Whether you’re a law enforcement officer or a civilian, the purpose of carrying a concealed firearm is to ensure that you will be able to protect yourself in the event of an emergency. In this article, Jon from AlphaOmega Tactical – Army vet, sharpshooter, FFL, and, well, proud son of a cop! – lists AOT’s eight best guns for concealed carry.
Eh, nothing magical, it’s just how it turned out! Read on.
How to Choose the Best Concealed Carry Gun
There are a few things to consider first when choosing the best concealed carry gun. First, you need to decide on the caliber. The most popular calibers for concealed carry guns are 9mm and .40 S&W. Both of these calibers have good stopping power and are relatively easy to control.
Next, you need to decide what size gun you want. Concealed carry guns come in a variety of sizes, from small subcompact guns to larger pistols. The size of the gun you get should be based on your size and on your personal preference: how easy will it be to conceal the gun on your own body.
Finally, you need to decide which features you want in a concealed carry gun. Some people prefer guns with safety features, while others prefer guns with simpler designs.
The best concealed carry gun for you will be based on your size, comfort and your purpose for carrying.
So without further ado: Here are AOT’s top 8 best concealed carry guns.
1. Glock 26 and 27
The Glock 26 is a subcompact 9mm that is perfect for concealed carry. It has a 10-round magazine and is small enough to conceal easily.
The Glock 27 is a .40 caliber version of the Glock 26. It has a higher capacity magazine – 12 rounds – and is slightly larger, making it a bit more difficult to conceal. But it’s still a great option for concealed carry.
2. Walther CCP
The Walther CCP is a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that is small and lightweight. It comes with an eight-round magazine, but you can buy additional mags that hold more rounds.
It has a polymer frame that makes it very durable, and a 3.54-inch barrel, which makes it easy to conceal.
The Walther CCP is a great choice for a concealed carry gun because it is small, lightweight, and easy to conceal. It is also a very reliable gun that will give you peace of mind when you are carrying it.
3. Ruger LCP II
Another good choice for your concealed carry weapon is the Ruger LCP II.
The LCP II is a semi-automatic chambered in .380 ACP, which is a popular caliber for concealed carry guns. The LCP II has a polymer frame and stainless steel slide. It also has a simple, easy-to-use trigger that makes it quick and easy to shoot.
This concealed carry gun comes with two six-round magazines, but has an optional extended mag that holds seven rounds. You can never have too little ammo.
4. HK USP Compact
The HK USP Compact is a 9mm pistol. It has a 3.58 inch barrel and an overall length of 6.81 inches. It tops in at only 25 ounces with its polymer frame and stainless steel slide.
Magazine capacity is a hefty 12 rounds, plus it comes with night sights as well as front and rear slide serrations, which are excellent features for any tactical situation in which you might need your concealed carry gun.
The HK USP Compact is a great choice for those looking for a reliable and highly concealable 9mm pistol with a few extra features.
5. Wilson Combat EDX X9S
The Wilson Combat EDX X9S is one of the best concealed carry guns on the market. It is a reliable and accurate gun that is easy to carry and conceal.
The X9S has a 9mm Luger chambering and a 4-inch barrel. Plus it features a striker-fired action, an aluminum frame, and a polymer grip.
The X9S is a great gun for self-defense and incidentally for target shooting, if you’re looking for something that can pull double duty for you. It is accurate and easy to shoot, and has a nice trigger pull.
The Combat EDX X9S is a concealed carry gun that is reliable, accurate, and easy to carry, and making it one of the best concealed carry guns on the market.
6. FN509 Compact
The FN509 Compact is another great choice for your concealed carry gun. It is small enough to be easily carried but still packs a punch with its 9mm Luger chambering.
This gun has a polymer frame and a stainless steel slide, and – for you lefties out there – it has an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release.
The gun comes with two 12-round magazines, so excellent firepower there. The overall length of the gun is 6.7 inches, and it weighs 24 ounces.
The FN509 Compact is a great choice for those who want a concealed carry gun that is small and lightweight but still packs a punch.
7. Walther PPK
The Walther PPK is a great choice for a concealed carry gun. It is small and lightweight, and has a very smooth trigger pull, which makes it easier to shoot accurately.
The main downside of the PPK is that it only holds 7 rounds, so you may want to consider a different gun if you are looking for something with more firepower. Overall, though, the Walther PPK is a great option for a concealed carry gun and makes it on our list!
8. Kahr CM9
The Kahr CM9 is a great choice for a concealed carry gun. It is lightweight, has a low profile, and is easy to conceal. The CM9 also has a good reputation for reliability and accuracy.
The Kahr CM9 is a 9mm Luger caliber pistol that holds 8 rounds in the magazine. The gun itself is a lightweight 15 ounces!!, making it one of the lightest concealed carry pistols on the market.
The Kahr CM9 has a 3.1 inch barrel and an overall length of 5.42 inches. The gun is very thin, measuring only 0.90 inches wide. This makes it easy to conceal, even when wearing tight clothing.
The Kahr CM9 comes with night sights as standard, which is a nice feature to have on a concealed carry gun. The sights are easy to see in low light conditions and make it easier to hit your target.
The trigger pull on the Kahr CM9 is 6 pounds, which is on the heavy side for a concealed carry gun. However, the trigger is smooth and has a crisp break.
All of these factors and features make the Kahr CM9 a most excellent choice for a concealed carry gun.
Which will you choose?
So there you have it. AOT’s top 8 picks for best concealed carry gun currently on the market.
We hope that our picks have given you a better idea of what is available to you and that you now have a better understanding of what factors to consider when choosing a concealed carry gun. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments section below. Hit the contact button if you’re not sure what to buy or need tailored advice. We’re a bunch of gun-lovin vets who love helping our customers out.