At the Gun Bloggers Rendezvous, my mind was on guns the entire time, obviously. I shopped for firearms at Cabela’s on our guided tour. They have a couple of cases of used handguns and I found the cutest little Kel-Tec with laser for $299. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was how nicely it would carry and conceal in one of my Discreet Carry holsters. In either the Cleavage Holster or the LadyBUG holster the Kel-Tec would sit really easily and comfortably. I can carry GB’s Bersa in those two holsters as well, but the handgun in general is considerably larger and the Bersa’s handle is a chunky-monkey. Cabela’s set off daydreams of Kel-Tecs which escalated at the range.
The Smallest Minority let me shoot his little Kel-Tec. He keeps it in a pocket holster that once tucked in the pocket of his jeans looks like nothing at all, or gives a faint line appearing like a wallet would print. But again, looking at it and holding it, I think I already have the perfect holster for it. To double check, I went out to my car and grabbed one of the Discreet Carry holsters. It fit like a dream!
Unfortunately, the Kel-Tec didn’t quite fit my hands and shoot like a dream. I felt like I’d need a mag with a pinky finger rest to help me better grip the handle of the Kel-Tec. I didn’t feel I had a secure hold on it using only my first and second fingers. The gun also recoiled more than my Bersa. Not too much that it hurt, not too much that I’d drop it or anything, but it jumped around enough that I wondered about my accuracy. Although, the Cabela’s model had lasers on it so in a self-defense situation I could follow the laser with my eye to see how the recoil is affecting my aim.
I shot a .45 caliber handgun and revolver at the same time I shot the little Kel-Tec. These firearms shot more smoothly. No kicking or snapping. It’d be easier to be more accurate of a shot with a gun that didn’t move between shots and the larger caliber is a defensive advantage as well. Disadvantage: how to carry a larger caliber carry gun comfortably.
In a Cleavage Holster or a LadyBUG type holster, the Bersa is as big as I dare to go. In waist band and out of waist band carry with the Bersa have been uncomfortable and not very concealable for me so far. Having a larger caliber handgun would only increase that problem. Hmm. What to conceal carry? Big, accurate, stopping power hard and uncomfortable to conceal or smaller, less accurate, less stopping power easy and comfortable to conceal.
I’m going to stick with my Bersa for now, due to financial constraints. But in the future, I think I’ll go smaller. A Kel-Tec or similar sized gun has its drawbacks, but I’ll be more likely to carry the smaller caliber handgun than the larger one and the big gun I leave at home won’t be any help to me in an emergency.