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Top 5 Concealed Carry Pistols to Consider

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Here are five recommendations for quality pistols designed for concealed carry purposes.

Thinking of getting a new pistol suitable for concealed carry for you or as a gift for someone? Have a look at these five choices; all specifically designed as subcompacts to be excellent concealed carry guns, all from quality firearms manufacturers with proven track records.

1. Kimber Master Carry Ultra

Kimber Master Carry Ultra
Kimber Master Carry Ultra

As a diehard .45 1911 shooter, I have to start with a 1911 in a more compact design. Ideal for concealed carry duties, Kimber produces the high quality and lightweight aluminum framed Master Ultra Carry in .45 ACP. With a lenght of 6.8 inches and incoporating Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrips, this small pistol packs all the stopping power that .45 ACP is famous for. Designed specifically for carry duties, it may be the perfect choice for you.

2. Remington Model R51

Remington R-51 Subcompact
Remington R-51 Subcompact

Big Green is producing an excellent line of subcompacts in the Model R51. This 9mm pistol is designed to be drawn quickly and improved sights will get you on target faster. They have also reduced felt-recoil with its innovative design, perfect for the smaller statured shooter. With a width of only 1 inch and length of just over 6 inches, this pistol is imminentley suitable for concealed carry purposes, and the 7+1 rounds of 9mm give you enough ammo to make a difference in emergency situations.

3. GLOCK 43

 

Glock 43
Glock 43

This new single stack magazine 9mm subcompact is GLOCK’s answer to concealed carry requirements. It is ultra-concealable and the design allows for easy and quick operation when the adrenaline is dropping. Features such as an oversized magazine release will allow for quick mag changes and the grip beaver tail design will keep shooter hands high and tight on the grip to produce more accurate shooting.

With 6+1 rounds of 9mm, this pistol has been engineered to the same standards as all other GLOCKs, having gone through torture testing and quality control to give you the best concealed carry pistol possible. With a length of just 6.26 inches and width of 1.02 inches this pistol will have a very low signature and can easily be concealed.

4. Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380

Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380
Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380

As its name Bodyguard implies, this handgun is built on the proven characteristics of the military and police models, but sized into a subcompact pistol. This gun from Smith & Wesson is engineered for concealed carry duties with the professional in mind. In .380 auto, it has reduced recoil, but its 6+1 round capacity brings plenty of firepower to the table. At a length of 5.25 inches and a weight of just 11.85 ounces, this small yet robust pistol may be just what you need for your personal protection. It is also available at a very modest price, which is another reason the M&P line is so popular.

5. Colt .380 Mustang

Colt Mustang 380
Colt Mustang 380

Another subcompact available in .380 auto, these pistols are ideal and designed for personal protection. With just 5.5 inches of length and minimal weight at one pound, they are well-engineered for concealed carry duties. With a magazine capacity of six rounds, enhanced sights, and a LASERMAX version available also for quick target acquision, this gun carries the famous Colt name and is their frontrunner for subcompacts.

There is a vast choice of concealed carry pistols available on the market but these are some of the top ones that have gone through rigorous trials and evaluations and are designed specifically for the job from companies known for quality handguns. These pistols are small yet with enough firepower to protect you in dangerous situations.

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