Looking to get yourself armed? But are you lost in the weeds with what you need to equip yourself? Here are the Top best concealed carry handguns to depend on in 2020
Here are the Top best concealed carry handguns to depend on in 2020:
- S&W M&P Shield EZ in 9mm
- Walther CCP .380 ACP
- Mossberg MC2c
- Stoeger STR-9 Compact
- Ruger LCRx 3-Inch
- Bond BullPup9
- Walther PPK
- Remington RM380 Executive Pistol
- Kimber EVO SP
- Glock G19X
- Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Performance Center Ported
- Glock 43
- Springfield Armory XDe
- Kahr CM9
Top best concealed carry handguns to depend on in 2020
Yes, the concept of a slide that takes less than a metric ton of force to rack would laugh at He-Man styles, but the notion is rock solid. Why do muscles bear handguns with weaker hand strength due to age, infirmity or other variables in a less suitable concealed handgun? With the M&P 9 Shield EZ M2.0.0, Smith & Wesson sees it this way and has extended its easy-to-manipulate pistol line.
The 9mm, a hammer-fired pistol, needs much lighter springs than the currently dominating striker-fired choices on the market. In addition, this suggests less resistance to operating the slide, thus opening up polymer handguns to a much larger portion of the shooting world. With the Shield EZ, Smith & Wesson did not stop at springs, adding many other features to improve the pistol’s function, such as violent cocking serrations fore and aft and a flared section for a better grip at the rear of the slide. With a 3,575-inch barrel, it is also appropriately sized for carrying and weighs in at a manageable 23 ounces unloaded.
If the idea of easy-to-manipulate appeals to you but Smith & Wesson is not your thing, there are other choices to think about. Walther, for one, devoted himself to the concept of a secret handgun open to the masses. The result is CCP M2.
The .380 ACP utilizes what Walther calls Softcoil gas-delayed blowback technology, a veritable engineering wonder. Essentially, it’s a gas-piston mechanism that makes the gun cycle and allows a much lighter return spring, making it a much more practical slide.
The 8+1 capacity gun has a wealth of convenience engineered into it, along the same lines as the original 9mm variant of the weapon. Toolless disassembly is chief among these. And the 3.54-inch single stack is ideally balanced at 20 ounces in weight and 1.18-inches in width for easy carrying.
It seems like a never-ending tug-of-war for secret handguns. Convenience and capacity. Go for one and usually the other is dramatically influenced by you. Mossberg may have reached the sweet spot with a welcome advancement of its MC line of pistols to fix just this.
Minted with the MC2c, the double-stack weapon significantly increases the ability of the initial MC1sc, though retaining almost the same proportions. The pistol doubles the firepower of the single-stack 9mm by carrying 13+1 rounds with its flush-fit magazine (15+1 extended mag). Around the same time, the barrel length and height are just a fraction of an inch higher than that of its older sibling. Rather an accomplishment, by turning to steel magazines for further structural reinforcement, one Mossberg pulled off.
Let’s be honest, there’s not a lot of initial STR-9 here. Yeah, with violent cocking serrations, it has a fairly special slide, but get under the hood and it’s a Glock clone in essence. At that, almost a dead ringer. Nevertheless, it’s one that comes in at a fraction of the price and provides almost equal performance.
With the STR-9 Compact, we can all rejoice that Stoeger has expanded the line of 9mm striker-fired handguns. The double-stack gun, right-sized for concealed carrying, may be among the best prices on the market today. Interchangeable backstraps, snappy button, perfect reset, out of a serious defensive product, it has everything you might want.
Of instance, it appears to weigh in at 24 ounces on the larger side of concealed carrying handguns. But the double-stack is well worth the additional load with 10+1 rounds of 9mm on tap (13+1 extended mag),
This is not new for 2020. You caught us. A year ago, Ruger added the LCRx 3-inch to its line-up, but on this concealed carry handgun list, the revolver more than deserves its spot. All in all, it might be one of the top wheel guns out there every day.
What gives the gun its chops is its 3-inch barrel. The LCRx packs even more of a wallop than similarly chambered snubbies, just off the efficiency of a 6-inch barreled .357. In short, the goods are there to get the job done. It’s always a lightweight revolver with the same tick, and it’s very easy to hide even in the lightest garb. Perhaps it won’t ride like a snub nose in the small of the back or on the ankle, outside that a slimmer line is cut by the 5-round revolver than most anything else. The adjustable aim rear sight and hammer are the only areas of concern. Ruger, however has made these minimal and these characteristics overall should trigger little worry about snagging on a draw.
Want a niche? There’s a niche here. Bond Arms, based in Texas, has long been known for its Derringer-style and other micro handguns, taking pride in their contribution to the complete manufacture of lightweight, effective personal defense weapons produced in the USA. The Bond BullPup9, officially released at the end of 2018, looks to hit its stride in 2020.
The BullPup9 is an eye-catcher (obviously) chambered in 9 mm with its ultra-short barrel and muzzle that sits flush with the front of the trigger guard and the signature rosewood grips of Bond that add a bit of elegance to the overall look. The 3.35-inch barrel, at just over 5 inches overall length, provided the designers with a unique challenge: how to feed the ammunition while the chamber sat directly above the magazine.
In most semi-autos, of course, as the slide cycles, the ammunition is forced forward into the chamber. Not so with the BullPup9: instead, rounds are pulled from behind from the magazine due to its unusual nature, even with the chamber raised and then shoved into the barrel.
The XD series of pistols from Springfield Armory has been a big success, and the regular XDs feature the added safety of a grip safety and are a great gun in their own right. For a guy who just doesn’t trust a striker-fired trigger, the newer XDe is the gun, and no one can argue against the value of second-strike capability. It’s a little heavy for my criteria at 25 ounces, but it’s definitely the best option for a double/single-action gun, and it’s easier to shoot well with heavier weapons. It is both inexpensive and reliable.
For a couple of years, the Smith and Wesson 340 PD wasn’t on the website, but now it’s back and it’s the ultimate Noisy Cricket. The 340 PD packs a serious punch at both ends, much as the explosively driven gun Will Smith shot in Men in Black. True, the 2-inch barrel degrades the .357 Magnum calibre’s performance, but even from a short barrel, it’s on par with a 5-inch barrel of 9mm. It’s almost as light as the diminutive LCP II at less than 12 ounces, but it does have a thicker profile. Lighter weight and strength come at a price, $1,019 to be specific, and due to harsh recoil, it’s not an easy gun to fire. There is always the S&W 442 in .38 Special at just less than 15 ounces and an MSRP o o if you think it’s a little much,
The Glock 43 is slim, compact with an unloaded weight of less than 18 ounces and a short profile, allowing a convenient regular concealed carry 365 days a year. It has nice sights and is easy to run. The caliber of 9mm is a reasonable stopper, and even those who don’t like Glocks are not going to disagree with a Glock’s reliability. The Glock 43 is easy to learn to shoot and the supplied magazine holds enough ammunition, and larger magazines are available.
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.