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7 Best Glocks for Concealed Carry [Ultimate Guide]

What Glock should you put in your concealed carry holster? Check out our list of the best Glocks for concealed carry!

Everyone loves Glock.

Glock dominates the pistol market and has done so for decades. These pistols have long established themselves as one of the premier pistol companies on the market.

There are a ton of Glocks on the market, each offering different benefits. Try a variety before you choose just one.
There are a ton of Glocks on the market, each offering different benefits. Try a variety before you choose just one.

Glocks are in the hands of everyone from beat cops to special operations personnel.

They also occupy the holsters of shooters around the world in the competition, home defense, and concealed carry roles. 

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Today we are talking about the latter and listing the best Glocks for concealed carry.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best general purpose

    Glock G19

    Our favorite all-in-one Glock

  2. Glock G48 MOS

    All the benefits of the G19 in a slimmer frame

  3. Glock G43X

    A subcompact frame makes concealment even easier

  4. Pocket-size .380

    Glock G42

    The advantages of .380 in a tiny package

  5. Sub-compact .45 ACP

    Glock G36

    The original single stack Glock

  6. Most powerful

    Glock G29

    Take down even large threats

  7. Smallest 9mm

    Glock G43

    A teeny tiny 9mm

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Why a Glock For Concealed Carry 

Why would you trust your life to a Glock? If I could only give one reason, I’d say reliability.

Glocks are so reliable they are almost boring. When the trigger’s pulled, they go bang. 

Shooting the Glock G43X
Shooting the Glock G43X

Heck, the owner of Adco firearms put 200,000 rounds through a Glock 21, buried it for two years, and dropped it out a plane — the stupid thing still works. Its simple design makes it insanely reliable.

Beyond reliability, Glock pistols offer more than acceptable accuracy, a decent trigger, and ergonomics that work.

Sure they might not have all the bells and whistles of other guns, but they work. 

Home Defense Glock G19 Light

The popularity of Glock pistols ensures you’ll never have an issue finding a holster.

Seriously, every Glock on the market has an army of holsters behind it. I’m talking shoulder holsters, ankle holsters, IWB, OWB, pocket holsters, appendix rigs, and so many more! 

Glocks present a simple plug-and-play option for concealed carriers.

If you are not a “gun” person and just need a simple defensive firearm, then the Glock is a great path to go. There are tons of Glock handguns on the market, though. 

Glock G43X Concealed Draw
Glock G43X Concealed Draw

Which ones work best? Well, I got you covered below. 

Best Glocks For Concealed Carry 

1. Glock G19 

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 4.02″
  • Overall Length: 7.28″
  • Height: 5.04″
  • Width: 1.34″
  • Weight: 23.81 oz
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15 rounds

If you are new to concealed carry, the Glock G19 might seem like a large option, especially when you see some of the other guns on this list. However, the G19 is the closest handgun Glock has to a flagship pistol.

This compact, double-stack handgun does a great job of being a do-it-all gun. 

Gripping a Semi-Auto Glock 19
Gripping a Semi-Auto Glock 19

With the right holster and belt combination, it’s plenty easy to carry, but at the same time, it can be a very effective and capable home defense firearm.

For example, for concealed carry, you can pack a 15-round magazine and run the gun “bare.” If you need a home defense weapon, toss on a weapon light and a 33-round magazine, and you got quite the firearm.

The Glock G19 also handles very well. Controlling and shooting the weapon accurately and quickly isn’t difficult compared to some of the smaller guns on the market. 

Glock 19 Gen 5, Stock
Glock 19 Gen 5, Stock

Glock offers the G19 as part of the MOS line. MOS guns allow you to mount an optic with ease, and when combined with a light, you have a very modern and capable firearm.

A Glock equipped with a Trijicon RMR and a Surefire X300U gives a gun ready for any situation.

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Check out our review of the Glock G19 here!

2. Glock G48 MOS  

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 4.17″
  • Overall Length: 7.28″
  • Height: 5.04″
  • Width: 1.10″
  • Weight: 20.6 oz
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10

The Glock G48 MOS model might be my favorite Glock for concealed carry. Shooters get an outstanding combination of both control and easy concealability. With the G48, we get what’s essentially a single stack Glock 19.  

A nice long grip fills the hand to maximize control and accuracy, but the overall width is a mere 1-inch wide.

This makes it easy to conceal IWB, and IWB carry helps eliminate any issues with the length and height of the gun.

Glock G48 MOS
Glock G48 MOS

The MOS variant allows you to utilize a subcompact optic as well as a small weapon light. 

You can turn the Glock G48 MOS into a very modern and capable concealed carry pistol with the addition of a Holosun 407K and a TLR 7 SUB.

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Capacity wise you can rock and roll with a 10-round Glock OEM magazine or even toss in the Shield magazine, which offers you 15 rounds of 9mm in a flush-fitting magazine. 

This thin little single stack delivers a fair bit of firepower in a very thin package. It’s no pocket pistol by any means, and some won’t appreciate the size of the weapon.

However, if you want the best compromise between modularity, size, and firepower, then the Glock G48 MOS is for you. 

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3. Glock 43X 

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 3.41″
  • Overall Length: 6.5″
  • Height: 5.04″
  • Width: 1.1″
  • Weight: 18.7 oz
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10

The Glock G43X comes in both standard and MOS variants, and either choice is solid.

Glock G43X
Glock G43X

I see this as a gun that excels in comfort and makes an excellent concealed carry firearm for new shooters and concealed carriers. 

The Glock G43X mixes the slide and barrel length of the Glock G43 with the longer grip of the Glock G48. A shorter slide and barrel make it easier to conceal OWB and it pokes a little less when carrying IWB or appendix. 

Glock G43X Shooting
Glock G43X

A nice long grip fills the hand, ensuring you can control the recoil with ease and keep on target. More grip equals more control, and you get control in spades with the Glock G43X.

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It’s one of the comfiest guns all around. 

You still get the 10 rounds of 9mm or 15 with Shield magazine compatibility, and if you want the MOS variant, that’s an option too. I see the G48 being the better MOS variant since the G43X appeals to shooters looking for something smaller, shorter, and lighter. 

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We reviewed the G43X MOS, so head to the review or watch the video below for more deets!

4. Glock G42 

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 3.25″
  • Overall Length: 5.94″
  • Height: 4.13″
  • Width: .98″
  • Weight: 13.76 oz
  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6

Man, I remember when the Glock G42 dropped. Most of us were hoping for a single-stack 9mm at the time, but Glock surprised and bemused some of us with a pocket-sized .380 ACP.

It would go on to become a favorite for those needing a reliable, micro-sized .380 ACP. 

Glock 42
Glock 42

Pocket pistols aren’t my favorite concealed carry firearms, but I understand why the need exists. It’s a need the Glock G42 fills very well.

Unlike a number of other pocket-sized .380 ACPs, the Glock featured competent sights, a decent striker-fired trigger, and the brand reliability we all know and love. 

Glock 42
Glock 42 (Photo: Lucky Gunner)

In that realm, it became an instant hit. 

Like most pocket .380s, the G42 has some snap, some kick, and some general unpleasantness, but it’s not special in that regard.

The larger sights make it fairly easy to shoot, and the standard striker-fired trigger allows you to group your round fairly close for such a small gun. 

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Shooters also got features that were often missing from other pocket guns including a large magazine release and an external slide lock/release.

The short-recoil design helps with recoil, but this is a pistol that needs lots of practice to master. 

5. Glock G36 

Specifications

  • Barrel Length: 3.78″
  • Overall Length: 6.97″
  • Height: 4.72″
  • Width: 1.18″
  • Weight: 22.4 oz
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 6 rounds

In a field of normally boring guns, the Glock G36 stands out. It’s not a Glock we hear mentioned much.

A lot of people like to point at the Glock G42 as the first single-stack Glock, but they’d be wrong. While the gun went widely ignored, the Glock G36 came out in 2000 — well before the single-stack nine craze exploded. 

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Glock 36

The G36 wasn’t a 9mm, though. Nope, it was a single stack .45 ACP pistol.

The Glock G30 existed, but the double-stack magazine made the small gun bulky, so the G36 trimmed things up. 

For .45 ACP fans, the Glock G36 provides a surprisingly small pistol for concealed carry. Very few .45 ACP guns existed at this size point.

Glock 36, Gen 3
Glock 36, Gen 3

Make sure you know what you’re getting into when you go with the G36. 

The little gun recoils with some real tenacity to it. It’s snappy and mean — especially with the ultra-small grip.

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That said, if you want to pack a very small .45 ACP, the Glock G36 provides an outstanding option with a modern twist.

A full-sized 1911 might fit seven or eight .45 ACP rounds, but this mini Glock G36 trims a ton of size and weight while only reducing you to a 6+1 setup. 

6. Glock G29 

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 3.78″
  • Overall Length: 6.97″
  • Height: 4.53″
  • Width: 1.38″
  • Weight: 26.81 oz
  • Caliber: 10mm
  • Capacity: 10

You want to talk about pistols that aren’t for everyone? Well, the Glock G29 is not for everyone. If you’re recoil sensitive and want something affordable to shoot, this ain’t it. 

The Glock G29 mixes the 10mm round with a subcompact platform.

Glock 29
Glock G29 (Photo: vonMuehle)

It’s a thick gun with a stubby grip and chambers a famously hard-hitting and powerful caliber. The mix proves problematic for some, but if you need 10mm power, it’s tough to find something small enough to conceal. 

The 10mm round works well for self-defense against vicious two-legged critters but also offers the power to take aggressive large animals.

It’s commonly used for bear defense, but it can be used to stop more than bears. It’s not so powerful to be uncontrollable against human threats, hogs, wild dogs, and more. 

Grizzly bear among yellow flowers
Something so deadly shouldn’t be so cute.

The 10mm is a very versatile round, and rarely are 10mms designed to be compact and concealable.

But Glock took the 10mm by the reigns and shoved it into a very small and concealable platform. If you like 10mms, then the Glock G29 is for you. 

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7. Glock G43 

Specifications 

  • Barrel Length: 3.41″
  • Overall Length: 6.26″
  • Height: 4.25″
  • Width: 1.06″
  • Weight: 17.99 oz
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 6

No one can ever say Glock moves fast. By the time they released a single-stack 9mm, the world already had a ton of them.

Yet, the Glock G43 became a hit — becoming one of the top-selling carry guns.

FN503 lined up L to R, Sig P365, FN 503, Glock G43
L to R, Sig P365, FN 503, Glock G43

This mini 9mm utilizes a simple single-stack magazine with a small frame that is very easy to carry a firearm.

The Glock G43 hides with ease inside or outside the waistband, at the ankle, and possibly in the pocket. Although it’s not a real pocket pistol, it might work depending on the size of your pocket. 

Glock 43 and magazine
Glock G43 and magazine

It might feel dated by today’s standards but the G43 still presents an affordably solid pistol for concealed carry. It’s the smallest 9mm in Glock’s stable and works well for deep concealment and everyday carry. 

Fitting the Glock G43 to any dress outside of a speedo is pretty dang simple. You can carry in confidence with this little gun. 

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Final Thoughts

I know this list doesn’t seem complete if you are looking for a complete rundown of Glock concealed carry pistols — but, guys, we can’t list them all.

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Out of the Glock arsenal, these models present the most viable options for concealed carry.

Since I’ve left a few off, hit me up in the comments and let me know what you think the best Glock for concealed carry truly is. For more Glock goodness, check out our History of Glock and the Best Glocks.

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    Owen McCullen

    I have carried a Glock 29 either in my front trouser pocket or in an IWB holster for more than 20 years. I shoot at least monthly. It has a stubby grip and probably isn't appropriate for soft handed or weak handed. But, my 79-year-old 103 pound 4'11" wife shoots mine. Yes, she knows that there will be recoil, but so what? It isn't going to break her wrist or do any lasting harm. Let me sing a same ould song, perhaps a new verse.
    We both hope that if we ever have to defend ourselves, that the perpetrator is armed with a 9 mm. One good hit with a 9 has been survived very possibly more times than it has been fatal (barring the obvious brain stem, major artery, etc.) A great many people have survived body hits with the 9mm and many of them continued to fight. The most famous probably is the Miami-Dade FBI shootout. But since we now have brand new super whiz bang bullets, suddenly the 9 is invincible -- except it isn't. Review the fairly recent Baldwin shooting in Las Vegas. It may be a new, super wonderful do-it-all under every condition bullet, but it is still 3.55 inch diameter, traveling at around 1,100 FPS, give or take. Ever wonder why the double tap is deemed necessary with a 9? I don't care if it doubles in frontal area, it is still likely only a puny 115, 124 or at most a 147 projectile and that just is not a lot of mass hitting your target. Ever hear of a 9 used as a backup gun on brown bear? Just saying. Do what you want and hope it is never necessary. But, 10mm is often approved for hand gun hunting against deer sized creatures. Ever hear that said of a 9? If it is considered inhumane to take a 110 # deer, does that really give you confidence in ending a conflict with 180 # meth addict? I do not. My wife doesn't either.

    May 25, 2022 6:17 pm
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      Norm

      Very well said.

      May 29, 2022 2:55 pm
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    Pat

    I'd put the G26 onto the list as well. The G26 combines the size of the G43 (with slightly wider frame due to the double stack mag) with a 10 rd original mag and the possibility to come up with further double stack mags so you could end up with the 33 rd mag in the G26 as well.

    May 24, 2022 5:51 am
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    carry all

    Since I love in south Texas what would you to be the best and most concealable hot weather shorts and tee shirt guns? It sucks but weather over 100 degrees is becoming normal. I use a ruger 389 max and a glock 43. Always worried about pocket lint and reust from sweat. Always is pocket holsters but still... Ideas?

    May 23, 2022 1:06 pm
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    scott van holt

    have 36 love it

    May 23, 2022 11:59 am
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    Norm

    I’ve carried a G23 for decades. Wouldn’t trade for any on the list.

    May 23, 2022 8:32 am
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      Chrish

      I'm with you. I know Pew Pew hates all things .40, but to discuss best Glocks for CC and leave the G23 off the list just doesn't cut it.

      Also, a sub-compact in .40, .45 or 10mm is not a lot of fun to shoot because of recoil. Which means less practice and less proficiency in most cases
      The statement was made for the G36 that there's not a lot of options at .45 ACP in this size of a pistol. Yeah, there's a good reason for that.

      May 23, 2022 10:02 pm
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    Hect red

    Wasn't the g45 made to be ccw? Shirt slide, full size frame? I gave up my g19 and started shooting a get. I'm better with it and feels better in my hands.

    May 22, 2022 9:39 pm
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      Dave

      I agree.

      May 23, 2022 2:05 am
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    Mike Henderson

    I've owned the G17, G19, G26 and G43X. Of them I still have the G17 and G43X. With the Shield Arms mag release the G43X can now hold 15 and basically replace the G19. I don't have huge hands and find it more comfortable in mine and using IWB. I wouldn't carry the G17 concealed but it's my favorite range gun. I am toying with the idea of adding the G48 slide MOS just because it can be interchangeable with the G43X. So many potions.

    May 22, 2022 5:44 pm
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    DennyC

    I conceal carry a G36 or a 4" Kimber 1911 SS Compact Carry in 45ACP. The Glock has been carried for over 10 years and I've added nights sights to it and a 5 lb disconnector. It rides in a Concealment Express IWB holster. It's a very reliable pistol!

    May 22, 2022 5:17 pm
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      Steve

      I own several Glocks, and had the G36.
      The G36 was the only problem child.. nothing I replaced (all OEM parts) would make it run.
      Therefore, adios G36! Never a 36 again.

      May 23, 2022 9:42 am
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    RT

    OK, I'll say it. Where's the G26??? My absolute favorite.

    May 22, 2022 5:11 pm
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      Martman300

      Surprised it wasn’t on the list. It could be the G26, G27, & G33, or just the G27 with 2 conversion barrels for all 3 in 1.

      May 22, 2022 7:48 pm
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    Larry M.

    Man, what about the G19X? My favorite CC.

    May 22, 2022 5:10 pm
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    Rob

    Good read. I started my CCW journey with a G21 6 or 7 years ago. A little too bulky but shoots great. Went to a G36 and was totally pleased. Some of my CCW friends kept singing the praise of the G36, So I got one of those. I carried it for only a couple of months or so. It is a great gun. However, it is not enough smaller than my G36 to justify giving up four rounds of capacity. So I am back to packing my G36. .45 ACP forever!

    May 22, 2022 5:06 pm
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    Rick

    Okay gun guys whose reviews I trust….. I have big hands. A G-26 with a G-19 mag and a spacer in the gap. A seriously textured (Robar) grip and u can’t miss..(no pun intended)

    May 22, 2022 4:59 pm
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      TonyS

      Or a Glock G27 with G22 mags in 40 S&W. That's what I carry.

      May 23, 2022 6:51 am
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    Robert Mitchell

    You left out the Glock 26.

    May 22, 2022 4:41 pm
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    Gordon

    The best Glock for CCW? That would be a S&W M&P 2

    May 22, 2022 4:33 pm
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      John W McCarty

      LOL actually a great and accurate choice

      May 22, 2022 5:08 pm
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    Doug Williams

    Why not the Glock 30S? Large caliber, small enough to easily conceal and with a light and a laser a very nice package. Also one of the best pistols I've ever shot on the range--not a lot of pistols but some.

    May 22, 2022 4:19 pm
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    Jason Holcomb

    Just to let you know the holosun 407K does not fit the Glock 48 MOS or 43X MOS it is missing the rear holes to mount without a 60 dollar plate have to use Sig Romeo 0

    May 22, 2022 4:19 pm
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    Darrin Holtrey

    My current CCW choices are the Ruger LCPII with a Kidex AIWB holster, and the Glock 43X with a raven concealment Vanguard II minimalist setup. Even with the larger caliber/frame, the Vanguard makes the Glock a VERY good option for deep concealment over the .380. The only slight drawback is the weight, which only makes a significant difference is gym shorts. Everything else, the Glock wins every time.

    May 22, 2022 4:10 pm
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