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Choosing a handgun for concealed carry is as personal a choice as it is a practical choice. Practically speaking, you may be able to shoot the black out of a target with a full-sized 1911, but you may have a hard time carrying that pistol concealed. Practical means finding the right caliber, a weapon platform you are comfortable with and a gun that you will diligently carry. Plus, it must be within your budget.

The most popular calibers are typically .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. You should be able to find inexpensive training ammo and self-defense loads in any of these calibers. There is a great diversity among weapon platforms ranging from double-barrel derringers and revolvers to semi-automatic pistols. The snub-nose revolver also ranges from traditional styles like those from Smith & Wesson, Charter Arms and Taurus to models made with modern materials that offer less weight like those from Ruger and more. Semi-automatic pistols run the spectrum from small, true pocket pistols from Kel-Tec, Ruger, Beretta and Kahr to slightly larger compact designs.

Before purchasing a concealed carry weapon, handle as many models as possible. Here’s a gallery of popular concealed carry handguns to help you get a jumpstart on your personal defense.

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Accu-Tek
http://www.accu-tekfirearms.com

American Derringer
http://www.amderringer.com

Rock Island Armory
http://armscor.com

Beretta
http://www.beretta.com

Bersa
https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com

Boberg
http://store.bobergarms.com

Bond Arms
http://www.bondarms.com

Charter Arms
http://www.charterarms.com

Chiappa
http://www.chiappafirearms.com

Cobra
https://www.cobrapistols.net

Colt
http://www.colt.com

CZ-USA/Dan Wesson
http://www.cz-usa.com

Diamondback
http://www.diamondbackfirearms.com

European American Armory (EAA)
https://www.eaacorp.com

Glock
https://us.glock.com

Heckler & Koch
http://www.hk-usa.com

High Standard/AMT
http://www.highstandard.com

Kahr
https://www.kahr.com

Kel-Tec
https://www.keltecweapons.com

Kimber
http://www.kimberamerica.com

North American Arms
http://www.northamericanarms.com

Remington
http://www.remingtonhandguns.com

Ruger
http://www.ruger.com

SCCY
http://www.sccy.com

Sig Sauer
http://www.sigsauer.com

Smith & Wesson
http://www.smith-wesson.com

Springfield Armory
http://www.springfield-armory.com

Taurus
http://www.taurususa.com

Walther
http://www.waltherarms.com

Wilson Combat
http://www.wilsoncombat.com

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