TFBTV: Top 5 Most Overrated CCW (FanBoy Trigger Warning)

    In this episode of TFBTV, James discusses what he believes are the Top 5 Most Overrated CCW guns on the market today. While all of these guns are good choices for defensive carriers, these five stand out as being overrated for one reason or the other. James tells you the what and the why in this episode.

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    – Hey guys, James again for TFBTV.

    Today on TFBTV, I’ve got something really important I wanna discuss with you.

    And that is the top five most overrated concealed carry guns.

    So, let’s jump right into it.

    Number five: Glock 19.

    I know you guys wanna put me in that glock fanboy box.

    Yes, it is true that I called the Glock 43, the best concealed carry handgun out there.

    Yes, it’s also true that the Glock 19 was in my top five concealed carry guns.

    However, it’s also one of the most overrated concealed carry guns.

    Now, Glock refers to the 19 as a compact gun, and I think they’re catfishing you guys a little bit.

    The Glock 19 is not really that compact of a gun.

    I would call the Glock 26 a compact gun, but not the Glock 19.

    And that’s really why I believe the Glock 19 is one of the most overrated concealed carry guns on the market.

    It’s a big, full size double stack.

    So, the thing is, is it a bad concealed carry choice? No.

    It’s in my top five.

    I think it makes a great jack of all trades gun.

    If you can only own one gun, it might be the Glock 19.

    However, it’s not a compact gun.

    Periodically, it gets old carrying a gun that weighs a pound and a half, plus 15 rounds, plus one, and you might find yourself falling into the trap where you say, I’m just gonna go around the block, do I really wanna strap two pounds to my waist? And that’s why I think the Glock 19 is one of the most overrated concealed carry guns out there.

    Now, before I get to my number four pick, I want to give a shout-out to my AARP viewers, I love you guys, I hope you guys subscribed, or you watched a video to show you how to subscribe to videos on Youtube.

    But if you think that Wu-Tang Clan is a Chinese restaurant, you’re not gonna like my number four pick, and you’re not gonna like my number one pick.

    But we’ll start with number four, revolvers.

    Yes, revolvers were on my top five CCW video.

    In fact, I believe I was referring in that video to the Smith & Wesson Airweight series.

    14 ounces, five shots at the.38 special, and utterly reliable and truly a pocketable gun.

    I really do like revolvers, but I also think they’re extremely overrated.

    Nothing pisses me off more than when you overhear at a gun store, someone asking someone, oh hey how’s this Glock 26 for concealed carry? And then you get some guy from the Elks Lodge down the street who says, No, no you don’t want one of those, they’re gonna jam up on you.

    What you need is a good revolver.

    My main issue with the revolvers, if I could describe it one word, inefficiency.

    How are they inefficient? Well, we all know inefficient in terms of capacity, a J-Frame revolver’s only gonna hold five rounds of.38 special.

    They’re inefficient because once you shoot those five rounds how long is it gonna take you to put another five rounds in there? And perhaps the most harmful thing, that.38 special round coming out of that J-Frame revolver, that little one and seven-eights inch barrel is probably going to hit softer than nine millimeter.

    It’s gonna kick a lot more, too, and why is that? Well, because revolvers suffer from something called bleed-off.

    That’s when the gases bleed off from the cylinder gap, behind the chamber.

    Gases that bleed off, that aren’t propelling the bullet down the barrel, plus you’ve got a short barrel to boot.

    So, that said, they’re really not efficient.

    And I really wanna re-emphasize, I think revolvers are great concealed carry choices, but you guys that are going out there and saying that they’re the end-all be-all, that’s just not the case.

    So, imagine if you will, the Wright Brothers.

    The Wright Brothers they get together, they design this awesome thing, they’re gonna call it the airplane.

    It’s gonna actually fly, it’s gonna take people up in the air.

    They spend all this time designing it, all this time conceptualizing it, and when it comes down to making the airplane, instead of making it out of canvas and metal, and other airplane things, they make it out of poop.

    Number three most overrated concealed carry guns, Kel-Tec’s.

    Now, first I wanna say I own a Kel-Tec Sub-2000, I own a Kel-Tec P-11, and I own four Kel-Tec P-3AT’s.

    Well, between me and my wife, we have two each.

    No one’s gonna question that Kel-Tec is one of the most innovated companies out there.

    The RDB, the KSG, the Sub-2000, the Kel-Tec P-3AT that Ruger straight up ripped off.

    Nobody questions that Kel-Tec can design a good gun, but for some reason it seems like they take these awesome designs, then they make them out of recycled beach plastic, and pencil shavings.

    Take the P-3AT for example.

    It’s a great concealed carry gun, I love it.

    I’ve got a bunch of them.

    You can put it in your pocket, they’re cheap, they’re like a hundred and ninety dollars.

    And they’re still reliable, at least mine have been.

    But they’ve got a trigger by Cap’n Crunch, they’ve got some of the worst sites I’ve ever seen, the finish is awful, it’ll rust if you look at it with a teary eye.

    There’s no last round slide catch, and by the way, whoever came up with wallet brown as a frame color should be incarcerated.

    And I haven’t even mentioned the PF-9 yet, it’s just straight up gross.

    It looks like it’s something from a fan-fiction remake of Tron.

    Anyways, I still love Kel-Tec, I still love their guns.

    I just really wish they would put a little more effort into completing the fantastic designs they have.

    And that’s why I think they’re the number three most overrated concealed carry guns.

    Number two most overrated concealed carry guns, German handguns, in particular Walther and HK.

    In true German fashion, I’m going to present the numbers as to why I think these guns are overrated.

    Now, before I look at these numbers with you guys, I also want to mention that they’re typically German guns, some of the most expensive concealed carry options on the market.

    So they better be good, right? Well, they’re not really that efficient it turns out.

    The PPS is half an inch taller than the Glock 43, but it’s got the exact same capacity.

    It also weighs 22 ounces, which is the exact same weight as the Glock 26, which is a 10 round double stack sub-compact nine millimeter.

    22 ounces is also a full eight ounces heavier than the 14 ounce Kahr PM9, which also is a six plus one nine millimeter.

    I also want to throw in there that the PPS, the gen one had a piece, the backstrap, that, if you dropped the gun and the backstrap popped off, it would totally deactivate the gun.

    The Walther CCP is one of the worst of them, and the M&P9C is smaller than the Walther CCP, yet it holds twelve plus one versus the CCP’s eight plus one.

    Now, I wanna say that the Walther PPS is a great gun, especially the Gen 2, and I loved it, gave it a favorable review.

    But for some reason the PPS is way bigger than it needs to be.

    Alright, now let’s look at HK.

    HK, again, you’ve got expensive, overpriced, inefficient guns.

    Look at the H&K P7, for example.

    It’s a gun that holds eight plus one, costs $1200, but then it weighs thirty ounces.

    That’s more than two Kahr PM9’s, but let’s compare apples to apples.

    Let’s look at HK’s newest double stack sub-compact nine millimeters, the P30SK and the P200SK.

    Which both functionally have the same dimensions, and weight as the other.

    Well, both of them are 1.4 inches thick, whereas most double stack nine millimeters are 1.2 inches thick.

    Moreover, they’re both taller, thicker, and weigh more than the Glock 26, yet they cost at least a hundred dollars more.

    So, in my opinion, German handguns are some of the most overrated concealed carry guns out there today.

    Now, as I mentioned a little bit earlier, my number one pick is not going to be a very popular one.

    But, I’m telling you, it’s the God’s honest truth, that the 1911 is hands-down, the most overrated concealed carry gun of all time.

    Why is that? Well, let me count the ways.

    Let’s start at number one, weight.

    First of all, if you have a full size, all steel 1911, it’s gonna weight forty ounces.

    So, for forty ounces, you could carry a Glock 26, and a Smith & Wesson Airweight, loaded, and still come out ahead.

    Whereas, you’re limited to seven or eight plus one rounds of.45 with a full size, steel 1911.

    Well, let’s try to give a fair comparison.

    With the 1911, you’re shooting.45, and a lot of people won’t carry a gun that doesn’t have a caliber with a four in front of it.

    So, the.45 Kimber Ultra CDP weighs twenty-five ounces.

    Well, that’s larger and heavier than the Glock 30S, but the 30S is ten plus one, not to mention, I think the Ultra CDP retail is almost $1400 You can almost buy three Glock 30’s for that price, and the Glock 30’s are probably going to be more reliable.

    And yes, double stack 1911’s do exist, but they’re kinda like me in high school, fat, weird, and unpopular.

    The thing is, the 1911 it’s an antiquated design.

    It’s well over 100 years old.

    And I know all you guys are gonna get on here and say, oh yeah, that’s because there’s nothing wrong with it.

    Well that’s not necessarily true.

    As the overwhelming weight of the evidence seems to indicate that you have to spend, probably, twice as much as you would on like, a Glock or a Smith & Wesson M&P.

    To get a gun, to get a 1911, that’s going to be reliable.

    Now, guys, I know I’m (bleep) on 1911’s, but I really love 1911’s, I think they’re great guns, I’ve reviewed a bunch for this channel.

    Triggers excellent, magazine release works perfectly.

    Again, the weight’s excellent, the recoil mitigation, very good.

    I can sit here and go on and on and on about how awesome this gun is.

    (gun firing) – You know it’s very refreshing to me, I stand here all day long and watch everybody come and shoot I’m here so that the guns can hit the targets.

    It’s very refreshing to have one of you guys be able to hit ’em.

    – And yeah, they’re good guns in their own right.

    But let’s be honest with ourselves, guys.

    I mean, really, what does it offer in terms of reliability, over something like a Glock, a Sig, a Smith & Wesson? Even though it costs two to three times as much, I mean look at the Ultra CDP, I love that it says in their description, We save you $600, wow, thank you so much.

    So this gun that weighs more than a Glock 30, but holds 30% fewer rounds costs $600 less than whatever, I don’t get it.

    Now certainly there are advantages to carrying 1911’s.

    You can get lighter weight 1911’s, they’re slim, they shoot well, they’ve got some of the best triggers out there, there’s no question that they’re proven design, although what they’ve proven is not exactly clear.

    But, guys, face it.

    Most overrated carry gun, period.

    Guys, as usual, thanks for watching.

    I really appreciate it.

    Leave a comment, you didn’t like the list, you liked the list, you have your own list, leave your own list, your own top five most overrated concealed carry guns list in the comments.

    I’d really appreciate it.

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    And I will see you guys next week.

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    James Reeves

    • NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
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    • TFBTV Executive Producer
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