In recent episodes we have dedicated a good amount of time to getting out some in depth information about the choices that surround your concealed carry and or home defense handgun. Â Today we are going to get into specific firearm recommendations. Â We are going to name names!
Selecting the Best Concealed Carry or Home-Defense Handgun Type
We discussed in detail in recent episodes the concept that we need to balance the ability to conceal our handgun with the ability the ability to control recoil when we select our concealed carry handgun and the balance between power and recoil management when we look for a home defense handgun. We also investigated how it is that physics can play a role in our self-defense handgun selection. In our last episode, I laid out the ground work for why 9mm is the best caliber for concealed carry and home defense handguns.
I wanted to lay some serious ground work for this episode so that folks who already have a firmly entrenched opinion can see the fact that I am approaching these concepts from a logical and common sense standpoint. In addition, those of you that don’t have an opinion or are newer to the defensive use of firearms need to have the facts behind the content that I am laying out today.
If you haven’t done so already I would highly encourage you to listen to episodes 330-332 in addition to today’s show as all of the information works together as a package. Especially if you have trouble agreeing with the information presented go back and invest the time to hear the whole package. In addition, remember, you can set yourself up for top notch training by doing a quick web search for an Introduction to Home Defense Handguns and or Inteoduction to Concealed Carry Instructor in your area. These I.C.E Training courses are based on the Combat Focus program and are some of the best in the business.
A lot of instructors will proclaim that they don’t have a horse in the race when it comes to controversial discussions like this one. I’m different. I definitely have a horse in the race. You! I want you to have the best information so that you can make the best decisions about your concealed carry handgun, caliber and associated gear.
Let’s start out with the group of handguns that make for the best concealed carry and home defense handguns.
Preferred Handgun: 9mm Modern Striker Fired Pistol
- same trigger pull every time
- relatively short
- relativelyÂ light
- easy to press the trigger
- easier to maintain alignment while pressing the trigger
- No external safety or other levers
- Activate the trigger and the gun goes bang
- Donâ€™t activate the trigger the gun doesnâ€™t go bang
Easy to use
- Maintains appropriate levels of safety
- Bore is low over the top of the hand
Efficient both from a fighting standpoint and a resource standpoint as these guns are low to midrange in price
Modern striker fire pistols tend to be some of the more reliable pistolsReliable
- When we are counting on a firearm for life saving work the gun must work
Consider any of the following 3:
Smith & Wesson M&P
Select in this group by:
Acceptable Handgun: Double Action Only
- Long trigger pull which effects efficiency
- Takes longer to pull the trigger
- Long hard trigger pull effects deviation control
- Bore height over hand is increased
Mediocre: Double Action / Single Action
- 2 trigger pulls to master
- Most complicated gun
- Manual Safety
Poor: Single Action
- Complicated with manual safety and grip safety
- Limited capacity
- Advantage is more deviation control
Hopefully today’s podcast gives you some solid information so that you can evaluate your choices for your defensive firearms.
Because self-defense is a life or death situation we need to make sure that we don’t make comprimises when it comes to our conceald carry handgun.
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