Man do I hate these threads!
You get people telling the poster a bunch of bunk! For starters, silencers are ILLEGAL anywhere in the USA unless you have approval from BATF. Only
those with such approval are permitted to own a Title 2 weapon. To put that in perspective, Title 2 weapons include machine guns, sawed-off shot
guns, and penguns. Persons owning, possessing or using silencers or supressors without prior BATF approval are subject to a $250,000 fine and 10
years in prison. Only the BATF approves Title 2 weapon sales and they must be approved and attained in advance. The final note - it is virtually
IMPOSSIBLE to attain this approval unless you are law enforcement or government or can validate a special need. Simply wanting to own one isn't
Next, some of the freaking hand cannons discussed on this thread are TERRIBLE concealed carry weapons - that is unless you wear a down parka year
round and don't mind having 6 to 8 pounds of steel hanging off your body!
Methinks we have too many video gamers here and too few people who
really know firearms and how they are purposed.
I will NOT tell you which is the "best" concealed carry weapon because you will hear of a great many pieces available on the market which are
specifically purposed for such a thing. What I can do, instead, is offer some knowledge on the subject that perhaps will direct you toward a type of
sidearm that will help you meet your needs - since they are likely unique.
Which weapon you choose is likely to be dependent upon your sex, your size and build, your age, how often or frequently you intend to carry, how
liekly you are to need to use it (occupation plays a role here) and on and on. The reason I say that is because you have a range of chassis, grip
size, caiber (recoil), trigger draw weight, capacity etc... As a result, there is no one "best" concealed carry weapon.
Most off-duty cops or law enforcement that require regular concealed carry choose Sigs or Glocks. Me, I use the P239 in a .40S&W. Sig also makes
some excellent .357 and 9mm concealed carry weapons that are completely deburred for ease of draw and comfort close to the body.
My recommendation would be to head to your local, reputable gun dealer and discuss with him or her your unique needs and have them match you up with
the pistols that fit that criteria. Test fire them if they have a range. If not, find a range that offers rentals. Prior to your CCW training,
enroll in a 1 or 2 hour gun safety course and become comfortable with your weapon. And finally, please make sure that you are doing this for the
right reason. Have a CCW or "packing" are NOT deterrents - in fact, it will likely get you killed faster than if you were unarmed. Having a
concealed weapon carries a responsibility - a responsibility that you can and will use that weapon if and when the need arises. If you cannot bring
yourself to use that weapon to kill another human being then it will likely be used against you or someone you love. please think long and hard about
that before you purchase.
One last thing - SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY!!! Never let your firearm wind up in the wrong hands - like that of children! Hope this was helpful and best
[edit on 18-11-2008 by kozmo]