Most popular firearms for concealed carry 2015 edition

Top 20 Most Popular Concealed Carry Firearms: 2015 Edition


So many great choices are out there for the concealed carrier!  We fought, argued, debated, and cussed but finally we narrowed it down to 20 concealed carry firearms that make the honor roll!

We are pleased to present the 2015 Edition of the Top 20 Most Popular Concealed Carry Firearms!

If you find yours notably absent, it’s because we’re human.  But you should let us know why yours should be included in the comments below!

And these are in no particular ranking order – simply 20 of the most popular concealed carry handguns we’ve run across.

Glock 26/27 aka “Baby Glock”


Released in 1994, the Glock 26 has become the most highly sought after concealed carry firearm on the market.  In a pinch, it can accept larger Glock magazines and it can be altered easily to allow for right-handed/left-handed operators.

Did you know?  In the television series, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Episode 15 featured a murder weapon that alternated between a Glock 19, Glock 17, and a Glock 26 throughout the episode (source: IMDb).


Specs: Glock 26 Gen 4 [link] Glock 27 Gen 4 [link]
Caliber: 9mm / .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity: 10+1 / 9+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $599

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm / M&P .40 S&W


We’ve reviewed this firearm extensively in a prior article you can find here.  Our opinion?  It’s a good, reliable and cheap single stack concealed carry pistol.  Chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W, people have largely taken to it like a duck to water.

Did You Know?  Agent Coulson from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actually carries an M&P Shield. (source: IMDb)


Specs: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm [link] .40 S&W [link]
Caliber: 9mm / .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity: 7+1 (Standard) / 6+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $449

Sig Sauer P220/Sig P250


The P220 Carry is a much more concealable version of the famous Sig Sauer P220.  All the capabilities of an SA/DA full-size combat pistol packaged perfectly for the concealed carrier.  Added bonus?  It’s chambered in .45 ACP.  The big alternative (though not the only one) is the Sig Sauer P250.  Chambered in 9mm, it provides DAO operation perfect for fast reaction times.

Did You Know?  Sig Sauer was first featured in cinema in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985; source – IMDb).



Specs: P220 Carry [link] P250 [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP / 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 8+1 (.45 ACP) / 15+1 (9mm)
MSRP: $1,015 /

Ruger LCP Pistol

Ruger LCR

The Ruger Lightweight Carry Pistol was designed from the ground up to be an extremely reliable sub-compact centerfire pistol.  At the price point that the base model is available at – it’s accessible to anyone in the market for a good, concealable pistol.


Specs: Ruger LCP 3701 [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $389

Kahr CM9/PM9

Kahr PM9

A Kahr CM9 can fit nearly anywhere on the concealed carrier.  It truly is built for everyday carry.  While the PM9 features some largely aesthetic improvements over the CM9, the Kahr CM9093 is truly a fine, well put-together DAO pistol with an overall length of less than 5.5″.


Specs: CM9093 3″ Barrel [link] PM9093A 3.1″ Barrel
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 6+1 (standard)
MSRP: $460 / $810

Beretta PX4 Storm – Sub-Compact

Beretta PX4 Storm 13Rd 9mm 3 Semi-Auto Pistol left

It sort of looks like that gun Harrison Ford’s character carried in Bladerunner.  Well, Beretta is bringing geek sci-fi to a whole new level with the Px4 Storm Compact.  Its modular design allows the user to configure the pistol to suit his carry style best.  Best of all, it’s one of the few pistols that can be chambered in .40 S&W and actually perform well with it.

Did You Know?  In Live Free or Die Hard (2007), McClane ditches his iconic Beretta 92 for the Px4 Storm.


Specs: Px4 Storm Compact Type F [link]
Caliber: 9mm / .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity: 15 (9mm) / 12 (.40 S&W)
MSRP: $599

Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver

Ruger LCR revolver 5430

Equipped standard with either five rounds of .38 Special, .357 Magnum, or even 9x19mm Luger, this double-action revolver is ideal for single hand grip.  Whether it’s an everyday carry or an emergency back-up – this revolver was designed for precision, reliability, and force.


Specs: Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver [link]
Caliber: 38 Spc +P (available in .357 Magnum and 9mm Luger)
Magazine Capacity: 5
MSRP: $545 (Base model, .38 Spc +P)

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  • Jim Burke

    You forgot the Colt Defender .45 its on everyone else’s top 10 and you have a crappy brick like a Rock island a d forgot the Colt? Shame on you!

    • James England

      I wouldn’t consider the Springfield 1911 .45 Compact a brick ;p.

  • rlewis581

    Love my Glock 21 .45 x 14. Will get the job done. 1st one I’ve ever carried. Took a couple of weeks to get used to it. Now it’s like it’s not even there. Alien gear IBW Cloak 2

    • Law_dog1

      Alien gear is very good, I use Gold dot ammo and carry a Glock 22. If the cops trust in the Glock; so can you.

  • rlewis581

    Alien Gear IWB

  • Red Ceilidh

    I’m very happy with my M&P Shield. I actually prefer shooting the M&P Compact as there is naturally more to grip, but I’m tall and slender so the single stack is easier for me to carry concealed.

  • Great list of conceal carry firearms. I like the Kahr CM9. It’s very lightweight, only 14 ounces unloaded and operates on a locked breech style, which helps manage recoil. It’s also very accurate,but it takes a little getting used to.

  • Jake

    What happened to the S&W air weights or any other J frame?

    • David Silverstein

      I’m not a S&W fan, but I like the like J frame size guns. I’ve got an old H&R Model 04 that I love. 6 shot chambered in .32 S&W Long. It’s getting hard to find ammo for it and it is really weak ammo, but I love the feel of it.

    • MerleApAmber

      Agree, if I’m down to minimal carry/protection due to whatever reason, an S&W J frame with a shrouded hammer is prime time. Scandium alloy air-weight and we’re speaking no load fast mover. Belly wrap, anklet, OWB/IWB, or in a book.

  • Andy

    The firearm on Bladerunner was a modified Charter Arms Bullbog revolver in .44 Special . There are still a lot of folks who carry revolvers daily , I am one of them , also .40 caliber handguns are being changed out in a lot of law enforcement departments nationwide and being replaced by the 9mm , due to the advances in bullet designs .

  • David Silverstein

    This is a pretty good list for people who legally concealed carry. For the rest, I imagine the Hi-Point C9 and the Cobra Patriot are near the top of the list.

    • John

      There ya go Sparky!! As long as you have someone to look down your nose at!!!

      • David Silverstein

        Just call it like I see it.

  • NeonCat222

    I’m pretty much on a budget and don’t have a CCP but I plan on getting certified and really like the S&W Bodyguard 380. Any thoughts on that? The laser sight seems to be a plus.

    • hoosierchip

      Had one – first shot out of the barrel and the slide went forward off the end of the barrel following the shot. 6 weeks later S&W shipped it back “repaired”. Never been quite right. Wont ever own another S&W. They didn’t even pack it right for shipment back. Just loose in the box.

      • hoosierchip

        The Ruger LCR380 with Lasermax is my next CCW pistol. Every owner I’ve chatted with loves theirs. Local shops cant keep them in stock.

  • A.D. Hopkins

    How do they know these are the most popular? Jake points out that no J frames are represented. Their absence makes me wonder if the people coming up with this list just counted new sales, or used some other inappropriate method that ignored hundreds of thousands of older pistols that remain in use.

  • Ric Yrabedra

    Where was the Kimber Ultra Raptor?

  • Nate

    My daily carry is my Sig P220 45 cal., stopping power at it’s best.

    • MerleApAmber

      Concur. Excellent in Carry version and DAO if you’re not law enforcement or special ops.

    • Law_dog1

      That is nice gun!

  • Law_dog1

    ME; Glock 19, 3 mags, Stinger Flashlight, and a SWAT Band knife. You cannot go wrong with any Glock! And the Compact Kimber Is a great gun to carry CCW too.

  • John

    A garbage can

    • RealAmerican


    • spaceghost 102

      agreed Glock sucks

  • RealAmerican

    I always use a Hidden Ally holsters. They are secure, can be worn without a jacket, and are reasonably priced.

  • Geir Karlsen

    The trigger on the S&W Shield is terrible.

  • Craig Bryant

    I’m really happy with my Glock 43, with a molded IWB holster. Very comfortable, and so far no one has asked if I’m carrying.

  • David F Mayer

    I want a LIGHTWEIGHT gun with adequate power. Hence, I favor the .25 cal HOT ammunition that is nearly as powerful as standard .38 with far less weight and recoil. When you are carrying something 24*7, every ounce counts. Also, many women will have trouble with the recoil of the lightweight larger bore pistols, whereas the .25 has very modest recoil. For clarity, I emphasize that I am speaking here of HOT .25 cal rounds such as MagSafe. Here are the stats:

    64 foot-pounds .25 ACP (pathetic)
    174 foot-pounds .22 WMR
    190 foot-pounds .25 MagSafe (3 times as potent as the standard .25)
    200 foot-pounds .380 ACP
    583 foot-pounds .357 Mag (far too powerful for most women to handle in a lightweight weapon)

    Even the very small .22 WMR has nearly as much power as the standard .380 ACP.

    Small caliber does NOT mean anemic power any longer.

    • spaceghost 102

      Just use a 9mm in 124gr defense ammo plenty of power

  • spaceghost 102

    the m&p shield and the Beretta px4 storm are the best in this review.I’m tired of seeing those crappy glocks lol i know they are like by a lot of people but they suck.Law enforcement only uses them cause they get them cheap..

  • Tyler

    Does anyone have any experience with using those Urban Carry holsters? The YouTube ads suggest they’re awesome and a few reviews seem to agree. I just don’t know how well it would work with a Glock 21sf.

  • Law_dog1

    Glock 19……………… I carry 24 hours a day.

  • jazzy663

    Not surprising the Glock is #1 on the list.

  • Barackoli_ObokChoy

    I carry a full size or compact for CC. I don’t care whether it prints or not. Mouse guns with less ammo is just playing to people’s emotions. I am fully within my rights to carry a large pistol whether it makes people uncomfortable or not. PERIOD.