By its very nature, concealed carry means being armed just about all the time, anyplace and anywhere. Naturally this puts some limitations on the type of firearm you’re going to be able to hide away on your body. Finding a suitable weapon usually means a compromise on size, firepower, or accuracy.
Now European American Armory Corporation (EEA) has entered the concealed carry fray with a gun that’s determined to leave no room for compromise: the Witness Compact 10mm.
The 10mm cartridge is somewhat of a newcomer, having only been introduced in 1983.
The caliber is a powerful one, falling between the .357 magnum and .41 magnum.
It’s also an extremely flexible cartridge in that it can be chambered into 1911 guns and offers a wide range of performance options from 135 grain rounds at 1600 fps to 200 grain bullets at 1200 fps.
But with the advent of the 9mm handgun, the 10mm became less and less popular and harder and harder to find.
The EEA Compact Witness hopes to reverse the trend. This gun is first and foremost about power, as author George Hill describes in his article “EEA Witness Compact 10mm” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“The EAA Witness 10mm with its four inch tube blasted through the same metal so easily that it looked like we used a Dewalt power drill. The penetration is incredibly impressive. You don’t see this sort of power from a gun you hide on your person.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The specs on Compact Witness fall in line with what you’d expect with this caliber. It’s rather heavy, tipping the scale at 30 ounces unloaded, but the weight is a benefit with this gun as it keeps the muzzle flip in check.
Out of the box, the Compact Witness is an all-steel, double action system with a four-inch barrel and EAA’s own “Wonder Finish.” Sights on this gun are the standard fixed three dot type with no frills.
The recoil on the Compact Witness 10mm is intense, but EAA designers have mitigated the severity of the impact with the use of thick rubbery grips. Unfortunately, these grips are something of a downside and make the Compact Witness difficult to conceal.
However with a few tweaks by your local gunsmith, it can easily become the ultimate carry weapon. The sights only need to be replaced with night sights for it to be a true carry anywhere, anytime weapon.
The oversized insulated grips create a huge print, so low imprint aluminum grips from a supplier like Hogue would greatly reduce the profile.
Finally, the sharp edges are going to irritate all the wrong places during carry and the barrel is a little too long for concealment purposes. Hone down the edges and shorten the barrel and you’ve got perfection.
At $450, the price is reasonable and with a little more investment in time and labor, it could become a preeminent concealed carry firearm that can bring down just about any emergency it goes up against.