The Three Worst Carry Guns


There’s lots of handguns out there, and we are living in the golden age of polymer framed, striker-fired handguns.  There’s so many options, many of them good, and most of them all designed to perform the same basic function in the same basic ways.  Certainly, each manufacturer puts their own little twist on the appearance of their product, but on the inside, many of them are fairly identical.

There are, however, three commonly carried handguns that are the absolute WORST to carry on a daily basis, and but they might not be what you think.  Leave a comment on what you think of this list!

1. The handgun you don’t dry fire with.
Dry fire is the practice of clearing your handgun of any live ammunition, and then going an extra step for training your mind for safety, and moving to a room where there is zero live ammunition in the room. With your cleared firearm, you can now practice many things like trigger discipline, sight picture, and many other fundamentals with your handgun.

Here are some phenomenal resources if you’re new to dry-firing that can help you get started.

Active Self Protection’s John Correia on Dry Fire Basics:

Refinement and Repetition, by Steve Anderson

2. The handgun you don’t train with from the holster.
How fast can you defeat concealment, draw your handgun, acquire a solid grip, and put four shots into the “A Zone” of a target at 7 yards or greater?  Don’t guess.  Many of us assume we’re faster than we really are.  Take a course and find out.  Get some solid training from a reputable instructor on how to be smooth and efficient in your presentation of the firearm from the holster you actually use.  If you don’t regularly train from the holster, how do you know what you’re capable of - and often more importantly - what you’re NOT capable of?
Sign up.  Take a course.  The biggest reason most people don’t take courses like these is pride.  They assume they’ll know what to do and how to do it when the time comes.  Don’t gamble your self-defense on your educated guess, and don’t let your pride keep you from stepping out and getting training. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest and want to learn how to do this well, check out our Level 3: Concealed Carry Course.

3. The handgun you haven’t tested your carry ammo in.
I often have students come to the firing line who have never fired a single round of the defensive ammunition they carry in their firearm.  They have no idea what the recoil might be like, what their accuracy is like, or whether or not their handgun will feed it well.  It’s worth the time and investment to run a box of your carry ammo through your handgun. 

What do you think of this list? Leave a comment and let’s talk!