(ModernSurvival.org) – Which of these is the Least Important Factor When Choosing Your Concealed Carry Gun?
Answer: Aesthetics. Here’s why…
Choosing the right concealed carry gun can be an intimidating endeavor. There are so many different factors that must be considered, including the size and caliber, the make and model, all the way down to how much one has to spend on the firearm.
A person generally chooses to purchase a concealed carry gun with the intent to have it for self-defense. As such, this tool could be called upon to defend the life of the owner, or the lives of their family. To ensure they purchase a firearm capable of accomplishing that goal, some factors should be considered above all others.
- Reliability – First and foremost, a concealed carry firearm must be reliable. It needs to work when needed without hiccups. This is one of those “you get what you pay for” situations.
- Form Over Function – The human body comes in a wide assortment of sizes and shapes. When choosing the right concealed firearm, a person’s body dimensions and hand size become important. Having a firearm that fits comfortably in the hand is crucial. Those with small hands may have trouble holding certain models of pistols, while those with larger hands may find it difficult to operate firearms with recessed magazine releases.
- Comfort is King – The selected firearm needs to be comfortable not only to fire, but to carry every day as well. A gun that is uncomfortable to carry is easy to leave at home — leaving the owner defenseless or shopping for another option.
- Ignore Aesthetics – Selecting a gun because it “looks cool” is a horrible idea. In a perfect world, the only person who should ever see a concealed carry firearm is the person carrying it or those nearby on the range.
- Caliber – A gun that fits well in the hand and is comfortable to carry is still the wrong choice if it knocks the owner on their butt every time it’s fired. Also, some manufacturers produce smaller pistols that don’t handle small-caliber rounds well. They create a lot more recoil than larger models that utilize higher-caliber ammunition.
The best way to decide if a concealed carry handgun is right is to visit a range and test-fire a variety of models. This allows one to get a feel for what will work best for them.
Once a person finds that perfect fit and purchases a concealed carry firearm, it’s absolutely vital they train to use it. A person who isn’t comfortable and competent with their gun is more of a danger to themselves and their surroundings than they are to any external threat. Training courses and classes are available in many areas to help anyone learn how to be a responsible concealed carrier.
There are basic gun safety rules that apply to anyone who owns a firearm, be it for concealed carry, hunting, or sport. To see what these basic safety rules are, take a look at our article here.
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