The NICS reports nearly 900,000 people filled out a background check form to purchase a handgun in June 2015. As more people than ever are choosing to protect themselves, the more questions we receive on what gun is best for concealed carry. Many factors go in to choosing the right gun. This article compares the smallest of the smallest semiautomatic handguns.
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SCCY industries previously offered a “No Questions Asked’ warranty, which was certainly worthy of praise from the gun community. However, it seems it comes with its downside too, and a few bad actors have caused SCCY to modify its policy to protect the rest of us. This is a case of a corporate responsibility over profits and we should all be applauding SCCY’s decision.
Could this be the Holy Grail? A concealed carry handgun that is “print-free” as well as comfortable in any position on the body?
Once a caliber not many people found to be highly useful, the .380 ACP has gained an incredible amount of popularity in the last few years—especially with women. Its ease of use to rack the slide, minimal recoil and small package is desirable for the first time shooter, women shooter, elderly or those with injuries. Many are choosing the smaller .380 ACP pocket pistols for concealed carry. Though there are many sub-compact 9mm to choose from, the .380 ACP is still making its way to the top. These six new 2014 and 2015 firearms from major manufacturers such as Browning, Beretta and Magnum Research prove that the .380 as a preferred self-defense gun isn’t going away any time soon.
I have never advocated buying a person protection gun because it looks good. Reliability and ease of use are so much more important. However, like many women shooters I know, whether we admit to it or not, actually want a pink gun. Fortunately, there are now plenty of reliable, accurate and affordable pink pistols to choose from. In this article, I break down the important specifications and features of 10 different pocket pistols to help you make a decision about your next concealed carry gun.
James Bond always had great style. Though notorious for its slide bite, you can’t deny that great look of the PPK (or its America-friendly version, the PPK/s). Class emanates from the gradual curves leading from the muzzle to the trigger guard are iconic, the grip tang and exposed hammer, all the way to the base plate of the magazine.
The SIG Sauer P938 and I had a torrid love affair, but it was just enough to know we definitely need a second date. SIG’s P938 is a locked breech, tilting barrel single-action only semi-automatic sub-compact handgun chambered in 9mm. I really like the fact that the gun is all metal and aluminum, except for the grips. It’s a refreshing change from all the polymer-framed concealed carry guns on the market. The frame is aluminum alloy and the slide is 416 stainless steel. Weighing in at 16 ounces unloaded, it is difficult to compare the P938 to other guns, as there are not many metal-framed sub-compacts to compare it to. The Kel-Tec P11 is lighter at 14 ounces, while the Bersa Thunder 9 and Kahr MK9 are considerably heavier at 23 and 22.1 ounces respectively. I shot the model that SIG calls “Nightmare”—an all-black version minus the matte nickel controls.
The Beretta Nano is a sub-compact, striker-fired (Beretta’s first), locked-breech, recoil-operated, semi-automatic pistol. It holds six rounds of 9mm in its single-stack magazine, with one in the chamber—of which will fire regardless if a magazine is inserted or not. There is no magazine disconnect safety. Meaning if the chamber’s hot, the Nano’s gonna fire.The cool thing about the Nano is its interchangeable frame. It has the potential (on paper) to be a great carry gun for women.
This compilation of the most-read Shooter’s Log articles by all-time rank from No. 11 to No. 20 talks about a range of topics, from exercising good manners at the gun store to the provocative question, “Will you turn over your guns” if the government demands them? Click the headlines to check them out for yourself.