What's your best recommendation for concealed carry pistol?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Cackmandu, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Cackmandu


    Aug 24, 2015
    Make, model and caliber.
  2. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Well, that narrows it down. :rolleyes:
  3. h minus

    h minus

    Dec 19, 2014
    Glock 19
  4. Krav

    Krav Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2013
    Glock 26 that's a 9mm
  5. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013

  6. mete


    Jun 10, 2003
    And everyone will laugh and that will end the confrontation !!
  7. vanslem6


    Oct 4, 2014
    I bought a Shield 9mm. I have a CCW/CPL class scheduled for the 28th.

    Haven't shot it much yet, but I did get the one without the safety.

    I was going to get a Glock 19, but I wasn't sure I'd ever carry it. I'm 5'9", 140 and don't typically wear very baggy clothing. Per reviews, I was looking for something thin enough to conceal, but shootable. This is where I ended up.
  8. dullone


    Aug 27, 2002
    OP.....what's your budget?
  9. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    I'm afraid it's not all that simple. Body type and manner of dress makes a huge difference in these things. Warm weather and cold weather concealed carry differ a good bit.
  10. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Glock 9mm model 26, 19 for warm weather. For very cold climates, use Glock 10mm model 20 or model 29 to penetrate heavy clothing.
    And remember...the gun is no better than the quality, design of the ammo you carry.
  11. mwerner


    Apr 23, 2002
    As Charlie is saying.... Lots of considerations. I'm a cop. I have a Glock 27.... The "baby" Glock in .40 S&W. Our department uses the .40... I can shoot their ammo at the range.
    The gun is small enough for effective carry for me...I'm almost 6 feet and 200 pounds. I use one of those new "hybrid" IWB holsters. A T-shirt is sufficient in Summer, a sweatshirt or sweater in Winter.
    Lot of firepower in a small package.

    You have to take into account your physical characteristics; how and when you plan to have the weapon available, etc.
    With all the nice, compact 9mms available now I would not recommend anything smaller.
  12. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    How large of a handgun can you conceal? Are you 5' or 6' 6"? 120 lbs or 400 lbs?

    Do you live in Arizona or North Dakota?

    Hands so small you can't reach the trigger on a DA double stack?
  13. Converge


    Oct 4, 2014
    Single stack - SW Shield, Springfield XDS, Glock 43. Those are available in 9mm and will be easy and comfortable to carry. Only downside is number of rounds they hold. You can go with a double stack gun like a glock 26 or 19 but they wont be as comfortable. I carry a glock 19 fine but its still something to note.
  14. Cackmandu


    Aug 24, 2015
    That's what I'm looking for! $400-500, 6'-1" 215 lbs. Southern climate! That S&W Shield was my original thought, just wanted some other options in that vein! Of course I'm going to shoot whatever before I buy, just looking for options. Good stuff there MWerner! Thanks guys
  15. mattal21

    mattal21 Titanium Anodizing

    Oct 15, 2014
    I'd recommend the shield also. The trigger weight is a bit high but other than that its a fantastic little pistol. Here's a target I shot at 10 yards the day I picked picked up the Shield and M&P 22 compact.
  16. trailrunner1


    Feb 27, 2012
    smith airlight 38+p. Just get some thing you are comfortable with. Gun sitting in the safe kind of defeats the purpose. If its to big or uncomfortable Most will not carry it
  17. hank_612


    Jan 13, 2010
    I carry glock 9mms. My 19 get carried most but my 43 is probably going to change that. I have had the 43 since last fall. When I am more comfortable with it and have more kydex made for it, I will probably carry it 80% of the time.
  18. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Different for every individual. Every individual has their own criteria upon which to base the decision.
  19. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I carry the S&W M&P9c. I like the versatility of the 12 rd mag or the 17 rd mag with grip extender. The 3.5" barrel (compact) is a good compromise between full size and subcompact but with more capacity then a single stack. If you do live in a southern climate and wear light clothes a good chunk of the year, I can understand going to a single stack subcompact.
  20. JohnPB


    Jan 12, 2014
    Check out the Walther PPS

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