Over the past several months I have been putting the M&P Shield in 9mm through its paces on the range, and while it is not quite as shootable as a Glock 19, it is capable of good accuracy out to 25 yards, and the stock trigger is pretty workable. It’s not as fast or easy to shoot as the G19, and you lose half the capacity. However, in return for that sacrifice in shootability and firepower, you do get a concealable little pistol that you can carry in environments or clothing that may not conceal a bigger pistol. Yes, ideally I recommend dressing around gun carry, but sometimes that isn’t an option.
A while back I ordered a CompTac 2 o’clock, a low profile kydex holster designed to be carried in the waistband at (big surprise) the 2 o-clock position for right handers. Now I am not a huge fan of AIWB carry, not for any tactical reasons; I just don’t find it particularly comfortable. But it is hard to argue the method of carry as it conceals well and is very fast to deploy. Anyway, along with making great holsters, CompTac has their production system streamlined. This holster is made to order, and was delivered within a week and a half from the time I hit the SUBMIT button.
The CompTac rig is extremely well built, with clean mold lines and excellent fit. The 2 o’clock can be had with your choice of belt loop configurations: either a tuckable J-hook or standard belt loop. This setup disappears when tucked into a pair of board shorts and thrown under a t-shirt. It deploys fast and stays put as long as you wear a belt. The price is reasonable, and first responders get a generous discount.