The best guns for concealed carry have certain qualifications. For one, they have to be comfortable enough to carry easily all day long. Your primary weapon should be one that you are well-trained on to use safely. Finally, the gun needs to be concealed effectively so that you aren’t “printing” or showing your gun through your clothing. It takes time to find the right concealed carry firearm that will be your go-to for daily use.
Here are some suggestions for the best lightweight guns for concealed carry.
A New Gun From Lone Wolf Arms
There’s a new lightweight gun from Lone Wolf Arms released as part of their Lightweight Tactical Defense line of handguns. It’s their Timberwolf Frame combined with a low magazine profile. The super lightweight material has this gun weighing only 19 ounces without a magazine. It’s available in black or grey with a stainless steel slide.
Browning Black Label 1911-380
Sleek and fun to carry, this pistol is the one of the best choices for a .380 automatic. The frame is matte black with a stainless steel barrel and slide. The Browning Black Label 1911-380 is perfect for any hand size, but is especially good for those with smaller ones, obviously. Plus, it only weighs 18 ounces.
The Ruger .327 Magnum LCR
Ruger is one of the most popular gun brands around. Their .327 Magnum LCR is about as compact as it gets. With 1.87 inch barrel, this little beauty is only 17 ounces, and the most lightweight on on this list. Don’t worry though because we can talk a ton about how this gun is full of fire power. This pistol has a smooth, non-tracking trigger pull. It is a great model for those with back problems who find conceal carry for longer periods of time to be difficult.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0
Smith & Wesson has a unique gun called the M&P Shield 2.0 that you can shoot with either your left or right hand by using the green Crimson Trace laser. It uses a single stack magazine for a more slim and compact form as part of their “micro-compact” line of firearms. The weight on this one is only 18.3 ounces.
Larger Isn’t Necessarily Better
Many people mistakenly think that the larger gun is the only one to get the job done, and while that’s sometimes true, the time and research that went into many of these major brands’ micro-compact versions is top-notch.
Keep in mind that before you pick out any compact concealed carry firearm, it’s important to test it out in your own hand to make sure that it doesn’t feel too awkwardly small. You’ll want to stop by some gun stores in person to feel the weight and see how it looks in your own hand. This is a style of firearm that is hard to buy online. Plus, you’ll want to have a good amount of training and practice at the shooting range with any gun you choose.