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The Best Lightweight Guns for Concealed Carry

The best guns for concealed carry have certain qualifications. For one, they have to be comfortable enough to carry easily all day long. Your primary weapon should be one that you are well-trained on to use safely. Finally, the gun needs to be concealed effectively so that you aren’t “printing” or showing your gun through your clothing. It takes time to find the right concealed carry firearm that will be your go-to for daily use.

Here are some suggestions for the best lightweight guns for concealed carry. 

A New Gun From Lone Wolf Arms 

There’s a new lightweight gun from Lone Wolf Arms released as part of their Lightweight Tactical Defense line of handguns. It’s their Timberwolf Frame combined with a low magazine profile. The super lightweight material has this gun weighing only 19 ounces without a magazine. It’s available in black or grey with a stainless steel slide. 

Browning Black Label 1911-380

Sleek and fun to carry, this pistol is the one of the best choices for a .380 automatic. The frame is matte black with a stainless steel barrel and slide. The Browning Black Label 1911-380 is perfect for any hand size, but is especially good for those with smaller ones, obviously. Plus, it only weighs 18 ounces. 

The Ruger .327 Magnum LCR

Ruger is one of the most popular gun brands around. Their .327 Magnum LCR is about as compact as it gets. With 1.87 inch barrel, this little beauty is only 17 ounces, and the most lightweight on on this list. Don’t worry though because we can talk a ton about how this gun is full of fire power. This pistol has a smooth, non-tracking trigger pull. It is a great model for those with back problems who find conceal carry for longer periods of time to be difficult. 

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0

Smith & Wesson has a unique gun called the M&P Shield 2.0 that you can shoot with either your left or right hand by using the green Crimson Trace laser. It uses a single stack magazine for a more slim and compact form as part of their “micro-compact” line of firearms. The weight on this one is only 18.3 ounces. 

Larger Isn’t Necessarily Better

Many people mistakenly think that the larger gun is the only one to get the job done, and while that’s sometimes true, the time and research that went into many of these major brands’ micro-compact versions is top-notch. 

Keep in mind that before you pick out any compact concealed carry firearm, it’s important to test it out in your own hand to make sure that it doesn’t feel too awkwardly small. You’ll want to stop by some gun stores in person to feel the weight and see how it looks in your own hand. This is a style of firearm that is hard to buy online. Plus, you’ll want to have a good amount of training and practice at the shooting range with any gun you choose.


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5 Responses

  1. Any list of “perfect” handguns for any individual purpose is open to interpretation. In this case I would say that your list of “perfect” handguns for concealed carry are missing at least these few from Springfield Armory: the 911, in either .380 or 9mm and the Hellcat in 9mm. I currently have my first two guns I ever purchased from Springfield, a 911 in .380 and a Hellcat in 9mm. Both are easily concealed and affective for self defense, very controllable and accurate. I am sure others have their own opinions.

  2. Noting is perfect. I have a Desert Eagle 1911U. Since I’m partial to the .45ACP I like it. Its a bit heavy but comfortable and easily concealable. Many of us have different opinions and that’s as it should be. If we all liked the same thing can anyone imagine how dull this world would be to live in?

  3. The perfect EDC is for each of us a highly personal choice. I have carried over the past 12 years with CCW Permit many different makes and models of handguns. Some I carried for a very short time and a few for longer periods. Reasons for changing guns varied from too big & heavy, too small to obtain firing grip on draw, too thick double stack, limited ammo single stacks, unreliable function, and saw something better. After all this time I have settled on the SIG P365 w/12 round mag & 15 round mag reload in pocket sleeve. Mine wears a Veridian reactor laser in the reactor IWB holster worn appendix carry. I have carried this rig for a year and a half with no issues. I am, however, looking at the Hellcat for kicks & giggles to compare with my SIG. other option may be another P365 with the flat top slide.
    I’ve been focusing more on long guns lately for some fairly obvious reasons. I’ll be re stocking my Ruger American .308 with the Magpul short action stock and 5&10 round magazines. May build an AR from 80% lower as a ghost gun.

  4. The SCCY 9mm, 1 or 2 with a 20 dollar trigger spring kit is as good as it gets…I love mine and I did the trigger myself, it’s very easy. Goes from 8 lb. to 4 just changing the springs. Works great. So for a total of 275 you get a great gun.

  5. I have carried a Glock G-23 from way back just after they came out. When the G-43X came out I got one to try, and I like it also for times I want something lighter, and it works out just fine for me. The most important thing is finding the right Holster for you.

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