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How to Narrow Down Your Options and Pick the Right Handgun

What is the perfect concealed carry handgun? Is there even such a thing? How do you go about finding it?

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Any handgun is a mix of features and compromises. There is no one gun that has all the bells and whistles and even if there was, you wouldn’t want it. 

It would be too heavy and complicated to be trusted in a confrontation.   

A good way to start narrowing down your options is to identify what features you need in a handgun. 

Write these down first. Once you’ve identified your “must haves,” it’s much easier to take a list of handguns and narrow the list down to just a few. 

You’ll also need to decide if you want a revolver or a semiautomatic and what caliber it should be. 

For that one gun that is eminently perfect for carry, you’ll want it to be light and easy to conceal. In terms of concealment, a smaller gun is naturally easier to hide. You just need to be sure the weapon still feels comfortable in your hands. 

As you go through your list and narrow down the possibilities, keep in mind that you are likely to find a good gun that may have a thing or two about it that you don’t like. Remember that customization is always a possibility. Grips can be changed out easily and aftermarket sights can give a good boost to visibility in low light. 

Then there is the matter of the price tag.

Author George Hill talks about cost assessment in his article “Searching for the Ultimate Concealed Carry Pistol: Part One” on USConcealedcarry.com:

“The ultimate concealed carry pistol should not be something that is virtually unobtainable, [due to things] such as long waiting lists because of slow production, or expensive beyond what a reasonably employed individual should be able to acquire without having to tighten up the belt. To be good, it doesn’t have to be expensive.” (Read more about pricing guns at USConcealedCarry.com)

Another concern you should have is over the availability of ammunition. Can you get quality ammo without breaking the bank? You’ll want to practice regularly without wringing your hands about how much each shooting session will cost you.

At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a perfect self-defense handgun. With a little time spent on identifying features that are key, you’ll be able to narrow the options down and get yourself a handgun that you are proud to carry. Ideally, it won’t break the bank and it won’t announce its presence through your clothing, either.

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