Picking the right concealed carry pistol is important. No matter which category of pistol you’re thinking of, there are dozens of option that might qualify. There’s never been a better time to get a gun over the counter that features everything you want.
What do you need to consider to find the best concealed carry pistol:
- Ease of Operation
That said, never buy a gun without operating every control to make sure it’s comfortable for you. Check the location of the magazine release, location and direction the safety operates. And trigger and slide operation to make certain they work well for you. While it’s nice to own different kinds of guns, consider the potential problems. If one gun you shoot a lot has a different operating system from the one you’re considering. Some safeties are down to disengage, others are up. Some magazine releases are a button and some are a paddle. Issues like this can make a fine pistol problematic for someone used to a different system.
Size- The size of a defensive pistol depends on the lifestyle. Clothing habits and determination of the user. Single-stack guns have a thinner profile and are easier to hide. But the added magazine capacity of double stacks has merit.
Weight- It’s been my observation as an instructor that most people feel burdened by a gun heavier than about 20 ounces. And some by anything over 16 ounces. This limits choices to single-stack guns. But if you’re determined and don’t mind the weight, larger guns are easier to shoot.
Triggers- The most important issue in shooting a pistol well is manipulation of the trigger. While it’s possible to shoot a gun with a poor trigger, it’s irritating. Modern striker-fired triggers strike a medium with easier control. As well as enough travel and resistance to allow the gun to forego a operated safety.
Safeties- While double-actions have safeties. Their function is more useful for competition than ordinary carry. Some striker-fired guns have the option of a operated safety.
Ease of Operation- Even if you have strong hands, some guns are easier to operate than others. And under certain circumstances, this can be a factor in success. Hand strength also applies to trigger management, especially with double actions. Test the trigger before while watching the sights. To assure you can manage it without excessive movement.
Capacity- Magazine capacity is a big issue. I carry a smaller gun with lower capacity. I can’t remember a single web report or armed citizen story that involved the defender needing to reload. It happens, but it happens in Hollywood.
Caliber- There’s no doubt that a big hole in the front of your gun looks impressive. There’s also no doubt that a lot of people carry a gun they can’t shoot accurately because of recoil anticipation. Size and weight play a lot into defensive carry choices, and a light and small gun in a heavy caliber is more than most can handle.
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