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Old 05-25-2020, 09:32 AM
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It's hard to say what is the absolute best because it depends somewhat on circumstances, experience of the user, ...

All that being said, if you follow Bozz10mm's advice you will not go wrong.
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Sig.365! Perhaps a Hellcat,haven't shot one yetis can't comment! I edc a Sig 365.
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The one you are the most proficient with in a stressful situation that functions reliably be it a pistol or revolver.

Only you can determine these factors as you are the one depending on the firearm to defend yourself. Train with the one you choose regularly to develop muscle memory. If the unfortunate need arises that you have to deploy your weapon you will be ahead in the situation.
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Easy to figure it out:

- One that you are willing and able to carry every day, all day.
- One that you are proficient with.
- One that is reliable, each time, every time.
- One that you can afford to buy, and will get the job done.

- All other arguments are just hot air. Buy and carry what works best for you. What works well for me, may not work for you, and/or anyone else. If you are not carrying it when you need it, then all the arguments for that make & model are just wasted electrons on the internet.
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Easy to figure it out:

- One that you are willing and able to carry every day, all day.
- One that you are proficient with.
- One that is reliable, each time, every time.
- One that you can afford to buy, and will get the job done.

- All other arguments are just hot air. Buy and carry what works best for you. What works well for me, may not work for you, and/or anyone else. If you are not carrying it when you need it, then all the arguments for that make & model are just wasted electrons on the internet.
I need One that is reliable, each time, every time. I will keep it on my farm.
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This is a loaded question- simply because what is right for me, may not be right for you, given different experience levels, hand size, dress, environment, cost threshold etc.

That said, I have a few in my carry rotation- a shield 9mm (v1.0) a G43, a Sig 365, a Ruger LCR and a M64 2”. I anticipate the Sig will replace my G43 & shield as I become more proficient with it.

One thing I’ve found is I am more accurate with the revolvers than the smaller striker fired pistols due to my finger placement on the trigger. I recognize this is something I need to train on.
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the one that you better have with you , at the time when you need it
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I'd say either the Ruger LCP, the Ruger LC9s, or a Glock 19.

I bought a Ruger LCP 10th Anniversary Edition last Summer and the gun is just so ridiculously small and lightweight that I literally carry it with me everywhere, even when I get up to get water or use the bathroom late at night/early in the morning because it's just so darn easy to carry that it honestly takes more of an effort for me to leave it behind.

That being said, the Ruger LCP is a lightweight .380 ACP pocket pistol which carries easy but isn't the easiest gun to shoot. A worthy alternate for those who seek to carry something more powerful and easier to shoot yet not quite as concealable there is the Ruger LC9s/EC9s, a subcompact single stack pistol chambered in the more powerful 9mm Luger cartridge which only weighs a mere 17oz, (only 7oz heavier than the LCP) and actually shoots a bit softer than the LCP with 115gr Standard Pressure 9mm loads.

For those who want more firepower and don't mind carrying something larger/heavier is the Glock 19, a compact double-stack 9mm (also available in .40 S&W -- Glock 22 and .357 SIG -- Glock 32) pistol which is a favorite among many folks for carry. It has a good balance of size and weight which makes it concealable in just about anything short of the most minimal attire while still providing a highly capable weapon for Self-Defense.
On a side note, if you don't have enough money or simply don't want to spend $500some on a Glock 19, then check out the Smith & Wesson SD Series, which are clones of the G19 and G22 offered at a significantly lower price yet still offer more or less the same features, merely less refined. I myself carry a last-gen SW40VE.

That all being said, there really isn't an objective best firearm for concealed carry, regardless of what some might say, I merely offered my opinions regarding a few popular models which I have some experience with.
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As has been said, there's no one answer. If you're inexperienced, your best bet would probably be to find an introductory handgun class that allows students to try different guns to see what might suit them best.

If you have some experience with handguns, then borrowing guns from people you know or renting them from rental ranges would be another option.

But overall, SAFireman probably gave the best suggestions. Keep them in mind as you try different handguns.
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A Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm.
I would go along with this except for me it's too big. My gun gets carried like my wallet. It's always there if my pants are on. A shield is too big for that, for me. But I'm thinking of getting a Shield anyway because more people are getting more crazy and a Shield carries more boolits than my snubbie.
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As said above, the one you have with you.
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What SAFireman said! Shoot it often, keep it clean and lubed. Become very intimate with its workings, get a good holster, practice your draw drills "unloaded". If fails during range sessions it might fail in a real life crisis. If it does fail get rid of it and repeat with new gun.
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A concealed carry handgun for "on the Farm".

There is no single right answer.........last weekend I was at the lake in the Pa. laurel highlands.....

a single stack 9mm or .38 revolver would have been fine to handle any beligerent neighbor(s) ....

I would want a hi-cap 9mm/and AR on a "rolling-thunder" weekends around the flight 97 memorial........ with hundreds of "Bikers" roaming the back roads and bars.

last weekend a .44mag would have been nice when the word went out that a black bear was wondering amoung the houses/cottages along the southern shore line.

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Easy to figure it out:

- One that you are willing and able to carry every day, all day.
- One that you are proficient with.
- One that is reliable, each time, every time.
- One that you can afford to buy, and will get the job done.

- All other arguments are just hot air. Buy and carry what works best for you. What works well for me, may not work for you, and/or anyone else. If you are not carrying it when you need it, then all the arguments for that make & model are just wasted electrons on the internet.
SA Fireman has given you the best answer so far. There is no "Best" handgun but there are many, many guns that are absolutely suited for defensive needs. Each person has different needs and wants. It sounds as if you have little or no experience, that's OK we were all there at some point. I recommend going to a range with rental guns and trying a few out.
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- One that you are willing and able to carry every day, all day.
- One that you are proficient with.
- One that is reliable, each time, every time.
- One that you can afford to buy, and will get the job done.

- All other arguments are just hot air. Buy and carry what works best for you. What works well for me, may not work for you, and/or anyone else. If you are not carrying it when you need it, then all the arguments for that make & model are just wasted electrons on the internet.
Thought I'd scroll thru the posts to make sure no one else said it first, you are spot on with "our" answer.
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Please review the advice from SAFireman.
My personal choices are either a J-frame Mod. 649 in cal. .38 Spl., or a SIG Ultra Compact 1911 in cal. .45ACP. The choice is dependent upon what my activities are expected to be.
Bottom line is pick something that you can comfortably carry and that you can become well-practiced and proficient with. Then become well-practiced and proficient.
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Best for me isn't a pistol it's the 642 revolver. Fits in my pocket, can be drawn from my pocket with my hand wrapped around the handle . Haven't found anything else that works as well.
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I think it's the one actor Michael Biehn used in the movie Terminator under his trench coat.
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The best pistol for you to carry is the one that you can carry well, shoot well, and is as close to 100% reliable as possible with your ammo.
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the best carry gun is the one you will carry...
overly simple but true..
go too small and painful to shoot, you won't practice.
go too big and a burden to carry, you won't take it.
find your goldilocks gun and don't fall for the gun of the month hype... just practice and take it with you
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Always comes down to individual threat assesment, horses for courses.
Consider the maxmium threat you're likely to face and arm up accordingly.
Here in the woods, feel adequately armed for the local gang of thug squirrels with an LCP 10th Anniversary riding in the pocket.
Heading to town where the even more rabid two legged squirrels live, the 365 comes along.
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What's the best pistol for concealed carry and Self Defense?
Whatever you are comfortable carrying and enjoy shooting enough to actually practice with. If you don't enjoy shooting it you won't practice with it; if you don't practice with it you won't be comfortable carrying it; if you don't carry it then why am I still typing this???
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In your 1 st post you want "the best" CC pistol. Then you want to "keep it down on the farm." So probably the biggest one that hides well in bib Carhartts. Joe
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The Glock 19 is In all probability, the finest concealed carry firearm ever invented.
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OK, I'll bite. So, how many cows ARE in a herd?
That's easy. Count the legs and divide by four.
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I use a Glock 19 for open carry and also for concealed carry. I like ony having one gun for carry, and it's a good range gun too so I get lots of practice with it.

I actually prefer to shoot a Glock 17 over the 19, but it's too big for concealed carry.

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I find it depends on the "relative" risk involved for the day and what I will be wearing. Usually a Glock 30 with a spare mag, but when it's shorts and T-shirt I find myself migrating to a M&P 340 with 2 speed loaders.
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