Choosing Handguns for Concealed Carry & Home Defense

We often hear the question “which handgun should I purchase for concealed carry and/or home defense?” As we always make the recommendation of choosing a modern, striker-fired handgun in 9x19mm caliber (without any additional external safety switches!), this narrows down the list considerably; finally, we’ll focus on handguns that have proven track records of reliability, in two size classes, compact and subcompact:

Compact (large enough for home defense, small enough for some to conceal carry; from smallest to largest)

Glock 19 [Gen3 or Gen5] (15-round capacity)

Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9mm (15-round capacity)

CZ P10C (15-round capacity)

Subcompact (smallest/lightest for conceal carry; from smallest to largest)

Sig Sauer P365 (10-round capacity)

Glock 43 (6-round capacity)

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm (7/8-round capacity)

Glock 26 (10-round capacity)

CZ P10S (12-round capacity)

If you’re in the Houston Metro area, be sure to take the official USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals Class to establish and work on your essential skills for proper handgun shooting that gets you on target, including the knowledge and mindset to prepare the armed defender for success.

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