A Second Opinion: James’ Top 5 CCW Pistols

As an alternate view to Alex and Patrick’s Top 5 list from May, (https://youtu.be/6_gJAUj4_d8) James – an NRA-certified concealed weapons instructor – gives us his five picks for the best concealed carry guns on the market today in this episode of TFBTV. There are a lot of good offerings from Glock, Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Kahr, Kel-Tec and other manufacturers, and many calibers to choose from – which of them make the list?

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James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


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  • CJ Minnesota

    Oops, Private Video initially.

  • IshTheBuddha

    More videos from this guy please.

    • Oh there will be many more.

    • MrEllis

      Just don’t let my wife see him in that tight shirt, jeez.

      • iksnilol

        It’s like I finally understand what gay guys feel.

        Seriously, my game is screwed if James comes to Norway. Like, pls don’t come here. You can have Northern Norway, just don’t visit the South.

        • Mike Lashewitz

          Looks like serious bromance…. LOL!

          • Will Stern

            Everyone knows those pecs prevent imprinting. I’m sure he wouldn’t need them otherwise. #simpleCommonSense

    • iksnilol

      M̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ will increase the female viewership.

  • jonjon7465

    I chose the glock 42 because I didnt have the patients for glock to announce the 43 the year before last. The 42 is big for a 380, but its probably the easiest to shoot compared to the others.

    • James R.

      Good point.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Good review of the many excellent choices available in each category.

  • Riot

    LC9 had a good chuckle at that

  • ExMachina1

    That was a pretty intelligent way to set up the top 5 list. I disagree with some of his picks but his method was better than most.

    • James R.

      Thank you, even though you disagree with me, I am flattered.

  • Jerry Sussman

    I am a regular visitor to this site and greatly value and enjoy the articles, videos and comments. But I was so taken aback–both at the selections made and at the rationales for doing so–that I felt the urge to respond emphatically. In doing so, I included some sarcasm and made some facetious remarks. Along the way, I may have come perilously close to being rude. If so, I apologize. Having said that…

    My gosh! I watched this video in amazement. I am nowhere the firearms expert that James Reeves may be, but watching this video reminded me of an observation made by President Reagan (or was it William F. Buckley). Too tired to look up the verbatim text, but it goes something like this: “I would rather have economic policy determined by five persons selected at random by thumbing through the Boston Yellow Pages than I would by the five most eminent professors at Harvard.”

    .38 Special +P ammo fired from a lightweight .38 Special revolver? Sheesh! I routinely carry–and practice with–the much heavier all steel S&W Model 36. Anyone remotely versed in J frame revolvers will tell you that even with ordinary pressure .38 Special loads, and even with the carbon steel S& W Model 36, the J frame is snappy and a handful to control. How one can recommend .38 Special +P in a lightweight J frame defies comprehension–with or without pink grips.

    In terms of shear reliability, as a general rule, a revolver is more reliable than a semi-automatic, a blow-back operated semi-automatic is more reliable than a locked-breach semi-automatic, and a full-sized locked breach semi-automatic is more reliable than a compact locked-breach semi-automatic. Yet the revolver finishes 5th in a pack of five, surpassed by various iterations of diminutive locked-breach pistols.

    Likewise, an off-the-shelf single action is inherently more accurate than an off-the-shelf double action. The ability to fire single action ought not to be regarded as a nice bonus, it is an essential pre-requisite to an accurate first shot made under stress. Yet the victor’s cup goes to a pistol that can only be fired in double action.

    And if we’re talking about concealed carry rather than home defence or law enforcement, why the heck would anyone select a handgun with a rail? The same argument against an exposed hammer in a J frame revolver ought to weigh against any semi-auto with a rail. Yet it appears not–apparently in the off chance that someone might wish to attach a flashlight to a micro-pistol carried under their shorts! This defies comprehension.

    I don’t profess to have anything near the expertise of James Reeves. But I have owned several dozen handguns and practice regularly–averaging several thousand rounds each year. I routinely carry (most often open rather than concealed). In my opinion, this video just as well might have been presented by a 13 year-old with the real world experience of someone who was just given their first BB gun.

    In my further opinion, any real world list of the top five handguns for concealed carry ought to be weighed heavily in favor of revolvers and blowback semi-automatic pistols, with perhaps one full-locked-breach in the mix. Indeed, to return to President Reagan (or was it William F. Buckley), one probably could have compiled a better list by opening a firearms catalogue while blindfolded and selecting five handguns at random.

    • Kyle

      So you freely admit you have nowhere near the experience or training as James but argue that you opinion is superior to his opinion because of some anti-intellectual quote from a quite few decades ago? Seems legit.

      • Jerry Sussman

        So you freely admit that I expressed my own opinion? Must all opinions be the same? Seems that’s what you’re advocating. Insofar as my experience and training is concerned: mine was in front of a counter, not behind it. Like I said, I’ve fired a couple of dozen different handguns–probably 30,000 rounds over the past ten years. I think that gives some validity to my opinion.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Yeah, it’s just that your opinion isn’t all that valuable to the rest of us. Sorry.

          • Jerry Sussman

            Hi. I suspect you may have meant that my opinion “isn’t” instead of is. That’s fine. I’ve seen guys like you two critics by the carload. Probably at the last forty or so gun shows I’ve gone to. Some woman, completely ignorant of firearms, starts browsing at a collection of guns. She picks up a pink handled lightweight S&W .38 Special with the cutest pink grips she ever did see. Instead of honestly telling the woman that she won’t be able to control it, he confounds his perfidy by recommending +P .38 Special ammo. Those of us that know a bit about guns and who happen to be standing bye, shake our heads in disbelief at the con that just took place. Men and women, experienced and non-experienced, read this blog. Any fair-minded person with more than casual experience with a S&W J frame revolver would laugh at the suggestion that +P ammo in a light weight frame with a pink handle that appeals to woman buyers, is anything but immoral. In fact, the snap was so great in my carbon steel version that, even with normal loads of .38 Special 130 grain, I had to wear a glove if I ever fired more than 50 rounds in one set. But I guess you know more than me about J frame S&W revolvers.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yes. Yes, I do.

          • Doug73

            In reading your long-winded and arrogant opinions, I realized you’re “that guy” at gun shows and gun stores. The one who thinks he knows more than everyone else because he shoots a lot (as if nobody else does or something).

            James stated his opinions, and said many times “Shoot what works for you.” For some bizarre reason YOU’RE the one who then starting attacking in a childish manner because – OMG – someone who actually does this stuff for a living has a different opinion than you! Then you follow-up with the comically ironic comment, “Must all opinions be the same?” Well, according to you…yes, they all need to be the same. As yours! Otherwise the person with a different opinion is a poo-poo head 13 year-old who just got their first BB gun.

            Is that about right? I think it is.

            Get over yourself.

            Oh, and BTW, if you think a j-frame is hard to handle and too snappy, I’d have to question your competency and proficiency with firearms in the first place. I’ve fired a j-frame more times than I can remember, with all kinds of ammo. I’d hardly call it one of the more difficult handguns to handle. Not even close, really.

    • MrEllis

      I shoot .357 and .38+ out of small, tiny even, wheel guns that weigh ounces. Are they fun to plink with, no. Will you notice if you ever need one, no. The ranges and conditions you are using a gun of this nature dictate a point shot will most likely be your first. A weapon like this is not for engagement but to stop a threat in very close quarters as quickly as possible. It’s not made for the range. Proper training and practice will reduce your follow-up but never expect this to be a 50 yard gun.

      This is a weapon designed to get you away from a threat, not find and engage a threat. We’ve been shooting pistols this size, with powerful loads for years, yeah, after fifty rounds you will feel it in your joints. Some rounds you’ll feel all the way down to your toes. But when something happens you won’t even notice the recoil, follow-up will be more muscle memory than anything and the outcome will be decided in seconds and a few rounds.

      • Jerry Sussman

        Hope you don’t mind, but I”ll respond to your comment and to the preceding one addressed to me in this one message.

        In reply to KjK: Regarding the perceived oversight on my part that there were, in fact, blow-back pistols on the list. The point to be made is not clear to me. Yes blow-backs were included; but unless I missed something, none of those included allowed for single action fire. Many other blow-backs–both small and large– do. Here’s a test if your game.

        Next time you’re at the range, take with you a pistol that allows for both double action and single action fire (it needn’t be a .357). Let’s use a .38 Special J frame since that’s been so widely discussed. It is, in my opinion, a remarkably well made, reliable and accurate handgun.

        Place an official NRA 25′ slow fire pistol target at a distance of say 14 feet (real world here, not some web-sight braggart boasting that their 1 7/8″ barrel can hit a bulls-eye from 25 meters). Load five rounds into the cylinder. Then point (difficult, but not impossible to aim) and shoot five rounds in double action. If you are not an experienced shooter, I’ll venture that you likely did not hit one round in any number on the target. In fact, some rounds probably did not even hit the paper. Try the same experiment, this time, firing in single action mode. Guess what? All five rounds likely are in the numbers, and some are true to point of aim..

        And yes, I also recognize that the J frame featured did have a hammer, well kind of, that would allow for single action fire. But from a practical point of view, that nub would be all but useless in a real world confrontation. Try engaging under a time of stress. Now try with a pair of gloves. Better still, ask a lady with long fingernails to try to engage.

        In reply to MrEllis: I follow the adage that one should practice with the came round that they carry: if you’re going to carry a .38 Special full metal jacket 158 grain +P round, that’s what you should practice with. Ditto for .357. The alternative will lead to results not contemplated and, in a worst case scenario, you may find that the firearm doesn’t work with the same reliability as the practice round. If a person must practice with one round and carry another, it seems to me more appropriate that the person practice with the hotter load and crry the milder one; if they can successfully manage the hotter load, their likely to be more comfortable and more accurate with the milder load.

        Not sure what state you reside in, but in my neck of the woods, brandishing is illegal and will land you before a judge. The issue of concealed carry will be moot. What does that have to do with anything? In my State, a person is allowed to un-conceal (brandish) a handgun if they have justification to use deadly force. If you brandish, you fire to stop the threat. The predicate for the use of deadly force is that a person is themselves in imminent threat of deadly force and that deadly force must be used to stop the threat: that means, if necessary, shoot to kill.

        The notion of brandishing a firearm to dispel a threat means that the threat was not imminent and there was time for circumspection (“This assailant appears to be a rationale bloke. If I show him my gun, I’m sure that he’ll realize the error of his way. What’s that you say? There are two of those nasty chaps, not one. I’m sure that, after a rationale discussion, they’ll thank me and bid adieu.”). Just showing the firearm to an assailant with the hope that it will dispel a threat may work well on TV, but it’s inconsistent with the justification for presenting a loaded firearm.

        I too have shot a .357. No, not out of a small J frame, but out of a much larger “N” frame for which the .357 originally was intended. Yeah, after many hundreds or thousands of rounds, it may be controllable. But after perhaps one cylinder’s worth, I returned the handgun to its owner with a polite, “No thank you. I’ve had enough.”

        So what five handguns fit the bill for me? Just my opinion, but there are quite a few. Not endorsing any, but I’ve fired those that I’ll mention. All are subject to the caveat that one should never carry concealed without making sure that they’ve practiced sufficiently with the handgun and ammo to make sure that all things work as intended.

        • MrEllis

          I’m not in any way suggesting you don’t practice how you play.

          I’m not speaking of brandishing a firearm. I’m speaking of engagement ranges. Different weapons are made for different things and should be used thusly. When is say engage a target I mean you don’t treat a snub-nose like a rifle. You’re using a belly gun to put distance between you and danger, not to go find and meet danger. Very small weapons are designed to be as lethal as they can at very close ranges and not much else.

          When I speak about engaging a threat, I mean these very concealable guns are not made to find bad people doing bad things and make them stop they’re made to stop people from doing bad things in very close quarters and get away from said people. They are designed as a last resort, not a service weapon and if you’re producing one more than likely it’s being used. Statistically speaking they are the right tool for the job if used as intended or even if they are used in most lethal force situations.

          I am in no way am suggesting flashing a gun to de-escalate a situation or solve a problem. If I’m producing a sub-compact weapon, it’s because something has already gone wrong and words have failed. My mentality and training is still rooted in law enforcement so maybe that’s the point of contention. Service weapon, back-up and onion patch. All different tools for different situations, none of them good. I do know this much, most folks don’t even remember felt recoil after the fact.

          Hope this clears things up.

    • I’ve never had a problem controlling a J frame with +P ammo. But I have to say I’ve shot them many thousands of times.

    • Kjk

      I actually thought his list was pretty good. He threw the revolver people a bone by just including it on the list. your critique of the lack of blowback weapons/revolvers on the list proves your lack of knowledge compared to James’. All of the pistols he included on the list has a reputation for reliability (kahr is up for debate). how would he include a blowback 9 (or 40/45) on the list when they really don’t exist? Obviously 9’s are widely accepted to be the standard in concealed carry so of course he would include majority locked breech pistols and not blowbacks. I guess you’re right, your expertise doesn’t compare to James reeves.

    • Matt L.

      Small locked-breech pistols are *theoretically* less reliable than full-size guns or revolvers– but the M&P Shield, G43, LC9s, Kahr series, etc. have all absolutely proven themselves as extremely reliable *in actual use*. I’d certainly rather carry any of those than an underpowered, hard-recoiling blowback pistol in .380 or 9×18!

  • Mark

    A shrouded-hammer revolver’s ability to be repeatedly fired from a pocket is a feature not available to most semi-autos.

    • Kjk

      Bc that’s something anyone has ever done… What would the circumstances where you would repeatedly fire from a pocket?!?

      • iksnilol

        You obviously don’t assassinate people on a semi-regular basis.

      • Mark

        Ummm… your first shot missed and you don’t have time to pull the revolver from your pocket because the encounter is at “bad breath” distance???

        • Kjk

          ummm…. It probably missed bc your shooting from your POCKET.

          • Mark

            Admittedly sub-optimal, but sometimes an unpredictable situation in close quarters does not give you the lead-time you’d want.

    • iksnilol

      Can’t clothing snag on the cylinder itself?

      • Mark

        I suppose that is theoretically possible, but highly unlikely. If your hand is in your pocket to fire it, you’d be tenting the fabric away from the cylinder, so I wouldn’t expect there would be anything to wedge in the close tolerances of the cylinder gaps. It’s not like any of us would carry a personal protection in a pocket filled with sand, right?

  • Ian McCollum

    I reject your Glock 43 in favor of my Remington 51 (the original, not the recent catastrophe). 🙂

    • MrEllis

      I haven’t shot an old 51, are they fiddly? Don’t they have a weird locking mechanism? Have you ever shot a 53 or whatever the up-sized caliber version was?

    • BigFED

      The Remington 51 was/is a good LOOKING pistol, but it has a serious weakness. The “U” shaped locking block is fragile and prone to breaking at an inopportune time. My response to all of those folks with “this old gun” syndrome is “would you trust an automobile made in the time period to get you safely and reliably from point “A” to point “B” on a cross country trip if your life depended on it?” Especially true when the history of how much it may have been shot and how well it was maintained is unknown.

      Remember, that every shot it shoots is the next round to failure. There is NO “breaking in” of anything (cars, guns, etc). Those only are the first attempts to break it!!!

  • mosinman

    so the Block is #1 because… Block?

    • MrEllis

      I think it’s #1 because it he likes it. because, well it’s his opinion and he has to carry the thing. What is yours?

      • mosinman

        No doubt its his opinion and he’s entitled to it, but usually when something is the best you usually would think it would have advantages over the contenders. I personally only have a full size 1911 to carry so I guess that’s my favorite until I get another pistol. I can say it is heavy though.

        • MrEllis

          I grew up on SA, I still catch myself sweeping Glocks for safety. I’m most comfortable with my CZ and I favor it over all guns, but the reality is a XDs .45 is easier to carry. So… yeah. I work with a lot of guys who swear by Kimbers and i love those little rigs, but man, for the price, weight and ease of carry my XDs wins for me, hey’d never see my reasoning and it’s okay. We are all right!

          • mosinman

            Of course. There really isn’t a wrong answer when it comes to a gun you like

          • MrEllis

            A really good chance it will go bang and comfort are the major issues, and one is subjective the other is not. But with modern pistols we’re pretty spoiled for choices.

    • James R.

      I thought I was pretty clear, but that’s only a part of it. I am familiar with the manual of arms, and it’s very closely related to a proven 30+ year old design. Great options out there, but I am very, very familiar with the Glock system (my first CCW was a G33), and I know it’s going to be dead nuts reliable.

  • MrEllis

    Thanks for sharing, I enjoy these. I like to see other opinions and sometimes they may even sway me to try something new.

  • uffdaphil

    No love for the Walther single stack PPS? The new M2 drops,the paddle for a standard mag release which takes care of my only complaint.

    • James R.

      Oh, it’s a great gun, the generation I had (and this may still be the case) would deactivate if the rear grip panel came off. I could see that happening if dropped on concrete. They should have used a system like Gen4 Glocks where you start with a base width and add grip panels over it instead of integrating. Other than that, I loved it.

      • uffdaphil

        I should have included for those considering the PPS that the new M2 version also does away with that idiotic deactivation feature.

        • Dave

          Worst. buyer’s. remorse. ever. Got a balky PPS. Trigger would not reset. Sent back. Problems not addressed. I’m told the bugs were worked out… Too late for me. I don’t want to do the R&D testing for Walther, danke.

          Never did like the mag release either.

    • Doug73

      Ditto. After shooting the LC9 and Shield, the PPS felt like it was in a class above both. More accurate and MUCH better trigger. Just felt like it was higher quality, overall.

      I’ve heard peoples’ concerns about the trigger potentially deactivating, but I’ve never actually encountered anyone – even online – who claims to have seen it happen. Seems like one of those things that’s more of a concern on the Internet than in real life.

  • Sean

    No LCR? That has been the most comfortable, confidence inspiring carry weapon I’ve owned. Comes in all kinds of calibers (.357 being my favorite), hammerless, light, and durable as all get out. Good to see a little revolver on the list though.

    • iksnilol

      How does a 5 shot snubbie inspire confidence?

      I mean, that’d be the backup to my backup. That’d be the gun I hide in my sleeve. How does it inspire confidence?

      • Sean

        Revolvers by nature don’t care what kind of ammo you run through it, and function without fail in any situation. I’ve always felt more confident in a revolver because of the simplicity and ruggedness. It will fire strong hand off hand, limp wrist, concealed in a pocket/holster – it just doesn’t care. I feel that they are easier to operate in compromised situations. Capacity is limited sure, but so are most semi-auto pocket pistols. I also carry a Ruger SP101 as primary when I can layer clothing, with the LCR as backup. Otherwise the LCR has been the easiest to conceal and draw from a pocket in light summer clothing when I can only manage to carry one weapon. I live in Texas where winter means 80 degree days after all. Don’t get me wrong, I also carry a STI 2011 Custom IWB a lot, among a couple other semis listed in the video.

        • Dave

          Another Texan revolver guy here… @iksnilol: Move outta Aleppo or Falujah man! There’s less hair places to live still out there.

          A 5-shot snub revolver in a dedicated front pocket holster does, indeed, inspire confidence. Casually walk around with hand in pocket, winter? OK. summer? OK. The other summer (this is Texas)? OK. I’ve got a Ruger SP101 3-in., a Ruger 2-3/4in. Speed Six, an S&W 638 .38 and a Ruger LCR 9mm, so you can see a trend.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        I’m with Mr. Iksnilol, though. Its a great backup for the reasons others have mentioned, but a snub nose I don’t consider a primary carry. Bigger revolvers I do love though. And I can see a tiny snub being good when I am wearing much less than usual clothing I guess.
        Again, like Mr. James R. said earlier, its great to have so many good choices these days.

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          These best list of three or five pistols are getting increasingly difficult to objectively do. They are all getting better and better!

  • Paul Rain

    Everyone loves James’s guns.

    • James R.

      lol

  • Marcus D.

    I have one of the plethora of Kahr choices in single stack 9 mms, specifically the CW9–which is 7+1, under a pound, and has been utterly reliable. Plus it cost less than $400 when I bought it a couple of years ago, and now I hear that you can pick one up for closer to $300. It usually resides in my front pants pocket to boot. What’s not to like? Despite its DAO trigger, I’d take it over the Glock any day.

  • Matt L.

    “The Glock 19 is far from the perfect carry gun.”
    GET. THE. F***. OUT.
    I am never visiting TFB again.

    Just kidding!

    I really don’t get the whole no-double-stack, oh-it’s-so-heavy-I-don’t-want-to-carry-it thing, though. I’m 5’6″, wear reasonably well-fitted clothes, and carry either a full-size M&P9 or a 5″ 1911 every damn day. With the right holster, it’s easy. Unless you’re wearing a tucked-in shirt all day… you can carry a decent-sized gun. (if you’re a guy, of course; I’ll cut the ladies some slack here)

    • James R.

      Yeah for me it’s tucked in shirt every day to work, almost never a jacket (it’s hot down here). But If I had more flexibility in that regard, I agree with you.

  • DaveP

    Everyone makes their own choices then comes up with reasons to support them. This is this guy’s choices, and his reasons. Everyone has their own. Bear I mind that with the time spent arguing about this stuff, you could be out practicing.
    Frankly, other than a few obviously really bad ideas, there are so many good options it’s not even worth arguing about.

    • James R.

      SO many good options. We are spoiled compared to what was available even just 10 years ago.

      • Phil Hsueh

        Unless you live in CA.

  • t_reese

    Wasn’t able to watch the entire video because it bored me to death. This guy uses 5 times more words than is needed to do his reviews. Nothing more than a long winded BS video.

    • iksnilol

      GET OUT!

      Some of us hope he makes even longer videos, preferably with white shirts and rain

      #NoHomo #Seriously #ImStraightAndEverything #IEvenGotAGirlfriend

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        LOL. I think you’re hashtagging yourself in an attempt to convince yourself now. He might be a guy we want to look like (I haven’t watch the video yet, just going by your words), but I think if you had an attractive and equally skilled woman presenting the video you’d not be in the situation you think you’re in.

        #ItsAllInYourHead

        • iksnilol

          I am just saying that James is a wonderful example of good genes at work. I can appreciate male beauty without being homosexual, can’t I?

          Eh, if it was a woman presenting I’d probably go “dayum, gurl!”. Though I wouldn’t post those way too thirsty comments that everybody posts when KJW makes a video.

          • Hensley Beuron Garlington

            Of course you can! I really admit I’d like to look like a few of my more attractive examples of the male species. That’s as close as I can compliment a fellow man because of my extreme homophobia.

            Yeah, I’m in the everybody I guess when concerning her now that I’ve discovered her. LOL. Though I’d never be arrogant enough to think that will result in anything, women love compliments and attention. Who doesn’t really?

  • Halftone

    Has he tried the Kimber Micro 380? It is a great gun. I have the bodyguard and the LCP and the Kimber just smokes them. A bit larger but it fits in my pocket just fine in a disantis nemesis

  • Red Clay Blues

    I own and sometimes carry the Glock 26. It is less comfortable to shoot than the S&W and has less capacity …true. Until you buy a Glock 17 mag and and extension spacer . Now your little finger no longer hangs off the bottom of the grip and it holds 17 in the magazine

  • Paul White

    I liked my LC9s more than the glock. Other’s differ. FInd what you like, enjoy it. And amen on the single stack 9s. Great balance of decent capacity and very easy to conceal. I find them easier to hide than most snub noses.

    I’m not a SEAL or a Green Beret or any other elite fighter. I’m a desk jockey. If I’m facing enough people that I need 17 rounds I’m hosed anyway. But I really do like having more than 5 rounds.

  • manBear

    Team G17

  • Gustavo

    Great videos!! What about the Bersa the .380 (cheap and reliable) and the Bersa BP9CC (the smoothest trigger in the CC world) See you!!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    The SIG P238 is the best pocket .380 in my opinion. I don’t like the Kahr because it doesn’t reliably feed the Xtreme Penetrator rounds, which are probably the best .380 rounds that you can get today.

  • Dave

    First carry for me: G19
    Second: S&W 638 Bodyguard Air weight…

    Single-stack 9mm? S&W M&P Shield.

    “Do everything, jack of all trades?” Ruger Speed Six stainless .357.

    There’s my list!

    • James R.

      This is one of the best viewer lists that has been posted. The Speed Six is 33 ounces, which is kind of hefty, but I think it would work. Thanks for the input, good list.

  • OldGringo

    After about 50 years of carrying handguns for 4 different law enforcement agencies plus 10 years in the Army and Air Force and 20+ years as a CCW insructor I have my preferences and baises…first, if you are a true gun nut and dont do stupid stuff, you can carry things like Glocks in a pocket hoster without fear of shooting yourself in the balls or leg….you have the trigger covered 100% of the time until the gun is out….I carry the Glock 42, 43, and 19—the 43 being the best of the batch…and for gun nuts I also recommend the KelTec PF9 at 12 ounces and the best trigger on the market being the Ruger LCS9–we have all 3 at my house. and for people who simple do not take the time to make their gun an appendage to their body at all times, you simply have to go to the airweight 38s….I like the model 37 SW and the exposed hammer allows me very defined 50 yard shots which simple are not as easy as the internal hammer guns…..the only advantage of the internal hammer guns is they are easeir to fire from inside the pocket….how many times have you done that? And if it is winter did I mention my preference for my custom 1911s in 38 Super and 400 Corbon, both being capable of hits of man size targets at 100 yards? Prolly not something this lawyer would recommend but with age and experience things are different…

  • William Taylor

    Vz-82 in 9×18 (9mm Makarov). Decent condition for around $200, every bit as good as anything you mentioned, if not better. Concealable, hi cap, good round, utterly reliable, good ergonomics. It’s less powerful .380 cousin the Vz-83 is still in production after more than 30 years. Vz-82 is simply a great gun.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    LOL! “I just fuquin like it.” I have all but the J frame. Do not like revolvers because of the high maintenance and timing problems. (make one in affordable titanium) Old school experience. Loved the whole EBS thing in a video….
    I am a big person. I palm basketballs like cantalopes. My fave is the M&P 45 just because it fits. However it too, is not really concealable. I need a large trigger space to handle these sausages called fingers. Freaky how tiny women come on to me and I think, “Honey I cannot be responsible for your destruction.” Morality sucks…
    Still the big and tall pockets fit the concealed carry easily and if you are worried about imprinting you can use a pocket holster that looks like a wallet. I like an IWB more though. I have to add extended magazines just to make the smaller ones easier to hold with 3 fingers.

  • Tim G

    So what about the XDS in .45? Similar in size to the G 43 but with the bigger bullet…

  • smalltowndude

    Should I throw away my Springfield 9mm XD Mod 2?

  • Doug73

    Not sure the Pinto analogy is apropos. The gas tank issue with Pintos was actually a design flaw, and we know it caused actual damage. The PPS grip is a purposely designed feature (or at least Walther would say so) and as best as I can tell it has never failed in the manner people speculate.

    This supposed issue with the Walther PPS sorta reminds me of people covering up their guns’ serial numbers when posting pictures of those guns on the Internet. Everyone “knows” you’re supposed to do this. It is accepted as conventional wisdom amongst most gun owners. Yet over the last decade I’ve frequently asked people “What is the concern? Can you provide a verifiable reference that anyone, anywhere, has ever run into some kind of trouble because they posted a gun picture on the Internet and another person used that gun’s serial number in a harmful way?” To-date, I’ve never encountered anyone capable of backing up the idea that showing your gun’s serial number exposes you to some kind of danger.

    Yet, everyone still “knows” that exposing your gun’s serial number is a bad idea. Just like people “know” the Walthers grip mechanism increases your risk of a malfunction.

    Yeah, it’s POSSIBLE the grip might cause a malfunction. And it’s POSSIBLE someone might use your gun’s serial number in a harmful way. And it’s POSSIBLE Jessica Alba might break into my house tonight, climb on top of me and dig her nails 1/4 inch into my chest. But until I see evidence that any of these possibilities stand even the most remote chance of actually happening, I wouldn’t let any of these possibilities even enter into the equation when making a decision around their respective subject matters.

    Minimizing Murphy’s impact is indeed important. But ideally it should be done with evidence-based reasoning rather than speculation or what everyone else “knows” to be true or likely.

    Now, all that lawyer-like talk aside, if the point is “It’s not really necessary and perhaps not ideal to have a grip set-up like this”…I’d agree 100%. 🙂

    BTW, and in all seriousness, this was a well-done video James. Hope to see more of your work here!

    • James R.

      Thanks! I’m glad I got to do a comment piece and I’m glad you liked it.

      I wasn’t really comparing the grip to a specific defect, my point was that you might never discover a problem without real-world use. In other words, it’s difficult to conclude “I’ve never heard of problems with the grip, therefore the grip isn’t a problem” because that assumes that anyone has been in a situation with the PPS where the grip could have been dislodged.

      That all said, the grip design itself is not only pointless (Walther could have done what everyone else did and used grip inserts instead of making it so that you remove THE ENTIRE BACK OF THE GRIP) and the benefits of being able to change the grip size are far outweighed by virtually inviting catastrophic failure. But even if there’s only a .0001% chance of that failure occurring, what do you get in return? Not much. It isn’t as if there aren’t at least 7 or 8 single stack 9mms on the market right now that are as good as or arguably better than the PPS, but don’t have this needless potential for failure (remote though it may be).

      But that said, it looks like we agree, I just really like talking about these CCW pieces. Finally, look at the PPS M2…what’s missing? Yep, the removable grip. It looks like Walther agrees with us, too.

      Thanks a ton for watching and for the discussion.

      • Doug73

        No…thank YOU!

        And in case you’re wondering, last night I waited up all night for Jessica. She was a no-show. Again. Why does she absolutely refuse a life of crime?!? I mean, I keep sending her emails letting her know my door is unlocked! Some people are so inconsiderate. 😉

        Cheers,
        DG