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How to Choose a Concealed Carry Firearm

How to Choose a Concealed Carry Firearm

Picking the best concealed carry firearm for yourself is not an easy task. There seems to be an unending number of options available, and anyone you ask for advice has a different opinion when it comes to which one is the best choice. In the end, it comes down to finding the firearm that works for you.  

The Five C's of Selecting Your Ideal Conceal Carry Firearm

When selecting your firearm, you should not place too much importance on the cost of the firearm or its appearance. There are quality firearms at every price point, and although owning an impressive-looking firearm may have more appeal at first, it is a poor reason to make a selection. 

Since the price and the appearance of a firearm are not the best ways for making a decision on which concealed carry firearm to buy, then what is? Many experts consider the Five C's method of choosing a firearm the ideal method. The Five C's stand for concealability, confidence, control, capacity, and caliber.

  • Concealability  affects how hidden the firearm will be from view and depends on its size and where the person plans to carry it. Certain firearms are more convenient to carry inside the waist (IWB), while others are more suited for carrying in an ankle or thigh holster. While some states have laws regulating how people carry a concealed carry firearm, the choice usually comes down to preference. 
  • Confidence in not just your ability to use the firearm quickly and safely, but also whether you have the confidence that the firearm will be able to protect yourself or your loved ones. The confidence aspect is particularly important for first-time firearm owners. 

Concealability affects how hidden the firearm will be from view and depends on its size and where the person plans to carry it. Certain firearms are more convenient to carry inside the waist (IBW), while others are more suited for carrying in an ankle holster.

  • Control of a firearm is essential for effective use. It covers aspects such as the firearm's size, weight, and recoil. This means that before purchasing any firearm, you need to test fire it a few times. Remember, selecting a firearm is a very personal choice. Women and those with physical limitations may want to spend more time considering how easy it is for them to control a firearm. 
  • Capacity is the maximum number of rounds a firearm can carry. When choosing the ideal capacity for your concealed carry firearm, you need to take into consideration many different factors. A few of these factors include, how many rounds you think you may need at one time, the added weight of more rounds and the laws where you live. 
  • Caliber refers to the size of the round. While there are many opinions of which caliber is ideal, it comes down to a personal choice and how comfortable you are firing higher caliber firearms. 

Norton Sporting Goods is a family-owned business that has been serving hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts in Ohio since 1968. Call us today at 740-726-2616 or visit our store to learn more about choosing a concealed carry firearm.