Hunting & Fishing
Conceal & Carry

Conceal & Carry Winter 2019

Get the latest analysis and specifications on more than 200 handguns from a variety of manufacturers. Also covers stories on holster positions, popular calibers, ammunition, news, laws and more.

United States
Engaged Media
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4 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
what goes around

I’ve been told by many people over the years that I’m a moody person. Lately, my mood has turned back to carrying a revolver most days. Understand, that I’m not saying a revolver is better than a semi-auto or that I prefer them all the time. And I probably own more semis than revolvers too, although I haven’t really stopped to break down the count. No, my switch back to revolvers has more to do with a desire to go back to basics. It doesn’t matter to me that revolvers might have more parts in a more complicated mechanism. To me, a revolver is still more basic. Maybe it’s because the first handguns I shot were revolvers. There’s a comfort level there. It’s like going home. My mood swings seem to sway…

1 min.
conceal & carry us

EDITORIAL Steven Paul Barlow Brand Manager Kelly Nomura Executive Managing Editor Wendy Wilson Managing Editor DESIGN Kelly Lee Sr. Art Director CONTRIBUTORS Kat Ainsworth, Bob Campbell, Richard Schutz, Leroy Thompson, Dave Workman ADVERTISING Gabe Frimmel Ad Sales Director (714) 200-1930 gfrimmel@engagedmediainc.com AJ Demiar Account Executive (714) 200-1903 Eric Gomez Advertising Traffic Coordinator Sebastian Tirkey Advertising Traffic Coordinator OPERATIONS Manish Kumar Mishra Operations Manager Chandan Pandey Newsstand and Circulation Analyst Shailesh Khandelwal Subscriptions Manager Surajpal Singh Bisht Prepress Manager Alex Mendoza Administrative Assistant Victoria Van Vlear Intern Program Manager ENGAGED MEDIA, LLC Scott Hall CEO Pinaki Bhattacharya Managing Director and COO William Ammerman Executive Vice President Digital John Goodpasture Vice President Sales Erin Masercola Director of Content Operations Carrie Rubalcaba HR Generalist…

3 min.
the armory

BENCHMADE’S MORE CONCEALABLE MINI SOCP Benchmade has added a smaller, more concealable model to its SOCP Dagger lineup. The Mini SOCP, model 173BK, like its larger predecessor, was designed by Special Operations Combatives Program Chief Instructor Greg Thompson. The Mini SOCP is made of one piece of 440C stainless steel with a black powdercoat finish. It’s 6.25 inches overall with a 2.22-inch spear-point blade on one end and a finger ring on the other. It’s designed to provide a quick transition during a fight from hands only to the knife and then to a firearm, allowing for a normal grip on a handgun while maintaining control of the knife. The injection-molded sheath has lashing holes and comes with a metal deep-carry pocket clip with a J-hook. It can be attached to…

4 min.
bear ops to the rescue

You never know how your day will turn out. So, it’s nice when your everyday carry knife comes with a couple of extra useful tools. Such is the case with the new Bear Swipe IV Rescue Knife from Bear Ops. Bear Ops, of course is the tactical/ duty line from Bear & Son Cutlery. I’ve long been a fan of the brand, which typically provides quality blades at a fair price. And it doesn’t hurt that many of the company’s knives, including this Bear Swipe IV Rescue Knife, are still made start to finish in the U.S. ASSISTED OPENER Let’s start with the basics. This folding knife is an assisted opener with a powerful spring that kicks in with authority with a flick of the flipper. The black coated, straight edge blade features…

6 min.
prepare for the fight

Gary Quesenberry is a veteran of the United States Army. He served in the 7th Infantry Division as an Artilleryman and the 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Gary became a Department of Homeland Security Agent. There, he traveled the world in the service of his country and devoted his time to studying the areas of violence and predatory behavior. Now Gary is the CEO of Q-Series LLC, a company that manufactures minimalist concealed carry holsters. He’s also developed numerous basic- and advanced-level training courses focused on mental toughness, marksmanship and defensive tactics. As a competitive pistol shooter, Gary has been featured on the History Channel’s hit television series Top Shot—Season 3 and Top Shot All-Stars. He has an extensive background in both domestic…

8 min.
911 power boost

For those who thumb their noses at a .380 Auto EDC pistol, Springfield Armory added some oomph to its 911 line by adding a model chambered in 9mm Luger. And it’s available now. WHY 9MM? The original 911 is a good deep-concealment pistol, especially for those looking for a micro-compact single-action that’s similar to the familiar 1911. But many shooters and writers insist on something with more punch than the .380 Auto cartridge for self-defense. With the introduction of the 9mm 911, that should not keep anyone from purchasing the 911 as an EDC pistol, unless they are one of those enthusiasts who believes that a defensive pistol cartridge must begin with a “4.” DETAILS OF THE 911 Similarities between the Springfield Armory 911 and a full-size 1911 are unmistakable. The 911 looks and…