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Concealed Carry Debate: Full Size Vs Micro

04.20.2023 | By Caleb Giddings of Taurus

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When it comes to everyday carry (EDC), one of the most enduring debates is what size gun to carry. Should you carry a full-size gun, or are you better suited with something smaller and easier to conceal? Well, as you might imagine, the answer is “it depends.” To understand, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each size of gun.

Full Size Gun: Pros

There are a number of really good reasons to carry a full-size gun, but we’ll start with the most obvious: they’re easier to shoot. A Model 82 revolver is easier to shoot than a 605 2-inch, a TH9 is easier to shoot than a TH9c, and a G3 is easier to shoot than a G3c. You cannot defeat the laws of physics, and bigger guns are just easier to shoot.

Secondly, bigger guns hold more rounds, and while most civilian self-defense shootings are low-round count affairs, having more rounds on board makes everyone feel better. This is even true with revolvers, where medium frame revolvers can have 7 rounds compared to small frame revolvers with only 5.

Finally, it’s easier to mount a wider variety of accessories like lights and optics on full size guns. Finding add-ons that fit micro guns can be more difficult.

Full Size Cons

However, full size guns aren’t without faults. The biggest, is that they’re well…big, which means they’re harder to conceal. Although the use of high-quality holsters from companies like PHlster, Dark Star Gear, and JM Custom Kydex can help manage that issue, a bigger gun is always going to be harder to conceal than a smaller gun.

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Micro-Compact Pros

That brings us neatly to the most important pro of a micro or sub-compact gun, and that’s how easier they are to conceal for the average citizen. 99% of people are going to have an easier time concealing a 2-inch Taurus 856 or a G3c than they are a full-size gun. Simple as that. Plus, when a small frame gun uses the same advances in holster technology as a large frame, they become nearly indetectable to anything but a metal detector.

Plus, with advancements in magazine technology, some pistols can hold up to 13 rounds while still maintaining that ultra-small footprint.

Micro-Compact Cons

The cons for small guns are basically the inverse of the pros for big guns. Small guns are harder to shoot well, and they’re harder to mount accessories on.

Ultimately, your choice on carry gun needs to be driven by your lifestyle and goals. If maximum concealability is your goal, small guns are going to be the thing you need. But if you need to be able to shoot well, go big or go home.

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