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The 10 Very Best Guns For Concealed Carry

The 10 Very Best Guns For Concealed Carry

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There are lots of concealed handguns out there, and with so many options it can be difficult to buy just one.

These are my favorite choices. I’ve fired all of these weapons, and would personally trust my life to any one of them. I’ve given them each a specific category I feel they fit.

1. Beretta Nano – Best Ultra Small 9mm

The Beretta Nano is an interesting design and is about as small and thin as you can go with a 9mm semi-auto. The Nano offers an interchangeable lower frame and a variety of magazine sizes, and can equip a laser and swap sight easily. The Nano is rated for hotter +P ammunition and is still small enough for most people to carry comfortably. There may be smaller 9mms, but the Nano offers a lot of customization options and is plenty reliable. The only letdown is the heavy trigger pull.

2. Baby Glock – Best Double Stack CCW

The 10 Very Best Guns For Concealed Carry

Baby Glock. Image source: wikipedia

This isn’t one specific gun, but any of the baby Glocks, the 26, 27 or big babies like the 29 and 30. These double stack weapons offer plenty of capacity in a small package. Glocks are known for their reliability and ease of use and the baby Glocks are no different. One of the biggest advantages is the baby Glock’s ability to take magazines for their bigger brothers, giving them a much higher capacity if the situation calls for it. The Glock is a sort of Jack of all trades. It’s pretty good in most departments, but lacks the finesse of other, more expensive firearms.

3. Bersa 380 – Best Budget Option

The Bersa 380 is a clone of the Walther P series of small 380 ACP pistols. The Bersa lines are made in Argentina and sold in the USA for a few hundred bucks. There a variety of different Bersas, including the Thunder and the Concealed carry, but the original is often the most affordable. A Bersa 380 can be had for under $200 if you know where to shop. The Bersa is a reliable, accurate weapons with excellent ergonomics. This is one of the few weapons that makes a slide mounted safety work well.

4. LCRx and LCR – Best Compact Revolver

The LCRx and the LCR are the same revolver, but the LCR has an exposed hammer that can be cocked for single action shots. (For brevity, LCR will cover both models.) The LCR is a lightweight, compact, snub-nose revolver. Available in 22 Magnum, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum and even 9mm. The LCR series has an excellent trigger and is surprisingly lightweight. The revolver heavily uses polymer materials to reduce both weight and cost. The LCR is relatively affordable when you consider how awesome it is.

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Available in 22 Magnum, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum and even 9mm. The LCR series has an excellent trigger and is surprisingly lightweight. The revolver heavily uses polymer materials to reduce both weight and cost. The LCR is relatively affordable when you consider how awesome it is.

5. Dan Wesson Guardian – Best 1911 for CCW

The 10 Very Best Guns For Concealed Carry

Dan Wesson Guardian. Image source: YouTube

The 1911 is probably the most popular handgun, and is easily the most-produced American handgun. It is a large and heavy platform, but is very thin, and the single action trigger is an absolute dream. The DW Guardian is a compact 1911, and the user can choose either 38 Super, 45 ACP, or 9mm. Dan Wesson 1911s are simply built to a higher standard at a decent price.

6. CZ P09 – Best Full-Sized Auto for CCW

If you are going to go big, go really big. The size difference between the P09 and other full-sized pistols is negligible, but the P09 offers a 19 in the magazine and 1 in the pipe, for a total of 20 rounds. The P09 is a modern version of the CZ 75, with a polymer frame, an accessory rail, a DA/SA trigger, and the ability to choose either a de-cocker or safety right out of the box. The CZ P09 is also cheaper than your run-of-the-mill Glock or S&W.

7. Ruger LCP – Best Pocket Pistol

The Ruger LCP is a great little pocket pistol for concealed carry. The Ruger LCP is one of the smallest, most effective weapons you can pocket carry. This 380 ACP gives you 6 + 1 rounds of ammo and is common enough that a variety of accessories and holsters exists for it. The LCP can be outfitted with a laser, an improved trigger, and there is an adjustable sight model The LCP can be found for under $200 for you savvy shoppers.

8. S&W 686 – Best Full-Sized Revolver for Carry

The revolver is far from dead and is still a favorite for a variety of different shooters. The 686 is one of the best-made revolvers on the market. The S&W 686 has a variety of different barrel lengths, but even with a 2.5-inch barrel, the 686 is a large gun. With a full-sized grip and heavy frame, a user can shoot 357 magnums much easier than from a standard air weight J frame. The 357 Magnum is still a hard round to beat for defensive use.

9. Walther PPS – Best Single Stack CCW

The Walther PPS beat both the S&W Shield and Glock 43 to market by years, and it’s still the better choice in my opinion. The Walther PPS is a slim pistol, but is not super small, so it’s more controllable and easier to shoot. The Walther PPS has a variety of different magazine sizes that actually affect the overall size of the weapon. The PPS features an awesome trigger, is lightweight and very reliable.

10. Sig Sauer P938 – Best Gun for Smaller People

The Sig 938 is a 1911 copy but is much, much smaller than any other 1911. The weapon is very easy to rack because the user can cock the hammer, reducing most of the pressure on the slide. The all-steel frame also aids in reducing recoil, making the 9mm more comfortable to shoot.

What weapons would you add to the list? Delete from the list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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29 comments

  1. My personal choice is a Walther PPK in .380, loaded with hollow point ammo, usually in +P. My other favorite is a Ruger KP89 carried in an IWB holster. It is a little bulky, but carried around back of the hip, it isn’t bad.

  2. Your list didn’t include the Derringer style weapons from Bond Arms and such?!?! A hand held double barrel .410 shot gun or .45 Long Colt doesn’t make your list? Hummm… How about hammerless .38 Special/.357 Mag revolvers From Taurus, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Charter Arms? Semi’s are good, but can and do jam, where as a revolver doesn’t. If you fire the 1st round and it jams, then you have a single shot with a magazine. Besides if you can’t deter an attacker in 5 shots, do you think the other 1 to 5 rounds extra rounds a semi carries make a difference, unless facing half a dozen attackers. Most attacker(s) won’t take the time to see if you have Derringer or a MP-5 submachine gun, once you fire the 1st round.

  3. I would add either the px4 Storm either in 9mm or 40 S&W in the compact size. I would also add the P320 by sig sauer in the compact carry. If a revolver was used would be the 686 but would carry it in shoulder rig. I would take the Bersa off the list and maybe include ruger’s LC 9

  4. Of this list, could you tell me what the least expensive handgun is?

    • I suggest you pick one you like, and check prices thru sites like cheaper than dirt dot com, gunbroker dot com. Keep in mindd that tho the 10 listed all godd, there are many more available. Find a shooting range that rents guns for use at the range, see what fits you personally.wheel gun or semi auto. For low price,I suggest a Hi Point Firearm model, also Taurus products.

  5. All above are great choices! I just happen to like my Keltec 32 ACP, fits any pocket and the silver tip bullet expands plenty. Works well close in have a ten round clip most encounters are too close any way. once stopped two intruders with a .22 derringer. Both backed down.

  6. To Marjorie, I agree the “Best Budget Option” is the Bersa 380. I love mine. I may get one for my wife.

  7. My wife and I each picked up a 9mm Taurus Millennium PT111 G2, which comes with two 12 round magazines, for $249.95 at our local gunshop. Then we visited TaurusUSA.com and got the $50 rebate, so each gun was $199.95 – not counting fees or sales taxes – after the rebate. Visit YouTube and easily search and find nice large numbers of very favorable reviews on this model. Taurus had a voluntary recall on some earlier models which could fire if dropped with a round in the chamber, and thus this widely reported problem was well rectified in the 2nd generation (G2) models, making for a real bargain price point for those who do their research on such things. None of the problems and all of the advantages of a 12+1 9mm compact pistol, basically a small Glock with an additional safety. Again, visit YouTube and see what large numbers of actual owners with hands on experience have to say, being certain it is the PT111 G2, not the earlier PT111.

    The $50 ends on December 31st, 2015, and the mail-in rebate forms must be postmarked by 1/15/2016, so it is a case of run do not walk to get in on the rebate before the 31st.

    Happy Holidays!

    • I also own the Taurus pt111 g2 and consider it the best value on a handgun available. It is out of stock almost everywhere, which should say something for it’s popularity.

  8. I prefer the Ruger LC9 …It is inexpensive, accurate and a comfortable carry.

    • Edna I agree I have the lc9 also and I carry in my pocket , I like having the thumb safety because I carry it one in the tube. But But I also have a nano I carry inside my wasteland also just depends on what my going to wear that day.

  9. It was briefly mentioned above but the Taurus model 605 .357, 2 in. barreled revolver. Only 5 in the cyl. but every trigger pulls a heart stopper, on either end of the barrel. 38 Special @ the range and .357 HP for “recreational usage”. Easily concealable and with a little practice (without which any firearm is worthless) and patience, will be as big a show stopper as any double stack pistol. Besides, there’s something about a revolver that just ‘feels’ right in the hand.

  10. I have an S&W M&P Shield 9mm. I like how thin it is, easy to stick in my pocket or IWB holster comfortably. And it fires great with very little recoil.

  11. As a six foot neanderthal looking dude I love my little sig P938.

  12. I might point out that the Glock 19 in this picture is not the Baby Glock. The Glock pictured is a compact, not a sub compact (Glock 26, 27). Both great guns for concealed carry!

  13. I’ve owned several good CC pistols over the years, a Beretta Tomcat .32, a Bersa Thunder 380, etc. I love both the Walther PPK .380 and the Sig Sauer 232 .380 as well.

    But my current model is the Ruger LC9s (9mm). It is accurate, lightweight, thin, powerful, very well designed, ergonomically comfortable, and perfect for CC. I highly recommend it.

  14. Didn’t see Walther CCP in 9 mm mentioned, great weapon. easy to rack for older people with arthritis, easy to fire and recoil is buffered with a delayed action piston so recoil is reduced by around 30%. That’s why it’s so easy to rack the slide because the recoil spring doesn’t have to be so strong, therefor less strength to rack is needed. Accurate, fairly easy to conceal, 8 in the mag and 1 in the tube for a total of 9. Somehow this great gun just hasn’t taken off like Walther thought it should. Price is reasonable too.

  15. Saw the new Remington RM380 – available in 32 and 9mm. Nice small gun great for a woman’s hand or a man’s pocket. Affordable, lightweight and smooth all over.

  16. OMG Beretta nano #1??? Seriously?? I have one that I have tried every type ammo and many different grains and get 20-25% fte’s. That’s a joke.

  17. I would add the Ruger SR1911 CMD Lwt. As a better option for 1911. Lc9s instead of nano. For a summer pocket ultra compact the Keltec P32 is the bomb. So small and mine goes bag every time.

  18. Many great guns on this list, I think the Springfield XDS would have been a great addition. It comes in two different barrel lengths, 4 and 3.3 inch. The XDS is an affordable high quality firearm.

  19. I spent a considerable amount of time shopping for a left handed shooter friendly single stack 9 for every day carry. Having carried a 1911 commander for a while, I knew I wanted light and reliable. I tried the LC9s, the PPS, the G43, and the Shield without safety. For me the shield was by far the best pistol and one I shot most accurately. A good 800 rounds after beginning to carry it I haven’t had the first problem with it. Great job Smith & Wesson!

  20. What about the Kimber Micro 9?

  21. The picture for the baby Glocks is a Glock 19, it happens to the best of us. Great article, keep it up.

  22. El S&W modelo 60 , con armazón JJ, en Calibre 357 magnum es la mejor opción.
    Por calibre, fiabilidad, presición, gatillo, acero inoxidable, punto de mira intercambiable, peso ligero, apenas 23 oz y presición excelente.

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