Any pointers for a newbie for concealed carry?

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@Don102 THAT IS SO KOOL!!! :astonished: NOW you’re gonna get me going, and my wife says I already have enough guns. Now I’m gonna get in trouble. :weary:

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My advice would be to grab something you can keep in your pocket for concealing like a micro 9 from Ruger,Taurus,Canik with a pocket holster and also grab something bigger you can shoot more efficiently and proudly wear that thing in an easily accessible location owb. I’d invest in a larger gun and holster that has multiple levels of retention BEFORE grabbing the smaller back-up. There is little tactical advantage of hiding your firearm. It is nice to have a back though.

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A matter definitely up for debate.

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My suggestion.

Always goes “bang” 357 very versatile/effective for self-defense. Firearm can eat a steady diet of 38+P or more. Compliant virtually everywhere. Easy to practice with. (I took an 800 round count course with mine with no problem.) Light. 3" barrel with adjustable sights, accurate, easy to aim. Lots of aftermarket holsters, speed loaders, sights, grips, springs etc. Heavy DA trigger safer/simpler than lots of firearms. Every local gunsmith you might encounter worth anything knows his way around a S&W. You will expire before it does.

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The CC in USCCA

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Yes, CC appeases the hoplophobes. I try not to worry the pissants, but if by some chance expose my firearm to them, oh, well. In my state OC is also legal. The irony of these stupid firearm laws is that if one has a CHP (that is what CC permit is in my state), it typically does not matter the manner of carry (CC, OC) the law applies to a CHP holder. That can be good or bad. The good pertains to mag limits in several cities - they do not apply to CHP holders. The law does not state only when CC, just CHP holders. If that does not show how stupid firearm laws are, I am not sure how much more blatant the stupidity needs to be.

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Very clever writing. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

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I would add this personal opinion (I’m sure I’ll get critiques if other disagree and that’s fine), if you can master that revolver trigger press, you’ll be very well equipped to manage the trigger on striker fired pistols.

I put thousands of rounds through a traditional double action semi auto and I think that really helped my accuracy as I transitioned to other pistols.

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go rent a Sig Sauer P-365 X
then you can thank me later!

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Sa! WEET!!

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As others have suggested - taking a class that will let you try several options would be the best bet to get a feel for what works best for you. Plus solid self defense training is just as important if not more so than having a firearm.

For a smaller person with smaller hands I would definitely recommend trying some of the micro 9mm pistols. They have the magazine capacity and capability to handle most self defense situations. I have relatively small hands and mostly carry a Sig P365 that I find both fairly easy to shoot well and very easy to conceal.

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I really want a K6xs. It seems like a sweet little revolver for pocket carry. I just can’t justify the expense when I already have a Ruger LCP Max that is noticeably smaller, lighter, much faster to reload and much less likely to need reloading since it carries twice as many rounds with essentially the same ballistic capability. I can also shoot it faster, further and more accurately than most pocket revolvers. Their long double action trigger pull takes a lot of practice to master and the sights on most of them aren’t the greatest for longer ranges.

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For anyone new to concealed carry- all these suggestions are good ones. Mine is simply this: learn to walk away. Learn to deescalate. If you can do either of these no one (including you) will get hurt or go to jail. Carrying a concealed handgun (weapon) is a privilege and a 2A right. If you’re in a constitutional carry state I highly recommend obtaining a concealed carry permit anyway. You can learn a lot from the classes and with your permit you have reciprocity in many more states now. I hope this helps. BTW- welcome to the USCCA family!

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I’ve been taught that if you’re using a concealed firearm the chances of using sights are close to 0. Most times you’re not needing more then four or five rounds and a magazine is likely the failure point that might stop you from getting to that second round. If you’re using a concealed firearm it’s most likely within 7 yards. Round count and range are low on my priority list. All that being said, I conceal an MC9 in my pocket and a 19x on my hip. Both polymer striker fired with magazines.:rofl::joy::grin:Just saying, if I started over knowing then what I know now, I mighta gone with the awesome snub nose for the pocket. Prob. not though.

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But, you would need to use sights in order to pass CCW qualification, at least In socialist states.

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I spend a lot of my time outdoors in fairly open country where it is often easier to identify the threats at a distance and for them to do the same with their victims. Also in my experience the threats often travel in groups of two or more and there are often vehicles or other potential cover involved. Feral dogs are also a concern out here. So I would not feel comfortable with a handgun with less than 11 rounds that I couldn’t accurately fire at least out to 20 yards.

Though I also often have to lug a lot of work gear up and over the rocky hills so I usually try and carry the lightest option possible that meets that criteria.

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I’m not really arguing your point. But some of my instructors did. They argued that if you assume you won’t use your sights you won’t use them. But if you train to use them, you will use them. These were former/retired SWAT guys.

We ran force on force with airsoft. I made my hits, but don’t remember using my sights. Did I use them and not remember it? Or did I not use them? I don’t know.

Thought provoking statement. Thanks for making it.

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I’ve seen too many people not using sights miss completely, as close as 1 yard away and read too many AAR’s from those involved in a DGU explaining how they saw the front sight more vividly than ever before in their life, to believe the chances of a properly trained and practiced defender using sights is near 0…or to go into it expecting to not use the sights.

If, by chance, I were to truly believe the use of sights was a near 0 chance, I would remove the sights from my primary training pistol and do all of my drills and quals and timed courses of fire without sights in order to train for how I expected to defend myself. I notice nobody does that…

Accuracy and Precision are damn important. Only hits count, good hits count more, and misses are a liability.

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