We didn’t do a “best list” because your personal requirements for a concealed carry pistol will not always be the same as ours.
The rules for the 9mm CCW list: Weigh 30 ounces or less, barrel 4.1 inches or shorter, and cost less than $600 from a dealer. Most confrontations will be at 7 yards or less, so any choice you make from the below list should be good for concealed carry. Some of these compacts are big and strong enough for duty use. Make sure you can shoot your weapon good enough to pass your state CCW test. If we skipped any, please let us know.
|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.
|Beretta BU9 Nano Haggle Price $390-$420|
|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 Concealed Carry BP9 Haggle Price $360-$390|
|Poly frame. Weight: 21.5 oz., Barrel: 3.50″, Magazine: 7 rounds
What a nice looking pistol! It must be very thin with only a 7 round magazine. It looks a lot like a H&K to me. Good competition for the Kahr CW9. If is shoots as good as it looks, the BP9 will be a winner. I can’t wait to try one out. Look at the low price! I want one.
|Diamondback DB9: Haggle Price $360-$390|
|Polymer frame. Weight: 11.0 oz., Barrel: 3.00″, Magazine: 6 rounds
If the Diamonback DB9 in 9mm Luger shoots like their 380, 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! I think if Glock made a small single stack pistol, it would look like this.
Diamondback Website Shooting Diamondback DB9
|Hi Point C9 Compact: Haggle Price $160-$190|
|Polymer frame. Weight: 25.0 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! Bend the magazine feed lips inward every so often, and it will shoot forever. The fixed barrel makes blowback pistols very accurate.
Hi-Point Site Shooting C9 Video
|Kahr CM9: Haggle Price $350-$380|
|Polymer frame. Weight: 15.9 oz., Barrel: 3.0″, Magazine: 6 rounds
The Kahr CM9 is on my wish list. It does cost more than the Kel-Tec or Diamondback, but I never hear of anyone ever having problems. 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. I am saving up for this one.
Kahr CM9 Review Video
|Kahr CW9: Haggle Price $340-$370|
|Polymer frame. Weight: 17.7 oz., Barrel: 3.60″, Magazine: 7 rounds
Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech. “Browning – type” recoil lug. Passive striker block. No magazine disconnect. Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight. The Kahr CW9 has a matte stainless steel slide. 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
Kahr Site CW9 Overview Video
|Kel-Tec PF-9: Haggle Price $260-$290|
|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
|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.
Gunblast Remington R51 Review
|Ruger LC9: Haggle Price $350-$380|
|Polymer frame. Weight: 17.1 oz., Barrel: 3.12″, Magazine: 7 rounds
Slim Sub Compact hammer-fired, locked-breech pistol with a smooth double action only trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip. The Ruger LC9 features smooth “melted” edges for ease of holstering. The LC9 is one of the best selling pistols this year!
Ruger LC9 site Ruger LC9 Video
|Sig Arms P290: Haggle Price $480-$510|
|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
|Springfield XDS 3.3 9mm: Haggle Price $490-$520|
|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.
XDS Website Springfield XDS on YouTube
|Taurus PT709 Slim: Haggle Price $300-$330|
|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 $520-$550|
|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 expensive, but you are buying a Walther!
PPS 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