Fast forward to nowadays, and all that stuff fits easily into an inside-the-waistband holster:
|M&P 9 w/Crimson Trace Lasergrip and Lightguard and Dark Star Gear holster.|
The light was bright enough that I had no difficulty using it to engage targets out to 30 yards or so at the Midnight Three Gun match earlier this year, and that's plenty bright. No, it's probably not bright enough to get inside the enemy's OODA loop and dominate his battlespace with a wall of light as a weapon and cause him to have a dynamic critical incident in his pants, or whatever the latest tacticool buzzspeak is. That's okay, I'm not on a SWAT team, and this serves my needs just fine.
|IWB and OWB holsters from Dark Star Gear.|