Many individuals are on the verge of choosing their first weapon for personal protection. Selecting a handgun is a demanding decision as the requirements for each individual are different. It is a highly personal choice. Handguns in particular are very individual. There is no one-size-fits-all. This article is intended to assist you in making this choice, particularly as it pertains to selecting a gun for concealed carry applications.
If selecting a handgun only for home defense there is little reason to compromise on anything. Get a full-size combat handgun and get the one you most prefer. For a gun that you will carry concealed, however, most people must make some compromises due to lifestyle, environment, and dress requirements. In general, concealed carriers always walk the line between carrying a serious gun, and carrying a convenient gun. Sometimes, however, too much emphasis is placed on convenience. If you wish to carry a serious gun, you are simply going to have to make changes in your dress to accommodate it. If it is simply not possible to carry a larger gun, then carrying a small gun is still much better than carrying no gun, but you should strive to carry a formidable weapon. Remember the reason you are carrying the gun in the first place: to defend yourself or others from violence. Larger handguns are more efficient for fighting than diminutive guns, so carry as much gun as you can.
You may find that you inevitably need more than one carry gun. Perhaps you can carry a formidable gun much of the time but certain settings or obligations restrict you to a smaller gun. This being the case, you may eventually need to implement a couple of different carry options. If selecting your first carry gun, the hardest part of the process is often just evaluating your own needs and selecting the weapon that will work for you most often and in the most circumstances. Often a new carrier will select a gun that ends up being too large and later will get a different gun that is smaller and more concealable. Others do the opposite, and get a very small gun and later procure something more capable and easier to shoot. Let’s look at the general classes of weapons suitable for concealed carry to assist with your choice.