#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: Range Life, Everyday Carry

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: Everyday Carry

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: Range Life, Everyday 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: Everyday Carry

Home-Defense Hero: XD-S® 3.3" with Crimson Trace® Laserguard®, Part I

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jan 14, 2016 4:24:11 PM

It’s 2016, and a new shooting season is again upon us.

January always means a few things to me: Bianchi practice, new gun products and SHOT Show. I always look forward to the start of a new year - pulling out my Bianchi guns, setting up my first Bianchi practice match and heading to SHOT to see what’s new and cool. 

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Topics: Everyday Carry

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: Range Life, Everyday Carry

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.

FINDING THE PERFECT DUTY Caliber

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: Range Life, Everyday Carry

The Case for Appendix Carry: Picking Your Carry Position

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:32 AM

PickingYourCarryPosition

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: Range Life, Everyday Carry

Why I Choose To Carry A Full Size 1911

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 9, 2015 8:38:00 AM

There are plenty factors that play into the decision of what pistol to use as an everyday carry gun.

After carrying a pistol in one form or another for the last 17+ years, one thing I can conclude is that a full-size 1911 is one of the easiest pistols to carry in a concealed format… at least for me.

With all the various options, formats, and configurations available, people still ask me why I continue to choose a full-sized 1911 over other popular sizes.

For me, it’s a pretty easy answer that can be broken down into three basic parts: carryability, reliability and shootability. 

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Topics: Everyday Carry

Why I Choose To Purse Carry

Posted by Kippi Leatham

May 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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To quote Robert Heinlein: An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life”.

In my lifetime, I have always tried to carry myself well and when CCW permits became available in my state of residence, I also began carrying myself well-armed.

I firmly believe that a community where citizens are armed and legally able to carry a firearm is a safer place to live.

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Topics: Everyday Carry


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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