There are many good handguns out in the market to choose from.
Many lawful gun owners have different perspectives on which is best. So it can be a challenge not only for the newbie but the seasoned carriers as well.
Handguns do come in different sizes, such as the full standard that LEO’s carry to a mini snub nose revolver. Currently, the micro 9mm’s are some of the hottest on the market. Here are some top handgun choices to consider for compact size.
- Springfield Armory Hellcat
It is a micro 9mm pistol with huge capacity. It holds 11+1 rounds of 9mm with a flush magazine and 13+1 rounds of 9mm with the extended magazine. The Hellcat is a bit “snappy” but very accurate. Price will be a little higher than the others.
- Sig P365
Its reliability, light weight, one inch narrow width, tight slide to frame fit, excellent tritium day/night sights, comfortable grip, nice trigger with short reset, and overall ergonomics makes it one of the favorite micro 9mm pistol out on the market. Yes, 10+1 mag capacity for a micro 9mm!
- Mossberg MC1sc
Yes, Mossberg does make handguns, the subcompact MC1sc is a polymer, striker-fired pistol. Mossberg chambered the new pistol in 9mm. It comes with both six-round flush and seven-round extended magazines. The pistol is reliable and accurate.
- Glock 26 Gen 4 (9MM)
This particular Glock is for concealed carry and it may be the most popular among CCW. Its small frame, short barrel makes it easy to conceal and the high magazine capacity is heaven sent with 10+1 rounds of 9mm.
One thing that stands out when compared to other compact guns is that while shooting the pistol it won’t jump out of your hand. This is because of the full width size, this allows a shooter to have a good hold of it.
- Glock 43
We didn’t forget about this Glock, this G43 does live up to its name. At 6.26 inces in overall length and 17.95 ounces unloaded, the 6+1 pistol runs on the larget side of micro pistols, yet is concealable as ever.
- Springfield XDs (.45 ACP)
This Sprinfield XDs is a .45ACP and considered one of the best on the market. The downside is that its a single stack which only holds 5 rounds of .45ACP. The size is perfect for the concealed and the quality of the gun and operation is perfect. Overall considered reliable, consistent, easy to shoot, easy to clean and enough fire power to take down any bad guy.
- Ruger LC9
This baby is a 9mm caliber, recoil-operated, locked breech, Hammer fired, semi-automatic pistol. Striker-fired with a short, light, crisp trigger pull for faster, more accurate shooting.
- Ruger LCRx .38 Special
LCR stands for “Lightweight Carry Revolver”, the whole LCR series comes with its patent-trigger system. The reduced friction trigger system is designed to give the double-action shooting a smooth even trigger pull. This all helps in getting a more accurate shot every time.
Ruger has been attentive to their customers one request was to make a LCR pistol with an exposed hammer to enable single-action mode, and they listened.
- Smith & Wesson M&P 40C
Smith&Wesson produces some of the best handguns no matter the size. This M&P 40C is reliable, accurate and easy to carry makes it a great choice for CCW. The pistol comes standard with a trigger safety and optional thumb safety. Another thing that stands out from the other pistol is its affordable pricing.
- Taurus PT111
The Taurus PT111 is not well known but its great for CCW. The compact frame and 13-round capacity makes it ideal to tuck under your shirt with your favorite IWB holster. Something that stands out with this PT111 is the double-action/single-action mode.
When the slide resets the internal striker to get ready to fire the next round, the trigger is then in single-action mode. If the round fails to fire, the PT111 automatically switches into double-action mode – which will allow you to strike the same primer again. This feature could potentially save your life if you were ever faced with a light primer strike in an emergency situation.
- SCCY CPX-II
The SCCY may be one of the most affordable carry gun on the market with an excellent customer service and lifetime warranty.
Its slim design, lightweight, easy to use and 9mm pistol holds 10+1 rounds – has more than enough stopping power for you.
Many are saying the gun is super comfortable to hold, a pleasure to shoot, and a fantastic carry firearm for the price.
- Springfield XDM Compact .40 S&W
The Springfield XDM Compact is another awesome compact carry gun – and you can have your choice of carrying either 11+1 rounds of .40S&W, or 16+1 rounds when you carry the extended magazine.
This gun is a bit pricier than some of the other guns, but it sure is quality. It’s 6.26-pound trigger pull makes this gun a dream to shoot – and it’s extremely accurate.
- Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40S&W
The slim, lightweight Smith & Wesson M&P Shield comes in both .40S&W and 9MM and extremely accurate.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is one of the top selling guns. The 6-pound trigger pull makes for a crisp and accurate shot placement, and the sights on top of the gun are fantastic. Due to the demand for these guns, the M&P Shields are hard to find – if you see one, grab one!
This isn’t the complete list but these are some really good pistols for personal defense to check out.