Author Topic: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?  (Read 61482 times)

Jimpilot

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2015, 06:13:00 PM »
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Jmeyer,

you are thinking correctly.  Pick a gun that you like and will likely carry. 

There is not that much difference between a good quality hollow point .380 and the .45.  (Personally, I like my S&W 500, but it is not a good carry gun. <!-- s:) -->:)<!-- s:) --> )

In what universe is a 380 caliber,  90 grain hollow point comparable to a 45 caliber, 230 hollow point?

If PD round technology on small calibers has improved their performance, then large caliber performance has improved also.

The best gun for concealed carry is the one you will carry everyday. The .22 in your pocket is far better than the 44 Mag in your safe.

In what universe is a 45 caliber comparable to a 30-06. It's a matter of function and size. I do agree that a gun you'll carry is the right choice.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #46 on: January 18, 2016, 06:40:08 AM »
Simple question, complex answers.  Don't worry about caliber at the moment. The .380s will kill you just as dead as the .45s, but if you aren't an experienced shooter they are a lot harder to shoot.  Small guns are much easier to conceal, but they are not easier to shoot until you get really familiar with them.  Even a  .380 in a tiny gun is a lot of recoil, and I'm 6'1" and 235.  If you don't have a good grip, they can be a real challenge to hold onto.  Same for a compact .40 S&W.  I've got the LCP, TCP and Pico in .380 and love anyone of them for convenience, just pop one in a pocket and take off if you don't want to take the time to put a bigger gun on. But, while I have faith in the lethality of a well placed .380, I normally carry a 9mm or .40 (LC9S pro or Glock 26 in 9mm and a Taurus Slim 40 or a Sig 250C in .40) and occasionally a .45 Glock 30S which I love to shoot but am not too fond of carrying.  I also carry one of my S&W snubbies in 38 special on occasion.
Which would I recommend for you?  None of the above.  There are a bunch of good, reliable guns out there and the one you should get for starters is one you like to shoot and one that you will carry EVERY DAY.  You also need to practice with it until you can shoot it well and you trust it with your life. That's harder with some of the smaller guns because when you are checking it out for reliability you may need to shoot 3 or 4 hundred rounds through it and that can hurt after a while with a sharp recoil.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2016, 07:15:24 PM »
Whatever make, model or caliber you choose opt for a laser. Crimson Trace is my choice..  The newly improved LCP that has real sights, a seven round mag & a Crimson Trace is a wise choice for FL summer attire carry.   Before dispelling the .380, study these test results~    http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/self-defense-ammo-ballistic-tests/#380ACP   ~ This forum is about concealed carry self-defense not swat standoffs.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2016, 05:41:32 PM »
Even with the new sights on the Ruger LCP I would still use a laser. The sight radius, even with decent sights, is so short that the laser is a big improvement in target acquisition and shot placement in my experience.

One alternative to the Ruger LCP that is similar in size is the Taurus TCP which also has a slide lock open on the last shot, a feature which I wish Ruger would add to the LCP.

I would suggest that you handle as many possible different handguns as possible prior to purchasing a gun. If possible, go to a range with friends or look for a range that rents handguns and try them out. The smaller and lighter the handgun, the more important a proper grip is because of the recoil and small grip. There is a balance between size/weight, ease of carry and ease of shooting.

The LCP and TCP are truly "pocket pistols" as are some others such as the SIG P938, but there are numerous small pistols which are just a bit on the big size for pocket carry, but are still easily concealable.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2016, 10:43:23 PM »
Just about everybody recommends what they carry, and there are more than 50 recommendations so far in this thread. Everything in carrying or shooting is a trade off. Big bullets make bigger holes, bigger holes leak more fluid. Smaller bullets allow more capacity in the same size gun, more holes leak more fluid. Double action is great for some, single action is preferable to others. If the trigger pull is quite a bit higher than the weight of the gun (8 pound trigger 1 pound gun) the longer the pull the harder it is to hold the sight picture through the entire pull. Smaller guns are easier to conceal, harder to shoot accurately. If you treat your gun like your lawnmower, get a Glock because you don't have to clean them much. A lot of people think the Glock is a brick in the hand, if you have small hands. Shoot as many as you can before deciding and buy a good name brand that has a reputation for reliability. Don't skimp on price, if your life is worth $100 get a $100 gun. I would suggest that you look at 9mm instead of .380 because of the cost and availability of ammo and they can be almost as small.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2016, 11:32:14 AM »
a 380 (or even 22) in the hand is worth more than a 45 in the safe.

the best concealed carry is the one that you carry. Every. Single. Day. and that you are comfortable with and train/practice with.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #51 on: July 08, 2016, 06:29:41 PM »
I'm a small elderly female. My every day carry is a Glock 19 in a concealed carry handbag, but for brief runs I put my snub nosed .38 in my pocket.  My bag has room for a spare magazine, giving me 30 rounds available if needed.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #52 on: July 21, 2016, 12:38:03 PM »
First off you want a gun with stopping power. Having something that requires you to dump a clip into them and they are still coming at you is ridiculous. I prefer my Glock 30S 45cal. It won't take much to put them down.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #53 on: July 26, 2016, 08:57:01 PM »
Depends on ur needs, ur lifestyle, and what kind of clothing u wear. As for me, I currently carry Glock 30s .45 for the summer. But once the weather gets colder and I get back to wearing coats and jackets, I switch over to the full-size H&K USP .40.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #54 on: September 22, 2016, 10:00:21 PM »
Walther CCP series or Ruger SR9c (Compact). Both 9MM.  My2cents.  :)

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« Reply #55 on: November 21, 2016, 06:23:42 AM »
I have a ruger LCR in 38 p.  Its a handful with p loads, conceals well and is hammerless double action only trigger.  Used to carry it more but have moved away from the wheelgun for a slimmer gun and more rounds.  When I bought mine the model was new and did not include the 357mag option/model.  I imagine that would be a handful with full house loads but would definitely give you more punch for an angry bear.  If you ever needed it I doubt you'd notice the recoil.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2016, 09:18:46 AM »
Glock 26 Gen 3 (9MM) The Glock 26 was designed for concealed carry.
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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #57 on: September 04, 2017, 09:57:14 AM »
In Oklahoma, so I'm sure as many on here are from similar states with incredibly hot weather in the summer, the carry gun I choose has a lot to do with the weather. During hot summer days when I dress lightly, I like to carry my M&P Shield .40. At only 7/8 inch thick it hides well under a t-shirt or polo. Drawbacks-only holds 7+1.
In cooler months when i can get away with wearing a little heavier clothing or a jacket I like my Ruger SR40. It holds 15+1. Drawbacks-medium sized frame (me and my weapon) it prints depending what I wear.

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Re: What's the Best Gun for Concealed Carry?
« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2017, 07:27:27 AM »
Not only have I carried concealed for 34+ years, worked in gun shops, shot competative IPSC/IDPA and teach defensive firearms classes to newbies the best carry gun is an unanswerable question. Recently had a female student who was a long distance runner and of very slight build. She wanted to carry a gun but on 10 to 25 mile training runs was not going to carry anything heavy. I always try to expose my students to at least a dozen firearms before they purchase their carry gun. My smallest and lightest 380's she liked the weight but had issues with ergonomics of a semi auto. Also recoil was an issue with her size. She is carrying a "Scandium" S&W 351 PD in 22 Mag. At 10 ounces unloaded and we'll under a pound loaded with Hornady Critical Defense FTX. In this case the gun carried beats the gun left at home or in car.

I generally carry a SIG 2022 in 40 Smith with tritium sights as my work gun due to harsh environment. Whenever not working carry a 1911 Government Model. Usually have a 5" full size or even a 6" long slide as my primary and a SIG 1911 Double Nickle Compact as a backup since use same ammo and magazines. Other days will still carry a 5 shot 3" barrel 44 Special with two speed loaders. On even rarer days might catch me with a 9mm Hi Power or SIG but am very selective in 9mm ammo choices as feel it's a minimum caliber and why for competative use falls in minor cartridge division. Sometimes when have to be ultra discreet carry an AMT 380 Backup of which own seven as wife loves them for size and we stash them everwhere, especially when riding motorcycles. Mine are 100% reliabe as all carry guns get 500 rounds fired before trusted with my life. Any glitches are addressed with good gun smithing.

My wife who has a degenerative bone disease carries a Walther PK380 with Hornady Critical Defense as a primary most times but in her truck there is a 5.728 AR 15 in police style lock under back seat. She has three of the Walthers, all well shot and two required some smith work for 100% reliability and a pair of Colt Diamondbacks she confiscated when discovered how slick they shoot loaded with the low recoil Hornady Critical Defense with pink tips. It's offered in 380, 38 and 9mm with all still in her ability to shoot. She keeps a SIG 9mm with the low recoil Critical Defense and an Osprey suppressor on night stand.

Have clients that often choose a compact carry in 380 or 9mm and duty size 9mm or 40 Smith for home defense. So here is the conundrum... Asking which gun is best for CCW is like asking someone what is their favorite Sunday evening meal or favorite movie. I can run a dozen couples through a private class and have the twelve women choose one or two weapons totalling 16 models and men do the same. Try to get them trained on best concealed carry for each and a single duty size for home defense they share. Doesn't always work out like that. My 77 year old mother carries a S&W M-60 in 38 Special and after 40 years can shoot your left eye out from any distance someone is a threat.

Thus I suggest a class or finding a collector or group where can try a myriad of choices. Ranges that rent a wide variety of handguns is another answer. Not only should a handgun be comfortable to carry but comfortable to shoot. It needs to fit a person's individual needs and they need to practice with it regularly and take a class if new to carry. I mention Hornady Critical Defense ammunition often as its good stuff, reliable expansion and available in have hitting Critical Duty, slightly lighter Critical Defense and the pink tipped low recoil flavor. All tests well for me. If want a more budget friendly ammunition the Federal HST is also a go-to choice for me and recommend often. So not only is the question what is best handgun but also best ammunition and best holster or method of carry. I have several dozen holsters, not all can invest over $1,000 in leather choices.

Also there are special circumstances that might dictate your carry handgun. Like the lady long distance runner being tasked with the 10 ounce 22 Magnum a person fly fishing in Alaska might need a 454 Casull Magnum or 500 Smith. Someone mentioned a while back in this thread having issues with 380 acp pocket pistols. Have seen many that were goofy and many that were perfect. Why it's suggested a few hundred rounds minimum be fired through any carry gun purchased to learn it's nuances and all aspects of your personal situation considered. While I find a 380 marginal, with modern ammunition it beats no gun but only if it functions and hits what aim at. Have seen many men come in gun sfores, buy a 1911 in 45 and bring back to trade in due to issues with recoil in under two weeks.

Why all new gun owners should test drive, not just hold in a gun shop any handgun they might consider purchasing unless can afford to keep buying till get it right in the interest of building a collection. Then your tasked with finding amunitions it likes, not all guns like all ammo plus correct holster. How is that for narrowing down your choice. Why my students handle a minimum of a dozen handguns and sometimes upwards of twenty different choices before settle on what they feel comfortable using, carrying and defending your life.