Over the last few years, I have reevaluated my Every Day Carry (EDC) or concealed carry firearm and associated equipment. My experience carrying firearms everyday as a law enforcement officer and my exposure as a firearms instructor and armorer lead me to my current choices.
I have carried several different firearms over the years, and a Glock 23 or Sig Sauer P245 have always been my concealed carry favorites until this year. I love the .40 cal. and 45 acp but ammo has been getting expensive, and I have slowly moved over to 9mm, as I like to shoot a lot. I have never been a fan of pocket pistols or calibers smaller than 9mm. I wanted a firearm that was very reliable, had a low recoil impulse, and was compatible with the Glock 17RTF2 that I have in a nightstand safe for home protection. I was not interested in a bulky light for it; I wanted a smooth, fast, no B.S. carry piece. I evaluated what I wanted in a carry firearm and the Generation 2 Glock 19 looked perfect. Now these Gen2 Glock 19’s are hard to come by, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
In the holster department, I have failed a lot more than I have succeeded. I have a whole drawer full of holsters. I looked at several different holsters while looking for the right EDC holster for me. I wanted to find a holster that could be made for me the way I wanted it. I don’t remember how I came across NTAC Holsters, but I was looking specifically for a Kydex holster at the time. I am not a fan of an FBI cant or 15% cant for my body set up. I spoke with the owner and requested a 10% cant, as this works best for me, and advised I would need the holster to fit a Glock 19 Generation 2 with an extended slide stop.
NTAC seems to have gone out of business and is not responding to its customers. Loose Rounds staff highly recommends Dark Star Gear holsters.
Kydex holsters conceal very well and are comfortable with all day carry. I have two small boys that want to go everywhere and do everything, and with my Kydex holster and G19, I have no worries of the firearm printing on my clothing as I move. Even with summer clothing, I have no problem concealing a Glock 19/23.
Of all the firearms I have carried over the years for my EDC or concealed carry, the Gen 2 Glock 19 is my favorite. Concealed carry is not just the firearm or the holster; it is multiple pieces of equipment that must come together. Going cheep on the firearm, holster or belt will not make a winning combination. The firearm and the equipment to support it must be well made and work together. Adjusting your clothing is also a factor you must consider. For me, it has taken over 12 years to get my concealed carry equipment as comfortable as it is right now.