Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Worst 5 Handguns for Concealed Carry

black desert eagle in purse


Given all the new handguns meant for concealed carry available today, it might be easier to identify which handguns are worst for concealed carry rather than which ones are best. With that in mind, we set out to identify which 5 handguns would be last on our list of preferred carry pieces, even if they might be first on our list for other purposes.

Magnum Research Desert Eagle 50 AE

gold desert eagle on black case

It’s not uncommon for concealed carry firearms to have a seven round magazine capacity. It is uncommon for concealed carry guns with a seven round magazine capacity to weigh 72 ounces empty. Popularized by the 1997 movie The Matrix, the handgun of Agent Smith is just too big and heavy to be carried concealed by the average person unless you go around wearing a peacoat at all times, and even then you’re going to look a little lopsided. The solution, of course, is to carry two – though at that point, suspenders might be mandatory even with the toughest of gun belts. The sad part is that all that weight, and a good bit of engineering, makes the Desert Eagle a much more easy to handle firearm than most would think. It’s also extremely accurate.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

smith and wesson revolver wood grips on blue box with cleaning tools

Another famous – perhaps iconic – movie gun, another terrible choice for concealed carry. Though it might have been eclipsed as “the most powerful handgun in the world,” a 44 Magnum with a 6 1/2 inch barrel is still powerful enough to hunt animals larger than humans. That same barrel length makes getting the Model 29 out of a holster an ungainly affair, and the shoulder holster preferred by Dirty Harry is one of the worst ways to carry a handgun around, only being eclipsed by not using a holster at all. Like the Desert Eagle, it’s a very accurate firearm and not nearly as difficult to shoot as one would think given the claims of Clint Eastwood in the film as to its power.

FN Herstal FNX-45 Tactical

FNH FN-X 45 Tactical FDE

If there’s a better handgun than the FNX-45 Tactical for pulling out of the box, removing the thread protector, installing the 45-caliber silencer of your choice, and going to work, we don’t know what it is. But the FNX-45 is certainly not a jack of all trades; it’s a master of silent target elimination. Its 15-round magazine capacity and extended baseplates mean you can shoot longer and reload faster, but these features are not going to be hidden very easily under a t-shirt. Put a red dot on it, attach a silencer and a weapon light – even better, a Surefire or Steiner with an infrared laser to go with your white phos NVGs – and you have the best home defense handgun on the planet. Just don’t expect to hide it at the grocery store or feel comfortable with it digging into your waist on a long road trip, unless that road trip is to the grocery store at BIAP.

Smith & Wesson X-Frame

smith wesson 500 revolver on wood table

Yes, the 460 S&W redefines what a powerful handgun cartridge is. Yes, 500 S&W is impressively gigantic. Yes, both are not impossible to control with the soft grips, extra large frame, and integral porting of the average X-Frame revolver. But regardless of length, they’re just too big for concealed carry. Everything we said about the Model 29 applies here, but to a greater extent. Even the “short barrel” X-Frame is just too bulky, and that’s putting aside for a moment the fact that these cartridges really come alive with barrels longer than 8 inches. Snubnose 2 3/4″ versions offer little more muzzle velocity than your average 45 Colt revolver with a 4 or 5-inch barrel while cranking up the recoil and muzzle blast to nearly unsustainable levels. I don’t think they make the 2 3/4″ any more, and there’s a reason for that. It’s not because it was a highly effective carry piece.

Glock 40 Gen 4 MOS

Glock 40 Gen 4 Mos gun on brown carpet

Like the FNX-45 Tactical, the Glock 40 MOS is a purpose-built firearm that excels at a few certain tasks. These tasks include ringing steel plates with authority at 200 yards and beyond, bringing home dinner for the entire family for a week or more, and making Delta Elite owners feel inadequate when you show them your 15 round magazines. Unfortunately, these tasks do not include hiding the pistol on your body. Sure, you COULD do it with the proper attire, but you could do it a lot better with other firearms – like the Glock 29, for example, if 10mm is your thing. Everyone, regardless of gender, should own a 10mm at some point, just like everyone should learn how to drive a stick shift, how to splint a dislocated shoulder, and how to build a fire. But knowing how to do these things is not the same as doing them every day. If your average day makes Ron Swanson look like Richard Simmons, maybe concealed carry of a G40 MOS is for you.

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