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Tips to Buy Your First Concealed Carry Handgun

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Owning a firearm is a huge responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Similarly, so is the decision to own a concealed carry gun that you carry around with you. It’s one that will require a bit of time to find the right weapon of choice for you, what will work for you in terms of carrying your gun, and other self-defense methods. 

Eclipse Holsters is passionate about helping you exercise your Second Amendment rights and own firearms and carry firearms. We make the best concealment holsters for women, concealed mag pouches, and gun holster clips in order to facilitate your desire to protect yourself and your family. In this blog post, we’ll offer up tips on how to buy your first concealed carry handgun. Shop for your custom gun holsters today!


The very first thing you will have to decide when you go and look at handguns is which type of handgun do you prefer: a revolver or a semi-automatic. A revolver is a handgun that has a revolving cylinder. These are the guns you think of when you think of the Wild West in the late 1800s. They are repeating handguns without reloading that were first invented by Samuel Colt in 1836. They feature a cylinder or chamber that revolves where the bullets are held.

A semi-automatic handgun uses the energy from the fired bullet to automatically extract the shell and reload the next bullet, making them faster for reloading and allowing them to hold more bullets than a revolver.

Both are firearms that will get the job done. Usually the choice comes down to personal preference.

For concealed carry purposes, the smaller the better as they are easier to conceal. Revolvers are simpler to operate and make great first-time concealed carry guns. They are easier to clean as well. Semi-automatics can be just as small and light as revolvers, and because they are thinner, are often the choice for concealed carry purposes. They hold more ammunition and are easier to reload when using a clip or magazine.

Next up is the caliber of the gun you are carrying. When you are in a self-defense situation, you want something that will put your attacker down without messing around. Hence, you’ll need at least a .38 caliber firearm or higher. Smaller calibers just won’t pack the punch and do the damage you need done to stop the perpetrator. However, if you do opt for a smaller caliber firearm for your concealed carry weapon, you will need more practice in order to be more accurate with it under duress. 

Many people, especially women, have a hard time managing the recoil of a higher-caliber gun. This is solved by holding the firearm correctly, which is tight and snug in your hand. You want to be comfortable shooting so practice often with your concealed carry firearm. You also want a gun that is easy to shoot, that doesn’t get stuck, and has an easy trigger to pull.

Eclipse Holsters also recommends that you try a handgun with a laser sight. This will boost your confidence when shooting. You can also add night sights as well. There are many options for the best concealed carry gun, and it ultimately comes down to what works best for you.


Remember that although you are carrying, it doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself into the fracas. Concealed carry is for self-defense and self-preservation. The last thing you want to do is get shot. Awareness is the key for many. Pay attention to where you are going and your surroundings. It’s always best to not put yourself in a situation where you will need your concealed carry firearm.

Eclipse Holsters is passionate about making the best gun holsters for our customers, both men and women. We want to make your desire to conceal carry easy and comfortable. We offer the best gun holsters and best custom gun holsters to fit your needs. We offer trigger guards for those of you who want to make sure your gun is not fired accidentally. We also carry lunar dump trays for storing your concealed carry firearm at the end of the day.

Eclipse Holsters offers the best in custom gun holsters. Order yours today!