What I’m Carrying Now: A G26 and a Swiss Army Knife

Eric S. writes . . .

This my EDC. Pretty simple: a GLOCK 26 Gen 5 with OWB Stealth Operator holster, Swiss Army knife, wallet, and pocket change. Hoping to add some better aftermarket sights in the near future.

I keep “higher capacity” magazines in my car, just in case more pew pew is called for. One of the reasons I like the GLOCK 26 is its versatility in taking the larger mags of its brethren.

The Stealth Operator is the best holster I’ve ever used. Fits many of my handguns, including both my G26 and G17. Lightweight, good retention and doesn’t print much.


This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]


  1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

    I’d add a light and ammo, but looks overall OK.

    We have a Georgia shooting update –

    “Man who reportedly filmed Ahmaud Arbery’s killing charged with murder”

    “The man who reportedly filmed the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was arrested and charged with murder, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

    According to the GBI, 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. was jailed on felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.”


  2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Good pistol, but those spare mags in the car won’t do you any good unless you’re in the car. Add a light. Like the Leatherman the other day the Swiss Army knife is a good supplement, but no substitute for a fast opening, single blade lockback.

    1. avatar Grumpy Old Guy says:

      A choice of the type of knife carried depends to some extent if you expect to have to leave your firearm locked in the car or not one you. That would certainly drive me to choose more of a tactical folder to work as a self defense weapon. However, if I expect to carry a firearm most of the time, a utility type knife makes more sense to me. Sure its a poor weapon, but gets used more than anything else. Life is always full of choices with trade offs.

  3. avatar EricB says:

    I’ve been tempted by the Glock 26 but just never had a reason to switch away from my current carry options. Good choice.

    1. avatar Chief Censor says:

      I would get a G19 instead if I had to carry a Glock concealed. The G26 is fat, ugly, short, it just feels horrible imo. If you can conceal a G26, you can probably do it with a 19.

      1. avatar A O says:

        26 is a good gun. Carry a 17 magazine as your backup mag and it’s the best of all worlds.

        1. avatar LKB says:

          +1. My EDC for years has been a Gen3 G26 with an aftermarket safety, that I pocket carry concealed in a DeSantis Nemesis (for training or open carry, I switch to a Blackhawk Serpa paddle holster). G17 mag with a grip extension in the weak side pocket (multiples of same in mag carriers for training) b open carry Have run tens of thousands of rounds though it in training classes in mud, snow, ice, heat, etc, and it always, always goes bang when it is supposed to.

      2. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Well Hell….if you can conceal a 19 then you should be able to conceal a 17.

        Less difference between 17 and 19 than 19 with 17.

        You should always carry the most bullets possible, even if looks like a colostomy bag.

  4. avatar Mack The Knife says:

    I count $1.95.

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      1. avatar strych9 says:

        He had $5.55 but the monster took Tree Fiddy.

        Prolly why he got the gun.

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  5. avatar the anti-fancy says:

    The 26 deserves extra style points because it epitomizes: utility, function over form, and the Mike-Rowe-esque spirit of Americans at work.
    That baby glock really is the Timex of ccw pistols: affordable quality that takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Well played Eric S. Two thumbs up.
    I don’t carry a flashlight either. My light on my phone works great. Also, I’m almost always indoors after dark.

    1. avatar Vlad Peset says:


      Oh boy, I wonder what Gadsden Flag and Geoff have to say about that. Do they approve? What do they recommend?

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        I too have a light on my phone, but it’s very difficult to manipulate it and a handgun in a DGU. BTW there’s no phone in the EDC either.

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Recommend Surefire. I have 8-10 of them and one Streamlight.

        2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          You can remember when having a good flashlight with a strong beam meant having a 5-cell Maglite.

          Nowadays, whoa… 🙂

        3. avatar strych9 says:

          Interesting to note that Surefire has been around since ’79. So says the shirt I’m wearing.

          Their work on flashlight reflectors came from their original business in lasers, the first of which they put on a .357 Colt Trooper.

          They’ve been making lights since ’85 though, as Laser Products Corp. up until 2000. No one really knew much about them, widespread at least, until the GWOT.

        4. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          “Their work on flashlight reflectors came from their original business in lasers,…”

          Now that is interesting, since what I thought was exceptional about the quality of a Surefire flashlight beam was the ‘soft’, divergent quality of it, thanks to that ‘orange peel’ texture of their reflector. That’s was a *massive* improvement over the smooth ‘mirror’ reflectors other lights (like Maglite) had at the time. Lights today are light-years better in beam quality today from the 1980s, I remember physically ‘clunking’ my Maglites head to straighten up the Krypton bulb filament trying to make the beam quality smoother and less ‘lumpy’ looking for use at night in the acid factory…

      2. avatar Dude says:

        Vlad 2.0? No unique avatar? Weak sauce.

      3. avatar the anti-fancy says:

        I’d love to see an article on the pros/cons of a ccw person carrying a light. Maybe there are sufficiently compelling reasons to warranty packing one about.

  6. avatar SoCalJack says:

    If one item had to be added it would be a hand held flashlight with minimum: 100 lm, tail switch (requires minimal gross motor skills), pocket clip (makes it easy and fast to deploy). IMO the Streamlight protac 1l-1aa is the standard because it’s durable (drop tested), reliable, you can use either CR123 or AA battery and has momentary On. It’s time TTAG did an article on tactical flashlights, yeah?

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “It’s time TTAG did an article on tactical flashlights, yeah?”

      How ’bout it, Dan? If TTAG does a comprehensive round-up, I’ll volunteer to test a few…

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      Competently testing those lights would be a huge PITA.

      Breach, Bang & Clear tried a few years back and it devolved into an article about how expensive, time consuming and unscientific it was to do. How doing it right was even more insanely expensive and how measurements are taken, what can be accurately determined etc. Once you get to the point of serious talk most people can’t follow it either.

      Not saying it can’t be done but… I wouldn’t want to do it unless it was agreed to be essentially subjective… which kinda defeats the point, no? I mean, do we really need an “aLl dA lUmENz” article, since that’s basically what the comment section will be anyway?

      1. avatar SoCalJack says:

        I’ve noticed a few of these WICN posts not having a handheld flashlight or one that’s not a small key chain (I.e. 20 lm) or a cell phone light. As gun owners, compared to non gunowners, theres a certain level of vigilance, situational awareness we have. Not having a decent flashlight as one of the EDC tools is just short changing oneself. TTAG may want to consider an article focusing on the “why” carry a flashlight and then just skim the surface on flashlight features to consider. Then the reader can research and/or decide it’s time to start carrying one or time for an upgrade.

        1. avatar CentralVirginian says:

          Yes, an article about why your 50 lumen 180 degree beam light on your phone is inadequate would be a good start.

        2. avatar strych9 says:

          I guess it depends on *what you want* from the article(s).

          I just get the feeling it will rapidly devolve into a mess unless it’s a skim by design or a series of lengthy and well funded technical articles. In the latter case it would probably be a shitshow even if the articles were well done.

          Just an example; the debate over the price of lights in relation to brightness, measured and perceived based on LED spec vs. reflector quality. Welcome to 150+ comments, mostly from people who have no idea what they’re on about and focus only on the lumen rating and price, as if that means something useful in the real world.

  7. avatar poaaum says:

    I not see the Rebel flag as racist ,I see it as a symbol of “We don’t like the way your running the country”

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      ‘Xactly, marsupial one…

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      “We don’t like the way your running the country”
      .. .Because you won’t let us spread the poison of slavery across the entire continent.

      Because we are upset that you want to make real the aspirational declaration ‘all men are created equal‘, it interferes with our gravy train.

      1. avatar Ron says:

        But in so doing you want to shred the bill if rights…

        1. avatar Miner49er says:


      2. avatar Hugh Glass says:

        How long do you need to get your shit together?

      3. avatar Dude says:

        “spread the poison of slavery”

        Slavery didn’t exist just to enslave people. Just like everything, it was about money. The rich southerners that used slaves didn’t want to pay people to do the same work. The northerners didn’t like that. They just preferred super cheap child labor and unsafe working conditions where people suffered and/or died. I’m not in any way justifying slavery. I just think it’s important to point out the angelic northerners weren’t so angelic. But that wasn’t all northerners, just the rich industrialists, right? Well, people can’t seem to comprehend that all southerners didn’t have or approve of slavery.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          And the north wanted cheap cotton from south and didnt want to pay more to feed their factories.

          One of the big events raising tensions to war was the Fed’s preventing southern gins from selling their cotton to Britain for a higher price.

          So yeah, the war was about slavery but also state’s rights and federal over-reach.

          The union federals didnt want to enslave the indigenous peoples of America, they just wanted them out of the way. Enslaving them to work would take resources. They just stuffed them on reservations with no way to feed themselves so they would die off.

          And let’s remember, the original labor laws were put in place to keep workers in line and keep them from getting uppity. Much like the dems idea today, bring in illegals that cant complain about low wages and slave-like conditions.

      4. avatar Manse Jolly says:

        @49er and anyone else,
        Slavery is not an issue in 2020.

        Can the States, that desire to leave the Union, leave said Union in order to form their own nation?
        As in tomorrow. Yes or No?

        Apologies to off topic..can’t help myself. It’s Friday!

        1. avatar Peter Gunn says:

          Maybe TTAG can take the “off topic” comments that were deleted here (along with the remaining ones- which really don’t make sense now without context) and post all of them under a new topic so the discourse can continue. I believe there are many people here who would like to able to read/consider/comment (and, of course- troll) the subject that TTAG saw fit to remove. Can you make it so?

  8. avatar Ron says:

    Damn. I should’ve foreseen that old “Montana” posts would’ve got deleted. I spent a good while correcting him with that dissertation on the civil war.

    1. avatar Hugh Glass says:

      Too bad, it was an excellent analysis about the War of Northern Aggression.

    2. avatar Peter Gunn says:

      Since I’m new here, I’m guessing that it’s not uncommon for comments to get deleted? Entire discussions, too? That’s a bit disconcerting. I thought I had found the most reasonable, concise, and illuminating discourse so far on TTAG (thank you, Ron), and I appreciated being able to participate in the dialogue. At no point did I anticipate the possibility of having my comments removed (along with others), and I’m still kind of surprised that it happened. I’m now wishing I had kept a copy of the dialogue for myself- it was refreshingly illuminating. Does TTAG have the ability to send me the deleted content so I can have it for my own edification? It pains me to think that someone just decided to sh!tcan my participation in what I thought was an intelligent, valuable, and educational discourse (by some participants)- which I now don’t even have a record of. Any help/consideration would be appreciated.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        It’s rare.

        1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          What he said, it’s actually rare.

          Kind of a shame, I was kinda proud of my zinger comparing his hatred of us to his wife leaving him because it took a southerner to *cough* satisfy *cough* her… 🙂

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Looks like I missed all the fun. Had grandfather duty. Come to think of it minding a 5yo and a 2 yo cursed with the terrible 2’s is kind of like being on a TTAG discussion thread.

        3. avatar strych9 says:

          Yeah, I kinda figured it would happen though. And, as expected it took my reply to Geoff on classifying System with it.

          Of course, this isn’t The Truth About Music though.

        4. avatar jwm says:

          Oh lord don’t get started on music. You think the caliber wars get heated…….

    3. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Dan took his sweet time in deleting it.

      Better late than never I guess.

      Montana must be from California Controlled Montana.

      They have ruined a lot of places. I’m afraid they will matastisize further.

      1. avatar Montana Actual says:

        Go fuck yourself and wrap yourself in your rebel flag after you are done. Redneck.

    4. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Nobody cares about your defense of the south and their slave war. Redneck trash.

  9. avatar Michael S. says:

    Seriously TTAG? A Confederate Battle Flag in an EDC dump? Don’t we have enough issues with the antis trying to paint us as racist xenophobes? We don’t need to add fuel to their fire.

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Yea, and they deleted comments calling them out on it too. It’s clear the confederacy mentality on owning slaves is very much still alive in this forum, and you can tell by the comments that are left. Using terms like “the northern war of aggression”… get real.

  10. avatar Rick Vander Meulen says:

    Thank You TTAG. Noted I put a pretty upset post on here last night …that was in response to a person writing things that seemed inappropriate. It seems like TTAG took appropriate action in removing prior posts by this author. My post was so hot that it was not appropriate to even put it in the discussion comments. Sooo I just wanted to say thank you to TTAG for handling appropriately. We have a wonderful country that’s rich and complex in history that we all need to be thankful for. Especially this Memorial Day Weekend Holiday.

  11. avatar Montana Actual says:

    Fuck your rebel flag.

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