What I’m Carrying Now: A M&P40c With Winchester PDX1 Defender

Q. James writes . . .

Smith & Wesson M&P 40c with full-size 15 rd. magazine with XGrip
Winchester PDX1 40 S&W 165 grain
Bulova Watch
DeSantis Holster
Samsung J3 Prime Mobile Phone


[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 I Haz A Question says:

    Okay, everyone…discuss.

    1. avatar 41mag says:

      I carry a SR40, so more 40 S&W fans here

      1. avatar J. Smith says:

        I just picked up anSR 40C, usually carry a G23 or a G42 depending on what I’m wearing. I like it, ergonomics are good, switched the backstrap for the flat one, you can hold high, trigger is pretty good, reset is a little long. Solid gun, good price. What rounds does yours like? I haven’t had it to the range het to run a bunch of different ammo through it yet.

    2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Needs a light.

  2. avatar The anti-fancy says:

    Before GadsenFlag mentions the missing flashlight, I wanted to go on record that the M&P Shield and the .40 S&W are both underrated. Nice choice.

    1. avatar The anti-fancy says:

      Edit: Not the Shield, the M&P.
      Miss that Edit button.

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

        “Miss that Edit button.”

        It works for me…

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Because you let them track you……bwaaahhaaahahaa

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


          (Sobbing pitifully…)

    2. avatar Scott says:

      Wrong. Both are way overrated.

      1. avatar Gordon Hoyt says:

        And you back that up with what? .40 is a powerful round and the M&P is a reliable platform. Coming from a Sig user who has M&P. SO the .40 is over rated why because you shoot the larger 10mm or like bigger holes in target? Or do you prefer a 9 because you don’t like the recoil. Edify us,…. waiting,…..

        1. avatar Scott says:

          Pretty much everything Smith makes these days is overpriced IMO.

          As for the caliber….I’ve owned guns in .40 before. It’s not a terrible caliber, but you have to figure all those police departments that have ditched it in recent years had their reasons.

        2. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

          They ditched it for the same reason they adopted it; following the FBI fad. If the FBI went over to super soakers and nerfed guns all the police departments would follow suit.

        3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Scott, it’s the bean counters, not the gunfighters, that want 9mm. Smaller bullets don’t cost as much.

  3. avatar kahlil says:

    it that samsung one of them there foldable phones? looks paper thin! 😉

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Good eye.

    2. avatar SoCalJack says:

      How hard would it have been to include a picture of a spare mag, a mag carrier, knife and a flashlight?
      That holster looks like it has some miles on it. No night sights?

      1. avatar Bob says:

        He’s got a CT laser on the grip. Looks good to me.

        And for most people a pocket knife is more of a utility tool than a true defensive weapon.

        1. avatar SoCalJack says:

          Good eye! I missed the laser.
          As for knives mine are tools like my EDC Leatherman Signal. Which remindes me I should submit an EDC update after my Workout Vest WICN posts.

  4. avatar All Hail! says:

    I notice this guys name is James and that has me thinking this is the perfect EDC for the inestimable Janes Campbell.

  5. avatar tdiinva says:

    Nice CD arry but I do not like M&P extended mags. They are way to big. My 14 rounder for my 45 makes the pistol to awkward to carry or shoot.

    1. avatar 41mag says:

      Just curious, does your pistol feel like it’s too heavy?

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        No, just poorly balanced.

  6. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Did you forget to photocopy your pocket knife?

    I might call out no spare mag but you have more rounds than when I carry a 43 with a spare mag. (I have 7 rounders).

    I recommend a light that is not a phone.

  7. avatar Mack The Knife says:

    Can’t go wrong with a 40 and 15 rounds is plenty. If it were a 9mm you would need an extra mag. One 15 round mag of 40 is enough as long as you can shoot straight. The extended mag is also up to you and not the peanut gallery on this page. I also like it when someone realizes that their phone is also a flashlight. Why carry extra gear that you can’t get to in the moment because its stuck in your wahzoo because all the other crap in your pockets. Organize, consolidate and use alternatives, go light. No extra mag, no extra flashlight, but, personally I always carry a knife. In fact two knifes, one in my front pocket and one hanging from around my neck. Then again I also carry a NAA Black Widow in a shoulder holster. Putting everything in your pockets and on your belt is going to weight you down clobber your pockets and get you killed. Spread it out, consolidate and have alternatives.

    1. avatar Mack The Knife says:

      Darn, I forgot my XD 40 or my Glock 23 as my primary Cary. In my case 12 + 5 is enough

    2. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

      I don’t care to lend my phone to co workers or others who need a light. There also places you might need to use a light where a phone won’t fit, or could get dropped or banged on something.

      But to each their own. It is supposed to be a free-ish country.

  8. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

    Nice and simple. I dont like to carry knives, extra mags, flashlights, etc. The pistol and caliber wouldn’t be my choice but to each their own.

  9. avatar Montana Actual says:

    This is not an EDC… it’s a gun, a watch, and a piece of paper with an old phone on it.

  10. avatar possum says:

    Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudds gunms were taken away.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Don’t believe that crap, they went concealed.

  11. avatar Florida Kracker says:

    HK USP .40 CAL with 3 mags in backpack today, with 2 boxes of 50 at all times in work truck ya know just in case.

  12. avatar Shooter One says:

    M&P has some good pistols in their line however the 40c mod 1 has quality issues. Stock sights has dot issues. The slide rails and slide itself rattles way too much. The trigger is way too mushy for me. It breaks like oatmeal with no wall which makes it hard to learn the rest. The gun has nice looks but much crap lies beneath the surface. The gun is fine for people who shoot once in a while.

  13. avatar Charles Meredith says:

    I still carry a S&W40c. This is the “Glock copy” that S&W sold in the ’90’s,,, and Glock sued them and WON, and just about put S&W totally out of business.
    S&W then came out with another line of semi-autos, and regained their prominence as a major supplier of quality firearms!

  14. avatar The Grey Man says:

    I don’t want to be a killjoy but I never advertise what I carry or what I have… Being the grey man is a good thing…

    OT… I rarely, if ever get e-mails for new or follow-up comments… I don’t know about the rest of you guys…

  15. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    Good Gun, but no spare mag, knife or flashlight. I’d feel nekked.

  16. avatar Stuck in NJ says:

    Why is a wristwatch being called “every day carry”?
    A watch is just a piece of jewelry that you wear, like earrings or a wedding ring
    — UNLESS it’s one of those James Bond 007 watches that shoots laser beams that can melt steel!
    Is this a James Bond Watch issued by Q ?

    And I’m not a fan of the .40 Short & Wimpy.
    It’s a compromise that pleases nobody, combining the worst features of a .45 ACP (limited capacity, expensive ammo) with the worst features of a 9mm (limited power), all while shortening the lifespan of your gun by beating up the slide with snappy recoil!

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