Tiny but Mighty: 5 Best Micro 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry

We don’t have to tell you that smaller guns are easier to conceal. That, combined with the popularity of 9mm for concealed carry, makes micro 9 pistols some of the top choices for CCW on the market.

But don’t let their compact classification fool you. Many of these guns offer great ergonomics and an impressive magazine capacity. But with so many micro handguns available, it can be challenging to pick the best micro 9mm.

So, keep reading to check out our top picks for micro pistols and what makes each of them unique.

Springfield Armory Hellcat

Springfield Armory Hellcat

The Springfield Armory Hellcat™ is a newer pistol that has taken the concealed carry market by storm. You may know if for having the highest capacity of any micro-compact pistol, and you wouldn’t be wrong. This striker-fired handgun comes standard with an 11-round magazine or an extended 13-round magazine.

Chambered in 9mm, this small pistol weighs only 18.3 ounces and features an ergonomic grip that is comfortable for many shooters. While it comes with factory sights, they are well-liked in comparison to the standard sights on other firearms. This highly reliable handgun won’t disappoint if you are looking for a high-capacity micro 9mm pistol.

For more information on the Springfield Armory Hellcat™, visit Springfield’s website here. Or, if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the Springfield Armory Hellcat™ here.

Sig P365

Sig P365

The award-winning Sig P365 is one of the most popular concealed carry firearms to date. It’s lightweight, compact, and known for its smooth shooting, which are only a few of the reasons it made our best micro 9mm list.

The P365 is chambered in 9mm and features the standard sights and trigger that people know and love. Built with a lightweight stainless steel frame, this striker-fired pistol comes standard with not one but two 10-round flush magazines. If you are looking for a higher capacity, optional 12- or 15-round extended magazines are available.

Weighing only 17.8 ounces, the P365 is an excellent choice for concealed carry. Overall, there are many reasons why people love the P365.

For more information on the Sig Sauer P365, visit Sig’s website here. Or, if you are looking for Sig Sauer P365 holsters because you already own this popular pistol, check out our holster options for the Sig Sauer P365.

Glock 43

Glock 43

The legendary Glock 43 is an excellent option for shooters of all hand sizes and is known for its accuracy and concealability.

Built with a black polymer frame, this striker-fired pistol features a Tenifer-coated ordinance-grade steel slide. It’s chambered in 9mm Luger and comes standard with a 6-round magazine. If you are looking for a higher capacity, extended magazines are available. The Glock 43 features the signature Glock Safe-Action trigger system and offers the best of both worlds giving users the popular features of larger framed Glocks in a more compact package.

Comfortable, concealable, and durable, the Glock 43 is a great choice for whatever you might need. For more information on the Glock 43, visit Glock’s website here. If you’re looking for a Glock 43 holster, check out our Holsters by Gun Mode page here.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

From the ergonomic grip to the reliability of this exceedingly compact gun, it’s no surprise that the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield would make our best micro pistol list.

Chambered in 9mm (with a .40 S&W option), this striker-fired handgun weighs only 20.6 ounces and is surprisingly ergonomic, which is why so many people find it comfortable to hold. The M2.0 version of this popular pistol has a slightly better trigger and an even more aggressive grip texture. The M&P Shield comes standard with a 7-round magazine but, if you prefer a higher capacity, extended magazines are available.

For more information on the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1”, visit Smith & Wesson’s website here. If you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol, check out our holster options for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1”.

Kimber Micro 9

Kimber Micro 9

If you love the classic 1911, then you might find that the Kimber Micro 9 is the perfect micro pistol for you. While this popular handgun comes in various styles, we will focus on the ESV model for this article.

Chambered in 9mm Luger, each Kimber Micro 9 model features a single-action trigger. Its short, smooth pull makes it an excellent option for shooters wanting a mild recoil. Built from strong aluminum, this gun features a similar magazine release and thumb safety to the 1911. The ESV model comes standard with a 7-round magazine and weighs only 15.3 ounces. You’ll find that the Kimber Micro 9 ESV features steel sights versus the standard plastic sights and is available in a variety of styles.

For more information on the Kimber Micro 9, visit Kimber’s website here. Or, if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol, check out our holster options for the Kimber Micro 9.

Which is Right for Me?

From the classic Glock 43 and Sig P365 to others like the Kimber Micro 9, there are plenty of micro pistols to choose from. Ultimately, the best micro 9mm for you is going to come down to your needs.

Now that you better understand these firearms' differences, strengths, and weaknesses, you can make the right choice for yourself. If you want to try some of these popular gun models, we suggest heading to the range and renting your top choices to get a better understanding of how each one feels and shoots.

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