Best Concealed Handgun

Handguns have traditionally found appreciation from Americans as the weapons of self-defense. Part of their huge popularity is because of the fact that they can easily be concealed. This write up will look at some of the best concealed handguns the world has ever seen.
A concealed handgun is a small and lightweight weapon, that can be worn on person or in a bag, and is not apparent to others around. Its purpose is as a self defense mechanism or standby, something you never want to use, but "nice to know its there" sort of object. Self defense and personal protection are the main reasons behind purchasing a concealed handgun. Below are some of the best concealed carry handgun models, for personal use.

The 10 Best Concealed Handgun Models

1. Glock 23

Description Compact and reduced size
Cartridge .40
Magazine Capacity 13 rounds
Additional Capacity 10, 15,17, 22
Weight(Loaded) 880g
Features Safe action firing pin lock system

2. Ruger LCP .380 Pistol

Description Subcompact, lightweight model
Cartridge .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity 6
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 280g
Features Nylon frame, Crimson TraceĀ® option

3. Kel-Tec P-3AT

Description Semi-automatic, light model
Cartridge .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity 6+1 rounds
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 250g
Features Double action only, Locked-breech

4. Glock 26

Description Subcompact class, snub nosed model
Cartridge 9x19
Magazine Capacity 10
Additional Capacity 12, 15, 17, 19, 33
Weight(Loaded) 740g
Features Safe action, Smallest Glock model

5. Smith and Wesson 638

Description Small, snub nosed revolver
Cartridge .38 Smith and Wesson Special
Magazine Capacity 5 rounds
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 430g
Features Single/Double action

6. Ruger SP101

Description Small-frame, all steel revolver series
Cartridge .357 Magnum
Magazine Capacity 5/6 cylinder
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 765g
Features Double action

7. SIG Sauer P226 Series

Description Semi-automatic, compact
Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 SIG
Magazine Capacity 12-13 rounds ( .40,.357 ), 15, 17, 18, 20 (9x19)
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 765g
Features Double action

8. Smith & Wesson BodyGuard 380

Description Semi-automatic, compact
Cartridge .380 ACP
Magazine Capacity 6+1 rounds
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 340g
Features Double action only, Airweight

9. Taurus Model 605 Revolver

Description Small frame, snub nosed revolver
Cartridge .357 Magnum
Magazine Capacity 5 rounds
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 680g
Features Double action, Concealed hammer

10. Kahr CW9

Description Compact semi-automatic pistol
Cartridge 9mm
Magazine Capacity 7+1 rounds
Additional Capacity NA
Weight(Loaded) 480g
Features Double action only, Browning locked-breech design

Other concealed handguns:
  • Glock 25
  • Beretta PX4 Compact
  • Cobra Patriot 9
  • North American Arms Black Widow
  • SIG SAUER P238
  • Walther PP .380
How to Choose a Good Concealed Handgun
  • Technical Specifications: Caliber, action and Magazine Capacity are 3 key points. Not everyone needs additional magazines or extra caliber.
  • Size: Look for small and compact models, that can be concealed effectively. For women, opt for a lightweight, small frame model, that can fit in a purse. Choose a gun that fits in your hand well, not too large or too small.
  • Purpose: Ask yourself, why you want a concealed handgun. Self defense, protection at hand are good reasons. You can't hunt game with a handgun, neither should you walk around with a Rambo sized gun, for personal protection.
  • Skill and Experience: Concealed guns are small, but not very easy to use. You need a steady hand and a good aim with small guns, as their recoil range is larger. Attend formal gun training classes and visit gun ranges to get comfortable with your gun.
  • Laws and Rules: Owning a gun, means you have a responsibility to understanding and following the Federal, state and local laws. Refer to your state's laws regarding concealed weapons. Consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency for the procedures and rules.
Some of the handgun models mentioned above are used in law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Holsters are the appropriate carrying gear, used to hold the gun on the body. Be careful with handling and cleaning of your handgun. Certain areas and buildings have rules, about declaring concealed weapons, so be sure to adhere to them. No matter what the size is, a gun is still a gun and should be respected as such.
By Rave Uno
Last Updated: 5/15/2012
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