New Technology Has Changed The Way We Carry Concealed
December 31, 2018
Thanks to rapidly changing technology, new handguns have emerged. These have changed forever the way those with concealed carry permits carry their handguns. Let’s look at some of the newer guns.
L.W. Seecamp LWS 32 & 25
Like the Walther PPK, the manufacturers of the L.W. Seecamp have introduced a handgun that is highly concealable. These two have interchangeable magazines. The Seecamp also has a smooth double-action firing mechanism. Where the old Seecamp LWS-25 fired .25 caliber rounds and could hold seven rounds in each magazine, the Seecamp 32 chambers in .32 caliber and .380 ACP ammunition. It first LWS-32 model would take only hollow points.
This model is often called a “Baby Glock”. It’s no longer the smallest or slimmest Glock on the market. The Glock 26 is an ideal gun. Many police officers prefer it as their off-duty gun. If you have a concealed weapon, the Glock 26 doesn’t even show that you are carrying. Its predecessors, the Glock 19 and the Glock 17 showed because of their longer handles.
The Glock 26 still has the double stack features. But these are much smaller on the pistol grip. Thus, this model is much easier to carry concealed. The Baby Glock uses the same magazines as the Glock 17. This allows you to use the Glock 17 magazine as a back-up.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
This concealed carry weapon is cost effective. It is a reliable single stack pistol. The beauty of it is that fits comfortably inside your waistband. That’s a big improvement upon those wider, double stack handguns. As a concealed carry weapon, the Smith and Wesson Shield makes concealed carry much more affordable for first-time concealed carriers. If limited magazine capacity, you can get extended magazines for this handgun.
Colt Cobra or Detective Special
In 1927, the Colt Detective Special gave off-duty and plainclothes policemen the option of a concealed carry weapon that was light, reliable, and portable. Smith & Wesson also offered a similar weapon in the Model ’38 Bodyguard. The latter was a double action gun that used .38 special ammunition. Both of these were highly popular concealed carry weapons. Smith & Wesson still sells snubnose revolvers.
Way back in 1858, Henry Derringer introduced the Philadelphia Derringer. It was small and portable. Yet, this handgun could holdc a single .41 caliber shot. It was popular long after Derringer ceased production. Later, Remington produced future generations of the same weapon. Thanks to technology, black powder was exchanged for the conventional rounds.
Today, variations of the Derringer predominantly include one to two shot handguns. Some can chamber anywhere from .22LR to 5.56 NATO. Today’s concealed carry version of the old Derringer is the Mossberg Brownie. This handgun has four shots of .22LR as opposed to the single shot Derringer.
There has been a trend in concealed carry from single-shot percussion cap handguns to compact single-stack striker-fire pistols. As newer models become available every day, concealed carry weapons will change. The handgun you choose, the ammunition you use, and how you elect to carry your concealed carry weapon may change with the introduction of new technology.