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Best Sub-Compact Single-Stack 9mm for CCW

What is the best concealed carry gun? This is a subjective question. 

You’ll have the 1911 guys who don’t care what the Glock guys say because they only carry a full-sized gun under their bowling shirt.

The Glock guy might say a compact like the 19 Gen 5 because they are easier to conceal.

Glock 19 Gen 5

Who’s right?

As I said, it’s subjective, and everyone has a preference. 

I like the weight, size, and concealability of a single stack 9mm, and if you’re here, chances are you do too.

9mm (115gr vs 124gr vs 147 HP)
9mm (115gr vs 124gr vs 147 HP)

Let’s take a look at just what makes a single stack 9mm such a great choice for a concealed carry weapon, and which one of these tiny ninnies is the best choice for you.

Table of Contents


Single Stack Means What Exactly?

A single stack magazine has one row of ammo.

You have a bullet on top of a bullet. A double stack magazine, on the other hand, staggers the rounds essentially making two rows of ammo. The benefit to a double stack magazine is more ammo in the magazine.

single stack vs double stack magazine
Left: Single Stack, Right: Double Stack.

The benefit of a single stack magazine is the gun can be thinner overall. The most common double stack sub-compact is the Glock 26.

It holds 10+1 rounds, and the overall width is 1.18 inches. In comparison, a Springfield Armory XD-S holds 7+1 rounds and is .9 inches wide at the grip. That’s a little over a quarter of an inch difference.

I know .28 inches might not seem like a lot, but if you set them side by side, it really is. While you lose 3 rounds, the thinner size makes it easier to hide, an ounce or so lighter, and is more comfortable for some people.

Glock 26 and XD-S 9mm comparison pic
Glock 26 and XD-S 9mm comparison

What Makes a Gun a Sub-Compact?

A sub-compact to many people is considered a pocket gun or a backup weapon. Personally, I like the sub-compact size for CCW because they are lighter and easier to carry anywhere.

Sub-compact barrels are typically around 3.25 inches, though some are a little longer, some shorter. The overall length is usually about 6.25 inches, but some with stubby barrels come in at less.

In comparison, the sub-compact XD-S 9mm has a barrel length of 3.3 inches and an overall size of 4.4” high and 6.3” long. The compact XD-M 9mm has a barrel length of 3.8 inches and an overall size of 4.75” high and 6.75” long.

As you can see, there isn’t a huge difference between the compact and sub-compact guns. Other manufacturers have a slightly bigger difference in their sub-compact to compact size. A Glock 26 is 6.41” long, 4.17” tall and a barrel length of 3.42”. The compact Glock 19 is 7.36” long, 4.99” tall and a barrel length of 4.01”; so it’s a little larger.

Some makes of sub-compact concealed carry guns have bigger grips than others. This can be a benefit if you have larger hands or just don’t like your little finger left with no place to rest.

Why 9mm?

9mm is arguably the most popular caliber for your CCW. It’s powerful, smaller than a .40 or .45 so you can fit more in a magazine, they are slightly lighter, and even some government and law enforcement agencies are transitioning back to 9mm from the .40, and very few agencies carry .45acp for anything but special purpose use. 

Alright, let’s get down to the fun stuff…the recommendations. These are the tried and true, battle-tested, single stack, 9mm sub-compacts that should be on anyone’s list when choosing a new CCW.

Best Single Stack 9mm CCW Pistols

1. Sig Sauer P365

Okay, we know — it’s not technically a single-stack. It’s not really a double-stack magazine either though. It’s close enough and it fits within the size of most single-stack guns though so we’ll allow it.

P365 Upgrades Great Big Magazine!
P365 Upgrades Great Big Magazine!

In our experience the P365 family of guns is by far one of the best CCW options on the market.

From the size to the ergonomics to the extra options like the P365 XL with a larger frame and slide to the SAS that is streamlined for pocket carry — the P365 just offers everything.

On top of that you’re getting a 10+1 or a 12+1 or even a 15+1 magazine that packs a lot of firepower into an incredibly small and comfy shooter.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Personally, I love the P365 XL with a micro red dot.

2. Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield

This is an all-around great gun. It’s light, smooth, and most people can get their whole hand on the grip. There isn’t a lot more you can ask for.

It is a little larger than some sub-compact pistols, but it’s not quite a compact, so that’s why it’s on the list. Many small carry guns have a looooong and hard trigger pull. While the theory behind this is safety, in reality, it kinda sucks. I find my finger wants to curl around the trigger as I pull it that far back.

Great Value (Sub-Compact)
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The M&P9 Shield has a nice, smooth, shorter pull. The reset point for the trigger is good and you’ll be able to squeeze off a few rounds pretty fast if you need to.

3. Bersa Firestorm or Thunder

Not a super common choice but it is one of our editor’s personal EDC CCW guns. Based on a Walther PPK design the Bersa Firestorm has all of the reliability at a very budget-friendly price point.

Bersa Firestorm
Bersa Firestorm

On a cost to quality scale the Bersa punches way above it’s price point. A DA/SA gun with a double-action trigger that feels a bit long but makes up for it with a very crisp single-action.

A manual safety and decocker for the hammer plus 8+1 or 9+1 magazines. Sadly, it also comes standard with a magazine safety — preventing the trigger from actuating anything if a magazine isn’t secured in the gun. This is a “feature” that is very easy to remove if you’re so inclined.

Best James Bond CCW Clone
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

We like the offerings from Bersa and if you’re looking for a budget CCW it’s worth a close look.

4. Springfield XD(S) 3.3

Another gun that has a larger grip so you can get all of your fingers on it. The textured grip also helps you hold onto it easier. With the XD-S, you get a fiber optic front sight for easier target acquisition in lower light.

The serrations on the slide are deep and make it easier to rack, which means you need less grip strength to hold onto the slide. I like this a lot because when you’re in a stressful situation, you might be a little sweaty and shaky and your hand could slip off the slide.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This also makes it an excellent gun for disabled shooters who may have arthritis or another wrist/hand problems that could interfere with racking a slicker slide.

5. Glock 43x

Glock’s answer to the post-P365 world was an upgrade and updated version of their G43, the G43x is basically the same thing but better in a lot of ways.

Glock G43X
Glock G43X

Giving 10+1 in the standard magazines the G43x also comes with all of the Gen 5 upgrades like a better trigger, barrel, and improved magazine followers.

Other than that though… it’s a Glock. If a Glock is what you want, a Glock is what you’ll get. Now that also opens the doors for a host of modifications and upgrades!

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

6. Walther PPS M2

A successor to the Walther PPS, the PPS M2 carries over some of the features from the PPS, but it’s thinner and has a different grip texture Walther borrowed from the PPQ models.

You’ll get large white dot sights so you can quickly acquire your target. The thin 1-inch thick frame gives you an easy to conceal gun that’s large enough to fit your whole hand on.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The PPS M2 has front and rear serrations so you can rack the gun easier. You don’t have to rely on your grip strength.

6. Springfield Hellcat

Another not technically single-stack gun, but close enough like the P365. The Springfield Hellcat was the first big release CCW after the P365 made shockwaves and Springfield did an outstanding job on it!

Reliable, cost-effective, 11+1 magazine, and optics ready from the factory — the Hellcat offers a ton of function in a small package.

Something that stood out and impressed us with the Hellcat was how many types of ammo it could run with no problem. Even feeding it horrible steel-cased ammo, it still never had a problem.

While we would NEVER recommend carrying sub-par ammo, it does make training cheaper if you can run the cheap ammo. In times like these, that’s a big deal.

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


Now that you have a few choices for a sub-compact single stack 9mm, you can start to get into the specifics that are right for you. I was told when I was at the gun store shopping for my first carry gun, that people tend to stick with the first brand they buy. This is somewhat true with the guys I shoot with.

9mm is a great caliber to have. It’s been improved upon over the last few years and has more takedown power than it used to. Plus, if we run into a situation where there is a shortage again, you won’t have to track down 9mm, 45 ACP, 10mm, .40, 380, and whatever else you have. You will just need to dip into your 9mm stockpile as needed.

Popular Pistol Calibers
Popular Pistol Calibers

Choosing a single stack sub-compact is a matter of preference. Finding one that’s comfortable in your hand, that you can shoot accurately, and you are confident carrying in the event you need to use it is the real key.

What’s your choice out of the sub-compact single stack 9mms on the market? Also, don’t forget to take a look at our recommendations for Best Range & Defense 9mm Ammo.

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175 Leave a Reply

  • apexchad

    Kimber Micro 9 Rapide Black Ice

    June 6, 2021 7:30 pm
  • tirod3

    I have an observation: While the P365 may not be technically a double stack, I have inserted Canik 18 round magazines and they slide right in. They don't click into the mag catch interchangeably, but they do fit, and they mic pretty closely to the same width. No idea if they would feed.

    This stack and a half isn't so thin as it's made out. Just sayin.

    June 2, 2021 7:37 pm
  • Marshel

    I am surprised by the omission of Springfield Armory's 911 in .380 caliber. Of all the pocket pistols I have fired (.25 to .380 calibers), it is by far the most accurate out to 20 yards.

    May 4, 2021 12:10 am
  • Kevin

    I'm looking for a quality holster iwb to hold my Walther PPS M2 with crimson Trace laser site trigger guard style

    May 2, 2021 7:40 pm
  • Andrew Vaughn

    What about the fn503?

    April 12, 2021 6:03 pm
  • Steven Jeffries

    P365 didn't make the list?

    March 16, 2021 5:54 am
    • Dwight Garner

      First one on the list.

      June 1, 2021 9:17 am
  • Patrick Fazekas

    After seemingly endless research, I ended up ordering the PPS M2. Without getting to try the trigger first!

    It’s comfortable, ultra-reliable, and dead accurate. Far better than a short little barrel has any right to be. The trigger is excellent: just heavy enough for carry, but light enough for smooth shots and a short reset for fast follow-ups.

    It beats my buddy’s shield out of the water, and everyone who’s tried the little Walther loves it. Food for thought if you’re still trying to pick out a CC pistol.

    October 18, 2020 1:42 pm
    • Olaf Langness

      I purchased my PPS M2 LE edition, the moment it went up on my local gun dealer's website without having ever seen or handled one before. I love it more each time I shoot it. I agree with you that it is extremely accurate for its size. I have run a few hundred rounds through it without any problems.

      March 27, 2021 12:13 am
  • Dean Johansen

    The weight of the firearm is a significant factor for recoil. I would include that.

    September 19, 2020 4:29 pm
  • Thomas Adger

    The only reason I can figure that you left out the Mossberg MC1sc 9mm sub-compact is you haven't tried one out. I did a comparison with some of the others, and bought one.

    August 23, 2020 6:32 pm
  • george scarlett

    so, no SCCY CPX-2??????????

    August 16, 2020 4:21 pm
  • Gil

    Why no Keltec? PF9, P11..

    July 30, 2020 11:28 pm
  • Peter Turner

    The better half seeks a 9 with an easier slide pull. Can anyone give a comparison on those? BTW, if you want to try the patience of a gun dealer, ask to see every 9 in stock. Reviews like this are useful to guide a buyer. So "whatever feels best" is misplaced.

    July 30, 2020 5:31 pm
    • steve

      S&W makes a great soft spring single stack 9mm

      August 9, 2020 4:44 pm
    • Andrei

      Check out the Smith & Wesson EZ .380. It's also available in 9mm, and it is designed to have a slide that's easily racked.

      August 9, 2020 9:26 pm
    • Thomas Best

      I just bought my wife and m&P Shield 9EZ really nice I got the performance upgrade with the gold barrel and the gold trigger and the gold but safety really beautiful gun

      August 28, 2020 11:59 am
  • Mike L

    Great comparison of sub compacts. I like my SCCY CPX-2, 10+1 and very easy to conceal. Some folks have had issues with SCCY but mine has functioned flawlessly even with my Tula steel case stuff.

    July 27, 2020 4:29 pm
  • Anthony Musselman

    Great article thanks! I have the Ruger LC9S PRO. I love it.

    July 26, 2020 2:36 pm
  • ChrisH

    I like my SIG Sauer P-938. It’s exactly like a 1911 but concealable . God I love carrying cocked and locked. The extended mag is perfect for a big hand. My recommendation for the JMB fanboy.

    April 7, 2020 4:20 pm
  • Vic

    A lot of you guys are killing me....just get the pistol, that you like and feel comfortable with. Simple as that!! Who cares about your own man.

    April 3, 2020 7:49 pm
    • Jeff

      I like how you think

      April 14, 2020 1:16 pm
    • Bob

      I agree, some think if you don't spend five hundred or more on a weapon it's junk! I deer hunt, I have a $350.00 mossberg patriot 30 06, camo scope combo, Remington corelokt 165 gn,As well as a Marlin 336 30 30....remington core lot 150 grn freezer full. Both guns where proudly bought at Walmart!! Absolutely no issues!!!
      I'm not trying to split hairs on a fleas a$$ Both gums with scopes, slings etc..$.765.00..
      Yes, accurate comfortable is so much better then anything else.
      A dead animal doesn't know what killed it! Dead is dead!
      Oh, wait says the buck, I got shot by a cheap $350 gun, in the vitals, I can't die! Oh wait, says the other buck who gets shot same area with a much more expensive gun. I can die now cause it was an high priced firearm that soft me.


      June 11, 2020 5:29 am
      • Bob

        I agree, some think if you don't spend five hundred or more on a weapon it's junk! I deer hunt, I have a $350.00 mossberg patriot 30 06, camo scope combo, Remington corelokt 165 gn,As well as a Marlin 336 30 30....remington core lot 150 grn freezer full. Both guns where proudly bought at Walmart!! Absolutely no issues!!!
        I'm not trying to split hairs on a fleas a$$ Both gums with scopes, slings etc..$.765.00..
        Yes, accurate comfortable is so much better then anything else.
        A dead animal doesn't know what killed it! Dead is dead!
        Oh, wait says the buck, I got shot by a cheap $350 gun, in the vitals, I can't die! Oh wait, says the other buck who gets shot same area with a much more expensive gun. I can die now cause it was an high priced firearm that shot me.


        June 11, 2020 5:38 am
  • Pete

    You missed one of the best...the bersa BP9CC...its what a glock wishes it could be!

    March 18, 2020 3:59 pm
    • George

      I really wanted to like the BP9CC, but even after two trips back to Bersa, it simply refused to feed hollowpoints.

      May 6, 2020 4:58 am
  • Bubba

    I've carried Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm for a few years..Then I picked up the GLOCK 43X. And it all changed.....Pure Love..Then I purchased the Glock G48 to just shoot and carry.And for tighter & lighter clothes for the summer Ive got a GLOCK 42...I put a Pyramid Trigger in it and now its so SWEET.. My grip on th S$W M&P Shield is the weight and muzzle rise.You wrote a real Nice article.I enjoyed it.
    I highly recommend the G43x & G48 to carry as well as the G42...its hardly noticable carrying it all day

    February 11, 2020 7:39 pm
    • Dick

      Amen!! I have 3-43, 2-43x and 1 48

      February 12, 2020 2:49 pm
    • Sonny

      Good idea about summer we're good point but I still can't get away from my Beretta

      February 26, 2020 6:32 pm
  • Kyle Franco

    the PPS M2 comes in 6+1 7+1 and 8+1 mags. Mine has Been great but I lost a white dot on the sights. I will be sending to Walther for that repair which they said they handle for me.

    January 31, 2020 6:19 am

    Springfield XD 9 Subcompact mod2 13+1/16+1, 3 inch barrel and drives tacks.

    January 25, 2020 1:23 am
  • Jerry Lujan

    I think you guys really slept on the new Mossberg MC1Sc. A fantastic carry firearm at a decent retail price that performs on par if not better than the Glock 43.

    January 12, 2020 12:00 am
  • Michael Mabe

    Where is the Glock 48?

    January 3, 2020 12:23 pm
    • Joe Mama

      It’s labelled as a compact not subcompact even by Glock. Hell just compare the size of a 48 to the other guns on this list and they’re much smaller.

      February 4, 2020 10:05 pm
  • Lucius Foster

    Bottom line, most sub compacts are not accurate enough in a true gunfight, especially while dealing with fear and trying to shoot before the bad guy try's to wax you or others. Bottom line, sub compacts are almost the worst guns to have unless you already have your weapon drawn and the bad guy is within 25 feet or less and going for their weapon. Even then you can miss, there are no second chances. Always carry a compact or long gun and stop complaining about the size or weight. Your weapon is a part of your body when it comes to life or death. I choose life with a Sig Sauer P320 X Compact with a minimum of 15-1 and always carry 2 extra full mags or P320 Long 17 + 2 extra full mags. Then always take a boatload of training before you decide to use your CCW license. There is a method to being a great gunfighter and anything less means your then more likely to be killed because you got involved in a gunfight. Always take beginner, novice, and advanced classes for handgun and then the same for rifle gunfighting if you plan to own them. I thought I knew about guns until I joined the service. Don't be stupid be weapons educated. The first things you learn is to remove yourself from a bad situation if you can, always hand over the goods, no life is worth anyone dying, and never pull out a weapon thinking it will deter, it will do the opposite. Only pull out a weapon if you made the decision to kill and never rely on a sub compact!!!

    December 31, 2019 4:54 pm
    • Will

      Remember the rule of the, most ccw shootings are within 3 feet.

      January 5, 2020 5:39 pm
    • Bora Ozbek

      Sir You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT
      X Military

      January 9, 2020 8:19 am
    • B Reel

      I'm not sure of this logic. "... sub compacts are almost the worst guns to have unless you already have your weapon drawn and the bad guy is within 25 feet or less and going for their weapon. Even then you can miss, there are no second chances"? I can't think of a real world situation that it wouldn't be less than 25' for defensive carry unless you are battling snipers. There have not been ANY handgun shootings occurring from 25 feet or greater in my state that I can find any records for. You state that you carry "...a minimum of 15-1 and always carry 2 extra full mags or P320 Long 17 + 2 extra full mags"? Please post any articles of these types of defensive carry situations, where individuals have had to reload new magazines to continue their gunfights in the U. S. civilian world. I've never seen any stories with that much shooting except in a few about inept street gangs who couldn't shoot straight and those were mostly misses and misfires from .22s. Military training is for a different scenario than defensive carry is addressing. I'm looking for a method of self-defense, not maintaining peace through superior firepower while carrying a portable arsenal. Do you actually carry more than 45 rounds on your person all of the time? I'm perfectly willing to defend myself with my sub-compact and my standard 9+1 rounds. I am prepared for defensive carry, but not the OK Corral or D-Day. Who in the world is going to realistically fire more than 45 rounds, and still attempt to claim "it was in self-defense"?!

      January 11, 2020 5:09 am
      • DRE

        Excellent reply with facts!

        January 17, 2020 2:54 am
    • Angie Byrd

      Thank you so much for your advice. I am going to buy my first gun. For ccw. The only knowledge I have is what ive watched on YouTube. I am a 54 yr old left handed female. I always leaned at getting a cz only because my step dad was left handed and it was always his pref. However being a lefty cz just doesnt wow me. . I would like to get a spinx compact 9mm. Would appreciate your advice. If you could spare the time. Thank you.

      January 19, 2020 1:37 am
    • BUURGA

      What nonsense. At self defense range they are more than accurate enough. I have fired accurately at longer ranges than that and easily hit tight groups.

      January 25, 2020 1:27 am
      • James Jones


        February 2, 2020 1:48 pm
    • Joe

      Very well stated, Lou Foster!

      January 25, 2020 10:08 pm
    • Michelle Reed

      WoW..... Thank you for this !!!!!!!

      February 2, 2020 12:59 pm
    • James Jones

      I'm ex military and former law enforcement. I retired as a SWAT commander. I'm an armorer and firearms instructor.
      There are so many flaws in your assertion, I'm not sure where to begin.
      First, 99% of firefights occur at well below 25' range- more like under 7 feet. Therefore your problems with subcompacts and 25' limitations are simply ridiculous.
      Second, today's subcompacts and the ammo to go with them, are much more accurate and reliable than similar weapons of even just ten years ago. With a reasonable amount of practice, a person is very well equipped carrying a quality subcompact.

      Some years ago I and another officer were ambushed by three sh*theads in a dark cemetary while on duty. We were both armed with Glock 22's and G27's for backup.
      I lost my G22 in the dark while in a physical confrontation with two of the suspects. We separated but they pinned us down with gunfire and I was unable to reacquire my duty weapon.
      We engaged in a rare relatively long distance firefight, something a civilian would likely never encounter. These gangbangers were determined to kill two police officers.
      I was forced to shoot and kill two of the suspects with my "baby" Glock 27, at ranges of 55 and 75 feet. My partner managed to take out the 3rd threat at 55 feet with his Glock 22.
      If not for my baby Glock, my children would have grown up fatherless and my wife would have lost her husband.

      We used the FBI Q course for basic pistol qualification. Every officer shot as well or better with their G27 as they did with their full size duty weapon.

      Perhaps you should take another look at modern subcompact weapons.

      February 2, 2020 1:35 pm
    • Brady Barr

      You’re extremely pompous and smug haha perfect example of a person who should be ignored. You almost sound like a politician with that kind of attitude.

      February 2, 2020 1:38 pm
      • Bubba

        I agree Brady Barr

        February 11, 2020 7:43 pm
    • Dan

      Good thing it’s just your opinion. I shoot my subcompact just fine. Practice more.

      March 12, 2020 7:35 pm
  • BreezyG19

    Love it. Similar experience. Glock 19, SA Hellcat.

    December 29, 2019 3:44 pm
  • sscenters

    Taurus G2S over here!

    December 25, 2019 11:19 am
  • Robert

    I have owned an LC9S for 2 years. It is my EDC.

    December 20, 2019 1:10 pm
  • Steve

    Great job of delivering the info so anyone can understand it.

    December 12, 2019 5:37 pm
  • Pete

    No Glock 19 gen 5? FN 509?

    December 10, 2019 7:45 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      Nope! Neither the Glock 19 nor the FN 509 is a sub-compact or single-stack.

      December 10, 2019 10:33 am
      • Hunter

        I understand the technical categories difference here, but it's about time to write a new CCW list review. The new release of Hellcat, Sig 365 regular and XL, Glock 43 (even 43X), etc. all seem better options for capacity and size relative to those listed above. Albeit they may be in the microcompact category, why carry a LC9 if you can afford to carry something like the Sig or Hellcat sporting at least 3 more rounds in same package?

        December 15, 2019 3:13 pm
    • gfondeur

      Do you read the title of the article?

      May 25, 2020 7:42 pm
  • JVick

    SIG 365???????? Really? It’s smaller than the Glock (block) and is a much nicer pistol! Compare the two at your favorite gun store and you will agree! It also has a nicer trigger.

    December 5, 2019 6:02 pm
  • Robert

    Trevor, I carry the Ruger EC9s, an economy version of the LC9s, and I love this pistol. It’s lightweight, well designed and very accurate even out to 25 yards, which surprised me.

    Great article/review and all fine picks. I’m sure it was hard narrowing it down to a hand full. So many good ones on the market.

    Thanks Trevor!

    November 26, 2019 2:56 am
  • Lance Elliott

    No 43x ?

    November 17, 2019 8:22 pm
    • Mike Baker

      This. Even though the 48 and 43x are technically a "1.5 stack" I think it's a huge disservice to not even mention them in the article.

      November 21, 2019 7:10 am
  • Cal Wing

    I was disappointed that you didn’t include the Taurus G2s 9mm.
    Gun Tests give it a solid A rating and places it ahead of S&W’s M&P Shield in several areas and rating the G2s as a Best Buy at $229. I ran several hundred rounds through a G2s at our range then switched over to a S&W M&P Shield and a Walther PPs M2 before buying a G2s for myself and another for my wife. We’ve run a couple of thousand rounds through both guns with zero issues. They tear down for cleaning just like a Glock, have thumb safety and another leaf safety in the trigger so I’m comfortable carrying with a round in the chamber.
    I will be trying one of the new Hellcats when it makes it to the range. An extra 5 rounds could come in handy.

    November 12, 2019 10:44 pm
    • Kyle Franco

      I disliked the triggers on the Taurus. Gritty triggers. I only Paid 315$ for my PPS M2 and it had 3 different sized mags

      January 31, 2020 6:23 am
    • Gryphon

      Problems with the Taurus line keep me away even though the prices are great. I too have the PPS m2 , paid $315 and love it's reliability and accuracy. The grips are great, even for my larger hands. It's a well made pistol and easy to shoot.

      January 4, 2021 3:21 pm
  • Bob

    Yes, nice to see the Sig P290rs on here. It's overlooked often. Great gun. If only Sig would make it da/sa with a decocker like all their others.

    October 26, 2019 9:01 am
  • Mifin

    I have an XDS from when they first came out. It was repaired by the factory, but still has issues with the slide lock mechanism. I have debated selling it v. waiting months to have it repaired at the factory. It is wider and bulkier than the Sig 365, which carries more rounds. the only benefit is the barrel being .2'' longer. It isn't a pleasant shooter either, unless you have the extended magazine.

    The only reason you should have a single stack is if you are unfortunate to live in a state that restricts your magazine capacity.

    October 19, 2019 5:32 pm
  • HasMas

    My first compact was a Kahr CW9. I loved the gun, only 1 malfunction out of hundreds of rounds fired and that was straight out of the box with no cleaning. It was a light primer strike during the first 100 rounds.
    When I did clean it it was obvious that from the factory there was some gunk in the firing pin channel in the slide. After that it ran with anything i put in it. However, I couldn't get used to the trigger. Regardless of how much I practiced I could pull off fast shots accurately. For this reason I don't recomend them.

    Went to a Shield and couldnt be happier. I have had zero malfunctions and it shoots super accurate and to the same POI with every type of ammo I have shot, Underwood, Ameeican Eagle, Fiocchi, +P or Standard pressure, to name a few. Not many guns do that, in fact most Shields don't either, I just got lucky.

    I want to pick up an CZ P01. Not sure if that's considered a subcompact, buts its still very concealable.

    October 16, 2019 7:08 am
  • Lincoln

    I went to the range and rented the Glock 43 a few times. Liked the size and feel. Then I saw the new for 2019 Mossberg MC1SC. GLock 43 size but much better grip, much better trigger. Managing recoil seems better too. I got one and love it. I know you probably didn't get a chance at the time of this writing to try one, but Mossberg did a great job. I have fired all kinds of rounds through it with no issues, in multiple grain sizes. Federal American Eagle, Federal Syntech, Federal Personal Defense Hydra Shok, Federal Train & Protect, Federal HST, Speer Gold Dtot, Speer Lawman, Hornady Critical Defense, Norma Monolithic Hollow Point, Black Hills HoneyBadger, Remington Ultimate Defense Golden Saber, Ammo Inc's Jesse James, Independence. It cleans up easy too.

    October 2, 2019 5:18 pm
  • Brian

    Got my Glock 43x a few months back and it’s a great gun but does hurt a little when doing a lot of range shooting bec I have stinking long fingers and my finger nails if not trimmed go into my support palm lol! Teaches me to trim them. Also just bought a Shield 2.0 which has an amazing grip (far superior to the 1.0) so now I have two guns fun to shoot and both concealable!

    September 5, 2019 7:52 pm
  • Teresa

    I got a Ruger EC9. Small hand. Reliable make. Light weight. Fits better than most 380s. Tough to rack until broke in. Just wish came w/2 mags like my husbands Shield.

    August 28, 2019 11:13 am
    • Joe

      I got one last year from budsgunshop and it did come with two magazines. It's a great little piece.

      September 7, 2019 7:41 pm
  • Buddy

    The Springfield XDe in either 9mm or .45 should definitely be on the list.

    August 25, 2019 9:37 pm
  • Mikala

    your prices are WAY off what the retailer is asking. Cabelas is NOT selling the Shield for $299.

    August 24, 2019 1:32 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      The prices were accurate at the time of publishing, so March 2019 in this case. Looks like Brownells has it for $350 and Cabelas for $380 depending on model.

      August 24, 2019 3:16 pm
    • J

      The shield is 199$ right now. Idk what you're smoking.

      December 8, 2019 7:42 pm
      • Frank

        That’s for the first shield model, not the M2. I paid with rebates and gift card for buying gun $250 for the M2 a month ago.

        December 11, 2019 8:34 am
  • Johann Schuster

    Surprised the Kahr P9, PM9 or CW9 aren't mentioned. I've had my P9 for several years and it's been fantastic. Crazy accurate, reliable, simple to use and simple to maintain. I believe it's just as compact, if not more, then many others. I use it for CCW, and also to train my spouse & daughters on. The P9 is a fantastic choice.

    August 23, 2019 5:19 pm
  • Billy Bailey

    Don’t know why the sign 365 was left out for I had two of the if the pistols that are on you list and sold them to buy the sig p365 which I personally think it is better than the ones you listed but I cannot say that for sure for I haven’t shot all of them

    July 29, 2019 5:26 pm
    • Alexander Putnam

      The Sig p365 is technically a double stack magazine, and this list is only single stack pistols. The 365 is just as thin as a single stack, but still doesn't qualify for this list.

      August 4, 2019 6:01 pm
  • Marc

    Why is the Kahr S9 or CW9 not in this list? So much better at getting more barrel in less overall size.

    July 21, 2019 12:50 am
    • Paul


      August 13, 2019 5:54 pm
    • Johann Schuster

      Indeed. Kahr makes fantastic single stack CCW designs. They didn't even mention the design promotes quick follow-up shot placement, and that is crucial!

      August 23, 2019 5:22 pm
  • Mark

    I prefer a p365 to anything on this so called list. Better size, capacity and accuracy. Just my opinion.

    July 19, 2019 1:10 pm
  • granadier

    Why are all of you wasting money on guns. All you need is one hand grenade.

    June 27, 2019 3:32 am
    • adam

      and yell allahuakbar

      August 20, 2019 9:35 am
      • Chris

        I just died laughing. Thank you gents

        August 22, 2019 1:17 pm
      • Kona Golden

        Aloha Snackbar!

        November 7, 2019 4:13 am
  • Bruce

    Taurus GSC 1000rds so far, runs perfect, accurate, around 200 bucks

    June 22, 2019 6:12 pm
  • Gem Gram

    I carry a Kahr P9. Why? It was the closest thing to the feel of a Glock that I could find at the time I purchased it. It is a fine gun if a bit costly when I bought it. What would I buy today? A Glock 43 of course. Why? Because it IS a Glock. But I can not justify that since I have that P9 that is almost a Glock. :-) Why Glock? Because I bought a Glock 17 for personal defense way back when almost no one had one. Because I have two times shot a G 17 ten thousand rounds without cleaning it on purpose just to test them. Not one misfire or mag up in both tests, and almost the same accuracy the last 50 rounds as the first 50. I am a believer that if your life depends on something that is what you have to have. Of course that gos out the window given that ANY gun on you is better than the best one at home. So, when convenient or a bad stress situation I have a 17 or 22 on me, I must admit that 90% of the time when out running around I have that sub compact on me and NOT the one I would certainly want if an actual gunfight is going to occur. So the one on you rule does indeed trump the one that is best rule.

    April 17, 2019 6:41 am
    • 44 mag

      Oh GLOCK GLOCK GLOCK GLOCK GLOCK what would I do without you Glock people that can't shoot anything but a single action

      June 28, 2019 11:16 pm
  • Ian fernandez

    You consistently omit kimber products from any of your reviews. The micro 9 is a fine firearm that has performed flawlessly for me. Retired SMSgt.

    March 10, 2019 11:14 pm
    • JOHN M

      I agree, I love mine, small, light, same controls as my 1911s.

      October 21, 2019 8:31 am
  • Tom

    Unfortunately the Shield is the only one recommended that you can purchase in California. How about an article that helps us less fortunate?

    January 9, 2019 10:29 am
    • Johann Schuster

      I bought my KAHR P9 in California. It operates like a Glock, but with an arguably better trigger and a tad less recoil, which promotes better shit placement.

      August 23, 2019 5:26 pm
      • JOHN M

        The o is right next to the i.

        October 21, 2019 8:33 am
  • Wild Karrde

    This list is worthless without the Sig P938.

    January 6, 2019 1:04 pm
    • Mitch Slot

      I feel ya brother. Could not agree with you more. Paired with my CT grip activated green laser, one can be confident they are prepared and able to protect themselves and their loved ones.

      June 10, 2019 6:23 pm
  • Sam

    I'm not recommending any particular one, just remember most guns are made in the United States of America, but not all. I always try to buy American made. Please help support American company's and jobs.

    December 25, 2018 6:52 pm
  • Ray

    NO Taurus G2c or Taurus pt9111

    November 7, 2018 12:20 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      Taurus has a very bad reputation for quality control, I would not recommend any of their products.

      November 7, 2018 1:47 pm
      • Robert Cairns

        Have you tested the G2? Read any other reviews on the G2?

        December 15, 2018 12:39 pm
      • Mike

        I have a G2C, and it has proved as reliable as my Glock 26. Not one FTE, or problem ever. Over 2,000 rounds and zero issues.

        March 30, 2019 5:40 am
  • Steve

    Walther ccp is another very comfortable single stack

    October 24, 2018 4:53 pm
  • Tim

    Great article and great discussion!

    October 15, 2018 4:45 am
  • Bill

    I love my single stack shield in .45 Cal and it's only a small fraction larger than the 9mm

    September 15, 2018 6:17 am
  • jeff g

    i don't think you can go wrong with any one of your picks . i currently have 3 BUG's in my rotation, XSP, p238 and 642. each one 100%, wanted something in 9mm with a better fit for my large hands..the shield was a perfect fit. i shot my bro n laws before buying, i was very impressed! over a million sold and priced at $299 i see why it is the top seller. this will make a great addition to my EDC;s... g19 gen3 or USPc 45.good honest review!

    September 6, 2018 6:12 am
  • 7seasdiver

    Hey guys, I hate to be anal, but the picture is of a M&P9 2.0 Compact, not a Shield. The Shield doesn't have pic rail slots on the bottom just a very short rail. Regardless of the wrong photo, I love my M&P9 Shield, carry it everyday. Mine came with two extended mags and tritium night sights which I wouldn't be without now that I have them.

    Keep up the good work.

    June 28, 2018 11:23 am
    • David

      Good eye, thank you! I've fixed the picture now.

      June 28, 2018 11:32 am
  • Will D.

    No love for the Sig P365?

    June 26, 2018 2:47 pm
    • David

      Great gun, but it isn't a single-stack pistol. While the same size as many size-stacks, it is technically a double-stack mag.

      June 26, 2018 2:57 pm
    • Dave M

      Was it even announced back when this article was submitted?

      September 27, 2018 3:31 pm
  • CE Anders

    None of the above. Cz rami with decocker. Once try it will never go back

    June 17, 2018 2:54 am
    • Mike W.

      Join the discussion...CZ's are great, but why not PCR or P-01? only a little larger.

      August 18, 2018 3:53 pm
  • Samuel H

    I love my shield.

    June 10, 2018 4:15 pm
  • Jim

    One 9mm single stack subcompact pistol that I really like is the Sig Sauer P938.I also own a Glock 43, but I found that the grip feels uncomfortably small in my hand. The G43 it is really small, easy to conceal and shoots well. I added the +1 magazine extension with pinky extension and it really helped. Then I found the Sig P938. It immediately fit my hand better, seemed to be easier to conceal because of its less angled handle, and when I added the +1 magazine, it was even better. The grips are flat and just fine. Then I added the Hogue rubber grips and it now feels like a full size grip on a little gun. Like the G43 it is also single action. Unlike the G43 It does have a hammer and an ambidextrous safety. You can carry with one in the chamber Cocked and Locked like the bigger pistols such as the 1911, and you will be on familiar ground. The G43 has the standard trigger safety which requires positive finger discipline during your draw if you want to carry with one in the chamber. Cost wise the Sig P938 is a little more expensive than the Glock 43. I like both weapons. I like the Sig P938 better because it feels more comfortable in my hand.

    May 20, 2018 10:33 pm
  • Fred Bar

    Not included here is the gun with arguably the best trigger: The Kahr CM9. A gun so small you can hide it in your jogging shorts. It is about the size of the Sig but IMHO, better.

    May 17, 2018 8:20 pm
    • Bart

      While I agree that the CM-9 is very easy to conceal, I certainly can NOT recommend it. I bought one, put over 1,200 rounds of high quality ammo thru it, and it was just plain UNRELIABLE, with an average of 2 to 3 failures per box of 50. I sent it back to Kahr. They finally returned it after 9 weeks. I put another 300 rounds thru it and it was STILL UNRELIABLE! if you buy one of these, I hope you get a good one.

      June 18, 2018 1:44 pm
      • Eric Hung

        Dang, that sucks. Got a good CW-9 on my end though.

        June 18, 2018 2:38 pm
        • Johann Schuster

          My Kahr P9 has been utterly flawless. I'm getting near 1200 rounds and it works perfectly. It's tolerances are TIGHT, so ya gotta keep it clean & lubed, and not limp wrist it. I can't get over how accurate it is!

          August 23, 2019 5:31 pm
      • Marc

        More than 1200 rounds (Federal American Eagle 124G FMJ) through my newish S9 (which is just a CW9 with better slide and pic rail) and not a single failure to feed, fire or return to battery. If you clean it, don't limp it, it'll just plain work.

        Not sure what was wrong with yours... but that's inconsistent with my other Kahr 9mm exposure... though to be fair, the .380 series had issues.

        July 21, 2019 12:55 am
  • Don

    Wrong photo for the Shield.

    May 17, 2018 7:50 pm
  • Davosaur

    I prefer Shield 9mm, so definitely in agreement with this article.
    However, wondering why the Kahr PM9 is not included on the list. Considering getting one. What is your take on it?

    May 11, 2018 9:57 pm
  • Mark Wynn

    I transitioned from a Ruger lc.380 with laser to an lc9s. Laser transferred over. The lc9s trigger is light, so I didn't go with the pro model sans safety. The lc9s is truly "pocketable." Since Ruger has dscontinued the lc9s, I had to scramble to get one. The less-expensive, current version doesn't allow one to change-out sights, and I intend to have my gunsmith install tritium sights when I can afford it.

    April 5, 2018 7:02 pm
  • Jeff Jackson Jackson

    Walther PPS 9mm, IWB Alien gear holster, goes bang every time. Easily concealed. For the Southern Michigan woods, a Glock G23, Desantis holster. G23 for small bears, big cats, rabid coyotes, and meth heads!

    April 1, 2018 1:00 am
  • louie

    thank you very much Sir for a very well rounded and well explained topics.

    March 11, 2018 6:46 pm
    • Eric Hung

      You're so welcome, Louie!

      March 12, 2018 10:30 am
  • Scott in NH

    I have the Ruger LC9S. Fantastic trigger and very easy to conceal.

    March 4, 2018 5:01 pm
  • joseph

    "...found a love for guns"

    Trevor, gotta say I find this weird

    March 2, 2018 4:32 pm
    • Shanon

      Why is that weird? I think there is some time most who own guns can remember becoming more interested in guns.

      April 16, 2018 1:46 pm
  • Steph

    I'm fairly new to guns. Ruger SR9c.....Does anyone have an opinion? Maybe this vs. walther PPS m2? Also, when c.c. isn't weight an issue?

    March 1, 2018 6:25 pm
    • Todd

      Nice underrated gun

      May 9, 2018 5:45 pm
  • DrGordon

    Astounding that you never listed the weight of any of these guns, Weight is a HUGE consideration in terms of comfort of a concealed carry gun. Another disappointment was that I specifically wanted to know how the Khar stacked up against the others.

    February 24, 2018 7:42 am
  • Sam

    Has anyone else noticed the picture of what is supposed to be a subcompact Shield is NOT a subcompact shield for this review? Scroll back to the very first picture and look at it. That is NOT a subcompact Shield.

    February 18, 2018 5:35 am
    • Kieran

      Did it make his words less understandable if they showed the wrong S&W?

      February 28, 2018 12:27 pm
  • Ray

    Hi Kim,

    Yes, the P7M8 was the most accurate 9mm handgun ive ever owned, and it was 100% reliable. It was a bit heavy and holsters were hard to find but it was still a fantastic pistol.

    Alas I traded it because of one thing. Before I could finish a box of 50, it became too hot to handle comfortably. Even with the gas shield in the top inside edge of the trigger guard, it really started to burn my trigger finger. Had it not been for that, I’d still have it today.

    January 15, 2018 8:25 am
  • John Woodward

    The HK VP9 was listed in the best compact handguns. The HK VP9 sk shoots exactly like its bigger brother. I have a Ruger LC9s Pro and I like it; I have a Sig P320 compact and I like it very much;; I have a Sig P320 RX and I like it very, very much; but I like my HK VP9sk more than any handgun I have or have ever shot. Yes, I have a 1911 Colt .45 cal, also. The HK VP9 sk will accept the VP9 15 round magazines and the Grip x adaptor makes it very comfortable. I shot the HK VP9 sk as a tryout handgun for my son and instantly shot far better than ever before. If you haven't fired it, your list is incomplete!

    December 21, 2017 5:51 pm
  • Radpat

    Walther PPS. There is no other.

    December 11, 2017 5:00 pm
    • safetypro

      I love my PPS2 - essentially no adjustment period when acquiring it. First time at the range, at 4', 7' 15', very accurate (though my wife is more accurate than I with any handgun - it's a female thing).

      2 eight round mags and 1 seven round, I am very comfortable with using this pistol as a CCW tool. 8+1 makes me happy, considering I'm carrying a fairly lightweight, very concealable firearm. Reliable as Hell, also - and nice-looking.

      February 24, 2018 8:37 am
  • Joe

    I noticed you did not mention the new kimber micro 9..... is there a reason or reasons you would stay away from it?

    November 29, 2017 11:29 am
  • Dan Burchett

    I have the shield and the khar cm9 both great guns, the khar is a little smaller and lighter than my shields. And has a dam nice trigger...

    November 23, 2017 4:40 am
    • Eric Hung

      Yup, I recently got a Kahr CW9 so look for a review soon. Sweet DAO trigger once you get used to it!

      December 14, 2017 12:30 pm
      • Gem Gram

        By the way, I have both the Kahr CW9 and the Kahr P9. The P9 really is far superior to shot and simply feels better in the hand. My shooting buddies I have let compare the two all agree with that. Neither has ever failed to go bang and bang again by the way.

        April 17, 2019 6:55 am
  • Guest

    That pic is a M&P 9, not a Shield.

    November 22, 2017 2:49 pm
  • Jim

    Interesting the Taurus 709 slim wasn't in this list!? I guess the the author didn't see the Guns and Ammo single stack test. The 709 was in the final three.

    September 7, 2017 6:30 pm
    • Raymond

      I had 11 stovepipe or worse rounds out of a 100 round box from my PT-709. Totally unreliable. Sending it back to Taurus for warranty. Don't know if I'll ever trust it as a EDC.

      February 3, 2019 7:09 am
  • Carlos

    A 1990s vintage Kahr P9 has been my off duty choice for many years. Kahr has been a great company too when I had a frame issue that didn't effect shootability immediately. I'm sticking with my P9!

    September 2, 2017 10:04 am
  • Shane

    I carry a Glock 19 in the winter, a Glock 26 in the spring/fall and the Glock 43 in the summer and it works well for me. I know just another "Glock guy" and that's true but I have shot many different pistols and I just do better with Glock so that's what I will stick with. I do own a S&W Shield 9mm and the Walther PPS M2 also that I really enjoy and would depend on them as EDC too. I do like how we all have so many great choices these days and there's a different gun for us all. Kimber, Kahr, Springfield, Walther, S&W, HK, Ruger, Sig and Glock. All great choices.

    August 7, 2017 6:19 pm
  • Kim Christensen

    Nothing beats the HK P7M8. Wish HK would bring them back into production!

    August 6, 2017 12:41 am
  • Gary Ramey

    Some good pistols there, but none with as many features as the Honor Defense pistols.
    Honor Defense is:
    - ambidextrous magazine release
    - ambidextrous slide catch
    - ambidextrous manual thumb safety
    - no trigger pull for disassembly
    - no tools for disassembly
    - 2 different size back straps for custom fit
    - 8 and 7 round magazine
    - stainless modular chassis system
    - snag free sights when drawing (faster draw)
    - +P proofed and rated
    - 100% USA materials and parts
    - all pistols assembled by veterans

    July 22, 2017 3:29 am
  • Travis

    I recently picked up the M&P shield 9mm. I like it and the price was right at $199 after rebate. I've only ran a few hundred rounds through it, but it did take a little while to get used to the smaller size. It was hard for me to grip due to my larger hands. I usually shoot a Beretta. 40 which is significantly larger. I ordered the mag extensions for the shield that should be in today. I'm looking forward to using them to improve my grip.

    July 10, 2017 8:22 am
  • John

    I have been carrying a Ruger LC9s Pro with talon grips and TruGlo sights and it is very easy to carry. It has an excellent trigger and i have been able to shoot it quite accurately. However, I have A Sig P320 Rx and a Sig P320 (both 9mm) and I love them. So I have just switched over to the Sig P320. My wife carries an S&W M&P shield and we both love the way it shoots. Actually, I can shoot just about as well with it as with my Ruger. The truth is that there are many fine handguns and my friends and I are willing to make different compromises. My Sigs are both wonderful for me and I have found ways to carry the non-RX that make it my carry gun. I know that one shot stops are very rare but I hope I would never be challenged to switch magazines if attacked.

    July 5, 2017 10:08 am
    • David Shultz

      You left off one of the best guns to be made today and that is the lineup made by Kahr. I have carried a Kahr CM 9 for years. It's a sweet shooting handgun with one of the best DA trigger pulls made. It's light and compact also. I also have a larger Kahr 45 that I use in the colder months here in Louisiana. Later David S..

      July 6, 2017 7:19 pm
  • Dave.

    I prefer to carry a compact Glock 19. I have a Glock 26 but rarely carry it. I like the bigger size and more rounds. I bought the wife a Glock 42 in .380. I would have preferred the 43 but the .380 is what the wife is willing to carry therefore that's the best gun for her.

    July 5, 2017 8:33 am
  • TxTraildog

    That crack on 1911s and bowling shirts is OVER THE LINE!
    Kahr P9 is slim, trim and light.

    July 5, 2017 7:35 am
  • Steve

    Sig 938 for me.

    July 5, 2017 7:08 am
  • John Haley

    Great rundown, but what single spec. is most important in subcompact carry? A spec that cannot be estimated from a picture? Height? Width? Capacity? All are important, but what about WEIGHT?

    Some of these are small bricks. Some are featherweight. If weight were listed, I wouldn't have to go past this article to pick a subcompact. Weird to me.

    July 5, 2017 6:23 am
  • Tim

    Don't get too hung up on the spec's guys. It's a good place to start but if possible, shoot as many as you can (rental). When I went to buy my conceal carry gun, there were several mentioned above that I thought were definitely contenders but after shooting them, I personally just didn't shoot them very well at all. When SHTF, you want whatever you shoot best!

    July 5, 2017 4:53 am
  • Tony

    Xds 9mm for me love this gun as my carry very easy to shoot

    July 4, 2017 8:23 pm
  • kidiraq

    CZ P10C and Springfield Mod 2 .45 are my EDC's. I have Played with the M&P Shield allot and XDs. I personally am a double stack guy, but those to IMHO are the best on this list hands down. That said, I'll stick with my current EDC's!

    July 4, 2017 7:07 pm
  • Will

    You forgot the Walther 9mm CCP (Concealed Carry Pistol)

    July 4, 2017 6:14 pm
  • Big Al 512

    What about The Taurus 709? or any of the Bersa Offerings? I agree on the Sig P938 I have the 238 & 938 Both excellent Guns also The Taurus 709s Great gun , Too many Glock Fan boys , Glocks are like Volvos , Good , but same styling , Boring ,

    July 4, 2017 6:06 pm
  • Blake

    I traded my Glock 43 for a Sig P938. The Sig is far superior IMO. Anyway, the list above is missing a lot of better guns...

    July 4, 2017 4:26 pm
  • Keitj

    Did you forget the CZ Rami or p01?

    July 4, 2017 4:07 pm
  • Jucame

    I have not found one that is fully Ambidextrous as I am left handed and do not want a safety.
    Does anyone have a recomedation?

    July 4, 2017 1:17 pm
    • Doug

      I Am also lefty and the safety thing is a hassle but I learned to put it in my routine and its second nature now.
      As far as what I carry it's a little old school it is heavy for what's out there now but I've used it too many years to change S&W 3913 fits great, low recoil, and ambidextrous. In a cross breed style holster I don't even notice it anymore unless I reach for the ground

      September 2, 2017 5:27 am
  • Kevin

    Bought an M&P Shield 9mm to compliment my Sig Sauer P320 Carry in .40 but have not been able to get accurate shots out of the M&P. Low and left seems to be the normal complaint, me included. Maybe with more time and practice I'll switch but for confidence I still carry the Sig. It feels to be of higher quality and shoots significantly better ...... for me.

    July 4, 2017 1:01 pm
  • Marc

    Just got the PPS M2 from gunbuyer for $256 after $100 mail-in rebate. I've only taken it to the range once so far, but I'm a big fan. Much easier to carry in the summer than my XD Mod2

    July 4, 2017 12:41 pm
  • Vince Corvino

    I just got a Springfield XD-E and have put about 200 rounds through it.
    Not carrying it as of yet but will be soon. It's a great hand gun.

    July 4, 2017 12:34 pm
  • Ebal Nolom

    Ruger LC9s Pro is my favorite carry 9. Those who can't control the small grips need to do some hand exercise to strengthen their grip. Two fingers on the grip with the pinky folded under the base of the magazine is all you really need.

    July 4, 2017 12:12 pm
  • Jeff Sheldon

    Excellent article, thanks.

    Like you stated this is a subjective topic. I would love to own a G 43, but in CA only active duty LEO's can buy one. Anyway, we can line out all of the specs; reliability,smallest, lightest, most bullets, etc., and come up with a statically 'best' off duty, carry gun. But the reality of the matter is that the gun has to be one that you are confident and comfortable in carrying. For me, at least until I can get a G43, that is a S&W, 340 PD, extremely reliable, small, very light weight and very powerful.

    Semper Fi.

    July 4, 2017 11:58 am
  • Gordon Forester

    I love my Ruger LC9S. Very accurate, great trigger, excellent size for concealed carry. Super reliable.

    July 4, 2017 11:58 am
  • Ed

    How come none of the Kimber's made the list?

    July 4, 2017 11:55 am
    • Lando

      Probably because they're Kimber. There's always a better choice. Who would get a micro carry when a P938 is cheaper and a Sig?

      July 4, 2017 2:17 pm
      • Ed

        Actually I have a Sig P938 and a Kimber 1911! I really want to try a carry size Kimber because the full size Kimber is fantastic.. The Sig it great but just does not have the trigger that the Kimber does.

        July 4, 2017 4:10 pm
  • Chuck

    I've seen you mention that you have large hands. I do as well and need the large blackstrap installed on a Gen 4 19. How well do you shoot a 43 and so you have any tips for a larger handed individual who is interested in keeping platform consistency with Glock but worried about the slimness or the grip?

    June 30, 2017 5:15 am
    • Eric Hung

      I haven't shot the 43 but the sub-compact 26 I have is definitely my least favorite handgun since without the pinkie magazine extension I can barely grip it...but with it I get my ring finger caught in the gap.

      July 3, 2017 2:44 pm
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