GEAR FAQ AND RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT KIND OF HAND GUN DO YOU RECOMMEND?
There are a number of excellent pistols out there today and this is certainly a matter of personal preference. It is up to you to do your homework and find out what is best for you. Sometimes a gun sounds amazing on paper, but when you hold it and shoot it, it can leave much to be desired. In general, you can't go wrong if you stick with the big names like Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Springfield, and CZ among many others. There are a number of great lesser known guns as well (Colton, for example, is a big fan of the Canik TP9 series of handguns), but just understand that it is often harder to find accessories and upgrades for the lesser known guns. If you are in the market for a handgun, we strongly recommend you visit a range that allows you to try out several different guns. Do so with an open mind and you may be surprised.
WHAT IS THE BEST POSITION TO CARRY CONCEALED AND WHAT KIND OF HOLSTER SHOULD I BUY?
This is yet another question that is simply personal opinion. If you want to know ours, In general it would be appendix carry, because it is in front of you and you have the best control over it. It would be much harder for a bad guy to grab it from in front of you than on your side or on your back. It is also significantly easier to draw if necessary in a hand to hand fight/ grappling situation. It also tends to print less. The drawback of appendix is that it can be a little less comfortable than other positions and some people are uncomfortable with the fact that the gun is often pointed at a body part.
If you do not carry in the appendix position, we strongly recommend that you have positive mechanical retention on your holster. That means you actually have to press a lever, button, or unbuckle it for it to release from the holster. Friction alone is not a good idea, as it is much easier to snatch. We think one of the best all around holsters (not for appendix carry) is the Safariland ALS Concealment holster. It works great for concealed and open/overt carry at the 3-4 o'clock positions and has a very effective and natural mechanical release.
We recommend having both an appendix and side concealment holster so you can choose based on the situation.
Our final recommendation is that you avoid any soft leather or cloth holsters. You holster should be very rigid. Plastic holsters (kydex and similar) are usually the best pick because leather tends to wear out very quickly and will not hold you gun as secure as it should be. Having a nice rigid holster will minimize the chance of an accidental discharge of your gun while holstering or drawing.