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The definition of concealed carry varies from state to state but in general, the law interprets concealed carry to mean “not easily discernible under ordinary observation.” Given those guidelines, it stands to reason that a smaller firearm would be harder to spot than a large caliber pocket cannon.seecamp

Naturally, you would want the most bang for your buck, along with a professional look, excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail and a thorough testing regimen.

It sounds impossible, but there is one handgun manufacturer whose guns fit all the above criteria: L.W. Seecamp Company.

Seecamp produces the stainless steel .32 ACP (LWS32) and .380 ACP (LWS380) pocket pistols. One frame size fits both calibers. The .25 ACP is out of production, but still serviced.

Author and firearms trainer Bruce N. Eimer explains why the Seecamp guns make exceptional concealed carry weapons in his article “L.W. Seecamp: Small Things Come in Small Packages” at USConcealedCarry.com:

“For discreet day and night concealed carry, size matters. Seecamp’s pistols, in all three calibers, are the same size! At 11.5 ounces empty, the Seecamp pistols are more compact than any other semiautomatic pocket pistol on the market.  They are great pistols to always carry.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

The small guns fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, making an easy grip for just about every hand sizes. These diminutive dynamos are not fitted out with sights; rather, they are designed for close “whites of their eyes” self-defense combat engagements.

The Seecamps are double-action designed, fixed barrel, semi-automatic weapons. They have no safeties and depend on a long, heavy trigger-pull instead. Both the LWS32 and LWS380 load six round clips, bringing the total weight of each loaded gun to a mere 13.5 ounces. The guns’ measurements are a concealed carry dream: 4.25 x 3.25 inches and only .725 inches wide.

During range testing, both the LWS380 and LWS32 were very accurate.  Eighteen rounds of Winchester Silvertips fired at 30 feet with the LWS380 all pierced the 8 and 9 rings or the bullseye.  The LWS32 trial with 60 rounds of Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints produced similar results. Recoil on the .380 was significant, but not uncomfortable.  The recoil on the .32 was markedly less and did not affect performance.

Although there are a plethora of holster manufacturers to choose from at any given moment, one company’s products are particularly suited for the Seecamp pistols.  Meco Pocket Holsters of San Antonio, Texas produces high quality, functional holsters designed to keep the Seecamp guns hidden and properly positioned for draw.

The Seecamp LWS380 and LWS32 are among the smallest guns of their kind.  They are designed for close-quarters combat where they are extremely effective. They are also accurate well beyond the face-to-face scenario.  Their combination of small size, power, and accuracy make these little pistols an ideal choice for a primary or backup concealed carry weapon.

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The Gen 4 Glock 21 .45 ACP is a big, powerful handgun.  Its 13+1 rounds of ammo are undoubtedly custom-fitted for home defense, yet as it turns out, the G21 makes a formidable concealed carry weapon as well, but with a couple of conditions.  One of these is the outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster, a necessity for a larger carry piece.pancake holster

Gould and Goodrich is a top-of-the-line manufacturer of quality leather and nylon service products, ranging from handcuff cases to holsters of every type.

For a large weapon like the G21, the Gold Line B803 Three Slot Pancake holster is an ideal complement for concealed carry.

One of the advantages of the B803 is that it can be used immediately.  Author Scott W. Wagner describes the out of the box ease of use in his article “The Gould & Goodrich B803 Pancake Holster: Ideal Rig for the Glock 21” at USConcealedCarry.com:

“There was no break-in time required.  The G21 fit snugly but not tightly, and I was able to draw smoothly. I have never had to put a Gould & Goodrich holster through any sort of long break-in period.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

One feature the B803 has that puts it in a class above other pancake holsters is the molding, which gives the holster a custom fit for the G21 over time. It also imprints the G21 outline for easy identification in a hurry.

The B803 is designed to accommodate the various environments where CCW holders often find themselves.  The three-slot feature is comfort-oriented so that the gun remains secure at any of three angles depending on the activity of the holster wearer.  For example, the third slot allows the gun muzzle to tilt backward, giving the wearer more room as well as easier access while driving.

Another consideration for a successful concealed carry with the G21 is clothing. The G21 is a mammoth-like firearm and not easily hidden, even with the excellent B803.  The best combination seems to be a close-fitting pancake holster such as the B803 combined with a loose-fitting sweater or hoodie.

The gun is pulled tight to the skin while the baggy outerwear eliminates any chance of printing.  Obviously, if it’s warm outside, it becomes much more difficult to carry the G21 without attracting attention, so it may be more of a cool weather carry.

The G21 is definitely a limited-use pistol, but has more versatility than it appears to at first sight. With the right combination of holster and clothing, the G21 can become an important addition to your self-defense arsenal

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