The number of people that have concealed carried permits has been rising steadily over the past few years, so that means more and more people are carrying handguns. But it’s hard to decide what pistol to protect yourself with since there are so many different handguns on the market that are specifically made for concealed carry use. Let’s highlight a few of the most popular concealed handguns:
• Ruger LCP – A crowd favorite. More people have this pistol in their pocket or purse than any other compact semiautomatic.
• Smith &Wesson Bodyguard – The newer compact .380 that comes with an integrated laser and external safety.
• Sig Sauer P238 – The compact 1911 style .380 similar to the Colt Mustang.
• Ruger LC9 – Ruger’s newest addition to their compact lineup, a slim .9mm that consumers love.
• Smith & Wesson M&P Shield – Smith’s slim .9mm that is undoubtedly the most popular concealed handgun on the market right now.
• Springfield XD-S – The .45 slim that is very concealable if you don’t mind the recoil.
• Kel-Tec P3AT – The handgun that somewhat paved the way for companies like S&W and Ruger to get into the compact game. They made the small .380 popular, other companies made it better.
• Beretta Nano – This handgun isn’t as popular as some of the others, but its compactness and slimness makes this pistol a great addition to the new Beretta lineup.
• Sig Sauer P938 – The “big brother” to the P238. Comes in a .9mm and is also on the 1911 style frame.
These are just several of the most popular handguns that the majority of people are purchasing right now. I know this because I’m selling more of these than anything else, that is if I can actually even get the pistol in stock. These are all sublime handguns, but they’re not for everyone. You need to find out what your needs are as a concealed carrier – needs such as: How concealable does the pistol need to be? Pocket, holster or purse carry? What caliber is right for me? External safety or no safety? – just to outline a few. Everyone is different and each individual will carry his or her handguns differently. You should list what your needs are and then find a pistol that meets those needs accordingly.
Do not go by what a family member or best friend tells you. Go around to different gun shops and get a feel for as many pistols that you can and find one that fits your needs and requirements. Find one that is comfortable in your hands, that’s most important.