The 8 Best Single Stack 9mm Handguns For Concealed Carry


Single stacks for concealed carry are quickly becoming more of a norm, and they aren’t going away. Whether you love them or hate them, they hold a rightful place for us who carry concealed.

The list in the video above comes to us from TheFireArmGuy via his YouTube channel. What do you think of his list?

The 8 Best Single Stack 9mm Handguns for Concealed Carry

S&W M&P Shield

Smith and Wesson took all the positive features from their full size M&P line and packed them into a small and lightweight pistol they call the Shield. When the M&P Shield was released people couldn’t get them fast enough due to it’s slimness, weight and ease of carry. The Shield is a polymer framed striker fired pistol that offers a seven and eight round staggered stack magazine for sufficient firepower in a subcompact pistol design. Consistent with the M&P line, the Shield also sports a hinged trigger that is light and quick for follow up shots. Many people consider the M&P Shield an excellent CCW choice.

Overall Length: 6.1”
Barrel Length: 3.1
Capacity: 7 and 8 rd magazines
Weight: 23.4 ozs (loaded with 7 rds)
MSRP: $449

Walther PPS

The PPS stands for “Police Pistol Slim” and this gun is an excellent carry gun in a slim and quality made package. The PPS featured is the original PPS however since this review Walther has offered the PPS M2 which shares the excellent cross directional texturing on the grip for amazing ergonomics. The original Walther PPS is feature loaded with interchangeable backstraps, a striker fire indicator, an accessory rail, magazine release on the trigger guard, short trigger travel with a trigger bar and the option of a six, seven or eight round magazine. It’s small and reliable design allows people to carry the PPS with confidence.

Overall Length: 6.3”
Barrel Length: 3.2”
Capacity: 6/7/8 rd magazines available
Weight: 24.5 ozs (loaded with 7 rds)
MSRP: $449

Ruger LC9s

When Ruger released the hammer fired LC9 people loved the size and weight for CCW however the long trigger pull was a gripe many shooters had. Ruger corrected that with the LC9s which is a striker fired model that shares the same specs of the original LC9 except the trigger was made much shorter and lighter. Ruger then made the LC9s PRO which eliminated the thumb safety and the magazine disconnect that excited many Ruger fans who carry this gun. Weighing in at just 20.1 ounces fully loaded, the LC9s met the high expectations of their “LC” line which provides an excellent CCW choice.

Overall Length: 6”
Barrel Length: 3.12”
Capacity: 7 rds
Weight: 20.1 ozs (loaded with 7 rds)
MSRP: $479

Kahr CM9

The Kahr CM9 is an incredibly small pistol that delivers excellent reliability, accuracy and craftsmanship. The CM9 was this reviewer’s carry choice for over five years due to it’s ease of carry and confidence in Kahr Arms. I now carry the Kahr CW9 which shares the same quality in a slightly larger pistol. Back to the CM9, it’s the smallest and lightest handgun on this list but amazingly it offers the least amount of muzzle rise which allows the shooter to stay on target for quick followup shots. Kahr uses a full, but very smooth, double action trigger pull that measures 6.5 pounds. The CM9 weighs only 19.25 ounces fully loaded with six rounds offering the carrier many choices on the body to comfortably conceal. I’ve seen the CM9 selling in the mid $300s which is an amazing deal for such a quality handgun.


Overall Length: 5.42”
Barrel Length: 3.0”
Capacity: 6 rds
Weight: 19.25 ozs (loaded with 6 rds)
MSRP: $460

Glock 43

For years people wanted Glock to make a single stack 9mm handgun. When Glock introduced the G43 thousands of Glock fans ran to the store to get their hands on the new model. Glock hit a homerun with this small and light pistol that shares the Glock reliability and confidence. Engineered to the same standards, the G43 can withstand the same durability and torture as other Glock pistols. The Glock 43 sports the same “safe action trigger,” Glock sights, field strip and dimensions of the Glock 26 with the exception of the much slimmer frame width and a six round magazine capacity. Weighing in at 20.4 ounces loaded, the Glock 43 is an excellent CCW pistol.

Overall Length: 6.26”
Barrel Length: 3.39”
Capacity: 6 rds
Weight: 20.4 ozs (loaded with 6 rds)
MSRP: $469

Taurus PT 709

For those looking for a budget single stack 9mm pistol the Taurus PT 709 would make a nice choice. The PT 709 sells for the mid $200s and it is feature packed with many qualities concealed carriers are looking for. First off, it’s a double action, single action pistol with an amazing short reset in single action. Other features include a thumb safety, loaded chamber indicator bar on top of the slide, trigger bar safety and three dot sights in a snag free package. The PT 709 has very nice ergonomics and the overall feel of the pistol is very comfortable. Weighing in at just 21.75 ounces loaded with seven rounds, the Taurus PT 709 packs a lot of quality for not a lot of money.

Overall Length: 6”
Barrel Length: 3”
Capacity: 7 rds
Weight: 21.75 ozs (loaded with 7 rds)
MSRP: $301.56

Springfield XDs

When Springfield came out with the XDs 45, the concealed carry world went nuts over it’s slim and lightweight design. Springfield fans eagerly awaited the release of the XDs 9 and once released, they loved everything about it. It’s small, compact, tough and all XD. Springfield was able to duplicate the features of their larger models to the XDs which gives XD fans a consistent platform. The XDs features include heavy texturing on the grip, a grip safety, a trigger bar safety, loaded chamber indicator bar on top of the slide, fiber optic front sight and an accessory rail to mount a light or laser. Weighing in at 25.5 ounces loaded, the Springfield XDs is an excellent choice to carry.

Overall Length: 6.3”
Barrel Length: 3.3”
Capacity: 7 and 8 rd magazines
Weight: 25.5 ozs (loaded with 7 rds)
MSRP: $479

Sig Sauer P290RS

The Sig P290RS is a stout but very short pistol that packs a punch. It is stout because of it’s thick and somewhat fat grip but has grip panels that can be changed to suit the user’s liking. The pistol is very short with an overall length of 5.5 inches allowing it to be carried as a backup or primary. The double action trigger pull is 9 pounds and has a full reset for follow up shots. Most notably however, the Sig Sauer P290RS has the quality and craftsmanship that’s all Sig Sauer. It’s built tough and made to function. I found it to be accurate and simple to operate. It is a hammer fired gun that has restrike (RS) capabilities which helps with hard primers. Overall, the P290RS is a quality single stack 9mm that won’t break the budget while maintaining the quality of Sig Sauer.

Overall Length: 5.5”
Barrel Length: 2.9”
Capacity: 6 and 8 rd magazines
Weight: 23.5 ozs (loaded with 6 rds)
MSRP: $492 with Siglite Night Sights

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Sianmink

    No Sig 938? Definitely better than the Taurus.

    • Pigface

      Ummmm p938????

      • Fritz609

        938 is a single stack 9mm. You are referring to p238.

    • Sig

      Title was single stack 9mm not 380

      • Sianmink

        You know the 938 is a single stack 9mm, right?

  • Massolo

    I’ll stick with my Nano. Insanely small and deadly accurate.

  • Q

    Bersa bp9cc is as good as if not better than some of the weapons listed.

  • Joshua Sparks

    Really love the M&P Shield with no safety. I trust my life to that gun every day.

  • Ron Hatfield Jr

    KelTec Pf9 for my best CCW..

  • Motojg

    I own a berreta nano, Glock 26 and a sig p290rs… The sig is by far my favorite as far as a conceal carry.

  • dskofstad

    Left out Betetta Nano. But me? I’m a double stack guy. M&P 9c. You never know how many bad guys there’s gonna be. More rounds on board.

    • Danny Reed

      I have 3 M&P’s, a 9c, 40c, and 40 full size. Love the Smith and Wesson M&P!
      However, when I want to conceal carry in the summer months, I go for my Ruger LC9s. Otherwise, it’s my M&P 40 full size or my Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm (which is way underrated in my opinion, the PX4 is a fantastic weapon and the 9mm has 17+1 capacity)

      • dskofstad

        M&P9 full size is also 17+1. Just to keep it in the family. Love Beretta though. 92FS was my first handgun.

    • Jim Screws

      I’m with you. I carry either a Glock or a Sig, winter and summer.

    • TruNYC

      When was the last time you shot more than 1 person.. as a matter of fact, when was the last time you shot ONE person.. Dont be so afraid.

      • Mark Huch

        So Funny, So True. Don’t discount the need for extra ammo to take out black helos

      • John Tyler

        RU FN KIDDING ME??? I was at a gas station outside chicago at 2 am trying to get home from a wedding. 4 guys surrounded me at the pump. I ran around the pump full speed, ran towards the store, turned around and pulled 2 handguns. I had one in each hand and pointed them right at them. I screamed, “It ain’t worth it boys. Don’t do it! Get the F out of here! They walked off cussing me out. I called 911 and made a report and then left. So, yeah, the more the better boys. Trust me. oh btw- one was 16rd S&W and the other was a 10rd Glock 33. 26 shots ready to go…24/7.
        of course, being former military LE I tend to carry more than I ever need…you should too. always.

        • TruNYC

          so one out of a 100,000. and you were former Military and LE.. I think that proves my argument.. But glad you were able to come out of it..

    • BSORaiderErie

      Once a Boy Scout always a Boy Scout, be prepared!
      Springfield Armory XDM 9mm 19+1.
      God Bless the USA!

      • Dustin

        Glock 17 9mm with oem Glock 33 rd mag

        • BSORaiderErie

          That’s impressive! I saw a Kel Tec PMR that holds 30 .22 magnum but it was costly for a Kel Tec.
          Have a good day!
          God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

  • Tboltdon

    My Kahr P 380 goes with me 24/7. Don’t leave home without it.

    • Sig

      Title was single stack 9mm not 380, right?

  • vic ferida

    S&W 3913. Still the best after 20+ years.

  • Tim Elliott

    Does Walther make a single stack 9mm?

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  • Ron Stewart

    Why a video? I want to read an article, not a reposted video -_-

  • Bill

    Mr Firearm. I heard you say you love your cm9. I have a Pm 9 that I love to shoot and carry but have intirely too many FTF ususually 3-4 shot. Hate to get rid of it but have owned glocks for long time. last week took a friends g43 and my PM9 to the range with 6 different brands of 9mm. the Glock ate up everything but my Kahr had problems with 3 of the 6. The funny thing is that I had no problems with Kahr during the 200 rd BE period. Seems to be worse after shooting 30-40 rds. I have ptrobably shot 1200-1300 rds through the PM about 2 yrs old. On the verge of trading for a g43. convence me I shouldn’t ?