Have you noticed in gun magazines where manufactures are introducing more and more small handguns ideally suitable for Concealed Carry? Perhaps gun makers have always recognized their functionality, but, customers are finally choosing subcompact handguns to be a principle element for successful Concealed Carry.
Henry Deringer understood the ingredients for successful gun concealment, in the mid 1800’s, while his company, along with “copy-cat” manufactures, could not make enough pistols to satisfy public demand. (Too bad, he did not patent this well received innovation) His highly advanced percussion “cap and ball” pistol evolved into today’s awesome 380 caliber and 9 millimeter subcompacts providing motivation for full time practice.
Many enthusiasts, with larger weapons, do not carry often or, at all because of conflict with dress requirements, comfort and/or concealment. Fundamentals for successful Concealed Carry have not changed since its first public introduction. People want self-protection, within their daily lifestyle, with normal appearance, minimal interruption to comfort and freedom of movement.
For years, larger handguns were touted by the media and many old timers, to be most effective for stopping an aggressor. I talked to a big guy one time who commented; “if someone shot me with a 380, it would just make me mad”. Today’s research indicates to the contrary; shot placement to vital body parts will create a deadly strike regardless of caliber size. Scores of people have died from wounds inflicted by 22’s and 380’s.
One of the most popular guns ever made is the “1911”. The 45 caliber version has (so called) “knock down” power some individuals feel is needed for self-protection, however, few enthusiasts find it ideal for Concealed Carry as it is difficult to hide and uncomfortable to carry.
Subcompacts also have disadvantages due to; lack of a full grip, short sight radius and kickback force, however, one does not expect to have frequent self-defense encounters, at long distances, requiring continuous shots. This is definitely not the handgun you want to shoot all day at the firing range. One must decide on personal importance of comfort, concealment, access and dress option choices compatible with carry practice.
Many novices tend to start off with a gun that “feels” good plus a holster that “looks” attractive without proper attention to necessary features for serious Concealed Carry.
Results generally end up with not carrying often, or, not at all. Gun designs, truly suitable for full time Concealed Carry, have continued to improve since Deringer’s products. These high tech little babies are deadly, light weight, easy to conceal and draw, combined with proven safety features.
Dress style has changed since Henry’s day, from men’s stovepipe hats, vests .and baggy pants plus women’s full Victorian dresses to more comfortable form fitting clothing; however, desire for self-protection has not changed. People will always want to move about freely like ordinary citizens while practicing Concealed Carry.
Continued success is not only dependent on gun size and holster selection…individual body metrics and dress style choice is also very important. Each individual must also decide which style holster works best for them, whether it is an Inside the Waistband (IWB), Outside the Waistband (OWB), Shoulder Holster, Back holster, Strut Holster or Boot Holster.
Small guns, along with proper holster choice, are the only practical resources for best balance of conditions enabling successful Concealed Carry. The fad is changing; gun manufactures plus owners have finally come to the right conclusion based upon daily experience. Combine these best features, be
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