How to Select the Best Handgun for Personal Protection

Posted by Team Springfield

Aug 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Purchasing a handgun for concealed carry requires careful thought and consideration. Any handgun chosen will need to be reliable, comfortable to use and handle, and durable in a small, concealable size. Read on to learn about what to look for in a concealed carry firearm, such as the SA XD-S 9mm.


Above all else, a concealed carry firearm must be reliable. If the handgun malfunctions in the event of an attack, then it is worthless as a tool for personal protection.

Ease of Operation

Another extremely important component of a personal protection handgun is ease of use. It’s a fact that most attacks are sudden, close and brief, which is why a protection handgun needs to be easy to bring into action and able to be fired with either hand. It should not require a lot of mechanical manipulation.

In addition, the carrier should be able to easily hit what he or she is aiming at. While getting in plenty of target practice is key to honing this skill, it’s just as important to choose a reliable firearm that won’t recoil too intensely and intimidate the shooter, potentially causing a miss. A 9 mm XD-S is a great choice if you're sensitive to recoil.


If the firearm is to be kept in the home or vehicle, then portability isn’t a factor. However, concealed carry absolutely requires the firearm to be portable. Avoid choosing a handgun that is too heavy, has sharp edges, or takes up too much space. It should fit comfortably in a holster against the body without digging into the skin, as well as be easy to conceal with your everyday wardrobe.

Choosing a Handgun

The best way to go about the search process is to do a little bit of research beforehand. Feel out the different firearms to find a good fit and insist upon the above factors. The XD-S 9 mm from Springfield Armory® is an excellent choice with light recoil that, in turn, helps the user aim more precisely. The XD-S 9 mm's lightweight, 21.5 ounces, allows users to balance between the everyday personal protection carry firearm and a handgun usable for training. 

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®.

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