11 New Pocket Pistols for 2019

posted on April 22, 2019

The concealed-carry market continues to be one of the hottest spots for firearm sales, as more citizens continue to obtain their concealed-carry permits and seek out compact, easily concealable guns for personal defense. One of the most-popular kinds of personal-defense pistol in this corner of the market is the so-called, "pocket pistol," a gun that, due to its diminutive size, can be carried in a pocket holster and deployed with a surreptitious slip of a hand inside a front pocket. These pistols are often hampered by anemic chamberings and reduced capacity, but several of today's manufacturers are enhancing the ability of armed citizens to have more firepower in their pockets than ever before. Take a look at these latest additions to the pocket-pistol world:

Beretta APX Carry
Beretta shrunk the APX to produce the APX Carry, a single-stack, subcompact 9 mm ideal for concealed carry. With the same slide serrations, removable chassis fire-control group and bladed trigger as the larger APX pistols, the APX Carry is the smallest member of the APX family.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.07 inches
Overall Length: 5.63 inches
Weight: 20 ounces
MSRP: $450
(800) 237-3882 berettausa.com

Charter Arms Pit Bull
Now in a new caliber, the Charter Arms Pit Bull is chambered in .380 ACP while maintaining similar features to the original model, including easy cartridge-insertion and retention technology.

Caliber: .380 ACP
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 2.2 inches
Overall Length: 7.25 inches
Weight: 23 ounces
MSRP: $332
(866) 769-4867 charterfirearms.com

Kahr PM9 Covert
Kahr has increased the utility of its popular PM9 pistol with the PM9 Covert. The new pistol can accommodate a seven- or eight-round magazine, while offering more gripping space.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Overall Length: 5.3 inches
Weight: 14.5 ounces
MSRP: $762
(508) 795-3919 kahr.com

New for 2019, the EVO line from Kimber offers a number of variations on the company’s new striker-fired pistol. The CDP (Custom Defense Package) offers a Carry Melt treatment that obviates sharp corners, as well as G10 grips for firm purchase.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.16 inches
Overall Length: 6.1 inches
Weight: 19 ounces
MSRP: $949
(888) 243-4522 kimberamerica.com

Kimber K6s DASA
Big news in Kimber’s revolver world, as the K6s is now available with a hammer. Originally offered in DAO configuration with an enclosed hammer, now 2- and 3-inch models with external hammers are available for those who prefer the DA/SA operating system.

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 2 inches
Overall Length: 6.62 inches
Weight: 23 ounces
MSRP: $949
(888) 243-4522 kimberamerica.com

Mossberg MC1sc Viridian Laser-Equipped
In 2019, Mossberg came out with its first handgun in a century and aimed the design squarely at the hot concealed-carry market. Several models of the MC1sc are available with different sights and accessories.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.4 inches
Overall Length: 6.25 inches
Weight: 19.8 ounces
MSRP: $514
(203) 230-5300 mossberg.com

North American Arms True Black Widow
North American Arms brings an aesthetic change to its Black Widow by adding an all-matte-black PVD coating while keeping the option of fixed or adjustable sights, just like the original model.

Caliber: .22 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 2 inches
Overall Length: 5.88 inches
Weight: 8.9 ounces
MSRP: $320
(800) 821-5783 northamericanarms.com

Remington RM380 Executive
Most don’t consider pocket .380s to be “barbeque worthy,” but Remington is going to try. The RM380 Executive features a two-tone styling with G10 grips that can be swapped out if preferred.

Caliber: .380 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 2.9 inches
Overall Length: 5.27 inches
Weight: 12.2 ounces
MSRP: $405
(800) 243-9700 remington.com

Ruger LCRx
A longer barrel isn’t all this latest addition to Ruger’s LCR line has to offer. Versatility is further enhanced by an external hammer and the potent .357 Mag. chambering.

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Weight: 21.3 ounces
MSRP: $669
(336) 949-5200 ruger.com

Springfield Armory 911
Springfield Armory surprised us last year with the introduction of the 911, a micro-.380 ACP small enough to fit in a pocket. This year, the company ups the ante with 9 mm power in a gun not much larger.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 5.9 inches
Weight: 15.3 ounces
MSRP: $639
(800) 680-6866 springfield-armory.com

Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck
Small in size and firing two rounds with each pull of the trigger, the S333 Thunderstruck is sure to create a loud boom as a double-barrel, double-action revolver in the concealed-carry market.

Caliber: .22 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 1.25 inches
Overall Length: 5.75 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
MSRP: $369
(800) 225-6581 stdgun.com


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