Best 10mm Handguns For Concealed Carry in 2019
10mm handguns are coming back with a bang.
It was the round the FBI turned to after losing faith in 9mm. Then it faded into obscurity before coming back as a handgun hunting round. Suddenly long slide Glock 40s, Springfield Armory TRP and Kimber Custom guns were lining up alongside the Smith & Wesson revolver brigade.
That brought 10mm back into the public consciousness. Well that and it’s increasing use as a bear defense round. Honestly you don’t get much higher endorsements than that and, of late, 10mm high capacity handguns have begun to displace the big revolver that Alaskans used to carry with them at all times.
Bears are serious. They are dangerous, and a mag dump on a Glock 20 or Glock 40, can fell a grizzly.
With gun laws focusing on capacity, rather than caliber, and human nature being what it is, more and more of us are looking to reclaim that competitive advantage. That used to be capacity, with 9mm subcompact handguns packing in more than 15 rounds, but take that away and you’ll start seeing much more people skip right past the 45 ACP and start carrying a bear defense gun as an EDC.
The unintended consequences of Leftist policies…
Now there aren’t that many subcompact 10mm concealed carry handguns, or compact ones for that matter. But there are enough, and we expect to see more in the year ahead. The 10mm carry pistol class is a growth sector, with two major new additions and more on the way.
So what are the best sub-compact 10mm and compact 10mm concealed carry handguns for sale in 2019?
1. Glock 29 10mm
- Price: $573.99
- Caliber: 10mm Auto
- Barrel Length: 3.78 inch
- Total Length: 6.97 inch
- Weight: 1.55lb
- Capacity: 10+1
You really have to be a contrarian to go against Glock in the 10mm concealed carry class, even though the competition is heating up with 10mm carry pistols
The Glock 29 is the classic compact Glock, a little smaller than a Glock 19, and it packs in 10+1 rounds of devastating 10mm ammunition.
It is also a Glock, so it should fire every single time you hit the bang switch, it shouldn’t fail and it’s basically the best shot you have got at a firearm that functions exactly as nature intended when you really need it.
This is a Glock Gen 4, so the usual complaints are present and correct. The trigger is slightly mushy, the finger grooves are kind of annoying and there’s definitely room for some aftermarket Glock parts & accessories.
And yet it still wins this one at a canter, because of those traditional Glock strengths of reliability, accuracy, repeatability, predictability
That has led to some people losing their freaking minds and a quick Google trawl reveals numerous sites asking if the Glock 29 is the best handgun for sale in 2019, in any caliber. I mean it’s pretty cool. It really is. Maybe…
In reality it’s a grey striker-fired plastic pistol that happens to pump out around 650lb/ft of muzzle energy. It isn’t exciting to look at, but the Glock 29 is brutally effective at delivering 10mm ammo at self-defense distances.
Sometimes that’s really all you want in life.
The 10mm Glock kicks like a mule. This doesn’t feel like a butter-smooth Glock 19 9mm pistol. At all. Get used to savage CCW recoil, or go full John Wick and fit a handgun compensator.
The Glock 29 was never going to be a soft shooter. This is bear defense in a Glock 19 footprint. Considering the total perversion of science going on here, a savage kick is a small price to pay for what some people think is the best handgun in the world.
2. EAA Witness Compact Steel
- Price: $518.99
- Caliber: 10mm
- Barrel Length: 3.6 inch
- Length: 7.3 inch
- Weight: 1.9lb
- Capacity: 12+1
Italian firearms manufacturer EAA is a rising star in the gun world, thanks largely to its
The polymer version is cheaper and lighter, but it’s only by 0.15lb and the steel gun comes loaded with character, as well as a dozen 10mm bullets and one more in the chamber. That’s good packaging, because the 9mm version only gets 13+1.
EAA doesn’t quite have Glock’s reputation for reliability, but then nobody does. The steel gun feels durable and well engineered. At its heart is pretty much the same action that powers the more advanced hunting handguns and target shooters.
So while Glock has simply adapted its line-up to accommodate the resurgent 10mm round, EAA has come at this from a whole different angle. Having proved itself as a technical tour de force in the heat of competition, EAA is now looking to cross over into the mass market.
This gun has a lot going for it. Charisma for one. Visually and spiritually its somewhere between a CZ 75 B and an old-school 1911. That’s a pretty good start point for a handgun.
It’s a double action/ single action that you can keep cocked and locked too. Condition One 10mm Concealed Carry might seem intense for some, not for others.
3. Springfield Armory XD-M
- Price: $554.50 (On Sale)
- Barrel: 4.5 inch
- Total: 7.7 inch
- Weight: 2lb
- Capacity: 15+1
This new addition to the 10mm handgun ranks from Springfield Armory has ruffled a few feathers and marked itself apart as one of the standout stars of an increasingly hot division.
Springfield Armory always features highly on our
Well, maybe not quite that good. The Springfield Armory isn’t the prettiest handgun here and it’s awkward from some angles.
But the twin safeties, slide work, fiber optic night sights and hardcore stippling could all be the result of an expensive custom gunsmithing session or seven. And those are just the things you can see.
Under the skin there is a match-grade barrel, hammer forged of course. The ramp gets a full match spec rework too. The trigger is an upgrade, with minimal reset, and this is a competition spec gun you can also put in your concealed carry holster. That’s pretty cool.
The twin safeties, though, the grip safety and the trigger blade safety that work in combination to eliminate accidental discharges, are the big selling point. Well, and the capacity, and the accuracy. Yeah, there’s actually a lot to like here.
If you want a reliable Energizer bunny of a compact 10mm handgun, and you don’t want a Glock, this is probably your new 10mm carry pistol.
4. Glock 20
- Price: $585.99
- Caliber: 10mm Auto
- Barrel length: 4.61″
- Total Length: 8.03”
- Weight: 1.73lb
- Capacity: 15+1
If the Glock 29 wasn’t a more convincing concealed carry pistol, the Glock 20 10mm compact handgun would probably be your overall winner.
As it is, this is a seriously convincing 10mm handgun for personal defense and don’t be fooled by its relatively lowly position.
The Glock 20 is a favorite bear defense gun and it is pretty much the best handgun for anyone looking for a defensive pistol in bear and wolf country, or even a hunting handgun. The fact it’s also compact enough to serve as a 10mm carry pistol is pretty damned impressive.
The double stack magazine capacity is massive, the Glock goes bang every time, statistically speaking, and there just aren’t any surprise problems with a Glock. That’s the point.
A 10mm defensive handgun needs to be reliable, accurate and simple. Those are good qualities for a CCW handgun in any caliber. So the striker fired Glock 20 is possibly the first 10mm handgun you should buy if you want an all-rounder and don’t quite need the ease of concealment that goes with the Glock 29.
5. EAA Witness Compact Polymer
- Price: $437.99
- Caliber: 10mm Auto
- Barrel length: 3.6 inch
- Total Length: 7.3
- Weight: 1.78lb
- Capacity: 12+1
We prefer the EAA Compact Steel handgun to this polymer version, but you might love this one. And that means you’re right too. It’s a great gun that might suit your 10mm CCW pistol needs perfectly.
The snakeskin texture on the grips works a treat, there is an accessory rail for red dots and strobes, if you’re into red dots and strobes, and this is a real alternative to the Glock 29.
EAA is a relative newcomer, but its competition background means that the establishment has sat up and taken it seriously. Unlike Glock, which simply adapted the best selling handgun into the world to run on 10mm, EAA has built a concealed carry from the ground up to provide a
The design seems to sit perfectly at the intersection of a Glock and a 1911, with the swept beavertail and a real hammer joining forces with a functional polymer frame, barrel and molded grips.
It’s a classic DA/SA, and the only reason it didn’t beat the EAA Witness Compact Steel is that the weight difference is just 0.15lb. It isn’t much, although you might still find the polymer version a more practical carry gun.