Firearm: Glock 19 Gen5 MOS (MSRP: $745)
The Glock G19 is the standard in striker-fired, polymer framed compact pistols with a 4-inch barrel and 15-round capacity for 9 mm. The G19 is legendary for its reliability and adaptability thanks perhaps the largest aftermarket in the firearm industry. The MOS models are Glock’s red-dot-ready designs, which accommodate a variety of optics thanks to a series of mounting plates.
There are some features that make the Gen5 model stand out from previous iterations of the G19 MOS. In my opinion, the foremost is the trigger—considerably improved in terms of break and reset, not perfect but no longer a source of complaint. The grip contains no finger grooves, nor a cutout and contains a bilateral slide stop lever.
On the slide, you'll notice beveled edges all around, as well as rear and forward cocking serrations. The G19 Gen5 MOS is a gun I like and trust, and in fact I’ve kept stock except for the addition of a Trijicon RMR and Ameriglo tall sights as backup.
Holster: Bravo Concealment BCA 3.0 OWB (MSRP: $53)
I’ve been a fan of Bravo Concealment’s holsters for years now, they are an American company, based in Texas, and have just been really great folks to work with. I’ve seen over those years how the designs and construction have improved, how everything has advanced, but how they’ve also maintained extremely reasonably pricing.
The BCA 3.0 is the current generation of Bravo’s OWB holsters, and as you can tell it features very precise and very detailed molding, while remaining a very compact and slim package. An addition in the 3.0 is the ability to tune the retention using the screw just beneath the trigger guard.
Another nice feature is that, not only does the holster come with durable belt loops, it is also compatible with Bravo’s holster paddles, adding another dimension of user customization and adjustability.
Flashlight: Surefire Tactician (MSRP: $149)
Designed for everyday carry, the SureFire Tactician offers dual Output settings, 800 lumens for large area search or defensive use and 5 lumens (with a quarter turn of bezel) for more mundane tasks, like searching that space between the driver’s seat and center console. The Tactician has dual Activation - press the tailcap button for momentary-on and twist the head for constant on.
The Tactician is powered by two CR123 batteries and even comes with lanyard, for those who prefer them. I like to carry support side and secure to support hand with the lanyard so that I can still use that hand to open doors or grab a spare magazine.