I Carry: H&K VP9SK in a Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra Max Holster

posted on November 10, 2017

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 Heckler & Koch VP9SK pistol in a Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra Max holster. Rounding out the gear is a Browning Crossfire flashlight, a  Coast FDX302 knife, a Comp-Tac Magazine Concealment Pouch and a CrossBreed Executive Gun Belt.

Gun: Heckler & Koch VP9SK ($719)

The HK VP9SK is the latest iteration of the company’s popular VP9 platform. The gun differs from its full-size sibling in that it has a shorter barrel and a shortened grip frame, making the gun much more suitable for concealed carry. Capacity with a flush-fit magazine is 10 rounds, but extended, larger-capacity magazines are available, and the VP9SK is compatible with full-size VP9 magazines.

One unique aspect of the VP9SK is its use of a paddle-style magazine release instead of the more popular push-button release. Proponents of this design say it’s quicker and more intuitive than a push-button, many of which require a slight shift in your grip to actuate. The VP9SK also includes many of the same innovative features found on the full-size pistol, like the interchangeable grip panels and backstraps, slide-mounted charging supports and the company’s precision-strike trigger.

Holster: Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra Max Holster ($80.99)

We’re carrying the VP9SK inside the waistband with Comp-Tac’s Infidel Ultra Max Holster. This is a hybrid design, with a double-layer leather backing paired up with a precision-molded Kydex shell. This provides the comfort of a leather rig while providing solid retention and allowing for easy reholstering. The rig is secured to the belt with a single polymer belt clip and can be adjusted for retention and cant.

Mag Carrier: Comp-Tac Magazine Concealment Pouch ($39.99)

A single spare magazine can be carried easily with the use of the Comp-Tac Magazine Concealment Pouch, made from cowhide leather that offers a full sweat guard and protects your spare mag, keeping it secured and oriented properly for a rapid reload. The carrier attaches to the belt with a single clip and can be adjusted for ride height.

Flashlight: Browning Crossfire ($54.99)

For a solid EDC illumination tool, the Browning Crossfire is one of the newest lights on the market, featuring a rechargeable battery that fuels up using any standard USB charging port. The light operates with a simple tailcap switch and features high and low modes, with a maximum output of 300 lumens. In a pinch, the light can also be used with standard AA batteries, albeit with reduced output.

Knife: Coast FDX302 ($23)

For an affordable daily-carry knife, the 4-ounce FDX302 from Coast is a great option to look at. It uses a stainless-steel 3-inch blade that’s secured with the company’s innovative double-lock system, which ensures that the blade stays locked open, even under pressure. The knife also features skeletonized handles that are also made from stainless steel for a durable, rust-resistant tool.

Belt: CrossBreed Executive Gun Belt ($74.95)

CrossBreed 1.5-inch Executive Gun Belts ensure a solid mounting point for your holster and other EDC gear. The belts are made using premium-grade leather and feature a high-quality, polished look that works well with any professional attire. The belts are hand-oiled and can be had in black and brown colors.

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