Best Concealed Carry Handguns

Best Concealed Carry Guns 2023

Why Are These The Best Concealed Carry Guns of 2023?

These are the hottest selling and best concealed carry guns on the market. Tens of thousands of our customers have collectively chosen these pistols over all the other concealed carry handguns available on the market. These are the best concealed carry guns for which we see the most Kydex holsters ordered at Clinger Holsters.

There are plenty of amazing pistols that are not on this gun list. That doesn’t mean they aren’t great. It just means we only included the most commonly used and popular concealed carry guns in this list. After all, we only have room for 50 of them!

This “Best Concealed Carry Guns” list contains some of the best pistols and handguns for concealed carry from the best gun/pistol brands out there.

However, I can only fit so many pistols in a blog post. Fifty of the best concealed carry guns is my limit. You’ll be pleased to see that there are quite a few American-made hand guns listed here too. Also, people have mostly gravitated toward 9mm handguns so that’s mostly what you’ll find here. However, there are a few other worthy calibers represented here as well.

Please try not to hurt my feelings too badly in the comments section if you don’t see your favorite pistol on this list of best concealed carry guns. Otherwise, have fun exploring the best concealed carry guns on the market (we’ve included lots of gun pictures for you).

Best Concealed Carry Guns: Big And Small (Best Guns)

You’ll notice way more small guns on this list than big guns. Yet, you’ll see a few larger guns here.

This is a good time to point out that you can Conceal Carry larger handguns if you try. Yes, you will have to dress a little differently when concealing a Glock 19 or Walther PPQ than you would with a small handgun.

However, big guns shoot better and the biggest pistols hold more bullets. It’s worth giving them a try.

That being said, smaller guns are comfortable to wear every day with less effort (especially if you prefer appendix carry). That’s exactly why this list is mostly comprised of smaller handguns. They are far more popular for Concealed Carry for a reason.

The funny thing about handgun sizes is there is no official sizing chart. Everybody uses their own terminology so that’s exactly what we’ll do here.

I’ve divided this article into four main sections: Mouse handguns, Slim Subcompact handguns, Compact handguns, and FullSize handguns.

So there are 50 best concealed carry guns in this list. They’re just divided up into four main handgun size categories.

Best Concealed Carry Guns: Best Mouse Handguns (Top Guns)


Ruger LCP MAX - best concealed carry pistol for pocket carry

This is the next evolution of Ruger’s ever popular LCP line, and boy oh boy is this one exciting! It holds up to 12 rounds of .380 ACP. That’s insane. The LCP is  usually the smallest pistol you’ll see in any list of the best Concealed Carry guns. It’s a true mouse gun. Only now it’s holds enough ammo to compete with the big boys.

To have a pocket pistol with twice the ammo of a j-frame? This was unthinkable until Ruger actually did it. The LCP Max fits in the palm of your hand while managing to pack the punch of twelve .380 ACP rounds.

The .380 ACP isn’t incredibly powerful but it’s more powerful than it used to be. New .380 ACP ammo is showing some promising improvements in stopping power. Many people trust a little .380 for self-defense & many people have successfully used the .380 for self-defense.

The LCP MAX has already proven to be a very reliable and high quality handgun right out of the gate. It has a good trigger and good sights. Now, that’s rare in a mouse gun.

The LCP MAX is so easy to conceal that you’ll never have to leave the house without having some sort of firearm with you. Even if it’s not as powerful as a 9mm.

If you are looking for tiny pistol, then you might want to consider this hand gun.

Ruger LCP MAX Holsters

Caliber: 380ACP
Capacity: 10+1 (12+1 with extended magazine)
Weight: 10.6 oz
Barrel Length: 2.80”
Cost: $389

Sig P938

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P938 Holsters

The Sig P938 feels like a high quality handgun as soon as you pick it up. It’s not hard to see why this is one of the best concealed carry handguns on the market. Sig Sauer has engineered a masterpiece here. This is a high pedigree pistol and it’s price reflects that. But we all know that quality doesn’t come cheap.

The Sig P938 was introduced by Sig Sauer to offer a slightly bigger version of the P238 to support the 9mm cartridge. It has the same great trigger and a metal frame. It’s ergonomics and balance feel good in the hand. Although it’s very small for a 9mm, the extra weight makes shooting it a little easier than small polymer guns (like the LCP MAX).

Sig P938 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6+1
Weight: 16 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $599

Springfield 911

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield 911 .380

Some people say that Springfield copied the Sig P238 with this pistol. However, that is not an accurate statement. In reality, Sig’s P238 was Sig’s version of the Colt Mustang (the Mustang itself is a miniature version of the venerable 1911).

I think that each version gets better. The Springfield 911 is just as sweet as the Sig P238. Yet, it’s a bit thinner and lighter.

Also, it’s trigger is a bit better. Once the safety of flicked off, a smooth 5-pound pull releases the hammer.

A sweet trigger is a great feature when you’re searching for the best concealed carry guns.

Plus, it comes with night sights, a G10 trigger shoe, G10 mainspring housing, and G10 grips. It’s truly a top-shelf pistol.

Now, the 911 is available in both .380 and 9mm. The 9mm version is just a tad bigger and is about the same dimensions as Sig’s P938.

Additionally, the 911 is now available in a version dubbed 911 Alpha that ditches the G10 for a smaller price tag. It shoots just as sweet but is a bit more affordable.

Springfield 911 Holsters

Caliber: 380 ACP, 9mm
Capacity: 6-7+1
Weight: 12.6 for .380 version – 15.3 oz for 9mm version
Barrel Length: 2.7 – 3.0 inches (depending on .380 vs 9mm)
Cost: $399-599

Kimber Micro 9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Kimber Micro 9 Holsters

Kimber’s Micro 9 is very similar to Sig’s P938. They’re both 9mm versions of Colt’s Mustang. However, the Micro 9 is more reliable than the Mustang ever hoped to be. It’s a very practical daily carry pistol. You can think of Kimber’s Micro 9 as a very small 1911 pistol. After all, it shares the same basic design. 

The Micro 9 is a single action only pistol. That means that the hammer must be cocked back to take the first shot. All other shots will cock the hammer for you. That’s why single action pistols are usually carried “cocked and locked”.

One thing’s for sure. The trigger is buttery smooth and very light. Surely, the Micro 9 handles way better than its diminutive size should allow. It’s like it defies physics. You have to shoot it to believe it.

It’s an incredible shooter and is a very small Concealed Carry handgun. Therefore, it’s easy to see why Kimber sells so many Micro 9 pistols.

Kimber Micro 9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6-7+1
Weight:  15.6 oz
Barrel Length: 3.15
Cost: $550

Best Concealed Carry Guns: Best Slim Subcompact Handguns (Top Guns)

Sig P365

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P365 Holsters

Sig changed the rules of the game when they released the P365 at SHOT Show in 2018. They caught everyone off guard. This little pistol is smaller than many Single Stack pistols on the market. Yet, it holds 10+1 rounds of 9mm rather than the usual 6+1 or 7+1 rounds. The optional extended mag adds two more rounds for a total of 12+1.

Sig tapered the top of the magazine a little differently and thinned out the walls of the frame’s grip to pull off this miracle. Also, the P365 comes standard with night sights and  great trigger.

Now consider that everyone loves how this pistol shoots. It’s a winner in every category for the best concealed carry guns. If you want a pistol that will rock your socks off and carry up to 13 rounds of 9mm, check out the Sig P365.

If you demand those requirements in an unrealistically small package, the Sig P365 is one of the best concealed carry 9mm pistols for a reason.

This pistol isn’t just popular with men either. It’s been a very popular handgun for women in 2022 due to its smaller size.

Sig P365 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-12+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Cost: $500

Sig P365X

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P365X Holsters

Now, we know what the Sig P365 did for concealed carry. It ushered in the high-capacity micro-compact pistol category.

This is the first follow up. Meet the Sig P365X. Sig upgraded the original P365 in some key ways to create this new unicorn. It basically helps you shoot faster and more accurately.

The top of the slide has been milled out to accept red dot optics. It pairs perfectly with Sig’s own RomeoZero red dot sight. A red dot sight has proven itself as a worthy addition to a concealed carry pistol. It helps you get on target faster while keeping focus on the target itself.

The smaller sized red dots out there (like the RomeoZero) fit perfectly on this slim handgun.

The Sig P365X also has some of the features that Sig added to the P365XL because they both share the same XSeries grip module. In fact, you can think of the P365X as a P365XL with the shorter slide and barrel from the P365.

You’ll notice that the Sig P365X has a flat trigger and a longer beavertail. Both of these features help you shoot more accurately and with better control.

Plus, the longer XSeries grip module holds a standard 12-round magazine instead of the 10-rounder from the original P365. This longer grip allows you to reload magazines without pinching your hand during reloads.

This pistol is the new gold standard. 

Honestly, it’s probably the overall best concealed carry handgun on the market right now. Sig has set the bar extremely high with this handgun and everyone else will be judged based on how they stack up to it.

If I was limited to only one pistol (I know…that would really suck), this would be that pistol. Of course, I would also opt for the optional 15 round mag too!

It’s good juju.

Sig P365X Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-12+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Cost: $599

Sig P365 XL

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P365 XL Holsters

Sig upgraded the Sig P365 to create the Sig P365 XL not long after releasing the P365. This version has a 12 round mag. That makes the grip is as tall as the original version was with the extended mag. This helps with reloads. Plus, the trigger is upgraded to a X-Series flat trigger.

Plus, Sig extended the barrel 0.6 inches longer. That’ll give you a longer sight radius and more accuracy (theoretically).

Sig also extended the beavertail and it feels much better than the original Sig P365. Sig also cut the slide for you to install a Red Dot. They even developed a slimmer RomeoZero Red Dot that fits it perfectly.

It’s a little more expensive than the original but well worth it as one of the best concealed carry guns.

This is basically a longer-barrel version of the Sig P365X. If you like the Sig P365X but prefer a little more barrel length, this P365XL the perfect concealed carry handgun for you. That longer barrel will help with muzzle flip during rapid fire shooting. It’ll also add a few more feet/sec to your rounds.

Sig P365 XL Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 20 oz
Barrel Length: 3.7 inches
Cost: $579

Glock 43X

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 43X Holsters

Glock took their best-selling Glock 43 and added 4 rounds to it. That’s pretty much the Glock 43X in a nutshell. This upped the ammo count from 6 to 10. While the grip is longer, it’s not that much longer than the original Glock 43 if you had the pinky rest on it. The Glock 43X’s frame is technically a couple of millimeters wider as well. However, you would have to look very hard to notice that tiny difference.

The bottom line is this: Sig created a near perfect concealed carry handgun when they debuted the P365. This was Glock’s answer.

So for all you Glock fans who were swayed (or almost swayed) over to Sig’s corner, Glock gave you a thin 10 round Glock that’s easy to conceal carry.

The grip fills your whole hand. Couple that grip with a short barrel and you have a very well balanced firearm.

Glock 43X Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 16 oz
Barrel Length: 3.41 inches

Glock 43X MOS

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 43X

Glock one-upped themselves with the 43X MOS. This is just a Glock 43X with two main differences. First (and most important), it has a slide cut that allows you to mount a red dot. Second, it has a proprietary Glock accessory rail. This is handy if you want to mount a flashlight.

If you won’t use a red dot or the accessory rail on this pistol, you’re better off getting the original Glock 43X. It’ll save you over $100.

If there’s a chance you might want to add a red dot to your gun, this is the best concealed carry handgun for you Glock fans. It’s slim, has a decent capacity, and has Glock’s legendary reliability.

Oh yeah, there’s a company called Shield Arms that makes 15 round mags for the 43X that are about the same size as the Glock mags. They’re pretty reliable too.

Glock 43X MOS Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 16 oz
Barrel Length: 3.41 inches

Glock 48

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 48 Holsters

The Glock 48 shares the same platform as the Glock 43X. The only difference is the longer barrel. While the Glock 43X is a short 3.41 inches, the Glock 48’s barrel has a length of 4.17 inches. That’s still quite manageable. Plus it weighs just two ounces more than its little brother.

You can also think of the Glock 48 as a Single Stack Glock 19. Truth be told, Glock fans have asked for this pistol for many years. That longer barrel increases muzzle velocity and reduces felt recoil simultaneously.

The Glock 48 is a great Concealed Carry pistol that feels and shoots sort of like a service pistol. You can get a full grip on this handgun no matter how big your hands are. Yet, its slim width makes concealed carry a breeze.

Glock 48 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 4.17 inches
Cost: $459

Glock 48 MOS

Glock 48 MOS with Red Dot

The Glock 48 MOS is just a Glock 48 with an accessory rail and red dot cutout on the slide. Choose this over the standard Glock 48 if there’s even a slight chance you’ll add a red dot (or light) to your Glock down the road. That option will cost you over $100 though. So, if you’re 100% sure you don’t need those features, you can stick with the Glock 48 (one of the most popular and reliable concealed carry handguns available).

Don’t forget about the 15 round mag from Shield Arms that will bump up the ammo count for you. The best part is, it’s the same size as the original Glock mag for the Glock 48 MOS.

Glock 48 MOS Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 4.17 inches
Cost: $599

Glock 43

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 43 Holsters

The Glock 43 is a blockbuster for good reason. The G43 is one of the smallest 9mm and lightest 9mm pistols on the market. Also, it’s incredibly thin.

Its grip is short enough to allow pocket carry. However, it shines in a good IWB holster (Inside the Waistband). In a good holster, this Glock subcompact 9mm is small enough to completely disappear.

Plus, it has the reliability and functionality that Glock fans depend on. This is the smallest Glock if you don’t count the Glock 42 (380). If you demand a Glock for concealed carry and want an incredibly small pistol, the Glock 43 is definitely for you. There are only two real drawbacks to the G43. First, is the limited ammo count. It only holds 7 rounds of 9mm. Secondly, people with big hands have commented that it’s hard to get a good grip on the Glock 43.

If you want the best all around Glock for concealed carry, look at the Glock 43X. If you want the smallest Glock 9mm (easier for concealment) the Glock 43 may be exactly what you need.

Glock 43 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3.4”
Cost: $450

Ruger MAX-9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger MAX-9 Holsters

Ruger jumped on the high-capacity, micro-compact bandwagon! This is Ruger’s answer to the Sig P365. The Ruger MAX-9 is one of the best bang-for-the-buck concealed carry pistols you can find right now.

Ruger is generally known for 2 things in the gun community. First, they make rugged, reliable guns. Second, they price them very competitively.

Ruger uses good old fashioned American labor and know-how to produce world class firearms at great prices. Sure you can find better prices on handguns that are made in South America or Turkey, but those cheaper guns don’t have Ruger’s reputation.

Let’s talk about the MAX-9. This is one sweet shooter. It’s lightweight, well-balanced, and easy to conceal.

The MAX-9 has great sights on it too. You can see what I mean in the picture above. Look at that front sight. It has fiber optics and tritium in it. You simply can’t ask for a better front sight. Look at the rear sight and you’ll notice it’s tall enough to co-witness through a red dot. The rear sight is a great example of what a rear sight should be. It’s blacked out to allow better focus on the front sight. The squared of ‘U’ shape allows the front sight to easily fall into its domain.

There’s a very easy-to-flick thumb safety as well.

All in all, this is an amazing pistol. When you factor in the affordability of what Ruger is offering, this is a steal.

Ruger MAX-9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 18.4 oz
Barrel Length: 3.20”
Cost: $399

Springfield Armory Hellcat

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield Hellcat

The Hellcat is the first real competition to the blockbuster Sig P365. The Hellcat’s flush magazine squeezes 11 rounds in the pistol compared to Sig’s 10. The extended mag holds 13 to Sig’s 12. A difference of one round won’t convince many shooters to consider the Hellcat over the P365 unless it shines in all the areas that the P365 does.

Well guess what? The Hellcat won’t disappoint. It is phenomenal. Will it sell as well as the Sig? Who knows. However, we can tell you that we are shipping out huge numbers of holsters for the Hellcat. As of right now, it’s almost as popular as the P365. That’s very impressive considering the P365 has been around long enough to have a great reputation and market dominance. Best of all, it’s about the smallest 9mm pistol on the market that holds 13 rounds.

The Hellcat trigger is great. The break is a little crisper than the P365’s but it’s barely noticeable. The stippling works at least as well and maybe better than Sig’s.

We can’t say if the Hellcat outshines the P365. It’s so close that you’ll have to make up your own mind. But the Hellcat has a bright future. This pistol is everything the XD ever wanted to be but in a slimmer, lighter package. The Hellcat’s weight is 18 oz which is about equal to the Sig P365. It’s about time that Springfield started shaving the weight off their pistols. The XD line was always heavier than its peers and Springfield is finally wising up to what concealed carriers want in a carry pistol.

Springfield’s Hellcat is the whole package. It’s slim, lightweight, and easy to carry. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a 9mm pistol that holds 14 rounds!

Take a good hard look at the Hellcat if you’re shopping for the best concealed carry gun for your everyday carry. It won’t disappoint.


Springfield Hellcat Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 11-13+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $499

Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield Hellcat OSP

This is the OSP version of Springfield’s Hellcat. It has a slide cut to allow a red dot optic to mount on the top.

This pistol is everything the Hellcat is but better. That one simple addition makes this pistol much more accurate during rapid fire. If you haven’t jumped on board the red dot revolution yet, you’re definitely missing out.

A good red dot like the Shield RMSc (in the picture above) allows you to send rounds down range while focusing on the target rather than the front sight. This is a game changer.

When you focus on the front sight, the target blurs out. With a red dot on your Hellcat, you focus on the target and the red dot floats over the target. You never lose sight of where your shooting!

It costs a little more than the standard Hellcat and you’ll drop a couple hundred on a good optic. In the end though, you’ll have a high quality, very capable concealed carry pistol.


Springfield Hellcat OSP Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 11-13+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $549

Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield Hellcat RDP

Meet the Springfield Hellcat RDP! This gun may look like it belongs with a member of a S.W.A.T. team or maybe even a S.E.A.L. team. However, I assure you, it belongs in a concealed carry loadout.

This pistol obviously brings everything the original Hellcat brings to the table: lightweight, slim package, 14 rounds of 9mm, good trigger, and overall great handling.

There are, however, two very important ingredients added to this magic recipe that we need to examine: a Hex Wasp red dot optic and a compensator.

The Hex Wasp is a good quality optic with a 3.5 MOA red dot floating in your sight picture. That’s makes that little red dot small enough to be accurate, yet still big enough to find easily.

The compensator directs spent gas from the cartridge up and to the sides as it leaves the muzzle. This helps control muzzle flip. Because there’s less muzzle flip, you can get back on target faster.

After all, RDP stands for Rapid Defense Package. You’ll definitely get more shots on target faster with a compensator and red dot to help you out.

Oh, and don’t worry about the extra length that the compensator adds to the package: It’s still easy to conceal. Barrel length doesn’t affect concealment as much as the pistol grip does.

While this isn’t a traditional concealment pistol, it’s definitely a good one. It costs a couple hundred dollars more than a standard Hellcat but remember that it comes with a red dot (good ones like this usually cost a couple hundred) and a compensator right out of the box.

One last thing. Springfield says that they’ve changed out the trigger group to their new Gen 2 version for the Hellcat. So this version of the Hellcat also has an even better trigger than the original one (which was already quite good).

Springfield Hellcat RDP Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 11-13+1
Weight: 19.3 oz
Barrel Length: 3.8” (with compensator)
Cost: $799

S&W M&P Shield Plus 3.1″

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - S&W M&P Shield Plus 3.1"

Smith and Wesson has sold millions of Shield pistols. They’re small, reliable and extremely comfortable in the hand. Then S&W released the M2.0 version. It was an updated version of the original with some key upgrades. Then they released this.

The Shield Plus is in a whole other category of awesomeness. It’s not just an upgraded Shield. Sometimes in life, the sum of the parts add up to more than you could ever expect them to. That’s what has happened here. The S&W M&P Shield Plus 3.1″ pistol combines everything S&W knows about making a great pistol into a concealed carry handgun.

Of course, they managed to cram a whole lot more 9mm rounds into it. However, the “Plus” part of the name doesn’t stop at more ammo. They’ve also updated the trigger. You can see in the picture above that it has a nice flat face to it. Believe it or not that really helps you shoot more accurately.

The trigger is great, the sights are great, and the stippling is great.

Let’s talk about what makes this pistol really great though: ergonomics. The grip is rounded off to fit your hand perfectly. The stippling lets you get a good grip without being overly harsh on your skin. The grip angle (18 degrees) is downright perfect for instinctive aiming.

Plus, now that the magazine holds 13 rounds, the balance is perfect. That’s something about a 3″ barrel with a double stack magazine that just feels good in the hand.

Try this one out. It’s hard to find a fault with it.

S&W M&P Shield Plus 3.1″ Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-13+1
Weight: 20.2 oz
Barrel Length: 3.1”
Cost: $439

S&W Performance Center M&P Shield Plus 4″

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - S&W Performance Center M&P Shield Plus 4"

This is a Performance Center Version of the Shield Plus. It adds an extra inch of barrel and a red dot. Plus Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center has tuned the action. That extra barrel length helps reduce muzzle flip and also helps the 9mm rounds gain a little more velocity on their way out of the barrel.

S&W M&P Shield Plus 4″ Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-13+1
Weight: 22.6 oz
Barrel Length: 4”
Cost: $799

S&W M&P Shield M2.0

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - S&W Shield M&P M2.0

Smith and Wesson knocked it out of the park with the original M&P Shield. They outsold nearly every other Concealed Carry handgun on the market. Well, now S&W has the M&P Shield M2.0 available. They took a great gun and made it incredible.

Why’s it better? The M2.0 version has an incredible trigger. You see, the first version just ok. While the original Shield had amazing ergonomics, it didn’t have great stippling. The Shield M2.0 has amazing stippling. It gives you a good grip on the firearm during rapid fire.

This pistol is small yet ergonomic. Plus, it holds 8+1 rounds of 9mm with the extended magazine. It has good sights too. Best of all, it’s as reliable as the day is long. This pistol has Smith and Wesson’s stellar reputation backing it up.

S&W M&P Shield M2.0 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 7-8+1
Weight: 18.3 oz
Barrel Length: 3.1”
Cost: $339

S&W M&P9 Shield EZ

Best Concealed Carry Handguns -S&W M&P9 Shield EZ

While this is a newer version of the Shield, it’s quite different. This pistol’s name indicated the biggest difference: it’s just plain easy to use.

It’s easy to rack, easy to shoot, and easy to load. It takes very little effort to rack the slide. It’s simply amazing how easy it is to rack.

Also, the M&P9 Shield EZ is easy to load because of the magazine design. It has thumb depressor on the side of the mag that you’ve likely seen on .22lr pistols.

The grip safety even makes safety easy. Because it’s passive, all you have to do to disengage the grip safety is grip the pistol.

This pistol isn’t just for women or the elderly with weak hands. No, it’s one of the best concealed carry guns for anyone who wants a great shooting pistol with a great trigger. Its only downside is the “limited”  ammo capacity of 9 rounds.

S&W added the other fan-favorite features from it’s Shield line too. It comes with a great trigger, perfect stippling, and an 18 degree grip angle for instinctive aiming.

S&W M&P9 Shield EZ Holsters

Caliber: 9mnm
Capacity: 8+1
Weight: 23 oz
Barrel Length: 3.675 inches
Cost: $389

S&W M&P380 Shield EZ

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - S&W Shield 380 EZ Holsters

This is another M&P Shield EZ but setup to fire the .380 ACP cartridge. Why would anyone choose the .380 version over the 9mm?

It’s easier to shoot accurately when you’re sending rounds down range quickly. Because it has less recoil energy pushing against the gun, you can get the sights back on target faster.

Some people just plain prefer softer shooting pistols. Is this pistol a good concealed carry gun though? You betcha it is.

New bullet technology has proven that the 380 cartridge is perfectly suitable for self-defense. It’s no longer a debate. Sure a 45 ACP or 9mm will have better statistics on paper but consider this: the FBI tested the newer .380 cartridges available and found that they passed their ballistic gel test with flying colors. It penetrated more than 12″ but less than 18″ (this is preferred) and it opened up into a bigger mushroom shape quite reliably.

So, if you want the statistically better round, you can pick up the 9mm version of this Shield EZ. If you want the easier to shoot and pistol, pick up the S&W M&P380 Shield EZ.

S&W M&P380 Shield EZ Holsters

Caliber: .380 ACP
Capacity: 8+1
Weight: 18.5 oz
Barrel Length: 3.675 inches
Cost: $309

Taurus GX4

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Taurus GX4 Holsters

The Taurus GX4 is in direct competition with the other high-capacity, micro-compact pistols on this list. The GX4 is very small for what it is. It’s a 9mm pistol that holds 12 rounds and shoots very well. When you consider how affordable it is, you have a concealed carry pistol that’s flying off the shelves.

Taurus has been making very good pistols for quite a while now. They’ve always priced their handguns competitively and the GX4 is no exception. This is the most affordable high-capacity, micro-compact on this list. If you want another pistol at this price, it’ll either be bigger& heavier or it’ll carry less rounds.

There’s a lot going for this little pistol other than the great price. It has near-perfect ergonomics and very good stippling. The front serrations help those who like to do their press checks from the front of the slide. Finally, the flat trigger feels amazing at the firing range.

Taurus produced a great pistol for concealed carry and they offered it at an unbeatable price. Check this one out.

Taurus GX4 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 11+1
Weight: 18.5 oz
Barrel Length: 3.06”
Cost: $329

Ruger EC9s

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger EC9s Holsters

Ruger created the EC9s before the double stack micro-compact pistols became all the rage. It’s still a good concealed carry gun. However, like the Glock 43, it doesn’t carry many rounds. What it does have going for it, however, is a very small & lightweight package that conceals effortlessly.

The Ruger EC9s is pretty much the same pistol as the LC9, LC9s, and LC380. The all look the same and will all fit the same Ruger EC9s holsters.

Here’s how Ruger markets this thing (in a nut shell): It’s a good, reliable pistol (with Ruger’s reputation backing it) for just a little over a couple hundred bucks.

I mean think about it. The EC9s is one of the absolute cheapest guns on this list…. and it’s a good gun. Ruger has a good reputation for building rugged and reliable firearms. They mean it when they state that fact too.

This gun won’t let you down and it’s a fairly decent shooter. It’s small enough to never worry about concealment. It’ll conceal great. Plus, look at the price on these things!

If you can live with just 8 rounds of 9mm in your concealed carry gun, this is the best bang for your buck on this entire list of the 50 Best Concealed Carry Guns.

Ruger EC9sHolsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 7+1
Weight: 17.2 oz
Barrel Length: 3.12”
Cost: $259

Walther PPS M2

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther PPS M2 Holsters

Here’s another year with the PPS M2 on our list of best handguns. It’s still a great 9mm for concealed carry. I imagine it’ll stay here until the M3 comes along. There’s simply too much to love about the PPS M2 for it to fall out of popularity with Concealed Carriers.

First, it has Walther’s unmatched fit and finishes. All you have to do is pick this sweet pistol up and you’ll immediately notice its incredible quality. It just oozes quality all over the place.

Next, you’ll be floored by the sweet ergonomics. You’ll swear your hand and this pistol was designed together in the same engineering lab.

Lastly, this little heater is a reliable tack driver on the range. It comes with a flush-fitting magazine and an extended mag as well.

The limited ammo capacity is a bit of a drawback but it’s still a great gun for concealed carry from a company with tons of high pedigree pistols in its history.

Walter PPS M2 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6-8+1
Weight: 21.1 oz
Barrel Length: 3.18”
Cost: $299

Mossberg MC1sc

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Mossberg MC1sc Holsters

Mossberg shocked everyone when they released a concealed carry pistol. They’re in the long gun business right? Well… now they’re in the short gun business too. Mossberg has most assuredly shown the world that they know how to build a great handgun.

The MC1sc is a great shooting 9mm pistol. It has tons of features that modern pistols are equipped with nowadays: front slide serration, flat trigger, aggressive stippling, reversible mag release, and good sights. Oh yeah, it’s proven to be quite reliable too. The price is pretty good too.

This gun does have an obvious deficiency though. Its capacity is only 7-8 rounds depending on whether or not you’re using the extended mag. Ever since the Sig P365 came along, all the other gun manufactures have been scrambling to squeeze a double stack magazine into a gun that’s less than an inch thick.

Mossberg’s new to the pistol game but this is a great entry. I’m sure they’ll release a concealed carry pistol with a better ammo capacity soon. In the meantime, this is a perfectly functional pistol for a great price from an amazing company.

Mossberg MC1sc Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6-7+1
Weight: 19 oz
Barrel Length: 3.4”
Cost: $329

Walther PPK/S

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther PPK Holsters

Here’s the classic that refuses to die. The Walther PPK has been James Bond’s Go-To Gun for decades now. It is most definitely small enough to conceal easily. It shoots very well and doesn’t kick bad either. Equally as important, its accuracy is touted by many.

Another great quality of the PPK/S is its amazing balance due to its metal frame.

Simply put, this classic pistol rocks. And as old as its design is, it still works for today’s Concealed Carrier. It doesn’t hold as many rounds as the new guns and it isn’t as light. It is still a viable concealed carry gun though.

Here’s one more bonus: As of 2019, the PPK and PPK/S are being made in the USA.

Walther PPK/S Holsters

Caliber: 380 ACP
Capacity: 6-7+1
Weight: 22.1 oz
Barrel Length: 3.3”
Cost: $625

Bersa Thunder 380

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Bersa Thunder 380 Holsters

This is Bersa’s version of the Walther PPK.  It’s a budget-friendly gun made in Argentina. I can point out a few disadvantages to this gun but I personally believe it’s advantages outweigh them.

Sure, it’s a 380 pistol that weighs more than the P365 and carries less rounds.

But look at what it has going for it: It’s small, cheap, and reliable. I’ve had one of these for years. Through hundreds of rounds, it’s never had a failure. Whenever I fly somewhere, I take this pistol because I cringe at the thought of bag-checking a $700 gun. If a $250 gun gets lost, I can replace it much easier.

Bersa Thunder 380 Holsters

Caliber: 380 ACP
Capacity: 7-8+1
Weight: 20 oz
Barrel Length: 3.5”
Cost: $269

Springfield XDE

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield XDE Holsters

The Springfield XDE is a little bigger than the Springfield XDS. It holds one more round too. The biggest difference is, of course, the hammer instead of a striker. Many shooters prefer and love hammer-fired pistols. The other difference is that the grip safety is gone. It’s been replaced with the manual safety (which doubles as decocker). The XDE shares the same Grip Zone design as the Mod.2 pistols. In fact, from the side, it looks like a Mod.2 with a hammer.

The original XDE came in a 3.3-inch barrel. Now, it can be had in two additional lengths. Therefore, you can choose to carry an XDE with a 3.3 inch, 3.8 inch, or 4.5-inch barrel. Because the grip is the same size on all three models, they are all easy enough to conceal. While the longer-barreled versions aren’t harder to hide they might be a little less comfortable to conceal. But the trade-off for the longer barrel is less muzzle flip and a faster-flying bullet.

The XDE comes with a flush-fitting 8 round mag, an 8 round mag with a pinky extension, and a 9 round extended mag that fits the grip perfectly with the included sleeve.

Springfield XDE Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 8-9+1
Weight: 23 oz
Barrel Length: 3.3”
Cost: $400


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Colt 1911 Defender 3 Inch Holsters

The greatest military the world has ever seen carried the 1911 for several decades until the mid-1980s. It has the proven stopping power of the 45 ACP cartridge.

It’s also a fairly thin handgun which makes it one of the best concealed carry guns. Just know that you’ll very likely either love or hate its manual of arms. It’s generally carried “Cocked & Locked”. Meaning, you’ll draw it from the holster, drop the safety, and find a sweet hair trigger waiting to be pressed. This is one of the most popular guns out there and some consider it to be the most reliable handguns available.

Although the 5” barreled versions can be heavy, the 3” Defender series pistols are a bit lighter.

1911 Holsters

Caliber: Take your pick
Capacity: 6-10+1 depending on caliber and brand
Weight: 24-35 oz depending on build and handgun brands
Barrel Length: 3”- 5”
Cost: From $400 all the way up to many thousands of dollars (depending on the brand)

Best Concealed Carry Guns: Best Compact Handguns (Top Guns)


Walther PPQ Subcompact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther PPQ Subcompact Holsters

It took Walther a few years but they’ve finally shortened the PPQ into a chopped version for us Concealed Carriers. The PPQ Subcompact shares the same great ergonomics and trigger that the PPQ is known for. However, the grip and barrel have been shortened enough to make this into a more manageable Concealed Carry handgun.

Walther also includes a 15 round extended mag with a  matching sleeve that perfectly matches the pistol. This is one of the highest quality subcompact double-stack pistols on the market. It has fast become extremely popular.

This pistol is easy to conceal and shoots incredibly well.

Walther PPQ Subcompact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-15+1
Weight: 21.2 oz
Barrel Length: 3.5 inches
Cost: $550

Canik TP9 Elite SC

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Canik TP9 Elite SC Holsters

The Canik TP9 Elite SC comes from a company that’s not extremely well known. However, there is a big following behind this handgun. It’s extremely popular and gaining more popularity every day. It’s a compact concealed carry handgun that shoots extremely well. It holds 12 rounds of 9mm but many owners of the TP9 Elite SC opt to carry the optional 15 round mag.

This pistol has a nice trigger, great sights, handling ergonomics, and reliability. It’s no wonder it’s become so popular. I’m sure the great price had something to do with it’s rise as well.

Canik TP9 SC Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 24.8 oz
Barrel Length: 3.60”
Cost: $369

Glock 26 Gen 5

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 26 Holsters

The Glock 26 has been a great selling Concealed Carry gun for years now. The fifth-generation makes the G26 even sweeter. The Gen 5 updates include a better trigger and more accurate barrel. The Glock 26 has a 10+1 capacity. While the Glock 43X holds just as many rounds as the Glock 26, they approach Concealed Carry a little differently.

The Glock 43X is very thin. However, the Glock 26 makes up for its thicker frame with a shorter height. The Glock 26 is one of the shortest 9mm handguns on the market.

The Gen 5 revamp has ensured that the Glock 26 isn’t going anywhere for a while.

Glock 26 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 21.69 oz
Barrel Length: 3.43”
Cost: $550

Ruger Security 9 Compact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger Security 9 Compact Holsters

While Ruger built the Security 9 as a direct competitor to the Glock 19, this was their answer to the Glock 26.

Like it’s big brother (the Security 9), the Security 9 Compact’s “claim to fame” is its price tag.

It’s may be affordable but it’s not a cheap gun. This handgun is a good quality firearm without even considering the price tag.  When you factor in the price tag, it’s a great product that Ruger has blessed us Americans with!

Ruger claims to build “rugged” firearms. Their guns are supposed to be tougher than normal and last long enough to pass down to your grandchildren. The Security 9 Compact is no exception. It’s very reliable and well-built.

Ruger dropped a hammer-fired trigger into this pistol instead of the more common striker-fired style. However, it feels mostly like a decent striker-fired trigger. Is the trigger on this gun as good as the G26? No, but it’s close. The price tag was the trade-off here.

If you want a great shooting, reliable firearm from a reputable American company you have a few options. If you want all that and an incredible price point, check out the Security 9 Compact from Ruger.

Ruger Security 9 Compact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 21.9 oz
Barrel Length: 3.42 inches
Cost: $299

CZ P-10S

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CZ P10S Holsters

CZ has always excelled at making ergonomic handguns that are incredibly reliable. CZ honestly makes world-class handguns. The CZ P-10S, in particular, is a world-class concealed carry handgun. It has everything you could want in a handgun other than it’s a touch wider than some of the newer double-stack-micro-compacts like the Sig P365 or Glock 43X. 

This is a typical double stack compact sized pistol. It conceals well yet still carries a respectable amount of ammunition.

The P-10S shoots almost as good as it’s big brothers (the P-10C & P-10F). It is much better suited for concealed carry though because of it’s smaller size.

The trigger, sights, ergonomics, and reliability are all just as good as the bigger versions in CZ’s stable.

Plus, you’ll love the removable plate on the slide that allows you to attach a red dot. And because this pistol is a bit wider than the micro-compacts toward the top of this article, it can fit a bigger optic on the slide.

A bigger optic will help you get on target faster.

CZ did not disappoint when they released the ‘S’ version of the P-10.

CZ P10S Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 24.4 oz
Barrel Length: 3.5 inches
Cost: $529


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CZ RAMI Holsters

This pistol just won’t go away! It has been popular for a long, long time. And for good reason.

The CZ RAMI is based on the time-tested CZ-75. It has a lighter aluminum frame, a short 3” barrel, and a flush fit magazine that manages to cram in 10 rounds of 9mm. Also, you can add an extended mag that holds 14 rounds.

It has enough heft to handle hot 9mm ammo pretty well. All while maintaining a small & lightweight package that makes Concealed Carry a breeze.

The RAMI has proved that you don’t necessarily need the latest fad in firearms to have an effective concealed carry firearm.

Sure, an external hammer is a rare sight in today’s usual handgun selection. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s benefits though. After the first shot, the gun switches to single action mode.

It just doesn’t get much sweeter than a smooth single action trigger.

The RAMI isn’t the lightest gun in this list. It’s not the cheapest either. It’s a classic that won’t go away for a reason. Good engineering made this a timeless piece.

CZ RAMI Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-14
Weight: 26 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $575

Taurus G3C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Taurus G3C Holsters

Taurus has had a best seller for years in the PT111 G2. Well, Taurus still has a best seller in the PT111 G2. They just changed the name to the G2C and then the G3C. What did Taurus change to update the name? They took out the locking mechanism that allows a key to turn the pistol into a paperweight. Plus, they updated their logo. And Bam! New name.

In all honesty, ditching the locking mechanism was a smart move. It’s a moving part that can cause the pistol to not fire. Cases can be found on YouTube where the locking mechanism barely moves out of the “unlocked” position by a couple of millimeters. This caused the pistol to be “locked”.

The new G3C does not have this problem. Taurus took a great gun and made it more reliable.

Also, the G3C has a more durable finish. The trigger has also been improved over the older PT111 G2 and even over the G2C.

The G3C is barely bigger than a typical single stack pistol. Yet, it holds 12 rounds of 9mm.

Plus, it costs just a couple hundred bucks. If you’re on a budget, this should be on the top of your list.

Taurus G3C Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 22 oz
Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
Cost: $199

Bersa TPR9C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Bersa TPR9C Holsters

This pistol from Bersa is a very sweet shooter. The TPR9C is unique because Bersa utilizes some old-school features on this Concealed Carry gun. For instance, it has a metal frame rather than the usual polymer frame you’ll find on most new pistols. Also, it uses a hammer-fired trigger. These are still great features on a pistol. While the DA/SA trigger takes a bit more practice to master than a striker-fired trigger, the payoff is a sweet Single Action trigger.

Also, you’ll never know a balanced pistol until you’ve handled a metal-framed pistol. It truly feels great in your hand. Yes, it adds a few ounces. However, there are pros and cons to every trade-off. That extra weight absorbs recoil.

Truth be told, it’s not even very heavy. It’s a great Concealed Carry pistol.

Bersa TPR9C Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 13+1
Weight: 25 oz
Barrel Length: 3.25”
Cost: $390

Stoeger STR-9C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Stoeger STR-9C Holsters

The STR-9c is Stoeger’s follow up to the popular STR-9. Stoeger is better known for long guns but they’ve decided to jump back into the handgun game too. The STR-9C is a compact version of their full size STR-9. It’s a 9mm striker-fired pistol. This is a great all-around pistol. There aren’t really any stand-out features on this handgun but it does check most of the boxes that a popular handgun should have.

So why is the STR-9C on this list? It checks most of the boxes while coming in at just around $250. You get a whole lot of concealed carry gun for that price.

You can see good ergonomics, stippling, large trigger guard, front serrations, striker-fired trigger, accessory rail, Glock-style take-down levers, and more.

It’s small enough to easily conceal carry and it packs plenty of ammo too.

Stoeger STR-9C Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 13+1
Weight: 24 oz
Barrel Length: 3.82”
Cost: $259

Beretta APX Carry

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Beretta APX Carry Holsters

Beretta released the APX Carry after they released the Full Size, Centurion, and Compact versions. To be honest, I’m not sure why Beretta called this gun the APX Carry. It’s an entirely different gun than the other (bigger) versions. Beretta made it look like an APX and called it an APX. In reality, the Carry version has its own thing going on. That’s not a bad thing either.

This single stack pistol is tiny. It only carries up to 9 rounds but it is a 9mm pistol. It’s reliable and a decent shooter. Beretta rarely makes a gun that isn’t amazing. This one is no exception.

It’s small, capable, and pack 9mm stopping power. Plus it’s backed up by Beretta’s pedigree.

Beretta APX Carry Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 6 – 8 +1
Weight: 19.8 oz
Barrel Length: 3.0 inches
Cost: $329

Sccy CPX

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CPX-1 Holsters

Sccy CPX is an American Gun Company with just that focuses on affordable, small concealed carry pistols.

The CPX-2 is still their most popular pistol.

The CPX-2 is a very decent pistol which can be found for $250. It’s lightweight and small enough to easily conceal. Also, it fits the hand fairly well because of its integrated finger grooves.

It’s a double-action only hammer-fired pistol. It has a long trigger pull that’s pretty smooth. It’s very similar to a Smith and Wesson snub-nose revolver trigger.

10 years ago, it was hard to find a good pistol for less than $300-$400. Because of pistols like the CPX, it’s a little easier today. If you need a reliable pistol and you don’t have a ton of spare cash, this might be the pistol for you. It doesn’t have the best trigger on the market but it does get the job done. You’ll have 10+1 rounds of 9mm in a nice Concealed Carry sized pistol. This is most definitely not a Saturday Night Special that might not go bang when you need it.

You can rest assured this is a reliable American made pistol that just plain works. It lacks the latest bells and whistles but the affordable price reflects that.

Sccy CPX-2 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 15 oz
Barrel Length: 3.1”
Cost: $179

Ruger LCR

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger LCR Holsters

Ruger broke tradition with this one. The Ruger LCR was the first carry revolver offered with a polymer frame. It’s available in many different calibers and a couple of different barrel lengths. The snub-nose version (in just about any caliber it’s offered in) makes a mighty fine Concealed Carry companion. It may be the best revolver for concealed carry.

It works great in your pocket or a belt holster for many reasons. First, it shoots pretty well due to its cushiony grip. Second, it’s very lightweight (at 13 ounces, it weighs barely more than the giant phone in your pocket). Finally, it also includes Ruger’s well-known reliability. This is a modern small revolver built specifically for Concealed Carry and Ruger knocked it out of the park with this concealed carry revolver.

Ruger LCR Holsters

Caliber: 38+P
Capacity: 5
Weight: 13 oz
Barrel Length: 1.87”
Cost: $400

S&W J Frame

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Smith & Wesson J Frame Holsters

The little S&W J Frame revolver has been around for decades. They’ve been around for so long that gangsters in black & white movies would pull them out of nowhere to strike fear in people. The J Frame makes an excellent pocket gun and one of the most suitable revolvers ever created for concealed carry. Its curvy body is a little less noticeable in your pants than a blocky pocket pistol. This makes it one of the best carry revolvers. 

Another factor making it great for Concealed Carry is how insanely reliable they are. When you press the bang switch, you’re almost guaranteed to hear a bang. They’re lightweight and hold 5 rounds of .38 Special +P (some argue that it’s pretty close to 9mm in stopping power).  That is why is is in out list of the best concealed carry revolvers / best ccw revolver.

S&W J Frame Holsters

Caliber: 38+P
Capacity: 5
Weight: 15 oz
Barrel Length: 1.87”
Cost: $400


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - HK VP9SK Holsters

The HK VP9SK  is a continuation of a good thing in the VP series from HK. It has all the qualities that VP9 fans love: great trigger, ergonomics, and handling. It holds 10 rounds of 9mm. Plus, 13 and 15 round magazines are available for the VP9SK. The useful charging handles remain on the subcompact version of the VP9. Now Concealed Carriers have a smaller option for Concealed Carry. 

This is the only subcompact handgun on the market that has swappable backstraps and swappable lateral grip panels. The HK VP9SK also has completely ambidextrous controls. How about that for one of the best subcompact 9mm?

Throw in the fact that the flat recoil spring reduces recoil and it’s clear to see that this is a subcompact that shooters will enjoy on the range. Plus it’s compact enough that it’s easy to Conceal Carry all day long in a good kydex holster.

HK VP9SK Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 23 oz
Barrel Length: 3.39”
Cost: $549

Best Concealed Carry Guns: Best Full-Size Handguns (Top Guns)

Glock 19 Gen 5

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters

The Glock 19 handles well enough to qualify as a service pistol. Yet, it’s still light enough to conceal carry. You can get a full-size grip on it and it handles accordingly.

Furthermore, the latest generation of the Glock 19 is simply amazing. It sports greater accuracy and ergonomics than the Gen 4 version. The trigger feel is better as well.

You’ll immediately notice the absence of finger grooves! Glock ditched the finger grooves for the FBI on the Glock 17M just before deciding to lose the grooves on all new models.

The improved accuracy via the Marksmen barrel is a welcome change as well.

If you want the feel of a service weapon in a compact package, the Glock 19 Gen 5 is the perfect example and one of the best concealed carry guns available. This just might be the best selling concealed carry pistol of all time.

It is also the one of the most popular Glocks available.

Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 24 oz
Barrel Length: 4.02 inches
Cost: $540

Glock 19 MOS

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 19 MOS Holsters

Glock added a red dot Cutout to the Glock 19 and gave it the model name of Glock 19 MOS. That cutout will cost you but it is worth it if you’ve jumped on the red dot wagon. Red dots are amazing tools to help you get on target faster. Plus, you can actually focus on the target instead of the front sight.

If you like the Glock 19, you’ll love the Glock 19 MOS with your favorite red dot attached.

Glock 19 MOS Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 24 oz
Barrel Length: 4.02 inches
Cost: $599

Glock 23

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 23 Holsters

The Glock 23 is just a Glock 19 that has been chambered for a .40 cal cartridge. The .40 has a touch more stopping power. It has more than a touch more recoil though. The Glock 23 is noticeably snappier than the Glock 19. Training will allow you to get follow-up shots on target fast but this pistol can’t handle as well as the softer shooting G19.

If you’re willing to accept more recoil for a bigger bullet, the Glock 23 is a fine gun for concealed carry.

Glock 23 Holsters

Caliber: .40 S&W
Capacity: 13+1
Weight:  24 oz
Barrel Length: 4.02 inches
Cost: $539

Glock 45

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 45 Holsters

The Glock 45 is one of the biggest guns on this list. However, it’s barrel isn’t extremely long at 4 inches. Also, consider that at under 25 ounces, it’s lighter than some smaller pistols on this list.

But here’s where the G45 shines: it holds 17 rounds. It’s longer grip balances with the 4-inch barrel very well. Not everyone can conceal a pistol with a larger grip as this pistol has. However, many people can. It mostly depends on how dedicated you are to dressing around the pistol.

The Glock 45 is basically a Glock 17 with a shorter barrel. So it feels like a service pistol with an easier to manage barrel length.

If you want to Conceal Carry 17 rounds of 9mm in a fantastic handling Glock, the G45 is right up your alley.

Glock 45 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1
Weight:  25 oz
Barrel Length: 4.02 inches
Cost: $539

Beretta APX Centurion

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Beretta APX Full Size Holsters

Beretta’s latest polymer line of pistols is completely different than the PX4 line. Beretta moved into the polymer-framed striker-fired pistol market with a great entry. The APX lineup is loved by almost all reviewers. It is a sweet shooter for one of the best concealed carry guns.

Best of all, Beretta made Compact and Centurion versions especially for Concealed Carriers. The Centurion and Compact version both have shorter barrels and grips than the Full-Size APX.

The barrel length on the Compact and Centurion APX pistols is 3.7 inches rather than 4.25 inches. The Centurion grip is about 0.4″ shorter than the Full-Size APX while the Compact is about 0.4″ shorter than the Centurion.

The Centurion is extremely popular with Clinger Holster customers.  It’s big enough to fill your hand. Yet, it’s small enough to be a great Concealed Carry gun. So, this is one of the best EDC guns for big hands.

Plus, it’s an excellent performer on the shooting range.

Beretta APX Centurion Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-15+1
Weight: 27 oz
Barrel Length: 3.7 inches
Cost: $475

Beretta APX Full Size

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Beretta APX Full Size Holsters

This is the full size version of the APX. While it’s not quite the fit for concealed carry that the Centurion is, it still works for concealed carry. That’s especially true if you like your concealed carry guns a little on the bigger side. The good news is that this pistol is still light enough to easily carry all day long while still providing a generous 18 round capacity. That’s quite impressive.

The APX has much to love in its design. The slide serrations are very easy to grab, the trigger is excellent, the handling is extremely impressive, and it has the pedigree of Beretta’s name.

Beretta APX (Full Size) Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1
Weight: 27 oz
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Cost: $399

CZ P-01

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CZ 75 P-01 Holsters

The CZ P-01 is based on the bulletproof CZ-75 design with a lighter weight aluminum frame, shorter barrel, and shorter grip. Its ergonomics are of legendary status. All gun makers should strive for this level of ergonomic satisfaction.

It’s much easier to carry the lighter P-01 than the CZ-75 on which it’s based (due to its lighter alloy). However, you still get the great shooting dynamics the CZ-75 is known for.

CZ P-01 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 14+1
Weight: 28 oz
Barrel Length: 3.75 inches
Cost: $600

CZ P-01 Omega

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CZ P-01 Omega Holsters

The CZ P-01 Omega is a hot-rodded version of the P-01 we all know and love. It’s main attraction is a suppressor-ready extended barrel. Plus the tritium night sights are suppressor-height so that the still work when you thread a suppressor onto the barrel. It’s painted Urban Grey to look cool too.

Most people shy away from longer barrels like this on their concealed carry gun. However, the longer barrel doesn’t make it harder to conceal inside the waistband. It may be more likely to bump your seat when you’re sitting though.

Having said all that, this is an amazing, tricked out pistol that does a decent job at concealed carry.

CZ P-01 Omega Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 29 oz
Barrel Length: 4.4 inches
Cost: $699


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - PCR Holsters

The CZ PCR is very similar to the CZ-75 Compact. However, it has a lightweight aluminum frame just as the P-01 does. The difference between the PCR and the P-01 is that the PCR doesn’t have a rail making it a little sleeker and easier to conceal.

It has the same legendary ergonomics that made CZ famous for manufacturing one of the best concealed carry guns.

CZ PCR Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 14+1
Weight: 27 oz
Barrel Length: 3.8”
Cost: $575

CZ P-10C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CZ P10C Holsters

While CZ proved it could make a great polymer-framed pistol with its P-07 & P-09 handguns, CZ took it’s time striking out into the striker-fired market. If CZ was waiting to introduce the P-10 series because they were taking their time to perfect the trigger, they’ve succeeded.

The trigger on this pistol is staggeringly good. It inches very close to a good Single Action trigger. Plus there are many other things to love on the handgun. It seems to dissipate recoil like a champ. Also, it’s small enough to make a great Concealed Carry handgun. Yet, it pleasantly fills your hand.

CZ’s most modern pistol to date was made to be equally at home in a Concealed Carry holster or a nightstand.

CZ P10C Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 26 oz
Barrel Length: 4.02 inches
Cost: $475


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - HK VP9 Holsters

The HK VP9 has shown how capable H&K is of producing fine firearms. Almost everyone loves this pistol. Its ergonomics and trigger are universally loved. It has the ergonomics of the great P30 but incorporates a great striker-fired trigger that loyal H&K fans have been asking for. It has the swappable back straps and side panels that people enjoyed on the P30.

Also, it was released with another surprising ergonomic feature: charging supports. Charging supports are small wings on the back of the slide that make racking the slide faster and easier.

You may be a little surprised to see a full-sized gun like the VP9 on a list of the best Concealed Carry guns. After all, it’s bigger than many will want for a Concealed Carry pistol. However, we sell concealment holsters for VP9 pistols in droves. Therefore, I know many people find it just fine for concealment.

HK VP9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 25 oz
Barrel Length: 4.09”
Cost: $529

Ruger Security 9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger Security 9 Holsters

Ruger developed the Security 9 as a direct competitor to the Glock 19. It’s barely big enough to be used as a service pistol. Yet, it’s just compact enough to make it viable as a daily Concealed Carry pistol. It is lightweight yet manages to hold 15 rounds of 9mm. Plus, it’s big enough to fill your hand while being compact enough to carry Inside the Waistband without tremendous effort.

Are you ready to hear the Security 9’s most talked-about feature? It’s incredibly affordable. You can almost buy two of these Ruger pistols for the price of one G19! Ruger was able to make a G19 competitor while keeping the price hundreds of dollars cheaper.

Is this another cheap 9mm gun then? No way. This is a great gun. Ruger has a reputation for building tough guns. They delivered. This is a well-built handgun. Ruger employed a hammer-fired trigger to cut costs. But let me tell you, this is a good trigger. It’s almost a great trigger. You see, it’s a double-action only trigger that feels incredibly close to a striker-fired trigger. I don’t know how Ruger’s engineers pulled it off but they surely made a sweet-shooting pistol at a crazy price point.

You won’t see fancy night sights or swappable backstraps at this price point. Many people don’t care for those features anyway (especially when hunting for a good pistol at a great price).

Ruger Security 9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 23.8 oz
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Cost: $299

S&W M&P Compact M2.0

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - M&P M2.0 Compact Holsters

Smith & Wesson makes three barrel lengths for this one. It comes in 3.6 inch, 4 inch, and 4.625 inch versions. While the shorter barrel is easier to conceal (especially in the appendix carry position), the longer barrels are a bit more accurate. Plus, the longer barrels have a little bit less muzzle flip. These pistols have completely amazing ergonomics. S&W knows how to make a pistol fit your hand. In addition to great ergonomics, Smith and Wesson nailed the stippling. It’s very tacky and easy to keep a good grip on during rapid fire.

Two things stick out with this pistol. First, the quality is outstanding. You’ll see the quality as soon as you pick it up. Truly, the fit and finish are amazing. It’s no wonder their M&P series performs so well on the range. Smith and Wesson have learned over the last century how to make an outstanding handgun.

Secondly, the price separates the M&P Compact M2.0 from the other pistols behind the gun counter. It’s very affordable. It’s over $100 cheaper than some of the other quality handguns you’ll see at your local gun store. Sure, you can get a cheap pistol for less money. However, I’m talking about value here. The M&P Compact is affordable. Plus it’s a better pistol than most of the other pistols behind the gun counter. It is one of the best self defense pistols out there as well. 

The trigger, ergonomics, reliability, and shooting prowess is top-notch all across the board. This is truly an amazing pistol.

S&W M&P9 M2.0 Compact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15
Weight: 27 oz
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Cost: $379


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig-P320-XCompact Holsters

The Sig P320 XCOMPACT is a shorter version of the Sig P320 X-Carry. However, it has mostly the same features as the other X-Series pistols. It has a 3.6″ barrel rather than the 3.9″ of the X-Carry. Also, its shorter grip is easier to Conceal Carry while still holding 15 rounds of 9mm.

You’ll have the option to add a Red Dot without the need for a machine shop to cut out the slide. It has great night sights as well. Also, the ergonomics are unmatched in any other pistol of this size among the best concealed carry guns. Plus, it has the same amazing Sig trigger as the other X-Series pistols from Sig. The flat trigger has an entirely fantastic feel.

This is one of the highest quality polymer pistols in this entire list of best concealed carry guns.

Sig P320 XCOMPACT Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 25.3 oz
Barrel Length: 3.6”
Cost: $799

Sig P229

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P229 Holsters

The Sig P229 has been used by FBI, DEA, ICE, the Secret Service, and many smaller federal agencies. And for good reason. It just works. It’s heavy enough to produce fast follow up shots. Yet it’s not quite heavy enough to cause fatigue by the end of the day.  You can bet your ammo stockpile on the fact that the FBI tested the P229 5x further than it needed to be tested too. To say that it’s highly reliable would be a huge understatement. It’s insanely reliable.

On top of its reputation for reliability, Sig tacks on great accuracy. Sig owners enjoy great accuracy out of the box with the P229. One more thing can be said about how awesome these pistols are. The fit and finish on the P229 are always top-notch.

Some may question whether a gun with the size and weight of the P229 belongs on a list of the best Concealed Carry guns (or a list of the best 9mm pistols available). Take my word for it: there’s a ton of these Sigs that are actively carried daily.

Sig P229 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm, 40, 357 SIG
Capacity: 12-15+1
Weight: 29-32 oz
Barrel Length: 3.9”
Cost: $800+

Walther PPQ

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther PPQ Holsters

The Walther PPQ enjoys a very special place among modern striker-fired triggers. It’s the Gold Standard by which all others are judged. It is loved by all who touch it. It’s not uncommon to find yourself deciding which pistol to trade in after shooting it. If you hold and shoot it…you will covet it. Most striker-fired triggers feel the same every single shot. But some guns nail the execution better than others. The PPQ nails it better than just about anybody.

The PPQ also helped usher in the wave of ergonomic advances in handgun design. Once the PPQ was on the market, all others had to catch up as quickly as possible.

It’s small enough for concealed carry, yet big enough to shoot well. this is a great all-purpose 9mm handgun. Plus, it weighs in at just 24 ounces with a 15 + 1 capacity. There are a lot of great pistols on the market today because of guns like the PPQ. When a gun this sweet raises the bar, everyone else has to up their game as well. It’s one of the best Concealed Carry guns on the market.

Walther PPQ Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 24 oz
Barrel Length: 4”
Cost: $475

Walther PDP Compact 4″

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther PDP Compact Holsters

The Walther PDP a newer version of the famous PPQ. Walther made the trigger better. The stippling is grippier now as well.

The biggest change you’ll see is the red dot plate on the slide. That’s a very welcome addition. While Walther is marketing this to police departments around the world, they were thoughtful enough to make one with a compact grip.

The Compact version is great for concealed carriers. It offers the performance of a duty pistol in a package that’s small enough to work as a great concealed carry gun.

Walther PDP Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 24.4 oz
Barrel Length: 4”
Cost: $599

Stoeger STR-9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Stoeger STR-9 Holsters

Stoeger makes great long guns. They now make great handguns too. The STR-9 is a great pistol at an amazing price. They really knocked it out of the park on their first go-around. 

Let’s look at everything this amazing pistol has going for it: great ergonomics, good stippling, good trigger, very good slide serrations (front & rear), good handling, and the list keeps going.

This is a great gun for the nightstand but it’s lightweight enough to make a  good concealed carry gun as well. This is a high quality firearm at an unbelievable price point.

It has different backstrap options for different hand sizes. The backstrap module actually wraps around to the sides too. That makes it more effective when trying to find the right one to fit your hand.

The low bore axis helps with fast follow up shots as well. This pistol handles really well.

Let’s be honest here: this gun should cost over $400. This looks, feels, and shoots like an expensive handgun. It’s crazy how affordable it is. Of course the price wouldn’t matter if it doesn’t have reliability to back it up. Fortunately, it has proven to be a very reliable firearm.

Remember that while Stoeger hasn’t made pistols in quite a while, they are a very large gun manufacturer with a long history of making reliable guns.

Stoeger STR-9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 30.4 oz
Barrel Length: 4.17”
Cost: $259


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger-57 Holsters

This might seem odd to you. Not many people would expect to see a Ruger-57 in a list of the best concealed carry guns. Well, there’s a first time for everything.

Here’s why this gun is on this list. Our customers are ordering a lot of inside the waistband holsters for this gun. That means a lot of people are using this in their concealed carry rotation.

There are a few reasons why many people are carrying this pistol. It only weighs 24 oz. It holds 20 rounds. Plus, it’s a very soft shooting round for which this pistol is chambered. FNH developed the round to work in their Five-Seven pistol and P-90 rifle. The idea was a small bullet (translate into high capacity) that was soft shooting but still had a high velocity.

Ruger made a pistol that could use the round too. However, Ruger’s version is not only cheaper, a whole lot of shooters actually prefer it to the FN Five-Seven.

It can definitely work as a good concealed carry pistol.

Ruger-57 Holsters

Caliber: 5.7 x 28mm
Capacity: 20+1
Weight: 24.5 oz
Barrel Length: 4.94”
Cost: $599

We know that these guns qualify as the 50 best concealed carry guns on the market. We say these are the “best handguns” because these are the firearms our customers have ordered the most holsters for. We let the true market be the judge.

Which of these best concealed carry guns do you love? Let us know in the comments.

If you buy one of these handguns, be sure to check out Clinger Holsters for the best gun holsters to carry your new handgun in complete comfort. We hope that this review helps you select the best gun for your concealed carry routine (whether you prefer the best full size 9mm pistol or a small .38 revolver). Even if budget is an issue, some of the best handguns I’ve listed here very affordable handguns for the quality that you get.

Oh, I have a confession to make. There are quite a few more than 50 guns in this list. I just couldn’t narrow it down any further though. Every gun on this list belongs on it.

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80 replies
  1. Mike Long
    Mike Long says:

    While I own and occasionally carry 3 of the guns on your list; the Glock 19, Sig P365 and S&W revolver. My go to carry gun is a S&W .380 Bodyguard. It’s small, lite and with the magazine extension I have 7+1. For personal defense I feel it will do the job. Most personal defense situations occur within 10 feet. There is no reason to carry a tactical weapon with 15 or more rounds for that. Unless your law enforcement, shooting that many rounds and at a distance that you could have run from, you might find yourself being charged as the aggressor.

  2. Boris Badenoff
    Boris Badenoff says:

    Great information from start to finish, but I was disappointed not to see the Diamondback DB9 on the list. It’s an extremely small (13.4 oz unloaded) DAO 9mm with restrike and great ergonomics for around $300. I have one on order and plan to use it for EDC in preference to my P365 or G27 (the DB9 is way smaller than either).

  3. APX A1/G2C/M&P.38
    APX A1/G2C/M&P.38 says:

    Ron Abernathy,

    You’re upset because you’d miss your attacker 13 times. Its plain to see youre the one lacking life experience.
    People walking around with 20 rounds in the mag are the ones who scare me. The majority of self defense shootings are ended within 3 shots. I agree with johnny, if you cant down an assailant in 5 shots, maybe you should wield a taser instead. Shooting 13 times means you missed 12. Where did those other rounds go? Into someones house or hitting a bystander? Youre likely to never even use your gun, but if you do, its not going to require 20 rounds in the magazine.

  4. Dave Shoup
    Dave Shoup says:

    Well call me Elmer Keith but I trust a wheel gun and I love my Ruger LCRx. Unfortunately because I am a genius I bought it in .327 Federal, You get a 6th round in a belly gun that way, but you can’t find the ammo. I might get another in .38+ or 9. I like it that much.

    My alternative carry is G-27 in .40. It has a red dot, which is nice but a snag hazard. Little bit of pop to it but not unmanageable.

    I really appreciated this list and the work it took to put it together. I don’t consider either of my choices “house guns” but they are great for carry and proven reliable.

    The “house gun” also revolves, but it just gets me over to the 12 ga, and is not the subject of this article. GP-100 is not a carry piece in my world but still a marvelous value.

    Well done round up!

  5. John H
    John H says:

    Glock 29 in 10mm with 12 rd magazine is what I carry when I’m not carrying my Kimber Ultra CDP II in .45 acp..

  6. Bryan Murphy
    Bryan Murphy says:

    Great list and I have a few of those. I’d add Ruger’s SP101 in 357 because it is as solid as can be even in a small size and can handle 357 all day long. And, how about a Makarov in 9×18. Makarovs are extremely reliable, most powerful handgun in direct blowback and actually get better with age (i.e., German Makarovs are the best yet are over 55 years old.)

  7. Jordan Anthony
    Jordan Anthony says:

    I would love to see a category for “BEST regardless of price” for guns like the Wilson combat EDC 9 that are clearly better firearms than some on the list but aren’t “good for the money”. I have had a hard time finding sites without the “BEST” as all are “BEST for the money”. I have seen a few comments like mine over time as I pay attention to this article a lot, and I think it would be a valid addition.

  8. John
    John says:

    Would like to see small concealed carry guns with 7 to 13 Rounds that has a manual safety thanks

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    You can’t forget about the Glock 36. Sub-compact with the proven stopping power of the .45. Slim design for easy concealment

  10. Ron Abernethy
    Ron Abernethy says:

    Johnny, you watch too much TV and see too many action movies. I can tell you have no real life experience.

  11. Bill Lawrence
    Bill Lawrence says:

    I have been looking for a smaller handgun for concealed carry. Want gun to have some power,like 9mm. A .380 not too bad either.
    Thanks for your LIST. I have been searching various specs. for several models; however your Listing saved a lot of time for making my decision. I have other firearms but use them at the range, too big to lug around on my hip.

  12. Brian Marron
    Brian Marron says:

    Great list, but many of these handguns are almost impossible to buy right now. I have been looking for a Glock 43X MOS or a 48 MOS for six months with no luck. I really like my Springfield Armory XDS OSP for concealed carry (I am more accurate with the XDS than with my Glock 17 MOS), but have been looking for a CC handgun with a few more rounds for a while, and many are sold out.

  13. Johnny
    Johnny says:

    Great list. I have most of the glocks mentioned but for comfort and concealment, nothing beats S&W airweight j-frame. The way I see it, if I ever need to draw my gun, and use it, it’ll be within 7-8 feet. I’m not going to get into a gun battle with multiple assailants. Frankly if I can’t take care of business w 5 shots… I have no business carrying a gun. 14 shots? That implies 13 misses. Naw…, all I need is one shot so maybe I should carry a derringer. :)

  14. Kiara
    Kiara says:

    I have a Canik TP9SF Elite and it should be on this list. Idk why the Canik’s get overlooked so much. They are great and are at an amazing price-point for the quality.

  15. Scott
    Scott says:

    Let me start off by saying, I love my P365. But the downside is the proprietary rail….its useless. Sig ruined a perfect sub compact by using that

  16. Jason Hargraves
    Jason Hargraves says:

    Just like others, no Canik TP9 Elite SC, which I assure you is far better than most of these. Only one I like more than it, is the VP9SK.


    I find it hard to believe that the Browning Black label 380 did not make this list … I have shot most of the guns that made the list , trust me the Browning needs to be a top 10 here folks.

  18. Nelson Padro
    Nelson Padro says:

    Nice list. I cc a Walther Q5 Match SF. Best gun ever for me. Accuracy is incredible that’s why I carry it. I like full frame guns, thinking about a VP9 and is almost in every list.

  19. Thomas Joseph
    Thomas Joseph says:

    So “best” doesn’t really mean best? What about more expensive specialty guns, like the Wilson EDC X9 or the Staccato C2? Clearly as accurate, reliable carry guns, they worth mentioning, no? The article seems rather incomplete without them and a few others…

  20. G Collier
    G Collier says:

    I have owned 11 of the guns on this list. My personal favorite carry gun is a Glock 26. They are reliable and accurate. My number 2 carry gun is the G43. Occasionally I carry a G19. Gave my G19X to a friend. Gave my daughter my M&P Shield (that’s a dang good gun and shoots better than the G43). Had a Sig P938 and it broke after a few hundred rounds. Gave my Sig P320 to my Son-In-Law because he shot it and fell in love with it. I have 3 CZ’s and they are all top quality and probably the most accurate pistols I’ve ever shot. I sometimes carry a CZ P10S. That’s an awesome gun!!! Anyway, there are a lot of great guns on this list and I believe most of them would make a great carry gun!!!

  21. Dennis K
    Dennis K says:

    I agree with Joseph W Morgan Sr on the Bersa .380 Thunder. That is one of the two primary weapons I carry. Love it, easy to carry and shoot and it has a safety lock on the side which locks the entire pistol down which the PPK doesn’t have and cleaning is a breeze. Other primary is a Springfield XDs 3.3 .45 cal. Both of the above are great for concealed carry. Two others I carry less often are a Beretta 92FS and S&W M-19 .357 but regardless of what I carry, the point in carrying is BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR WEAPON. Oh, and practise, practise, practise.

  22. Jason
    Jason says:

    Sorry, I see the VP9SK is there. But no Canik. I just bought the TP9 Elite SC, about 50 rounds in, hitting quarter sized grouping at 30 meters.

  23. Kurt S.
    Kurt S. says:

    This is the most comprehensive list of concealed carry pistols that I’ve seen. Over the years I’ve carried a Colt 1903 .32ACP that is now right at 110 years old. It works OK. I’ve been carrying a Bersa Thunder Plus .380 for the last 3 years and really like it. Just bought a Bersa TPRc 9mm that is to my mind, just about perfect. Size wise the TPRc is very close to the Thunder Plus. Thanks for the very good list. I’m anxiously awaiting my Clinger Gear holster for the TPRc…

  24. robert
    robert says:

    Like the list. Also, like the plain firearms. Started with a .380 by Iver Johnson, Called the Pony. Much like the Colt Pony and was rumored to be made by Colt but could not agree on the price at the time. Purchase price was much less under IJ but still a great piece. The went even smaller when the Kel-tec .32 came out. Carried for a year or so and when to the Kel-tec. 3AT (.380). Cost of .380 got expensive so reloaded for some time. Move up to the SCCY 9MM. A year or two ago I found a brand new Kahr PM9 at Big-R marked $330. When it was removed from the display case the back of the tag said $316. Asked which was right and the registery said even less. Walked out with the Kahr for $288 with background check and taxes. Have carried this for 3 years or so in an IWB Leather holster that I made myself. Often don’t even notice it anymore. Have had my CCW for about 20 years now! Love the Kahr.


    Where is the Bersa .380 Thunder? This gun is actually a better piece than the Walther ,380 PPK. so why is it ignored? And don’t just say weight.

  26. Timothy Lynch
    Timothy Lynch says:

    Well, great list. However, I am disappointed that one gun model that never seem to get on the list. That would be the Canik TP9 series. They came out with their sub compact about a month before the Hellcat. 3 1/2″ barrel, 12 and 15 round mags, and one of the best triggers on the market. All for under $400. If you ever get the chance, try one out. I have 4 Canik pistols and love them all. Plus the after market parts are many.

  27. Justin lawson
    Justin lawson says:

    Why no fns9c. You have the 509 but not the compact. The fns9c is an awesome gun that outshines alot of these guns on this list. I mean you have a couple of taurus handguns here…….

  28. Orison Rollins
    Orison Rollins says:

    I’m a recent new owner of a S&W Shield .380 ez. It is exactly as advertised. Though it isn’t my only handgun, I’ve come to accept the potency of the newer .380 rounds and am comfortable with it for everyday conceal carry. The weight and size make it easier to conceal than my 1911 .45 acp…

  29. Joe
    Joe says:

    I’ve always carried a full-size concealed pistol, as I’ve never liked how the small pistols feel in my hand or how they fire, but there are some newer pistols on this list that I hadn’t looked at or considered before. I appreciate all the good info you’ve listed here, but I’ve got a feeling you’re going to cost me money!

  30. Jay W
    Jay W says:

    I have an APX Compact in one of your IWB holsters, and it has become my EDC, IDPA, and generally carried setup. A fantastic combination, from shorts and flip-flops to winter clothing.

  31. Sergio
    Sergio says:

    No pistol beats the Compact Carry (Langdon Edition) of the Beretta PX4 Storm.
    I have been carrying it with a V3 Clinger Holster in all sorts of ways.
    An incredibly light trigger pistol with night sights a jewel that You did not list.

  32. Jerrito
    Jerrito says:

    What I currently have, since I don’t own a lot of pistols at once, lcp2/g2c/tp9sa. The lcp2 does have a light trigger pull, this is no issue if carried correctly (With the trigger protected!!). The g2c is the dest compact I’ve shot for me, I shoot better with it than others including the g19 I owned. The g2c will also take my tp9sa mags with no issues. An idea for the iwb holsters: i have modified nylon phone/pda pouches to slide over the kydex, this way I can slip the holster under my belt/outside the pants/and cover it with the shirt tail(if the bottom is exposed it’s only a phone cover). This covers all my pistol needs, if I had an unlimited budget I would cover my wants!

  33. Chuck Cappelen
    Chuck Cappelen says:

    I was looking for a reliable budget 9 mm. I settled for the Taurus G2C. I like it better than my Glock 19 And now it is my every day carry!

  34. Jeff Wolff
    Jeff Wolff says:

    Great list. The HK USP compact on 9mm or 45 acp are another option. DA S.A. cocked and locked like 1911 or with the LEM trigger are another fine CCW .

  35. MikeC
    MikeC says:

    While the PPQ is very ergonomic and many companies are scrambling to catch up. The PPQ is not the gun that started it all, though it was a Walther.
    The gun that started the ergonomic competition was the Walther P99.
    HK was the first to polymer pistol frames. Glock was the first to popularize polymer frames and Walther was the first to stylize polymer frames, not just stylize but give replaceable back straps to make the grip adjustable to different hand sizes.
    While Glock has added back straps to their pistols, they have done little else to make their pistols more esthetically appealing.
    There is no doubt that Glocks are fine guns and will run till your finger falls off. But they are still some of the ugliest pistols on the market. At one time compared to hipoints for its fine lines “cough cough” glocks that is.
    Glock has for decades had the mechanics down pat. And now it’s time they bring the look of their pistol in to the 21st century.
    Walther, HK and so many others, companies that didn’t even exist when Glock started making their pistols, have out Glocked the Glock. The mechanics are only one aspect of any product, esthetics are the other half. A powerful and fast car that looks like a brick will not sell well. A powerful and fast car with sleek sexy lines is a Lamborghini and not only sells well but at a hi price.
    While glocks are very utilitarian in looks, they do sell well.
    But how many more could Glock sell if they had a new breed pistol. One that had the sleek ergonomic lines of the P99, PPQ, VP9, XDm, SAR9, STR9, hell even the Canik TP9 has better lines than the Glock. And everyone of these pistols came after the Glock, every one has already been through changes that totally changed the looks.
    P99 evolved in to the PPQ
    The XD evolved in to the XDm
    The VP9 is an evolution of HKs design in to the striker world.
    SAR9 and STR9 are new poly guns that perform with Glock and look 20x better. And Canik, started out in the US with a P99 clone and has evolved in to its own thing. It’s own look.
    The key here is change or evolution. Almost none of which has Glock done.
    Ruger pistols are ugly, and they use a fiberglass epoxy resin instead of polymer, it is slick like Teflon in my hands, SW triggers on their poly guns are the worst I have ever felt, long gritty pulls.
    Sigs are just to expensive for me. And like so many others your acting more for the name than anything else.
    I guess my point is. You don’t have to pay hi prices for quality guns. Every one I named are quality pistols and 3 or more of them can be had for the 350.00ish price. You don’t have to have a ugly gun because there are so many stylish pistols out there at every price point.

  36. James Hoffman
    James Hoffman says:

    You have left out one extremely important characteristic in a concealed carry firearm. Although barrel length and weight are important. They are not nearly as important as WIDTH. I couldn’t tell by your specifics you name for each weapon, but I know for a fact that most of these are well over an inch wide. I personally carry a Ruger LC9 in 9mm. Width is under an inch. I guess I’m looking for a “sub” compact, which most of these are not.

  37. Orlando F
    Orlando F says:

    Love my Walther CCP M2. However, you have a typo in the review: it INCLUDES the Walther warranty not excludes as you had written.

  38. curtis king
    curtis king says:

    SCCY CPX-2 paired with my Clinger Stingray is my EDC. Good comments on SCCY; extremely reliable and I got used to the long trigger rather quickly. Thanks for this list and for an amazing product. #clingerforlife

  39. John S
    John S says:

    Glad to see the Walther PPK/S made the list. Heavy double action pull on first shot takes time to master/cuts up the web of your hand with slide bite/accurate /great close quarter hand gun. Carry the PPK/S as well as the PPS M2

  40. L Henderson
    L Henderson says:

    Plesantly surprised to see the Rami. Well… maybe not so much. Its a beautiful pistol that shoots very nice. I found a 9 w/decocker and love it. Purchased a Clinger No Print Wonder (NPW) for it and have it on the hip often. It literally disapears!
    I have two other NPWs for a Sccy & LC9S. Love them all. Still waiting to see the P229 w/o rail appear in your lineup. Thanks for your great customer interest & service.

  41. Rick K.
    Rick K. says:

    For my money the Kahr CW9 is the perfect carry pistol size. The Smith and Wesson Shield .380EZ certainly follows in those footsteps and I’d love to carry mine. Not for the “EZ” part, it just has a great size, trigger and balance. The biggest problem, to me, is that S&W went a little overboard with the EZ mags. I’ve never gotten along well with the button-on-the-follower deal in .22’s but even worse are those “wings” pressed out of the metal on each side. It’s a low-cap .380! A spare mag is a necessity but those wing things cut into, and catch on, any soft pocket mag holder I’ve seen/owned. Ugh! No spare mag, no carry. You went a step too far, here, S&W. A pretty sweet gun otherwise.

    Ps, my Clinger Stingray is pretty terrific with my Kahr CW9 in it. You can almost forget you’re carrying a single stack.

  42. Beachhawk
    Beachhawk says:

    I have several small carry pistols, but my favorite hands down is the Sig Sauer P365. I recently fitted it with a LIMA 365 laser. I have carried the Sig P238 and P938 and I have no complaints with either pistol, but I bought the P365 for the greater magazine capacities. With the extended magazine, I can carry 13 rounds of 9mm +P in a gun the same size and just as reliable as the P938. It’s a no brainer!

  43. Lou
    Lou says:

    I purchased the M&P .380 Shield EZ in December. It has become my primary carry weapon. I am impressed with the overall performance of the weapon as well as the way the weapon feels in my hand. The grip safety was one of the selling points of the weapon for me. My Wife is a fan of it also.

  44. Danny
    Danny says:

    My house gun P320c .40
    My CCW G42
    NH mountaing (Sled or Side by side) HK usp45 compact or G20.

    I own many many more but these are the one I like.

  45. Hillary Clinton
    Hillary Clinton says:

    FNH FNS-9C should be on everyone’s short list for next gun to buy. I loved mine from day 1. One of the best out of the box triggers and overall ergos. Shoots flat, good stock sights, and depending which model you buy you’ll get 2 or 3 mags. Go from CCW to nightstand gun with quick change to extended mag with grip sleeve. Only complaint is needing to replace the mag release with the FNS9 one. What it brings, especially for the price, makes the FNS-9C deserving of your interest.

  46. Justin Bennett
    Justin Bennett says:

    Many folks love the shield but it wasn’t undercut enough that I couldn’t get a high purchase and get my trigger finger in the right position without white knuckling between my trigger finger and middle finger. It’s quite a stretch. GL43, too light. Wrong grip angle. Feels cheaply made like plastic.

  47. Justin Bennett
    Justin Bennett says:

    Walther PPS M2 is my go to EDC. Carry IWB holster. I tried the CM9 (too snappy). Trigger too long. Don’t know where it breaks so I was very inconsistent with it. Small it is but it bites your 2 hold fingers. With the PPS it solved all of those issues. I’m sure the GL43 is nice for some folks but I don’t like the grip angle and I prefer the ergonomics and smooth firing of the M2. Put it in your hand. Dry fire it. Fire it on the range and see if you don’t agree.

  48. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    I carry a Ruger SR 9c and just bought a Clinger Stingray with the 15 degree cant….very,very nice! I carried it all day around the house and hardly knew it was there and hard to tell I even am wearing it. A very happy customer, will be buying for a few of my other guns as well.

  49. Ken McDee
    Ken McDee says:

    A well thought out and written article. I note that the list is based on the number of sales for the respective gun. Hence, popularity with the market is an excellent consideration for those buyers who are on the fence between and among several guns/pistols.

    From this list, I have compiled my own list. Your article made it easier to initiate my personal list.



  50. Eugene Franke
    Eugene Franke says:

    I love my Springfield XD 9mm 3 inch. I will be ordering a clinger holster next week. When I bought my weapon I was looking at the Bersa 380 but was unsure if needed it would not have the stopping power of a 9mm. My son bought me a concealed carry vest but the XD seems to be a bit heavy for it.

  51. Yohance Moore
    Yohance Moore says:

    I have the EAA SAR K2P, and absolutely love it. Are you guys planning on having a holster for it?

  52. Craig Olson
    Craig Olson says:

    Definitely an accurate list. I have an XD.mod2 but am looking to start carrying my Sig P226 on occasion also.

  53. Clinger Holsters Team
    Clinger Holsters Team says:

    Hi Jim,

    The 1911 is definitely in the top 50! Because the 50 guns are listed alphabetically, it’s at the top of the list. The Kimber is a very fine 1911. We thought it better to group all the 1911 brands together since there are countless makers of the 1911.

  54. PaulWVa
    PaulWVa says:

    Not real sure about everything on this list but I do have three of them. I own both the Sig 320 compact and sub-compact. I carry the sub often, the compact fitted with a TLR-3 light is my house gun. Most days I tend to carry my S&W 638, .38 Airweight Bodyguard. I’ve found nothing easier to tote around all day than the Airweight. Loaded with Liberty Civil Defense ammo and five more in a clip strip I feel pretty well armed.

  55. James
    James says:

    Best Small Pocket Carry Gun?

    Hands down, the Ruger LCP-C. Note the C on the end. The first Ruger LCP had a terrible trigger. I know because I had one. It was very hard to hit a target at any distance due to the excessive trigger pull, travel and reset. Sorry Ruger, but it just sucked. The second generation was the LCP-C. Aka the Ruger LCP Custom. Ruger changed out the trigger and replaced the plastic guide rod with a polished stainless steel one. The LCP-C transformed this little gun into the perfect and easy to shoot and hit the target pocked pistol. In my humble opinion, the LCP-C is the best LCP so far. I feel that the LCP-C is a better pocket gun than the latest version, the LCP-II. The LCP-II is a little better feel in the hand as it is a tad wider, but I consider it too sketchy for most as and everyday pocket carry. The problem is the hair trigger. The trigger on the LCP-II has way too light of a trigger pull for carrying in condition one with no safety, in your pocket. I can and will go off with next to no coercing. It is a nice looking pistol, but if you look around the web and read up on it, it is a scary piston to be carrying with a round in the chamber next to your nuts. Just sayin, my opinion. And we all know what they say about opinions.

  56. rlgray58
    rlgray58 says:

    Nice list! I was between a Glock 19 gen4 and the Walther PPQ 15+1 9mm with 4″. I went with the Walther PPQ, and I absolutely love it, right decision. Wasn’t worried about aftermarket parts to improve the Glock, this one needs no upgrades. PPQ holds nice tight groups easily.

  57. Richaed Palmer
    Richaed Palmer says:

    I have the Stingray for my Springfield SD mod 2 it works great.
    Now I am waiting for the Atom holster for my S&W 5906.
    Well made, Strong, Light and secure.

  58. Rob
    Rob says:

    Definitely have something for everyone. Although there are some smaller guns I think should be included. The 380 has come so far in their bullet tech that they are getting up there with some of the 9mm ballistics.

  59. Gene Pollitt
    Gene Pollitt says:

    I can agree with the Glock 30, but where are the other compact .45s? I love my XDS and compact Kimber!

  60. George
    George says:

    I liked what i have seen and I’m now waiting for my first Clinger holester. I also was very happy with your customer service.


    GARY GRAY says:

    I have tried the Ruger SR9C (and like it; carry it occasionally), the Ruger LCP (sold it; couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from inside the barn with it), the Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra Compact (a delight to shoot; deadly accurate; carry it occasionally) and the Sig Sauer P238. Hands-down, the Sig P238 (with the extended magazine) is the most fun to shoot and the BEST concealed-carry gun I have ever put in my hand. It disappears in a pocket holster or almost any other way you want to carry the P238. Amazing accuracy for such a small package.

  62. Chris Borgerson
    Chris Borgerson says:

    I’m looking for a kydex inside the waistband mag pouch small tactical flashlight holder. Can’t find any combos on market.

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