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Today's Top Carry Rigs

Why the never-ending flow of holsters? My theory is simple. Carrying a gun is a pain in the … well, you know. Clint Smith likes to say carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable. Wise words, because carrying a gun is certainly not going to replace the warm fuzzy I get from wearing my Buzz Lightyear slippers anytime soon. So, partly as a result of an abundance of communal pain, holster manufacturers are always looking to invent the next big thing to promise a better solution. There’s a whole new crop of gear worthy of your consideration. Let’s take a look at some of the newer offerings.

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Kimber's Aegis Elite Pro 9mm Vortex Venom

The ageless 1911 marches on, even managing to stay on top of newly emerging trends as it goes. Case in point: The Kimber Aegis Elite Pro, coming direct from the factory with a “carry optic” sight.

We shouldn’t be surprised: the 1911 was among the first pistols to get red dot optics, first in the bull’s eye competition world, and then in NRA Action Pistol and thereafter in USPSA. These, however, were the big bulky tubes of old, unsuitable for daily holster carry. Today’s smaller carry optics are becoming a trend in the CCW world.

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S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ

The call went something like this: “Hey Roy, can you break free for a quick two-dayer to S&W for a new gun launch?” — it was Matt Spafford, their media liaison guru. “We’re announcing something very cool and want to make sure Handgunner’s there to cover it!”

“Um … uh …,” I said, doing my best editor impression. “Promise me it’s not a polymer frame 9mm and I’ll come.

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