If you are looking for a new concealed carry handgun, then chances are you’re looking at a 9mm.
There are still folks doggedly clinging to the 45 ACP and I can see the attraction of the 230gr hollowpoint. We have even done a list of the best 45 ACP CCW handguns here.
But 9mm has closed the gap and the increasing popularity of 9mm means the ballistics technology has come on in leaps and bounds. So there really isn’t that much of a gap anymore and it still holds that massive advantage when it comes to capacity.
You can also fill your 9mm concealed carry with devastating ripper bullets and inflict way more damage than a mid-range 45 ACP round right now. For now, that combination of capacity and impact is just unbeatable and the best 9mm carry guns are the best carry guns period.
So yeah, take a moment and give 9mm the proper respect it deserves. It has won the personal defense war.
Now, what is the best 9mm concealed carry handgun for sale in 2018, and why?
1. Sig Sauer P365 Nitron + Manual Safety
- Price: $499.99
- Caliber: 9mm
- Total Length (Inches): 5.8
- Height (Inches): 4.3
- Weight: 1.1lb (Unloaded)
- Barrel length (Inches): 3.1
- Capacity: 10+1 / 12+1 with Mag extension
The Sig Sauer P365 Nitron is the best 9mm concealed carry handgun for sale in 2018. It really is that simple.
It’s a work of genius, in terms of ergonomics and packaging, and you have to wonder how much smaller a gun could realistically get and still be functional. Is it the best subcompact 9mm pistol out there? Well personal opinion comes into this a bit, but kinda, yeah.
This is basically the same size as the smaller .380 Auto handguns for sale, but it gives you the 10+1 rounds of 9mm that seems to be the new standard in terms of gun control laws in the Commie states.
The double-stack magazine is more of a staggered mag than a true double-stack, but that helps the slimline P365 Nitron keep it’s maximum width to just 1 inch.
Inevitably it’s a polymer frame, but that doesn’t mean anything anymore. Industrial strength polymers are leaving metal behind.
The only issue for some people is the lack of a manual safety, but that’s a mental hurdle more than anything. Invest in a proper Kydex holster and you won’t have any issues.
But what about the reliability issues with the Sig P365?
This diminutive handgun had a troubled start, with firing pin issues that still get talked about to this day and accidental discharges when dropped in a certain way.
Sig Sauer basically re-engineered the gun behind the scenes and what we have now is a Gen 2 or even Gen 3, depending on which story you listen to.
It shouldn’t have happened, but it’s pretty much in the past now and the Sig P365 is finally getting a reputation for reliability, as well as all its other qualities as the best 9mm subcompact handgun for sale.
Once those initial teething troubles were fixed, this was always going to be the best concealed carry handgun in the world and it will be the model that the big guns have to respond to.
This gun is a gamechanger, and if you don’t have one then you should fix that.
2. CZ 2075 Rami
- Price: $548.99
- Caliber: 9mm
- Barrel Length: 3 inch
- Total Length: 6.5 inch
- Capacity: 10+1/ 14+1 Optional
- Weight: 1.57lb
Some people want to carry a gun with a hammer and a manual safety. They want a metal gun, too, some of them. If that is you then the CZ 2075 Rami is the best 9mm subcompact handgun in the world, bar none
It’s not the obvious CCW handgun, but it is a stunning gun with a 10-year track record of success, reliability and decent accuracy.
You also get the choice of Single Action or Double Action, so you can go proper operator and opt for Condition One. You can also just draw and fire with the long double action.
Or you can make sure your firearm is totally safe and there’s absolutely no chance of an accidental discharge. That can be useful in church, or a hospital…
It’s effectively a scaled-down version of the all-conquering CZ 75 B that is still one of our favorite full-size 9mm handguns for sale. So you know this is a great handgun.
The mini 1911 look extends to a perfect beavertail that means slide bit isn’t happening and you can get high up on the gun. When it’s this small, that’s even more important.
This could actually be my favorite 9mm CCW, although I have to concede the P365 is technically superior. If it was my money going down right now, though, I might just find the CZ 2075 Rami in my order basket.
The CZ 2075 Rami BD version has a decocker, which is pretty handy as it’s another way to carry ‘ready to go’. But that’s down to your personal choice, just make sure you know which version does what before you buy.
3. Springfield Armory XDMOD 2
- Price: $381.99
- Total Length: 6.25 inch
- Height: 4.75 inch
- Weight: 1.625lb
- Barrel length: 3 inch
- Capacity: 13+1 / 16+1 With Xtension Clip
Until recently, the Springfield Armory XDMOD 2 reigned supreme as our best concealed carry pistol for sale in any caliber. It was just that good and it still is.
The Sig P365 is smaller, smoother and newer, which is worth a couple of points on its own. Novelty and cool factor counts. It just does.
But on a technical level, you might actually prefer the Springfield Armory. I would not blame you at all.
As well as the additional capacity, 13+1 rounds as standard and 16+1 with the extended clip, the Springfield Armory also comes with a grip safety and trigger safety combo that means accidental discharges just will not happen.
That is a seriously big deal for some people. If you suffer anxiety about your gun jumping out of its holster, hitting the floor and mowing down innocents, then this gun will set that overactive imagination of yours at ease.
We laugh about these things, but if you’re paranoid about your gun going off then do something about it and get a gun with added safeties.
This is a great handgun that is super reliable and well built. It has turned into a gateway drug for a lot of people, who now own the full size XDMOD 2 pistol with a 5 inch barrel and even some of Springfield Armory’s awesome 1911s.
The additional safeties and the size mean it weighs in at a substantial 1.57lb, despite coming with a polymer frame.
If you can live with that slight added weight, and the ridges all over the gun that suddenly make it look fussy next to the new winner, then this is still an almighty firearm.
We suspect the XDMOD 3 is coming and it will learn lessons from the Sig and streamline the design. We hope so, and we think that the next gen Springfield Armory XDMOD is going to come back for a rematch before too long.
4. Mossberg MS1sc
- Price: $349.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 3.4 inch
- Total Length: 6.25 inch
- Weight: 1.19lb
- Capacity: 6+1
Mossberg is a star of the long guns world, but it has left the handgun market well alone, until now. The Mossberg MS1sc is its first entry into the world of subcompact handguns and we have to say it is doing well.
If the Mossberg MS1sc looks like a high-end Taurus G2S, or a slightly cheaper Glock, well that’s exactly where it sits in the pricing table. There isn’t anything particularly stand-out, but this is a solid firearm that has got storming reviews in the gun sites and user reviews online.
5. Sig Sauer P938 Nightmare
- Price: $699.99
- Total Length: 5.9 inch
- Barrel Length: 3 inch
- Height: 3.9 inch
- Weight: 0.99lb
- Capacity: 6+1 / 10+1 with mag extension
Technically, better guns will finish lower on this list than the Sig Sauer P938 Nightmare. But charisma counts for something round here, and the little single stack Sig has that in spades.
It;s a genuine shrunken 1911, albeit a single action only, that takes the smaller 9mm ammunition. It’s a true compact handgun that shouldn’t print and will stow just about anywhere.
This is potentially a sock gun. It’s definitely a discreet gun when you slot it into the right holster in your waistband.
If you’re looking at this kind of gun then you have probably narrowed it down to the Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro 9.
The Kimber is a sexy looking thing and the specs match up pretty well, but there are too many tales out there of the Kimber Micro 9 jamming. We don’t hear the same chatter about the Sig.
Frankly, reliability is a non-negotiable with a CCW handgun. Treat it well, clean the old girl occasionally and feed her good ammo and the Sig Sauer P938 will go bang every time you pull that single action only trigger.
You get SIGLITE night sights that come straight off the full-size P226 Nightmare. The switches feel comfortably full-size, too, including the manual safety that is sturdy and just feels good to operate. I like a thumb safety sometimes, sue me…
It weighs in at 0.99lb, which is just enough to be sturdy and yet not enough to be a pain to carry all day. The extended mags are readily available on eBay for just over $20, and that’s a good thing with a low capacity single stack 9mm like this.
You pay a price with that larger single stack single-stack magazine as the gun inevitably gets bigger and less wieldy. But it’s a simple way to make the Sig P938 Nightmare a match for any gun on this list in terms of firepower.
It is also more flexible with the smaller mag, in terms of the concealment opportunities.
That single action only is a pretty big deal to be honest and it’s why this gun languishes behind the double stack and double action CZ 2075 Rami. It’s designed to be carried cocked and locked, which is something you get used to.
It’s a limitation not a feature, though, and we shouldn’t pretend otherwise.
It’s a cute gun, but that’s a big issue, especially for novice shooters. It’s a layer of complication that they could well do without if SHTF in any kind of meaningful way.
There are better concealed carry guns for sale for noobs and if that’s you then you should take the help. Go for the simple Smith & Wesson with its manual safety, or the Springfield Armory. A single action gun might not be for you.
In all honesty, the single action with a hammer should probably bring it down below some of the guns looking up to it here, because a double action is essential in my book with a hammer-fired CCW. You’re basically working round this 9mm handgun and I’m not sure that’s especially smart.
But we like this gun. It’s fun to shoot, it’s stunning to look at and it’s just a bit different. We like engineering, we like clever little guns and we love the packaging and the ergonomics of this little 9mm carry gun. Right down to the beavertail, the slide serrations and those night sights.
There’s a lot of attention to detail and it’s one of those guns you’ll get out just to show people. A lot. It’s jewelry in handgun form, a designer label and it will make you happy to own it. It might not be your first choice EDC, but it’s like a Swiss watch you can wear for a special occasion.
Or carry it every day, if you want. I’m not the boss of you…
6. Glock G26
- Price: $539.99
- Total Length: 6.61
- Height: 4.57 inch
- Weight: 1.25lb (Unloaded with mag)
- Barrel length: 3.42 inch
- Capacity: 10+1
The Glock G26 holds 10 rounds, it comes with a trigger safety and it’s compact. It has also proved itself time and again as a back-up weapon for Law Enforcement Officers.
It’s a great gun that you can basically bury in a swamp, dig up and it should still go bang. Glock reliability is second to none and you don’t need me to tell you this. With a concealed carry, those are just about the best qualities you can find..
You will find examples of grenaded Glocks out there, the odds of it happening to you are in the realms of getting hit by lightning or eaten by a shark.
So why don’t we love the Glock G26 more?
The usual Glock complaints are in full effect. The trigger is mushy, the stippling is too smooth and the slide could do with another serration or two.
The biggest problems for the Glock 26,. though, are the Glock 19 and the Glock 45.
The Glock 45 is the ultimate carry pistol from the Austrian manufacturer, it’s just a fraction bigger than the Glock 26. You get 17+1 rounds and a sharper trigger in a gun that is just half an inch longer when all said and done.
Basically, if you’re going to buy a Glock, you’re better off getting the larger gun. It still conceals pretty well and it’s so close to the G26 that it kind of renders the true CCW redundant.
They sell enough to suggest my theory is bullshit, but then I have a feeling a lot of the G26 owners already own a Glock 17, in which case they’re a good pair.
It’s the same with the Sig P320 Compact and the P365, there’s enough of a size differential there to justify both guns.
The G26 is just so close to the G19 and G45 that I think Glock is losing a few sales to itself and I’d rather upsize to the Glock 19 or 45 if I was looking at Glock concealed carry weapons for sale.
You pay a slight price with the EDC carry aspect. The Glock 19 isn’t quite as comfortable,a s the G26, but it’s close enough and it’s a much better gun when you actually need it.
Law Enforcement Officers also get a famously good deal on Glocks, so they account for a fair portion of the sales.
Still, if you want the Glock 26 you’re going to buy it, and nothing I say will even make a dent in your opinion. It’s a free world, so get a good price and enjoy your gun.
There is a mass of Glock parts & accessories online, too. So if you want to tune your Glock 26 then you can get everything from magazine baseplates through to new slide kits that can cost eye-watering amounts of money.
Check out Glock parts and accessories here:
- Get the best Glock parts & accessories at Rainier Arms.
- Agency Arms, ZEV Tech and more custom Glock parts at Brownells.
7. Taurus G2C
- Price: $199.99
- Total Length: 6.2 inch
- Height: 4.8 inch
- Weight: 1.37lb (Unloaded with mag)
- Barrel length: 3.2 inch
- Capacity: 12+1
This is the best cheap concealed carry handgun in the world right now, in any caliber.
Of course you shouldn’t price shop a concealed carry pistol, but we know that money is part of the equation. If you’re looking at a Hi-Point, then stop, please stop, and order the Taurus right this second. It’s an infinitely better gun.
Taurus has managed to produce a 9mm handgun for sale that rivals the very best on this list for less than half the price. That’s pretty amazing.
Seriously this double stack nestles right in the middle of the Venn Diagram of magazine capacity, size, reliability and accuracy. Then it blows them out of the water on price.
Read the user reviews and firearms forums online and you’ll see them waxing absolutely lyrical about this gun. Owners absolutely love them and the gun reviews online are in love with the Taurus G2C.
The trigger is a little quirky and takes some getting used to, but it does come with a safety that works a treat. The 12+1 capacity is pretty sweet and you can easily upgrade the white dot sights for some fiber optic night sights.
That grip is simple, but effective, and it’s really hard to find fault with anything other than the finish on the plastic. Yes, it looks kinda shiny and cheap and the detail work isn’t the best. For me, that’s an inevitable and fair price to pay.
Some people will sneer at Taurus reliability and you just can’t convince them, but others have been taken aback by just how much love this gun has received. Law Enforcement Officers are carrying them as a back up too.
This evolution of the Taurus PT-111 has made me look at Taurus afresh and even though this isn’t the prettiest gun here, it’s sensational value.
This isn’t just a cheap gun for sale, it’s a great cheap gun and one of our favorite concealed carry guns.
8. Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 2.0
- Price: $249.99
- Total Length: 6.1 inch
- Height: 4.5 inch
- Barrel Length: 3.1 inch
- Weight: 1.44lb
- Capacity: 8+1
The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 2.0 is the best concealed carry handgun in the world in some people’s eyes. Not ours, but we’re willing to accept that personal bias plays a part here.
It’s the same with the Glock…
In truth, there’s almost nothing to choose between the Glock 26, Springfield Armory XDMOD 2 and the Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 2.0. On a technical level anyway, they are all great carry guns.
These striker-fired pistols for sale all have their little quirks, subtle strengths and weaknesses. While the Sig stands apart thanks to its size, and the Taurus due to its price, the others are separated by fractions pretty much everywhere.
That’s a long way of saying there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with this single stack 9mm pistol for sale, but it just doesn’t grab me by the, yeah…
The capacity isn’t a massive deal, as you can buy an extended magazine for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield from any
It does come with an optional thumb safety, too, which will make some of you happy.
The scalloped design of the slide serrations is clever in principle, but I’m not a fan of the finished look. The Black Armornite finish should work, too, but there’s something about the M&P9 Shield 2.0 that looks fragile.
Smith & Wesson is a premium brand and I know in my head this striker fired handgun is one of the great 9mm pistols in the concealed carry class. I’m just not drawn to it.
If you are, you’ll love the quality feel of the magazine release and you’ll dig the scalloped slide that means you don’t have to start buying handgun parts & accessories.
Well, maybe a 10-round magazine extension for the M&P9 Shield 2.0 might be a good start. Tbose three-dot sights look like they could do with an upgrade to fiber-optic night sights in the Smith & Wesson parts and accessories store as well.
You can make a custom M&P Shield 2.0 pretty easily and there are a lot of options out there. Custom Smith & Wessons maybe don’t get the publicity that the custom Glocks seem to attract, but there’s a healthy scene.
If you want to really splash out then you can buy a fully modded Agency Arms M&P Shield Hybrid Pistol for the bargain price of $1,850. You could save money, though, and opt for the $1,750 Wetwerks M&P Shield.
We like custom handguns, even the slightly overpriced custom striker fired carry guns like this, so here’s a gallery of both the Agency Arms and Wetwerks modifications of one of the most popular concealed carry handguns out there.
You can get a cheaper Smith & Wesson striker fired pistol in your local gunbroker or any USA gun store. But the Smith & Wesson SV9 comes with mixed reports and we just don’t feel comfortable recommending it.
It may be the quality control is little more hit and miss with the cheaper Smith & Wesson, but if you want to save money and you’re looking at cheap carry guns then buy a Taurus G2C.
9. Walther PPS M2
- Price: $333.99
- Barrel Length: 3.18 inch
- Total Length: 6.3 inch
- Weight: 1.32lb
- Capacity: 7+1
The Walther PPS is the gun that James Bond should be packing right now, rather than that weak Walther PPK with a .380 Auto round.
Honestly, I don’t think the Secret Service would even be allowed to carry a .380 handgun these days, but that’s a rant for another day.
The full size Walther PPQ is a great 9mm pistol, especially in Q5 Match spec. The smaller gun has a lot of the same charm, too, including a trigger pull that some people reckon is the best you’ll find on a striker fired 9mm handgun.
Capacity is an issue and even the aftermarket mag extensions seem to go to 8 rounds and no further right now. That’s a competitive disadvantage in the elite carry guns class and we can’t even pretend that it isn’t.
Ergonomically, the Walther is a brilliant little thing. That automotive camo style stippling works a treat, but it is a little busy when it comes to the design.
That aside, this is one of the best carry guns out there. It just isn’t quite a match for the absolute best 9mm CCW handguns and it has become something of a niche choice for the reasons we laid out.
The keen pricing does give it a fighting chance, though. Send Brownells $319.99 and they’ll send you the gun and a $25 gift card. So effectively the Walther is less than $300.
At that price, it does become a more appealing option for a subcompact 9mm EDC. It’s not a great gun on its own merit, but it is one of the best medium budget carry pistols you can buy and the trigger pull is pretty sweet.
10. Kimber Micro 9 Crimson Carry
- Price: $709.99
- Barrel Length: 3.15 inch
- Total Length: 6.1 inch
- Weight: 0.98lb
- Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
My word this little carry pistol is pretty. That’s lucky because it really isn’t as technically adept as some on this list. So the fact that it is pure gunporn is a pretty decent payback.
This matte finish metal frame and Cerakote finished slide combine with the laser etched hardwood grips to create a shrunken 1911 that you could keep on display in your home.
Seriously, I could put this gun on a plinth, backlight it and just stare at it like a weirdo…
In the field, it comes with the same limitations as the Sig P938. It’s a single action only pistol, which you pretty much have to carry cocked and locked.
The hammer does give you more control, so if you’re more concerned with accidental discharges than your speed on the trigger then this might be a great 9mm CCW for you.
Truthfully, though, there are several other guns on this list with a solid safety system and a much higher capacity than this 6+1 single stack 9mm.
You also don’t have to look too hard for user reviews that mention their Kimber Micro 9 jamming issues.
It’s anecdotal evidence and Kimber has tried to remedy the issue with subtle engineering tweaks and tighter tolerances all round on this slick single stack 9mm mini 1911.
But it’s all too easy to find disgruntled owners in the gun reviews online and that means you might not want to rely on your Kimber Micro 9 as your last line of defense unless you have put 1000 jam free rounds through yours.
So don’t trust it just yet. Get one, plink with it at the range and let it work its way into the number one slot as your best EDC handgun, or not, depending on its performance.
This can be a luxury purchase, a designer handgun for special occasions. So you might even consider a .380 ACP.
Check out a selection of Kimber Micro 9s here. Some of them are sexy little handguns, it has to be said.
11. FN FNS-9 Compact
- Price: $469.99
- Barrel length: 3.6 inch
- Total Length: 6.7 inch
- Weight: 1.46lb
- Capacity: 10+1
If the little FN handgun was full RRP then it probably wouldn’t have featured anywhere near this highly in our list of the best 9mm handguns for sale. At this price, though, this is a crazy good deal and an awesome CCW.
Cheap FN handguns are a rare treat indeed, but this is a unique time. The FN 509 is here, the compact version is surely on the way and FN America has to shift its old stock. This is the chance to grab an absolute bargain.
Sure, it costs about the same as the other major players here. But you get a real replaceable stainless steel frame and top quality construction all the way though.
The feed ramp is polished, there’s an indicator to show you visually that there’s a round in the chamber and the ergonimcs, tolerances and just about everything else on this gun are absolutely perfect.
This cheap FN handgun for sale does cheat the system here a little as that 3.6 inch stainless steel barrel makes it one of the longer guns here. So it doesn’t quite conceal as well, but it feels better in your hand when your pointing it down range.
FN ran into big trouble with the FNS and ‘dead trigger’ is still one of the most popular searches on the gun, according to Google. The truth is that theose problems have long since been fixed, though, and an end of line handgun is probably going to be the most reliable.
So this gun is probably the best of the FN handguns for sale, especially at this price. It’s normally a $700 gun, you can pick it up for just over $450.
If you’re prepared to go for the less popular 40 S&W caliber then you can save even more and get your FNS Compact for just $339.99.
At this price, the gun is a steal and deserves its place on this elite list of the best guns for sale. How long will it stay there? As long as the offer lasts…