HOW TO CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE HANDGUN FOR CONCEALED CARRY
It’s hard to find the perfect handgun to conceal. If you check out any of the forums, you will find that everyone has a different opinion on which is the best option; some suggest handguns, others would recommend a 45. It depends on the person, experience, and environment. We’re not here to tell you which gun is perfect for you; we’re just here to give you the correct information that will allow you to choose a handgun for concealed carry.
Modern technology has given us an incredible number of options that still pack a big enough punch to stop a threat effectively. Those options can always be overwhelming, so let’s go over what you need to know before purchasing a concealed carry firearm.
FORGET ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS.
The most important thing to consider before buying a gun for your home or concealed carry is that it is comfortable. Try out as many guns as you can before making a purchase, and choose the one you could hold and shoot comfortably.
Choosing a gun that doesn’t fit your hand could negatively affect your accuracy. Every bullet counts when you’re in a situation that requires you to draw your weapon.
IF YOUR TOP PRIORITY IS CONCEALMENT, GO FOR A SINGLE STACK.
Go for a single stack magazine. A single stack magazine just means that there is only one row of bullets stacked on top of each other instead of higher-capacity magazines that may stack two bullets side by side.
A single stack will be slimmer and more comfortable to conceal. The handgun’s size for concealed carry will depend on what kind of holster you’re using or concealment clothes you have on. If you feel comfortable holding a thicker gun, then go for it.
For those of us who can’t spare the extra room, you need to compromise on either the magazine capacity of your weapon or the caliber of your bullets.
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON DIFFERENT HANDGUNS
There are plenty of options out there, but it’s good to have an idea of what you’re looking for. Here are two that we suggest:
- M&P Shield in 40 or 9mm
7+1, or 6+1
This gun is incredibly lightweight, easy to conceal, and still packs a vital enough caliber to end any threats effectively. It comes with two single stack magazines—one that sits flush with the gun and another higher capacity magazine.
- Glock 43
7+1, or 6+1
Another single stack variety, the Glock 43, is one of the most compact options out there. Chambered in 9mm, you could easily and comfortably conceal this gun without much issue. And considering that this is a Glock, you could pretty much expect it to be a reliable choice.
SEMI-AUTOMATIC VS. REVOLVERS
When it comes to handguns for concealed carry, it can be hard to beat a semi-automatic. Many people are drawn to revolvers because you could find some in incredibly compact varieties, but they aren’t right for everyone.
If you decide to go with a revolver, try to get one without an exposed hammer, as it is likely to snag on your clothing. Another thing to consider is reloading. It will take a significant amount of training to reload or operate your gun quickly.
Semi-automatics are generally more user friendly, although they may not appear to be at first.
CONCEALMENT HOLSTERS AND CLOTHING
Whatever you decide to carry, you need to make sure you have a safe and effective way to conceal your gun. Check out some of our comfortable holsters and clothing good for concealment throughout the day. Adequate concealment is almost just as important as the gun you carry. Make sure you have an excellent way to conceal your weapon before you decide to go about your day.