So I’m in the philosophy that one shouldn’t complicate their carry arms. Last thing I want is to go for my piece quickly and forget which gun I strapped on today. So essentially I have two guns I carry about about 99% of the time. My Primary gun, which is my S&W1911 At the top, that I carry in a Glaco Miami Classic II shoulder-rig. More info on that setup here. Its a Commander-sized 1911 with two spare mags in the mag carrier for 25 rounds of .45 ACP +P ammo. That’s a good setup, and I love the gun, also I’ve been making it a point to carry it whenever possible, rather than only when I’m most comfortable, with good results. Still it isn’t always possible to carry the big .45 with me all the time, so when times don’t permit I carry the piece at the lower right, which you probably recognise as Eleanor, who most often rides in my front pants pocket in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster, like today where I needed to stop by the doctor’s to get an allergy injection, and I didn’t want to spook the nurses when I took off my shirt. Also I call her my “Backup” which also means she’s a perfect gun to carry when I’m carrying more than one.
Occasionally I still carry mys S&W 642 no-lock at the lower left. It also has a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. I find the PM45 to be superior in almost every way to the J-Frame so it only sees duty when I think I’ll have to unload my gun multiple times, like when I sleep over in a house that has kids, or maybe a range trip where somebody wants to decimate some .45 rounds and I’d just rather shoot my 1911 and the PM45 dry and worry about reloading them AFTER they’re clean. Also above the 642 is my preferred reload which are a pair of Bianchi Speed strips. They don’t load as fast as HKS Speed Loaders, but you can tuck a pair of these strips into your pocket and they disappear, so they’re ideal for carry.
In the middle is kind of the odd duck, its my Beretta 21A (Which I need to take some better pictures of now that I have the good camera). Its only a .22 LR which I do NOT consider enough for self defense, it still is dangerous enough to kill somebody, just not with consistency or with the stopping power of larger centerfire cartridges. So why is it in the picture, and why is it in an Uncle Mike’s pocket holster? Well the gun is REALLY small, like super small, and super light, I haven’t tossed this gun on my scale, but Beretta claims it weighs 11.5oz unloaded. If this was the ONLY gun you could carry or conceal it would be better than nothing, also at such a small weight it would make a great backup gun that could be carried without too much added burden. I also think this would make a great woods gun where you might encounter small critters ideal for a stew pot, but that can’t be harvested with your rifle, shotgun, or bear gun.
So that rounds things out nicely.