It’s often asked what I prefer as a concealed carry handgun. Many of my students ask for guidance for a reliable, comfortable model. The truth is, it always comes down to the user and what feels right, but I have compiled a list of models I prefer with a little info about each:
- HK45C / 745037-A5
The HK45 is a testament to the innovative and superb engineering of HK…This model just feels right. In terms of accuracy, I feel that the HK45 is one of the better shooting HK handguns I’ve used over the years (all of which have been spot on). Includes a standard rail for attachment of a light, which is a big plus in my book. The only modification I can suggest out of the box is adding some grip tape to the sides of the unit. A factory threaded barrel is available. The HK45C also has a tactical version with a decocker/no safety trigger pack which is currently the Navy SEAL handgun of choice.
- Sig Sauer P229 Scorpion
This model is very comfortable. Traditional feel and an excellent fit and finish – I’ve been very impressed with some of the new SKUs from Sig and I think that ths Scorpion is by far my favorite. Comes in 9mm, there is also a threaded barrel option for those of you seeking a suppressable model. The Sig Scorpion has continued to be a top seller since it’s release and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
- Glock 23
Just a bit smaller than the 22, the G23 is an extremely popular build. Works great in any season, relatively lightweight and tons of holster options are available, as well as aftermarket internals, of course. For those seeking a 9mm, the Glock 19 is identical in frame size. Many options are available today for Glock handguns, personally I highly recommend installing an extended slide release over the factory unit.
- Smith & Wesson M&P 340CT .357/.38+P
The J-Frame revolver is one of the most popular carry types of all time, and will be for years to come. For those that prefer a wheel gun to an automatic, the M&P340 is an excellent build. Extremely comfortable snub nose design, with added Crimson Trace grips and XS tritium night sights. Concealed Carry Revolvers are becoming more and more common again, and with good reason – their comfortable contour makes them an obvious choice for many users.
- Kahr PM9
Another great option, the PM9 is an extremely well balanced pistol. I’ve been a longtime fan of Kahr, and their models are known for extreme reliability and accuracy in any configuration. Very standard, user friendly design. Kahr firearms are regularly used as a backup pistol by many SOF forces.