Welcome to another episode of "I Carry,"Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together a potential everyday-carry kit.Today, we have aCZ-USA 2075 RAMI carried in aVedderholster. We also have a Vedder magazine carrier, aLeatherman multitool and a solid, slim gun belt from Bigfoot Belts.
CZ-USA 2075 RAAMI ($632)
The CZ 2075 RAMI developed out of a unique joint venture between Colt and CZ-USA back in the mid-‘90s that resulted in a full-size gun called the Colt Z40. Only about a thousand of these .40 S&W Colts were ever made, and CZ eventually took the design and sold it as the CZ 40B. Again, that only ran for a couple years before it was phased out, but not before a subcompact variant emerged as the CZ 2075 RAMI.
Though never as popular as other carry guns like the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield or the Glock G43, these guns do have a solid following among CZ acolytes and are even starting to gain more attention as the concept of a double-action/single-action subcompact carry pistol takes off. The DA/SA setup on this pistol provides a couple of benefits. First, the long, double-action pull for the first shot provides some built-in decision-making time in a defensive situation. You really have to make a conscious decision and effort to let that first shot loose, and when you do, each follow-up shot provides a crisp, clean pull for the fast, accurate shooting you need to defend yourself.
Vedder LightTuck Kydex IWB Holster ($59.99)
To carry this DA/SA semi-auto, we chose the Vedder LightTuck as a comfortable appendix rig. While we’re talking about price, you’ll spend a bit more on the Vedder than you might on a soft-sided, nylon holster, but with an all-Kydex design like the Vedder, the few extra dollars are well worth it. The LightTuck IWB is specifically molded to the shape of this CZ 2075 RAMI, providing firm friction retention that’s user-adjustable.
Ride height and cant can also be customized by the wearer, as the holster provides three different heights and up to 30 degrees of forward and reverse cant to accommodate strong-side, appendix and crossdraw carry. I especially appreciate the height-adjustment option because it ensures I can have the gun sitting at the right height above the waistband to allow for a full firing grip before a draw.
The holster attaches to the belt with a single, open-ended spring clip that can be mounted and removed in seconds, if needed. One other feature you’ll really appreciate on the LightTuck is this external claw, which pushes the butt of the gun closer to your abdomen, aiding in concealment and reducing the potential for printing.
Vedder MagTuck IWB ($32.99)
Carrying a spare magazine is really a must for a well-rounded personal-defense kit, and having the right kind of magazine carrier can really make a difference when it comes to daily carry. While a holster typically spreads more of its profile across the skin, a magazine carrier is narrower and has the potential to really dig into your side and be more of an irritant if it’s not designed well. Luckily, the Vedder MagTuck that’s paired with our LightTuck holster is built right. The carrier body doesn’t feature any sharp contours, and the edges of the Kydex are rounded and smoothened to prevent irritation.
Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool ($139.95)
Another solid addition to any daily kit is a multitool, and we’re looking at the Charge Plus in this video. Packing 19 different tools in a unit that weighs little more than 8 ounces and measures only 4 inches long, you’re pretty much loaded down with everything you might possibly need in a pocket-sized package. With pliers, wire-cutters, a 154CM-steel knife blade, saw, scissors and more, it’s possible to solve any issues that crop up in your daily routine. Why carry just a knife when you could carry more?
Bigfoot Slim Steel Dress Gun Belt ($63.88)
Carrying a firearm, spare magazine, multitool, smartphone and whatever else in your pockets can add up, weight-wise. A solid gun belt will help with keeping your gear in place and also makes it much easier to actually carry what you want to carry on a daily basis, as it spreads the load out across your waist. A regular dress belt will only sag in place, and that’s not comfortable nor sustainable for all-day carry. Bigfoot offers this Slim Steel Dress Gun Belt as a solid option. The belt is built with a core of stainless spring steel, which is wrapped in attractive, burnished bridle leather. I particularly like this belt because it’s thinner than other gun belts, looking more like a typical dress belt than a heavy-duty gun belt. Yet, it still gets the job done.
All of this gear represents just one of an incredible number of combinations on the market today, and it’s important for everyone to find the EDC kit that works best for them. Looking for something different than what you see here? Stay tuned to “I Carry” to see more concealed-carry setups.