Subcompact pistols are easy to conceal but still offer good stopping power. In the concealed carry world we look for a balance between ease of concealment and stopping power.
There are two 9mm subcompact pistols that give you the best of both worlds in terms of easy concealment and good stopping power. If you want a gun that you can defend your life with but still dress lightly during the Summer months, then I recommend these 2 subcompact pistols.
Best Subcompact Pistol
About 50% of the emails I get from this website are women looking for a smaller concealed carry pistol because the one they have is too large to conceal on their person. This is a HUGE problem because if it is not comfortable to wear, then you will not have it when you need it.
Previously I wrote this article about the best concealed carry guns for women, where I suggested that the Kimber Solo Carry, Beretta Nano, and Ruger LC9 were the best 9mms for conceal-ablility on a small body frame.
Well consider this to be a continuation of that article. Except that this article is about subcompact 9mms that are not only easy to conceal, but that I would actually trust my life to. Sure, the Kimber Solo Carry is easy to conceal, but I wouldn’t carry it for protection.
Top 2 Subcompact Pistols
After shooting both of these pistols I can’t decide which one is the best. I’m a Glock guy so of course I’m biased toward the Glock 26, but if anyone wants to give me a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, I’ll gladly take it.
The Glock 26 is a 9mm subcompact pistol.
- Glock reliability. Yes you can trust your life to Glock pistols. Just about every military and law enforcement agency in the western world does…why not you?
- It’s small…smaller than the Glock 19.
- The Glock 26 carries 10 bullets in the magazine and 1 bullet in the chamber. No other 9mm subcompact carries 10+1 rounds. Multiple attackers, multiple home invaders, multiple shots to stop the threat…NO FREAKING PROBLEM!
- The Glock 26 may be small…as in short…but it is really freaking thick. This is due to the double stack magazine. Yes it carries 11 bullets, but you have to put those bullets somewhere and that makes for a thicker gun.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is a 9mm subcompact pistol.
- Smith & Wesson is just as reliable and battle proven as Glock. I don’t think there are many gun experts who would disagree as to whether or not these 2 brands are the standard in handgun reliability. Maybe some people would argue that Colt is just as reliable as Glock and Smith & Wesson, but I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t trust these 2 brands when the crap hit the fan.
- The M&P Shield is not only small in that it is short, but it is small in that it is really freaking thin. A thin gun is a gun that is very comfortable to conceal. In my mind, this gun is more comfortable to wear than a Glock 26.
- The M&P shield only carries 7+1 bullets or 8+1 bullets if you use the extended magazine. That’s not really much of a con, but some people like to carry more than 8 or 9 bullets. However, I think I would trade a few bullets for the ease of concealment with this gun. 8 bullets will stop the threat a lot better than me wishing I had a concealed handgun on my person.
Which Subcompact Pistol is Best?
I still can’t decide which one I like better, but here is a great video describing the Glock 26 & Smith & Wesson M&P Shield.