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 aWalther Arms PPS M2 pistol in aClinger Holsters V2 Stingray holster. We also have aDeSantis Gunhide Econobelt, a Clinger Holsters Mag Holster, aKershaw Eris folding knife and an Elzetta Alpha A313 flashlight.
Gun: Walther Arms PPS M2 ($469)
Walther rolled out its PPS M2 in early 2016, providing the U.S. market with a slim, striker-fired 9mm handgun equipped with the push-button magazine release that American shooters seem to love. In addition to the push-button release, the PPS M2 also features the company’s signature ergonomics, providing owners with a comfortable, secure grip, thanks to an improved texture and gentle finger grooves.
One of the stand-out elements of the PPS M2 is its thin, 1-inch profile, making for an incredibly concealable gun. Its carry potential is also heightened by the gun’s light 21.1 ounce weight with an empty magazine. A flush-fit magazine provides the gun with 6 rounds, while 7- and 8-round extended magazines are also available.
The Holster: Clinger Holsters V2 Stingray ($49.99)
I paired up the PPS M2 with the V2 Stingray from Clinger Holsters, designed to provide a low-profile, comfortable holster option for strong-side or appendix carry. The all-Kydex construction is form-fitted to the contours of the PPS to ensure a solid friction-retention lock.
The V2 Stingray, while small, is packed with features, including a sweat shield to separate the gun from a wearer’s skin. The holster is fully adjustable for cant and retention and attaches to the belt via a wide polymer belt clip. The holster also includes a tall sight channel and wide opening to facilitate reholstering and also covers the push-button mag release to prevent accidental activation.
Mag Carrier: Clinger Mag Holster ($19.99)
A spare magazine is a must for any defensive setup, and Clinger has you covered there, too, with its line of Mag Holsters. These carriers are purpose-built for concealment, riding close to the body and featuring a minimalist design that doesn’t draw attention. Magazine retention is fully adjustable, and the Mag Holster can be used effectively on either side of the body.
Flashlight: Elzetta Alpha A313 ($155)
End your EDC-flashlight search by building your own with Elzetta! This particular model is the company’s single-cell Alpha model, which is outfitted with a crenellated strike bezel and a high-low tailcap switch. If you prefer a different setup, Elzetta offers different bezel rings, lens designs and tailcap-switch options to fit your needs. The maximum output of the company’s Alpha light is 415 lumens.
Knife: Kershaw Eris ($69.99)
An everyday-carry knife should ride comfortably in a pocket and deploy quickly and easily when needed. The Kershaw Eris works perfectly, thanks to its smooth, attractive handles made from stainless steel. The knife operates with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism, so the blade locks into place fast with firm pressure applied to the flipper. Blade length is 3 inches, and the weight of the knife is 4.7 ounces.
Belt: DeSantis Gunhide Econobelt ($28.99)
Holding this rig together is the DeSantis Econobelt, developed as an inexpensive option for NYPD officers. This budget-friendly option works with a wide range of carry kits, securing any rig with a thick combination of bonded leather and synthetic materials, all without breaking the bank. The belt is only available in black and is equipped with a powder-coated black buckle.