Concealed Carry Corner: The Mythical Do-All Carry Pistol

Matt E
by Matt E
Concealed Carry Corner: The Mythical Do-All Carry Pistol

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at the importance of magazines when it comes to your carry pistol. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I want to talk about a common topic for people who have become comfortable with carrying a concealed firearm but tend to shuffle between full-size handguns and sub-compact depending on the season and time of year. People who reach this point often talk about the mythical do-all size pistol that can be carried all year round comfortably. Every person is different but there are certainly a few models that can fill the spot of that particular need. Let’s take a look at some options for the mythical do-all carry pistol.

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Glock 19

The one pistol that comes to mind if you had to ask most seasoned concealed carriers would have to be the Glock 19. With a standard capacity of 15 rounds in addition to accepting the larger 17 or 33-round magazines, the Glock 19 has plenty of firepower riding inside the gun while offering a rather compact package. Parts are incredibly easy to find and almost every single holster manufacturer will make a Glock 19 holster which makes picking up a holster at any gun store easy. Out of all the generations of Glocks, my personal favorite has to be the newest 5th generation with the slightly larger magwell, better trigger, and standard front serrations.

Right out of the box, it seems to be the softest shooting handgun and It’s really the perfect balance between a handgun that fills your hand when shooting but is small enough to be incredibly easy to conceal. If you feel the need to upgrade your carry gun, the Glock 19 is truly the king of aftermarket parts. With everything from barrels, replacement slides, and upgraded triggers it’s easier than ever to drop in parts to make it truly one of a kind. Glock has really made a space in the market with their 19 models as a do-all pistol but there are still other options.

Glock 48

Really the Glock 48 has turned into the Glock 19 2.0 in my mind. With the Shield Arms 15-round magazines, it has really become a thinner version of the classic Glock 19. With the same length barrel and capacity, the Glock 48 is both lighter and thinner than the classic Glock 19. When it comes to carrying, the Glock 48 is slightly easier to carry on a daily basis or work around the property within a standard inside the waistband holster. I’ve carried my Glock 48 for almost a year and have seriously become a big fan of the pistol.

It has the overall size and capacity to be a comfortable gun at the range but also is light enough to carry all day no problem without becoming uncomfortable. The aftermarket support on the Gloick 48 isn’t as extensive as the Glock 19 but it’s still an impressive amount of parts to make it uniquely yours. Out of all the Glock models I carry, the Glock 48 has become my absolute favorite for the overall weight, capacity, and ease of concealment for a comfortable carry experience.

SIG P320/P365 Series

When talking about do-all carry pistols, we can’t forget the SIG P320 or P365 line of pistols. Both pistols have a modular chassis system which is the serialized part making it easy to change out frames and slides. You can switch out from a small compact frame to full size or the P365 Macro frame for the range that gives you 17+ capacity in a very small pistol. Out of all the guns on this list, the SIG P320 and P365 line of pistols are by far the most modular for having the ability to switch out frames or slides depending on what you need.

There has been a number of times I have thrown a larger grip module on my P320s to hit the range and immediately after threw a compact slide and grip on to carry the gun for the rest of the day. I usually say caliber exchange kits can be gimmicky but these pistols make it incredibly easy to swap out parts to make a fun range gun or carry gun depending on what you need. If you are unsure about what exactly you want for a first gun, I would highly suggest these pistols just based on their modularity.

HK USP Compact

My curveball pick for a true do-all carry pistol has to be the HK USP Compact. This was actually my first gun and although it only has a 13-round capacity, the overall size and weight still give the modern equivalents a run for its money. The HK USP Compact is almost identically sized to the Glock 19 and its claim to fame is being insanely reliable while almost being indestructible. It’s not modern like most striker-fired guns with a double to single action but it’s still a great lightweight option if you want a medium-sized pistol with decent capacity. Aftermarket components are still available for these and spare parts are pretty easy to come by with a quick internet search so it’s a fairly good option to use as a long-term carry option.

Overall Thoughts

Picking just one gun to carry all year consistently is something a surprising amount of people are looking for but it’s not as easy to find as you may think. These are the five options I would pick personally which you may not agree with and that’s ok. If you have different opinions, I would love to hear your ideas for a do-all carry pistol. Be sure to leave your comments down below. If you have questions about carry guns or firearms in general, feel free to shoot me a message on Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there and we will see you guys next week for another edition of Concealed Carry Corner.

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Matt E
Matt E

I'm an avid shooter and love educating whether it's at my job or in the shooting community. I'm an average joe that really loves talking with other people about firearms and other passions.I'm active on Instagram on @fridgeoperator.

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  • Gustafsyn Gustafsyn on Aug 20, 2023

    This is a somewhat refreshing change of pace compared to most of the gun list-style reviews and top fives/tens, or beginner guides. It gets annoying when you go to read an article like one of those and the list is literally like:

    Glock 19
    P365 .380

    It just gets annoying.

  • Wererat Wererat on Aug 20, 2023


    When the organization that writes the article about the PX4 being underrated then forgets about it, you know EL is on to something. (For the record, my Langdon PX4CC is that one-for-all-purposes, ahead of my also excellent G19)