The Yankee Marshal declares these ten handguns to be the best conceal carry guns of all time. It’s his list, his choices. What do you think, is he right?
The Yankee Marshal has an unbelievably successful YouTube channel, offering opinions, gun reviews, a little politics, a good dose of humor and occasionally some coarse language.
What’s not to love?
The man knows his handguns. Here’s his buck-fifty worth of opinion on the best conceal carry handguns on planet earth.
The Cheetah is a semi-auto that the Yankee Marshal praises as reliable, accurate, small and easy to carry, comfortable to shoot, has good capacity (8+1 in single stack or 13+1 in double stack), and is a smart-looking handgun.
His “cons” for the Cheetah are its relatively small caliber and possibly the manual safety.
The Springfield 1911 EMP is essentially a 1911 shrunk down to conceal carry format. He likes the accuracy and reliability of the EMP, along with its thin profile, making it easy to carry.
He also likes the sights on the EMP and its light trigger.
8. TIE: Colt Detective Special and the Smith & Wesson Model 60 in .38 Special
“These are the guns that pretty much started the conceal carry revolution,” he says.
Cons: low capacity, smaller caliber, a tad heavy. Pros: “They’re super-reliable, they’re very accurate, they’re so simple to use. They’re very good-looking guns, and they’re small and easy to carry.”
7. Glock 19
The Glock 19 is for many the semi-auto icon of today’s conceal carry crowd. It’s a 9mm with a 16-rounds capacity.
Yankee Marshal rightly indicates that the cons associated with the Glock is the fact that, well, it’s a Glock, with all of the opinion-based baggage that Glocks carry. He does say that it may be a little too thick and large as a conceal carry gun for everyone, but that too is a personal choice.
“It’s just an all-around good gun,” he says, “and definitely deserves the number seven position.”
The Sig P239 is a 7+1 semi-auto that YM says may be a little heavy for a conceal carry gun, but its “pros” outweigh the “cons” pretty handily.
It’s easy to shoot and “handles a .357 Sig round with ease. Even though that round rivals the .357 Mag in performance, this gun shoots it easily. It’s very controllable.”
With 13+1 rounds of 9mm, the M9A1 is a high capacity gun. It’s also one of the bulkier and heavier guns on the list. The slide mounted safety may also be considered an unwelcome feature for some.
“It’s the most accurate gun I’ve ever fired,” declares Yankee Marshal. “And it’s one of the most beautiful guns ever made.”
4. TIE: Ruger LCRx and Smith & Wesson Model 637
Both of these revolvers are five-round .38 Special handguns. That low five-round capacity is, according to Yankee Marshal, the only real negative to these guns.
“They are some of the smallest, most simple to use guns on the conceal carry market,” he says. “They are so easy to carry, so easy to use. You don’t have to know anything about a gun, at all, to successfully use one of these firearms, and to feel comfortable with them. And like I say, they’re so small and light, you won’t even know you’re carrying them.”
This is the only full-size gun on Yankee Marshal’s list.
He says, “It’s the only full size gun I’ve ever been able to carry comfortably.” It’s a high capacity 9mm at 17+1. “Once you get past the size of the gun and that slide mounted safety, which you can easily change, the gun is great…The rotating barrel on this gun makes it handle 9mm ammo as if you’re shooting a .22.”
Yankee Marshal admits that the Baby Glock is “more of a style gun than a gun itself.” He goes with the Glock 33 in .357Sig caliber.
This semi-auto comes standard with a 9+1 capacity, but with “a simple grip extension, which is a necessity on this gun, you get 10+1 rounds for a total of eleven rounds of .357Sig.”
Yankee Marshal has nothing but praise for this revolver.
“I’ve carried a lot of guns in my life, and to me, this is the best one I have ever found. It is by far my favorite carry gun ever.”
It’s a six-round .357 Mag. “The only con of this gun would be capacity,” he continues, “if you’re someone that swallows that line of needing high capacity for a self-defense firearm, especially a conceal carry firearm.”
“It is a very unique-looking gun. I fell in love with it from the day I saw it…You cannot beat a revolver for reliability and simplicity…This gun is easy to carry. It might look like it’s big, but it isn’t. This is a gun that disappears on your hip.” He has even more praise for the Chiappa Rhino, as you hear in the video.
Well, what do you think? Is he on the mark or is your list better?