My search for the perfect concealed firearm has felt like a long one, I’m always envious of the people who find a weapon they love straight away because my journey was very different. It started with a lot of “advice” from my husband, he was adamant that I not go any smaller than a 9mm which limited my options to start with, I searched long and hard and fell in love with the Sig P938, which was ufortunately out of our price range at the time, so my second choice was the springfield XDs.
Now I loved that XDs, it’s a great gun and fantastic to shoot,very comfortable in my hand and just all round enjoyable, but when it came to concealing it, oooh boy I was in my own personal hell. Now of course everything I read online suggested that everyone should be able to conceal an XDs without a hint of print, and I could just about get it to sit at 4 o’clock with minimal printing, but as for comfort, well forget about it. You see I happen to be very small waisted and big hipped, I’m a classic hourglass figure and no matter where I wore that pistol it either stcuk into a bone, or out the side of my waist or worst of all, in the most concealable spot around 4 o’clock it would stick into my spine.
I tolerated this discomfort for a long time, convinced that this was my fate and that I had to be carrying a 9mm and therefore I was just going to have to live with changing my wardrobe beyond recognition and being permanetly uncomfortable, and even risking injury to my spine if I fell on my firearm, but I kept mulling and searching for a better option.
Finally my husband decided that he wanted to buy that beautiful Sig P938 that we hadn’t had the moeny for when I had been shopping, and the day I tried that on in the same 4 o’clock position I had been wearing my XDs I could have wept. It felt so comfortable, it practically dissapeared under my clothes and there was no longer anything pressing into my spine, which meant I could finally sit down again. Heaven!
The search was back on for a new carry gun, if the sig P938 made that much difference then maybe I could do even better. By this point I was much more confident doing my own research into guns and making my own decisions, so I set about looking for something even smaller, and decided that I would venture into the world of .380, after all I reasoned this was something I was going to have to carry every day, and by now the most important thing to me was that I would be able to carry comfortably.
I eventually settled on the Ruger LCP, now I know many say that this is too small to have as an every day carry, but I have fallen in love with it. For me, being such a small person, the size of the LCP is just perect. Yes I have to put in more range time to get the acuracy with it that I was getting out of the box with my XDs, but I never complain about having to go to the range. I can slip my LCP into my Can Can holster every morning regardless of what I’m wearing and know that I am comfortable, concealed and protected. That to me is the holy grail that in those days struggling with the XDs I never thought I would be able to achieve.
If you’re struggling to carry your firearm every day I strongly suggest that you keep looking, the right combination of firearm and holster can be hard to come buy, but it is worth the time and effort to find, no matter how long it takes.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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