What is the Best CCW Pistol?

It was a great day. I took my class for my Conceal Carry Weapon (CCW) permit, passed with no issue. I submitted my background paperwork, went to do my fingerprinting, and get me license finalized. I have waited for this day for a long time. The process of going through the steps to further my ability to exercise my 2nd amendment rights has been well worth the efforts.

Excited, ready and, able to perform, I needed to decide what would be the best CCW pistol for me to carry. There is a lot to choose from. The most logical decision to make is to discuss with family and friends what has worked best with them when they decided to get their CCW permit.

Their collective experience is a wealth of knowledge worthy of tapping into, and I would be a fool to not listen to what they have to say in regards to picking out the right weapon.

Among my group of friends, are my gun enthusiasts club. They are always willing to put two cents into any discussion involving firearms. They advised me going into getting my CCW permit. Within the group they have made their own decisions on what weapons to carry for themselves.

The general consensus is to identify the best attributes in the pistols. First I expect them to be reliable. The whole point of getting my permit is to protect my family and myself. When I pull something from my holster, and apply the right amount of pressure to the trigger I don’t need to second guess if this weapon will react the way it is intended to, it must.

Second is comfort. It has to be more than ergonomically comfortable in my hand, it has to feel good on my waist, or wherever I decide to carry it on my person. Chester points out that where you carry the gun on your body today, may change tomorrow. If it’s around my ankle, tucked in my back or in my pocket, it must be compact or sub-compact to not be noticed, and it can’t be uncomfortable.

Third, the group told me that regardless of the gun I carry, I want it to be accurate. That means that I have to build a relationship with this weapon. It has to fit in my hands in the best possible way so that my fat fingers don’t fumble around it. I have to take it out and test it regularly, clean it and maintain it. It is driven over and over into me that accuracy comes from me working with the gun, not just the gun popping out of the box firing on its own.

With all this being said, my trusty group of friends and I set out to explore the best offerings to choose from for me to carry. Each member brought the guns they rely on to the range. They allowed me to holster the weapons on my waist, fire multiple rounds, and just overall experiment with what might best suit my needs. We went through 11 models and manufacturers, and finally narrowed it down to a group of five of the best to make the ultimate decision on which would be the one for me to carry.

The Top 5

Glock 26 Gen3, “Baby Glock”

  • Make: Glock
  • Model: 26 Gen3 “Baby Glock”
  • Cartridge: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10
  • Barrel Length:42”
  • Finish: Black
  • Length: 5”
  • Magazine Type: Removable

For more than 20 years Americans have chosen the Glock 26, or “Baby Glock”, as it is affectionately known, as one of the best conceal and carry weapons. The biggest reason people choose this weapon may have to do with the capacity, 10 rounds to protect you and those around you. If capacity was the only reason in choosing the best gun you could pick any weapon, and just carry extra magazines, or extra ammunition.

The Baby Glock is called such because it carries the same characteristics that comes in most Glock models. The lines are straight and impressive. One look and it is easily intimidating when pulled out. Designed to fit comfortably in your hand, making shooting accurately much easier.

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This weapon is reliable. We didn’t encounter any misfires or jamming during our excursion. This weapon drew out with relative ease, and holstered back without hesitation. Changing out magazines was a breeze. The trigger safety and trigger release at just 5.5 pounds of pressure which puts a lot of minds at ease. It is easy to see why this model is considered by many, to be one of the most popular guns around. Pricing for this pistol is right around $550.

Springfield XDM

Chester is the firearm expert in our group. He has forgotten more than most people have ever learned. His contribution to the cause is Springfield’s .40 SW, a compact pistol that offers a strong punch. This offering has to be considered one of the best CCW pistols to own.

  • Make: Springfield
  • Model: XDM
  • Cartridge: .40SW
  • Capacity: 16
  • Barrel Length:5”
  • Finish: Black Polymer
  • Length: 6”
  • Magazine Type: Removable

This gun feels right in your hand. It is ergonomically designed not to fatigue your hand or arm through extended firing. You only want to draw your weapon out in a time of need, and when you pull this out, you can count on your assailant turning around over 50% of the time, without pulling the trigger. Fierce to behold, and more than someone usually wants mess with.

All that and you get the quality that Springfield is known for. Straight lines on a forged steel Melonite finish barrel atop a black polymer frame. This XDM has a low profile combat rear sight that brings everything into perspective when it aligns with the fiber optic front sight.

This is a compact pistol, not a sub-compact, so it isn’t the lightest pistol we worked with that day, 30 ounces empty. A plus is that is comes with two 16 rounds magazines. That allows the individual to transition from being a victim, to being in charge. Several users successfully ran two mags at a time and no jams or misfires to report. I love Springfield as a manufacturer, and I count them to perform when needed. They often run specials, rebates or add-ons, if not expect to pay just under $625.

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Colt .380 Mustang

  • Make: Colt
  • Model: .380 Mustang
  • Cartridge: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • Barrel Length: 75”
  • Finish: Polished over Black Polymer
  • Length: 5”
  • Magazine Type: Removable

The Colt Mustang is an ideal weapon for personal protection, and certainly a candidate for one of the best firearms on the market. This pistol is durable, strong and built with the shooter in mind. Colt created a gun that enhances the shooters abilities. Lightweight, consistent and reliable. A single action with ambidextrous thumb safety allows the user more flexibility. This gun weighs under 12 ounces empty. It almost feels empty wearing it.

The magazine holds six rounds. I argued that this may not seem like a lot, but Chester pointed out if you have to discharge your pistol, you probably will have the man on the run, and six shots should be enough to neutralize the situation until the authorities arrive. No jamming as you expect with a Colt, and designed to encompass the traditional 1911 style. This is the best CCW pistol you would design for yourself, from frame to barrel, to grips and overall weight. A great overall addition to your arsenal for $499.

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Ruger LCRx

If your goal is traditional then you opt for a 1911 style pistol, but if you want the best CCW pistol with a classic flair to it, the Ruger LCRx is the way to go. This .38 special is perfect for personal protection, and just because this is a revolver living in a semi-automatic world, don’t think that this model is lacking in any way, shape or form. Matte black and weighing in at only 13.5 ounces the LCRx packs a potent punch, and that qualifies it for the task at hand.

  •  Make: Ruger
  • Model: LCRx
  • Cartridge: .38 Special
  • Capacity: 5
  • Barrel Length:87”
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • Length: 5”
  • Magazine Type: Revolver

There is a very distinct and real satisfaction in firing a revolver. The feel, the sound and, the smell. It releases a good pop, and it puts a real fear into the eyes of an attacker when they don’t just look down the barrel of a gun, but also when they see the five rounds actually in place, ready to go. The best CCW pistols need an intimidation factor, and the LCRx delivers.

No misfires, and if you tend to allow the webbing between your thumb and forefinger get in the way of the semi-automatic action, a revolver like this is ideal. Capable of firing as a single action, and offered to accommodate a variety of grips to customize to your shooting style this monolithic frame engineered from aerospace grade 7,000 series aluminum can be counted on to be a reliable option when searching for the best qualified pistol to carry. This model is retailing at just over $575.

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Beretta BU9 Nano

  • Make: Beretta
  • Model: BU9 Nano
  • Cartridge: 9mm
  • Capacity: 6
  • Barrel Length: 3”
  • Finish: Black Matte
  • Length: 63”
  • Magazine Type: Removable

The Beretta Nano is typical of reliable guns on the market that you need to carry for personal protection. When walking up to the Nano, and feel how it slides into your hand, you realize this is what a concealable pistol is meant to be like. Comfortable to wear and conceal this little satisfier slides into your waistband or goes in and out of your holster with much ease. When fired we experienced no jamming, or misfires. The magazines slide in and out with no problem.

Because it is designed to enhance the skills of the shooter, Beretta’s frame can be modified to accommodate different grip frames suited to you. Accessories are available, such as laser sights and an upgraded extended magazine that increase your carry capacity from 6+1, to 8+1. Finally, the Beretta Nano breaks down very easily and assembles quickly. Keeping the best CCW pistol clean and maintained, makes it reliable and always ready to go. Expect to lay out right at $400 for the Beretta Nano, one of the best CCW pistols.

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Deciding on the Best CCW Pistols

At the end of the day the group led me through a whirlwind of emotions looking for the best CCW pistol to meet my needs. A lot of personal favorites, and suggestions from people who know the ins and outs of firearms.

I went back and forth between the trusty revolver and the reliable semi-automatic. For me it came down to what felt best in my hands. In the end I chose the Springfield XDM .40. I loved the power it offers, and it didn’t disappear when I gripped a hold of it. My second choice and one that I plan to work into my gun vault in the near future is the Ruger LCRx revolver. All of these guns should be considered worthy of meeting your needs. Of course these weapons become most useful when we as shooters take time to practice with them and hone our skills.

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