Firearms

My EDC Pistol Evolution: 2020 Edition

It’s been less than a year since I made the decision to use the Sig Sauer P229 as my primary EDC defensive pistol. Even though it hasn’t been very long since then, I’ve come to learn a few things that made me re-evaluate whether or not that is still be best configuration for me. The bottom line is I found a configuration that I believe to be better.

Before I share what the new configuration is and why I made certain changes, I think it’s important to re-evaluate ones EDC configuration regularly and, if in a position to do so, improve it. As previously mentioned in my guide for selecting a firearm for concealed carry (which applies to all defensive pistol selection) and in my opinion, there are four things to consider: 1) budget, 2) program compliance, 3) ability to shoot it well, and 4) caliber & capacity. When re-evaluating one’s EDC, keep those four considerations in mind and look for opportunities to improve them while being mindful of the available budget.

In my case, the last training course I attended shed some light that there is a gun fit issue between my hands and the P229. While I’m still capable and proficient with the P229, this gun fit issue is an obstacle that is likely limiting my accuracy and speed with it while making it more difficult for me to improve my capabilities with it. This enlightenment motivated me to take a second look at pistols available in the collection for a better fitting alternative to the P229 and I think I have found one.

Enter the Heckler & Koch VP9.

H&K VP9 holstered in a Concealment Solutions Racer

I hadn’t spent much time with VP9 previously, but after an initial trip to the range to establish some fair initial impressions (which were favorable). As a result, I decided to acquire an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster and an outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster in order to begin carrying it as a primary defensive pistol.

I’ve also taken this opportunity to deviate from my typical go to Concealment Solutions holsters and try out some new ones.

For IWB, I’ve opted to try out a G-Code Incog Eclipse. This comes from hearing several firearm experts suggesting that the hybrid leather and Kydex holsters are not ideal since retention will decrease as leather stretches and the leather guard can get soft an interfere with holstering. To be honest, I’m a little skeptical of this claim as I’ve been using the Black Mamba IWB “hybrid” holster from Concealment Solutions exclusively for years without any of those problems, but then again I’m the amateur, not the expert. In any case, I’m willing to explore other options and will give the G-Code holster a try. If I don’t like it, I’ll replace it with a Black Mamba.

H&K VP9 holstered in a G-Code Incog Eclipse

For OWB, I’ve opted to try the Concealment Solutions Racer holster which designed for competition and I think will work well for running the VP9 in IDPA competitions.

I’m also considering trying out a Safariland holster for those rare occasions I decide to open carry. I sure I’ll share my thoughts and experience with if and when I decide to pull the trigger on it.

Well there you have it. That’s the latest change and update to my EDC. Can’t wait to get more training, practice, and competition time with it (while hoping I never have to actually use it defensively)!

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