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Bigger Is Not Better With Concealed Carry!

Posted by rob@smartCarry.com on

Recently we have noticed responsibly armed citizens are ordering larger SmartCarry holsters for larger concealed carry handguns. For most men and women the ideal concealed carry handgun has a barrel length around three inches. Now we are seeing more handguns in the 4” to even 5” barrel length range.

I’m not saying it’s not comfortable or practical to carry a larger weapon; I am saying that carrying a larger gun may not be as reasonable as a smaller gun. A larger gun is more likely to have an imprint and may not be as comfortable sitting or driving.

I’m making an assumption here, but I think there is a growing bigger, better, faster, more mentality that is complicating the comfort and ease of deep concealed carry. There are two basic issues with concealed carry: concealment and a surprise draw. Choosing to carry a weapon requires serious consideration—how will you be ready in a potentially life or death situation. Nobody is supposed to know you’re carrying so you have the element of surprise. But if you are under 6 feet tall, how practical is it to carry a heavy, bulky gun? Do you want maneuverability or power, or a combination of both?

What you carry and how you carry is an individual choice that requires analysis and comparing & contrasting. If you want compactness go with a pistol with a 3” barrel length or a revolver with a 2” barrel. If you want a little more heft, go with a 4” barrel length. If you want bigger, better, faster, more,

go with a barrel length of 4.25” or more. If you want to have your cake and eat it too choose a smaller gun with a larger caliber. Although taller people can carry a larger weapon, every responsibly armed citizen needs to be armed with intelligence and knowledge first. So carry smart!

What one customer has to say...

I can't thank you enough for how amazing this holster is. Not only did you get the size perfect for me, but it perfectly fits my pistol too. First time wearing it in public I felt comfortable with it; I knew it was there and could feel it, but it didn't interfere with my movement [...]

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