Disclaimer! I am not an expert in concealed carry handguns,
this is what I have gathered from extensive interviews with "real"
concealed pistol experts
and policemen. To find an expert to advise you on the best
concealed carry pistol for you, just go to any gun show. Everyone
there says that they are a concealed carry expert.
Our Picks for best concealed carry handguns
After many hours scouring the interweb, experts
recommended these as best concealed carry handguns, for reliability,
durability and accuracy:
Ruger SP101 357 snubnose revolver: 25 oz with built-in laser sight,
2011 price is $600
Ruger LCP-CT 3713 with laser sight – 10 oz. - MSRP is
Ultra Crimson Carry II - barrel = 3 in., 25 oz. MSRP =
Pro Crimson Carry
Respecting the 20 foot rule
Numerous studies confirm that any attacker must be shot at more than
20 feet away, else you risk that they will be able to stab you before
you can draw and fire your concealed handgun.
A higher caliber gun is necessary to stop an attacker. Just
like today, a hundred years ago American soldiers in the Philippines
fought Muslim suicide attackers who charged at them with machetes.
Factors in choosing the best concealed carry gun for you:
Also note that everyone has their own preference for a concealed
weapon. These include:
- Recoil Kick: Women cannot handle a 357 or
45 caliber handgun, or any lightweight gun that packs a punch.
Even a manly man will find these featherweight guns unpleasant with
high velocity ammo.
- Designer fashion: There are many vendors who
designer handguns "designer" handguns for ladies. Women
want a concealed carry pistol that matches their purse.
- Cost: You can get a great concealed carry
pistol for under $500.
- Weight: Heavy guns will pull your
Women want a concealed gun that
is fashionable and functional.
A concealed handgun can make your
Too long a barrel in your britches makes it look
like you have an erection.
Here are some choices on each caliber for concealed carry handguns.
- SMALL (under 4 oz):
These are 22, 25 and 32 caliber "mouse" guns, derringers
that are good only for "close up work" killing a robber six feet and
- MEDIUM: (8-12 oz):
These are the tiny 308 pocket guns, weighing
only 8 to 11 oz.
- LARGE (20-25 oz) These
are the 38 caliber / 357/ 40 / 9mm handguns, enough
wallop to take down an attacker, but they are uncomfortable to shoot
because of highrecoil.
- HUGE: These
are the 1911 45 caliber ACP's, a large dog leg gun to
conceal, for big boys.
It's the caliber that makes the difference in a concealed personal
SMALL: The 22 caliber concealed carry handguns
While the 22 caliber handguns are not too good for personal defense
unless you get a shot right in the forehead or heart. With greater
barrel length, there are many 22
caliber handguns (Ruger Mark III) that will shoot a two inch group at 50 yards.
Many women keep a small 22 derringer in their purse, great for
close-up work, and you can shoot a rapist or robber right through the
purse as you pretend to be surrendering your wallet.
These are the popular "308" handguns, not too
large and not too small. The listed one's come with an on-board laser
S&W bodyguard has reported problems.
Kahr P380 -
Kahr 390 Laser guard is $139
KEL-TEC KEL Freedom P-3AT H/C W/LASER – 8.4 oz - $448
Ruger LCP-CT 3713 – 10 oz. - $548
Smith & Wesson
bodyguard - 12 oz – has laser sight
LARGE: The 38, 357 and 9mm concealed carry handguns
Lightweight Semi-automatic handgun with grip safety In revolvers in
concealed carry, we like the
357 snub nose revolvers. Our choice in concealed carry revolvers is
Ruger SP101 357 snubnose revolver, with built-in laser sight:
Lightweight high caliber concealed carry handguns
semi-automatic concealed carry handguns, the factors include: Light
weight – under 26 ounces Caliber – At least a 357, better still a 54 A
grip safety – With the grip safety you can keep it in your pocket
The 38, 357 magnum or 9mm is a good caliber for a concealed carry
pistol because the bullets have enough "knock down power" to stop an
attacker before they can hurt you, and not heavy to carry in your
Model 1911-A1 Micro Compact
Lightweight - 24 ounces - $1,048
Springfield Armory XD-9 sub compact - $449 -
- Colt defender – 22.5 oz - $859
- Kimber 1911 ultra carry II stainless steel - $984 - 25 ounces
Concealed/Duty handgun kits
I like the Sig Two-some in 9
millimeter! It's a combination of a match-grade competition
full sized handgun, interchangeable with a small concealed carry
handgun. I saw the best price on my Sig twosome at
Cross Creek outdoor supply at $725.
HUGE: The 1911 45 caliber concealed carry handgun
The original Colt Model 1911 45 caliber was designed specifically to
neutralize Muslim terrorists. Unfortunately, the 1911 45 caliber
is a heavy "dog leg" and too large for many concealed carry purposes.
The Kimber Gold Match 2: One of the most