Do you know what the right handgun for concealed carry is? And what does it mean to you? Well, this is kind of a trick question, and the answer is subjective in reality. The correct answer is the handgun that YOU feel most comfortable with. What Gun I choose to defend myself is MY choice and might not be the best for you. It is your responsibility to educate yourself on the many pros and cons of the many different types of handguns available now on the market for personal protection. In this blog post, I will discuss all that goes into choosing the right handgun for you to conceal carry. A majority of our business is women’s only firearm training, so I will direct this advice towards them. The right handgun for your concealed carry is NOT your husband’s or significant other’s choice. It is quite often that we see ladies, who join us for a class and they bring a gun that is not their own. It is in this situation, that the gun is either too big for them to safely manipulate all of the functions. They cannot grip it effectively or the caliber is too large. Which leads to a heavier recoil and a less pleasant experience on the range. It is here, where the more time we spend messing with equipment, it takes away from the learning experience. My advice is that YOU have an active part in the purchasing process.

If it doesn’t feel good in your hands, you won’t be able to shoot it effectively, most likely you won’t carry it. This defeats the whole purpose of the empowerment process. In our Oregon and Utah concealed carry classes, students can handle many types of concealable handguns that are best suited for personal protection or home defense. Your budget and lifestyle will dictate what type of handgun is best for you. When I set out to choose a firearm that I incorporate into my daily routine for concealed carry. The one I will choose will have to check a few different boxes. The first one is that it has to be high quality from a reputable manufacturer. Currently, every gun that I use for personal protection is a Glock. I have carried a Glock for almost 20 years, I like the brand and most importantly I trust it with my life. The next box would be the ammo capacity followed closely by its size. It is my preference to carry as large of a size gun as I can comfortably conceal on my person. I used to change what I carried with the seasons. When it is colder the clothing is heavier, it is easier to conceal larger handguns. When it is warmer out, the clothing is lighter and a smaller handgun was my choice. That being said, society has continued to devolve and become more dangerous. I decided to carry a full-sized handgun all of the time. I have had to make changes in my clothing, but I have been carrying a Glock 17 or Glock 47 for several years now and couldn’t be happier. What works for me won’t always work for you, it all comes down to personal choice.

My choice for a handgun might be too big for you. My best advice is to get as big of a handgun, that will hold as many bullets, as you can comfortably conceal on your person. Off-body carry is another option but it will also be another can of worms to cover. Once you have decided on the gun for your personal protection, the next important component is the holster. You should view the belt, the holster, and the handgun as a complete system. The belt serves an important purpose, it holds your pants up and in cooperation with the holster, it helps retain your firearm. Keeping your firearm retained and under your direct control is job #1. NO LEATHER holsters!! Always choose a quality Kydex holster. Another tip that I would suggest is to always carry a spare magazine. Always have a backup just in case. Ammo is cheap, life is expensive! Don’t leave your safety and the safety of your family up to chance.

The last part of choosing the right handgun for concealed carry is an important one. Training!! Training with your handgun, get comfortable concealing it when in public. You can start by carrying it around the home to get used to the feeling of having a handgun on your person. It can be intimidating at first but, you need to crawl before you walk and you have to start somewhere. Once you start training, understand the functions of your gun, and maintain it. This literally could be a lifeline for you. It is better to be a “Warrior in the garden, than a Gardner at war.” This comes down to your mindset, your mindset is part of the preparation. I hope that I am never in a deadly encounter, but we must prepare for that just in case. Preparation helps me avoid dangerous situations. I try to avoid situations in which I can be put in a dangerous situation. It is all part of the training process. It will all come in time, practice, or experience. The only thing that I may suggest is that you make it habitual. It will be better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Take it from me, I know this personally and it changed my life forever. Until next time! Be Safe!