10 Best Concealed Carry Handguns of the Past 20 Years

By Wilburn Roberts published on in Firearms

When I was challenged to come up with the best, concealed carry handguns of the past 20 years, I set down with a pencil and tablet and began making a list. This seems like an easy task, but there are many good handguns.

Glock 19 pistol on a Ziplock bag filled with ammunition

The Glock 19 is an efficient size and offers excellent reliability.

The bad ones were easy enough to keep off the list. I could not choose a handgun I had not personally fired—extensively—and had much experience with. I have tested most of the handguns introduced during the past three decades, and in some cases, I have seen these pistols go through my training classes.

I have seen many poor choices. I have learned to gauge a student’s progress in an inverse ratio to training and quality of training. Just the same, a quality handgun is also important. A poor choice holds a student back. Excess recoil, sharp edges, a heavy trigger action and poorly designed sights all keep a student from being all they can be. We have seen poor pistols come and go and second rate choices that have faded away.

Recently, I saw a roundup of concealed carry handguns on a popular internet site. It was obvious the author had never fired the pistols included, and most of them were included on a basis of size. I would never consider 9 out of 10 of the pistols listed. Complete reliability is one baseline. Another is wound potential.

The .38 Special and 9mm Luger are realistic minimums for personal defense. Those giving a pass on smaller calibers have no experience in personal defense. By the same token, those handguns that are uncontrollable in rapid fire—to my standard—are not useful for personal defense. The subcompact .40 caliber pistol and lightweight .357 Magnum revolver are among these. A balance of control and power is needed. After much reflection, what follows is my choice for the best, concealed carry handguns for the past 20 years.

CZ Rami

The CZ 75 pistol is a durable and accurate service pistol. The CZ 2075 Rami is a considerable redesign. The Rami features the trademark CZ slide design. The slide rides low in the frame by the use of reversed slide rails, with the slide running inside the frame rather than upon it. The result is a low bore axis and greater contact with the long bearing surfaces.

Bob Campbell shooting the CZ Rami handgun

The CZ Rami is an excellent all-around 9mm handgun.

The pistol recoils straight to the rear with less muzzle flip, accuracy is enhanced as well. The Rami is a double-action first-shot handgun. The pistol is offered in two versions, one with the traditional CZ 75 safety that allows cocked and locked carry and the other with a decocker. The pistol is supplied with a flush-fit 10-round magazine and also an extended 14-round magazine.

The Rami exhibits European quality and its best. The sights were good examples of combat sights and the pistol has proven reliable with a variety of defense loads. Attention to detail was evident in the Rami pistol. The double-action first-shot trigger was smooth, and the single-action press was clean and crisp. While the pistol handled best with the extended magazine, it was controllable with the flush-fit magazine as well.

There are tradeoffs in such a compact handgun, but these are minimized by the CZ design. The slide is a little difficult to rack as it rides low in the frame. The short sight radius means attention to detail is needed to secure good accuracy. This is a tradeoff that Rami shooters adjust to. My personal example will fire a two-inch five-shot group at 15 yards with the SIG Sauer 124-grain V Crown JHP. The Rami is a first class, concealed carry handgun.

Overall Length 7.2 in.
Overall Height 5.03 in.
Weight Unloaded 28 oz.
Barrel Length 3.75 in.

CZ 75D

The CZ 75D is perhaps the least known of CZ Variants. It is a highly desirable pistol that has proven accurate and reliable. When the Czech police were searching for a compact alternative to the standard CZ 75 the P01 was introduced. This is an aluminum frame handgun with a shortened butt, slide, and barrel and a monolithic dust cover that mounts a combat light.

CZ 75 handgun with wood grips right profile

A CZ 75 with decocker – The CZ75D is a first class handgun with a proven record for performance.

The P01 has been widely accepted. The pistol features a frame-mounted decocker rather than the CZ 75 manual safety. The CZ 75D is a handgun similar in size and weight to the P01 but without a light rail. Let’s face it, many concealed carry permit holders carry a pistol with a rail but do not carry a combat light. The CZ75D also features a unique loaded-chamber indicator.

The CZ75D compact 9mm also features good combat sights and a smooth trigger action. The P01 is often regarded as more accurate than the parent pistol, the CZ75, and this is a fair appraisal of the CZ75D in my experience. The CZ75D also has the advantage of a unique set of personal defense sights that offer snag free carry.

My CZ75D will group five-shots of the Winchester 124-grain PDX +P load into 1.25 inches at 15 yards. For those favoring the double-action first-shot pistol, it doesn’t get any better than the CZ75D, yet the pistol has no extraneous features. It is a straightforward design with much to recommend. My example has been fitted with Hogue grips.

Overall Length 7.2 in.
Overall Height 5.03 in.
Weight Unloaded 28 oz.
Barrel Length 3. 75 in.

Colt Series 70

Some may dismiss the Government Model 1911 as too large for concealed carry. Yet, many shooters, including myself, often carry the steel frame 1911. I have done so for more than 35 years.

Colt Series 70 1911 .45 ACP pistol

The Colt Series 70 is a capable handgun

The Colt Series 70 does not have adjustable sights or a target trigger, nor does it have an ambidextrous safety. The Colt doesn’t have any of the target gun features that have crept into personal defense handguns over the past decade.

The pistol is flat and concealable and faster to an accurate first-shot hit than any other big bore self-loading pistol. The Colt Series 70 is beautifully finished and fit is excellent. I have used the original Series 70 and find the modern pistol a better handgun. Even compared to 1950s and 1960s guns, a high point of Colt production, the Series 70 is a superior handgun.

Feed reliability and combat accuracy are excellent. There is no Series 80 firing pin safety, but the Series 70 relies upon a heavy-duty firing pin spring for safety. The trigger breaks at 4.5 pounds. The Colt has been fitted with a set of stag grips from MDgrips.com. The stag grips do not snag on garments yet offer good purchase when firing heavy loads.

The sights are good examples of combat sights. With the Federal 230-grain Hydra-Shok load, this pistol will fire a 1.0-inch 15-yard group. This handgun combines excellent combat ability with considerable pride of ownership.

Overall Length 8.5 in.
Overall Height 5.4 in.
Weight Unloaded 38 oz.
Barrel Length 5.0 in.

Glock 19

I have fired many Glock 19 pistols since their introduction, and all are remarkably consistent in accuracy and reliability. The Glock is a baseline for combat pistols. A cheaper handgun may not be reliable, and if you spend more than you pay for a Glock you need to be certain you are gaining good features.

Glock 19 pistol on a Ziplock bag filled with ammunition

The Glock 19 is an efficient size and offers excellent reliability.

Only a handgun that offers an advantage should be chosen. I do not agree with Glock perfection, save when it comes to reliability—and reliability is, after all, most important. You can work with a hard trigger, or less than ideal sights, but not a handgun that isn’t as reliable as a machine can possible be.

The Glock 19 compact is slightly shorter than the Glock 17 9mm and features a shortened butt. The result is one of the best balanced and most useful handguns on the planet. In most regards the Glock 19 makes an excellent holster or service pistol.

It is a great all-around, 24-hour pistol for working cops or concealed carry permit holders. There is a significant difference in recoil between the 9mm and the .40, and the Glock 19 9mm handgun is controllable and accurate. For the average shooter with overwhelming demands such as a job, family, and other pursuits, the 9mm is a reasonable choice and the Glock 19 an excellent choice.

How accurate is the pistol? First learn to control the trigger, but as an example my personal Glock 19, fitted with TruGlo night sights, will group five rounds of Gorilla Ammunition’s 115-grain JHP into 2.0 inches at 15 yards. It is remarkably consistent from one load to the other. The Glock 19 is the choice of many well-trained individuals. It is an affordable and uncommonly reliable handgun.

Overall Length 7.25 in.
Overall Height 4.99 in.
Weight Unloaded 24 oz.
Barrel Length 4.0 in.

Glock 43

The Glock 43 is a single-column magazine 9mm sub compact pistol. I find it a better choice for deep carry than the Glock 26 and similar handguns. The pistol has excellent features and performance. A good example of special variants is the Halo edition with a bright orange front dot and special rear sight.

Glock 43 9mm handgun right profile

The Glock 43 was a game changer in compact handguns.

The Glock is a good combat pistol but superior sights add to the handguns’ hit probability. The Glock 43 was a long awaited addition to the Glock line and swayed many first time shooters to the Glock line. The pistol isn’t as controllable or easy to fire as the Glock 19; it cannot be in its size and weight class. The real advantage of the Glock 43 in my opinion is that the pistol is slightly larger than the typical .380 class handgun yet much more powerful and reliable.

The Glock 43 features Glock reliability and chambers a reasonably powerful cartridge. With the Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain FTX load, this pistol breaks a two-inch group at 15 yards from a solid benchrest. Offhand performance depends upon the will of the shooter to practice.

Overall Length 6.2 in.
Overall Height 4.25 in.
Weight Unloaded 18 oz.
Barrel Length 3.4 in.

Glock 36

The Glock 36 was a sensation when introduced and remains so today. Glock designed a reliable compact single stack .45 and gave defensive shooters something lacking in the past—a completely reliable, truly concealable, compact .45 caliber handgun.

Glock 36 .45 ACP handgun right profile

The hard-hitting Glock 36 is the author’s favorite Glock.

The pistol features Glock’s world-class reliability, a controllable trigger action, and a grip frame that doesn’t overly stretch most hand sizes. The pistol features a six-round magazine. The Glock 36 is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. This cartridges gives shooters the advantage of wound potential in a cartridge that does not rely upon expansion for effectiveness.

The .45 ACP cartridge operates at low pressure and features a limited muzzle signature. Recoil isn’t harsh but rather a push compared to the sharp recoil of the .40 caliber cartridge. The Glock 36 is an excellent option for those who prefer the Glock handgun and .45 ACP cartridge.

This isn’t the pistol to load with +P loads, however, as it is a lightweight carry pistol. The Hornady 185-grain FTX is ideal. The Glock 36 I have on hand features a Bar Sto barrel and will deliver a 1.5-inch group at 15 yards.

Overall Length 7.1 in.
Overall Height 4.7 in.
Weight Unloaded 20.1 oz.
Barrel Length 3.8 in.

Remington R1 Commander

The 1911 Commander was introduced in 1950. The slide is ¾-inch shorter than the Government Model, and in the original version, the pistol featured a weight-saving aluminum frame. The original Commander, like the Government Model, featured small GI sights and a heavy trigger.

Bob shooting a Remington R1

Remington’s R1 Commander offers real power in a compact package.

Many versions have been produced over the years. Some have full-length guide rods and adjustable triggers—target gun features that have no place on a service grade handgun. A good development was the introduction of the steel-frame Commander. This resulted in one of the best-balanced carry guns every manufactured.

A few years ago, Remington introduced its R1 pistol. This is a well made and finished 1911 offered at a fair price. The R1 Commander, introduced some months later, has received little notice or acclaim. Yet, this handgun is among the best choices in a modern 1911 carry gun.

The sights are superior to the GI-type. The front sight is dovetailed in place, curing a problem with staked in GI sights. The ejection port is lowered for superior function and administrative handling. The R1 Commander features a spur hammer rather than the typical rowel hammer of the Commander, making it easier to lower the hammer.

The trigger action is smooth and crisp and the safety positive in indent. The barrel bushing is tight, but not so tight it cannot be field stripped by hand. The R1 Commander has proven reliable with all loads I have tested and more than passing accurate.

The carry load, the Gorilla Ammunition 230-grain JHP, has demonstrated a 1.2-inch group at 15 yards. I keep the spare Mec Gar magazine loaded with the Gorilla Ammunition FBI spec loads. This no frills 1911 has everything needed in a 1911 and nothing I do not need. It is faster from leather than the full-size 1911 and hits hard.

Overall Length 7.75 in.
Overall Height 5.4 in.
Weight Unloaded 35 oz.
Barrel Length 4.75 in.

Ruger SP101

The Ruger SP101 is a product of the type of design and engineering that have earned Ruger a great deal of respect in the professional field. When five-shot .38 Special revolvers were first introduced, they were built on the .32 frame. Upping the ante to .357 Magnum isn’t the wisest choice.

Ruger SP101 revolver left profile

In many ways, Ruger’s SP101 is head and shoulders above other small revolvers.

The Ruger, first introduced in .38 Special, features a newly designed frame. When you start with a clean slate, wonders happen! This heavy frame not only is well suited to the .357 Magnum cartridge it features a slightly lower bore axis compared to most revolvers. The result is a heavy-duty revolver that is controllable even with Magnum loads for those who practice.

The rear sights are broad, and the front post is easily picked up for personal defense shooting. The trigger action is smooth. I normally load the Ruger with the Hornady 125-grain Critical Defense—a useful Magnum loading that offers excellent wound ballistics. While I am primarily concerned with personal defense against our protein-fed ex-con criminal class, I am also concerned with defense against coyote, feral dogs, and the big cats when I visit the great outdoors.

The Ruger is dirt tough and never gives trouble, and may be pressed into an opponent’s body and fired, time after time, without fail. This makes it a good choice against the usual attack, as well as when you are on the ground as could occur with big dogs and mountain lions. For this duty, I change to the greater penetration of the Hornady 125-grain XTP. The Ruger SP101 is tough, reliable, and more accurate than you would suppose. From a solid benchrest with select loads, this revolver is the most accurate handgun tested for this report with a one-inch 15-yard group for an average of three groups, with some smaller, with the Hornady XTP load—at well over 1,200 fps!

Overall Length 7.2 in.
Overall Height 4.8.
Weight Unloaded 26 oz.
Barrel Length 2.5 in.

Smith and Wesson Shield .45

Smith and Wesson’s Military and Police series represents an important step in polymer-frame handguns. The pistol places ergonomics first, and the pistol fits most hands well. The M and P features good sights and is overall a credible service pistol. I tested one of the first Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm handguns, a subcompact M and P with a single column magazine, and found it good.

Smith and Wesson Shield .45 ACP right profile

The Smith and Wesson Shield .45 offers light weight and power in a useful package.

The pistol is controllable and reliable. I have seen several Shield pistols in training and reliability is good. When Smith and Wesson introduced the .45 caliber Shield, I obtained one of the first. I have fired the pistol extensively. I find it reliable, accurate enough for most uses, and ergonomic. I like the hinged trigger and excellent combat sights.

The pistol is more comfortable to fire than expected due to good grip design. I also like to have a manual safety on my handgun and the Shield provides. If you chose, you may simply ignore the safety. This isn’t the pistol to deploy with +P loads. I like the Hornady 185-grain Critical Defense in this handgun. The Shield is affordable but high quality.

Overall Length 6.45 in.
Overall Height 4.88 in.
Weight Unloaded 20.5 oz.
Barrel Length 3.5 in.

Smith and Wesson 442

The final choice is, in my opinion, the best all-around snubnose .38 Special revolver available. I seldom, if ever, carry the 442 alone, but I deploy it nearly every day as a backup, save when I am carrying two heavier handguns. The Smith and Wesson double-action aluminum-frame .38 has been my backup for over 30 years, in some form or the other.

Smith and Wesson Model 442 revolver left profile

11 The Smith and Wesson 442 is the author’s favored concealed carry handgun. This one has a lot of wear from daily carry.

The 442 is controllable, due in part to the humpback frame design that conceals the hammer. Unlike revolvers with an exposed hammer or the self-loading pistol, the 442 may be fired repeatedly from the pocket, which I practice occasionally.

The 442 is affordable, and the highest quality revolver in this frame size. The 442 is indispensable as a backup and travels with me a great deal. I have considered ammunition carefully. I most often deploy the Hornady Critical Defense 110-grain FTX. At seven yards, firing double action, I am able to group five shots into three inches—all we can ask from a snubnose revolver.

From a solid braced position, I am able to make center hits to a long 25 yards. However, this is a stunt with this type of revolver and takes time and concentration. The 442 offers a lot of protection, ounce for ounce.

Overall Length 6 5/16 in.
Overall Height 4.6 in.
Weight Unloaded 16 oz.
Barrel Length 2.0 in.

The author has given his list and reasons. Which choices do you agree or disagree with and why? Which guns would make you top list? Share your answers in the comment section.

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  • Bill Cale

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    I notice the trend toward larger handguns in your article. I love a 1911 myself, but it’s just plain too big to carry concealed unless I use a shoulder harness. I prefer a SIG 938, having graduated from a 238. It may not be a newby carry because it’s single action, but it’s small, doesn’t print, and very accurate and easy to handle. Plus it’s hard to beat the reliability of the SIG.

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  • BBBob

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    Excellent article. Though I am no longer an active/competition shooter, I agree with most of the author’s choices, except for feeling that plastic guns are probably best suited for police work in which long product life is of less importance than light weight and reliable performance; in other words, plastic isn’t my thing. I was not familiar with the slide/frame design of the CZ pistols, which seems like an excellent idea, and probably provides more room for larger, stronger parts within the frame structure. Regarding shooting, specifically, I like my pre-1970 Colt Government Model (.45 ACP), which, with only the simplest mods, such as a National Match barrel, slightly lighter trigger pull (3.5 lb.), and aftermarket adjustable sights, has been an accurate and reliable target gun for 50 years. The first model Colt Steel Commander, also .45 ACP, purchased the same year that the model was switched from alloy to steel, has been incredibly accurate when used at the target range, the only modification being a throated chamber to reliably feed my H&G 200 grain cast bullets; even with its military style low sights, it shoots as accurately as a true target gun, and its hammer style and slightly shorter size makes it a better carry choice. My third favorite for carrying is the S&W Model 60, purchased during its first year of production around 1970, which serves as a true concealable gun with the added bonus of stainless steel’s rust resistance and, low maintenance. For sheer beauty and absolutely perfect accuracy, the limited production S&W Model 27 .357 magnum revolver takes the first prize, with rosewood grips, 5″ barrel, target trigger and hammer and white outline adjustable sights to create the visually and mechanically perfect shooting machine. When fed .357 or .38 caliber target handloads using Lyman’s Keith-style 150 grain cast lead bullets, this early 1960s gun finds the 25 and 50 yard target X-ring almost automatically and repeatedly with its mild recoil and butter-smooth trigger.

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  • Missbaysdaddy

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    I chose the Ruger SP101 in 357 Magnum 3 inch for my concealed weapon of choice. I hope I never have to use it but if need be it will get the job done.

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  • Garland Vance

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    Good article, But there were a lot of fun guns left out.

    I prefer a 45 ACP, Paraordance P10, and other 1911full frame guns. If Im forced to defend my self, I planned to make it final.

    The problem is during the summer time concealing a full frame gun under ones T-shirt only has everyone looking at you like your the next mass shooter. I started carrying easier to conceal handguns.

    The best advice i ever heard, was the best gun is the one you have with you. That put me to thinking as well as shopping for a new handgun that would be my primary carry weapon for the majority time of the year. My criteria was a 9mm accurate enough to make head shots at 45 yards. I chose the 9mm because anything bigger would make for a bulkier gun and harder to conceal. I ended up with the Micro Kimber. Loaded with +P XTP rounds.

    Myself I able to easily make 50 yard head shoots on targets. Though I would had preferred a 38 Super chambered in the little gun, it has turned out the best for me. I say again for me.

    Case in point I was at our second home by myself, and decided to surprise my wife and return home to our primary residence, I never called to inform here I was making the six hour drive and headed home. Bad ideal!

    I let my self in the house and was soon greeted with a very sleepy looking woman in her house coat holding one of my siimi-auto pistol coming down the darken hall towards me while I was standing in the well lit utility room. When she dropped the gun down from her firing stance and began fooling around with thumb safety, I realized she had tried to fire the gun it it had not went off. I spoke up and asked her “Well, are you going to shoot me”? She realized it was me.

    I learned alot that night, first I don’t go home late at night without calling her first. And second , I went and got her a double action Charter Arms 38 special revolver, loaded the first chamber with a shot shell and the other four with hollow points.

    Excited people don’t aim very well if at all, that is the reason for starting my wife’s gun out with the shoot shell.

    As a handgun and rifle instructor, I found it best to start out with a gun that fits you best, that’s comfortable to shoot with ease. Fit the gun to the shooter as best you can by purchasing a gun that the shooter can easily operate and handle with their fiscal abilities and their shooting experience and abilities in mind.

    The perfect gun for me does no good for the person who rarely ever shoots a gun and like the say can’t hit the preferable barn door. But even a 22 LR derringer would fill good in a dark alley on a black night.

    Like I said the best gun is the one you got with you when you need one….

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  • Clifffalling

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    I have gone through several CC firearms over the years. A couple Rugers, one being the SR9C (which I would recommend getting rid of if you have one) . A couple Taurus’ . But settled on the G19. Carried that for the last 7 or 8 years. I’m a pretty big guy (6’3″, 230) so I don’t really experience printing very much. Using the 5.11 operator belt, I can carry pretty much anything comfortably. (Right hand, hip carry, usually FBI cant). I even started carrying my M9A3 IWB just to see if I could. Anyway, the G19 is ultra reliable. No trigger issues from prolonged carry (primary reason for junking the SR9C) . Plenty accurate and a good weight. I carry chambered, Hornady critical defense 115gn . For backup, I have the Taurus PT709. A little tricky to control for me, with big hands, but amazingly accurate and reliable. I am toying with the PT111 G2 as a backup, but have reliability concerns so haven’t made the switch yet.

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  • Harry

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    Glock, any Glock, the gun with the worst record of accidental discharge. Colt Series 70, the gun with the worst record of Stove Pipe Jams. Yeah, good job, you really know your handguns.

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    • wr

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      No gun suffers fools.

      ADs are shooter related.

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  • 1911's4me

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    I prefer and carry Commander or Officer size pistols in .45. My ammo chose is . Golden Saber 185 gr. +P BJHP..

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  • Pete In Alaska

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    Good read, post an comments were informative.
    I still carry my Browning HiPower from time to time and have done so since my first one in 1971. 9mm ammunition has improved greatly since the 100gr Winchester Power Points I used in1971. These improvements have increased the terminal performance of the 9mm allowing it to once again be a viable cartridge for self defense.
    My primary EDC’s are both made by IMI and are Baby Desert Eagles. I have carried the Full Frame BDE in .45ACP (the Jericho 941 also called Uzi Eagle, an Baby Eagle) since I was given one in 1990. The design is modeled after the CZ-75. The IMI Jericho is an all steel platform that is well engineered, an well fitted firearm. It’s accucery is increased substaintly with the use of octagon rifleing instead of the commonly found lands an groove. Recoil is direct with excellent return to target muzzle cotrol. Sights are a three dot configuration and very serviceable. Standard magazine is 10 rounds. I generally carry this platform in a right hand, “small of the back” custom holster. My other IMI BDE is also all steel but the compact model in .40SW. It’s operation and performance is the same as the full frame. If both platforms are carried at the same time, the Compact is carried in a left hand cross draw. It is
    more often carried by itself in which case it too is carried at the SOB right hand draw. My first choice in ammunition has been Federal HST for 9mm and .45 ACP. For the.40SW, I prefer the Black Hills using the 140gr Barns TAC-XP. Expansion, terminal energy and accucery are the reasons for these specific ammunition choice. Reloading components are also available for hand loading.

    I am not a proponent of the Glock as it does not ergonomically fit my hands and is uncomfortable to discharge for me. I prefer the Springfield XD series of platforms in all their variants. The XDm’s are excellent polymer frame pistoles. The “S” series are the smallest profile and designed for concealment. The Springfield XD should be considered as a part of this conversation.
    Although the revolver may be considered old school and out of date. The fact remains that 38+P and .357 in a small frame revolver is effective, easily concealed, making them excellent for CC
    if that is your platform preference.
    Practice, practice, practice …. training is what will determine how effective CC will serve one. Practice with what you Carry and know the ammunition you will use.

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  • mj

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    You’re not making it any better lol…tell him to man up (: Seriously though if he likes packing small the LCP2 is superior to LCP. Shoots great.

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  • MICHAEL LEVIN

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    How’s the recoil? My wife is your size…thinking EZ380…but since it isn’t for Carry…sp might be a great option!

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    • Alfretta

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      Between the LCP and the LCP II there is a large difference in recoil. The LCP II is harder to hang on to as the jolt is larger. I am 5’4″ with small hands long fingers. I use the LCP II for a pocket gun but do not enjoy shooting it. Take your wife to the local gun shop and let her handle different guns even rent a couple to let her shoot! I also shoot glock 19, Ruger 9mm revolver, S&W M&P Shield in 380 the EZ model as my left hand makes it harder to rack and that gun is great. Hubby has S&W 22 revolver magnum ( I cant pull the trigger to hard) and his S&W model 60 357/39 that I can shoot. Let your wife see and learn and pick what is best for her then she will be happier shooting!

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    • Bernie

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      I’ll second what you said about the LCP II. At 6’2″ 285lbs I’m not a small person, and I can hide an LCP II in the palm of my hand but even with a Hogue beavertail grip sleeve on it I don’t find it enjoyable to shoot, and it’s hard enough to hold onto that followup shots are slow. Right now it’s relegated to being my “at home in my sweats” pocket pistol, useful for taking out the trash and getting the mail without having to pocket carry my Shield 45, but if an intruder came into the house I think I’d grab a 9mm from my office or a shotgun from it’s hiding spot before I tried to draw the LCP II, unless I had no other choice.

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