Not that anyone necessarily needs an excuse to find a gun enthusiast in their life a shiny (or matte) new firearm, but the holidays are looming. There is a terrific variety of first-rate concealed carry handgun options these days. However, they’re not all as interesting as they could be. This holiday season, what if you looked around for the most interesting concealed carry for your favorite fan of firearms? Remember that small, concealable pistols are by no means a recent innovation. Be sure to browse both new and used guns for sale to find some gems.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP semi-automatic micro-compact is an exciting and excellent little pistol. For one, it looks like a SOCOM operator left his teched-out sidearm in the dryer too long, and it shrunk. It comes stock with red dot optics and a compensator. Despite its diminutive size, the Hellcat RDP is also a 9mm double-stack, featuring a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 with an extended mag.
The Remington 51, designed by legendary gunmaker John Pederson, is so ergonomic that it was initially billed as “self-aiming.” This concealable winner, chambered in 380 ACP, is one of the most comfortable pistols you will ever shoot. The release of the R51, Remington’s reimagining of the original, was initially plagued by technical glitches, though the 2nd generation models sorted those out. Because of its bumpy beginning, the R51 is now an often underpriced, high-quality 9mm pistol.
Anything with FN’s name on it, you know you can trust. The FN 1910 model is a concealed carry legend that set the stage for decades to come. One of them was even used to start WWI. The FN 1922 model is an FN 1910 with extended barrel bushing for greater accuracy and more mag capacity. Either of these often century-old or more pistols is a stellar concealed carry choice.
The Bersa 380 immediately gained attention for a variety of features. For one, it was highly reminiscent of the vaunted Walther PPK but could generally be found for half of what James Bond would pay for his pistol of choice. Then there’s the fact that it proved accurate, dependable, and genuinely lightweight. Despite its lightness, its design somehow manages to mitigate felt recoil.
The French military SACM 1935 is one of the most underrated pistols ever. For one, it rivals the Remington 51 for gorgeous ergonomics and the silkiest possible action. Then there’s the fact that this gun was the inspiration and blueprint for the masterpiece, the SIG P210—arguably the finest military pistol ever made. The only reasonable explanation for its relative obscurity is its chambering in the obsolete 765 French Long. However, there are modern manufacturers of the round, making the SACM 1935 a stellar concealed carry option. Plus, it’s one you can pick up for approximately a third or less of what you’d pay for a SIG P210.
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