McHALE: Concealed Carry Gun – What Makes it Kick-Ass?

McHALE: Concealed Carry Gun – What Makes it Kick-Ass?

McHALE: Concealed Carry Gun – What Makes it Kick-Ass?

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your ideal concealed carry gun.

Type of action, weight, size, caliber, capacity, holster options and more.

Hopefully, it goes without saying that absolute reliability if the number one criteria on the list. If you can’t count on it to work every single time, then it’s as valuable as a parachute guaranteed to work 67% of the time or your money back!

Here are some of the things I consider along with a few illustrative examples of my ideal Kick-Ass Concealed Carry Gun combinations.

Concealed Carry Gun Capacity

Statistically, most defensive gun uses involve relatively few shots fired. Actually, the majority of defensive gun uses result in zero shots fired. With that said, it’s pretty obvious that the environment is changing. Criminals are working in teams, and the threat of domestic terror attacks increases with each passing day. I can’t tell you what is “enough” in terms of capacity.

I can tell you that no one wishes they had less ammunition after a defensive gun use.

As you know, it’s all about tradeoffs. Every extra cartridge, whether in the gun or a separate carrier, brings bulk and weight. I have a Ruger LCP .380 ACP. It’s tiny and weighs exactly 43% of nothing. It holds 6+1 rounds. It’s super convenient to carry. I also have a Sig Sauer P229 chambered in .357 Sig. That is somewhat larger and weighs 29.6 ounces empty, which is about the same as a half-liter bottle of my homemade beer. On the other hand, it holds 12+1 rounds of big boom ammo. With which gun do I feel more comfortable? That’s an easy one.

I’m constantly swapping carry guns because I test them for a living. What do I find? I almost always prefer carrying something with at least 10-round total capacity.