Concealed Carry Handguns - Dispelling 4 Popular Myths
To paraphrase the Marine Corps Close Combat Manual, on the battlefield anything can and should be used as a weapon. Bringing that concept back to the world of concealed carry firearms, it's important to dispel some myths that cloud what is otherwise a matter of self preservation.
We have already discussed some of the mainstream misconceptions about gun owners that are unjust. Today we turn our attention towards concealed carry firearms.
There are a lot of firearm manufacturers. At the last 2015 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), there were over 400 firearms manufacturers present out of the 1,600 companies in attendance. Ergo, there is absolutely no shortage of handguns or handgun styles to choose from potentially when someone is selecting his or her concealed carry firearm. While the only qualified person to truly advise which potentially life saving weapon is the best is, indeed, the person using it – here are the common misconceptions.
Guns as a Personal Statement of Style
This really brings the question of concealed carry back into the realm of intended use. What is the carrier's intended use? Is it to keep a concealed firearm on him without disclosing that information to the public? Then for most clothing, the weapon that's going to be the easiest to hide is short and has a low profile – like a Kahr PM 40 or even a super compact Taurus Model 25BR. These are both options which fit exceptionally well in an inside the waistband concealed carry holster. There's variants that come in 9mm, .25 ACP, .32, and .22. Really, it's the caliber that the shooter feels comfortable firing and a form factor that fits well into their routine.
Money Equals Quality
If only! It is true that in order to build something from good materials, those materials will likely cost more. However, in the world of firearms – there's much more at play than simply materials. Plenty of weapons manufacturers like Kimber produce some breathtakingly beautiful handguns made from aluminum and stainless steel. While no one is going to argue that Kimber produces some very fine tuned handguns, for concealed carriers it truly comes down to what feels best. If the shooter practices regularly with a compact Sig Sauer P250 – an extremely affordable gun – then why wouldn't he use that same pistol for his IWB concealed carry holster?
Handgun Size Matters
Sub-compact, compact, micro or full size – it's hard to choose a favorite. Each has its application and in a life or death situation, all can be used for survival. But the bigger the gun (or conversely, the smaller) doesn't necessarily give any added advantage. While most shooters tend to practice more often with their full sized handguns, it's completely unhelpful to do this and then carry a sub-compact. Really, the most important aspect is training and readiness.
Greater Ammo Capacity Is Better
From a Belfast Telegraph news article in 2011, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated that it took roughly 250,000 rounds for each confirmed kill in the Global War on Terror. Take a minute to let that number sink in. A quarter of a million brass casings. So the concept that ammunition capacity in a magazine is important would seem reasonable... In a tactical environment; i.e. soldiers fighting enemy forces with known expectations of prolonged conflict. While it is reassuring to know that one's pistol has fifteen possible chances to hit a target – the reality is only one or two will surely do. It's better to have enough maintained control to aim than it is to hope for an endless supply of bullets in the magazine.
Do you have any myths you'd like to dispel about choosing a concealed carry handgun? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.