[Glocktober] Built for Carry Giveaway!
10/7/2019Primary Arms Staff10/7/2019 3:13 pmwww.primaryarms.com
A few weeks ago, we told you to expect some big news for Glock in October.
This month, we’re kicking off our Glock category with 4 full weeks of giveaways and content. Every week, we’ll be highlighting a new pistol giveaway, each with its own specialized purpose. In addition, we’re launching new exclusives and planning sales later in the month to give you the best bang for the budget.
Glock pistols have always been compelling out of the box, proven by a long track record for military and law enforcement, but a healthy aftermarket can improve on any design. No other pistol design has the third-party support found around Glock handguns. You can change out anything from the smallest pin to entire frames and slides. Whether you’re a competitor, a hunter, or SOCOM door-kicker, there are plenty of parts to elevate your pistol to the next level.
When it comes to everyday carry, parts selection is a meticulous process. To start our giveaways, we wanted to highlight an EDC pistol of our own. This giveaway pistol is an all-weather, all-purpose carry gun that fits inside or outside the waistband.
Basics of Everyday Carry
Carrying a firearm, whether open or concealed, is an act that demands practice, commitment, and—above all—wisdom.
You never know where trouble lies. No amount of cunning or perception can immunize you from the unpredictable. Self-preservation calls for a full toolset, and understanding each tool requires constant practice and preparation. The ideal result is avoiding any need for force application.
If the situation does call for force though, you want to be darn sure that it’s properly applied.
We can’t convey the complexity of self-defense in one blog. As we said, it’s a lifetime skill that relies of the calm, clear mind of its practitioner. That said, we can teach you a bit about setting up a firearm for everyday carry.
Everyday carry (EDC) describes both concealed and open carry of a firearm. While every state has its own laws and regulations, the fundamentals of EDC remain the same. A carried firearm will always be a tradeoff between comfort and performance. Large firearms are better for personal defense but uncomfortable to carry. Compact firearms are easier to carry but compromise on capacity and ballistics. It’s a sun and moon relationship that has no perfect answer.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t make an awesome carry pistol.
Selecting an EDC Pistol
For the sake of this article, we’re only going to be talking about pistols. Pistols are the most common EDC firearm by an overwhelming margin, so we’ll have to leave the guitar-case AR15s for another time.
Every carry pistol must meet some basic standards:
First, a carry pistol must be reliable. A firearm that doesn’t cycle can quickly become a serious liability. Never accept an unreliable firearm for personal defense.
Second, a carry pistol must be effective. Regardless of crime statistics, a .22LR derringer is a poor choice to stake your life on. If you carry a gun, carry one with good capacity and terminal ballistics. Most professionals recommend a minimum of .380, with the majority favoring 9mm, .40SW, and .45ACP.
Finally, a carry pistol must be practical. As an addendum to the previous point, there are such a thing as too much. A Desert Eagle might look cool, but few could tolerate its weight on the beltline day-in and day-out. Be realistic about your choice. Everyday carry is everyday carry.
Beyond these three points, an EDC pistol must match the individual’s body size and carry position. A 6’5, 220lb man has a lot more wiggle room than a 5’0, 115lb woman, so everybody has unique needs and limitations. Though open carry allows any tolerable (and legal) firearm, ounces can feel like pounds over the course of a day.
On the other hand, concealed carry is its own beast entirely.
Concealing a pistol requires finesse, and your pistol selection will depend on where you set the firearm against your body. Appendix carry sets the firearm at your front for fast access, but the pistol’s grip will press against your gut every time you sit down. If you’ve got a trim physique, this prodding may be tolerable, but many find it too uncomfortable. The common choice is setting your holster in the small of your back. Small-of-back carry is slower on the draw, but the added comfort and concealment are very convenient. If weather permits, you can also conceal outside the waistband, but this works best in cooler climates, where you can wear a coat for full concealment.
Regardless, the ideal EDC pistol will fall somewhere between the subcompact and compact range. While a full-size pistol is great for open carry, the size is a limiting factor for concealed carry. Remember: you can always open carry a smaller pistol, but you can’t always conceal a larger one.
Since our build is a general EDC pistol, we want to give the winner as many options as possible. With that in mind, we settled on a compact-sized 9mm.
Our EDC Pistol Build
With a host of premium features, our EDC pistol is well suited for any style of carry.
We start with a serialized Polymer 80 frame, which is compatible with most Glock 19 gen 3 parts. These frames point naturally, mimicking the popular 1911 grip-angle. You can also get a higher hold with the undercut triggerguard, reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip.
The frame is finished with a mix of Glock OEM and aftermarket upgrades. Glock OEM is a great choice for pins and small parts, as they ensure consistent fitment. Beyond the pins, we decided to use a Glock OEM Mag Release as well. This magazine release fits the frame’s size, and its low profile reduces snagging when concealed.
Every build deserves some premium parts though, so we upgraded our build with a Vickers Tactical Glock Slide Release and CMC Triggers Drop-In Glock 9mm Gen 3 Trigger. The Vickers Tactical Slide Release improves access to the slide controls by widening the surface space, which is great for those with smaller hands. Moving to the trigger, the CMC Triggers assembly cleans up the grit for a consistent, precise trigger pull. We were mindful not to reduce the pull weight though, as this is first-and-foremost a defensive handgun. Safety and reliability are always put first.
Our slide is a Patriot Ordinance Factory Glock 19 Gen 3 stripped slide with an RMR cut. POF’s minimalist slide design is incredibly practical, with clean serrations and tight fitment for enhanced reliability. Paired with a precision threaded barrel from CMC Triggers, users can expect tight groupings from the start. The threads also allow for the addition of a compensator or suppressor down the line.
Like the frame, our slide combines Glock OEM and aftermarket parts. When reliability is paramount, the Glock OEM striker and extractor assemblies are a great pick. While alternative options are available, we have found that a defensive pistol is best left to the common spec. The same can be true when picking a guide rod. Though a stainless-steel rod can refine your recoil impulse, the Glock OEM Recoil Spring Assembly offers greater consistency, which is important when mixing brands.
Speaking of consistency, you might have noticed the Trijicon RM06 reflex on top. Pistol-mounted mini reflex sights are coming into the spotlight this Glocktober, and we’re eager to show off the benefits (though Aaron Cowan at Sage Dynamics puts it best). Micro reflex sights don’t just provide a clear, illuminated aim point with low parallax—they literally change the way you view targets. Like a rifle dot, pistol dots allow you to focus your eyes downrange, which is a huge boost to situational awareness. Against moving targets, iron sights cannot perform to the same level, so red dots are becoming a new standard for defensive pistols. Of course, our EDC build has co-witnessed Night Fision sights as a backup.
Additional Carry Considerations
With our pistol build completed, we have a few more considerations and accessories to cover. After all, the pistol is only one part of the everyday carry equation.
Your belt will be an invaluable support to both your firearm… and your pants. There are several fashionable gun-belts that are available in nondescript configurations. These gun-belts differ from regular belts in their thickness and rigidity. A gun-belt must stabilize a couple pounds of extra weight without any sagging, so materials and craftsmanship are especially important. We like the Magpul Tejas belt for this purpose.
You’ll also need a holster. No matter how you carry, you’ll want a holster that matches your individual uses. Inside-waistband (IWB) holsters, Outside-Waistband (OWB) holsters, and alternative-carry holsters are all very different. Adjustability, cant angles, materials, and attachment will all differ between brands, so you’ll need to weigh your options carefully. No matter what you choose, though, your holster should protect the trigger for safe carry.
Some holsters also include space for mag carriers. How you choose to carry additional mags will be up to you. Many people carry a spare mag in their pants pocket, but not everyone can enjoy the grace of pocket storage. In this case, you might need a concealable magazine holder or pouch. If you go with a carrier, you’ll mount a mag to your weak side on the belt, giving you fast access with your reloading hand.
Finally, we have talk about the clothing situation. If you're concealing a pistol inside the waistband, your legwear is an important part of the equation. Ultra-skinny-cut jeans and pistols don’t mix very well. Depending on what you carry, you may need to increase your waistband size to compensate for the holster. At the same time, tight, restrictive materials will make a concealed pistol "print" on your body. This may dictate a smaller pistol or a change of wardrobe. If you do end up looking for some new attire, KÜHL, Arc’teryx, and Vertx design movement-minded clothes that adapt well to carry. These brands are favorites among our office staff, and their professional look is well-balanced by flexible comfort.
There you have it.
We covered the basics of EDC and pistol selection. There are always more complexities to developing any habit, but the carry community has a ton of resources to adapt to any situation.
The EDC build featured in this article will be given to one lucky winner at the end of this weekly giveaway, which starts now and ends October 13th at 11:59 PM CDT. Terms and conditions apply. Our winner will be contacted October 14th. Winner must be legally able to possess a firearm and pass a federal background check. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated. If the winner cannot meet the requirements necessary to take ownership of the firearm, the winner will be granted the total value of the prize package, $2083.74, in cash. Exclusions apply, and no purchase is necessary. A full list of terms and conditions are available on the Giveaway Landing Page.