Concealed-carry continues to be an explosive market, with millions of Americans searching for the best personal-defense gun to fit their needs. The firearm market stepped up to fill the gaps in 2018, launching a number of new models with different features, finishes and radically new designs that revolutionized the concept of a sub-compact concealed-carry pistol. Which of these new models is right for your concealed-carry rig? See them all here:
Alchemy Custom Weaponry Brimstone Combining an Officer’s-size compact frame with a Commander-length barrel and slide make the Brimstone a CCO—and ideal for concealed carry. Despite its compactness and quick handling, the Brimstone nonetheless comes with an accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inches at 25 yards.
American Tactical FXH Hybrid Mating a polymer frame with a steel slide, the FXH Hybrid offers a lighter-weight version of the 1911 platform. Unique styling and suppressor-height sights contribute to a one-of-a-kind pistol suitable for range time or concealed carry.
Bersa TPR9C A compact, full-featured pistol with traditional DA/SA operation, the TPR9C is made for concealed carry. It’s a reduced-size version of the already successful TPR9. It uses an aluminum-alloy frame matched to a steel slide, polygonal rifling and a three-dot sight sytem. A 13-round extended magazine is included.
Cabot Guns Gentleman’s Carry Cabot’s Gentleman’s Carry optimizes the 1911 for concealed or open carry. Its Commander-length barrel is mated to a bobtail frame for a pistol that won’t “print” under clothing and which clears leather fast on the draw. However, as a Cabot, functionality teams with luxury as can be seen in every detail. The pistol is also available in .45 ACP.
Charter Arms Bulldog pistol The Bulldog line gets another big-bore option with the .45 Colt variant. In addition to the .44 Spl. offering Charter has maintained for decades, the historical .45 Colt now has a home in the company’s Bulldog revolvers.
Charter Arms Chic Lady Magenta Featuring an attractive color combination of magenta-anodized aluminum and polished-stainless steel barrel, cylinder, trigger and cylinder release, the Chic Lady Magenta brings peace of mind in a stylish package amenable to concealed carry.
Charter Arms Undercover Charter’s mainstay concealed-carry revolver, the Undercover, gets some swanky upgrades with a high-polish stainless finish and attractive wood grips. Everything you’d expect in a carry revolver is present—five shots, short barrel and fixed sights—but this one looks nice.
Chiappa Firearms Rhino 30DS OD Green Now offered with an olive-drab green finish, this unique revolver is designed to reduce recoil with its innovative firing system that ignites rounds at the bottom of the cylinder.
Colt Night Cobra For 2018, Colt’s latest iteration of its Cobra line of revolvers is the ideal companion for the concealed-carry licensee, thanks to its corrosion-resistant coating, tritium front sight and an elongated trigger guard allows use of gloves.
GlockGen5 G26 More of the Glock lineup, including the G26, now incorporate the Gen5 improvements. Those improvements include the Glock Marksman barrel said to shoot sub-4-inch groups at 50 yards, a smoother trigger pull, flared magazine well, an nDLC finish on the slide and the absence of finger grooves.
Grand PowerQ1S The Grand Power Q1S is built for concealed carry. Though compact, the polymer-frame pistol incorporates a Picatinny rail, ambidextrous controls and 12 rounds of firepower. Internally, it uses a rotating-barrel system and is striker-fired.
Heckler & Koch VP9SK in NATO Green The compact version of HK’s premium striker-fired pistol is now offered in a variety of frame colors, including NATO green. The pistol retains its excellent ergonomics and reliability, but it can now be had from the factory in Flat Dark Earth or grey, as well as standard black.
Honor Defense Captain America Honor Guard With its red, white and blue color scheme, the Captain America Honor Guard is quite patriotic. The compact, polymer-frame, double-action-only pistol relies on more than sentiment, though, with its stainless steel chassis and comfortable ergonomics.
Kahr ST9 First in the TIG series, the Kahr ST9 is a limited-edition pistol honoring John “TIG” Tiegen. Production will be held to 1,000 pistols. Each will feature a the TIG logo, TIG’s signature and the Beyond the Battlefield logo. A portion of every sale will be donated to the Beyond the Battlefield Foundation by Kahr’s parent company.
Kimber K6s CDP Putting the “C” in “CDP (Custom Defense Package) are upgrades like fancy stocks and a two-tone appearance, but don’t overlook the functional upgrades like night sights and a smooth, non-stacking trigger in the new CDP.
Kimber KHX Pro (OR) With “Optics Ready” (the “OR” in the name), obviously the new KHX has micro-red-dot optics in mind—it even features raised front and rear sights. The KHX family—including the Optics Ready version—includes a full-size and compact version.
Kimber Micro 9 Desert Night (DN) Bringing some style to the Micro 9 series is the Desert Night variant, presented in a desert tan finish with rounded edges. Upgraded sights, grip and frame all add to the Desert Night’s agility as a concealed-carry option.
MG Arms Wraithe 1911 Your choice of an aluminum or titanium frame combined with a meticulously hand-fitted/lapped slide and a match-grade barrel make MG Arms’ Wraithe the perfect candidate for everyday carry.
Nighthawk Custom Lady Hawk 2.0 The very popular Lady Hawk has been upgraded as the Lady Hawk 2.0. The slender, dehorned 1911 is now offered in polished-stainless steel or with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, with rose gold-colored TiCN appointments and unique Obsidian, Abalone and zinc grips.
Remington R1 1911 Ultralight Executive Pistol Remington launches a new line with the Ultralight Executive, featuring an aluminum frame for weight reduction and rounded frame for snag-free operation. Other custom features like an extended beavertail, bobtail frame and checkered frontstrap promote superior operation.
Rock River Arms 1911 Poly 4.25" Short for easy concealment but not on features, the Rock River Arms 1911 Poly 4.25” also offers the convenience of a lightweight polymer frame for enhanced comfort, all welcome features for an everyday carry pistol.
Ruger EC9s Less than 1 inch taller and 1 inch longer than Ruger’s popular LCP, the EC9s features all the comfort of an ultracompact striker-fired pistol, with redundant safety mechanisms for added peace of mind.
Ruger GP100 A shorter barrel isn’t all that the latest addition to Ruger’s popular GP100 line has to offer. Other practical concealed-carry-based options include a high-visibility front sight and an extra round of fight-stopping .357 Mag.
SIG Sauer P365 SIG’s new P365 took 2018 SHOT Show by storm, as many expected the pistol to be the company’s new single-stack competitor to the Shield or G43. Except, of course, that it wasn’t a single stack—even though the P365 is actually smaller than the competition.
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Surprising many for 2018, the M&P380 is a mid-size, hammer-fired offering that Smith & Wesson claims is easy to rack and fire for pretty much any shooter. This gun features eight-round capacity and a loaded-chamber indicator, as well as offering a full three-finger grip.
Springfield Armory 911 Springfield’s first .380 ACP continues the familiar 1911 feel in a pocket-size variant. With familiar operation and convenient size, the 911 fills the role of the gun to have at all times, easily.
Springfield Armory XD-E 45 Joining its extant sibling in 9 mm, the hammer-fired XD-E brings a DA/SA action to Springfield Armory’s .45 ACP offerings. One-inch width makes the XD-E in .45 ACP easy to carry and up to seven-round capacity proffers peace of mind.
Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 Springfield Armory brings the Mod.2 updates to the XD-S line of pistols, starting with the XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP.Numerous updates will improve how the pistol is carried, charged and fired.
Walther PPS M2 The slim, concealable PPS M2 is now offered with the Shield RMSc optic, which has an aluminum body and parallax-free polymer optic for toughness. The optic co-witnesses with the factory iron sights and its variable-intensity circuitry provides optimum dot visibility according to light levels at the target.