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Top 5 Concealed Carry Handguns

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:

  1.  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.

    HK45C
    HK45C
  2. 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.

    Sig P229 Scorpion
    Sig P229 Scorpion
  3. 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.

    Glock 23
    Glock 23
  4. 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.

    Smith & Wesson M&P 340CT .357/.38+P
    Smith & Wesson M&P 340CT .357/.38+P
  5. 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.

    Kahr PM9
    Kahr PM9

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Max Rodriguez is the Vice President of Knesek Guns, Inc. He is an avid shooter and conducts a variety of training courses including the Arkansas Concealed Carry course. Max's role at KGI is largely based upon business development strategy and implementation including direct representation of the company within currently held and potential markets to establish solidly founded working relationships in the global firearms and defense industry.
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  • avatar Billy Penn says:

    HK45C OH Yeah, HK makes some outstanding weapons!

  • avatar Matt Taylor says:

    I have to agree with you on the HK45C. It is the best shooting gun I have ever had. A pleasure to carry, and it has very low recoil. Fantastic gun!

  • would have been nice if a photo of each pistol could've been added so I didn't have to look each up to see what they were talking about.

  • avatar Eric Daniels says:

    I agree with one of the five, the HK45c is hard to beat.

  • avatar Rufus Perry Sr. says:

    HK45c-NO Compromise!

  • avatar uscca says:

    Great selection! That Sig Sauer is sweet and so is the Glock. This is a great post for folks just getting their ccw permits.