As more people get their concealed carry permits in the U.S., more handgun makers are designing firearms made to fit. Slimmer profile, lighter designs, and shorter barrels highlight these weapons designs to be worn all day and to be worn discreetly. Here are 3 handguns made to be ideal concealed carry options that shine.
1. Glock 43x
Glock has been a trusted name in handguns for decades for good reason. These weapons are accurate, reliable, and comfortable. The Glock 43x is no different.
As a concealment firearm, it is beautifully designed. It is short, thin, and light – weighing in only 18.7 ounces. It has a 10+1 single stack design that is an upgrade from previous iterations. Combine its size with its rounded grip design makes it exceedingly comfortable whether you’re firing or holstering it.
2. Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 2.0
The original M&P design from Smith & Wesson had its faults, but this upgrade has addressed those. Its clean-breaking trigger may be the biggest improvement, though the grip ergonomics aren’t far behind.
This firearm is only 18.3 ounces and comes with either a 7+1 or 8+1 magazine option. Among the other guns on the list, this may be the best combination of reliability and accuracy.
3. Sig Sauer P365
Rounding out our list of must-have concealment handguns is this gem from Sig Sauer. Offering an 11+1 magazine option, it wins in the capacity department, hands down. Its 5.8″ length makes it a little longer than the other guns on this list but is just as slim and concealable as the competition. In fact, it is slimmer than the Glock option.
As with all Sigs, this gun is very shootable and comfortable to carry all day. For a small gun, it is quite accurate, as well. Sig Sauer’s sighting system has always been a shining feature on its handguns. Novice shooters with weaker grip strength may experience some issues, though, as the slide-lock lever rides relatively low.
Any time you are buying a gun whether it is to conceal, to carry all day, or as home defense, it is important that you test the options. Get out and fire off some rounds with these to see how they feel, how they fit, and how they fire. Gun ownership and preference remain a very personal thing. When you find the right weapon, you’ll know it. This list is a good place to start.