Have you been thinking about getting a new EDC (every day carry) firearm? Or maybe a concealed firearm? It can be difficult to wade through all the different options out there so I wanted to write and give you my opinion of some good options and why.
We are going to include the MSRP prices of these firearms (can be found on their individual websites) but please note that The Last Stand extends a discount to their customers so the prices you see here are higher than you will see in store.
Pros: A revolver is basically a “Point and Pull” firearm. There aren’t a lot of mechanics that you need to worry about with a revolver. If you don’t spend a lot of time on the range creating that muscle memory with your firearm, a revolver may be a good option for you. In a revolver, there is always one in the chamber.
Cons: A revolver has less capacity than a pistol. Most compact revolvers will hold about 5 rounds. A revolver tends to be harder to reload. There isn’t a pre-loaded magazine for you to insert quickly. And lastly there tends to be more recoil because there is no spring or slide to help absorb it.
- Ruger LCR. This firearm comes in many calibers best ms project alternative. A few options are: 357 Mag, 38 Special, 9mm, and 22 Mag. MSRP Prices vary from about $489-$669.
- Taurus Judge Public Defender. This firearm comes in 45LC/410gauge. You can get this firearm made with a few different materials. Steel, polymer and alloy. Our top seller is definitely the polymer frame. MSRP $483-$598
- Smith and Wesson. There is a huge variety of revolvers made by Smith and Wesson that vary in MSRP all the way from $469 to $1600. Some of the more popular concealed models are the J-Frame series of revolvers. The K-Frame is also popular but a larger framed revolver.
Pros: A pistol tends to hold more rounds than a revolver. The recoil tends to be easier to manage. Pistols are easier to conceal in most cases than a revolver because they are skinnier. Pistols also accept more accessories like lights, lasers, and red dots and they are easier to modify and customize.
Cons: There are more mechanics (Is your safety on? Do you have one in the chamber? Etc.)
- FNH. FN makes a few different models that we like. The FNS, and FNX are both nice models, FNX being slightly larger than the FNS. You can get them in both 9mm and 45 ACP. While they also come in the 40 S&W caliber, that specific caliber creates recoil that tends to be a little more difficult to handle. The recoil tends to be snappier whereas the recoil of a 9mm and 45 ACP tends to push back on you more. It tends to be easier to hold on to something pushing back on you rather than flying to the left or right. MSRP: $599-$824
- Glock 43. This firearm comes in 9mm. It is nice and compact for concealed purposes yet easy to hang on to. It only comes in 9mm but the 9mm round creates recoil that is easy to handle. MSRP: $580-$630 Please also note that Glock makes several other firearms that would be great options. Examples: Glock 17, GLock 19, and Glock 26. MSRP: $599-$840. And the Glock 30 or GLock 36 are great 45 ACP calibered handguns of theirs. MSRP: $637-$840.
- Smith and Wesson M&P9C. We love the S&W M&P9C. It is basically a double stack version (holds about double the amount of ammo) of the Glock 43 or the Smith and Wesson M&P Shields. They come with two magazines, one that holds less than the other and is flush with the grip of the gun and the other holds more and has a little extension to give your pinky a place to be. This is nice because you can put the smaller mag in to make it potentially easier to conceal or put the extended one in to make it easier to grip as well as give you an extra round of ammunition. While the M&P9C is a 9mm caliber handgun, they make similar versions in other calibers. MSRP: $389-$845
- Ruger SR9C. This is a great option made by Ruger. They make several other models as well. One model that we don’t suggest as your first firearm would be the LCP. The LCP uses the 380 caliber. 380 tends to be snappy much like the 40S&W round and most people that get a firearm in that caliber as their first firearm tend to get rid of it or squirrel it away in their safe after getting a second option. Most of this tends to be because of the recoil and the difficulty of holding on to such a small firearm. If you have never shot a small 380, we suggest that you try one out before purchasing just to make sure you know what you are getting into. On the flip side of that, some people absolutely love their 380 and that is totally okay! We aren’t here to discourage you but to educate you based on our experience and expertise. MSRP: $569-$579
- Sig P320. There is so much versatility with this firearm. It comes in a variety of sizes and calibers. You can get a compact, carry or full sized version in 9mm, 40S&W, 45 ACP or 357 Sig. It also comes in a variety of colors. MSRP varies from $449-$699
- 1911. 1911’s are made by several different companies. You can get them in several calibers like 9mm, 45ACP, 10mm, 40S&W and 38 Super. They come in several sizes, some of which are compact sizes. The 1911 model is made by so many different manufactures. From high end manufactures like STI, Night Hawk, Wilson Combat and Kimber to other manufacturers that are more economical like Rock Island Armory, Ruger and Springfield.
How should you determine what caliber is best for you?
That is definitely a tough question. Here are a few things to consider: Does someone in your household carry a firearm that you would like to carry the same caliber of? Do you have a medical condition such as arthritis or something else that should be taken into consideration? And then of course trying out different options is a great way to determine what is good for you. Does a friend or family member have a firearm in the caliber that you are thinking of getting that might be willing to accompany you to the range to try it out?
How many magazines should I carry if I choose a semi-auto? This is really personal preference. Some people think that you should always have an extra magazine or two and others believe that if you have the time to reload a second magazine in a fight you had time to get away. One thing to consider is are you in threat of getting attacked by a large group of people?
Should I carry extra rounds for my revolver if I choose to go that route? Again this is personal preference. Because a revolver carries fewer rounds it definitely may be a good idea to carry extra ammunition with you but definitely your call.
In the end we hear the same thing over and over again in our store… “What firearm is best for me/my wife?” And our answer is always the same… “The firearm that feels the most comfortable and that you can hit the target with.”
It doesn’t matter what firearm you own and use to defend yourself and your family as long as you are comfortable with it and can shoot proficiently with it.
We would love to help you determine what a good pick for you would be and welcome your questions and comments.