Best Concealed Carry Gun Quandary: Questions Answered

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed on this date in 1791. We’ll acknowledge that date with an (occasionally updated) answer to that ever-echoing question, What is the best concealed carry gun? 

The answer to that is simpler than you’d expect; but simple things can be complex. 

The correct answer is: “the one that best fits you.”

That may seem like a cop-out, but as Steve Tarani once said, 

Pedantic as it may seem, it truly is the correct answer. A shooter with very small hands cannot operate a firearm the exact same way as a shooter with very large hands. A law enforcement officer of diminutive stature cannot manage a violent hand-to-hand altercation in the exact same manner as a physical larger officer. When it comes to hard skills used in personal defense one size does not fit all.

What that means to a prospective gun-buyer is that due diligence is required. There are several things to consider when determining your best concealed carry gun. To that end we’ve compiled several articles, podcasts, and videos you can consult as a part of your decision-making process.

Read on. 

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The Best Concealed Carry Gun is…

…the one you have chosen after performing due diligence. This include live fire with the type of weapon you’re considering, if there is any way to accomplish that. There often might not be.

Some considerations include:

CCW Attire

What you wear determines what type of gun and where you can carry a firearm. If you go to work every day in a business suit, then a slung carbine or holstering a full-sized handgun in an outside the garment thigh carry system would probably not be your best choice.

If you choose to carry a handgun, then belt size determines your holster and mag pouch clip lengths. Will your overall physical stature allow you to carry a full-size handgun inside your waistband (IWB)? What about the same weapon with a weaponlight? Do you work in an open-carry state and/ or is open carry also permitted by your employer?

Carry Environment

Depending upon where you go for work, vacation, running errands and the like, you may not be allowed to carry a firearm by law. You are forbidden to carry a gun in any courthouse, post office or any other federal building. Airports, schools, hospitals and other posted places of business do not permit carry.

In exigent circumstance and under extreme duress you may not be able to access your firearm in time or may be unable to take the shot for any number of real-world reasons.

Whether you don’t have a firearm or can’t use your firearm, you always want to have a backup plan to include the secondary self-defense option of either weapons of opportunity or using your bare hands.

Availability/Willingness to Train

Your current responsibilities determine your availability and resources needed to support a long-term commitment such as learning street-applicable self-defense or defensive tactics. It’s not necessary to spend copious amounts of time and money on the bare bone basics, but it is necessary to do something to maintain enough strength and flexibility to endure a violent physical altercation.

What is the best gun out there? The one with which you are the most proficient. What’s the best knife out there? The one that perfectly fits your operational profile. What’s the best martial arts out there? The one that you have dedicated the time, effort and commitment to master. However, given your current life’s set of circumstances you can always rely on the bare bone basics.   Steve Tarani

David Reeder's Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor - all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.

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