One of the problems when carrying a concealed handgun is we often times are told we need to also carry a spare magazine, a tactical light, a knife and an assortment of other tactical "accessories". There just isn't enough room to carry all this stuff! Haus of Guns wrote a good blog post about this conundrum titled Carry Less, Carry More and makes a really good point about not overloading with gear.
In the past, I have always been one of those guys who pushed for carrying a full size or near full size pistol. A look at the list of pistols I have used as carry guns in the past is evidence of that belief, all but two have been full size pistols, and those two didn't stick around long. Having started shooting and carrying the Ruger LC9 I am rethinking my approach to concealed carry. My logic behind a full size pistol has always been better shooting performance and more bullets and all that is true, but at what cost? Is something easier to carry better than something that is easier to shoot?