Conceal Carry: Selecting The Best Weapon

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So you have your license to carry, but the piece you own isn’t really the one you want to tote around. What kind of gun should you try to find?

Personal Preferences

If you are the type that likes revolvers, that’s probably going to make you feel more secure than buying an automatic. Most people encourage the 9mm or so automatic route. (Some of us prefer revolvers because we are just that old fashioned and we refuse to budge.)

The type of gun isn’t as important as the quality of the piece and your comfort in holding it, drawing it, using it and transporting it. You may have to compromise on one or both to find the optimum concealed piece.

Considerations and Finding the Balance

Regardless of which model you select, the one you choose should be:

  • Easy to port (consider weight, shape, smooth edges)
  • Dependable (when you carry, you want to be sure it works when you need it)
  • Easy to clean (you should be able to take it apart, clean it and reassemble with ease)
  • Comfortably sized for your hand (forget how well it works for others)
  • Durable (you don’t want a low-quality gun for carry)
  • Safe to transport (no hair-triggers here)

You should also consider finding the best balance between minimum recoil and maximum fire-power. The lighter, easier to carry weapons usually have a smaller caliber bullet (which means it may not be as effective in stopping an assailant) or they are made from smaller, lighter weight frames (which dramatically increases the recoil kick when fired).

Practice Makes Perfect

Before selecting a particular model, you should shoot the same model of gun you are considering (if at all possible) and try carrying that style or a similar weapon. (Ask your friends who carry to let you try theirs on for size.)

Once you have selected and purchased your gun, be sure to practice with it regularly. Owning a gun and having a license to carry will not matter if you let your skills atrophy.

NOTE: Image courtesy of mconnors of

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