Daily Defense 9 The Right Size for a Carry Gun


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[Music] hi I'm Jeff Gonzalez president of Trident concepts today I'm here with Brownells Daly defense to talk to you about handgun sizes so we're gonna talk about handgun sizes from a concealed carry or everyday carry format and when that kind of subject comes up the first thing that I ask people to do is to define their mission what is it you intend on doing with the firearm so first you have to understand that there are a lot of different sizes of handguns there's also a lot of different sizes of hands so aside from the mission you may find that one firearm fits your hands a little bit better regardless of what that mission might be and you're gonna have to go with that to a certain extent however if you have the luxury of being able to identify that mission for instance I want to be able to carry and that everyday carry level which means that I'm going to put a lot of emphasis on the selection of that firearm because if I choose unwisely what's gonna happen is over time it's going to wear me down and I'm no longer going to be what I'll end up doing is I'll end up attracting attention to myself by fidgeting by adjusting by looking uncomfortable and that's what we want to avoid so at the very top of the spectrum as far as handgun sizes are concerned would be a full size pistol this is sometimes referenced as a duty pistol and the only bad thing about the full size pistol is the size it is really difficult for the average person to try to conceal that full size pistol while we can see it perform in other areas such as home defense from a concealed carry point of view it's not ideal right below that is going to be what we call the compacts now the compact pistols pretty much reign supreme as far as the most commonly chosen firearm and the reason being is that they do a good job of balancing the size with capacity with all of the other features that you might get like improved accuracy improved parts or supporting equipment so that's the reason why we see the compaq's so popular an example of a compact is this sig 320 this size frame is easy to conceal good magazine capacity right at around 15 and all the supporting equipment that I could ever want as far as holsters extra magazine sights it's all out there and we take another step down now we're getting into sub compacts now sub compacts have both a good and a bad to go along with them the good is that they're smaller and that naturally assumes that they're better for concealed carry and yes from carrying it and concealing it they are but the bad side is that sometimes at these subcompact levels the size actually works against you from a shooting performance point of view the smaller size means that they're sometimes harder to interface with they're sometimes harder to hold sometimes harder to manage during the recoil impulse so you've got to manage that side I find that a lot of times training education are the solutions to that type of a challenge if you will so here I have a sig 365 subcompact pistol this pistol is a perfect size for that subcompact realm ten round magazine capacity so it's got again all the support and features that you can be expecting to find for your concealed carry needs so it does a really good job one step below that would be the micro compacts now these guns are super small typically these guns are going to be at a much smaller defensive caliber so they're not going to be inside of the nine mil 40 Cal 45 ACP they're gonna be down at like the 380 the 32 is even the 22 calibers that's a good thing to some extent remember we talked again one of the benefits to the subcompact is the size as far as concealing same thing here what we typically run across is that those micro compacts really are challenging to shoot not just because of their size but they typically don't have the best sight system they typically have sub optimal fire control systems so it just makes them a little bit harder to shoot but the Golden Rule that rules them all is a gun is better no gun so if that's what you have to work with that's where we start from that's what we work towards and what I have come to observe is that through this natural progression of learning and training and practicing you start to figure a lot of these out on your own and then at some point you come to the conclusion that yes this is fulfilling my needs the mission that I have defined no it's not if it's not one of the biggest problems is moving on but at some point you'll probably make that decision the bottom line is that once you have defined your mission you've got a wide selection of firearm options out there and there really shouldn't be a reason why you can't find something to fit your needs all right I'd love to hear your questions and comments please feel free to post them down below until then take care and stay safe [Music]