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Most popular firearms for concealed carry 2015 edition

Top 20 Most Popular Concealed Carry Firearms: 2015 Edition

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Kel-Tec P-3AT

keltecp3atA lot of people look down on Kel-Tec for largely silly reasons.  This firearms manufacturer has found a great home in the world of concealed carry with their .380 Auto P-3AT.  Measuring around 5″ in total length, this sub-compact is perfect for everyday concealed carry.  For those uninterested in .380 Auto, Kel-Tec also makes a similar model chambered in 9mm (PF-9) or .32 caliber.  Best part?  The Kel-Tec P-3AT is one of the few extremely reliable firearms available for less than $350.

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Specs: Kel-Tec P-3AT [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $338

Walther PPS

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The Walther PPS – chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W – has been out on the market so long that people have forgotten about it.  That’s unfortunate because the Walther PPS has proven itself to be one of the most consistent, stable, and well functioning single-stack compact firearms on the market.  It features some surprisingly awesome nuances – like an ambidextrous magazine release and super smooth striker-fire operation.  We gave it a more indepth look in this video review.

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Specs: Walther PPS 9mm 2796333 [link] .40 S&W 2796350 [link]
Caliber: 9mm/ .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity: 6+1 / 5+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $533

Glock 43

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The Glock 43 is Glock’s answer to the market demand for single-stack concealed carry pistols chambered in 9mm.  It took awhile for Glock to get to market with a 9x19mm variety but the Glock 42 (.380 Auto, 9x17mm) certainly made plenty of headway into that demand.  By the time Glock 43 arrived, it came out at the right price point for concealed carriers to embrace and its performance was generally well received.

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Specs: Glock 43 [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $535

Ruger SR9C

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Good Guy Ruger – makes an affordable, high capacity centerfire pistol that’s widely available for all AND makes a compliant version for states that limit magazine capacity.  It’s one of the reasons why Ruger does so well in the concealed carry market – they understand what the majority of concealed carriers are looking for.  With an overall length of less than 7″, it is compact but not sub-compact.  The Ruger SR9C is a pistol with excellent precision and a good record of performance.

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Specs: Ruger SR9C Centerfire Pistol 3313 [link] CA-compliant 3316 [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 17+1 / 10+1
MSRP: $529

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Beretta Nano

beretta-nano-1Just like the Beretta Px4 Storm, the Beretta Nano was built with a modular design.  This allows the concealed carrier to choose the best configuration for his or her hands.  Having the ability to make a right-handed pistol a left-handed one is invaluable.  Having a pistol that actually performs up to spec and comes in at a reasonable price (on top of this) is amazing.

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Specs: BU9 Nano [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $450 (base)

Glock 19

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Extremely customizable, durable, and lightning quick – the Glock 19 has well earned its reputation as one of the premier full-size concealed carry pistols on the market.  Almost no list of notably awesome pistols is complete without at least a nod to the Glock 19.

Did You Know?  In 1986, the police department of Colby, Kansas became the first law enforcement organization in the United States to formally adopt the Glock 19.  They were given a generous discount at $300 per pistol and still carry them to this day. (Glock, P.M. Barrett, 2012)

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Specs: Glock 19 Gen 4 [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 15+1 / (CA-complaint) 10+1
MSRP: $619


Concealed Carry Honor Roll – Honorable Mention

Walther CCP

Offering all the sleek, high performance operation we’ve come to expect from Walther, the Walther CCP in 9mm is easy to holster and even easier to put on target.  MSRP – $469 [link]

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Fabrique Nationale (FNS) 9 Compact

Fabrique Nationale certainly makes a great concealed carry compact pistol, chambered in 9mm.  It’s certainly on the list of pistols we’re itching to fire sometime soon. MSRP – $560 [link]

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L.W.S. Seecamp .380

A beautifully ornate yet mechanically simple firearm renowned the world over by discerning concealed carriers – it fits conveniently in almost any small pocket holster.  MSRP – $500. [link]


Did we miss out on your favorite concealed carry firearm?  Tell us about it in the comments section.  Who knows?  Maybe it’ll earn itself the review it rightfully deserves and join the ranks of most popular in 2016.

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James England 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…

James England 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 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD 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

      Idiot

    • 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.