EDC Guide – Everday Carry

In this article, we will discuss an EDC Guide – Everyday Carry. The different types of pistols, holsters, spare magazines, and other tools are ideal for your EDC. Everyday Carry (EDC) is an important consideration for those who want to be prepared for any situation. Carrying the right items can mean the difference between life and death in a self-defense situation.

Pistols for EDC

When it comes to pistols, there are three types to consider: full-size, compact, and sub-compact.

Full-size pistols, such as the Glock 17 have a higher ammo capacity and a longer barrel for accuracy and range. However, they can be difficult to conceal and may be uncomfortable to carry.

Compact pistols, such as the Smith & Wesson M&P9 Compact and Glock 19/26, are a great option for everyday carry. They are full-frame/double stack, making them easier to conceal than full-size frames. The pistol grip on these is cut down from the full-size models, which allows them to still utilize full-size magazines. However, they have a shorter barrel length and may lose some ground in accuracy and range.

Compact pistols are our preferred model or class of pistols to carry for EDC purposes.

Sub-compact pistols, such as the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, are slim and comfortable to carry. They are also easy to conceal, with minimal printing. However, they have single-stack frames, which can make recoil and control more difficult with carrying ammo loads. Additionally, their ammo capacity is low.

Revolvers are another option for everyday carry. They are easy to conceal and you can have minimal worry about malfunctions. However, they have terrible ammo capacity, limited range, and slow and tough reloads under stress.

Therefore, revolvers are not recommended for everyday carry.

Holsters for EDC

The type of holster and carry method you choose can greatly affect your comfort and safety level. Many considerations should be taken into account. Such as the type of firearm/pistol you are carrying, comfort level with this firearm, clothing you will be wearing, and weather.

Some are comfortable with different configurations depending on the factors described, while others like me just stick with one carry/holster for year-round and everyday use.

It all really comes down to you and what you are comfortable with and what works best for you. We will briefly go over the types of holsters/configurations though to help best educate you to make that decision.

IWB Appendix Carry

is a great option for those who want to keep their gun in front of them, and is our preferred and recommended carry option. This type of carry clips to the belt and is located in the lower right or left half of the abdomen, depending on handedness.

It is a safe and secure way to carry and minimize printing and lessens the danger of having someone come up from behind in an attempt to disarm you.

Recommended holsters for this type of carry include:

  • G-Code- Eclipse/Incog
  • Tier1 Concealed- XiphosV2
  • Any Kydex molded to the weapon

IWB Lower back/rear carry is another option for concealed carry holders. It is located in the lower right or left half of the back, above the wallet. It is more comfortable for some and more intuitive for first-time concealed carry holders, as it is the closest to mimicking a duty carry on your strong side.

This type of carry also has a higher printing risk/visibility than the appendix, especially with full-size/larger pistol grip models.

Many of the appendix carry IWB holsters also work for this type of carry.

OWB Side Carry

Duty holsters are a good option for those who want to carry them when wearing a jacket. They are secured to the belt loops on the strong side/carry side. However, this type of carry will print more and the holster will usually protrude out from the bottom of the t-shirt.

Recommended holsters for this type of carry include:

  • Vedder OWB Lightdraw
  • G-Code OSH
  • Kydex fitted/formed to your specific firearm

Spare Magazine(s)

Carrying a spare magazine is important for those who want to be prepared for any situation. The best way to carry a spare magazine without announcing to the world that you have ammunition on your person is to keep it in your weak side front pocket. This is simple, easy, and effective. Many appendix carry holsters also allow for a magazine attachment or side caddy.

For those who prefer to minimize printing and maximize comfort. A separate magazine pouch/carrier that can be clipped to the belt on the weak/support side is also a good option and how I tend to carry it the majority of the time.

This can be either IWB or OWB, but keep in mind that printing may be an issue during warmer months. Additionally, during colder months, being able to quickly reload if covered by multiple layers may become an issue.

Another option for carrying spare magazines is using a magnetic clip to “clip” a magazine to the inside of a pocket, similar to how a knife would clip.

Additionally, magazine base pads/ammo extensions are a great way to add extra rounds to your carry gun and spare magazine, depending on the magazine type.

Some recommended companies for this include:

  • Hyve Technologies
  • Taran Tactical
  • Tyrant Designs (with limited model availability)

Knives and Other Useful Tools

An EDC knife is an important tool to consider for self-defense. Some qualities to look for in an EDC knife include sharpness/edge, handle/grip, sheath/holster, belt attachment, concealability, and blade length.

This should be considered a last-ditch weapon and only used for situations in which you’re on the ground and/or distance is not an option and you have to get the threat off of you immediately.

One example of a great EDC knife for self-defense is the Jank Shank by Toor Knives. It has all of the qualities mentioned above and is a top recommendation for this purpose.

In addition to a knife, other useful tools to consider for everyday carry include a flashlight, multi-tool, and pepper spray. These items can greatly enhance your ability to handle any situation that may arise.


In conclusion, everyday carry is a critical consideration for anyone who wants to be prepared for any situation. Protection of yourself loved ones, and others is a fundamental right and should be exercised by all who are capable.

Carrying the right items, such as a pistol, holster, spare magazine, knife, and other useful tools, can greatly increase your safety and preparedness.

It’s important to choose the right type of pistol, holster, and carry method that works best for you and your lifestyle.

Additionally, consider the type of weather, clothing, and other factors that may affect your comfort level while carrying. With some thought and preparation, you can ensure that you are always ready for anything.

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