I guess it was some time last week that I realized I have been making a mistake in how I handle listeners emails. I work very hard to answer all of the emails that I receive and to do it quickly. This method is great for that one listener who needs some information. What I haven’t been thinking about is all the other folks out there that might have a similar question. So it just clicked with me that I should be using the podcast to answer questions asked by listeners and at the same time, I should use those questions to build podcast content. Duh. Everyone that has a podcast does it. I guess I’m just a bit slow on the uptake…
So I got a great email from Jason Silva last week. You might remember the interview that we had with Jason in the early spring about an organization he is heavily involved in, Students for Concealed Carry. Check out Students for concealed Carry on their website and on Facebook. Jason asked my opinion regarding options when it came to carrying small guns. So today we are going to take a look at Jason’s question. How do we go about selecting a small automatic for concealed carry.
Why a Small Handgun for Concealed Carry?
Grip Size – Some people have small hands. Small guns tend to fit small hands better.
Weight – These things get heavy. Depending on how you carry weight may be a major concern.
Concealment – This is the biggest reason that folks go for the small stuff. The smaller something is te easier it is to hide.
- Smaller people (thin too) need guns that they can conceal
- If you are dealing with clothing restrictions
- If you are forced to conceal in a non-permissive environment
The Disadvantages of Small Guns
- May be harder to hold onto
- May leave fingers dangling
- May be difficult to manipulate controls
- Issues releasing magazines (might not matter)
- Often these pistols are single stacks
- In addition they have shorter grips
- These factors mean fewer bullets
- Smaller guns tend to have a greater perceived recoil.
- Less mass to absorb the energy
- Less surface area to distribute that energy into the hand
What I Look For in a Small CCW Pistol
- I’m not a small guy
- I don’t have small hands
- I am not restricted by my wardrobe
- I don’t often carry in non-permissive environments
If I was looking for a smaller gun…
- Modern Striker Fired
- No additional safeties or levers
- Reliability is Paramount
The Short List
Not an exhaustive list:
- Glock 26
- Walther PPS
- Kahr CM9
- Ruger LC9
If you can carry these guns what is it that is keeping you from carrying a compact model?
Can you change any other of the restrictive factors instead of changing your gun?
- These guns are more difficult to shoot
- Have a lower capacity
- Can you change something else
- Are you willing to train with it?