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Gingersnap
09-07-2010, 03:34 PM
The Best Concealed Carry Handguns

What you are about to read is my take on the best concealed carry handguns, which you will find commented on tens of thousands of times elsewhere. But this is my site and it's my turn. These conclusions are based on my experience with these pistols, shooting and carrying them in various situations.

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-My evaluation is based on "shootability" first, the ease with which the gun can be drawn, sighted and fired.

-Second I considered caliber-the amount of power the bullet will strike with.

-Third I considered size-the ease with which the best concealed carry handguns can be carried without them being inadvertently noticed by passersby.

-Fourth I considered magazine capacity-the number of bullets you have in case something extreme goes down. In spite of all the internet commando gibberish about normal citizens needing extra magazines, backup guns, etc., I considered this one realistically to be least important.

I based the evaluations on how I dress casually in both summer and winter and different situations in which I might carry. I carry in casual clothes always, but not in my dress clothes, though I normally have a gun nearby somewhere. I may carry a different gun in the woods where I exercise than when walking around town or shopping. I have used broad strokes to describe what I do and why I chose these best concealed carry handguns, but I have a tendency to think this evaluation more closely represents most average citizens than some of the online Rambos.

Carry #1: All things considered, carrying this gun under the widest range of conditions, under all types of clothes, in all kinds of weather, in a briefcase, under the seat, the gun that goes with me most often is a GLOCK 23 .40 S&W. This gun replaces the G22 that sat in this spot for 3 years. The reason it now replaces the former champ is simply its more concealable size along with similar inherent accuracy. The GLOCK 23 has proven itself on the range and in the dependability category like all GLOCKS. It is now the gun that is carried daily when I can wear casual clothes and wear a belt or IWB holster. Shooting the gun is a pleasure with the same TruGlo TFO night sights that go on all my GLOCKS. The picture below did not have to be replaced because I carry this gun in exactly the same holster and the same way as the G22. It just conceals a bit better with all the other advantages of a GLOCK the same.

More at the link.

Christian Gun Owner (http://www.christiangunowner.com/best-concealed-carry-handguns.html)

BadCat
09-07-2010, 05:11 PM
I carry a Glock 23C in a SOB holster.

But...I also carry a Glock 27 in an ankle holster at the same time.

Troll
09-07-2010, 06:04 PM
I'm in the market for a CC piece myself. I've pretty much got it narrowed down to:

Glock 26

http://www.iwillnotbeavictim.com/images/glock_26_pinky.gif

Walther PPS

http://www.arcimboldeb.com/img/eventi/armi1/25.jpg

Beretta PX4 Storm

http://www.policemag.com/_Images/articles/Beretta-px4-storm-sub-web-2.jpg

Not to second-guess the guy; I guess it comes down to personal preference, but I can't see a revolver with a hammer as being terribly practical for CC.

Jfor
09-07-2010, 07:36 PM
My current carry piece is a full size CZ75b in 9mm. I am looking at picking up a commander sized .45. I love the CZ but in the summertime, it sucks having to wear heavier clothes to conceal the full size pistol properly.

Gingersnap
09-07-2010, 08:27 PM
Not to second-guess the guy; I guess it comes down to personal preference, but I can't see a revolver with a hammer as being terribly practical for CC.

Hold up there, cowboy. Revolvers have their charms. Particularly for women and elderly who may want a cc weapon in some circumstances but who aren't going to spend an hour a week at the range.

Revolvers are simple to operate, they don't jam, they have instant "this gun is real" signaling, and they often feel "safer" to inexperienced shooters.

Most incidents between normal people and criminals are ended quickly and without bloodshed when the normal person simply displays a weapon. Criminals do not expect serious resistance from women or old people. If someone feels better with a revolver and it's a choice between a revolver and nothing - the revolver is the right choice. ;)

warpig
09-07-2010, 08:32 PM
http://www.nelsontactical.com/products/images/XD9802.GIF


Holds 1+ 13. Comes in .40 SW also.

warpig
09-07-2010, 08:33 PM
Hold up there, cowboy. Revolvers have their charms. Particularly for women and elderly who may want a cc weapon in some circumstances but who aren't going to spend an hour a week at the range.

Revolvers are simple to operate, they don't jam, they have instant "this gun is real" signaling, and they often feel "safer" to inexperienced shooters.

Most incidents between normal people and criminals are ended quickly and without bloodshed when the normal person simply displays a weapon. Criminals do not expect serious resistance from women or old people. If someone feels better with a revolver and it's a choice between a revolver and nothing - the revolver is the right choice. ;)

Especially if you don't spend a lot of time at the range.

Gingersnap
09-07-2010, 08:48 PM
Especially if you don't spend a lot of time at the range.

Exactly. Also, there are a lot of carry options right now that are tailored for revolvers so the hammer isn't a big problem today. Even if Grandma stuffs a revolver in her housecoat pocket when she answers the door, she's better off than relying on 911 alone.

Troll
09-07-2010, 09:26 PM
Hold up there, cowboy. Revolvers have their charms. Particularly for women and elderly who may want a cc weapon in some circumstances but who aren't going to spend an hour a week at the range.

Revolvers are simple to operate, they don't jam, they have instant "this gun is real" signaling, and they often feel "safer" to inexperienced shooters.

Point taken. I shot a buddy's mom's CC piece a while ago, something like this:

http://www.hyattgunstore.com/images/P/442%20300.jpg

If I were going to use a revolver for CC, I'd have to go hammer-less like that one.

warpig
09-07-2010, 11:24 PM
I have 2 for CC a Rossi 2 1/2" .38 5 shot and an older Walther PP in .32. The revolver fit into my pants pocket and you don't even know it's there.

malloc
09-08-2010, 07:22 PM
I used to CC a Glock 23. At work that got really uncomfortable. It wasn't the weight of the thing, it was the width and the "brickiness" of it. Now I carry a Taurus PT 709 Slim, and I love it. The tradeoff was 13 + 1 of .40 S&W for 7 + 1 of 9mm, but at work, I'll take that hit. When I get home, maybe I'll post some pics. I think my coworkers might get a little nervous if I whip it out on my desk and start taking snapshots with my phone.

SarasotaRepub
09-08-2010, 07:45 PM
I carry this...

http://yayarx7.netfirms.com/images/pa63.jpg

And I just got a new NRA leather CC fanny pack. :D

BadCat
09-08-2010, 08:28 PM
I carry this...

http://yayarx7.netfirms.com/images/pa63.jpg

And I just got a new NRA leather CC fanny pack. :D

Isn't that a PA-63?

SarasotaRepub
09-08-2010, 08:35 PM
Isn't that a PA-63?


Yeppers. I load it with some nice little 9mm Makarov hollow points from Georgia Arms.

BadCat
09-08-2010, 08:38 PM
Yeppers. I load it with some nice little 9mm Makarov hollow points from Georgia Arms.

I should know, I have about 5 of them. A lot of mine are real picky about ammo.

SarasotaRepub
09-08-2010, 09:02 PM
I should know, I have about 5 of them. A lot of mine are real picky about ammo.

This one seems to take it all in stride, a good thing. :)

Sonnabend
09-09-2010, 10:09 AM
One of the guys at the range showed me his collection, and if I had CCW, this would be my choice.

http://www.rc-trucks.org/Colt-45.jpg

Chuck58
09-09-2010, 01:40 PM
Right now, for size, pointability and reliability I'll take my old H&K P7. I've tried a number of others but always go back to it. 100% reliable.

Second, one of my Makarovs. Never had any of them (I have 3, an East German, Russian and a Bulgarian) fail.

fettpett
09-09-2010, 05:45 PM
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/JF971iWIRoI/hqdefault.jpg

this is what I have, great gun, had it for a year and a half, don't have a CCW yet, fits my large hands nicely.

it's a Bersa thunder 9mm, there is a 380 version too

Hawkgirl
09-09-2010, 05:53 PM
Been wanting to get a gun...not for carry..but for the home. No idea what I want...but a revolver, so it's easy to load and shoot.

Troll
09-09-2010, 05:55 PM
One of the guys at the range showed me his collection, and if I had CCW, this would be my choice.

http://www.rc-trucks.org/Colt-45.jpg

Is that a Colt Commander? I can't read what's on it.

If you're going 1911 for CC, I think Kimber makes some good ones too...if you can afford them. :eek:

http://www.shootersshop.com/Kimber/ultracarry2.jpg

Gingersnap
09-09-2010, 07:23 PM
Been wanting to get a gun...not for carry..but for the home. No idea what I want...but a revolver, so it's easy to load and shoot.

If you are a new shooter, see if there is a Second Amendment Sisters chapter in your area. The SAS is a woman-centered shooting organization that promotes RKBA politically and safe and friendly shooting lessons locally.

The instructors are all women and the environment is very friendly and non-competitive. You'll learn a lot and make some great friends. ;)

If you don't want to join a class or shooting group (the NRA has instructors everywhere), a revolver is a good choice for a student. Most indoor ranges have various firearms to rent. Tell them what you are interested in and shoot several revolvers before you go to buy.

For home defense, you do not need a gun with the recoil of a bazooka. Anything in the .38 range and over is fine. Educate yourself on what to expect if you ever do have to shoot an intruder. One-shot drops are Hollywood fantasy.

Have fun! :)

Bubba Dawg
09-09-2010, 08:20 PM
The best gun for self-defense is the one you have with you.

Ever have this happen? You run into the store. It's hot as the hinges of the gates of hell outside. You leave your carry in the car.

What if something really bad happens?

I have a very light weight .38 that fits in a front or back pocket. There are a lot of guns I would prefer to have in a gunfight, but the little .38 is the one that is consistently with me when I am out and about in the World.

Gingersnap
09-09-2010, 08:35 PM
The best gun for self-defense is the one you have with you.

Ever have this happen? You run into the store. It's hot as the hinges of the gates of hell outside. You leave your carry in the car.

What if something really bad happens?

I have a very light weight .38 that fits in a front or back pocket. There are a lot of guns I would prefer to have in a gunfight, but the little .38 is the one that is consistently with me when I am out and about in the World.

Well put. A lot times guys (and virtually everything on this subject is written by guys) will get caught up in the technical details and absurd "what if" scenarios. That's fun but it isn't of much use to the cc person who just wants a better chance than he or she would have with a cell phone.

As the FBI stats show, the vast majority of criminal/normal person conflicts that involve the normal person showing a gun end without bloodshed. Merely showing the gun is usually enough for stranger crimes. Criminals are opportunists who seek out easy prey. They aren't going to offer their lives up for your cookie jar money or a stranger rape.

The gun you know, trust, and feel happy with is the right gun for you.

Rockntractor
09-09-2010, 08:48 PM
I still like my 460 smith, it may not be concealable but one look at it and you just don't want to screw with it!:D

Bubba Dawg
09-09-2010, 09:08 PM
I still like my 460 smith, it may not be concealable but one look at it and you just don't want to screw with it!:D

Would it fit in the bibb pocket of overalls?

Rockntractor
09-09-2010, 09:11 PM
Would it fit in the bibb pocket of overalls?
No it's scoped, I have a shoulder holster and I wear it in the winter on the dozer for long shots on coyotes.

Sonnabend
09-09-2010, 09:50 PM
We dont have CCW. Yet. But I am looking at pistol club membership

Rockntractor
09-09-2010, 09:55 PM
We dont have CCW. Yet. But I am looking at pistol club membership

How is that new target rifle working out for you?

warpig
09-09-2010, 09:58 PM
Well put. A lot times guys (and virtually everything on this subject is written by guys) will get caught up in the technical details and absurd "what if" scenarios. That's fun but it isn't of much use to the cc person who just wants a better chance than he or she would have with a cell phone.

As the FBI stats show, the vast majority of criminal/normal person conflicts that involve the normal person showing a gun end without bloodshed. Merely showing the gun is usually enough for stranger crimes. Criminals are opportunists who seek out easy prey. They aren't going to offer their lives up for your cookie jar money or a stranger rape.

The gun you know, trust, and feel happy with is the right gun for you.

My grandfather (who passed away 22 yrs ago at the age of 90) always said, "you don't have to shoot someone, but you have to make them think you will"
He carried a gun all his life.

Sonnabend
09-09-2010, 10:01 PM
The rifle is on hold. Storage issues. I have to wait till the range can store it for me.

Chuck58
09-09-2010, 10:02 PM
One I hadn't thought about but sounds pretty impressive is the Taurus Judge, .410/45 Colt.

Never seen one, but every right up has been pretty good.

Gingersnap
09-09-2010, 10:02 PM
The rifle is on hold. Storage issues. I have to wait till the range can store it for me.

Sad.

Sonnabend
09-09-2010, 10:05 PM
Look Ginge, I am not happy about it, but I have to go with what the laws here say.:(

Rockntractor
09-09-2010, 10:10 PM
One I hadn't thought about but sounds pretty impressive is the Taurus Judge, .410/45 Colt.

Never seen one, but every right up has been pretty good.

They are coming out with a new judge .454 casull/410 that would be better, I had one of the 45/410 judges and was not impressed with it at all. If you bought the 454/410 model you could still fire 45 long colt ammunition but the frame and quality are better. When you buy one check the forcing cone on the front of the barrel for tooling marks, they are bad abut that, it would seem they rushed them through production.

Molon Labe
09-10-2010, 08:00 AM
been carrying a Sig p232 for sometime now. It's superior for accuracy and it's very comfortable to wear cc. It's a bit pricy, but I'll probably never carry anything else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPtogwY6kA

Starbuck
09-11-2010, 12:34 AM
Been wanting to get a gun...not for carry..but for the home. No idea what I want...but a revolver, so it's easy to load and shoot.
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/4gjnftwCuwnidSs4p8wzNBLFWYZyLVRvrBgKckO3K0_Wat1abw 3XWoaQFrce_oXtBp1Czuiz9LU4pUvxMtrIE_KFjOE2nJ3ZcQj7 rqAODiv6MsK0if1uRSBTDDrkeDgGPhBpTsyUqXdS_bgQG3wv5d XTGioB689dgds
My wife loves her Bond Arms derringer. She keeps it loaded with 410 shotgun amo. Sometimes she goes out back and just blazes away.....Kinda fun to shoot.
Most derringers don't have a trigger guard. She likes the trigger guard on hers.

BadCat
09-11-2010, 09:37 AM
Been wanting to get a gun...not for carry..but for the home. No idea what I want...but a revolver, so it's easy to load and shoot.

For the home, forget about a pistol.

Get one of these...

http://www.remington.com/~/media/Images/Firearms/Shotguns/Model-870/Model-870-Express-Tactical/870-Express-Tactical-81198-prod.ashx

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model-870/model-870-express-tactical.aspx

You can often find them on sale in the $300 range.

malloc
09-14-2010, 04:23 AM
For the home, forget about a pistol.

Get one of these...

http://www.remington.com/~/media/Images/Firearms/Shotguns/Model-870/Model-870-Express-Tactical/870-Express-Tactical-81198-prod.ashx

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model-870/model-870-express-tactical.aspx

You can often find them on sale in the $300 range.

Agree 100%. When it's 04:00, and you've been woken up from a deep sleep, all you can count on is cave man movements and mentality. Big movements with big, heavy hands. The 12 Ga. pump action is cave man simple, and cave man easy. The sleep induced disadvantage is offset by the big movement, over big parts resulting in easy handling and big payoffs. I use a Mossberg 500 with an 18.5" barrel and a pistol grip for home defense. If it's the wee hours of the morning, and things are awry, I'll grab my 12 Ga. before I grab my pistol, my XCR, my PS90 or any other "advanced tactical" weapon. It's all just a question of probability and safety. If I have to fire a weapon to keep my family safe, I know as fact, the shotgun with 0 or 00 buck is the best chance weapon I have in my house. The buck shot is unlikely to penetrate exterior walls without massive deformity and resulting loss of velocity. I don't have to make a perfect shot on target to have detrimental effect on target. Up close, within 20 or 30 feet, the 12 Ga will cause the most trauma of any weapon in my house, including my Lee Enflied .303. If the point is to remove an assailant from a fight permanently, which is the whole goal of owning a defensive arm, then nothing speaks louder without the need to abandon cave man mentality, than the 12 Ga. 00 Buck at a range closer than 30 feet.

Odysseus
09-14-2010, 03:37 PM
I recommend a Desert Eagle, chambered for .50 cal. It's not concealable by a long shot, but nobody is going to bother you if they see it. :D