In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.
In today's episode of "I Carry, we have the new Ruger Max-9 micro-9 mm double-stack pistol carried in a DeSantis Slim-Tuk holster with a Holosun HE507K X2 red-dot sight attached.
In today's episode of "I Carry," we have the new Taurus GX4 micro-compact, double-stack 9 mm pistol carried in a Crossbreed Reckoning holster along with a Cold Steel Mini Recon 1 pocketknife.
Study, experience and technological advancements may convince you to make changes to your EDC gear.