Top Concealed Carry Guns Compared

What is the Best Concealed Carry Gun?
Written by Mark Buff, GunZee founder and CEO.
The topic of “best concealed carry gun” brings up a TON of strong opinions. We took a look at some top candidates, including handguns that appear in a lot of other “best” listicles. We also looked at what users are saying in blogs and forums across the web. What follows is our curated list of the very best handguns in the world for concealed carry.
Ultimately, the best CCW gun is the one you can comfortably carry. Try the GunZee holster pad and be done with uncomfortable IWB concealed carry forever.
While there's not a single “best handgun”; instead, there are best guns for a variety of conditions, body types, and other parameters. Hopefully, all of this will help you find the right concealed carry weapon for you!
 
That said, here are some favorites of the gun community for best CCW gun.
  1. Glock 43 / Glock 43X
  2. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0
  3. SIG Sauer P365 / P365 XL
  4. Ruger LCP II
  5. Springfield Armory Hellcat
  6. Walther PPS M2
  7. Taurus G2C / G3C
  8. Kimber Micro 9
  9. CZ P-10 S
  10. Kahr CW9
Let’s dive in.
 

Glock 43 and 43X

Glock 43 semiautomatic handgun, side view

Glock 43. Image source: https://us.glock.com/en/pistols/g43

The Glock 43 and 43X are both excellent concealed carry handguns that are compact, reliable, and simple to operate. Let’s look at the differences between the two, as well as their benefits and drawbacks, comparisons to other popular handguns, and history.

Differences Between the 43 and 43X

The 43 and 43X differ primarily in terms of size, grip, and magazine capacity.
Glock 43X semiautomatic handgun, side view
Glock 43X. Image source: https://us.glock.com/en/pistols/g43x-us
  • The 43 is a slimline single-stack 9mm handgun that holds 6 rounds

  • The 43X is a slightly larger single stack 9mm handgun with a capacity of 10 rounds

Many gun enthusiasts, such as this redditor, love the 43’s concealability.

Reddit user describing the Glock 43 for concealed carry

Others prefer the capacity of the 43X. It all comes down to what’s important to you.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the 43 and 43X

The small size of both the 43 and the 43X makes them easier to carry and conceal. They have Glock’s trademark reliability. The wider grip and greater magazine capacity of the 43X can be considered advantages for people who want a somewhat larger handgun for a better grip and more ammunition.

When compared to other options for concealed carry, the Glock 43's small magazine capacity is its biggest drawback.

While still compact, the 43X is significantly larger and may be more difficult to hide for some users than the 43.
This reddit user loves the heck out of the 43.
 

Comparisons to Other Handguns

Let’s see how the 43 and 43X stack up against other top handguns.

43 / 43X vs. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0

The Shield M2.0 is popular for its small profile, ergonomic design, and improved trigger. While the Glock 43 has a slightly smaller footprint, the Shield M2.0 has a higher capacity than the Glock 43, holding 7+1 or 8+1 rounds (depending on the magazine) in 9mm.
The Glock 43X outperforms the Shield with a 10+1 capacity.
The Shield sports a more aggressive grip texture that some users may find more pleasant and secure.
 

All in all, the 43/43X and Shield are pretty comparable.

43 / 43X vs. HK P30

The 43/43X is a bit cheaper than the Heckler & Koch (HK) P30. Let’s see how they compare in performance and other measures.
Dimensions and weight. As a double-stack, the P30 is bigger and heavier than the 43 and 43X. The size and weight differences make the Glock better for deep concealment, while the P30 is better for those who value a larger grip and a bigger capacity.

Capacity. The P30 wins with a capacity of 15+1 9mm rounds.

Ergonomics and customization. The P30 is known for its ergonomic grip design and interchangeable backstraps and side panels, which allow the user to customize the grip to fit their hand size and shape. The 43 and 43X also have fairly comfortable grips, but they don't offer the same level of customization as the P30.

Trigger and safety system. The 43 and 43X feature Glock's Safe Action System, which includes a trigger safety, firing pin safety, and drop safety. The P30 is available with a variety of trigger systems, including double action and single action (DA/SA) with a decocker and a Light Law Enforcement Modification (LEM). Users who have a preference for a specific trigger system may find the HK P30 more appealing, while those who are familiar with and prefer the Glock trigger system may opt for the 43 or 43X.

Overall, the 43/43X and HK P30 are both great guns. The 43/43X may be a more cost-effective solution for users on a tight budget. The P330 may have a slight edge in performance.
One reddit user prefers the concealability of the 43 but acknowledges that the P30 is the better of the two for shooting. We find that this is a fairly common sentiment.

Glock 43 / 43X vs. SIG Sauer P365 / P365 XL

Size and concealability. The P365 and 43 are nearly identical in terms of size, with the P365 having a slightly shorter overall length and height. The dimensions of the 43X and P365 XL are comparable, with the P365 XL being slightly longer due to its extended grip. All four handguns are extremely concealable, but the 43 and P365 are more concealable than their X / XL counterparts.

Magazine capacity. The P365 has a larger capacity in its small frame, which holds 10+1 or 12+1 depending on the magazine used. The P365 XL holds 12+1 or 15+1, depending on the mag. The P365 series definitely outperforms the 43 and 43X.
Ergonomics and grip. The ergonomic grips with textured surfaces on the P365 and P365 XL provide a secure hold. Because of the increased capacity, the P365 series has a wider grip. Hand size may play a role in choosing between these handguns, with small-handed folks gravitating more to the 43 / 43X.
Modularity and customization. The P365 XL includes an optics-ready slide, making it simple to mount a red dot sight without the need for aftermarket modifications. Although aftermarket optics-ready slides are available for the Glock, the 43 and 43X do not come with them.
Price. The 43 and 43X are usually less expensive than the P365 and P365 XL.
 

Glock 43 / 43X vs Springfield Armory Hellcat

Size and concealability. In terms of size, the Hellcat is comparable to the 43, both of which are highly concealable. The 43X is slightly larger, and might be more suitable for users who prefer a larger grip.

Magazine capacity. Despite its small size, the Hellcat has a higher capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 rounds, depending on the magazine used. For users who prioritize magazine capacity, the Hellcat clearly outperforms the 43 and 43X.

Ergonomics and grip. The Hellcat has a well-designed grip with a rough surface that makes it easy to hold. Some users may prefer the Hellcat's grip texture and ergonomics over the 43 or 43X. However, this is a matter of personal preference and hand size.
Modularity and customization. The Hellcat comes with an optics-ready slide (Hellcat OSP), which allows users to easily mount a red dot sight. This feature is not standard on the 43 or 43X, but aftermarket options are available.
Price. The 43 and 43X are usually less expensive than the Hellcat.

43 / 43X History

The 43 was released in 2015 as a subcompact 9mm pistol to meet the desire for a smaller Glock that could be concealed. The 43X was introduced in 2019 as part of Glock’s Slimline series, featuring a slightly larger chassis and greater magazine capacity while retaining the concealability of the original 43.

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Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0, side view

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0. Image source: https://www.smith-wesson.com/product/m-p-9-shield-m2.0

The SW MP Shield M2.0 is an updated version of the popular M&P Shield. It is a single-stack, striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol made for concealed carry. This compact handgun comes in 9 mm and .40 S&W calibers. Here are the main points:
 
Advantages and Disadvantages
The compact size and slim profile of the Shield M2.0 make it easy to conceal and carry. The new grip texture, trigger, and slide serrations make the gun easier to control and handle than its Shield predecessor.
 
One disadvantage is the limited magazine capacity of 7+1 or 8+1 rounds, which is lower than that of some competitors.
 
This reddit user gives the MP Shield Plus high marks, even while finding room for improvement.
Another redditor vouches for the Shield’s concealability.
Comparisons to Other Popular Handguns
 
Shield M2.0 vs. SIG Sauer P365
Size and concealability. Both the Shield and the P365 are fairly low-profile guns. The Shield is a tad longer and taller than the P365, but the difference is negligible. Both pistols are extremely concealable, with the P365 having a slight edge in terms of overall size.
 
Magazine capacity. The P365 way outperforms the Shield M2.0.
 
Ergonomics and grip. The Shield is well-known for its secure grip and comfortable grip texture. The P365 also has a well-designed grip with a textured surface. Some folks prefer the P365's slightly wider grip, which results from the double-stack magazine. Preference may come down to hand size.
 
Features. The Shield and P365 both have passive trigger safeties and loaded chamber indicators. The P365 is available in an optics-ready version (P365 XL or P365 SAS), which allows users to easily mount a red dot sight. Although an optics-ready slide is not included with the Shield, aftermarket options are available.
 
Price. The Shield is the less expensive of the two guns.
This user loves his P365, even more than his Shield.
 
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0 vs. Springfield Armory Hellcat
Size and concealability. The Shield is a little longer and taller than the Hellcat, but the difference isn't significant.
 
Magazine capacity. Despite its small size, the Hellcat has a double-stack magazine with a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 rounds and clearly outperforms the Shield with its 7+1 or 8+1 capacity.
 
Ergonomics and grip. Some users prefer the Hellcat's grip texture and ergonomics over the Shield’s, but both handguns have fairly decent texture and shape.
 
Features. The Hellcat and Shield both have passive trigger safeties and loaded chamber indicators. The Hellcat is available in an optics-ready version (Hellcat OSP), which allows users to easily mount a red dot sight. Although an optics-ready slide is not included with the M&P Shield M2.0, aftermarket options are available.
 
Price. The Shield is less expensive than the Hellcat.
 
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0 vs. Ruger LCP II
Size and concealability. The LCP II is smaller and lighter than the Shield, making it even more concealable.
 
Caliber. The LCP II has a.380 ACP chambering, whereas the Shield has a 9mm chambering. The Shield wins on stopping power.
 
Magazine capacity. The standard magazine capacity of the Ruger LCP II is 6+1 rounds, so the Shield barely beats it with its 7+1 or 8+1 capacity.
 
Ergonomics and grip. Because of its small size, the LCP II has a smaller grip. The Shield definitely wins in this department—unless you have really small hands, in which case you might gravitate to the LCP.
 
Features. Both guns have passive trigger safeties and loaded chamber indicators. The Shield has a more refined trigger and slide serrations, whereas the LCP II is lighter in weight and has a shorter trigger pull.
 
Price. The LCP II is less expensive than the Shield M2.0.
 
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0 History
Smith & Wesson's Military & Police (M&P) line of firearms introduced the original M&P Shield in 2012. Because of its slim design and dependability, the Shield quickly gained popularity. In 2017, Smith & Wesson released the upgraded M&P Shield M2.0, which incorporated enhancements based on user feedback and evolving technology.

Sig Sauer P365 and P365XL

Sig Sauer P365, side view 

Sig Sauer P365. Image source: https://www.sigsauer.com/p365-380.html

The SIG Sauer P365 and P365 XL are semiautomatic, striker-fired, double-stack microcompacts.

Differences Between the P365 and P365 XL

The main distinctions between the two guns are size, barrel length, and features.

  • The P365 XL has a slightly longer barrel (3.7 inches vs. 3.1 inches on the P365) and a slightly longer grip.

  • The P365 XL also includes an optics-ready slide, which allows for the simple mounting of a red dot sight, whereas the P365 does not.

  • Although both models can use the same extended mag, the P365 XL has a standard 12-round mag and the P365 a standard 10-round magazine.

If you want a super slim but powerful gun, the P365XL may be just what you’re looking for, suggests Maddog-51 on the r/handguns subreddit.

Sig Sauer P365XL recommendation from reddit

Advantages and Disadvantages

The P365 and P365 XL have a high-capacity double-stack magazine design, excellent ergonomics, and dependability. The P365 XL has an optics-ready slide as well as a slightly longer barrel, which can provide a marginal increase in accuracy and sight radius.

There aren’t a lot of downsides. The P365 XL is a bit larger than some competitors, while both the P365 and P365 XL run on the pricier side of the spectrum.

Like this reddit commenter, many opt for the P365 for its reliability, even though it’s not the slimmest gun out there.

Reddit commenter recommending Sig Sauer P365

Comparisons to Other Popular Handguns

P365 / P365XL vs. Ruger LCP II

Size and concealability. The LCP II is much easier to conceal.

Caliber. The LCP II is chambered in.380 ACP, while the P365 and P365 XL are chambered in 9mm for more stopping power.

Magazine capacity. The P365 and P365 XL beat the LCP II by a mile.

Ergonomics and grip. The P365 and P365 XL are more comfortable and controllable for most users.

Features. The P365 and P365 XL are equipped with SIG Sauer's X-RAY3 Day/Night sights, which provide excellent sight visibility in a variety of lighting conditions. The P365 XL also has an optics-ready slide, which allows users to quickly mount a red dot sight. The LCP II is more bare-bones.

Price. The LCP II is way less expensive than the P365 and P365 XL.

Sig Sauer P365 / P365XL vs. Springfield Armory Hellcat

These two titans of the CCW world are well-matched. As one redditor describes, the Hellcat can be harder to get good with (though an aftermarket trigger from APEX Tactical may help overcome that), while the 365XL is “a marvel of engineering.”

Size and concealability. The P365, P365 XL, and Hellcat have comparable dimensions. The P365 is the smallest of the three, the P365 XL next, and the Hellcat is marginally the largest.

Magazine capacity. The P365 and P365 XL have double-stack magazines with capacities of 10+1 and 12+1 rounds, respectively. They can also accept extended magazines with a 15-round capacity. The Hellcat has a standard magazine size of 11+1 rounds and an extended mag size of 13+1 rounds. The P365 XL wins, but not by much.

Ergonomics and grip. The P365 and P365 XL are well-known for their ergonomics and comfortable grip. The Hellcat also has an ergonomic grip with its signature Adaptive Grip Texture. It really comes down to personal preference here.

Features. The P365 and P365 XL are equipped with SIG Sauer's X-RAY3 Day/Night sights, which provide excellent sight visibility in a variety of lighting conditions. The P365 XL also has an optics-ready slide, which allows users to quickly mount a red dot sight. The Hellcat is equipped with a U-Dot sight system that includes a high-visibility front sight and a tactical-rack rear sight as standard. The Hellcat is available in an optics-ready OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) version, which allows for the simple mounting of a red dot sight.

Price. Both guns are fairly similar in cost.

Sig Sauer P365 / P365XL vs. Walther PPS M2

Size and concealability. The PPS is a single-stack, while the P365 / XL are double-stack, making them slightly thicker. The P365XL is the largest of the three.

Caliber. The P365 / P365XL and the PPS M2 are chambered in 9mm.
Magazine capacity. The standard magazine capacity of the P365 is 10+1 rounds, and the extended magazine capacity is 12+1 rounds. The P365XL has a 12+1 round capacity and a 15-round extended magazine as an option. The PPS M2 has a standard magazine capacity of 6+1 rounds, with 7+1 and 8+1 round extended magazines available as options. The P365 and P365XL win hands down in the capacity department.
 

Grip and ergonomics. The P365 / P365XL and the PPS M2 both have comfortable, ergonomic grips designed for a secure hold. The grip on the P365 / P365XL is textured, whereas the grip on the PPS M2 is cross-directional.

Features. The P365 and P365XL have XRAY3 Day/Night sights as standard, while the PPS M2 has a three-dot metal sight system. The P365 and P365XL both have an optics-ready version (P365XL-OR and P365-OR), allowing for the simple mounting of a red dot sight, whereas the PPS M2 does not.

Overall design. The P365 and P365XL have more features and larger storage capacities, whereas the PPS M2 is prized for its slim design and dependability. Which of these handguns you go with will depend on what matters most to you, such as magazine capacity, size, and the ability to mount an optic.
As one redditor notes, the P365XL holds twice as many rounds as the PPS, making it a no-brainer for anyone prioritizing capacity.

On the other hand, for someone who prioritizes trigger pull and aesthetics, the PPS could just as easily come out on top.

P365 / P365XL History

SIG Sauer released the P365 in 2018, and it became popular quickly because of its innovative design, which combined a high-capacity magazine with a small size. In 2019, the P365 XL was released as a larger variant of the P365, catering to users who preferred a slightly larger grip and an optics-ready slide.

Ruger LCP II

 

Ruger LCP II, side view

Ruger LCP II. Image source: https://ruger.com/products/lcpII/models.html

The Ruger LCP II is a semi-automatic .380 ACP that is ultra-compact and lightweight. Its low pricepoint and ultra-small size make it popular among those that prioritize cost and concealability over capacity, ergonomics, and customizability.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The LCP II is ideal for deep concealment or as a backup firearm. Advantages are low cost and concealability.

Disadvantages include:

  • The.380 ACP round's poorer stopping power when compared to its 9mm microcompact brethren such as the Hellcat and Glock 43

  • The limited 6+1 round capacity

  • The inherently snappy recoil due to the lightweight frame.

Comparisons to Other Popular Handguns

LCP II vs. Walther PPS M2

Size and concealability: The LCP II is smaller and easier to conceal

Caliber. The M2 is chambered in 9mm and has better stopping power

Magazine capacity. The M2 has a flush-fitting magazine with a capacity of 6+1 rounds, same as the LCP II. The M2 has available extended magazines with 7+1 or 8+1 capacities, beating the LCP II (barely).

Ergonomics and grip: The M2 has a more substantial grip that is generally preferred to the grip of the LCP II.

Features. The LCP II has a fixed, integral front sight as well as a U-notch rear sight, whereas the Walther PPS M2 has a three-dot metal sight system as well as windage-adjustable rear sights. Both handguns are striker-fired, but the LCP II has a shorter and more crisp trigger pull than the PPS M2. Both guns have a lock-back slide.

Price. The LCP II is the cheaper of the two guns.

LCP II vs. Kahr CW9

Size and concealability: The LCP II is smaller and lighter than the CW9, making it easier to conceal.
Caliber. The CW9’s 9mm round wins in the stopping power department.
Magazine capacity. The flush-fitting magazine on the CW9 holds 7+1 rounds—one more than the LCP II.

Grip and ergonomics. The CW9 has a more substantial grip.

Features. The LCP II has a fixed, integral front sight as well as a U-notch rear sight. The CW9 has a pinned-in polymer front sight and a drift-adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight. Both handguns are striker-fired, but the LCP II has a shorter and crisper trigger pull than the CW9, which has a long, smooth double-action-only (DAO) pull.

Price. The LCP II is typically less expensive than the CW9.

History

Ruger introduced the original LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol) in 2008, and due to its small size and lightweight design, it quickly became a popular choice for concealed carry. The LCP II was released in 2016 as an update to the original LCP, with several improvements in ergonomics, handling, and shootability.

Springfield Armory Hellcat

Springfield Armory Hellcat, side view

Springfield Armory Hellcat. Image source: https://www.springfield-armory.com/hellcat-series-handguns/hellcat-3-micro-compact-handguns/

The Hellcat is a high-capacity 9mm semi-automatic microcompact and is incredibly popular.

“Perfect size conceal ability and capacity,” says this redditor of the Hellcat, and many other CCW folks share the sentiment.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The Hellcat's advantages include its large magazine capacity, small size, good ergonomics, and high-quality construction. The pistol has an 11+1 round standard magazine capacity and a 13+1 round extended magazine capacity, making it one of the highest-capacity micro-compact handguns on the market. It has a comfortable grip and simple controls.

The small size and light weight of the frame may make it feel like it has more recoil than larger handguns. Some users may find the texture of the grip to be too rough, but this is a matter of personal taste.

This reddit user loves the Hellcat, especially its capacity, and many others agree with the sentiment.

Comparisons to Other Popular Handguns

Springfield Armory Hellcat vs. Springfield Armory XD-S Mod 2

Let’s put these two Springfields up against each other and see how they compare.

Size and concealability. The Hellcat is a microcompact handgun, whereas the XD-S Mod.2 is a subcompact. Both handguns are made for concealed carry, but the Hellcat is much easier to conceal.

Caliber. The Hellcat is chambered in 9mm, while the XD-S Mod.2 comes in 9mm,.40 S&W, and.45 ACP. Some shooters prefer the XD-S Mod.2 in larger caliber for greater stopping power.

Magazine capacity. The Hellcat wins with a standard magazine capacity of 11+1 rounds and an extended magazine capacity of 13+1 rounds. The 7+1 capacity (9+1 extended) of the 9mm XD-S looks downright puny in comparison.

Grip and ergonomics. The Hellcat and XD-S Mod.2 both have comfortable, ergonomic grips designed for a secure hold. The Hellcat has a texture that changes depending on how you hold it, while the XD-S Mod.2's GripZone texture is a good mix of comfort and control. Some users may prefer one model's grip over the other, but both guns hold their own in this department.

Features. The Hellcat is equipped with a U-Dot sight system that includes a high-visibility front sight and a tactical-rack rear sight as standard. A fiber-optic front sight and a low-profile combat rear sight are standard on the XD-S Mod.2. Both handguns have trigger systems and passive safety features in common. The Hellcat comes in an optics-ready OSP version that allows for easy mounting of a red dot sight, whereas the XD-S Mod.2 does not.

Overall Design. The Hellcat and XD-S Mod.2 both feature the same high-quality construction and dependability that Springfield Armory is known for.

Price. The Hellcat tends to be the more expensive of the two, which is no surprise considering its high capacity and smaller size.

Hellcat vs. Walther PPS M2

Size and concealability. The Hellcat is slightly smaller and may be easier to hide than the PPS M2.

Caliber. Both the Hellcat and the PPS M2 are chambered in 9 mm.

Magazine capacity. The Hellcat has significantly larger magazine capacity than the PPS M2.

Grip and ergonomics. Some prefer the Hellcat’s adaptive grip texture, whereas others swear by the Walther's signature grip shape and texture.

Features. The Hellcat is equipped with a U-Dot sight system that includes a high-visibility front sight and a tactical-rack rear sight as standard. The PPS M2 has a three-dot metal sight system with windage adjustability. Both handguns have trigger systems and passive safety features in common. The Hellcat, on the other hand, comes in an optics-ready OSP version that allows for easy mounting of a red dot sight, whereas the PPS M2 does not.

Overall Design. The Hellcat and PPS M2 are both reliable and well-made. The Hellcat looks more modern and aggressive, while the M2 looks more traditional and sleek.

Springfield Armory Hellcat vs. Kimber Micro 9

Size and concealability. The Hellcat is a bit smaller and lighter than the Micro 9.

Caliber. Both the Hellcat and the Micro 9 are chambered in 9mm.

Magazine capacity. The Hellcat’s 11+1 rounds (13+1 extended) beat the daylights out of the Micro 9’s 6+1 or 7+1.

Grip and ergonomics. The Micro 9 has different grips for each gun model, such as G10 and rosewood. The Hellcat has its signature adaptive texture. It really comes down to personal preference here.

Features. The Hellcat is equipped with a U-Dot sight system that includes a high-visibility front sight and a tactical-rack rear sight as standard. Depending on the model, the Micro 9 has a three-dot sight system or night sights. The Hellcat is a striker-fired handgun, while the Micro 9 is a single-action, hammer-fired handgun. The Hellcat has an optics-ready OSP version that allows for the simple mounting of a red dot sight, whereas the Micro 9 does not.

Overall design. Both the Hellcat and Micro 9 are great for concealed carry, but they have different design philosophies. The Hellcat’s aggressive aesthetics are beloved by many, while others prize the Micro 9’s 1911-style aluminum frame that focuses on craftsmanship and tradition.

Price. The Kimber Micro 9 is the more expensive of the two.

Hellcat History

In 2019, Springfield Armory added the Hellcat to its line of handguns for concealed carry. It was created to compete with other popular high-capacity sub compact 9mm pistols on the market, such as the SIG Sauer P365.

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Walther PPS M2

The Walther PPS M2 is a slim, single stack semiauto gun. Many find it easy to use with its ergonomic grip, smooth trigger, and 3-dot metal sight.

The M2 has a capacity of 6+1 rounds with its flush-fitting magazine and 7+1 or 8+1 rounds with its extended magazines.

Redditor bryanthebryan considers the PPS M2 the best concealed carry gun out there.

Many concealed carry enthusiasts agree, but not the ones who prize capacity or concealment above all else.

Taurus G2C / G3C

Taurus G2C, side view
Taurus G2C. Image source: https://www.taurususa.com/pistols/taurus-g2/taurus-r-g2c-matte-black-9mm-luger-compact-12-rds

Taurus G2C and G3C are chambered in 9 mm and provide a decent balance of stopping power, recoil, and capacity, making them popular self-defense options. The G2C has a capacity of 12+1 rounds, whereas the G3C has a slightly higher capacity of 13+1 rounds with its extended magazine.

Both models have a strong polymer frame and a striker-fired action. They also have comfortable grips with textured surfaces that make it easy to hold on to them even when the weather is bad. The G3C has a new sight system that includes a front night sight and a serrated rear sight for quick target acquisition.

Reviews and opinions are mixed, with many swearing by the G2C and G3C, and many faulting them for quality issues.

Differences Between Taurus G2C and G3C

  • Sight system. For quick target acquisition, the G3C has a front night sight and a serrated rear sight, whereas the G2C has a more basic three-dot sight system.

  • Magazine capacity. The G2C has a standard magazine capacity of 12+1 rounds, while the G3C has an extended magazine with a slightly higher capacity of 13+1 rounds.

  • Slide design and compatibility. The G3C has front and rear slide serrations, which improve grip and slide manipulation over the G2C, which only has rear serrations. The G3C is also available in a Taurus Optic System (T.O.R.O.) version that is optics-ready, allowing for easy mounting of a red dot sight.

Kimber Micro 9

Kimber Micro 9, side view
Kimber Micro 9. Image source: https://www.kimberamerica.com/micro-9

 

This 9 mm 1911-style handgun has a dedicated fan base for its WWII-era aesthetics, smooth performance, customizability, and concealability. The Micro 9 is lightweight and durable, with an aluminum frame and a stainless-steel slide.

The Micro 9 has a standard magazine capacity of 6+1 or 7+1 rounds, depending on the model and magazine. It comes with a number of grip options, including G10 and rosewood, for a comfortable and secure grip. Depending on the model, the Micro 9 also includes a three-dot sight system or night sights for quick target acquisition and accuracy.

Overall, the Micro 9 is a reliable, high-quality choice for people who want a retro-style concealed carry gun that is well-made, works well, and can be customized in a lot of different ways.

CZ P-10 S

The CZ P-10 S is a subcompact, striker-fired, semiautomatic pistol chambered in 9 mm. It provides a good balance of stopping power, manageable recoil, and capacity, making it a popular self-defense weapon. This gun is lightweight and tough, with a strong polymer frame that works well in a wide range of situations.

With a standard magazine capacity of 12+1 rounds, the P-10 S has a lot of firepower but is still small enough to be easy to hide. The pistol has an ergonomic grip with an aggressive texture that ensures a comfortable and secure hold while in use. For quick target acquisition and accuracy, the CZ P-10 S features a three-dot sight system with a high-visibility front sight and a serrated rear sight.

 

Kahr CW9

The Kahr CW9 is a slim, single-stack, semi-automatic pistol that was made to be carried in a pocket and used for personal protection. The CW9 is chambered in 9 mm and provides a good balance of stopping power, manageable recoil, and capacity. It has a polymer frame and a slide made of stainless steel.

The CW9 has a standard magazine size of 7+1 rounds and a textured, ergonomic grip. The CW9 comes with a drift-adjustable, white bar-dot combat sight system for quick target acquisition and accuracy.

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Best Concealed Carry Guns For New Shooters

Here are some great guns for new shooters to carry concealed. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are some of the most popular pistols.

  1. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ (9mm or .380 ACP). The M&P Shield EZ has an easy-to-rack slide and manageable recoil. It is a fantastic pick for novices who are still learning firearm handling and safety due to the grip safety and easy-to-load magazines.

  2. Ruger LCP II (.380 ACP). The LCP II is small and light, making it an excellent concealed carry alternative for beginners. Its ease of use, simplicity, and controllable recoil all contribute to its beginner-friendly nature.

  3. Glock 42 (.380 ACP). The 42 is a thin, compact, and lightweight .380 ACP pistol known for its dependability. It has a moderate recoil and is simple to use.

  4. The SIG Sauer P238 (.380 ACP) is a compact, 1911-style pistol that is easy to conceal and carry. Its single-action trigger and manual safety provide a familiar control arrangement for inexperienced shooters, and its light recoil makes it easy to manage.

  5. Taurus G2C / G3C (9mm). These tiny, low-cost pistols are known for their dependability and ease of use. They have a comfortable grip and a smooth, consistent trigger pull, making them ideal for first-time shooters searching for a less expensive alternative.

  6. The Walther CCP M2 (9mm) has a Softcoil gas-delayed blowback system, which reduces felt recoil and makes it easier for beginning shooters to control. Its ergonomics and simple controls contribute to its beginner-friendly appeal.

  7. 9mm or .45 ACP Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2: The XD-S Mod.2 has a thin, compact design that is easy to hold and has a smooth trigger pull. Its passive grip safety and visible loaded chamber indicator makes it a safe and simple choice for beginning shooters.

If you’re a beginner, you should get out and try different guns to find what works best for you. Reddit user 19mls6874 provides sound advice:

  • Get the biggest gun you can comfortably conceal.

  • Get out and shoot a variety of guns.

  • Get the right gun holster and belt—don’t skimp.

 
 
 

This redditor loves the Sig P365 / P365XL and the Springfield Hellcat, and claims the Hellcat is better for beginners.

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Best Concealed Carry Guns for Women

When it comes to choosing a concealed carry gun, women may have different worries and priorities than men. Some of the most common concerns women have while selecting a concealed carry firearm include the following:

  • Concealability. Women's attire and body shapes can make concealment trickier. Whether they want on-body carry (e.g., inside-the-waistband) or off-body carry, many women prefer smaller frames.

  • Size and weight. Women may prefer smaller, lighter firearms that are easier to carry and use. A large or heavy firearm might be difficult to handle, especially for people with smaller hands or less upper body strength.

  • Recoil management. Excessive recoil can make shooting a gun uncomfortable, especially for people with less experience or a smaller frame. Women may prefer firearms with lesser recoil, which can aid in accuracy and confidence when shooting.

  • Women's hands are frequently smaller than men's, so finding a weapon with an ergonomic grip that fits comfortably and securely in their hand is critical. A good grip can have a big impact on accuracy, control, and overall shooting experience.

  • Simplicity of use: Women, especially those who are new to shooting, may prefer firearms that are simple to load, rack, and disassemble. Complex mechanics or features that take a lot of force to operate may not be the ideal fit.

  • While aesthetics should not be the major consideration when selecting a concealed carry gun, some women may prefer firearms with visually appealing designs or customizable choices like colors, inscriptions, or grip types.

  • Compatibility of holsters and apparel. Many women prioritize guns for which there are the right type of holsters and other accessories.

As this reddit user so aptly describes, some ladies don’t like the recoil of a 9mm, and it’s always a good idea to try out multiple guns to see what works for you.

Let’s look at some of the most popular concealed handguns for ladies.

 

Glock 42

  • Concealability. Slim, single-stack design makes it highly concealable.

  • Size and weight. Small and lightweight, ideal for comfortable carrying.

  • Recoil management. .380 ACP caliber offers manageable recoil.

  • Ergonomics and grip. Comfortable grip for smaller hands.

  • Ease of use. Simple, reliable Glock design.

  • Aesthetics. Sleek appearance; customizable colors and accessories available.

  • Reliability and quality. Renowned Glock reliability.

 

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9/380

  • Concealability. Slim profile allows for easy concealment.

  • Size and weight. Compact and lightweight for comfortable carrying.

  • Recoil management. Manageable recoil, especially with the .380 ACP version.

  • Ergonomics and grip. Smaller grip circumference.

  • Ease of use. EZ slide and lighter recoil spring for easy racking.

  • Aesthetics. Sleek design with different colors and finishes available.

  • Reliability and quality. Proven Smith & Wesson quality and reliability.

TimL305 from the liberalgunowners subreddit vouches for the Shield EZ’s easy operation and petite grip.

Another poster on the same subreddit dings the Shield EZ for its low capacity but otherwise gives it high marks.

Sig Sauer P238

  • Concealability. Compact size ensures easy concealment.

  • Size and weight. Lightweight and ideal for comfortable carrying.

  • Recoil management. .380 caliber gives this gun very manageable recoil.

  • Ergonomics and grip. 1911-style design with various grip options.

  • Ease of use. Single-action, hammer-fired pistol with easy-to-use controls.

  • Aesthetics: Stylish finishes and options available.

  • Reliability and quality. Sig Sauer quality and reliability. Say no more.

 

Many users, such as shawn3210 from Reddit, attest to the P238’s easy slide rack and and concealability.

Ruger LCP II

We’ve already reviewed the LCP II above. It’s popular with many women for its tiny size. One reddit commenter notes that the LCP is not the smoothest to shoot, but has unrivaled concealability.

Ruger LCR

The LCR is a revolver and meets many of the criteria prioritized by a majority of female shooters.

  • Concealability. Compact size and snag-free shape for easy concealment.

  • Size and weight. This revolver is super lightweight (13.5 oz) due to most of the gun being made of a glass polymer instead of steel.

  • Recoil management. Hogue Tamer grip helps manage recoil. Ladies love the .38 Special chambering (the gun is available in several calibers) for its lower recoil also.

  • Ergonomics and grip. Comfortable grip works for various hand sizes.

  • Ease of use. Simple revolver operation with no external safeties.

  • Aesthetics. Modern design with customizable grip colors.

 

9 mm for Women

Even though many women prefer a .380 chambering for its lower recoil, a sizable contingent vouch for some of the popular 9mm guns reviewed above.

 

For example, redditor “blueangel1953” loves the Glock 43X, and apparently doesn’t mind the 9mm recoil at all.

Like we said, you’ve got to get out and shoot some guns and find what works for you.

 

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Best Concealed Carry Guns For Fat Guys

Choosing the perfect concealed carry gun can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for those of larger stature. Let’s look at some of the best concealed carry options for larger people. From ergonomics to holster options, we've got you covered.

 

Here are five guns consistently beloved by large fellows. We’ve already reviewed them above, so we won’t go into too much detail here.

  1. Glock 43 / Glock 43X. The slim profile and lightweight design of these guns make them easy to carry and conceal for larger individuals.

  2. S&W Shield M2.0. With a thin frame and contoured grip, this firearm provides a comfortable hold and easy concealment for those with larger bodies.

  3. Sig Sauer P365 / P365 XL. These guys pack a high capacity into a small package, which makes them perfect for bigger people who want to carry something they can hide.

  4. Ruger LCP II. The LCP II's small size and light weight make it easy to hide, even for people with bigger bodies.

  5. Springfield Hellcat. With its large capacity and small footprint, the Hellcat is a versatile option that can meet the needs of larger people without sacrificing performance or concealability.

 

Best Practices for Large-Bodied CCW

When it comes to concealed carry for larger people, here are some tips to help fat guys get the most out of their concealed carry experience:

 

Gun holster selection and positioning. Choosing the proper holster is critical for comfort and ease of use. Positioning it in a way that works for you is also important. Inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters with adjustable cant and ride height may be best. If you’re open to outside-the-waistband (OWB) or belly band holsters, they may provide better weight distribution and ease of access.

 

BDizzler thinks that IWB at 4 or 5 o’clock positions are the most comfortable for bigger guys.

This reddit user suggests using an OWB holster at 3 o’clock or an IWB starting at 4 o'clock and moving it around until you find the position that suits you the best.

Common positions include 3 to 5 o'clock (for right-handed shooters) and 7 to 9 o'clock (for left-handed shooters). Some larger people find it easier and more comfortable to carry in the appendix position or in a cross-draw position.

 

One redditor aptly points out that the ability to appendix carry depends on the size of one’s belly. For those particularly well-endowed in the gut department, a strong-side carry is more feasible.

Another commenter recommends low-riding holsters (such as the Fat Guy Holster) to minimize friction between one’s belly and the holster.

Clothing choices. Dress in clothes that help with concealment without sacrificing comfort. Choose slightly oversized shirts, jackets, or vests that drape well and do not cling to your body. You can also hide the shape of your gun by wearing clothes with dark colors or patterns.

 

This redditor is able to hide even full-size guns by wearing too-large pants, a large belt, and a 3x-4x shirt.

Ridge_runner56 suggests carrying the handgun at 4 o’clock OWB with a patterned button-up shirt to hide it.

Another reddit user concurs.

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Best Concealed Carry Handguns For Small Hands

It's important for people with small hands to find the right concealed carry handgun so they can shoot well and handle it easily.

Here are some factors small-handed shooters should consider.

  • Grip size and shape. Make sure the grip is narrow and comfortable for your hand size, allowing for a secure hold and proper trigger reach.

  • Manageable recoil. Choose a firearm with manageable recoil for better shooting control, especially if you have small hands or limited grip strength.

  • Overall size and weight. Choose a compact and lightweight firearm that is easy to handle and will not cause discomfort over time.

  • Trigger reach. Check the distance between the backstrap and the trigger to ensure proper finger placement and smooth operation.

  • Ergonomics. To accommodate your hand size, look for a handgun with an ergonomic grip design and customizable features such as replaceable backstraps or grip panels.

  • Controls accessibility. Check that the location of the safety, slide release, and magazine release is accessible and comfortable for your hand size and finger length.

  • Caliber. Consider the firearm's caliber, balancing stopping power with recoil management and overall size.

  • Magazine capacity. Consider the capacity of the handgun, keeping in mind that single-stack designs often have slimmer grips for small hands but may have lower round capacity.

  • Holster options. Check to see if holsters for your chosen firearm are available that will provide comfortable and secure carry for your body type and preferred carry position.

  • Personal preferences. Always try out different models to see which one feels the most comfortable, provides the best control, and meets your specific concealed carry requirements.

Here are some popular CCW options for those less-well-endowed in the hand department

 

Glock 42

The Glock 42 is a slimline pistol chambered in .380 ACP with a single-stack design that makes the grip smaller and more manageable for those with smaller hands. Because of its lightweight design and dependability, it is a popular choice for concealed carry.

 

Glock 43 or 43 X

When compared to other Glock models, this 9mm single-stack microcompact pistol has a slimmer grip profile, making it ideal for those with small hands. The 43 combines dependability, manageable recoil, and a small size, making it ideal for concealed carry.

 

This reddit user recommends the 43 or 43X as one of his top choices (in addition to several others).

 

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0

The Shield M2.0 has a narrow grip that is easy for those with smaller hands to hold and control. Gawernator from reddit gives the Shield high marks.

Sig Sauer P238

The P238 is a 1911-style pistol chambered in .380 ACP with a single-action trigger. Its small size and lightweight design make it ideal for people with small hands who prefer a classic 1911-style grip and manual safety.

 

Sig Sauer P365

This microcompact 9mm pistol has a large capacity in a small package, as well as a slim grip profile that is ideal for small hands. The P365 has an ergonomic grip and night sights for increased accuracy in low-light situations.

 

Ruger LCP II

The Ruger LCP II is an ultracompact .380 ACP pistol and a popular choice for those with small hands. The LCP II has a better trigger, grip texture, and sights than the original LCP, which improves its overall usability and shootability.

 

Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2

The slim grip profile of this single-stack 9mm subcompact pistol is ideal for smaller hands. The XD-S Mod.2 provides improved control and comfort during use thanks to its improved grip texture and high-hand beavertail.

 

Walther PPS M2

The PPS M2 is a slim, single-stack 9mm concealed carry pistol. It can be adjusted to fit different hand sizes thanks to its ergonomic grip and replaceable backstraps. This means that even people with small hands can hold it comfortably and securely.

 

Kimber Micro 9

The Kimber Micro 9 is a 9mm with a slim design and the same controls as a 1911, making it a great choice for shooters with small hands who like classic designs. Its lightweight aluminum frame and small size make it easy to handle and conceal.

 

Kahr PM9

The Kahr PM9 is a lightweight, ultracompact 9mm pistol with a slim, single-stack design that is ideal for shooters with small hands. Its smooth, consistent trigger pull and textured grip ensure comfortable shooting and good control.

 

H&K P30

With its customizable grip, many small-handed folks (such as this redditor) love the P30.

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Best Handguns for Appendix Carry

Appendix carry is a method of carrying a concealed handgun where the firearm is positioned in the front of the body, typically between the belly button and the hip bone. The gun is typically positioned between 12 and 2 o'clock for right-handed shooters and 10 to 12 o'clock for left-handed shooters. The term "appendix carry" refers to the placement of the gun near the appendix for right-handed people.

This method of concealment has grown in popularity in recent years due to its faster draw times, better firearm retention, and ease of concealment with appropriate clothing choices. But because the gun's muzzle could be pointed at sensitive parts of the body like the femoral artery or groin, it's important to think about the safety risks of appendix carry. These risks can be lessened with proper trigger control and a high-quality, well-fitted holster made just for appendix carry.

Some of the things you should consider when choosing the right handgun for appendix carry include the following:

  • Size and weight. Choose a compact and lightweight firearm that is easy to conceal and will not cause discomfort when worn for an extended period of time.

  • Grip profile. For better concealment and comfort in the appendix carry position, choose a handgun with a slim grip.

  • Trigger guard. Look for a handgun with a well-defined trigger guard to reduce the possibility of accidental discharge when drawing or reholstering.

  • Holster compatibility. To ensure proper retention and safety, choose a firearm that is compatible with readily available, high-quality holsters designed specifically for appendix carry.

  • Safety features. Consider guns with passive safeties, such as a striker-fired system, or manual safeties that can be disengaged quickly and easily during a draw.

  • Ease of draw. Ensure that the dimensions and design of the firearm allow for a smooth and efficient draw from the appendix position.

  • Magazine capacity. Consider the capacity of the handgun's magazine, keeping in mind that single-stack designs often have slimmer profiles suitable for appendix carry but may have lower round capacity.

  • Reliability. Appendix carry may expose the gun to more sweat and debris than other carry positions, so choose a firearm with a reputation for dependability.

  • Personal comfort. Always test different models to see which one feels the most comfortable and provides the best control for your body type and carry preferences.

Let’s take a look at some of the most recommended concealed carry gun choices for appendix carry.

  1. Glock 19. A compact 9mm pistol known for its dependability and versatility; due to its size and weight, it is ideal for appendix carry.

  2. Sig Sauer P365. The P365 is a micro-compact 9mm with a slim profile and a high capacity that makes it easy to carry in the appendix without sacrificing firepower.

  3. Smith & Wesson Shield M 2.0. A single-stack 9mm with a slim, ergonomic design that provides both comfort and concealability for appendix carry.

  4. Ruger LCP II. An ultra-compact .380 ACP pistol with lightweight and minimal dimensions for easy appendix concealment and carry.

  5. Glock 43 / Glock 43X. Slimline subcompact Glocks in 9mm with a single-stack design and comfortable grip, suitable for appendix carry.

  6. Springfield Armory Hellcat. A high-capacity micro-compact 9mm that combines small size and performance for effective appendix carry.

  7. Walther PPS M2. A slim, single-stack 9mm pistol with an ergonomic grip that provides a comfortable and secure option for appendix carry.

  8. CZ P-10 S. A compact, striker-fired 9mm pistol with a slim profile and smooth trigger, ideal for concealment and appendix carry.

  9. Taurus G2C / G3C. Affordable, compact 9mm pistols with ergonomic designs and high capacity, ideal for budget-conscious appendix carry.

  10. Kimber Micro 9 is a slim 1911-style subcompact 9mm pistol that is a popular appendix carry piece.

Best Concealed Carry Guns for Winter

During the colder months, clothes tend to be heavier and bulkier, making it easier to hide guns. Many folks carry a larger CCW during the winter than they do in the summer.

 

Here are some features many folks look for in a winter EDC gun.

  • Larger size. Winter clothing provides more coverage, making larger firearms, such as full-size or compact handguns, easier to conceal.

  • Durable finish. A durable finish, such as stainless steel or a corrosion-resistant coating, is essential in winter weather to prevent rust and moisture damage.

  • Good grip. Maintaining a secure grip on the firearm, especially in cold and wet conditions, requires a good grip texture.

  • Easy-to-use controls. Firearms with controls that are simple to operate while wearing gloves are ideal for winter concealed carry.

With these factors in mind, here are some of the best concealed carry guns for winter:

  • Glock 19. A compact 9mm pistol with a long-lasting, corrosion-resistant finish that strikes a good balance between size and capacity.

 

Forum commenter B Snappy is one of many who have the Glock 19 as a go-to winter CCW.

  • Smith & Wesson M&P Compact. This 9mm pistol has a comfortable grip, simple controls, and a long lifespan.

  • Sig Sauer P229. A full-size handgun in 9mm or .40 that provides excellent accuracy and dependability in winter conditions.

  • Springfield Armory XD Mod.2. This small 9mm pistol with an ergonomic grip and a corrosion-resistant finish is ideal for winter concealed carry.

  • Beretta PX4 Storm. A full-size or compact handgun with a simple slide stop and magazine release that is suitable for winter use.

  • CZ P10F. This carry gun performs admirably in the winter, providing dependability, durability, ease of handling, cold resistance, accuracy, and high capacity.

 

Here’s a vote for the P10F.

  • Beretta 92FS. Because of its compactness, dependability, comfort, corrosion resistance, accuracy, and ease of control, the 92FS shines as a winter concealed carry.

 

This redditor vouches for the 92FS—in a shoulder holster.

  • Jericho 941. The 941 excels as a winter concealed carry gun due to its reliability, ergonomic design, accuracy, and cold-weather resilience.

Here’s a vote for the 941.

Best Single-Stack Concealed Carry Guns

Single-stack guns are popular for those who prioritize concealment over magazine capacity. There are several high-quality single-stack options on the market, whether you want a compact 9mm or a smaller caliber handgun.

 

Let’s look at some of the most popular single-stack concealed carry guns. We’ve already reviewed some of them above.

  1. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

  2. Glock 43

  3. Glock 48

  4. Kahr CM9

  5. Ruger LC9s

  6. Kimber Micro 9

  7. Walther PPS M2

  8. Sig Sauer P938

 

This reddit user thinks the Glock 43 and the Shield are the best single-stack guns.

Another vote for the Shield, and also one for the Glock 48.

We have another vote for the P938.

Concealed Carry FAQ

What is the easiest gun to conceal carry?

A person's preferences, body type, and attire all affect which gun is the easiest to conceal carry. Subcompact and microcompact handguns are popular choices for concealment because they are so small. Here are some user favorites:

  1. Glock 43/43X

  2. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

  3. Ruger LCP II

  4. SIG Sauer P365

  5. Springfield Armory Hellcat

What caliber gun is the best for concealed carry?

There’s no single “best caliber” for CCW. Some folks prioritize stopping power (bigger calibers), while others prioritize low recoil, weight, and capacity (smaller calibers).

 

9mm does seem to sit in the Goldilocks zone for a lot of gun enthusiasts. Some prefer a bigger round, while others prefer a smaller, such as .380 ACP. But 9mm is probably the most popular CCW chambering.

 

What is the best gun to carry for self defense?

There’s a “best gun” for each person, and the best gun for you will be different for someone else. That said, some popular and dependable concealed carry self-defense handgun options include:

  • Sig Sauer P365

  • Walther PPK

  • Springfield Hellcat

  • Kimber EVO SP

  • Glock 43

  • Kahr CM9

  • Ruger LCP II

  • Smith and Wesson 340 PD

Ultimately, each shooter has to find the right balance of concealment, capacity, and ease of shooting, and these factors vary from person to person.

 

What pistol do Navy Seals carry?

The US Navy Seals carry the P226 MK25. The SEAL official sidearm is the railed P226 chambered in 9mm and engraved with an anchor on the left side of the slide.

 

Is 9mm enough for concealed carry?

The 9mm Parabellum round flies quickly, flatly, and precisely. Recoil is mild in a full-size gun, moderate in a compact, and more than bearable in a subcompact. 9mm is the most popular concealed carry caliber for a reason.

What brand of gun safe is the best?

Here are some of the best gun safe brands:

  • Liberty

  • Browning

  • Fort Knox

  • Rhino Metals

  • Cabela’s

  • SecureIt Tactical

All of these make terrific gun safes; you can’t go wrong with any of them.

What are the best pocket pistols for everyday carry?

Pocket pistols are usually semi-automatic and are microcompact or ultracompact. True pocket pistols should be somewhere in the ballpark of the following dimensions:

  • 4-6 inches in overall length

  • 0.75-1.25 inches in width

  • 3.5-5 inches in height

The best pocket pistols for everyday carry (EDC) include the following:

  1. Glock 42

  2. Kimber Micro 9

  3. Bond Arms Barn Roughneck

  4. Sig Sauer P365 SAS

  5. Bersa Thunder 380 CC

  6. Beretta 3032 Tomcat

  7. Seecamp LWS 380

  8. Sig Sauer P938

  9. Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380

  10. Ruger LCP II

  11. SCCY CPX-2

  12. Trailblazer Lifecard .22WMR

  13. Remington RM380

  14. Beretta 21A Bobcat

  15. Kahr CM9

  16. Walther PPK

Of course, any of the other microcompacts we review in this article can also be carried in your pocket. It’s really up to you.

What is the most accurate handgun to carry?

The most accurate handguns in the world are match pistols, usually chambered in .22 and used for competitive shooting.

When it comes to production handguns, the accuracy of a gun is largely about the skill of the shooter. That said, the Glock 19 is widely considered to be one of the most accurate and reliable handguns on the market.

What are the best pistols to use with a gun belt?

Some popular pistols for use with a gun belt include:

  1. Glock 19

  2. SIG Sauer P320

  3. Smith & Wesson M&P 9 M2.0

  4. CZ P-10 C

  5. Walther PPQ M2

Is 45 or 9mm a better carry?

Unless knockdown power is the main thing you care about, 9mm is a better carry than .45 across almost any metric.

  • Because of the higher muzzle velocity and lower weight, the 9mm has a lower vertical drop than the 45

  • 9mm usually has a way higher mag capacity because the bullets are smaller

  • 9mm guns are generally slimmer and lighter, making them easier to conceal

.45 has more stopping power, 9mm is better for carrying concealed.

Why do people carry revolvers?

Many gun owners prefer revolvers because they are simpler and have fewer mechanical parts to malfunction. You're good to go if you can open the cylinder, load rounds, and squeeze the trigger accurately.

What is the difference between M&P Shield and EZ?

The action is what distinguishes the SW Shield EZ from other Shields. The EZ, unlike the rest of the lineup, is an internal hammer fired pistol. The hammer fired operation is critical to cutting the felt slide tension in half.

About the Author

Mark Buff is the founder and CEO of GunZee. He is an ardent firearms enthusiast and has been carrying concealed for more than 15 years. He created GunZee to solve his own problem: that of uncomfortable KYDEX holsters. His patented GunZee memory foam holster pad makes inside-the-waistband carry super comfortable.

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