One of the biggest movements in the firearms world has been the overwhelming trend toward concealed carry. With the election of Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association is pushing for national concealed-carry reciprocity following decades of state-level advances in the interests of personal protection. While the legal battle continues, the firearms industry is providing its latest and greatest options for those looking for the ideal concealed-carry pistol. Here are some of the newest options on the market for 2017:
Arex Rex Zero 1 Compact Arex has responded to consumer demand for a more-concealable version of its Rex Zero 1S. The new concealed-carry-oriented pistol boasts ambidextrous controls and is able to handle +P loads. The company claims a service life of 30,000 rounds for this Slovenian-made, DA/SA handgun.
Bond Arms PT2A The Bond Arms PT2A’s custom-engraved, 4.24-inch-long barrel provides for more manageable recoil than shorter-barreled offerings while showing off your support for the Second Amendment. Perfect for concealed carry, it is also available in .357 Mag./.38 Spl.
Browning 1911 380 Black Label Medallion Pro What might be the most shootable .380 ACP pistol available gets classed-up for 2017. With its snazzy, two-tone finish and upgraded grips, this is one mouse gun you won’t be ashamed to show off.
Charter Arms Blue Diamond Charter Arms’ Blue Diamond revolver boasts a smooth, anodized blue frame with high-polish stainless steel barrel and cylinder. Three other models are available: Earthborn (matte black barrel and an earth-tone frame and cylinder), Gold Chic Lady (anodized gold frame with stainless steel barrel and cylinder) and Rosebud (rose gold frame with stainless steel barrel and cylinder).
Colt Cobra A new take on a classic concealed-carry snubby, this original six-shooter features a new linear leaf main-spring that ensures a smooth, consistent trigger pull. Enhanced grip and trigger ergonomics are compatible with a variety of hand sizes and still allow the use of gloves.
Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander Designed by our Fightin’ Iron editor Wiley Clapp, this pistol’s practical, self-defense-oriented features include the popular Series 70 firing system paired with a lightweight, aluminum frame and carbon steel slide. The frontstrap and mainspring housing contain 25 lpi checkering by Pete Single.
Dan Wesson Pointman Carry Dan Wesson has taken the CCO configuration (Commander-length slide mated to an Officer-size frame) and forged it from stainless steel. The pistol is perfect for concealed carry, yet easy to shoot, and the stainless steel minimizes rust concerns while assuring strength.
Heizer Defense PKO-9 Featuring all-steel construction, yet coming in at a reasonable weight, the Heizer Defense PKO-9 offers a slim, pocketable CCW handgun with a host of options to aid in shooting a small, light handgun. In addition to a standard safety, there’s a grip safety under the high-cut trigger guard.
Honor Defense Honor Guard Compact Constructed on a modular, stainless steel chassis, the Honor Guard Compact upsizes the company’s already successful Sub-Compact. Like it’s smaller sibling, the Compact is assembled in the U.S. by veterans.
Kahr CM9 Tungsten with Grip Glove Equipped with Pachmayr’s Tactical Grip Glove, Kahr’s subcompact CM9 Tungsten is nonetheless easy to hold and shoot. Moreover, it looks good, with a Tungsten-color Cerakote finish applied to the stainless steel slide.
Kahr CM45 Tungsten with Grip Glove A little handful with big power, the CM45 Tungsten incorporates Pachmayr’s Tactical Grip Glove to tame felt recoil. Polymer and Cerakote-coated stainless steel ensure corrosion resistance.
Kimber K6s DCR Based on the original K6s, the lightest production six-shot .357 Mag. on the market, the DCR (Deluxe Carry Revolver) features a host of upgrades that improve on the already excellent ergonomics and aesthetics of the original. A fiber-optic front sight and match-grade trigger round out the performance of this concealed-carry wheelgun.
Kimber Micro 9 Raptor Scarcely larger or heavier than the current crop of popular micro-.380 ACP pistols, the Micro 9 Raptor is designed not only for concealment, but for use on the range as well. Upgraded components and custom touches make the Raptor a bird of prey that’s easily worth more in the hand.
Kimber Pro Covert Like the CDP, the Covert line is also a family, with 5-inch and 3-inch variants available in addition to the Pro model. The Covert family offers Crimson Trace Lasergrips, a lanyard loop and Tactical Wedge tritium night sights as part of a complete concealed-carry package.
Nighthawk Custom Border Special The Border Special from Nighthawk Custom is a Concealed Carry Cut, Commander-size pistol featuring such niceties as scallop texturing, Heinie Slant Pro rear sight, a gold bead front sight and Cerakote’s “Elite Midnight” finish.
Nighthawk Custom Tri-Cut Stylish, purposeful tri-cuts to the slide, frame, mainspring housing and grips set the Tri-Cut apart from the crowd. Stippling on all the metal/hand-contact points and a contrasting, bright-polished barrel add to both the functionality and aesthetics.
Rock Island Armory Rock Ultra CCO The Rock Ultra CCO incorporates the perfect combination of Officer-grip aluminum frame, Commander-length slide and G10 tactical grips to make an ideal concealed carry option. There is a LPA MPS1 type adjustable rear sight paired with a dovetail fiber optic front sight, as well as an adjustable over-travel stop with ambidextrous safety.
Ruger American Pistol Compact Lightweight-polymer construction, interchangeable backstraps and a new truncated size is sure to make the latest addition to Ruger’s American Pistol line a favorite among concealed-carry practitioners. It is also available in 9 mm.
SIG Sauer P320 X Carry SIG’s striker-fired P320, chosen as the winner of the U.S. Army’s MHS program, has a number of variants available in 2017. One interesting variant is the X Carry, which offers a number of purpose-driven upgrades and ergonomic features aimed at making the P320 a solid concealed-carry option.
Smith & Wesson Model 629 Deluxe Few handguns are as iconic as the Smith & Wesson Model 29, and the 629 is the stainless version of the “most powerful handgun in the world.” The deluxe version–also available with a 6.5-inch barrel—brings refinements and upgrades to the fire-breathing beast.
Springfield Armory EMP Black Armory Kote The EMP (Enhanced Micro Pistol) offers enhancements such as oversize beavertail, skeletonized hammer and trigger, combat rear sights and a forged aluminum frame. New for 2017 are two new finishes (not shown is the bi-tone with stainless slide).
STI DVC Carry STI has incorporated all of the most popular features of its DVC guns into a compact, lightweight package intended for concealed carry. This pistol features a black, DLC-coated frame and slide; tritium night sights, including a ledge rear; and a VIP-length grip frame stippled by Extreme Shooters.
Taurus Spectrum For the first time in its history, Taurus USA is offering an innovative firearm that was engineered and manufactured in the United States. Equipped with soft-touch panels that seamlessly integrate into the grip and slide and provide enhanced comfort, responsiveness and control. Pick from an enormous array of color combinations to create your own distinctive carry pistol.
Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry II Pistol From its compact X-Tac grip frame 4-inch barrel and unique slide serrations, the Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry II Pistol is an exact version of the company founder’s personal-protection sidearm. It’s also offered in 9 mm.
Wilson Combat EDC X9 Wilson Combat’s new line of everyday-carry pistols offers a double-stack version for an impressive 15-round magazine capacity. The 4-inch, tapered barrel provides a reliability-enhancing lockup, and the pistol ships with two magazines.