posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 10:27 AM
The best available in my humble opinion, is the Sig Arms P229 with nite sites. They also have a Concealed Carry package that rounds out the sights so
that they don't catch on anything when drawn. I'd recommend the .40S&W round for it. The 9mm lacks true stopping power and has a tendency to
over-penetrate and the .45 is just plain more than you need (Rounds can be costly as well). .40cal S&W hollow points will do the job perfectly in any
situation. Practice range rounds cost only like $9 (US) for a box of 100.
This is the weapon of choice for the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, US Marshall Service and Homeland Security. It is one of the most reliable and
most durable handguns available on the open market. I believe that you will also find that it features superior balance and recovery (Re-aiming after
firing) and will fit in your hand very, very nicely.
Hope this was helpful.
Ok, timeout! I'd had a chance to review more of the post - what is going on??? Didn't you say "Concealed Carry?" Do NOT attempt to carry an
assault rifle you'll go to jail. Secondly, your "piece" must be "CONCEALABLE!" Don't take crackpot advice about oversized .357s or .44s -
they're typically HUGE and heavy. Normally what we have here is someone overcompensating for some physical deficiency.
Safety is an issue as well. Not just safe practices, but the actual safety mechanism on the side arm. The nice thing about the Sig P229 is that once
cocked, you can release the hammer without having to engage a physical safety device. This allows for two types of firing configurations. From this
position you can engage a "Long" trigger pull requiring about 7lbs of pull which will draw back the hammer and fire the weapon - without having to
fumble for a safety release. Keep in mind, CCW is for self defense - there is no time to F**k around with old-fashioned safeties. Secondly, once
cocked, a simple 3lb trigger pull fires the weapon. In either case, the weapon goes fully semi-auto after the first round is fired. Avoid the DAK
configuration of the weapon as it has too many firing limitations.
Secondly, size and weight... The weapon needs to be comfortable to carry, easy to draw and must be CONCEALABLE. The P229 has it all. Don't get me
wrong, there are small and light-weight .357s and .44s, but they lack accuracy due to a shorter barrell. They also lack in recoverability after
firing. It's way too much weapon for CCW.
No matter whcih you choose, practice, practice, practice. Get proper training from a certified instructor and become intimate with it. Practice the
old 2-tap firing method - Bam, Bam. This will teach you to recover after a shot and re-aim. Secondly, perfecting this technique will ensure that you
stop your assailant right away ensuring that they cannot harm you in the event that you ever have to actually use it.
Finally, make sure that you understand that a CCW is NOT a simple deterrent. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO USE IT!!! I can not stress this enough. Pulling
out a pistol and waving it around is going to get you killed! You must be willing to use it if required.
[edit on 17-8-2006 by kozmo]