I am sometimes asked, “What is the best gun to carry concealed?” My response is, “The one you shoot the best.” It really is a personal choice that I cannot answer for you. There are several factors to consider such as the weight and size of the firearm itself. The caliber of the firearm is important, not so much for the stopping power as how well can you handle the recoil and get back on target to be effective in a bad situation. I get a little steamed when a guy comes in to my store and says he wants to buy his wife a .38 special revolver because “she can’t function a semi-automatic.” There are so many issues with that statement. Yes, the functioning of a semi-automatic can be challenging IF it’s THE WRONG gun for her hand. A hand that can’t function a Smith and Wesson (S&W) Sub-compact 22lr is going to have a very hard time controlling the recoil in a .38 special revolver. “But my friends all tell me I need stopping power!” Let’s be honest. If someone is pointing a gun at you, is your FIRST concern what caliber is it? All you know is that it’s going to hurt if they shoot! Besides, what good is stopping power if you miss your target because you can’t control the gun? I love the Smith and Wesson M&P Subcompact 22lr. It is a perfect gun to use to teach people the basics of shooting without scaring them, and it is easy to operate. If you don’t have hand strength or have arthritis, it could be the perfect gun for you. It holds ten rounds instead of six rounds like most revolvers. Listen, no one wants to be involved in a shooting situation, but if you had to defend yourself, ten rounds give you more chances to hit what you’re aiming at. As always, add to your choice of firearms some regular training and I bet you’ll figure out which gun you shoot the best?
Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129