Welcome to another episode of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together an ideal everyday-carry kit. Today, we have a Glock G43 pistol in a Tulster Profile AIWB holster. Rounding out the gear is a Tulster Echo magazine carrier, a SureFire Sidekick flashlight, an Ontario Knife Company UtiliTac II folding knife and a DeSantis Gunhide Plain Lined Belt.
The Gun: Glock G43 ($519.99)
Glock unveiled its G43 pistol in 2015, providing the market with a single-stack 9mm with all of the functionality and durability found in the company’s larger double-stack models. The single-stack design allows for easy carry, thanks to the gun’s slim profile. The G43 measures in at barely more than an inch wide.
Other features of the G43 include a six-round magazine capacity, a beavertail-style frame extension that allows for a high, solid grip, and enhanced texturing similar to that found on the company’s Gen 4 handguns. Unloaded, the pistol weighs almost 18 ounces.
The Holster: Tulster Profile IWB Holster ($64.99)
We paired up the G43 with the Profile IWB holster from Tulster, which is made from Kydex and features a minimalist design, using as little material as possible to provide users with a low-profile carry option. The holster is form-fitted to the 43, providing audible, positive and adjustable retention, and features an undercut trigger guard that allows for a full firing grip before drawing. The rig is attached to the belt with an injection-molded belt clip and can be carried in a strong-side or appendix position.
The Mag Carrier: Tulster Echo Magazine Carrier ($44.99)
You can pack a reload for your Glock with Tulster’s Echo Magazine carrier, which is perfectly molded to the profile of the G43 magazine. The carrier uses the same low-profile design as the holster and can be oriented for inside or outside the waistband carry. The carrier also features an angled finger-index point for proper hand positioning when going for a reload.
The Flashlight: SureFire Sidekick ($79.99)
An easy-to-carry illumination tool is a great addition to any EDC kit, and the SureFire Sidekick is one of the smallest options on the market, measuring just 2.5 inches long and weighing only 2 ounces. Attached easily to any keychain, the light features 3 different settings, with a maximum output of 300 lumens.
The Knife: Ontario Knife Company UtiliTac II ($44.95)
Rounding out our EDC essentials, the Utilitac II from Ontario Knife Company is a solid daily-use knife, featuring a stainless-steel 3.5-inch drop-point blade. The knife opens easily with ambidextrous thumb studs and can be set up for both tip-up or tip-down carry, depending on your preference.
The Belt: DeSantis Gunhide Plain Lined Belt ($72.99)
Securing this rig, we have a 1.5-inch wide DeSantis Gunhide plain-lined belt, which is built with extra-thick saddle leather. It’s suede-lined, which gives it a little extra texture and keeps it solidly in-place around your waist. The belts can be had in black or tan leather.