What do you think is the most important quality to look for in a concealed carry weapon? Do you want a firearm that is affordable and looks good, or are you more interested in purchasing a weapon that will do the job you need it to do? For us, price point is the third priorityäóîfit and reliability are priorities 1 and 2.
Operate Your Handgun Comfortably
The gun you purchase for concealed carry purposes needs to be one that you can rely on anytime, anywhere. Who knows? You might need to shoot your firearm one time or multiple times. Therefore, the gun you purchase for concealed carry must be comfortable for you to shoot and easy for you too shoot quickly and accurately.
Hand Size Matters
Concealed carry handguns are smaller than full-sized weapons, which mean hand size matters. A firearm that is comfortable to hold and shoot for one person may be uncomfortable for the next person to hold and shoot. Before you buy a concealed carry weapon, we recommend trying it out first to know that the gun is comfortable for you to hold and reliable for you to shoot quickly and accurately. Ultimately, you want a weapon that is stable in your hand.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself about each concealed carry weapon you are considering buying:
1. Can you hold the handgun in one hand without losing control?
2. Can your fingers reach the magazine with ease?
3. Can you pull back the upper receiver and lock it to the rear without too much effort?
4. Can the magazine be ejected easily while youäó»re holding it?
5. Can you lift the firearm in front of you with just one hand?
Next Up: Caliber
The most common caliber for concealed carry weapons is .380 ACP or 9mm. The .380 ACP is just a shorter version of the 9mm. For people who cannot handle the recoil of a larger caliber, like .40 S&W or .45 ACP, the .380 ACP is useful.
Remember: You might be using your concealed carry weapon in an emergency situation. Itäó»s not enough to be able to put one round of bullets on targetäóîyou must be able to put multiple rounds of ammo on target and you must be able to do it quickly and accurately at all times. That is why itäó»s important to test out the gun prior to buying and carrying it.
1. Ruger LCP
The recoil of this weapon might be too much for some people. This gun is compact at 5.16-inches long and 3.6-inches tall. It has rugged construction with through-hardened steel slide and one-piece, high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.
2. Glock 43
The Glock 43 is a single stack, 9mm pistol. This firearm meets all the demands of your concealed carry needs. Itäó»s ultra-concealable, accurate, and fantastic for all shooters regardless of hand size. The grip has an aggressive texture, which allows the shooter to operate the pistol easier than otherwise. The large magazine catch allows for easy removal of the 6 round magazines.
3. CZ-75D Police Czech Republic Compact
Nearly identical in size to the CZ 75 compact, this firearmäó»s forged aluminum frame makes it _ pound lighter than the CZ75 Compact, making it more comfortable for everyday carry. Check out this weapon on deguns.net äóñ prices start at just $599.00!
4. Glock 26 Gen 3 9mm
This firearm is one of the most sought-after concealed carry options and has been since 1994. The modular back strap design lets shooters instantly customize its grip to adapt to an individual shooteräó»s hand size. A reversible enlarged magazine catch accommodates left and right-handed operators.
5. Springfield XDs .45
The 4-inch full size XD line of pistols from Springfield Armory is the original XD offering. The firearm features a 4-inch barrel and a full-sized frame. It gives shooters the handling and accuracy that one might expect from a standard-sized pistol. A striker status indicator and loaded chamber indicator let shooters know when the firearm is ready to fire. The grip safety, firing pin block safety, and Ultra Safety Assurance action trigger system prevent accidental discharges.
6. Taurus PT111 G2
The newly designed Taurus PT111 G2 handgun features a lightweight 22-ounce frame, thin profile, and 3.2-inch barrel. It is small in profile, has smooth rounded corners, and is functional, reliable, and easy to conceal.
The Taurus PT111 is comparable to the Glock 26 when it comes to size, thickness, and slide design. The biggest difference between the two handguns is that the Taurus PT111 holds 12 round magazines while the Glock 26 holds 10.
To have a reliable concealed carry handgun, you want one that is light, thin, and comfortable to carry. Think about how you dress too and ask yourself if the gun you buy will be easy to conceal with your normal, every-day wardrobe. Never sacrifice reliability and durability when you purchase a concealed carry weapon.