Best Concealed Carry Handguns

Best Concealed Carry Guns 2021

Why Are These The Best Concealed Carry Guns of 2021?

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. These are some of the best pistols and handguns for concealed carry form 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. We try to cover as many American made hand guns as possible. You will find the best 9mm pistol / best 9mm handguns  for your needs today!

Please try not to hurt my feelings too badly in the comments section if you don’t see your favorite pistol on this list. Otherwise, enjoy the 9mm handgun reviews and the gun pictures on our blog.

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 more than 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 HK VP9 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 almost effortlessly, especially as an 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.

Best Concealed Carry Guns: My Short List (Top Guns)

While there are 50 best-concealed carry guns in this list. I’ve put the top 10 best-conceal and carry guns at the top. You’re welcome.

Just FYI, the gun costs were obtained from It’s about the best place to purchase handguns online. Not surprisingly, I have a lot of the best Glocks  out there in this list.

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 scared most hand gun manufactures with the P365. It’s about as small as the Glock’s original G43 but packs four extra rounds of 9mm. The keyword is “about” as small. It’s slightly wider but hardly noticeable.

It only took Glock one year to make a slightly wider (and longer) Glock 43 magazine. They built the Glock 43X around it. 

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

Glock 43X 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: $460

Sig P365

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P365 Holsters 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. Glock has already followed suit with the Glock 43X introduced at SHOT Show in 2019. Others will follow. However, Sig still manages to squeeze in a couple of extra rounds with their extended mag. Also, the P365 comes standard with night sights. This is a gender neutral gun and may be then best handgun for women 2021.

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 that will satisfy your needs.

Sig P365 Holsters

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

Sig P365 XL

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P365 XL Holsters

Sig upgraded the Sig P365 and created the Sig P365 XL! This version has a 12 round mag standard. So now 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.

That’s not all! Sig also 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 before. 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.

Sig P365 XL Holsters

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

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

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 compact 9mm and light enough to conceal carry. You can get a full-size grip on it and it handles accordingly.

Further, 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 loosen 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 in the best-concealed carry guns. This just might be the best selling concealed carry pistol of all time and one of the best concealed carry guns you can find on the market. It is also the most popular Glock available.

Glock 19 Gen 5 Holsters

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

Walther CCP M2

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Walther CCP M2 Holsters

The Walther CCP M2 is a newer version of the popular CCP. It feels utterly amazing in the hand thanks to very similar ergonomics to its much loved PPQ cousin. The CCP features what Walther calls “SoftCoil gas technology” that seems to do a good job at taming recoil. It carries 8 + 1 rounds of 9mm in an easily concealable package. Also, it’s very slim and very trimmed weighing in at 22 ounces.

The M2 version has made field stripping the gun much easier than the original version.

Also, it exudes Walther’s legendary quality. In all honesty, very few companies can match Walther’s build quality.

Walther CCP M2 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 8+1
Weight: 22.33 oz
Barrel Length: 3.54”
Cost: $369

Springfield Armory Hellcat

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 is one of the smallest 9mm pistol on the market.

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. The OSP model that supports red dot optics is the same length as their non-OSP model. That’s the main difference between the Hellcat OSP and the P365XL.

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 package.

Springfield Hellcat Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 11-13+1
Weight: 18 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $519

S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ

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

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. The 380 cartridge is easier to shoot as well. Now, new bullet technology has proven that the 380 cartridge is perfectly suitable for self-defense too. Finally, the Shield 380 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.

S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ Holsters

Caliber: 380 ACP
Capacity: 8+1
Weight: 18.5 oz
Barrel Length: 3.675 inches
Cost: $335

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 (Best hand guns). It’s still toward the top 9mm of the list. 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.

Walter PPS M2 Holsters

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

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 demand a Glock for concealed carry and want an incredibly small pistol, the Glock 43 is definitely for you.

Glock 43 Holsters

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



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 handgun 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: $400 – Many thousands of dollars depending on the brand

Beretta 92 Compact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Beretta 92 Compact Holsters

The Beretta 92 replaced the 1911 in the US military in the 1980s. Beretta has made many different versions since then. The Beretta 92 Compact is the best version for concealed carry. Its shorter barrel and grip make it easier to conceal than the full-sized versions.

The Beretta 92 and its variants are extremely reliable due to its open slide design.  Follow up shots are easy as well due to its weight and single-action trigger.  At 32 ounces, it weighs almost twice as much as some very small pistols. That weight makes it a little less comfortable to carry but much more comfortable to shoot.

Beretta 92 Compact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 13+1
Weight: 31.6 oz
Barrel Length: 4.25”
Cost: $600 – $800

Beretta APX Centurion

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Beretta APX Centurion 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 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 gun for big hands.

Plus, it performs excellently 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 PX4 Compact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Baretta PX4 Compact Holsters

The PX4 Compact is barely big enough to allow a full grip while being small enough to easily conceal. It’s a medium-sized gun that handles itself very well at the range. The rotating barrel absorbs some of the recoils. Less recoil = faster follow up shots.

The PX4 series from Beretta is a futuristic-looking pistol with some modern innovations under the hood. Yet, it still holds onto the classic DA/SA hammer-fired trigger-style Beretta has used for decades. However, that’s not a bad thing. Here’s a tried and true pistol that manages to use some very innovative technologies (rotating barrel). Hammer-fired pistols still have a place in Concealed Carry.

Beretta PX4 Compact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 27.3 oz
Barrel Length: 3.2”
Cost: $500

Beretta PX4 Subcompact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Baretta Subcompact PX4 Holsters

The Beretta PX4 Subcompact (the smallest PX4) feels bigger in the hand than other 9mm guns of similar size. It could be due to its superior ergonomics. It holds a fair amount of ammo for its size and conceals as easily as it shoots. Many people love short-barreled guns like this one for appendix carry.

This Concealed Carry handgun has been popular for about a decade now. Its great design and ergonomics keep this pistol from becoming irrelevant among an ocean of other offerings. This sub compact 9mm is an excellent pistol.

Beretta PX4 Subcompact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 13+1
Weight: 26 oz
Barrel Length: 3”
Cost: $500

Bersa TPR9C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Bersa TPR9C Holsters

This new 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

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-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 - 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


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.

CZ RAMI Holsters

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

FN 509 Midsize

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - FN 509 Midsize Holsters

The FN 509 has been popular since it’s release. This latest version has a slightly shorter grip. Now you’ve got an amazing gun that’s easy enough to Conceal Carry all day long. The original 509 has been so popular because FN built it to be an uber-reliable service pistol.

It’s not huge or heavy. Yet, it’s a perfect size for duty work and holds 17 rounds of 9mm

Now, the Midsize version has come along with a shorter grip that still holds 15 rounds of 9mm. With the FN 509 Midsize, you’ve got a concealable service pistol.

FN knows how to make military-grade weaponry. That’s been proven because they’ve supplied militaries all around the world for decades.

You can now carry a Concealed Carry pistol with a military-grade pedigree.

FN 509 Midsize Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 26.5 oz
Barrel Length: 4.0 inches
Cost: $500

Glock 26 Gen 5

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Glock 26 Gen 5 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 will stay at the top of the concealed carry market.

Glock 26 Holsters

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

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 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


Best Concealed Carry Handguns - HK P30SK Holsters

Here’s a great Concealed Carry shooter for those who believe H&K is the crème of the crop. The HK P30SK is a smaller version of the Full-Size P30. Its grip is more adjustable than just about any pistol you’ve handled before. It can be configured to fit just about any size or shape of the hand perfectly. 

Not only does it have the swappable back strap that other pistols have started to incorporate, it has swappable side panels as well.

It is a great size for Concealed Carry & a great shooter as well. When you consider how reliable it is (it is an H&K after all) and how sweet the ergonomics are, this pistol’s popularity is no surprise.

It’s very similar to the HK VP9SK. The main difference is that it’s hammer-fired rather than striker-fired. Both styles have pros and cons. If you prefer hammer-fired pistols, you can’t do much better than a P30SK for a Concealed Carry gun. HK is very well known for its weapon building prowess. This company has legendary build quality for HK handguns and HK pistols.

HK P30SK Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10+1
Weight: 24 oz
Barrel Length: 3.27”
Cost: $575


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. Besides, it was released with another surprising ergonomic feature: charging supports. Charging supports are small wings on the back of the slide that makes 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


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

Kahr CT9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Kahr CT9 Holsters

Many people love Kahr pistols for very good reasons. They are known for quality single stack pistols like the Kahr CT9. The CT9 is part of their value series line. The value series line offers pistols with less machining and a few changes on the internals that save the customer money. They are presented as equally reliable and a little less pretty. Value and reliability equal one of the best-concealed carry guns you can find today.

If you’ve fired one Kahr, you know how most of the shoot. They have a double-action trigger akin to a very smooth revolver trigger. This makes manual safety unnecessary to most shooters. This adds to Kahr’s other big draw: they are easy to operate.

Because Kahr loves to produce slim pistols, they are very easy to conceal as an appendix carry. Plus, it carries 8+1 rounds of time-proven 9mm cartridges.

Kahr CT9 Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 8+1
Weight: 20 oz
Barrel Length: 4”
Cost: $309

Kimber Micro 9

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Kimber Micro 9 Holsters

Kimber’s Micro 9 is very similar to Sig’s P938. They’re 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

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 maybe 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

Ruger American Compact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger American Compact Holsters

The Ruger American Compact Pistol is one of the latest pistols for Concealed Carriers from Ruger. It’s a shortened version of the full-sized Ruger American Pistol. This is the one Ruger fans have been waiting for. The Ruger American touts a better trigger and better ergonomics than the SR9. The recoil-reducing barrel cam should make trips to the range a little more pleasant. It has replaceable grip modules to fit different hand sizes and genuine Novak sights as well.

The Ruger American is a great pistol from a great company. It looks pretty mean too (not that looks have anything to do with concealment).

Ruger American Compact Pistol Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10-17+1
Weight: 29 oz
Barrel Length: 3.55”
Cost: $400

Ruger LCP II

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Ruger LCP II Holsters

The Ruger LCP II just might be the most popular pocket pistol on the market. It’s usually the smallest pistol you’ll see in any list of the best Concealed Carry guns as well. It fits in the palm of your hand while managing to pack the punch of a .380 ACP round.

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 II has proven to be very reliable. The LCP II 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 cheap pistol, then you might want to consider this hand gun.

Ruger LCP II Holsters

Caliber: 380ACP
Capacity: 6+1
Weight: 10.6 oz
Barrel Length: 2.75”
Cost: $239

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’s lightweight, holds 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 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 coolest revolvers. 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

S&W M&P Compact M2.0

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

Smith & Wesson makes two barrel lengths for this one. It comes within a 4 inch and a 3.6-inch version. While the shorter barrel is easier to conceal, the longer barrel is a bit more accurate. Plus, the longer barrel has 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 pistol out there as well. 

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

S&W M&P9 M2.0 Compact Holsters

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

Sccy CPX

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - CPX-1 Holsters

Sccy CPX is an American Gun Company with just 3 pistols in their lineup. The CPX-1 (with safety) and CPX-2 (no safety) are both 9mm pistols with a double-action trigger (very similar to a revolver). The CPX-3 is their new .380 version. It’s very close in size to the 9mm. 

The CPX 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

Sig P238

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P238 Holsters

Sig Sauer offered the Sig P238 to the market for those who wanted a small Sig pistol. It’s a very small, metal-framed pistol with a capacity of 6 rounds. It brings the full quality of the Sig Sauer brand to the micro gun niche. It shoots incredibly well due to its Single Action trigger.

It’s usually carried cocked and locked like a 1911 pistol. If that’s your preferred manual of arms, this is the micro pistol for you. Due to its extra weight, it shoots much better than similarly sized polymer pistols.

There’s also a new Sig P238 Legion available that has G10 grips and has a top-notch fit and finish.

Sig P238 Holsters

Caliber: 380ACP
Capacity: 6+1
Weight: 15 oz
Barrel Length: 2.72”
Cost: $499

Sig P938

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P938 Holsters

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.

Sig P938 Holsters

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

Sig P320 Compact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - P320 Compact Holsters

We sell an enormous amount of our Kydex holsters for the Sig P320 Compact. It’s very similar in size to the Glock 19. There’s barely enough room to get all your fingers on the grip. This makes it easy to conceal. Yet, it still gives you full control during rapid fire. The quality of this one is top-notch and it has stunningly good looks. While it does feel a bit top-heavy, you’d be hard-pressed to find a concealed carry pistol that can match this level of ergonomics.

These pistols feel amazing in your hand. Also, they are fairly lightweight for their size which aids your Concealed Carry efforts. The P320 Compact shines at the range. One of the main reasons these things are selling like hotcakes is because of the sweet trigger and superior handling.

This choice out of the best-concealed carry guns is an absolute joy to shoot.

Sig P320 Compact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Weight: 26 oz
Barrel Length: 3.9”
Cost: $475

Sig P320 X-Carry

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Sig P320 X-Carry Holsters

The X-Carry was born as a hybrid pistol. It’s a cross between the Sig P320 Carry and the X-5. The Sig P320 Carry is a Sig P320 Compact with a slightly longer grip to hold a couple of extra rounds of ammo. The X-5 is a competition handgun that shines at the range but isn’t practical as a Concealed Carry gun.

The Sig P320 X-Carry brings some of those great X-5 features to the Sig P320 Carry. It has great night sights, a sweet trigger, and a cutout for a Red Dot Optic. Of course, the poly frame shares the same shape and ergonomics with the X-5 as well.

If you want a pistol that’s good enough to run in competitions yet small enough to Conceal Carry, this could be the perfect handgun for your Concealed Carry loadout.

Sig P320 X-Carry Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1
Weight: 27 oz
Barrel Length: 3.9”
Cost: $729


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.

Sig P320 XCOMPACT Holsters

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

Sig P320 Subcompact

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - P320 Subcompact Holsters

The Sig P320 Subcompact is a smaller version of the P320 Compact. All of the reasons that make the P320 Compact so popular are the same reasons the P320 Subcompact is such a qualified shooter. It shoots and handles great. The smaller grip on this one feels surprisingly good for its paltry size.

It’s so concealable, I often pick this one up before I reach for a single stack like the Glock 43. A big surprise here is that it holds 12+1 rounds while being only slightly bigger than single stack 9mm pistols.

Sig P320 Subcompact Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 25 oz
Barrel Length: 3.6”
Cost: $500

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 (Best 9mm). 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+

Springfield 911

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Springfield 911 Holsters

Some say that Springfield made their version of Sig’s P238 with this pistol. However, that can’t quite be accurate. Consider that Sig’s P238 was Sig’s version of the Colt Mustang (which 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.

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 new version dubbed 911 Alpha that ditches the G10 for a smaller price tag. It shoots just as sweet but is a bit more affordable. This may be the best 40 cal pistol out there. 

Springfield 911 Holsters

Caliber: 380 ACP, 9mm
Capacity: 6-7+1
Weight: 12.6-15.3 oz
Barrel Length: 2.7-3.0 inches
Cost: $399-599

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

Taurus G2C

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Taurus G2C 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. 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 G2C does not have this problem. Taurus took a great gun and made it more reliable. The G2C 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 G2C Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12+1
Weight: 21.15 oz
Barrel Length: 3.25 inches
Cost: $199

Taurus G2S

Best Concealed Carry Handguns - Taurus G2S Holsters

Taurus took a slightly modified G2C slide and put a slimmer frame on it to create a single stack pistol that’s very similar to the G2C. The pistol shoots great. It doesn’t leave your pinky dangling in the wind either. It holds 7+1 rounds of 9mm.

While it doesn’t have a huge capacity, it does shoot pretty well. Plus, it’s slimmer profile is a bit easier to conceal. Also, you can’t beat the price. It can be had for a couple of hundred bucks.

Taurus G2S Holsters

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 7+1
Weight: 19.85 oz
Barrel Length: 3.25”
Cost: $179

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.

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

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 & gun concealment yet big enough to shoot well. 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 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

We know that these guns qualify as the best first handgun for you. These are our 50 best-concealed carry guns chosen from only the best firearms that we have tested and loved. Which best-concealed carry guns do you love? Let us know in the comments. After purchasing one of these great handguns, be sure to check out Clinger Holsters for the best gun holsters to securely hold your new handgun. We hope that this review helps you select the best full size 9mm or any other gun for concealed carry. Even if budget is an issue, we have reviewed some of the best handguns under 500 which are extremely affordable handguns for the price.

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71 replies
  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. L
    L says:

    I only skimmed through the article but it is important to discuss the weight. A small firearm to conceal on your person is great but it can weigh as much as a pound. It can be difficult to just move around, such as jogging or walking briskly or riding a bike or doing chores or running errands outside if the gun just bounces against your body such as if it is in a fanny pack. It can cause scrapes and abrasions on your back or side or stomach.
    Perhaps write an article about this.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  10. R. L. Cousins
    R. L. Cousins says:

    My CC weapon is S&W Mod.60 with 3″ barrel. .357 or .38sp. Recoil is heavy with this light revolver, so I go for reloads on lighter side with heavy hp round.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…….

  13. 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…

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Kodiak
    Kodiak says:

    I’ve been researching which gun to get for myself and wife. We will be taking the CCW class soon. I like the Ruger but deep down I am feeling the look of the J-frame. Thanks!

  18. 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!

  19. 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 .

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.



  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!

  45. 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.

  47. 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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