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Compact 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry
The rules for the 9mm CCW list: Weigh 30 ounces or less, barrel shorter than 4", and cost less than $650 from a dealer. We didn't do a "best list" because your personal requirements for a concealed carry pistol will not always be the same as ours. However, our readers demanded we rank them. So I set down with a few shooting buddies and we made a "Favorites List". Don't put too much weight on our choices beacuse there are a lot of 9mm CCW pistols we have never tried. We also left off some good CCW handguns that were not fun to shoot. The haggle price should be the best deal from a gun dealer.
Favorites List
1. S&W M&P Shield M2.0
2. Kahr CW9
3. Walther CCP
4. Glock 26
5. Glock 43
6. Sig P365
7. Taurus PT111 G2
8. Walther PPQ M2 Sub
9. Bersa BP9cc
10. Ruger SR9c
11. Springfield XDs 3.3
12. FN FNS-9 Compact
13. Bersa Thunder Pro UC
14. Ruger LC9s

Single Stack Compact 9mm Pistols

AMT Backup 9mm: Haggle Price $430-$460
Alloy frame. Weight: 23.0 oz., Barrel: 3.00", Magazine: 6 rounds
Even though the 9mm AMT Backup is not as famous as their 45 ACP, it is still a good weapon for law enforcement backup or personal protection. Safe while ready to fire smooth double action. The AMT Backup has fiberglass checkered grips, and snag free grooved slide sight. Rare and hard to find pistol.
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Beretta BU9 Nano Haggle Price $340-$370
Polymer frame. Weight: 17.7 oz., Barrel: 3.07", Magazine: 6 rounds
The BU9 Nano is a new sub-compact pocket pistol from Beretta. Beretta fans should be really excited. Cops that carry a Beretta as their duty weapon should be thrilled too. It is a little heavy compared to the Kel-Tec, but I am sure the Nano has the beef in the right places. The snag free design makes the BU9 Nano easy to carry and draw from concealment.
Beretta Nano Video
Bersa BP9CC Concealed Carry Haggle Price $340-$370
Poly frame. Weight: 21.5 oz., Barrel: 3.30", Magazine: 8 rounds
What a nice looking pistol! Very thin profile with an 8 round magazine. It looks a lot like a H&K to me. Good competition for the Kahr CW9 and Walther PPS. It shoots as good as it looks. The BPCC has been a hot seller for Bersa as the quality is right up there with Walther and Glock. Now if you have one of the early BP9 pistols, replace the recoil spring with the one for the 40 caliber. It will solve the extraction and feeding issues. There is a chance you can get a free spring from Bersa. The BP is also avalible in 380 too.
Bersa BP9 Review Video

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Diamondback DB9: Haggle Price $230-$260
Polymer frame. Weight: 11.0 oz., Barrel: 3.0", Magazine: 6 rounds
The little Diamonback DB9 in 9mm Luger shoots like a cannon. Hold on tight! If Diamondback gets the reliability issues sorted out, they will have a winner. Only 5lb DAO trigger! The DB9 is one of the best looking pocket pistols on the market. Made in USA with lifetime warranty! I think the DB9 looks more like a Glock than the new Glock G43 below.
Shooting Diamondback DB9
Glock 43: Haggle Price $440-$470
Polymer frame. Weight: 18.9 oz., Barrel: 3.39", Magazine: 6 rounds
Glock just entered the single stack market owned by Kahr Arms. Is the Glock 43 worth $110 more than the Kahr CW9? Only time will tell. I would buy the single stack G43 over the Glock G26 only because of the $50 cheaper price. The G26 is thin for a double stack pistol, plus it hold 4 more rounds. Empty weight is about the same. The G43 is not as narrow as the Kahr or Walther PPS. However it is a Glock and robust as heck. If the sales of the G42 380 are any indication, Glock should sell a gzillion of the G43s.
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Hi Point C9 Compact: Haggle Price $160-$190
Polymer frame. Weight: 29.0 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 8/10 rounds
Hi-Point pistols come with a lifetime unconditional warranty. Rated for +P ammo. 3-dot, fully adjustable sights. High-impact grips. Last round lock open. Magazine disconnect safety. 100% American parts & assembly. I owned a Hi-Point and it was a fun and reliable gun! They never break! Bend the magazine feed lips inward every so often, and it will shoot forever. The fixed barrel makes blowback pistols very accurate. Very popular with preppers, as you can afford to buy several for stash weapons.
Shooting C9 Video
Honor Guard Sub-Compact: Haggle Price $350-$380
Polymer frame. Weight: 22.0 oz., Barrel: 3.20", Magazine: 7 or 8 rounds
Made in USA. Some of the gun publication reviews say this is the best single stack pistol you can buy. You can get one with or without a thumb safety. Awesome sights. 6 to 7 pound trigger with short reset. Narrow .96" width. Replaceable backstraps for different hand sizes. The fit and finish is top quality. Very overbuilt pistol. This little gun can handle hot +P loads folks! This looks like the perfect EDC weapon. There is also a FIST frame version available. Great for opening sardine cans.
Honor Defense Site Honor Guard Test Video
Kahr CM9: Haggle Price $330-$360
Polymer frame. Weight: 15.9 oz., Barrel: 3.0", Magazine: 6 rounds
The Kahr CM9 is small and a fistfull of power. Not for the recoil shy. You get the Kahr quality and reliability in a cute little package. The CM9 is just the right size to carry in a vest or pants pocket. Very good trigger. Many cops just swear by Kahr firearms as backup pistols. Compares in size to many small 380 ACP pistols. The CM9 has the best sights of any micro pistol. I don't know why they bother putting sights on this gun at all.
Kahr CM9 Review Video

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Kahr CW9: Haggle Price $330-$360
Polymer frame. Weight: 17.7 oz., Barrel: 3.60", Magazine: 7 rounds
The CW9 is the value version of the $700 Kahr P9. Even though the CW9 is the econo model, it is still better quality than most handguns on the market. The Kahr CW9 is my personal favorite CCW pistol as it is 100% reliable. The Kahr CW9 has a matte stainless steel slide too! One of the smallest pistols that is still fun to shoot. What many don't realize is the CW9 is about the same size as the Kel-Tec PF-9! See Photo. Also see the new slightly bigger model CT9 on page 2 of our main list.
CW9 Overview Video  CW9 Range time

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Kel-Tec PF-9: Haggle Price $240-$270
Polymer frame. Weight: 12.7 oz., Barrel: 3.10", Magazine: 7 rounds
The PF9 is one of the lightest and flattest 9 mm ever made. Firing mechanism is Double-Action Only with an automatic hammer block safety. The PF-9 will be available in blued, parkerized, and hard chrome finishes. Grips will be in black, grey, and olive drab.
Kel-Tec PF9 Review    PF-9 Video
Kimber Micro 9: Haggle Price $540-$570
Alloy frame. Weight: 15.6 oz., Barrel: 3.15", Magazine: 6 rounds
The smallest 1911 style 9mm pistol? I believe so. How did they get the weight so dang low without using plastic? The prices should come down after the excitement is over. I am going to get one, even if I have to sell the wife's Jeep for the cash.
Kimber America Website
Remington R51: Haggle Price $390-up
Alloy frame. Weight: 22.0 oz., Barrel: 3.45", Magazine: 7 rounds
Remington has revived an old favorite. The Remington should be the most accurate in this catagory with the fixed barrel. The only other gun to compare it to is the Walther PPK 380, as they both are made out of metal with about the same size and weight. The R51 may be an old idea, but has modern features. Nice and slim. Perfect for CCW in an IWB holster. Note: Production was put on hold until a safety issue could be fixed. Estimated delivery to dealers for new production is mid 2016. Update 6-23-2016. They are now shipping!
Gunblast Remington R51 Review

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Ruger LC9s: Haggle Price $270-$300
Polymer frame. Weight: 17.2 oz., Barrel: 3.12", Magazine: 7 rounds
Game changer time! Ruger changed their compact 9mm from hammer to striker fired. What this means is you now have a compact with a very sweet trigger in the 5 pound range. You have a choice of thumb safety or trigger safety (Pro model). It looks like the biggest complaint of the old LC9 has been addressed. Can you believe a single change can make you leader of the pack?
   Ruger LC9s Video

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Sig Arms P290: Haggle Price $390-$420
Polymer frame. Weight: 20.5 oz., Barrel: 2.9", Magazine: 6 or 8 rounds
The P290 is a unique 9mm pistol is the perfect small defense handgun that meets the demands of today's law enforcement professionals as a backup duty gun, and responsible citizens as a conceal carry gun. The removable grip plates allow for customization with aluminum, wood, and polymer.
P290 Review Video
S&W M&P Shield M2.0: Haggle Price $370-$400
Polymer frame. Weight: 18.3 oz., Barrel: 3.1", Magazine: 7 or 8 rounds
The most fun to shoot sub compact gun. The good trigger is right off the full size M&P M2.0. The trigger is good enough, you will want the model with the thumb safety. Gosh is it thin! I gave up my Kahr CW9 for the Shield M2.0 because of the outstanding accuracy. It is light weight, so not the best choice for the recoil shy. You wonder why so many Glock cops carry the Shield as a backup.
Shield M2.0 Review Video

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Springfield XDS 3.3 9mm: Haggle Price $400-$430
Polymer frame. Weight: 23.0 oz., Barrel: 3.3", Magazine: 7 & 9 rounds
Hot selling single stack pistol from Springfield. 1911 type Grip safety, plus extra backstraps for hand fitment. Fiber optic front sight. The XDS is also available in a 4 inch barrel version. Believe it or not, the 45 ACP version weighs less! How did that happen? Coming from Springfield, you know the XDS will be built to last.
Springfield XDS Video
Taurus PT709 Slim: Haggle Price $220-$250
Polymer frame. Weight: 18.5 oz., Barrel: 3.28", Magazine: 7 rounds
Brand new Taurus PT709 Slim CCW pistol that is only .961 inch wide! The PT-709 is striker fired with only an 5.75 lb trigger pull, and is twice as good as DAO triggers. The reviews say the Taurus PT 709 Slim is one of the best! I hear the G2 Slim is even better!
Read a nice PT 709 review here.    PT709 Slim Video
Walther PPS: Haggle Price $350-$380
Polymer frame. Weight: 19.4 oz., Barrel: 3.2", Magazine: 7 or 8 rounds
I am sure one of the "P"s in PPS means pancake as the slide is only .91 inches wide. As far as I know, this is one of the few sub-compacts you can swap out backstraps for hand fitment. The PPS is not that expensive when compared to the new Glock. Plus you are buying a Walther! See the new PPS M2 makeover.
PPS Video Review

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Walther CCP: Haggle Price $380-$410
Polymer frame. Weight: 22.2 oz., Barrel: 3.54", Magazine: 8 rounds
The Walther CCP is a hefty 22 ounces and is more chubby than the G43 or Shield. Why in the heck is it selling like crazy? The fixed barrel make the Walther CCP as accurate as a full size gun. The gas-delayed blowback shock absorber system really works, and kicks less than most 380s. A softer recoil spring is used with the softcoil blowback systen. The slide is very easy to rack for a 9mm. It looks like the PPQ, but 88% scale. The perfect handgun for your woman. Get one for your woman. Your woman will love it! Your woman will love you back.
CCP Website Good CCP Video Review
Zastava M88: Haggle Price $240-$270
Steel frame. Weight: 28.0 oz., Barrel: 3.60", Magazine: 8 rounds
Is this Europe's answer to the U.S. made Hi-Point pistols? I had a chance to shoot a M88 at the range the other day. This is a popular pistol in Europe. The one I fired was imported by EAA in 9mm Luger. It is a nice shooter! Smooth single action trigger. 8 round magazine. No ammo feeding problems. The price tag is attractive.
Zastava M88 Wiki

Double Stack Compact 9mm Pistols

Beretta PX4 Sub-Compact Haggle Price $490-$520
Polymer frame. Weight: 26.1 oz., Barrel: 3.00", Magazine: 13 rounds
The Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact pistol is the most advanced sub-compact sidearm of its kind. Built around Beretta's latest Px4 modular technology. Concealed carry handling with large frame firepower.
Beretta PX4 Compact Haggle Price $490-$520
Polymer frame. Weight: 27.3 oz., Barrel: 3.20", Magazine: 15 rounds
The full size PX4 Storm cut down a little in length and height. The rule for a CCW weapon is to carry the biggest pistol that is comfortable to conceal. Since there is less than 1/2 ounce difference between the full and compact models. you may want to look at both.
PX4 Review Clip
Bersa Thunder Pro 9 UC Haggle Price $410-$440
Alloy frame. Weight: 23.0 oz., Barrel: 3.25", Magazine: 10/13 rounds
Compact and powerful, the Thunder Pro UC is an excellent choice for those who need stopping power without bulk. The safety, cocking lever, slide stop levers and magazine catch are completely ambidextrous making this a perfect fit for right or left handers.
Sweet Bersa Thunder Pro UC Review
Cobra Patriot 9: Haggle Price $250-$280
Polymer frame. Weight: 20.0 oz., Barrel: 3.30", Magazine: 10 rounds
Cobra offers a lifetime warranty on their firearms. The Patriot provides premium quality at a very good price. This is the best gun Cobra makes. The Cobra Patriot is a little more stout than other "pocket" pistols. Cobra pistols are made in the USA.
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CZ 2075 RAMI: Haggle Price $520-$550
Alloy frame. Weight: 24.0 oz., Barrel: 3.00", Magazine: 10 or 14 rounds
The CZ 2075 RAMI is a sub-compact semi-automatic based on the proven CZ 75 line of pistols. The trigger mechanism operates in selective DA and SA mode depending on the shooter's preferences. This is pretty much a CZ 75b, just shorter on both ends.
FN Herstal FNS-9 Compact: Haggle Price $490-$520
Polymer frame. Weight: 23.4 oz., Barrel: 3.60", Mag: 12 or 17 rounds
The FNS-9 Compact is really a handy size duty pistol. Great for detective carry in a shoulder holster. It comes with extra backstraps for hand fitment. Nice 3 dot sights. If it shoots anything like the full size FNS pistol, it will be awesome.
FNS Compact Review Video
Glock G26 Sub-Compact G3: Haggle Price $500-$530
Polymer frame. Weight: 19.8 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 10 rounds
The Glock 26 was specially developed for concealed carry. The G26 is a good backup companion pistol for those that carry the full size 9mm Glock. There are tons of accessories and holster choices for the Glock 26. The most popular police backup pistol of all time. The Gen4 version cost about $36 more.
G26 Review Video

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Grand Power P11: Haggle Price $500-$530
Polymer frame. Weight: 22.6 oz. w/o mag, Barrel: 3.3", Mag: 12 rounds
What a well built sub-compact pistol! The P11 uses the same DS/SA chassis as the full size K100. The rotating barrel reduces recoil and improve accuracy. The Grand Power P11 has the best trigger in the sub-compact catagory. Full size K100 mags will work in the P11. Perfect gun for those that think a 380 is not enough.
P11 Page
Heckler & Koch P30SK: Haggle Price $580-$610
Polymer frame. Weight: 23.9 oz., Barrel: 3.27", Magazine: 10 rounds
Very sturdy compact. Features: DA/SA action. Ambidextrous safety levers. Rear decocking button Special grip frame with interchangeable backstrap inserts and lateral plates. MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) rail on frame for mounting lights and accessories. Corrosion proof fiber-reinforced polymer frame. Polygonal bore profile for increased velocity easier cleaning and longer barrel life.
HK P30SK Page
Kel-Tec P-11: Haggle Price $240-$270
Polymer frame. Weight: 14.0 oz., Barrel: 3.10", Magazine: 10 rounds
Thanks to its locking dynamics and superior ergonometry, perceived recoil and practical accuracy are comparable to much larger guns. Accepts S&W 59 series clips. The P-11 is especially suited for plainclothes police officers. This was my EDC gun for 4 years. My wife had trouble with the long 9 pound trigger pull. I hear the trigger on the new P11 pistols are better. Great handgun for CCW.
Kel-Tec P11 Video

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Ruger SR9c: Haggle Price $390-$420
Polymer frame. Weight: 23.4 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 10 rounds
See the full sized Ruger SR9 review on the main page. Cool feature: It comes with a second magazine that features a grip adapter and holds 17 rounds, instantly transforming the smaller, compact grip into a full-sized 9mm grip. Make sure to get the SR9c with the "D" shaped mag release button, as it has all the updates.
Ruger SR9c Review Video

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S&W M&P Compact: Haggle Price $410-$440
Polymer frame. Weight: 21.0 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 12 rounds
Reinforced polymer chassis, superior ergonomics, ambidextrous controls, with proven safety features. The new standard in reliability. With the M&P compact pistol you can swap out backstraps to fit small or large hands. Good backup for coppers that carry the full size M&P. Look for rebates.
M&P Compact Review Video
SCCY CPX-2 Generation 2: Haggle Price $220-$250
Polymer frame. Weight: 15.0 oz., Barrel: 3.10", Magazine: 10 rounds
SCCY had some problems with their first generation of pistols. The new Generation 2 models are excellent. SCCY went quality overkill with the Gen 2, and are reliable as any pistol on the market. The CPX Gen 2 is durable as any Sig or Glock! The CPX-1 has a thumb safety. The CPX-2 is the same but without the safety. Both models are DAO and come with Two Magazines. The recoil reducing Gen 2 backstrap is nice. My buddy's new CPX-2 Gen 2 has 500+ trouble free rounds through it so far. Lifetime warranty!
SCCY CPX-2 Torture Test Video

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Sig P365: Haggle Price $500-$530
Polymer frame. Weight: 18.3 oz., Barrel: 3.1", Magazine: 10 rounds
What a expensive little pistol! However, people are buying them like crazy. The P365 uses a patented single-double stack magazine. Thus they can fit 10 rounds into a single stack size micro comapct pistol. The trigger is very good, and it should have a safety. Sig is not the first one. The Kel-Tec P11 is almost identical size to the P365 and also holds 10 rounds in the magazine. The P365 is a Sig, so the quality should be there.
Sig P365 Page
Springfield XD Subcompact: Haggle Price $410-$440
Polymer frame. Weight: 21.0 oz., Barrel: 3.10", Magazine: 10 or 16 rounds
Forged stainless steel slide. Combination grip and trigger safety. Great backup pistol for cops that carry the full size Springfield XD9. This XD is a very robust little pistol with an excellent reputation. Check out the new XD with the Mod2 makeover for just $25 more.
Springfield XD9 Subcompact Article Reprint
Taurus PT111 Millennium G2: Haggle Price $220-$250
Polymer frame. Weight: 22.0 oz., Barrel: 3.2", Magazine: 12 Rounds
This is a good one! The Taurus PT111 G2 is one of the most reliable 9mm pistols from Taurus. The G2 is not ammo picky at all. The G2 is a economical option to other sub-compact double stack pistols on the market. Weight wise, it is just a few ounces more than the Glock 26. The new G2 C model does away with the key lock, thus cutting cost. Yipee!
G2 Review Video
Walther P99c AS: Haggle Price $500-$530
Polymer frame. Weight: 19 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 10 rounds
See the Walther P99 review on the main page. The frame backstraps are interchangable so that the pistol will fit in a wide variety of hand sizes. The pistol will not snag in clothing when it is drawn, thanks to rounded edges. The P99c has hammerless striker system and safety devices. It's a Walther!
Walther P99 Page

Duty Size Compact 9mm Pistols
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Baby Eagle III Semi-Compact Haggle Price $550-$580
Polymer frame. Weight: 26.3 oz., Barrel: 3.85", Magazine: 16 rounds
This is the new model Baby Eagle III from Magnum Research. It is a duty size pistol that will work for concealed carry. It may be a little heavy, but is made to last a lifetime. Israeli Intelligence weapon of choice. Cops should love it. It should be an awesome shooter! Also available in a steel framed version for about $25 more.
MRI Baby Eagle III Semi-Compact Polymer
Grand Power P1 MK12: Haggle Price $500-$530
Polymer frame. Wt: 24.4 oz. w/o mag, Barrel: 3.66", Magazine: 15
The P1 is a SA/DA model and a more compact version of the K100 with all the accuracy, firing capacity and grip comfort. Standard sights include a drift adjustable steel rear sight and fiber optic front sight. Rotating barrel improves accuracy while reducing recoil. Four backstraps for hand fitment. See the K100 MK12 review on the main page.
P1 MK12 Page
Jimenez JA-Nine: Haggle Price $170-$200
Alloy frame. Weight: 30.0 oz., Barrel: 3.75", Magazine: 12 rounds
I thought these were junk until I shot one. Keep it lubed, and it runs really good! The Jimenez JA-Nine has features you would expect from higher priced firearms. Loaded chamber indicators, manual safety, magazine out safety, cocked indicator, rear adjustable sights, attractive finishes and each pistol includes 2 magazines. The Jimenez JA-NIne comes with a lifetime warranty. Made in Nevada USA.
Jimenez Website
Heckler & Koch P2000 DA/SA: Haggle Price $580-$610
Polymer frame. Weight: 24.9 oz., Barrel: 3.66", Magazine: 13 rounds
Make sure to choose the DA/SA version over the LEM. The LEM DAO trigger is just fine for a police duty pistol. However the DA/SA version has a very sweet SA trigger in the 4 to 4.5 pound range. Great feature is you can swap out grip panels for hand fitment. The HK P2000 is a popular choice for cops that buy their own weapons. There is also a compact SK version.
HK P2000 Page
Heckler & Koch P30s DA/SA: Haggle Price $580-$610
Polymer frame. Weight: 26.1 oz., Barrel: 3.85", Magazine: 15 rounds
Avoid the LEM model as it is double action only, or what the cops call a sucky New York trigger. This is a high demand pistol for police use. Mostly because it is cheaper than the HK USP, plus the P30 has more features. You have the option to swap out backstraps and side panels for hand fitment. Don't let the specs fool you, as it is longer, taller, and fatter than the Glock 19. The P30 weighs more too. The reason it is not listed on the main page is, we have not fully tested one yet. I shot one magazine out of a deputy's pistol, and I remember the trigger was kinda sucky. I can't recall if it was LEM or not. It does look a lot like the VP9 except for the exposed hammer.
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Witness P Carry Compact (Pavona): Haggle Price $320-$350
Polymer frame. Weight: 27.0 oz., Barrel: 3.60", Magazine: 13 rounds
Price drop! The P Carry is a hybrid design, using a polymer frame, and compact slide, taking the "Commander" style pistol to a new level. The Witness P Carry Compact features the Tanfoglio cone lock barrel system for enhanced accuracy and positive lockup and special low profile snag resistant sights. For those of you that are into pain, it comes in 45 ACP and 10mm too. The Rock Island (Armscor) MAPP is the same pistol!
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