Robert Hanson says he’s carrying the venerable, reliable Ruger LC9 these days in an Alien Gear IWB holster. But he goes on to say that, like a lot of carriers, he swaps out elements of his carry gear from time to time. That might be OK when you’re talking about your knife of choice, your pen, or even your Field Notes, but changing guns can be problematic.

If you move from, say, a striker-fired gun to a 1911, a pistol with a safety and different manual of arms, you could be setting yourself up for problems in a self defense situation if you haven’t trained with the gun you happen to be carrying that day. And that’s why a lot of carriers pick a carry gun and stick to it. Because pulling the trigger and not hearing a bang can ruin your entire day.

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