Should I customize my EDC pistol?

If you spend any amount of time on the <insert gun model here> owners’ groups on Facebook you will undoubtedly find a long line of posts with pictures of colorized/customized EDC pistols. I always stop and ask myself why the hell would anyone do this to a carry gun? To me this seems like a really bad idea since its almost always done in the name of style. Allow me to explain.

A gun is a tool, it has a purpose and it should be used for such. An EDC pistol’s purpose is to stop threats. Its not a competition gun, it’s not meant to put on exhibitions of remarkable shooting skills, and it’s definitely not meant to be flashed around for show.

Now if we are completely honest with ourselves, the odds of someone needing to pull their weapon on a bad guy to defend themselves or family within the appropriate legal parameters is very very low. That being said the firearm that is most likely to be used in such a situation is your EDC one. Again not saying that because you carry a firearm on your person means you will use it, just that if you do have to use a gun for self defense, it will most likely be the one you carry every day. So what does all this have to do with customizing the firearm in your collection most likely to be used to shoot someone?

To answer this question I want to draw your attention to a YouTube video posted by USCCA where they asked a criminal defense attorney to explain the legal ramifications of this very topic. You can watch the video here:

There are other videos out there as well that discuss this topic at length. An EDC gun is not a competition gun, you aren’t shooting for groups at 25 yards with it, you aren’t doing marksmanship exhibitions with it. You carry it for one reason: to defend your/family’s life if necessary. Typically that occurs in 5 yards or less. Having colorized grips/triggers/mag extensions make no functional difference to the gun and there is no explanation other than i wanted to look cool. Now try explaining that in court after you stopped a bad guy from taking your kid. Were you really in danger or were you just looking for an excuse to show off the $500 in accessories you spent on your EDC pistol?

With this in mind, I want you to stop and ask yourself if you really need that red trigger, or that blue mag extension, or that engraved back plate, or grip with orange text? Now ask yourself what a good attorney who is trying to advance a political agenda, or win cash for their client is going to do with someone who took another’s life with a tricked out gun? I think if you honestly think about things, you will come to the conclusion that a fancy EDC gun is actually worse than a plain Jane EDC gun.

Minuteman Concealment discount code

I was recently looking for a IWB concealed carry holster to fit my Springfield XD sub compact pistol. While these are fairly easy to find around $30 or less, I recently added a Crimson Trace DS-123 laser to the rig. Adding that particular laser made finding a holster next to impossible to find.

I looked everywhere, and no one had a holster that would work for this setup, except Minuteman Concealment. They were the only holster shop I could find that would make a form fitting IWB holster for me that wasn’t $100. Custom orders do take 2 weeks to make (nothing unexpected and definitely not unreasonable there) but they are well worth the wait for something custom made. You can also use coupon code CALGUN10 for 10% off any order! Go ahead and check them out, I do not get any kickbacks, or commissions, just wanted to share with you a source for very reasonably priced custom made holsters.

Reasons why I like Minuteman Concealment:

  • Great customer service: I logged onto their website to start looking at the different holster options and had a couple questions off the bat. I opened up the chat now option at 7p Central and someone was still online and ready to talk with me, taking time to answer whatever questions I had.
  • Holsters you get to customize: Every holster is made to order to your specs. You get to choose the color(s)/patterns. You get to choose L or R handed. You get to choose if you want a light/laser fitting holster. You get to choose if you want the basic belt clips or claw attachment. You get to choose if you want IWB (Revolution Series) or OWB (Revere series) or a custom made appendix carry gun + mag holster (Jefferson Series). If you don’t see an option for your specific model firearm, they will make a holster to fit it. If you don’t see a color/pattern option you want, they will add it. If you don’t see the laser/light attachment you need the holster to fit, they will make it. For the revolution series holster this comes to about $50 using our 10% discount code CALGUN10.
  • 30 day no risk guarantee: Buy it, you don’t like it send it back within 30 days for a full refund. Custom orders included. Any company that will stand behind their products like that deserves consideration.
  • Free shipping: This one is self explanatory ūüôā
  • Quick Ship options available: Don’t care about the colors and just want it fast, they have quick ship options available for popular models that get mailed out in 1 biz day!
  • Price: Did I mention that their prices are very fair? I mean seriously $50 to your door for a custom designed/made IWB kydex holster is as great a deal as you will find out there for a kydex IWB holster.