This coming weekend GrabAGun is going to hold its first CHL Training Course. We’ve hired a top notch NRA certified instructor with many years of shooting experience. We’re planning to hold them once or twice a month going forward for anyone local who may be interested. If you would like more information or would like to sign up for the course, please give us a call at (972) 552-7246.
In honor of our new education course I thought I would spend some time discussing concealed carry weapons. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this topic and I would love to hear your thoughts. I’ve put a few of my favorite concealed carry weapons below.
Concealed Carry Weapons Options
I’ll start with a good economical choice, the Kahr CM9. I know what you are going to say. When buying an item to protect yourself and your family, saving money is not the best thing to go on. But this is a very solid 9MM pistol that holds 6 rounds with a 3 inch barrel. The CM9 is super light at 15.9 ounces. One of the issues I have is the trigger pull feels a lot longer than I would like for a concealed carry weapon. That being said, it really is a good value if budget is an issue for you.
A new player in the concealed carry weapons market is the Smith & Wesson Shield. Early April 2012 Smith & Wesson announced and released a new M&P pistol. This is an ideal concealed carry weapon. Not only does it have a 3.1 inch barrel, but it also holds 8 rounds. The other feature that makes this pistol superior to many other concealed carry weapons' is the thickness (less than an inch thick). The Shield weighs in around 19 ounces so it is very easy to conceal. This is a great shooting pistol that comes in both 9mm and .40. The only issue with this pistol is your ability to purchase one! They should become easier to find later in the year but right now they are few and far between.
The final concealed carry weapon I would like to highlight is the 2012 offering from Springfield Armory, the XDS. The XDS is around 1” thick with a 3.3” barrel. It’s roughly the same size as the Shield but weighs slightly more at 21.5 ounces. The two great features of this pistol are the fiber optic front sight and the fact that it is a .45! This pistol shoots as well as a full size XDM with a trigger that feels very similar to its larger XDM brother. In my opinion the XDS is the ultimate concealed carry weapon.
Since we are all different shapes and sizes with different shooting preferences, what works for me, or someone else you know for a concealed carry weapon, may not work for you. Before making your final decision on a concealed carry weapon make sure you like the way the weapon looks, feels and shoots. If you have a favorite carry weapon right now please let us know!