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What is your most important pistol feature for concealed carry?

Overall size of pistol
24 %24 %24 %
24.79% (448)

Weight of pistol
6 %6 %6 %
6.97% (126)

Magazine capacity
5 %5 %5 %
5.53% (100)

8 %8 %8 %
8.30% (150)

Ease of drawing or holstering
6 %6 %6 %
6.36% (115)

27 %27 %27 %
27.78% (502)

Feel of pistol, ergonomics
16 %16 %16 %
16.82% (304)

3 %3 %3 %
3.43% (62)
Comment made by Chad on 2019-10-03 10:58:11
All of these aspects are important, though the order may vary a bit from person to person. Size is the most critical factor with consideration to conceal carry purposes - for me, anyways.

Comment made by Martin on 2019-10-05 11:02:32
Size is not a huge deal. I'm licensed so I don't care if somebody gets a glimpse of it but weight is a major factor. I don't want to be pulling my pants up all day long.

Comment made by Richard on 2019-10-07 11:28:18
How well you can shoot the pistol everything else is secondary if you can’t hit what you are shooting at

Comment made by Mershon on 2019-10-07 16:33:17
Reliability is 1st and foremost.

Comment made by Jake on 2019-10-09 16:38:13
The KelTec .32 in the pocket beats the HK USP .45 you left in the glovebox. If the gun can’t be concealed or is difficult to carry you won’t carry it or you will be discovered carrying it. For CC, size, then reliability, then other attributes.

Comment made by Darren on 2019-10-11 13:22:22
Size is definitely important, but to me I prefer to have the proper ratio of size to power. What good is a mouse gun that can't deal a good wallop? I don't feel undergunned with my .357 snub, or with my g43 (I carry one or the other depending on whether or not I'm at work).

Comment made by Bruce on 2019-10-15 11:07:51
As Jake says, small and light enough that you actually always carry it. My Bersa 380 Combat is easy on my VERY bad back, and The Lovely Wife appreciates hers, its light weight in her purse. Please, carry, and let it be seen. A tourist from New Zealand asked if mine was real, then said "How terrifying!" We need to each help change this limited attitude. Cheers!

Comment made by Roger on 2019-10-17 05:32:50
I'm surprised by these results. Sure size and overall carry-ability is high on the list, but I can't believe reliability is ranked so low. Above everything else, my carry pistol has to WORK!, when and where I need it, no exceptions. Period. Reliability is king!

Comment made by Wallace on 2019-10-24 11:16:26
The most important consideration is that it works and I am comfortable with it. I have carried the same old Model 19 S&W since 1972 [both as a duty gun and a CCW gun].

Comment made by Anthony on 2019-10-24 13:04:23
If my side arm doesn't go bang EVERY time you can throw ergonomics and weight out the window. FTFs, double feeds, e.t.c needn't show themselves as a favorite feature when called upon. That's why I carry a Sig 250 in 45acp. No striker, DAO trigger is best in biz and if you trained on the M9s first pull EXTREMELY accurate.

Comment made by Harold on 2019-10-28 14:34:00
Reliability shouldn't even be on this list...if it's not reliable then you should not be carrying it. Either reserve it for plinking or use it as a hammer.

Comment made by MARION on 2019-10-31 12:24:00
Maybe an answer of " all of the above " would be more correct. However, I am 86 years old and have some slightly crippled hands so weight , for me is fine and then comes the Caliber

Comment made by Rob on 2019-11-11 12:22:12
Size of the pistol. There is also geography. I live in Florida, so I rarely wear a coat, sweater or anything other than a shirt. A huge pistol would really stick out, and I don't want to "stick out" wearing my Second Amendment right.

Comment made by Randy on 2019-11-14 16:04:43
Reliable, if it doesn't work on demand, it is just a dead weight. After you know it is reliable, you can sort out size and weight...

Comment made by Robert on 2019-11-18 20:03:15
I carried the 1911 for 20 years as a Army Military Police Officer, the extra weight and size do not bother me I still carry it because I trust it and hit what I aim at. Spent 26 years in civilian law enforcement and carried revolvers and glocks, being old school, went back to the 1911.

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