Daily information from advertising offers a variety of choices for selecting personal protection firearms and accessories. It’s an art, rather than a science based upon one’s personal preferences, frequency of carry, weapon size, holster location, dress requirements, body metrics etc. Everyone has different levels of interest in Concealed Carry while some carry occasionally and others carry daily, plus train regularly at the range.
Regardless of beginning interest level; the wrong choice of gun and holster will discourage Concealed Carry. A wide range of handgun sizes from a 22 caliber Derringer style, up to a 410 Taurus Judge are available. When visiting local gun shops, a novice may be greatly influenced by specific handgun “feel” and sometimes forget necessary features assuring long term Concealed Carry practice.
Purchasing a handgun too large will create comfort and concealment issues. Proper gun and holster choice avoids additional expenses and can allow using your current wardrobe. Most inside waistband (IWB) styles require purchasing larger size trousers to accommodate additional weapon and holster space. IWB holsters come in a wide variety of designs and can be worn on the “strong arm” side or in a “cross draw” position. They are the most popular Concealed Carry holster style. Other designs can be found, for your reference, at the Wikipedia website
Everyone’s body shape is different; review various holster types available and give thought to where a gun and holster will fit best on your body contour. Outside waistband (OWB) holsters offer “fast draw” potential but are more difficult to hide. Keep in mind, you will be carrying during four seasons and summer is obviously a most difficult time for concealment.
Sitting comfort becomes an issue with IWB and OWB holsters, while driving your automobile, and/or, at your daily job. This is one of the most difficult body positions for long term comfort and concealment. Brandishing also becomes a concern when moving to different positions such as bending and twisting.
A new gun introduction, weighing only 10.2 ounces, called, the “Curve” by Taurus is an extremely innovative idea designed for ultimate concealment. It addresses all main features for an excellent Concealed Carry handgun including; well rounded “snag free” corners, laser aiming accuracy and a novel curved handle that hugs your body profile for improved concealment. Some other excellent choices in the 10 to 12 ounce range are offered by; Beretta, Kahr, Kel Tec, NAA, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Ruger.
Small 380 handguns with a laser sights serve well for Concealed Carry. They can be deadly, extremely accurate and comfortable to carry all day. Proficiency and tolerance for handling a small gun can be developed at the target range. Shooting a 10 ounce pistol is a minor discomfort compared to wearing and hiding a 20 ounce gun all day. An FBI study on “Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness” concludes target accuracy and bullet penetration are more important than caliber size.
“Reach restriction”’, a critical factor not often thought of, can be simulated by imaginary draws from different holster locations. Reach across the front of your body with hand above belt to simulate a cross draw and also, reach behind your hip with your hand above belt to simulate a hip holster location and compare each. Which position would be best for comfort and ease of access during a confrontation?
The formula for purchasing a Concealed Carry handgun and holster involves careful evaluation of personal needs. Make proper handgun and holster selections and you will…keep on packin dude.
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