Whether you are an experienced shooter, avid gun collector, or new to it all, there is often one question that is difficult to answer; “what gun should I buy?” This is especially difficult when considering which pistol is “best” for concealed carry.
When this question is asked, the person usually wants a straight forward answer for a specific firearm make and model to buy. But there isn’t one! There are certainly guns that are reputable and considered “duty grade” as well as manufacturers that I would never recommend. The answer to this question is different for every person. I like to use a three pronged approach when looking for a new pistol for concealed carry:
- Does this pistol fit my hand/is comfortable
- Do I shoot it well
- Is the make and model reputable/duty grade
One of the best ways to help with the decision making when considering the above factors is going to a shooting range that rents pistols. This allows you to try the gun before buying. Guns are not returnable after purchasing, so anything you can do to help with the decision making process is beneficial. Being realistic though, not many people buy only one gun without finding something else they want to buy in the future.
One of the most popular pistols for concealed carry right now is the Glock 19. At almost the size of a full frame pistol, the Glock 19 size is perfect for many people to carry concealed. It is not to large and not too small. Even though it is the most popular, this does not make it the right gun for you. I like the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Compact 2.0, which is about identical in size to the Glock 19. The M&P just happens to be more comfortable for me and I shoot it very well. You want something that is large enough to comfortably shoot but also conceals easily. A larger pistol will have a higher magazine capacity and is generally easier to control when shooting.
I say all this just to make the point that not one gun is good for everyone. There is not one pistol that is the “best”. More important is the practice and training you should go through before carrying the pistol. The Texas License to Carry class and proficiency demonstration is very easy and does not mean you are ready to begin carrying the gun. Many new shooters complete the class before even owning a gun. The next step after purchasing the pistol is to find a good holster and take a class for concealed carry.