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What the Pew Pew Writers Carry [2022]

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Several of you have been asking the question “What do you recommend for carry?” 

Well, that’s kind of a big question, and it has a lot of answers.

Concealed Carry Draw

Choosing a CCW gun is an intensely personal decision and all we can really do is advise you on what to look for in your carry gun, and talk about what we ourselves carry.

Which is what we’re going to do today.

Glock G43X Eric Shooting
Eric looks straight out of an 80s action movie here…

We rounded up the guns and gear that our staff — both editors and some of our writers — use on the daily when carrying concealed.

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Note: This isn’t all the writers, but we’ll be updating in waves so be sure to check back in for more of our personal carry choices.

Eric Hung, PPT Founder

I have two carry guns depending on what I’m wearing.

Sig Sauer P365 XL

My go-to 12+1 9mm carry gun is the P365 XL which gives me the perfect amount of grip and a slightly extended sight radius.

Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL
Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL

Plus with the XL version, I get the flat trigger which feels slightly better than the original.

Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X
L to R: P365 XL, P365, P365 X

How about holster? We’re up to our eyeballs with holsters and every writer probably has a dedicated “holster drawer” in their house.

But I go with Hidden Hybrid Holsters for their comfort. Like in the name…it’s a hybrid holster of a leather backer and Kydex shell.

Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip
Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip

The best of both worlds in my opinion. See my full review here.

It’s not too heavy but I still prefer wearing a sturdy gun belt built for the purpose. And so I use my Kore Essentials that easily supports it.

Kore Tactical Gun Belt Rigidity with P365
Kore Tactical Gun Belt Rigidity with P365

Plus with the benefit of easy re-sizing if I’m sitting down for extended amounts of time.

Check my full review of it here.

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Ruger LCP Max

How about when I want to wear some athletic wear? Or simply don’t want to put on a belt?

I go for my Ruger LCP Max…10+1 rounds of .380 that still packs a punch.

LCP Max in Hand
LCP Max in Hand

Unloaded it’s about the weight of a big iPhone. And even loaded and in a Hidden Hybrid Holster it feels like nothing at all.

LCP Max in Hidden Hybrid Holster with Ulticlip
LCP Max in Hidden Hybrid Holster with Ulticlip

Note…I got the Ulticlip option that sturdily clips onto athletic pants without the need for a belt. I tested it out with my shorts/joggers and even with full running, nothing gets dislodged.

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Jacki Billings, PPT Managing Editor

Shadow Systems MR920

My everyday carry is a Shadow Systems MR920 — which is, essentially, a bougie Glock 19 clone. 

Shadow Systems MR920

I love the MR920 because it comes with interchangeable backstraps that accommodate my small palms but long fingers.

Additionally, I adore the enhanced beavertail and optics cut slide. 

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The MR920 nestles inside a Dark Star Gear Orion holster fitted with a Dark Wing attachment in the AIWB position. 

Concealed Carry Gun in Holster
Dark Star Gear Orion with Dark Wing attachment

Belt-wise, I rotate between a NexBelt and a Volund Gearworks Atlas

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As a petite, female CCWer, flatter, nylon belts work best to help me conceal that larger MR920.

Not to mention, nylon belts feel more comfortable around my hip bones. 

Womens Concealed AIWB

Sig Sauer P238

As a lady, sometimes I wear pants without belt loops or full-on dresses/skirts.

This type of wear doesn’t pair with a mid-size gun like the MR920, so I step down to a Sig Sauer P238

Womens Concealed Alexo Athletica Leggings
Sig Sauer P238 in the Alexo Athletica leggings.

The P238 is a tiny .380 ACP semi-auto that works really well as a backup gun or, in the case of dresses, a primary on the thigh.

Womens Concealed Thigh Holster
Sig Sauer P238 in a Can Can Concealment Garter Holster

I usually wear the Can Can Concealment Garter Holster dresses and skirts and alongside the Sig it works really well. Perfect date night combo!

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Need more tips on how to carry as a lady? Check out my article here!

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Walther PDP

For everyday carry, I trust the Walther PDP.

I carried it on duty before I retired and love it! Some of my favorite features are the grip, trigger, accuracy, and reliability of the gun.

Walther PDP
Walther PDP

I have several thousand rounds through the full-size and compact models now — both have been outstanding.

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For formal occasions, I run the full-size in a Safariland Level III Duty Holster, as well as a C&G OWB Kydex holster.

Sean Walther PDP Safariland Holster

The compact PDP also fits nicely in an IWB holster from C&G.

While I have a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro on the full size, the compact is still a slick top…for now!

Johnny Bragg, PPT YouTube Contributor

As y’all know, I test a ton of pistols for Pew Pew Tactical, so my EDC changes like the weather.

This week’s rig is the FN 509 Compact, colored in tired dark earth, plus an extra mag.

I’ve already done a full range test on the 509C, and this thing runs like a Swiss sewing machine.

Just got this new Tier 1 Concealed AIWB holster – so far so good.

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I’ve recently fallen in love with the Kore Essentials X7. I wear it with the buckle at 4 o’clock and am super happy with it. Read our full writeup on the Kore Essentials belt here!

Great rig this week but be sure to check out some of the other guns I’ve reviewed here.

Alice Jones Webb, PPT Contributor

Glock G19

I’ll admit to being a bit of a Glock fan girl. My penchant for polymer pistols surprises some people, especially considering my affection for antique cowboy lever rifles.

Glock G17 and G19 Gen 4
Glock G17 and G19 Gen 4

However, in a life-or-death situation I want something I know I can shoot confidently and effectively.

That’s why most days you’ll find me with a Glock 19 strapped somewhere on my body.

Glock G19 Gen 4
Glock G19 Gen 4

I only have one carry gun. That means I end up changing my wardrobe to accommodate my weapon rather than the other way around.

While I have a drawer full of holster options (I literally own more holsters than pairs of shoes. I’m that kind of gal.), I have three favorites.

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The Sidecar from T.REX Arms is a heavy-duty IWB that is tough, yet comfortable.

It has a smooth draw, just-right retention, and a slim enough profile to make my gat disappear under a hoodie, sweater, or even a flowy blouse.

Honestly, T.Rex Arms and Glocks go together like peanut butter and jelly, and you won’t convince me otherwise.

I also love a good belly band, especially if I’m wearing something with an elastic waistband, or on the extremely rare occasion, I’m donning a dress.

The ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster is one of my favorites.

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While open carry has highly vocal critics, there are times I absolutely need to do it.

Those times usually involve hunting, the woods, and copious layers of hunting gear. Having a sidearm as a backup, especially when I’m bowhunting, just seems like a good idea.

Elk Hunting 5.11 Backpack
For hunting, I carry OWB.

Coyotes, copperheads, and human predators are out there, and I would rather confront most of those with a 9mm than a sharp, pointy stick.

Because I don’t want to fumble through clothing layers to reach my handgun, my Glock often rides around the backcountry on my hip in an Alien Gear Paddle Holster.

Travis Pike, PPT Contributor

Sig Sauer P365 with XL Slide

My carry gun is a P365XL slide mated to a standard P365 frame.

I get all the benefits of the longer slide with all the concealment of the standard frame. Plus, I can use the smaller magazines to reduce the size even more.

Sig Sauer P365 Upgrades
Sig Sauer P365

Of course, smaller magazines mean less capacity right? 

Not so with the Mag Guts P365 magazine springs.

Sig Sauer P365 Upgrades Mag Guts
Sig Sauer P365 Mag Guts

These allow me to add +2 rounds to my 10- and 12-round magazines. I tend to carry with the 12-round magazine that has a capacity of 14 with the Mag Guts installed. 

The barrel is a True Precision threaded variant and it wears a Griffin Armament Micro Comp.

The optic is the Holosun 507K, which features almost all the awesome features of Holosun pistol optics and only lacks the solar panel.

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The entire package ups the gun’s capabilities. 

It’s easier to shoot faster, further, and more accurate and that’s what matters to me.

It might not be the most compact P365, but it’s one of the easiest to handle and helps eliminate the human error associated with shooting. 

Sig Sauer P365 Upgrades

Read up on more of my upgrades here!

Todd Gimian, PPT Contributor

For my EDC, I carry a modified Glock 43x.

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It has a “grip swell” by LVstipple to increase the width of the grip to a uniform dimension and eliminate the “Glock bump.” LV stipple did the stippling as well.

The slide was milled for Holosun 507k by Grant Defense, as well as Grant Defense’s trigger.

I carry the Glock in a Phlster Pro Series holster attached to a Phlster Enigma — that I’m currently in the process of combining with their Flex to allow for a better knife attachment.

The knife I carry is a Flagrant Havoc by Flagrant Beard.

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Beyond the knife and gun, I carry one extra Shield Arms S-15 magazine (for 30 rounds total on me). And, if I don’t have a bag with me, I’ll also carry a Cat7 Tourniquet.

Conclusion

As you can see, concealed carry is a very personal choice and often dictated by each person’s build and lifestyle.

OWB Holster Bravo concealment Blazer
OWB Holster Bravo concealment Blazer

Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration for your own carry choices and will help you out when picking one for yourself.

What do you think about our choices? Any questions for our authors? Let us know in the comments below! Once you’ve gotten your carry gun, check out our Best Concealed Carry Holsters.

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    Rand Mart

    Finally someone else who likes the Sig P365xl slide paired with the P365 grip module for better conceal ability.

    May 13, 2022 12:01 pm
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    Rob

    Started EDC 6 years ago. First gun was a Glock 21 too heavy for me to wear it all day. Switched to a Glock 30. Loved it! But I have some mouthy and opinionated friends. They talked me into switching to a Glock 36. Smaller and lighter but less capacity. Since I live in California total capacity is restricted to 10+1. Never really like the G36 so I went back to the G30, I still love it. Looked at 9mm for a bit. Shooting 9mm feels like a cap gun (I know o lot of you have never seen or shot one but I've been around for a very long time.) So my first gun (1952) was a 1911 Colt in .45 A.C.P. I am still a fan of bigger is better. That's why I chose the Glocks I like. Great article though, with some real insight.

    May 12, 2022 8:39 pm
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    BassCliff

    Lots of great choices here, some that I own. Thanks for sharing!

    December 16, 2021 12:46 pm
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    Izzy

    Awesome article!!

    December 13, 2021 10:10 am
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      Zeke2A

      I like the variety, same I encounter when I talk to fellow carriers. Mine are fall/ winter carry ….Beretta Px4 Storm 9mm compact in a Bravo concealment OWB custom kydex . Spring / Summer Ruger LCR .38 Spcl. In a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster .

      December 13, 2021 4:24 pm
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    Martman300

    Well dang, mine was a Taurus G3C, Glock 43, or 43X, all depending on the shirt really. I like the manual safety for appendix carry.

    Lately I have switched to the Beretta 92X, so sweet! A super shooter, and a never ending capacity with that spare mag.

    December 12, 2021 9:52 pm
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    Floyd

    Great selection of concealed fun!

    December 12, 2021 9:01 am
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    CP93

    IDK how y'all can even sit down, much less drive, with a 2 o'clock carry.

    December 12, 2021 7:43 am
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      Jacki Billings, Editor

      I can't speak for everyone, but I find it more comfortable than behind the hip. I sit and type all day and have no issues with it in the AIWB. But that's me.

      December 13, 2021 5:54 am
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    Darrin J DeLange

    Nobody around Pew Tactical carrying a Shield for this article? The Gock G43X is an awesome carry pistol, but lost out to the Shield in my own concealed carry trials for my current edc. Ammo capacity and superior grip cinched the deal for S&W this time (G23 and G17 owner).

    December 12, 2021 4:31 am
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      Jacki Billings, Editor

      Hey Darrin, I occasionally carry a Shield if I need something between the MR920 and the Sig P238. It's a nice little gun and super reliable.

      December 13, 2021 5:55 am
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    John

    You normally run just one belt clip on the hybrid holster?

    December 11, 2021 8:17 am
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    direvarg

    Ooh ooh can you do the pew writers personal ar15 builds? What are you all running?

    December 10, 2021 5:25 pm
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    Alan

    Update this. The Glock G43X is seriously in the game now! Definitely becoming a favorite!

    September 14, 2020 6:12 pm
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    Beau Bales

    I may be a Springfield fanboy but nothing tops the Hellcat to me.

    It absolutely disappears (smaller than a lot of .380s), has amazing factory sights, and the flush mag fits 11 rds of 9mm.

    My BUG / alternate EDC is my Springfield XDs .45 3.3 with Truglo sights. Love that one and it packs a whallop.

    IDPA / USPSA is my XD-m 4.5 Tactical Elite.

    June 2, 2020 12:31 pm
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    Jeff Jackson Jackson

    Walther PPS in 9mm and Alien gear IWB, spare mag in pocket. Slim, comfortable, and if you need anything more you shouldn't be where your at!!

    April 1, 2018 12:46 am
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    Andrew

    S&w M&P Shield in 9mm. Get it without the safety, less to fumble with, your index appendage is the safety. Great shooter, very comfortable size and weight, doesn't print. Goes bang everytime I have pulled the trigger. Load it up with some quality defensive rounds and you are good to go.

    December 8, 2017 10:46 am
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    that Guy

    winter carry with full clothing is an FN-FNP.in .45ACP. Summer carry is a Ruger SP-101 in .357 Mag on a high hip leather snap holster. my fancy clothing /going out is a Sig P230 in .380. use the tool that fits the situation, don't use a sledge hammer for finnish work.

    November 27, 2017 11:55 am
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    Mike

    Brandon must have a better job than me since he brands the Glock 19 "affordable."

    I'm a new CCW, and Travis' comment, "... stopped caring about printing...," raised an eyebrow. Most training info I've seen emphasizes the concealed aspect as almost as important as the gun choice itself. I'm carrying a Ruger 9E because it actually IS affordable, can be concealed without dressing like a hobo (OWB Stealth Operator compact holster) and provides the peace of mind 17+1 capacity brings.

    My newbie status means I'm still angsting about people noticing a hint of print... but I'm trying to get over that.

    Great article; I'm looking forward to seeing entries from the other writers. Heck, I'm a writer and would be happy to contribute as I walk this path and learn the ropes.

    November 27, 2017 6:47 am
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      Terry

      I have an SR9C as my CCW and I love it. 10±1 or 17+1. I know it's similar to the 9E so I have to say you picked a great gun by a great company for a very reasonable price.

      November 29, 2017 11:16 pm
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      Bobo

      I can't say for sure what Travis meant about not caring about printing, but I'd be willing to bet that he's come to realize (as will you) that the Vast majority of people won't ever notice if your shirt is clinging to your side-arm....hell a lot wouldn't notice if you were open carrying. As for the goblin thugs that you might encounter, I doubt many of them would notice you were printing either as they tend not to be the brightest bulbs in the box if you know what I mean.

      Now having said that, there are (or used to be) some states/municipalities where printing can be considered "brandishing" and get the legal carrier in trouble, but I'm pretty sure those are few and far between these days.

      December 4, 2017 4:23 pm
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        Mike

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bobo. It seems like the world is divided into two opinions on carrying: One should never, ever print, or one should make a reasonable effort not to print, follow sensible guidelines for concealed carry, and get on with life.

        I am working toward adhering to the latter as being the most sensible option.

        December 5, 2017 5:41 am
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    Edward

    Well, to each his own, but, I will NEVER own or carry a Glock. I have had too many cop friends tell me horror stories about their Glock carry days and why they will never carry one again.

    November 26, 2017 4:18 pm
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      Jeff Sheldon

      Edward, I'd like to know why your Cop friends would never own a Glock?

      I'm retired LAPD and carried a lot of different guns in both uniformed and undercover assignments. If I could only have one gun it would be a Glock, probably a Glock 23. Know why, because it always, say again, alway, goes bang. On top of that they are lightweight, hold a bunch of bullets, have less felt recoil and did I mention, they always go bang.

      November 26, 2017 4:51 pm
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        Bobo

        No Jeff, the one you had always went bang....Glock's while at one time were typically more reliable then other guns, don't always go bang, and weren't/aren't the mythical firearms people make them out to be (some even went kaboom or went bang when you didn't intend them to) They also weren't/aren't any more accurate then other pistols.

        These day's, there are plenty of "plastic fantastic" pistols out there that are as reliable and accurate (or more so) then Glock's and a lot of them simply feel better in the hand. The Biggest thing Glock has going for it is the aftermarket support.

        Having said that, I'm not saying they are bad in anyway and I do own a Glock that's never given me an ounce of trouble but it's also one of the few guns I Would consider selling or trading for something else I was interested in.

        Ed, like Jeff, I too would be interested in hearing what your LEO friends said as to why they wouldn't own one....

        December 4, 2017 4:28 pm
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          Jeff Sheldon

          BoBo, you're smok'in your socks!!

          If a gun "went kaboom or went bang when you didn't intend them (sic) to" then you screwed up dude!! Guns do not shoot by themselves, and if you think they do then you should not be carrying one.

          As to accuracy, all modern day handguns are capable of scoring in a gunfight, if they don't it is the driver's fault.

          Glocks are carried by the majority of the Law Enforcement agencies in this country. That has to say something. Glocks always fire, say again, always fire, on top of that they hold a bunch of bullets, are light weight, have less felt recoil than most other hand guns and look cool!!!

          Again, tell me about your LEO friends who are down on Glocks..I would like to know why.

          December 4, 2017 9:02 pm
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            Jeff Sheldon

            Sorry BoBo, the last sentence was directed to Ed,

            December 4, 2017 9:09 pm
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      Rand Mart

      I agree. Opting for a pistol with no manual safety because you might forget to flip it off is a non-starter for me.

      May 13, 2022 12:07 pm
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