The other day I posted a blog for women who are considering purchasing a gun to carry concealed. The blog was written to give you some things to think about before making your purchase. I am often asked which gun I recommend for carry, but I am not comfortable telling others what gun they should purchase. The reason why is because it’s such a personal decision. You have to think about how you will carry, what caliber gun you can handle, and more. (Click here to see Part 1 of this blog which addresses these issues.)
In today’s blog I am listing some guns you might want to consider for your carry gun. This list is not all-inclusive. It is a list of the more popular guns in the compact or subcompact size. When it comes to a self defense weapon, you want a gun that is reliable and a manufacturer with a proven track record. These guns have proven to be reliable, and when you are in a self-defense situation you want a gun that goes BANG! What it comes down to is finding the gun that feels good in your hand, one that you will train with on a regular basis, and that works with your lifestyle. A carry gun is only good if you carry it!
The .380 caliber pistols are popular with many who want to carry a pistol on their person. The pros are that these guns are small, slim, and easy to conceal. The cons are that the recoil is snappy, the stopping power of .380 ammo isn’t as great as the other calibers, plus you are limited to 6 rounds in the magazine plus 1 in the chamber. Also, some people find that they aren’t as accurate with these small guns right off the bat. As always, it’s important to practice to increase your accuracy. Some of the popular .380s are:
- Sig Sauer P238
- Ruger LCP .380
- Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380
There are many compact and subcompact pistols in 9mm, .40 and .45 caliber to choose from. You may or may not be able to carry these on your person. It all depends on where on your body you choose to conceal the gun and the type of clothing you are wearing. You can always carry in a purse with a built-in holster, like the ones BluCore carries in-stock made by Gun Toten Mamas. The pros of these guns are that they hold more rounds and the grips are larger, making it easier to control and manage recoil. Plus, the larger the caliber, the more stopping power. The cons are that the guns are bigger and harder to conceal. I would only recommend the .40 and .45 caliber models to experienced shooters. You will want to carry the largest caliber you can safely and accurately shoot. If you can’t safely and accurately shoot a .40 or .45 caliber gun, choose a one with less recoil such as a 9mm. There is a large number of 9mm, .40 and .45 caliber guns available; this is just a short list of the most popular ones we’ve been selling at BluCore.
- Beretta Nano in 9mm
- Kahr PM9 in 9mm
- Glock 26 Subcompact in 9mm
- Glock 27 Subcompact in .40
- Ruger LC9 in 9mm
- Ruger SR9c Compact in 9mm
- Ruger SR40c Compact in .40
- Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in 9mm or .40
- Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm or .40
- Springfield Armory XD Subcompact in 9mm or .40
- Springfield Armory XDm Compact in 9mm or .40
- Springfield Armory XDS .45 ACP
- Sig Sauer 938 in 9mm
- Sig Sauer P250 Compact 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP
Snub-nosed .38 Special revolvers are often recommended as carry guns for women. The pros are that they are lightweight, small, easy to operate, and they rarely malfunction. They are also popular with women who have trouble racking the slide on a semi-automatic pistol. The cons are that the snub-nosed revolvers only hold 5 or 6 rounds, have a lot of recoil, and the grips are small which can make recoil management more difficult. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are using a revolver for self defense, you will not have time to quickly reload in a self defense situation. You would need to stop your threat with the rounds in the cylinder, whereas with a semi-automatic pistol you could carry an extra loaded magazine with you and reload your pistol. There are many .38 Special revolvers to choose from, these are just a few options.
- Ruger LCR .38 Special
- Smith & Wesson AirWeight .38 Special
- Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .38 Special
- Smith & Wesson Lady Smith .38 Special
With a carry gun, you have to find a balance between stopping power, magazine capacity, conceal-ability of the gun, and accuracy. It’s really not practical to carry a full-size pistol, so you will want to think about what areas you are willing to make a compromise. Do you want to carry more rounds of a lesser caliber? Will you carry a smaller gun on your person or would you prefer a larger one in your purse?
A great option we have available at BluCore is the ability to rent a variety of guns. If you are like me, people can talk and talk about all the features that this gun has or that one does, but it doesn’t really make a difference to me until I shoot it. Once I shoot a few rounds through a gun, I know if I like it or not. When it comes to stopping a threat, shot placement is key! You need to practice, practice, practice if you want to be able to shoot accurately under pressure. If you don’t like the recoil or how a gun feels in your hand when you shoot it, you’re not going to practice as often. That’s why our rental program is a huge benefit to those searching for the perfect carry gun. Try before you buy so you know that you are making a good choice.