Skip to comments.Selecting a Pistol for Concealed Carry
Posted on 05/13/2004 5:39:28 PM PDT by 45Auto
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.22 Beretta. Small, light, quality and nice punch into flesh. Not to mention it worked good for Israeli hit teams after the Munich massacre. Yeah, yeah, I know, "stopping power." Five or more .22's into the chest, and then watch the show. Don't forget to stay for the death rattle encore.
RTKBA BTT. My only quibble is the lack of a link to the holster article, because it is important. It's difficult enough to choose, master, and keep up to practice with a firearm; the mechanics of retrieving it from concealment under extreme stress must be mastered and practiced as well. If you're not going to be serious about this sort of thing, don't bother.
Oh please. From a 2" tube?
Suitable calibers start with a "4".
Before deciding on a carry gun, one should decide whether or not one can kill.
If you can't field the idea of killing your fellow man, violent criminal or not, then don't even bother to carry.
If you have any doubt at all, you are a danger to not only yourself, but to everyone around you.
This is the most important fact about being an armed citizen, and one of the most overlooked.
Lady Smith, hammerless, 5-shot 38.cal! Smooth and pack a wallop; choice for second piece some:) No snag hammerless lets you pull without hinderence from a purse, pocket or leg/arm.
A phased plasma rifle in the forty watt range.
40 Cal. Glock,14 shot Black Talon/holster in small of the back.
For those hot humid climates Glocks are nice...due to the tennifer coating...and their ability to also use high capacity magazines...The G26 in 9mm and G30 in 45ACP as well as the G19 9mm and G36 single stack in 45
The new Rhorbaugh (sp) in 9mm is a concealin' dream as well as high quality...
For wheel guns...the Smith series of PD scandium J frames and their Aluminum J frames
are also nice...I like wheel guns for hiking and dog walks as they can also shoot
CCI snake loads...and are so light...you hardly notice them..(recoil in 357 is stout)
The Smith 317 airlight kit gun 22LR with hi viz sight is also a nice light packer...
Front Sight Front Sight Front Sight
.44 Bulldog, 5 shot, bobbed hammer. One in the chest and watch the show
22Mag is nice...22LR and heavy winter clothing might be tough to penetrate though...?
A handgun is what you use until you can get to your rifle...
I have owned one since around 1974 and it has never jammed, not even once. It also has a barrel quite a bit longer than 2 inches. Not certain but it is about 4 inches long.
The Beretta is a good choice for shooting someone in the back of the head. If I knew I was going to get into a gunfight I probably would choose a .45 auto or maybe a Browning HP. Or maybe even a medium frame .357.
I prefer the bigger ones, but I can comfortably just drop my Astra
in a back pocket and often do :).
Hey, only what you see, pal.
I like the .45 ACP and the .357 Magnum the best. Just under them in effectiveness are the .40 S&W, the .44 Special and the 9mm. Below them are the .38 Special and the .380 ACP. There are other cartridges, but these are the most common for personal defense weapons and the ammunition is readily available.
I wouldn't be comfortable with anything smaller than a .380
With the introduction of the Kel Tec P-3AT (.380) this article needs a bit of updating to reverse its self contradiction here. The P-3AT is now a great little pocket gun, with an acceptable caliber by this author's judgement (though some early models had problems.)
Otherwise good article.
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