Top 5 Concealed Carry Handguns

Choosing the right concealed carry handgun can make all the difference in a self-defense situation. The three most important things to consider when choosing a concealed carry pistol are size, capacity, and caliber. Follow along to learn more about concealed carry handguns and our top picks for concealed carry pistols.

Size

For size, you'll be looking at the size of the footprint along with the thickness. How thick a handgun is is mostly determined by whether the magazine is single stack or double stack; single stack is thinner but has less capacity, while a double stack is thicker but has more capacity. Barrel length also greatly affects overall size. Pistols with shorter barrels and single-stack magazines are generally the easiest to conceal.

Capacity

Capacity is very important in defense situations. Some shooters are fine with lower-capacity handguns that may hold seven rounds, while others prefer more rounds. If more capacity is important to you, the style of the magazine will affect capacity, along with the caliber of the gun you’re shooting.

Caliber

The caliber of your handgun plays a major role in self-defense. While it comes down to personal preference, things like capacity, stopping power, and recoil are greatly affected by caliber. For larger calibers like 10mm Auto, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP, capacities are generally lower due to the increased size of the ammo. Stopping power also plays a major role. While some trust the 380 ACP to get the job done, others put their faith in larger calibers like the 10mm. It is also important to take recoil into account. Shorter, lighter guns will generally produce more felt recoil than longer, heavier pistols. For quick, accurate follow-up shots, a caliber like the 9mm Luger may be a better choice than a cartridge with more knockdown power. With the technology available in modern defense ammo, most cartridges have enough power for adequate protection.

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Glock 43X MOS Semi-Automatic Pistol

Chambered in 9x19 the G43X MOS features slide cuts designed for specific micro-optics and the GLOCK Slim Mounting Rail for mounting accessories. The perfect tactical partner in the well-known GLOCK Slimline design for comfortable concealability.
The G43X MOS has a short subcompact barrel length and a comfortably balanced, versatile compact-size grip with a minimal profile. It incorporates elements of the Slimline series such as the short trigger distance, a frame with a built-in beavertail as seen on the G43 and the G42, a reversible magazine catch. This model has the incredibly accurate, match-grade GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) of the Gen5 series as well as the tough nDLC finish on the slide. The G43X MOS also features precision-milled front serrations.

The slim magazine is built in reliable GLOCK style, it has an orange magazine follower for higher visibility and is specifically developed to ensure the 10 rds magazine capacity.
Features

  • 1 magazine, loader, cleaning kit, pistol case, gun lock
  • Optics ready
  • Safe action trigger
  • Rough textured beavertail grip

Note: The G43X with the Modular Optic System (MOS) does not come with adapter plates.

 

What Customers Are Saying

I would buy this product again as well as others from Midway

Great gun! Shoots really well and has a nice feel. Is one of my favorites. Service at Midway is outstanding. Great prices and no hassle delivery. Will continue do use them for my firearm purchases.
- Revgun, 6/17/2022

About Glock

Glock was founded in 1963 by Gaston Glock, an Austrian engineer, successful businessman, and manufacturer of injection molding parts and components. Originally designed for the Austrian Military, Glock has grown to be one of the most popular firearms brands in the world, trusted by civilians, militaries, and law enforcement agencies all over the globe. Glock is known for their ultra-reliable and budget-friendly semi-automatic handguns as well as their gun parts and accessories. Some of their most popular handgun models include the Glock 19, Glock 17, and Glock 43. Glock also offers training aids, magazines, storage, apparel, and more. Glock's pride in its design and precision is reflected in the company's motto: "Glock Perfection.”

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Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP Semi-Automatic Pistol

Combining potent power with cutting-edge performance, the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP 10mm provides concealed carry users with an outstanding defensive pistol option. Compact yet powerful, the pistol packs in 11+1 rounds of the powerful 10mm. Additionally, the OSP pistol comes with the option to be packaged with a HEX Dragonfly red dot, featuring a rugged machined aluminum body and a 3.5 MOA dot. Harness fight-stopping CCW power with the new XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP 10mm.

 

Features

  • 3.8" Match Grade Barrel
  • Ambidextrous Slide Stop
  • Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly
  • Captive Recoil System

What Customers Are Saying

Some similarities to the Glock 30, but...

I bought this pistol because spec wise it's very similar to my favorite EDC handgun, the Gen 4 Glock 30. This .45 XDM Elite is very slightly smaller and lighter than the G30. But the XDM is optics ready whereas the G30 isn't and I didn't want to modify my G30 in any way. Other than the Hex Dragonfly optics, some of the other things I really like about this gun over the G30 are the metal mags, loaded chamber and cocked indicators, narrower slide (nicer for concealed carry), and Springfield's lifetime warranty. The standard sights on the XDM Elite are also much better than the G30s, and even though they both have 10 round (.45 ACP) mags, I could never get my Glock to cycle with all 10 rounds in the mag. The XDM has no problems firing all 10 rounds in the mag. The felt recoil seems a bit worse on the XDM than the G30, and I like Glock's stock trigger better, but all things I'll get used to with more practice. All said, I am very happy with the Springfield XDM Elite.
- zvolts, 4/15/2023

About Springfield Armory

Resurrected in 1974 by the Reese family, Springfield Armory has grown to become a premier manufacturer of quality firearms. Their obsession for improved manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge design allows them to develop products loyal to Springfield’s heritage while ensuring progression in American firearms. Springfield Armory is the leading maker of our country’s iconic 1911, SA-35 and M1A models, the exciting SAINT series of rifles and pistols, the custom-grade Model 2020 bolt-action family of hunting rifles, the Echelon Pistol, and the Hellcat Pistol. Anchored by our rich history and inspired to break new ground, our proudest legacy is giving you the tools to defend yours. striker-fired solutions, every Springfield Armory firearm is built on a foundation of excellence.

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Ruger LCP Max Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Ruger LCP Max is a Semi-Automatic Pistol is a compact, double-action, magazine-fed, autoloading, pistol that is perfect for deep carry. The pistol is chambered  for the popular .380 ACP cartridge. The LCP max is constructed from an alloy steel slide, an alloy steel barrel, and a glass­ reinforced nylon grip with anodized frame insert for precision and stability. The most substantial difference between the original LCP models and the LCP max is the magazine capacity. With a 10-round, flush fit magazine, the Max provides more capacity in a similarly sized package.

 

Features

  • Slide features raised cocking ears and functional serrations for easy manipulation
  • Slide and frame surfaces and edges are soft and smooth for comfortable carry and handling
  • Tritium front sight with white outline makes for fast acquisition in all light conditions
  • Rear sight features a generous u-notch for easy alignment and a square front face for one-handed cocking. Sight dovetails are sized to accept all aftermarket BodyGuard-pattern sights
  • Improved magazine feed lips, feed ramp, extractor, and barrel cam geometries
  • Patented barrel cam geometry delays unlocking, slows the slide, and ultimately reduces felt recoil compared to other .380 Auto pistol

 

What Customers Are Saying

Amazing Little 380 Caliber Pistol

Ordered/received this newest offering (released by Ruger July 2021) called the 'LCP Max' from Midway in mid-July 2021. The previous models (the LCP and LCP 2 are both still for sale) are often rated some of the top 380 caliber pistols available (I own/carry LCP 2 in rotation) this new 'max' model exceeds the previous (and great) LCP 2 model in several important ways: uses same holster as LCP 2, is only tenths of an inch wider/taller, slightly wider grip is far more comfortable/secure to hold/fire, staggered magazine holds 10 rounds (with a 12 round optional one - vs 6 rounds for LCP 2), improved/usable/replaceable sites, improved loading ramp plus it retains all great/familiar aspects of the LCP 2. If you like the Ruger LCP line of pistols, you're going to love this product. I've owned tried/owned many 380 pistols and this 'Max' model is by far the best available. Loaded with some of the special self-defense ammo, this pistol breaks new ground for subcompact 380 carry.
- Luke, 8/5/2021

About Ruger

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines across both the Ruger and Marlin brands, such as the American, Mark IV, Vaquero, Blackhawk, Redhawk, and more. Ruger crafts many budget-friendly rifle options as well as replica revolvers and polymer pistols for modern applications. Ruger also produces a selection of gun parts, holsters, and other accessories to complement their firearms. For almost 75 years, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®," echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Semi-Automatic Pistol 380 ACP 2.75" Barrel 6-Round Black

Compact and sleek, the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 delivers personal protection in an easy-to-carry, comfortable platform. Chambered for .380 ACP, the lightweight pistol features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, matte-coated stainless-steel slide and barrel. The M&P Bodyguard 380 retains original design features including a 2 ¾-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 5 ¼ inches and an unloaded weight of only 12.3 ounces making it perfectly suited for concealed carry.  Lightweight, simple to use and featuring integrated adjustable laser sights – nothing protects like a Bodyguard.

Features
• Ships with Integrated Crimson Trace Red Laser
• Ships with Two Magazines - One Flat Butt Plate and One Finger Rest Butt Plate
• Ergonomic Grip
• Double Action Fire Control
• Armornite Durable Corrosion Resistant Finish

 

What Customers Are Saying

Excellent Conceal Carry Gun

Love this little gun! I like the built in laser targetting. Bought this for my wife and wanted to make sure she was able to be as accurate as possible if she ever needed it. Shooting at a short distance this gun is great. Use it for what it is. Definitely not something I would be using for anything else other than a up-close and personal defense gun.
- Aarsyth, 1/30/2022

About Smith & Wesson

Since 1852 Smith & Wesson has empowered Americans with the freedom, equality, and security promised by the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It is this sense of safety and security that frees us to pursue our goals and dreams, define our future, and fulfill the promise of America. Smith & Wesson has been manufacturing some of the finest revolvers, pistols, and rifles for decades and is a trusted brand by law enforcement agencies and civilians around the world. They also offer many pistol and rifle parts and upgrades, as well as magazines, knives/tools, training aids, cleaning kits, and much more. MidwayUSA is proud to offer many popular Smith & Wesson Models like the M&P Pistols, 629 Revolvers, Model 500 Revolvers, and more!

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Walther PPK/S Semi-Automatic Pistol

An evolution of the classic PPK, the PPK/s maintains the timeless features, essence and the elegance of the original with an additional extended grip allowing for added capacity and improved ergonomics.

Walther’s industry-leading innovation takes the spotlight with their PPK model handguns. At the time of its invention over 80 years ago, the PPK inspired an entirely new category in the firearm industry, now widely known as the concealed carry pistol. To fill the need for performance in a concealable package, Walther broke the mold of pocket pistols and full-size military pistols to bring undercover officers a more-practical and reliable option, the PPK. It is chambered in.380 ACP, the PPK provides all the power needed in a self-defense pistol without sacrificing on critical functionalities.

To execute this revolutionary concept, the Police Pistol Kriminal took all the modern advancements available at the time and combined them into one performance leading pistol. It features a double-action/single-action trigger that decocks when rotating the safety down into the safe position, first introduced by Walther.

Few guns have withstood the test of time like the brilliantly designed PPK. To this day, the PPK is still one of the most sought after concealed carry pistols on the market. This demand serves as a testament to Walther’s long-enduring legacy of excellence and unparalleled performance. The timeless design and superior engineering make the PPK a true legend amongst firearms.

 

Features

  • Double, Single action
  • Time tested design
  • Checkered grip
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