We are living in the Golden Age of quality, affordable everyday carry (EDC) pistols. Here’s a YouTube video from Brandon401401 comparing the Springfield XDs and S&W Shield.
Currently my primary EDC pistol is the XDs .45ACP. Mrs. Wolf EDC is the M&P Shield 9mm. Add a laser , a Remora holster and at least one extra mag and you’re good to go. I carry two extra XDs mags, which gives me 17 EDC rounds. Remora provided me with a free mag holder when I ordered the holster. For EDC, I also carry an iPhone, a knife and a flashlight using Maxpedition gear.
As a civilain concealed carry holder, I want a laser on my EDC self defense firearm. Lasers provide you with instant and overwhelming advantages you wouldn’t otherwise have. Laser sights simply help you shoot better, with greater speed and accuracy, which translates into increased confidence—even in tense and threatening scenarios, when hours and hours of vigilant training can disappear in a haze of panic and confusion.
Firearms are used thousands of times a day in the United States by law enforcement and law abiding citizens alike, to stop crime and save lives. But the self defense guns are seldom fired. Simply producing the weapon usually stops the criminal activity and adding a laser increases the chance that you will not have to fire the gun to save lives.
Law enforcement officers are represented by government lawyers after they fire their weapons. We civilians are on our own. Legal representation could cost tens of thousands of dollars even if you legally fire a gun as a last resort in defense of deadly force. A $200 laser is well worth the expense to me. The last thing most criminals (including active shooters) are looking for is a gun fight. A laser is one of the most effective ways to send the message that you are armed and have no intention of becoming a victim.
“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
- James Earl Jones