Dean Weingarten: My Everyday Carry Guns

The author really likes his Glock and lightweight revolver.

U.S.A.-( My everyday carry is a Glock 17 in a Fobus retention holster. It was fitted with Glock factory tritium night sights when refurbished by a Glock armorer a few years ago. A spare magazine is carried in a narrow pants pocket. The ammunition is 115 grain Triton +P 9mm hollowpoints. When a need for more concealment than easily achieved with the Fobus arises,  the deeper concealment pistol is a Smith & Wesson 337 Scandium revolver with a 3 1/8 inch barrel, adjustable sights, and Crimson Trace grips. Various holsters and concealment methods are used. It is rated for .38 Special +P loads. It is loaded with 125 grain Federal +P Nyclad hollowpoints. Spare ammunition is carried in two HKS speedloaders.

The subject of everyday carry necessarily starts with a clear understanding of what the objective of carrying the firearm is.  This is a highly personal decision, with numerous purposes and combinations. Each person needs to consider their own objectives, risks, benefits, the environments they will be in, and choose accordingly.

For this correspondent, the primary objective is political, with a secondary objective of defense of self and others, dominated by deterrence over tactical surprise.

I ordinarily carry openly. Open carry is more politically effective than concealed carry. The two methods complement and reinforce each other. Both have advantages and disadvantages. I have often practiced both at the same time.

Weingarten open carry image taken by friend picked up from the hospital. Courtesy Dean Weingarten.

Open carry is an effective statement the carrier has Second Amendment rights. Those rights limit what the government can do. The carrier is not afraid to assert those rights and enforce them.

Open carry is a direct political assault against Progressive philosophy. It is bold, strong, symbolic, protected, political speech.

The Glock is an obvious choice. There are reasons Glock became known as the most common police handgun in the United States. The Glock is, essentially, a highly modified Browning design. The Glock 17 is the handgun John Moses Browning would have designed if he had modern materials and manufacturing methods available a hundred years ago.

Glocks are notoriously tough and reliable. Any everyday handgun is going to be subject to wear and abuse. If the gun and holster do not show wear, the person who carries them is living a very protected and limited lifestyle, or they do not actually carry the gun very much. Examine guns and holsters carried every day by police. After a few years, they all show wear.

Working guns and holsters inevitably suffer finish wear. Glocks are tough and don’t win beauty contests. They just work and work and work.

Politically, Glocks are iconic as a serious working gun. They are not barbecue guns, nor are they particularly cheap or expensive. They are the Ford 150 of pistols. To those who notice, a Glock openly carried in a retention holster places the person carrying it with those who carry guns professionally.  It is a politically useful image.  If you look at a Ford 150, it is not hard to tell if it is a work truck or a tough suburban tot transporter.

The Fobus holster is similar to the Glock. It is tough and it works. After a decade of near-constant use, it will need to be replaced. It is inexpensive enough so the occasional replacement does not break the bank. The retention feature is not the highest or the lowest but provides much more security than most holsters. It is cheap insurance for someone openly carrying.

This correspondent does not spend much time in high-risk environments. Most criminals prefer easy prey to hardened targets. There are documented cases of criminals foregoing crimes because the potential victim was armed. As Sun Tsu wrote:

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

Pistol snatchers are very rare. It is a very risky proposition. They almost never target people who avoid confrontations and who work to be aware of their environment, who avoid crowds, and cover up the pistol if close proximity becomes unavoidable.

It is desirable to prevail in tactical street conflicts without fighting. It is more desirable to win political battles without war.

Ongoing technological and political advances have this correspondent considering alternative everyday carry options.

It may be the subject of a separate article.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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I know a lot of people that vilify open carry every time it’s discussed. I see it as a right. I don’t like to tell people how to exercise their rights. Personally, I open carry in certain situations but as a rule, I legally conceal. I legally exercise the 2A as I see fit and expect others to do the same. I hate when we attack our own over these details.


1911 – .45 concealed always unless in the woods then it’s a Ruger Blackhawk .44 mag or a Ragingbull 454 Casull not concealed . Big bears might respect me more if they can see my big bore handgun . LOL


In South Carolina, we just recently (August, 2021) got the blessings of our masters in Columbia to Open Carry if you have a permit. I am glad they approved OC and hope it is eventually expanded, along with Concealed Carry, to all citizens whether or not they have a permit. I have yet to OC although I appreciate having the option. One thing I like is that if I reach for an item on the top shelf, bend to get something from the bottom shelf in the grocery store, or the wind blows my shirt up or jacket open outdoors,… Read more »

Wild Bill

Yes, some “gentle” peoples’ attitudes are surprising. I knew a federal bureaucrat who would occasionally talk about her husband’s pride in having never touched a gun.
We were, of course, curious about how he would defend her and the children if the family ever encountered a criminal. Apparently, she and her husband traveled in circles that thought such a travesty would never occur, so she thought it a moot question.


“It is more desirable to win political battles without war.” But, sometimes there are those that just deserve a good kilin’……


I have practiced EDC since round about 1980. Here in Wyoming, open carry is a person’s right as soon as you cross the state line. Agreeing with the author about making a statment, I open carry during tourist season. After having been a cop in SoCal, I am pretty confident in my weapon retention skills – and my ability to recognize and avoid a situation about to unfold. Whenever I go to town (population 7,500) I typically see half a dozen folks open carrying, and about twice that number concealed carrying. I know several people who have either quit hunting… Read more »


If I lived in Arizona, I’d open carry. Being in North Idaho, we wear heavy clothing 5 months of the year. Concealed carry is the normal practice.Then when summer comes, I don’t feel right about open carry. At times I do carry a G48 and a G43. The G43 is my all the time gun, packing it in a DeSantis pocket holster. The G48 in a DeSantis belt holster. I keep the left front pocket carry as that is where I carried a back up gun for decades. It pays to carry as I stopped three felony attacks on other… Read more »

Wild Bill

Ok DW, I understand your argument and reasoning, however some folks look at that open carry and say to themselves, “If I need a gun in the very near future, I am going to take his.” That is not evil, just logistics.

Maybe one could wear the open carry unloaded and a concealed carry loaded. The open carry would just be a subterfuge.


They are mostly part of the system and lean toward the state mindset. “Laws are laws, I don’t make them, I just enforce them…”


“Cheap Insurance” indeed. I’m surprised an otherwise intelligent gun writer would carry in a POS Fobus holster. But I am constantly amazed at gun people who carry $500+ guns in $5 gun show holsters hanging off a Dollar General belt.

Charles Nichols

I would like to thank all of the depraved, degenerate concealed carriers who post on public forums. Your comments are the best argument for not only making concealed carry a crime but to make concealed carry a mandatory minimum five-year felony in state prison.


How do you plan to defend yourself or others when out and about? Open carry?

Wild Bill

I have a suspicion about his general defense plan, but I would like to read his response.

Wild Bill

Many modern people are “gentle”. Concealed carry is merely taking their emotions into consideration.
He brings a whole new meaning to the old phrase ” doing a nickel”.

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California Fudd. Brother, I pray for your freedom daily. I won’t tell you how to be free. Do what’s good for you but don’t tamper with my rights.

Wild Bill

You bring up a good question, ” How did some Americans get so comfortable deciding how others should think, act, and live and then try to get the government to enforce it?”

Charles Nichols

tactical surprise” is what District of Columbia v. Heller called, “secret advantage and unmanly assassination” and why concealed carry has been a crime of moral turpitude in American law for over 200 years.

Open Carry gives fair notice to the people around the weapon bearer that he is armed so that they may govern themselves accordingly and take steps toward self-preservation. This is impossible if the weapon is concealed.

Morality is, of course, irrelevant to the concealed carrier.


Judgmental much? DC lost in Heller, so I do not give their arguments credence. I am not particularly “manly”, nor are my wife and daughters. Why should they not have a “secret advantage” in event someone tries to do them harm? Using your logic it would be immoral to train in martial arts unless you have rank tattooed on your forehead. That argument is utter rubbish. There are many environments where open carry draws conflict. How can you consider avoiding conflict immoral? It is not my role to enforce moral behavior of strangers. They are responsible for governing their own… Read more »


Well said, Finnky!


guess nature is evil, by charles nichols standards , and no thought that increased cc drops crime rate. let those that would attack others show their colors so they can be culled from the herd

Charles Nichols

@Finnky It was Justice Scalia who said only cowards and criminals carried concealed weapons. Thanks for proving to the world that concealed carriers are also illiterate.


If you were moral in the first place it wouldn’t matter if the person had a gun or not. You should treat all people fairly and be nice and give them the chance to show that they are jerks. If they are threatening with a BLM, Antifag approved weapon, then you show yours and that gives them the chance to change their attitude.


“Morality is, of course, irrelevant to the concealed carrier.”
Smug stupidity is, of course, quite relevant to Chas.

Wild Bill

Charles, Charles, Charles … is there a distinction between openly bearing or concealed bearing in the Second Amendment?
If you wish to limit yourself, for personal standards reasons, go ahead, but where do you get the authority to impose your personal views on the rest of us?
Happy New Year, Ammolanders!

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Happy New Year, Wild Bill!

Wild Bill

… and many happy returns … er … or rather … reloads!!

Charles Nichols

@Wild Bill Justice Kagan asked the NRA lawyer Paul Clement about that. After hemming and hawing, the best that Clement could come up with wasn’t that the Framers of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments thought concealed carry is a right protected by the Second Amendment, Clement said people today are on a “different wavelength.”:

Opposing evil is not an imposition of morality on others. A moral man knows this but no surprise that you don’t.

Wild Bill

Many people now-a-days are on a different wavelength… some completely freak out at the sight of a firearm. Concealing one’s firearm is merely being courteous towards the weak spirited, gentle souls, that share space on the earth with us. There is nothing depraved about that.

Oh, and would Paul Clement say that he hemmed and hawed or is that just your view? Because you really can not go by the transcripts. If you have ever read a transcript of your own in court performance …. The transcripts make everyone seem clumsy and stilted. Apparently you attended?

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Ansel Hazen

Well Chucky, you must know that you are supposed to treat every gun as if it were loaded. Same goes for people, treat them as if everyone you meet has a gun on their hip.


You are irrelevant!