Are you in the market for a handgun that you can comfortably carry with you every single day? Consider one of the several concealed-carry guns available in the market today. With the many different choices available, however, choosing the right concealed-carry gun can be daunting.
Finding the right choice is a personal decision requiring you to consider several factors such as size, body shape, wardrobe, method of carry, and your daily activities. We’ve gone ahead and listed some of the best concealed-carry guns that you should check out.
The Glock 43 is one of the best-selling guns among Glock’s range of options, and it’s not difficult to see why. Backed by Glock’s impeccable reliability and functionality, this handgun is one of the lightest and smallest 9mm pistols you can get.
The Glock 43 is incredibly thin and has a decent, short-enough grip to enable pocket carry, making it a contender for the best Glock for CCW. It has a capacity of 6+1 9mm rounds and is perfect if you desire a small pistol for concealed carry.
The main difference between the Glock 43X and Glock 43 is the increased capacity. The 43X has a capacity of 10+1 rounds compared to the 43’s 6+1. The Glock 43X also has a longer grip and broader frame.
Even with its wider frame and longer grip, the handgun is still easily concealable, making the Glock 43X a popular option in this category.
Another great concealed-carry pistol option is the Glock 48. This option has a similar platform to the Glock 43X, with the only difference being its longer barrel. The Glock 48 has a 4.17-inch barrel which reduces felt recoil while increasing muzzle velocity. Even with its longer barrel, concealed carry is still easily achievable.
While the Sig P365 is smaller than most Single Stack pistols, its thinned-out frame-grip walls and tapered magazine allows it to hold more ammo with a capacity of 10+1 rounds. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the extended magazine increases its capacity to 12+1 rounds. The gun also comes with night sights as standard.
If you desire a small pistol with great functionality, reliability, and increased capacity, then the Sig P365 is the concealed carry gun for you.
Sig P365 XL
Acting as an upgrade to the P365, the Sig P365 XL comes with a 12-round magazine as standard and an X-Series flat trigger. When compared to the P365, the P365 XL also has a slightly longer barrel and an extended beavertail, and it is also a bit more expensive. The 365 XL has a cut slide, giving you the option of installing a Red Dot like the Roemeo Zero Red Dot that Sig specifically designed for the P365 XL.
Springfield Armory Hellcat
Going head to head with the Sig P365, the Springfield Armory Hellcat is one of the best concealed-carry guns. The Hellcat has a standard capacity of 11 rounds, with the extended magazine holding 13 9mm rounds.
Its increased capacity is not the only thing making the Springfield Armory Hellcat a popular option. The Hellcat has a crisper break, a great trigger, a three-inch barrel, and a well-working stippling. You can also go for the OSP model, which is similar in length and supports red dot optics.
Glock 19 Gen 5
The Glock 19 is the perfect fit for those of you who are after a more service-weapon feel but in a compact package. An improvement on previous Glock 19 generations, the Glock 19 Gen 5 has a better trigger feel, ergonomics, and accuracy.
Its barrel is 4.02 inches long and has a capacity of 15+1 9mm rounds. Furthermore, its handling and, thanks to the Marksmen barrel, its improved accuracy make the Glock 19 the best Glock for concealed carry.
Glock 26 Gen 5
The latest generation of the Glock 26 comes with updates that are sure to keep this concealed-carry gun option ahead of the competition. The updates made to the Glock 26 Gen 5 include an improved trigger and increased capacity.
The gun also has a more accurate barrel, which is only 3.43 inches long. While the Glock 26 has a thicker frame than the Glock 43X, it has one of the shortest heights among 9mm handguns.
Smith & Wesson Shield M2.0
With the Shield M2.0, Smith and Wesson took the already impressive original Shield handgun and made it even better. The S&W Shield M2.0 has a fantastic trigger and great stippling that offers you a better grip during rapid fire.
Though the Shield M2.0 is small, with a barrel length of 3.1 inches, it is still ergonomic, has good sights, and has the reliability and stellar reputation, all Smith and Wesson products come with. It has a capacity of 7+1 rounds, with the extended mag holding 8+1 9mm rounds.
S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ
What sets the 380 EZ apart from other concealed-carry guns in the market is its ease of use. The S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ has a capacity of 8+1 .380 ACP rounds, is easy to rack, and shoot. Thanks to its magazine’s design, this gun is easy to load as well. Furthermore, because you only need to grip the pistol to disengage its grip safety, it also makes safety easy.
After the best-selling run, the PT111 G2 had over the years, Taurus felt it was time to rebrand and breathe new life into it. The result was the Taurus G2C. Besides changing the name and logo, the G2C also underwent a few other changes.
The main change was that Taurus opted against installing the locking mechanism in this model. This makes the G2C more reliable than the PT111 G2 because the locking mechanism could easily prevent the gun from firing.
With a 3.25-inch barrel, the G2C is almost similar in size to the Sig P365 and has a capacity of 12+1 9mm rounds. One of the best parts of the G2C is its affordability, making it perfect if you are looking for the best CCW gun and are working with a limited budget.
The updates didn’t stop with the G2C. Taurus took G2C’s slide, slightly modified it, placed a slimmer frame on top, and created the Taurus G2S.
The G2S has a capacity of 7+1 rounds, a 3.25-inch barrel, and a slimmer profile that makes it easier to conceal than the G2C. Also, the G2S shoots pretty well, allowing it to offer excellent functionality and reliability at affordable prices.
If you loved the Sig P238, then you are going to find the P938 a great option as well. Sig Sauer needed a slightly bigger model to support the 9mm cartridge and came up with the P938.
This model has a similar metal frame and trigger as the P238, a capacity of 6+1 9mm rounds, a three-inch barrel, and improved balance and ergonomics. While it might be small for a 9mm caliber gun, the added weight makes it easier to shoot.
With only three pistols in the market, the CPX-1, CPX-2, and CPX-3, many people might be unfamiliar with the Sccy CPX. The CPX-1 and CPX-2 are 9mm pistols with double-action triggers, while the CPX-3 is a .380 caliber handgun. Also, the CPX-1 includes an external safety, while the CPX-2 does not. All these reliable options are available at affordable prices.
The CPX is easy to conceal and should fit into your hand well due to the integrated finger grooves. It has a capacity of 10+1 9mm rounds, a 3.1-inch barrel, and a long, smooth trigger that closely resembles that of the Smith and Wesson snub-nose revolver.
Ruger LCP II
The Ruger LCP II is easily the smallest entry on this list and could be the most popular pocket pistol available. Though the LCP II is not as powerful as 9mm pistols, it significantly improves the previous LCP models in terms of reliability.
The Ruger LCP II has a capacity of 6+1 .380 ACP rounds. Also, with a barrel length of 2.75 inches, the LCP II is not hard to conceal, and it fits perfectly in your hand. Furthermore, different color choices make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Ruger Security 9
Big enough to fit in your hand yet compact enough to qualify as a concealed-carry gun, the Ruger Security 9 is a well-built pistol designed to provide competition for the Glock 19.
It has a capacity of 15+1 9mm rounds, a four-inch barrel, and employs a great hammer-fired trigger. The best part of the Ruger Security 9 is its affordability. Though you won’t get additional features like night sights at this price range, the Ruger Security 9 still offers optimal functionality at a great price.
Beretta 92 Compact
Though Beretta has made different versions of this model, thanks to its shorter grip and 4.24-inch barrel, the Beretta 92 Compact is excellent for concealed carry. Its open slide design makes it a reliable option for many.
Though its heavy weight might make it less comfortable to carry than other concealed-carry gun alternatives, the single-action trigger does make follow-up shots easier.
Beretta PX4 Compact and Subcompact
The Beretta PX4 Compact is a medium-sized gun which, thanks to its rotating barrel, allows for easy follow-up shots. The PX4 Compact has a 15+1 capacity, a 3.2-inch barrel, and Beretta’s tried and tested hammer-fired trigger.
On the other hand, the PX4 Subcompact is easier to conceal due to its smaller size. The Subcompact has a great design, superior ergonomics, and even with its size, it still has a capacity of 13+1 9mm rounds. With all these features, it’s easy to understand why the Beretta PX4 Subcompact has been a popular market option for the last decade.
Beretta APX Centurion
The Beretta APX Centurion is a gun admired by most people who desire a concealed-carry weapon. The APX comes in two versions: the Centurion and the Compact.
Both versions have a 3.7-inch barrel, and while the Compact’s grip is shorter than the Centurion’s, they are both shorter than the full-sized APX. The Beretta APX Centurion has a capacity of 10+1 9mm rounds, with the extended magazine carrying 15+1 9mm rounds.
S&W M&P Compact 2.0
The Compact 2.0 has top-notch reliability, quality, ergonomics, stippling, and performance. This handgun has a capacity of 15 9mm rounds and comes in two different barrel lengths: the 3.6-inch and the four-inch barrel.
The shorter barrel option is easier to conceal, but the longer option offers better accuracy and reduced muzzle flip. One significant advantage of the S&W M&P Compact M2.0 is its affordability, offering you great value for your money.
Sig P320 X-Carry and X-Compact
The Sig P320 X-Carry is a combination of the features found on the X-5 and the P320 Carry. The X-Carry has a 3.9-inch barrel and great capacity, holding 17+1 9mm rounds, an impressive trigger, night sights, and ergonomics similar to those in the X-5.
The X-Compact has many of the X-Carry’s features, the main differences being the 3.6-inch barrel and shorter grip, which makes it easier to conceal while still enabling it to have a capacity of 15+1 rounds.