Which Gun Should You Carry?
Technological and manufacturing advances today have allowed for all sorts of awesome new products and developments, including all sorts of new advancements in firearms technology and design. There are hundreds if not thousands of different handguns and rifles out there, and for enthusiasts like myself, many of them are on our “To-Buy” lists, regardless of the price tag. So, in a vast sea of cool handguns, which one is right for you to carry?
This is a question that plagues many firearms owners every day. Should I carry a revolver or a semi automatic? Where on my body is the best place to carry? How big or small should the gun be? What caliber is best for carry? How much extra ammo should I have with me? All of these questions are very important to consider when looking for the ideal carry gun. A revolver can be large or small, some are lighter than others, some hold 5 rounds and some hold 6. Usually they’re only chambered in .38 Special or .357 Magnum. .38 special is considered a decent little round especially in +P configurations, while .357 is considered very effective, but you only have 5 or 6 shots, so will that be enough if you need to use your gun in self defense? Revolvers are considered extremely reliable, as the risk for malfunctions is virtually non-existent, but reloading is slow, and would be made difficult by a stressful situation.
Semi-automatic handguns on the other hand, come in all sorts of sizes and calibers, and carry anywhere from 5 rounds all the way up to 15 or more in a magazine. Most modern handguns are considered very reliable, but there’s a much higher chance of a malfunction than a revolver. Because of the moving parts and reliance on the inertia of the bullet leaving the barrel to cycle the slide, there’s all kinds of common malfunctions such as failure to eject, failure to feed, failure to extract, etc. Though they don’t happen often with newer well-taken-care-of guns, there’s always the risk of running into a malfunction when you need the gun most.
So which one is best for you? The answer is simple, really. The best gun for you to carry is whichever gun you shoot best, and whichever one you like. That’s right, there’s a twist you probably didn’t expect! Despite all of the info out there, even if people tell you that a Glock or a Sig Sauer is the best carry gun or whatever, the best carry gun for you is whatever you like and whatever you shoot best. Go to the gun shop, pick up a bunch of handguns, see what feels best and what you like, and give it a try. If you shoot a little snubby Smith and Wesson revolver really well, don’t let someone convince you that you need a Glock 19 to defend yourself. Carry whatever you’re comfortable with, and whatever you like. At the end of the day, a bullet is a bullet, and no matter what the caliber or type of gun, it sure beats a sharp stick.
As always, shoot safe, and have fun.
Written By: Connor Carson