First, too large is anything that you end up leaving at home because it's a pain in the butt to carry for any reason.What would you consider too large for ccw and what is too small?
Well said JD there is just to many damn variables that come into playToo many variables to give you a definite answer on this one TS.
How big is your frame? How big are your hands? What is your level of training? What is your comfort level with handguns? Where do you live and what clothing do you wear regularly during the times when you would be carrying?
A .32 isn't going to do you much good against a guy dressed in long johns, three shirts and a parka because it's 18 below in Minnesota.
A .45 isn't going to do you much good if you can't carry it because it's pulling your shorts down around your knees while walking the beaches in Miami.
In a word, yes. Two actually. The Bernardelli is a 1960's vintage, and has been in the family for twenty years. Oddly enough, it has never jammed in thousands of rounds. The Bersa is less tested, but so far, no jams or failures.If your question pertained to the appropriate CALIBER of weapon to carry concealed, then I'd say 9mm or .38 is the lowest you go. .380 autos are a waste IMO. Does anyone own a .380 that DOESN'T jam at some point. Not worth the risk.
My AMT Backup will jam if I have a slack wrist, like any other auto-loader will. Once every 200-250 rounds, but I haven't polished the feed ramp in quite a while.Much depends on YOU. I always wear shorts so If I plan on sticking a gun down there, I have to worry about them falling to the ground and giving John Q. Public a thrill. Obviously, I have to come up with more creative means to carry. Shoulder holsters are great for nearly any size of weapon you plan to carry.
If your question pertained to the appropriate CALIBER of weapon to carry concealed, then I'd say 9mm or .38 is the lowest you go. .380 autos are a waste IMO. Does anyone own a .380 that DOESN'T jam at some point. Not worth the risk.
Shot placement is important no matter what round you are using. It is more important with small rounds though. A guy I knew from high school recently took a .45 to the chest. The bullet deflected off of his sternum and took out most of his liver. He called the front office of the high school where he was a coach and started the lock down and got help. He is coaching at Baylor University now. The BG is in jail and I hope he rots there.Too large is what you cannot conceal in a practical and comfortable manner. Too small? Anything smaller than you can carry is too small. The army did a lot of tests on small vs large caliber ammo. Obviously the .45 won due to its bullet weight, size and ability to knock down. But that's my opinion. One thing that's most important regardless of size - shot placement.
A few years back a long time friend of mine who was a military policeman had an ordeal with just that. He went to pick up a deserter at a bar who was a great big Samoan guy (he said this guy was around 300lbs) that pulled a knife on him. The bar owner shot the guy 6 times in the chest with a .38 revolver and the guy did NOT go down. My friend pulled out his .45 auto and dropped the guy in his tracks with one shot.
+10 for you. I have several 380's. While I'm not 100% confident in the 380 caliber in general, they do carry comfortably. My CZ 83 (380 caliber) has been 100% reliable regardless of brand and type of ammo. It is a 12+1 capacity and its deadly accurate. My Russian Makarov (also 380) is an 8+1 and it's been 100% reliable for over 22 years now.My AMT Backup will jam if I have a slack wrist, like any other auto-loader will. Once every 200-250 rounds, but I haven't polished the feed ramp in quite a while.
But on this theme, does anyone have a website which explains CC options and equipment examples?