One of the most important things to consider before purchasing a firearm for concealed carry is: Are you willing to carry that firearm and use that firearm if your life truly depends on it?
Secondly, ask yourself: Why am I carrying a firearm? Is it because it is your basic right as a citizen of the United States, or is it because you have an impending threat against you. Most individuals carry a firearm for their peace of mind, or to simply exercise their right to do so. Most feel that they would rather have a firearm, and never have a need to use, than to not have one.
Always remember that having a firearm is not a projection of your authority, and that a firearm is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
You also need to consider what type of firearm is right for YOU to purchase. Lots of people believe that you need to have carry a large firearm for self-defense. I have found that even though you may want to carry a large firearm, the ability to carry it can be inconvenient and therefore most of the time you will leave your firearm at home. I recommend purchasing a firearm that you feel comfortable carrying, no mater what the size, be it a .357 magnum or a .22 handgun. Chose a firearm that is light in weight and has limited points and edges (to avoid it hanging up on clothing when drawn).
If you have a small frame avoid purchasing a firearm that you cannot covertly conceal, and vice versa, do not purchase a firearm that is going to get lost in the area in which you conceal it.
Lastly, you need to consider training. Training with the firearm you are going to carry is very important. Knowing the recoil of the firearm, how to retrieve and load that specific firearm under distress, and being able to effectively engage a moving target are areas to consider when training with your concealed carry firearm.
If you like this article please share it[/su_service]I always recommend speaking with training professionals at your local firearms training center and seeking their advice and training recommendations to better understand the practicalities and skills needed to be proficient with your concealed carry firearm. These professionals have knowledge and background on firearms and training that they enjoy passing along. All that I have met, work in the field because they have a passion and strong belief in firearms safety and gun ownership.