Throwback Thursday: Readers Choice — The 12 Best Concealed Carry Guns

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Firearms

Reader ‘Lee’ writes, “…Why not create an unbiased list of firearms instead of a thinly veiled attempt at trying to sell something?” and ‘Papasan 173’ responds, “Why not go to an unbiased authorized list of guns? Oh yeah! There isn’t one. Don’t come to a gun dealer’s newsletter and complain because they are trying to sell guns.”

My comparison piece, The Top 15 Smallest Pistols got plenty of Shooter’s Log readers’ pretty riled up. Quite a few of you seemed offended that I had left out your favorite gun. In fact, the list was actually described as “horse turds,” “pos” and even “erroneous.” Ouch!

I guess you could compare it to when your significant other tells you that your favorite shirt does indeed make you look fat.

It is impossible to come up with the definitive list of “the best” of anything, because “the best” is all relative. Reader Rodney summed it up perfectly, “Not all shooters are the same, everybody holds their pistol different, no matter how many times you tell or show them. All these pistols are good, but only as good as the shooter.”

Here are the top 12 smallest and best-concealed semiautomatic handguns according to you:

User ratings are based on Cheaper Than Dirt! customer reviews and reviews found on other gun blogs—not author’s personal ratings.

Ruger LCP

Picture shows the compact Ruger LCP semi-automatic handgun.

Winning handgun of the year in 2008 and 2011, the LCP remains a top seller.

Ruger should be so proud, if only it could feel all the love you guys show for the LCs! With how many of you mentioned the Ruger LC9, LCP, and LC380, these are clearly great carry guns. Brian wrote that the LC9 “is probably the best 9mm pocket pistol from sales to size out there and beats Kahr’s inconsistent reliability and cheapest price by $100 without the cheap skanky advertising.” McRuger is also a big fan (obviously), “My favorite carry is Ruger LC9. I can carry the LC9 with a Blackhawk pocket holster regardless of what I wear and nearly forget its there. The LC9 is accurate and has performed flawlessly.”

Trek let us know how he felt with real talk, “Rugers are not on the list? Something is wrong with that. The newer LC9s is a great pocket gun. The trigger is nothing like the predecessor LC9. Great light and small. And what about no LCP on this list? One of the most affordable .380 pocket options out there and is smaller than most mentioned in this list. Rugers are a great choice.” I guess the missing Rugers are what made my original list erroneous.

Ruger LCP
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 2.75 inches
Capacity 6 rounds
Overall Height 3.6 inches
Overall Length 5.2 inches
Overall Width 0.8 inches
Weight Unloaded 9.7 ounces
Sights Integral
Grip Glass-filled nylon
Price MSRP starting at $389
User rating 4.23 out of 5 stars

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Ruger LC380

What do you get when you cross the LC9 and the LCP? The Ruger LC380.

What do you get when you cross the LC9 and the LCP? The Ruger LC380.

 
Ruger LC380
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 3.1 inches
Capacity 7 rounds
Overall Height 4.5 inches
Overall Length 6 inches
Overall Width 0.9 inches
Weight Unloaded 17.2 ounces
Sights Drift adjustable 3-dot
Frame Glass-filled nylon
Price MSRP starting at $449
User rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Ruger LC9s

Ruger LC9s Pro, striker-fired handgun

Ruger added a striker-fired version of the LC9 called the LC9s.

 
Ruger LC9s
Caliber 9mm
Barrel Length 3.1 inches
Capacity 7 rounds
Overall Height 4.5 inches
Overall Length 6 inches
Overall Width 0.9 inches
Weight Unloaded 17.2 ounces
Sights Drift adjustable 3-dot
Grip Glass-filled nylon
Price MSRP starting at $449
User rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 in black, pointed to the right on white background

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Frequent commenter G-Man couldn’t believe I had left the S&W .380 Bodyguard off the list and fair enough. My apologies for skipping over a gun that does meet the criteria for a good carry gun. The Bodyguard semiautomatic .380 has a 2.75-inch barrel and is only 5.25 inches in overall length. Mike owns it and loves it. While Jack Haskins had this to say, “I was disappointed not to find my S&W .380 Bodyguard listed in this article. I find it very easy to shoot and very accurate. The only draw back is the long trigger pull. For a carry gun it is very good.”

 
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 2.75 inches
Capacity 6 rounds
Overall Height 4.17 inches
Overall Length 5.25 inches
Overall Width 0.75 inch
Weight Unloaded 12 ounces
Sights Drift adjustable/integrated laser is optional
Grip Polymer
Price Starting at $332.35
User rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Bersa Thunder .380

Picture shows a Bersa Thunder .380 pistol with pink lasergrip.

My favorite feature of the Bersa is its accuracy.

Though I like the Bersa Thunder .380, it did not make the first list because it isn’t as subcompact as the others. With a 3.5-inch barrel, 6.6-inch overall length, 1.3-inch width and 23-ounce weight, it is even bigger than the S&W Shield which was the largest pistol on the original list. Jim says, “You didn’t mention Bersa. The last time I qualified for CHL my Bersa went up against PPK, H&K, Beretta and Glock. My Bersa shot super tight groups—a perfect score with no jams. While the other guns shot all over the target and also some had jams.” I agree with you Jim, I was very surprised at how accurate the Bersa Thunder .380 was when I tested it.

 
Bersa Thunder
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 3.5 inches
Capacity 10 rounds
Overall Height 4.7 inches
Overall Length 6.6 inches
Overall Width 1.3 inches
Weight Unloaded 18.9 ounces
Sights Integral blade front/notched-bar dovetail rear
Grip Checkered polymer/Crimson Trace lasergrip optional
Price Starting at $352.91
User rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Springfield XD-S

Springfield 3.3 XD-S

Springfield 3.3 XD-S

I get the feeling that many of you would not argue the Springfield XD-S’s 2013 award for “handgun of the year” by American Rifleman. Available in .45 ACP or 9mm with either a 3.3- or 4-inch barrel, at 0.9 inches wide, it rivals the size of many of the others, but has upgraded sights and excellent ergonomics. In fact, Michael thinks it should be “number one on the list.” Thomas Bonds carries the .45 model every day and Bud Parker can’t “say a bad word about it.”

 
Springfield XD-S
Caliber 9mm/.45 ACP
Barrel Length 3.3 and 4 inches
Capacity 7/8 and 5/6 rounds
Overall Height 4.4 or 5 inches
Overall Length 6.3 inches
Overall Width 0.90 inches
Weight Unloaded Up to 24.5 ounces
Sights Fiber optic front/dovetail rear
Grip Polymer
Price Starting at $509
User rating 5 out of 5 stars

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Kel-Tec P-32

Kel-Tec P-32

Kel-Tec P-32

I don’t want to get into any caliber wars here, but after The Top 15 Smallest Pistols published, I had a friend tell me they carry a .32 ACP every day. And I guess a lot of you do, too. The Kel-Tec is indeed very small. It has a 2.7-inch barrel, is only 3.5 inches tall and weighs a mere 6.6 ounces—probably the lightest in the bunch. Tom Gough says, “I have a Kel-Tec P-32 and with the extended magazine, holds 10 rounds, and with the extended magazine it gives a full grip which allows me to shoot it very well. I carry this gun when wandering around in cut-off jeans and a T-shirt behind the back and it never prints.”

 
Kel-Tec P-32
Caliber .32 ACP
Barrel Length 2.7 inches
Capacity 7 rounds
Overall Height 3.5 inches
Overall Length 5.1 inches
Overall Width 0.75 inch
Weight Unloaded 6.6 ounces
Sights Fixed
Grip High-impact polymer Dupont ST-8018 grip
Price Starting at $230.37
User rating 5 out of 5 stars

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SIG Sauer P938

Picture shows the left side of SIG P938 handgun with black frame, stainless steel slide and wood grips.

If you need a new concealed carry gun or want to switch from a revolver to a semiautomatic, check out the SIG P938.

 

I didn’t do a scientific study on your comments, but I think its safe to say that if this were a popularity contest the SIG P938 would be voted captain of the cheerleading team or football quarterback and I’ll be the one crowning it homecoming King or Queen…depending on what model SIG P938 you own. Not only is it an aesthetically beautiful piece, no matter what grips or finish it comes in, it is easy to operate for men, women, younger and older and extremely comfortable carry no matter what method you prefer. I always suggest those looking for a concealed carry to try the P938. It holds six rounds of 9mm—better than the .380 ACP, in my opinion—has a thumb safety, nights sights and is slim and lightweight enough you don’t have to dress for the gun. The majority of complaints I hear about the P938 is the price. But then again, you can’t put a price on your life now can you?

Praises for the SIG P938 9mm:

  • Fine choice
  • Best small carry gun there is
  • The last small pistol
  • Finest small gun on the market
  • One of the very best sub-compact autos
  • Love my Sig p238 Nitron with Rosewood grips
  • Fast follow up shots and an order of magnitude better than my Ruger LCP
  • What a phenomenal piece of hardware
  • I have three, it’s a great gun and is now my carry gun, replacing a Sig P229
 
SIG Sauer P938
Caliber 9mm
Barrel Length 3 inches
Capacity 6 rounds
Overall Height 3.9 inches
Overall Length 5.9 inches
Overall Width 1.1 inches
Weight Unloaded 16 ounces
Sights Night sights
Grip Various
Price $655.20
User rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Taurus 738 TCP

Picture shows a slim pink pistol with black slide made by Taurus.

For around $250, you get an accurate and reliable self-defense weapon that will conceal just about anywhere.

 

“I can’t believe you didn’t include the Taurus TCP 380.” -John

Taurus 738 TCP owners report its accuracy at self-defense distances, even with its minimal sights. It has an interesting look and when first introduced, it was available in a wide variety of different colors—that appealed to those hesitant about shooting or owning a gun. When it was new, it was Taurus’ lightest .380 pistol. It now contends with the Curve, both weighing 10.2 ounces unloaded. It retails for less than $250, which is why I’m sure many chose the Taurus TCP over the many other, and more expensive, choices.

 
Taurus 738 TCP
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 3.3 inches
Capacity 6 rounds
Overall Height 3.75 inches
Overall Length 5.19 inches
Overall Width 0.87 inches
Weight Unloaded 10.2 ounces
Sights Fixed
Grip Checkered polymer
Price Starting at $246.42
User rating 3 out of 5 stars

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Kel-Tec P-11

Kel-Tec P-11 pistol right black

The P-11 is especially well suited for plain-clothes police officers, security personnel, or as a secondary weapon for military service members.

 

 

G-Man makes a very good point when he says, “The Kel-Tec PF-9 was given a nod, but not the P-11, which holds 10 +1 rounds of 9mm fire power to carry for the money at the basic size of the PF-9. #truth, G-Man. The Kel-Tec P-11 does in fact, have the same specifications at the less-capacity Kel-Tec PF-9, except it is a tad wider and a couple of ounces heavier. That’s more than a fair trade off for the higher round count you get in the P-11’s magazine. Not only that, but surprisingly it’s cheaper, too. For $241.62, you can get the 10-round P-11, while the PF-9 starts at $247.94. Kind of a no-brainer, right?

 
Kel-Tec P-11
Caliber 9mm
Barrel Length 3.1 inches
Capacity 10 rounds
Overall Height 4.3 inches
Overall Length 5.6 inches
Overall Width 1 inch
Weight Unloaded 14 ounces
Sights Fixed front/adjustable rear
Grip High impact polymer DuPont ST-8018
Price Starting at $241.62
User rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Seecamp LWS 380

Engraved Seecamp .380 pistol.

“By far the smallest and best quality is a Seecamp .380, puts all of these to shame.”

Tom says, “Now that Seecamp makes a .380 the same size as their .25 and .32 and is smaller than any of the above, I think it deserves a note.” L.W. Seecamp Co. is a company with an interesting history. They have been making pistols since 1973, focusing on double-action only small-caliber pistols. The LWS 380 has a 2-inch barrel and is only 4.25 inches long overall. Those who own it understand its $810 MSRP. W.J. Tutwiler says, “It has been out longer than any on your list, is smaller than any on your list and is all steel. To top it all off, you can order a personalized serial number if it hasn’t already been taken. Tough to top that.” Josh agrees, “By far the smallest and best quality is a Seecamp .380, puts all of these to shame.” Les also votes for the Seecamp, “It is a true pocket pistol and the fit and finish is A-1 top shelf.”

 

 
Seecamp .380
Caliber .380 ACP
Barrel Length 2.06 inches
Capacity 6 rounds
Overall Height 3.25 inches
Overall Length 4.25 inches
Overall Width 0.91 inches
Weight Unloaded 10.50 ounces
Sights None
Grip N/A
Price MSRP $810
User rating 4 out of 5 stars

 

Boberg XR9-S

Boberg XR9-S

Boberg XR9-S

T McMurry just might be right; the Boberg XR9-S is the shortest 9mm on the list at 5.1 inches long. It is a not even an inch wide and has a 3.65-inch barrel, yet, “recoil is equivalent to a .380.” Bobergs are “handmade” says the owner of two of them. Some of you might say, “Oh, so that explains why it looks a little weird,” but that is not the case at all. The Boberg XR9-S has a different type of loading mechanism, once only used successfully in machine guns. The Boberg loads ammo “nose forward,” meaning the ‘XR Feeding Technology’ grabs the rim of the cartridge and loads the cartridge backwards into the gun. T McMurry says, “Down South it’s nice to have that kind of power in a true pocket pistol. They are super accurate at 25 yards and because of low recoil, fun to shoot.” Are you ready for the big kicker? The Boberg sells for just a teeny less than a grand.

 
Boberg Arms XR9-S
Caliber 9mm
Barrel Length 3.35 inches
Capacity 7 rounds
Overall Height 4.2 inches
Overall Length 5.1 inches
Overall Width 0.96 inches
Weight Unloaded 17.4 ounces
Sights Low profile dovetail windage adjustable
Grip High-toughness Zytel polymer
Price $994.07
User rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Runners up: Glock 33, Springfield EMP, Rorbaugh R9, Glock 30S, Kahr CM40, Kimber Micro, Walther PPK/S .380 ACP, Kahr MK9 2000.

To learn more about the best concealed handguns, read the following reviews:

Thank you readers for the lively debate. I love hearing your opinions, suggestions, and ideas. Let’s keep this list going. In the comment section, tell us what great-concealed carry gun is missing.

Product pricing and availability are as of time of publication and subject to change without notice at any time.

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  • Long Rifle

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    The LCP is a cheesy small caliber, chick pistol. Similar to the Saturday Night Special.. Total Garbage. I can’t wait to get rid of the one I purchased. I’m sticking with the Glock 43, you get what you pay for and you can’t beat a Glock for reliability, it’s a great quality pistol. The LCP is toy like and cheaply constructed. I don’t have any confidence in the caliber or reliability in a high stress situation.

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    • Howard

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      Tsk, tsk, tsk.
      Never could understand why someone would knowingly buy a Yugo subcompact car then Bitch and complain that it didn’t handle like and Ferrari high performance sports car.
      The same is true when buying an inexpensive handgun for concealed carry.
      The WHOLE purpose of a small, compact pistol IS for CCW and KNOWINGLY giving up other, BETTER attributes for the sake of CCW.
      If you don’t feel “safe” carrying a small, lower powered handgun, WTH did you BUY it?!?
      Ever heard of doing a “test drive?” You know, go to a range where you can RENT a gun with the intention of ensuring it will fit some, if not all, of your perceived needs?!?
      My GOD, man!
      If you don’t LIKE Broccoli or couscous, WTF would you order it off the menu AND pay for it?!?
      Pull on your Big Boy Panties and admit you made an error in judgement, find someone who is willing to buy what you claim is a substandard firearm/ammo combination then take the money and go buy something you supposedly KNEW from the start better fit your needs from the start?!?
      And just for the record, I’m pushing 60, only about 5’10” tall, overweight, AND I go well-heeled with either a G17, G22, G21C or a full-sized Colt Government M1911A1 and, oftentimes, also carry a G27 or an older Colt Officer’s Model in .45 ACP in an ankle holster to complement whichever brand handgun I’m wearing on a given day and based on perceived “need.”
      So to those who whine about “cheaply built” or tiny and underpowered caliber handguns, I’m sorry but you’ll get NO sympathy from this old fart.
      So suck it up, Buttercup. Ain’t NOBODY to blame but the critter looking back at you in the mirror. Right?!?
      After all, nobody held a gun to your head and FORCE you to buy a pipsqueak firearm with which to defend your life, DID THEY?
      LMAO
      (Let the flaming commence.)

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    • Howard

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      Addendum to my previous post.
      I am not fashion driven and thus required to dress to maintain some fashion “Fan Boy” appearance all for the sake of fitting in.
      At my age, if someone snickers about the Old Fart in the full length jeans, a colored t-shirt, long or short sleeve un-tucked outer shirt (based on the temperature here in southern AZ and season) I just look at their Purty mouth and grin because I know and his girlfriend knows that she has a girlfriend with (probably) a Bitch Bun, loggers beard, fancy Dockers shorts and sandals WITH socks (WTF is with THAT, anyway?!?) and likely not someone who is wanting to defend themselves (or their girlfriend, for that matter), much less ABLE to out of fear of dropping his $10.00 StarF*cks Grande Latte’ or whatever else she, er, “he”(?)is drinking along with their Murse anyway.
      The point being, sometimes (MOST times?), you need to dress appropriately in order to maintain your CCW in a CCW manner. RIGHT?
      So WHY go with a dimunitive and Liliputian sized handgun in the first place?
      Be a Manly Man and carry a Manly Man gun for cryin’ out loud.
      If THIS Old Fart can do it, why can’t you athletic build Stud-Muffins do it?
      Hmmmmm?
      LMAO

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  • Terry

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    I have a variety of .380’s. My experience with my Taurus 738 TCP has been excellent. Small, light, accurate and inexpensive. I have owned it for a year with no malfunctions. One failure to eject, but that was my fault, fast shooting and limp-wristed the gun. No problem with the other gent’s comment about mag falling out. I have put about 300 rounds thru the pistol. I carry this pistol a lot because it is light and fits my summer clothing.

    I own the Bersa .380 Thunder and CC. Both are excellent guns, and have been very reliable. A bit heavier and larger, but that makes them easier to shoot than some of the smaller pistols. Still, a good carry gun with the right clothing.

    With the right clothing, my favorite is the Glock 42 .380. A splendid shooter, accurate and has been completely reliable. The recoil is less than all my other .380 pistols. Unlike many, it is fun to shoot at the range. I have carpal tunnel and some neuropathy in my dominate hand, but it is no problem to shoot a box of fifty without a problem. I can’t do that with several others. I added a mag extension that gives an extra cartridge and this bumps capacity to 8 and gives a full grip.

    I have shot a Glock 43 lately that a friend shared. It’s a fine shooter, 9mm, a bit larger and heavier than the others mentioned. A slight bit more recoil than the Glock 42, but easily manageable. Need to be more selective about clothing to avoid printing. For winter, wearing a coat and such, works fine. Get the mag extension with extra capacity, which makes it a lot easier to grip and control and gets the capacity up to a more desirable level.

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  • BoBo

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    I don’t know but 380 is not a carry round. WEll it’s back up or T-shirt Flip Flops set up. I don’t run around in FlipFlops but have other office set up issues that makes a little 380 acp necessary. I carry sometimes the DB 380 for deep concealed carry. On the list here only the Springfield talks to me. 9X19 is were SD in autoloaders starts.

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    • James Smith

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      I have a nice old Colt Govt pocketlite 380 . It’s the only 380 I would carry (since I already own it & never wants to sell it ) , I tried the LCP , eh > then i saw 2 blow up on different days at the range . Borrowed & tried the DB , too narrow for me to control and it always jerked to the right when trigger pulled . ( I don’t believe it was my trigger control ) Maybe it was just THAT DB ? /shrugs . Springfield XDS feels too narrow for me as well ( I own 2 XDM’s one in 9 mm one in .45 acp . )

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  • cath8r

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    I”m not sure why anyone would carry an LCP or a P11, just as 2 examples. The trigger on the P11 is beyond horrible, same as the LCP. I can’t imagine the other 2 Rugers that made this list have better triggers than the LCP. I’m not by any means a fanboy, but if you are going to carry something in this size range, get a G42 or a G43. For just a little more than some of the horrible choices above, you can carry a G43. It has a decent trigger, you can get tons of aftermarket parts for it if you want to, and it is reliable. And it doesn’t have a 10 pound trigger with a 2 inch pull. The Sig P938 is by far the ultimate choice in this list and well worth the extra expense, but if you are not willing to shell out nearly 700 for one, get a Glock G43. Stay away from the 200 dollar guns. They are cheap for a reason. Yes, they are better than nothing, but not by much.

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    • Edward

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      Another Glock Fanboy if you don’t carry what I like, you might as well throw rocks at then. I have never had any issues with the Ruger LCP or the Tarus PT140. And I know nothing about your background. But I have had a few aimed at me. And I have never even considered their firearm to be barely better than nothing. Nor have I ever. Seen a Pretty gun pointed at me either. Buy whatever works for you. And if the Ruger LCP and Tarus PT11 both sold like crazy and have great reviews by actual owners. And yes I Am buying the New LCP 2 as soon as I can actually find it in stock over the G42.

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  • KUETSA

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    Smaller is only better if you never need to defend your life. Once you need to use your firearm – magazine capacity, caliber, and barrel length combine to enable you to effectively defend yourself. I would discount most of those choices as too small and too limited in magazine capacity. Wouldn’t go smaller than a G26 – easy to conceal crossdraw IWB under a t-shirt. (It is also easy to conceal a full size 1911 crossdraw IWB under a t-shirt.)

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  • Chilibreath

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    Old big city street cop here, and when it comes to CCW guns we might as well be talking about what’s the better game, football or baseball. Obviously personal choice enters into this discussion heavily, but for my money (and my life!) I will go with a small 2-inch snubby revolver, my current favorite being the S&W 442 loaded with Speer Gold Dot +P. Is my choice better than a Glock 21 with a full-up 13-round mag? Probably not, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to carry and conceal, and all things considered it will handle about 95-plus percent of all the incidents I will try very hard to avoid. Just my 2-cent’s worth.

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    • Art

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      i am not sure but i think you are talking about 38. while i think they are accurate i am not a fan of 38 or 45. the bullets are to slow. speed kills. i would carry a nine g 26 in +p if i had to but i try and limit my carry to 40. g 27. i have no problems with carrying my ruger 101 in 357 but at 5 rounds and not a quick reload it is more a back up gun. my little NAA 22 lr is a back up or better yet a back up back up. i consider it a belly gun. double action single action no problem and my sig 229 in 40 was my choice at first but it is just too large. great gun though. people say stay away from bad neighborhoods and that is good advice, but i live in one and it is hard to stay away from. can’t count the number of times i have been threatened with death by national gangs on one hand. i also can’t count on the police to help me. when you are dealing with gangs there is no telling how many you might face. latest gang a large cocaine ring. i worry about them even more and i have 2 death threats from them.

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  • Bear King

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    Take the Taurus TCP off any list you may have. The pistol is dangerous to for the person carrying it. Chances are that in a panic situation one will never get off any second shot because the mag will be lying on the ground. A reasonable tight grip will cover the mag release and there goes the mag with only the slightest touch. OK when new, but after a few dozen mag removals and reinstalls. The mag catch or the mag itself wears to the point it releases with only a slight pressure. Learned about this from the little woman. She complained that about any time she would take the pistol from her purse, the mag wasn’t in it. Not good on Taurus.

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  • Stan Robertson

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    I’ve read hundreds of these so called “reviews” Most are just paid for ads by the manufacturer. I know what I shoot, and shoot well. Promote any firearm that you are paid to do, but please don’t pass this off as a “real list” of any kind.

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    • Howard

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      (I do believe that the author qualified the comments and list as being what OTHERS have suggested as recommended for THEIR needs and why. NOT what they felt was the “best” or whatever.)

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  • David Kuhns

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    Have owned and tried several of these guns. I kept changing because I didn’t like any of them. I finally found what I consider the best all around pistol for daily carry, the Ruger LCR .38. It is reliable, accurate, light, powerful, and so easy to conceal. I will never trust my life to a semi-auto. You never know when it will fail, we just know that it will.

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    • Oldsbear

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      The Ruger LCR is very easy to carry all day. It is small. It is light. It doesn’t print. Its trigger is smooth and easy. Shoot one-handed; it will never stovepipe! Shoot two-handed; it’s even more accurate. There’s minimal recoil. There’s no hammer to snag. The LCR is just a great carry gun. If you insist on more than five shots, carry two LCRs! If you like louder bangs, get the .357 LCR.

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  • BIG AL

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    While I am a HUGE Ruger fan, in the initial runs, Ruger fell flat on their LC9 & LCP pistols. At least for those of us who live in the Deep South. Why??? BLUED steel and salt water (read sweat) do NOT mix well. With other “concealed carry” (read S&W, Springfield, Glock, Beretta, Khar, Sig, etc) makers offering guns made of stainless steel or with corrosion resistant finishes, one would think Ruger would have at least offered a stainless option. Very sad. Yes, they caught on, but how long did it take? My vote goes for the nitride finishes. More corrosion resistant than stainless and harder. gotta’ love it!

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