    I’m thinking of getting the new ruger security 9 as my new carry piece.

  16. avatar Ed says:

    Glock 29 with a 20 mag and an x-grip in the winter-spring-fall, regular 29 mag in summer.

    OR my Beretta FS96 in a Galco VHS shoulder holster.

  17. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I have a 54-1 that never, ever, unless needed, leaves my IWB. Occasionally I carry a 1911 in a cross draw, but the 54-1 is always there

  18. avatar O. Lee James III says:

    S&W M&P M2.0 9mm 5inch, 16+1, two extra 16 round magazines, all day, every day. All carried openly, pistol in a Safariland ALS.

  19. avatar David Hampton says:

    I carry a ruger 9mm full size every day. I’m 6’7″ so it rides my frame pretty well.

  20. avatar Justin Case says:

    Kimber UltraCarry II in a Desantis Intruder. A baggy T shirt covers it nicely. Sometimes it’s just a Kel-Tec P380 in a Remora pocket holster.

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