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Cold Weather EDC

Pictured above is a Glock 19 in a PHLster Skeleton and a spare mag in a PHLster Skeleton Mag Carrier.

Last spring we talked about summer EDC, and how in the summer I tend to shed layers and “gun down” to aid in concealability. Well cooler temps are finally upon us (relatively speaking, it’s still upper 80’s here in Houston), and I thought it would be a good time to talk about cold weather EDC changes.

As temperatures get colder (and mercifully lower humidity here in the Houston area), most of us find that we’re wearing more clothing. More clothing does of course mean the ability to conceal a larger gun, and for me that gun is usually the Glock 19 Gen 4. I choose the Glock 19 most days over a full-size Smith & Wesson M&P like this one from Business End Customs, simply because it conceals better AIWB for me. The full-size M&P grip tends to print quite a lot, which again, here in Texas is a no-no.

I have considered getting an M&P compact on several occasions, and I still might, but I think a large part of me is still holding out hope that Smith & Wesson will produce a Glock 19 sized M&P. I know I’m not alone here either. Perhaps this year at SHOT Show?

Other than switching from my Smith & Wesson Shield to a Glock 19, not a lot changes in the fall and winter for me. What about you?

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11 Responses to Cold Weather EDC

  1. Rodger October 15, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I do not change my EDC weapon during the winter just because of clothes. I carry what I trust my life to, and what I am familiar with. I live near Houston and our cold weather only lasts a very short time, then back to summer clothes. I carry the Caracal C, which is just a hair smaller than the Glock 19. I practice my draws with winter clothes just like I do with summer clothes. The majority of the time during cold weather all that is needed is a light jacket down here, so clothes are only a minor problem to me.

    • Brandon October 15, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Good for you Rodger, I think I remember you telling me you don’t change your carry gun in the summer. Caracal C – how is it? I really want to give one a try.

  2. James October 15, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    I switch to a Glock 19 too, only my summer carry is a Glock 26. Same platform, same caliber, just different sizes.

    Do you carry any cold weather gear in your EDC bag? Probably not in Texas right?

    • Brandon October 15, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      I carry some basic cold weather gear in my truck, but you’re right, not a lot since I live in south Texas.

  3. BTNut October 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ve only been carrying for 6 months, and for me it’s been the XDm9 compact so far. I will definitely stick with that over the winter, since I’m in MN I could probably carry most anything in winter. I am hoping to get something slightly smaller for next summer, like an XDs or Shield. Hopefully the Shield will be available to try locally by then so I can compare the two first hand.

    • Brandon October 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      Nice – I’ve been wanting to give an XDm compact a try.

  4. Bernardo October 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Good ole’ Upstate NY! We definitely have ALL 4 seasons here but I love what I love and that’s my Shield 40 and my G26! Thankfully I can carry either pretty comfortably regardless of the weather. I’m looking forward to reading your G19 review. That’s my next purchase for sure.

    • Brandon October 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Bernardo! You’re not even going to wait and see if I liked the G19 first!?! That hurts brother. 🙂

      • Bernardo October 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

        Lol…. Well… I might wait!! Lol

  5. Dr. L. October 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Bernardo: I love my Glock 19. Never fails. Nice trigger. Accurate as hell. And you know Brandon loves his too, or he wouldn’t be running it all the time.

    • Brandon October 16, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Dr. L just straight up outed me. 🙂