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.
Today on "I Carry" we have a Girsan MC9 T pistol in a PHLster Floodlight holster with a CRKT Bivy pocketknife.
Now SIG Sauer Custom Works is introducing a stand-alone version of the trigger group inside the P365 as the P365 Custom Works Fire Control Unit.
When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.
In today's episode of "I Carry," we have the brand-new Kimber R7 Mako micro-9 mm double-stack pistol carried in a Mission First Tactical holster and equipped with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red-dot sight.