Top 20 Most Popular Concealed Carry Firearms: 2015 Edition

Springfield XD-S 45 – 3.3″ barrel / Springfield Armory XD-S 9

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Single stack .45 ACP capability in a concealed carry platform?  We’re in.  The Springfield XD-S .45 ACP with a 3.3″ barrel definitely provides a great platform for putting large caliber rounds downrange.  Best of all – it handles the torsion and stress extremely well.  Worth every penny.  For those that don’t dig larger calibers, it’s also available in 9mm.


Specs: XD-S 3.3″ Single Stack .45 ACP [link] XD-S 3.3″ Single Stack 9mm [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP / 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 5+1 (Standard) / 7+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $599

Taurus 111G2


Taurus, a Brazilian owned manufacturer of firearms, has always come under a lot of scrutiny.  Most recently, there was a massive recall that included many of their concealed carry pistols.  So, why the heck are we including the Gen 2 111?  Because, as we’ve seen it thus far – it’s proven itself to have extremely reliable performance at a great price point.  And it’s also extremely popular amongst concealed carriers – a 12+1 capacity 9mm beneath 6.5″ in overall length for $300.

Specs: Taurus 111G2 [link]
Caliber: 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 12+1
MSRP: $301.52

Kimber Micro Carry


Kimber is known for their special edition and custom models of 1911.  And plenty of concealed carrier insist on carrying a full-size Kimber or even Kimber Pro Carry.  For those that may have a more difficult time concealing a full size 1911 in their waistline, Kimber offers the Solo and the Micro.  The Micro is great because it stays on the 1911 platform – so if you’re a 1911 aficionado, you can stay with a form factor you’re familiar with.  It measures in less than 5.6″ in total length and holds 6 .380 auto rounds in its magazine.

Specs: Micro Carry .380 Auto [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $651

Rock Island 1911 Compact

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Some concealed carriers will carry no less than a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.  To these people, this model epitomizes classic American ingenuity matched with a harrowing record of service.  And for those people, Armscor’s Rock Island Armory offers a compact GI Standard chambered in .45 ACP.  Compact but not too compact, it manages to stay faithful to the caliber while being slightly more concealable than its bigger brothers.


Specs: GI Standard CS – 45 ACP Model #51416 [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 7+1
MSRP: $546

Bersa Thunder .380


No frills, no chills – this is a bare-bones Argentinian .380 Auto known for its reliability and service with pilots in South America.  Its rise to popularity has largely been from its price point – but that’s quickly been followed up with good range reviews and decent magazine capacity.

Did You Know?  The Bersa Thunder .380 is used by the Ecuadorian Air Force.


Specs: [link]
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 7+1
MSRP: $300

Springfield Ultra Compact 1911

Springfield Ultra Compact 1911

If Rock Island Armory and Kimber aren’t your thing but you absolutely demand a 1911 in a compact form factor, Springfield’s got you covered.  The Springfield Ultra Compact Custom Carry 1911A1 features a whole host of high speed match-grade performance parts in a classic 1911 fit.

Specs: PC9104 [link]
Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 6+1 (Standard)
MSRP: $2,799 (Fully Custom)

Ruger SP101


The Ruger SP101 double-action revolver has been a mainstay in the concealed carry community for quite awhile.  With five rounds in its cylinder, it’s capable of delivering a frighteningly accurate high rate of fire for a revolver.

Did You Know?  In the critically-acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman purchases a Ruger SP101 for personal protection against Tuco Salamanca.  Mike Ehrmantraut ends up collecting it up while cleaning Jesse’s apartment for suspicious evidence before police arrive. (source: Breaking Bad Wikia)


Specs: Ruger SP101 5718 2.25″ Barrel [link]
Caliber: .357 Magnum / (5737) .38 Spl +P
Magazine Capacity: 5
MSRP: $679

About James England

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently an advocate for veterans and constitutional carry in the State of New Hampshire. His daily carry is the Glock 19 Gen 4 in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0.