#AskSpringfield: What is the best gun for concealed carry?

Posted by Jason Burton

Sep 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

There is no single best choice to solve every concealment requirement or occasion. There are many variables that will play into exactly which gun to carry depending on the required level of concealment, mode of dress, activity level, etc.  

However, as a general rule I believe the best gun for concealment is the largest gun you can shoot effectively while still being able to have it adequately concealed. I think it is wise for folks who are serious about concealed carry to have multiple choices and here are a few of my favorites based on size:

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Pistols & Compact Guns, Polymer Handguns, First Time Gun Buyers, 1911 Handguns

Concealment Considerations: Choosing Your Carry Method

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jul 13, 2016 2:21:25 PM

Choosing how to carry your concealed pistol is kind of like choosing a favorite movie. There are certainly a number of movies that could be your favorite and many reasons why you might pick that movie. Your buddy also has a favorite and can tell you all the reasons that his movie is better than yours.

This is exactly how the discussion on the best way to carry a concealed pistol goes. Person A likes this or that, while Person B does not agree with Person A’s logic and prefers something completely different. 

Carrying your pistol concealed is definitely not a one-size-fits-all decision.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Anatomy of the Draw

Carrying Concealed: Changes You Can Expect to Your Lifestyle

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 6, 2016 12:06:55 PM

On my 21st birthday, the prospects of being able to finally purchase alcohol weren't nearly as interesting to me as my ability to now acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL) and carry a handgun on a daily basis.

So a couple of weeks after I turned 21, I received my CPL and strapped on my carry pistol.

At the time, it was a compact stainless steel 9mm. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, despite having been raised with guns and literally shooting my whole life, I knew nothing about carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense on a day-to-day basis. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

Anatomy of the Concealed Draw: The IWB Holster

Posted by Jason Burton

Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

When it comes to drawing a handgun that is carried in a concealed format, a friend of mine has a saying: “The fastest draw stroke in the world is a gun that’s in your hand when the fight starts.” 

This of course leads us to the heart of the matter, which is, "How exactly do we get the pistol out of our concealed holster and onto the target?"

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Topics: Gun Safety, Concealed Carry

Free E-Book Download: Anatomy of a CCW Draw

Posted by Team Springfield

Apr 21, 2016 10:31:30 AM

When and where legal, there are many positives to carrying a pistol concealed. Chief among them is the lowered visibility to the outside world. The whole point of concealed carry is to be discreetly armed.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Keep Calm and Carry On: Introducing "Anatomy of the Draw"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 18, 2016 1:31:30 PM

There are a variety of factors involved when choosing a firearm - use, type, size, caliber, cost - the list goes on and on. In many circumstances, you would probably find a rifle or shotgun to be the best choice. They are the most accurate, powerful and easy to use firearms. 

The Long and Short of it

However, there are a multitude of scenarios in which the long gun is simply impossible to have at the ready. Bigger, heavier and too bulky to conceal, rifles and shotguns just don't always fit.  So, when the long gun is unsuitable, the handgun becomes the obvious and best choice. Good news is modern handguns are very powerful, reliable and accurate tools.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Shooting Tips

New for 2016: FDE Enters the World of the XD® Mod.2™ Sub-Compact

Posted by Team Springfield

Jan 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Mod.2™ is getting a fresh coat of paint.

With the release of the new Flat Dark Earth (FDE) color option, customers can now choose from three different finishes in the Springfield Armory® XD® Mod.2™ Sub-Compact line.

The XD® Mod.2™ was originally available with a black polymer frame paired with either a Melonite® or stainless steel slide.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Polymer Handguns

Enter .40 S&W Caliber: Engineering the Perfect XD-S®

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When I started my law enforcement (LE) career in 1988, the issued duty gun was a .38 Special revolver. I had no previous LE or handgun experience, except firing one magazine out of a 1911 while going through the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, so I assumed the .38 was good to go.


During my field training, though, I noticed that many officers did not carry their issued revolvers. Rather, they were carrying semi-automatic pistols in either 9mm or .45ACP. My training officer said we had to attend additional firearms classes if we wanted to switch to a semi-auto duty gun. So immediately, once out of training, I did just that and ended up choosing a 9mm semi-auto.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Polymer Handguns

Thinking (and Practicing) Outside of the box - Defensive Handgun Deployment

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Dec 7, 2015 4:15:23 PM


Train wrong, and you will do wrong. Period.

In terms of defensive handgun deployment, getting the handgun into the fight - if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in one - is key to your survival. The problem is, most of us (yes, even including me at times in the past) are practicing techniques that might not meet the “stimulus/response” test.

The great benefit of practice is that it makes you better at what you practice. The downside to practice is that it makes you better at what you practice.

Read those last two sentences again.

You will perform like you practice because of a process called myelination (Google it). We write programs in our brains by doing something repetitively. The problem is that the program we write might not be the one we want to run in certain circumstances. A skill program is technically not possible to delete once it's been built, even if it was incorrect.

We want to make sure to write the correct program, and stimulus/response is part of this equation.

So how does this relate to defensive handgun deployment?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Accessories

The Case for Appendix Carry: Picking Your Carry Position

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:32 AM


I am often asked about my handgun carry position and the reason for my choice. There are some subtle, yet important, differences in the defensive draw process versus the competitive draw process. There are several crucial steps to performing a lightning-fast concealed draw.

While drawing a handgun quickly under the stress of an attack is important, there are other critical factors in accessing your handgun. As it turns out, I covered this topic in detail in an article over on the Personal Defense Network blog.

It's an excellent primer to what this post will go over. Let's jump in. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Shooting Tips

Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.