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Best Concealed Carry 9mm

These are some of the best 9mm pistols for concealed carry you can find.

So, you’ve been thinking about finally buying a concealed carry handgun for some time now. Maybe you’ve already settled on a 9mm. We can’t blame you. Sure, it doesn’t have as much stopping power as a .40 or .45, but 9mm is a lot cheaper and easier to come by. Plus, it is proven in the field by many military and law enforcement agencies.

But which one should you get for concealed carry? Do you go single stack or double stack? Full size or compact?

Hopefully we can help you narrow down your decision with this rundown of 12 of the best concealed carry guns chambered in 9mm.

CZ P-10 C

Manufactured by Česká zbrojovka, the Czech-made CZ P-10 C compact handgun is quickly gaining in popularity on gun ranges and with concealed carry enthusiasts everywhere. Guns and Ammo gave this handgun their “Pistol of the Year” award when it was introduced in 2017.

It’s clear the CZ P-10 C was made to compete with the Glock 19. It’s a striker-fired polymer pistol and holds 15+1 rounds. This pistol gets rave reviews for its short reset and 4.5-pound trigger, making this a viable option for anyone looking for a 9mm with a bit more capacity than a single stack handgun.

Glock 19

People have really divided opinions on Glocks; you either love them or hate them. What can’t be denied is their popularity as a concealed carry firearm. The Glock 19 is a good midway point between the company’s single-stack firearms and their full-size 17.

Again, people will be divided over the Glock’s trigger safety system. Even firearms instructors have differing opinions. If you’re more comfortable with a manual safety, you might want to go with a different model. We highly recommend you try firing a variety of firearms before you buy and figure out what you’re comfortable with carrying before you ever start.

Personally, I’ve never had any issues with my Gen 4 Glock 19. It has always gone bang when I needed it to. It is a little hefty at 30 ounces with a full magazine, but you can negate some of that weight with a good gun belt.

Ruger LC9s

Some would say the Ruger LC9s compact handgun isn’t necessarily the best concealed carry pistol out there, but it is a great option for someone wanting a concealed carry 9mm on a budget. These guns can be found in the $300-400 range and there are a variety of accessories available.

The main difference between this and the LC9 is the LC9s model is a striker-fired handgun where as the LC9 is hammer-fired.

This handgun’s single stack magazine has a 7+1 round capacity and has an unbelievably slim and lightweight profile. We suggest actually holding one at your local gun store before you buy to make sure it will be comfortable in your hand.

One thing you’ll find divided opinions on with the LC9 handguns is the trigger pull. Some like it, but many hate it. Be warned that it is a very long pull and reset. But if you’re looking for a light, budget-friendly, and easy-to-conceal self-defense 9mm, the LC9s fits that definition.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

This subcompact 9mm is an increasingly popular choice for anyone seeking a single stack 9mm semi-auto pistol. It has a great, budget-friendly price in the $350 range and a round capacity of 7+1 or 8+1. The slim profile makes it very concealable. This one is popular with women and people with smaller frames that might find it hard to hide a larger firearm.

The M&P Shield has a short 3.1-inch barrel. It is stainless steel and actually about half of the handgun’s overall length. That’s not necessarily a detriment, but it does mean you might need a little bit of extra practice at the range to get used to handling it efficiently. Just like the LC9s, this one is a great, budget-friendly sub-compact pistol to get started with.

Kimber Micro 9

No doubt about it, Kimber makes some beautiful-looking firearms and the Micro 9 is no exception. The barrel is stainless steel and the frame is aluminum, making for a sharp-looking firearm no matter what finish you might choose.

Don’t be surprised if this gets mistaken for a .380 at the range. The Micro 9 is a tiny handgun. It has a magazine capacity of 7 and weighs just 15.6 ounces making it highly concealable.

The only downside of these great guns is the price. At about $1,200 to $1,500 retail, they’re almost too pretty and too expensive to be an everyday carry gun. If you’re looking for performance and reliability, Kimber is a good name to think about.

Walther PPQ

The German Walther PPQ comes in a variety of calibers, including 9mm. This one has flown under the radar with concealed carriers, but the pistol has gotten rave reviews for its trigger system and ergonomics.

If you’re looking for a concealed carry 9mm with an increased capacity of 15 rounds, the PPQ may be a viable option. New pistols can be found in the $500-600 range and lightly used ones can probably be found in the $300-400 range.

This handgun was designed with police and special forces in mind, which means it should be more than capable for any self-defense situation you might encounter.

Springfield Armory XD-S

If you like the features of the XDM but want something a little more concealable, look at the Springfield Armory XD-S. This firearm is extremely slim at just over an inch wide, making it highly concealable. It comes with two 7-round magazines, although it can fit magazines with a capacity of 9.

There was a recall on these a few years ago due to an issue with the grip safety. It seems this issue has been resolved with newer releases, so we wouldn’t worry about it if you are considering buying a newer model.

Sig Sauer P320

A slight variant of this pistol was just chosen a few years ago by the U.S. Army as their go-to service pistol. It beat out entrants by both Glock and Beretta to do so, giving the P320 some impressive credentials.

The frame and slide are stainless steel. It’s a striker-fired design and they made several variants to comply with state regulations in places that aren’t as concealed-carry friendly.

One of the most interesting things about this pistol is that it doesn’t feature adjustable backstraps. Instead, you can adjust the handling by changing out the whole grip with grips made to fit small, medium, and large-sized hands.

The P320 falls into about a mid-range budget at $500-600. You might be able to find one cheaper with a little digging.

Glock 26

The Glock 26 is a great option for anyone looking for a mid-way option between the Glock 19 and 43. The 26 has a compact size that is much more easily concealable than the 19, but it has a greater magazine capacity than the 43. The 26 holds 10+1 rounds standard.

It features a much shorter barrel at 3.43 inches. The frame is a lot smaller than the 19, so we recommend trying both at your local gun shop if you’re torn. Some shooters with larger hands might not find the 26 as comfortable to hold.

Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0

Maybe you liked the features of the Smith & Wesson Shield, but want a longer barrel and greater magazine capacity? The M&P 2.0 might be just the thing you’re looking for. This striker fire pistol has a capacity of 17+1 and a longer barrel length of 4.25 inches for more accuracy.

This pistol also falls into a mid-budget range at around $400-500. Persistent buyers may be able to dig. The M&P 2.0 is also increasingly popular with competition shooters.

Springfield Armory XD(M)

This handgun was primarily designed for competitive shooting, but it has taken off a bit for concealed carriers because you get a lot of features for the price. It comes with three magazines standard, which is great value-wise. It features three safeties and a loaded chamber indicator for anyone who is shopping with safety as a priority.

One of the biggest draws to this pistol might be the variety of barrel sizes you have to choose from. Springfield Armory makes the XD(M) with a 3.8″, 4.5″, and 5.25″ barrel. Depending on what variation you go for, this pistol can cost upwards of $800, but many can be found in the $500 range.

Glock 43

The Glock 43 was Glock’s answer to customer requests for a concealable, single stack 9mm, and it gets the job done. Really, all these Glocks function pretty much the same. It is more a matter of finding which one feels most comfortable in your hand and how much concealability you want.

If you like Glock pistols and don’t mind a decreased magazine capacity of 6+1, the 43 should fit your needs.

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Land & Legacy – Determining the Success of Your Season

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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