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. For size you'll be looking at the size of the footprint along with the thickness. How thick a handgun is mostly determined by if 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. For caliber the most common will be 9mm but 45 ACP, 40 S&W, and 380 ACP are also solid choices.
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Glock 43X MOS Semi-Automatic Pistol 9mm Luger 3.41" Barrel 10-Round Black

The stainless steel slide of the Glock 43X combines its short and slim dimensions to the extended slim frame size of the G48. A perfectly balanced slim fit for nearly all hand sizes with a satisfying magazine capacity and high concealability. The magazine capacity of the slim magazine of the G43X is 10 rounds. Designed for comfort, The G43X combines a compact-size grip length, a built-in beaver tail and a subcompact-slim slide for a comfortably balanced, versatile grip that´s ideal for a variety of users. The frame incorporates elements of the Gen5 and Slimline series such the short trigger distance, a frame with a built-in beavertail, a reversible magazine catch and the incredibly accurate, match-grade GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) and precision-milled front serrations.

 

As quick-targeting reflex sights have made their way onto defensive carry guns, Glock developed the G43X in MOS configuration. This makes mounting a reflex sight on the pistol’s slide without the need for a new slide or separate mounting System quick and easy. Adding to that, the modular back strap system makes it possible to instantly customize its grip to accommodate any hand size. The reversible magazine catch makes it ideal for left and right-handed shooters.

 

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

Combining potent power with cutting-edge performance, the new 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 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
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Sig Sauer P365 Semi-Automatic Pistol 9mm Luger 3.1" Barrel 10-Round Nitron Black

The game changing P365.  Micro-compact everyday carry size with unprecedented 10+1 full-size capacity. The P365 is striker-fired, with the clean crisp trigger pull you expect from a SIG. Lightweight and easy to conceal, the P365 is chambered in 9mm and is rated for +P ammunition. Included standard are XRAY3 Day/Night sights, a 10-round flush fit magazine, and a 10-round extended grip magazine.

 

Features

  • XRAY3 day/night sights
  • Rated for +P ammunition
  • Comes with a 10 round flush magazine and a 10 round extended grip magazine 

What Customers Are Saying

Forget the "haters", this is the finest subcompact pistol

I managed to purchase for my Son one of the first "gen 2" versions of this great pistol and with him we ran the heck out of the pistol...........anyway now I have to have one and though I am an FFL holder the accursed distributors are out of them and I want one so bad I might get one from Midway even though it will cost me about $55 more. There is a "get used to" period with the very light typical striker type trigger but once you get the hang of it and its very short reset you can empty the 10 or available 12 round magazine quite quickly and folks, these diminutive pistols are ACCURATE! I have always been a Sig "hater" and despised the triggers on guns like the P228 and the larger P226 and have frankly have been and continue to be a Glock "fanboy" but to get a similar trigger to the Sig P365 you have to drop in a Pyramid or Zev trigger at a substantial price......folks, when I get mine I will carry it in a great pocket holster and use it as an EDC during summer months and a backup gun in the winter, sup...
- Dennis, 8/18/2018 Shop Now
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HK VP9SK Semi-Automatic Pistol 9mm Luger 3.39" Barrel Night Sights 13-Round Flat Dark Earth

The eagerly anticipated subcompact model of the acclaimed Heckler & Koch VP Series handgun, VP9SK (in 9 mm) has all of the sought-after characteristics of larger frame VP pistols but in a more concealable design.

The highly-rated HK VP precision strike trigger is also found on the VPSK. The VP trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset. The net result is trigger quality unmatched in production striker fired pistols.

A small-scale interpretation of the completely adjustable VP grip feature — consisting of interchangeable backstraps and lateral grip panels — is replicated in the compact grip frame of the VP9SK. This allows the pistol to be easily modified to fit any individual user and is a feature found only on Heckler & Koch handguns. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting.

The VPSK has the features of the latest, state-of-the-art handgun. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the paddle style magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.

HK’s patented charging supports, found on full size VP pistols, are also present on the VPSK. The charging supports are simple components that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating the VP easier for shooters with reduced hand strength.

VPSK pistols have an abbreviated Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into their polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories.

VPSK pistols use a proprietary captive flat recoil spring that helps reduce the recoil forces affecting the operator and the handgun, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component life span.

HK’s famous cold hammer forged barrel — made from cannon grade steel — ensures a long service life. Similar HK barrels on 9 mm P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests in 2010. The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to longer service life as well as a slight increase in muzzle velocity.

The VPSK’s machined steel slide is protected from corrosion and wear by HK’s hostile environment finish and all metal components, including springs and pins have superior metallurgy.

Despite their small size, VPSK subcompacts have excellent weight and balance making them naturally pointable, easy to control, and accurate to shoot. VPSK models are currently available in 9 mm.

VPSK pistols are well suited for civilian sport shooting, security, military, and law enforcement use.

A high quality and well-engineered design, the VP9SK possesses all the features and long-term durability that make HK products especially cost-effective when subjected to total life cycle cost analysis.

Features

  • Black polymer slide
  • Polymer frame
  • Polymer grip
  • Ambidextrous controls
  • Dual slide releases
  • Striker fired
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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

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