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I talk a lot about self-defense and personal defense weapons, but those talks have typically only involved cartridges thus far. It is time to talk about the firearms.
When considering a pistol for concealed carry, a seemingly limitless number of factors come into play. Perhaps the most important factor to consider is experience. A new shooter should probably avoid carrying a large .45-caliber pistol that they have little experience with. I do not know about you, but I would not want to have to create an arc weld without being comfortable handling the materials involved. Similarly, I would not trust my life to a pistol I am unfamiliar with. However, this is a problem that can be solved with hours upon hours of practice. Now that you are an experienced shooter, you want to consider a couple of other things, namely safety, reliability, accuracy and ease-of-use. Though these factors should be self-explanatory, they warrant a brief discussion.
- Safety – Your concealed carry pistol should include safeties – preferably passive and independently operating – to prevent any accidental discharges while carrying.
- Reliability – The pistol is presumably carried to protect your life. In a life-threatening situation, you probably want a pistol that will fire when you pull the trigger.
- Accuracy – While this is easily achieved through practice, pistols can be inherently more or less accurate than others.
- Ease-of-use – Again, a pistol can become easily handled through practice. However, you want a pistol that is easy to use. Carrying a black powder pistol is probably not the best idea.
Then there is the consideration of comfort and how the pistol will be carried. Like I said, the considerations seem to be limitless. But, when considering only the aforementioned factors, the Glock 27 “safe action” pistol emerges as a favorite.
There are several words that describe the Glock 27 “safe action” pistol. Among them are small, light, accurate, powerful and reliable – which is probably why it is so popular with police as a backup pistol. The Glock 27 is extremely versatile, due in part to its subcompact size and unyielding power. The Glock 27 has an overall length of 6.54 inches, a width of 1.18 inches and measures 4.17 inches high, making it very easily concealable. It features a 3.43-inch barrel and a weight of just 19.75 ounces. As noted, it is chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge and comes standard with a 9-round magazines for a “9+1” capacity. The pistol has an effective range of 50m and features adjustable sights that consist of a ramped front sight and a notched rear sight, perfect for acquiring targets quickly and easily.
All Glock pistols are famous for their “safe action” system, which make them ideal for concealed carry. Though the Glock 27 has no manual safety, its three internal safeties work beautifully to prevent accidental discharges and safety hazards. First up is the trigger safety. The trigger safety is a small lever on the trigger itself that prevents rearward movement of the trigger unless both the trigger and trigger safety are depressed simultaneously. Next up is the firing pin safety. This safety is a spring-loaded device that blocks the firing pin channel, preventing any forward movement of the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed. Finally, we come to the drop safety. When engaged, the rear of the trigger bar rests on a drop shelf. When the trigger is depressed, the bar moves off of the shelf until it is fully separated from the firing pin lug, allowing the firing pin to move forward. All three safeties are engaged when the trigger is forward. Once the trigger is depressed, each safety disengages sequentially to allow a discharge. When the trigger is released, all three safeties automatically reengage. The idea behind the “safe action” system is that the pistol can only be discharged if the trigger is intentionally pulled.
Ultimately, you have to trust your life to your concealed carry pistol. Those with the proper experience will find the Glock 27 “safe action” pistol a perfect choice for concealed carry – after all, many police officers depend on it. Consider the Glock 27 for any of the following:
- Law Enforcement
- Personal and home defense
- Concealed carry
- Much more…
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