Most popular firearms for concealed carry 2015 edition

Top 20 Most Popular Concealed Carry Firearms: 2015 Edition


Springfield XD-S 45 – 3.3″ barrel / Springfield Armory XD-S 9

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Single stack .45 ACP capability in a concealed carry platform?  We’re in.  The Springfield XD-S .45 ACP with a 3.3″ barrel definitely provides a great platform for putting large caliber rounds downrange.  Best of all – it handles the torsion and stress extremely well.  Worth every penny.  For those that don’t dig larger calibers, it’s also available in 9mm.


Specs: XD-S 3.3″ Single Stack .45 ACP [link] XD-S 3.3″ Single Stack 9mm [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP / 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 5+1 (Standard) / 7+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $599

Taurus 111G2


Taurus, a Brazilian owned manufacturer of firearms, has always come under a lot of scrutiny.  Most recently, there was a massive recall that included many of their concealed carry pistols.  So, why the heck are we including the Gen 2 111?  Because, as we’ve seen it thus far – it’s proven itself to have extremely reliable performance at a great price point.  And it’s also extremely popular amongst concealed carriers – a 12+1 capacity 9mm beneath 6.5″ in overall length for $300.

Specs: Taurus 111G2 [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 12+1
MSRP: $301.52

Kimber Micro Carry


Kimber is known for their special edition and custom models of 1911.  And plenty of concealed carrier insist on carrying a full-size Kimber or even Kimber Pro Carry.  For those that may have a more difficult time concealing a full size 1911 in their waistline, Kimber offers the Solo and the Micro.  The Micro is great because it stays on the 1911 platform – so if you’re a 1911 aficionado, you can stay with a form factor you’re familiar with.  It measures in less than 5.6″ in total length and holds 6 .380 auto rounds in its magazine.

Specs: Micro Carry .380 Auto [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $651

Rock Island 1911 Compact

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Some concealed carriers will carry no less than a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.  To these people, this model epitomizes classic American ingenuity matched with a harrowing record of service.  And for those people, Armscor’s Rock Island Armory offers a compact GI Standard chambered in .45 ACP.  Compact but not too compact, it manages to stay faithful to the caliber while being slightly more concealable than its bigger brothers.


Specs: GI Standard CS – 45 ACP Model #51416 [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 7+1
MSRP: $546


Bersa Thunder .380


No frills, no chills – this is a bare-bones Argentinian .380 Auto known for its reliability and service with pilots in South America.  Its rise to popularity has largely been from its price point – but that’s quickly been followed up with good range reviews and decent magazine capacity.

Did You Know?  The Bersa Thunder .380 is used by the Ecuadorian Air Force.


Specs: [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 7+1
MSRP: $300

Springfield Ultra Compact 1911

Springfield Ultra Compact 1911

If Rock Island Armory and Kimber aren’t your thing but you absolutely demand a 1911 in a compact form factor, Springfield’s got you covered.  The Springfield Ultra Compact Custom Carry 1911A1 features a whole host of high speed match-grade performance parts in a classic 1911 fit.

Specs: PC9104 [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 6+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $2,799 (Fully Custom)

Ruger SP101


The Ruger SP101 double-action revolver has been a mainstay in the concealed carry community for quite awhile.  With five rounds in its cylinder, it’s capable of delivering a frighteningly accurate high rate of fire for a revolver.

Did You Know?  In the critically-acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman purchases a Ruger SP101 for personal protection against Tuco Salamanca.  Mike Ehrmantraut ends up collecting it up while cleaning Jesse’s apartment for suspicious evidence before police arrive. (source: Breaking Bad Wikia)


Specs: Ruger SP101 5718 2.25″ Barrel [link]
Caliber: .357 Magnum / (5737) .38 Spl +P
Magazine Capacity: 5
MSRP: $679

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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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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.