10 Best Compact Handguns for Everyday Carry

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  1. EC

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    10 Best Compact Handguns for Everyday Carry
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    A concealed carry license deserves reliable and top of the line handguns.

    However, with a huge market to choose from this can be a challenge. We stacked up 10 guns against each other to bring you our top carry handguns based on stopping power, weight, ease of use, and price. Using a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the best, you’ll be able to compare the best of the best. In this article, we’re only covering compact handguns.
    Here are 10 ideal choices for the everyday carrier.
    Glock 26 Gen3 (9mm)
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    • Portability: 4
    • Ease of Use: 5
    • Weight: 3.5
    • Affordability: 2
    • Stopping Power: 3
    The Glock 26 was designed for concealed carry. It has a small frame and short barrel that make it easy to hide anywhere on the body – and it also packs the power of 10+1 rounds of 9mm.

    Even with the small frame size, the Glock 26 retains the same width of a full size Glock. This allows the shooter to get a better hold and much more control over the firearm.

    It is a smaller firearm in general, and the internal parts have been moved closer together, but the Glock 26 is still a Glock. It boasts the same proven and well known reliability. With a plant in Symerna Georgia, these fine pistols are being made in the USA as well as being imported from Austria.

    Springfield XDs .45
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    • Portability: 5
    • Ease of Use: 3
    • Weight: 3.5
    • Affordability: 1
    • Stopping Power: 4
    The Springfield XDs .45ACP is one of the best carry guns on the market. It has a single stack magazine which will hold 5 rounds of .45ACP, and of course you can add an extra round in the chamber.

    If you can’t protect yourself with 6 rounds of .45ACP, you shouldn’t be carrying a gun! With it’s slide made of forged steel and a polymer lower, this gun is made with incredible quality that will never let you down.

    The Springfield XDs .45ACP is only 1” wide – which is why we gave it a 5 out of 5 for concealability.

    Smith & Wesson M&P 40C
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    • Portability: 5
    • Ease of Use: 3
    • Weight: 4
    • Affordability: 3.5
    • Stopping Power: 3
    We can’t say enough about the Smith & Wesson M&P compact series, and the Smith & Wesson M&P .40S&W is the highlight. Reliable, accurate, and easy to carry, we gave the M&P .40C a 5 out of 5 portability factor. It comes standard with a trigger safety and optional thumb safety (if you prefer some added safety features), and is an affordable concealed carry gun.

    Ruger LCRx .38 Special
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    • Portability: 5
    • Ease of Use: 5
    • Weight: 4.5
    • Affordability: 3.5
    • Stopping Power: 4
    The Ruger LCRx .38 Special is the latest in the Ruger LCR line. LCR stands for “Lightweight Carry Revolver” – and the entire LCR series comes with Ruger’s patent-pending trigger system. This reduced friction trigger system is uniquely designed to give the double-action shooting mode a smooth, even trigger pull, which will result in more accurate shot placement every time.

    Ruger has been asked to make a LCR pistol with an exposed hammer to enable single-action mode, and they listened. The Ruger LCRx .38 Special is a dream gun and the answer to a lot of prayers.

    Taurus PT111
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    • Portability: 5
    • Ease of Use: 4
    • Weight: 3
    • Affordability: 5
    • Stopping Power 2.5
    The Taurus PT111 is a fantastic conceal carry firearm. The compact design of the frame and 13-round capacity make it a great gun to tuck under a shirt or waistband.

    The Taurus PT111 also features an awesome gripping surface on the frame of the gun in order for you to have a confident hold. The external features include a manual safety, slide stop, and a tear-down bar much like that of a Glock.

    The best feature of the Taurus PT111 is the double-action/single-action mode. When the slide resets the internal striker to get ready to fire the next round, the trigger is then in single-action mode. If the round fails to fire, the PT111 automatically switches into double-action mode – which will allow you to strike the same primer again. This feature could potentially save your life if you were ever faced with a light primer strike in an emergency situation.

    SCCY CPX-II
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    • Portability: 5
    • Ease of Use: 4.5
    • Weight: 3.5
    • Affordability: 5
    • Stopping Power: 2.5
    Fairly new to the market, the SCCY CPX-II is one of the most affordable carry pistols on the market – which is why we gave the CPX-II a 5 out of 5 on affordability. This slim, lightweight, easy to use 9mm pistol holds 10+1 rounds of 9mm – which has more than enough stopping power for you.

    This gun is super comfortable to hold, a pleasure to shoot, and a fantastic carry firearm for the price. Coupled with SCCY’s excellent customer service and lifetime warranty, you can’t go wrong!

    Beretta Nano
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    • Portability: 4.5
    • Ease of Use: 2.5
    • Weight: 3
    • Affordability: 3.5
    • Stopping Power: 2.5
    The Beretta Nano is a great little carry gun with absolutely nothing that will EVER get stuck in a holster or purse. There is no external safety lever, teardown lever, or slide lock to get stuck anywhere. The size and weight of the Beretta Nano makes it a perfect handgun for concealed carry – and the 9mm round can stop just about any threat to you or love ones.

    Bersa Thunder .380
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    • Portability: 4.5
    • Ease of Use: 2
    • Weight: 3
    • Affordability: 3.5
    • Stopping Power: 2
    The Bersa Thunder .380 is a super carry firearm for any occasion. This gun can literally fit in your pocket!

    It carries 7+1 rounds of .380ACP, and only weighs 23 ounces. It has both single and double-action trigger modes, and the single action trigger is only 4 pounds – which means a crisp, clean shot placement every time. This gun also features an external thumb safety for added protection while carrying.

    Springfield XDM Compact .40S&W
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    • Portability: 4.5
    • Ease of Use: 3.5
    • Weight: 3
    • Affordability: 1
    • Stopping Power: 4
    The Springfield XDM Compact is another awesome carry gun – and you can have your choice of carrying either 11+1 rounds of .40S&W, or 16+1 rounds when you carry the extended magazine.

    This gun is a bit pricier than some of the other guns, but it sure is quality. It’s 6.26-pound trigger pull makes this gun a dream to shoot – and it’s extremely accurate.

    The overall length of the XDM is only 7”, which makes it a very easy gun to tote around.

    Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40S&W
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    • Portability: 4.5
    • Ease of Use: 3.5
    • Weight: 3
    • Affordability: 3
    • Stopping Power: 3.5
    No “top carry gun” list is complete without adding one of the best carry guns on the planet – the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. It comes in both .40S&W or 9MM and is slim, lightweight, and accurate.

    The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is one of the top selling guns in America right now. The 6-pound trigger pull makes for a crisp and accurate shot placement, and the sights on top of the gun are fantastic. Due to the demand for these guns, the M&P Shields are hard to find – if you see one, nab it up for the perfect concealed carry gun!

    Sources: Glocks, Smith&Wesson, Beretta, Taurus, Bersa, Ruger, SCCY, Springfield, WideOpenSpaces

    http://americanshootingjournal.com/10-best-compact-handguns-for-everyday-carry/
     
  2. JDMiller

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    I don't take much stock in articles as this.... as most magazines or media in general have sponsors that impact their outcome.

    Which the Bersa Thunder is a clone of the Walther PPK .....so why not list the Walther PPK.

    In turn I have a Walther PPK..... its a fine gun but heavy as all get out for daily carry in comparison to polymer frame pistols.

    As such.... I agree on the S&W Shield as being a fine carry and the Springfield XDS. But there's the Glock 42(380) & 4399mm) or 36(45acp) single stacks not mentioned and in most circles ....at least with the 43 has made the short list repeatedly in other articles. As such.... the Beretta Nano has been plagued with feed problems reported.

    Again.... take it for what its worth.
     
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    Yep. But I still like reading about 'em. Personally I prefer a hammerless wheel gun. No risk of doing a "John Wesley Harding" with hammerless.
     
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    I guess it boils down to preference. I prefer to go with what feels good in the hand. I have two carry guns. Most often I carry a Kahr CM9 that I added the pinky extension on the magazine to lengthen the grip. Its a compact poly gun with great feel and a great trigger and I shoot it well. It has recently gotten me a little nervous as I have kids and this gun sports no safety so I picked up a cheap Taurus 85 in 38 special. Its a little heavier than I like but have had no problems with it thus far. Both guns always stay put up or on my person but still can't be too cautious!!
     
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    I've heard good things about the SCCY brand. Might have to try one since they are fairly cheap.
     
  7. bondhu

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    From what it reads my vote for all 4 bases would have to be the wife's S&W 642 airweight , no thought just kill the mother*%$#@ pistol. But "forget that your packing" has to be my Colt Mustang .380
     
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    Guess it was about a year or so ago.... I was at LBL's range and just casual conversation but met a gentleman there shooting a SCCY.

    Don't have clue what model other than it was a 9mm.... and he insisted on me shooting it... which I did run a magazine through it.

    It shot good ....and honestly felt pretty good in my hand and ultimately make a great ..cheaper truck gun and not having much invested in it.

    But that said....I'm pretty much a Glock person when it comes to everyday carry guns. Which I've got a 43(9mm) and a 30s(45acp) that you can feed anything and they simply have gone bang every time. In turn... the 43 (single stack) is small enough & thin enough to carry comfortable ...but large enough to be very accurate with. The 30s isn't bad size wise... but its on the heavy side with the double stack magazine of 45's.

    In turn... I own several guns to choose from... S&W, Springfield & Walther to name a few...all great guns. Also don't mind saying my most accurate is a Springfield 1911...hands down. Its just an amazing gun to think that its design has been around for a 100 years now.

    But .. when it comes down to the nut cutting... don't have reservation in saying the Glock's get more use than any of my others.
     
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    Yes, a good truck gun that you don't worry too much about losing. As long as it's reliable.
    That being said, it's hard to beat a revolver for reliability.
     
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    I have had a SCCY CPX2 for several years now. It fits my hand well and is quite accurate and easy to carry. It's usually what I pack if I'm carrying "out on the town." I also have a Glock 23, but it's heavier and not as concealable. If I were anticipating trouble and wanted the extra firepower, I'd pack the Glock. I also carry it if I'm out for a hike or whatever. But I have no reservations about the SCCY. Great gun for the money.
     
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    Ive got small hands, so not a glock fan. I think youll have a hard time beating the shield, xds, or glocks version of the same gun for a concealed everyday carry. Just the size and weight for easy hiding and comfortable all day carrying. Not to mention the reliability at their price point. I also believe it's a question if you ask 10, you'll likely get 14 different answers.
     
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    I carry the Ruger LC9 9mm, mainly in warm temps or if I am wearing clothing that easily prints. I prefer to carry a Colt Defender .45, but the weight of the Ruger and the fact that I can conceal in a front pocket while wearing shorts or jeans makes it very convenient.
     
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    Didn't even touch the Sigs. Must be too expensive for 'em...

    I really like my P938. Fits in my front pocket with a Mika holster. Even made custom grips for it...

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    I love my sig p938. It was cheaper when you figure in the nite sites.
     
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    Here's my Sig 938 with the 22 conversion on it.
     

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