A: The one you have WITH you!
Many people get caught up in a debate over what is the BEST gun for concealed carry. But often these debates turn into battles of preference. Supporters of revolvers tout the fact that they "do not jam" (which is not entirely true). Supporters of larger caliber handguns scoff at those that choose a .380 round, claiming they lack stopping power. They quickly forget the principles listed in the opening question.
With warm weather approaching, determining the best concealed carry gun is imperative. The truth about concealed carry guns is that it is a matter of YOUR needs and YOUR preferences. To determine the best gun for your needs, you should first answer a few questions for yourself:
What situations am I realistically thinking about for defense?
If you are trying to stop a hostile takeover by multiple armed assailants, no handgun is designed for this task, that is what rifles and shotguns are for. However, if you are thinking about having the ability to protect yourself in the event of an emergency, then any handgun is better than no handgun.
Where on my person do I want to conceal the handgun?
Do you prefer carrying on your hip, your ankle, your waistband, or another location? Where you choose to conceal your handgun will have a significant impact on the handgun you choose for concealed carry.
What type of handgun(s) do I normally shoot?
If you normally shoot a handgun without an external safety, then carrying a concealed handgun that includes an external safety is a bad idea. You are training yourself for failure by not being prepared to deactivate the external safety in an emergency situation. Likewise, if you typically shoot a trigger that is similar to a Glock, then carrying a handgun with a single/double action trigger can be problematic.
What feels comfortable in my hand?
Handguns are like shoes; a certain one may fit just right for one person, but that same one may be a poor fit for the next person. Ideally, you should try shooting any handgun you are thinking about purchasing. If you cannot shoot it, then at the very minimum, you should go to your local gun store to try holding and manipulating it.. See if the gun you are thinking about "feels" right in your hand.
What are a few of the more popular concealed guns that are available to choose from?
While Safe Insight does not recommend any particular handguns, we have seen a few that many of our employees and customers find to be convenient. This list should not be considered definitive, but rather, as a starting point for what works well in your situation.
- Glock 42: This little .380 has been a favorite among Glock fans since it was released in early 2014
- Glock 43: This 9mm pistol was released shortly after the 42 and quickly became a hot commodity
- Smith & Wesson Shield: Available in both 9mm and .40 this comes with an optional external safety
- Sig Sauer P938: This solidly constructed 9mm handgun comes with a 1911 style trigger
- Springfield XDS: Available in 9mm and .40 this smaller gun comes with many extra options
This is by no means an exhaustive list of concealed carry handguns. It is only a starting point for those that are looking for ideas. Remember that solid arguments can be made both for AND against virtually ANY handgun. So use the questions above to decide what you are looking for. Then use that information to help you choose the best concealed handgun for YOU!
Don't forget about your knife!
Remember that knives are easier to conceal than handguns. As an added bonus, they are typically legal to carry in many places where handguns are prohibited. Make the most of this useful little tool!