Mini/Pocket 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry

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I’ve been a fan of mini 9mm pistols for concealed carry since I purchased a Sccy CPX-1 in 2007. My history with the Sccy has been a little chequered, (it’s gone back to the shop three times), so I carry a Smith and Wesson Shield now. Even with that history, I’m still a big proponent of the combination of size and firepower that a sub-subcompact 9mm brings to the table, and they have the added value of having roughly the same manual of arms as their bigger cousins, the 9mm service pistol. Which is good, because despite their popularity, these are not good guns for a beginning shooter: Their small size means they have more recoil and kick then bigger 9mm’s, and that small size also equates to a shorter sight radius, making longer shots a bit tougher.

Here’s a semi-complete roundup of all the mini/pocket 9mm’s out there, set up so you can quickly compare features such as price and weight against each other gun. Scroll to the left to see all the columns.

Pistol Action Capacity (With round in Chamber) +/- Avg.Capacity MSRP % +/- Avg.MSRP Length Height Width Weight (oz) LoadedWt. (1) +/- Avg. Loaded Wt. Conceal-
ablityIndex (2)
Fire-
powerIndex (3)
Soda CanEquiv. (4) Suggested Accessory
AMT/High Standard Backup* DAO 6 -3 $525 -$15 5.00″ 4.1′ 1.00″ 24 27.97 7.58 6.45 78 2.03 Pocket Holster
Beretta Nano Striker 7 -1 $475 -$65 5.63″ 4.17″ 0.90″ 17.7 20.76 0.37 5.48 91 1.52 IWB Holster
Bersa BP9 DAO 9 +1 $429 -$111 6.5″ 4.8′ 0.94″ 21.5 25.47 5.08 8.94 117 1.85 OWB Holster
Diamondback DB9 Striker 7 -1 $490 -$50 5.6″ 4.0″ 0.80″ 11 14.09 -6.30 3.55 78 1.02 IWB Holster
Kahr CM9 DAO 7 -1 $517 -$23 5.42″ 4.0″ 0.90″ 14.0 17.09 -3.30 4.17 78 1.24 IWB Holster
Kahr CW9 DAO 8 0 $485 -$55 5.9″ 4.5″ 0.90″ 15.8 19.33 -1.06 5.77 104 1.40 Pocket Holster
Kahr P9 DAO 8 0 $739 $199 5.8″ 4.5″ 0.90″ 15 18.53 -1.86 5.44 104 1.35 OWB Holster
Kahr PM9 DAO 8 0 $786 $246 5.42″ 4.0″ 0.90″ 14 17.53 -2.86 4.28 104 1.27 IWB Holster
Kel-Tec PF9 DAO 8 0 $333 -$207 5.85″ 4.3″ 0.88″ 12.7 16.23 -4.16 4.59 104 1.18 OWB Holster
Kel-Tec P-11 DAO 11 +3 $333 -$207 5.6″ 4.3′ 1.00″ 14 18.85 -1.54 5.11 143 1.37 IWB Holster
Kimber Solo SA 7 -1 $747 $207 5.5″ 3.9′ 1.2′ 17 20.01 -0.38 4.83 78 1.46 IWB Holster
Ruger LC9 DAO 7 -1 $443 -$97 5.97″ 4.46″ 0.90″ 17.1 20.19 -0.20 6.05 78 1.47 OWB Holster
S&W Shield Striker 9 +1 $450 -$91 6.1″ 4.6″ 0.95″ 19.0 22.97 2.58 7.25 117 1.67 IWB Holster
Sccy CPX-1 DAO 11 +3 $319 -$221 5.7″ 4.0″ 1.00″ 15 19.85 -0.54 5.09 143 1.44 Pocket Holster
Sig Sauer P290 DAO 7 -1 $758 $218 5.5″ 3.9″ 1.10″ 20.5 23.59 3.20 5.69 78 1.71 IWB Holster
Sig Sauer P938 SA 7 -1 $809 $269 5.9″ 3.9′ 1.10″ 16 19.09 -1.30 4.94 78 1.39 OWB Holster
Taurus Slim SA/DA 8 0 $483 -$57 6″ 4.53″ 1.08″ 18.5 22.03 1.64 6.74 91 1.60 OWB Holster
Walther PPS Striker 9 +1 $599 $59 6.3″ 4.4″ 1.04″ 19.4 23.37 2.98 7.29 117 1.70 IWB Holster
Glock 19 Striker 16 +8 $649 $109 6.85″ 5.0″ 1.18″ 21 28.05 7.66 10.81 208 2.05 ~
Glock 26 Striker 11 +3 $543 $4 6.29″ 4.17″ 1.18′ 19.7 24.60 4.21 7.26 143 1.79 ~
Kel-Tec P3AT DAO 7 -1 $318 -$222 5.2″ 3.5″ 0.77″ 8.3 10.65 -9.74 2.18 69 0.77 ~
CZ P07 SA/DA 17 +9 $496 -$44 7.3″ 5.1″ 1.5″ 27.2 34.70 14.31 14.53 221 2.52 ~

(1) Assuming 0.441 ounces for each 124gr 9mm cartridge and .355 ounces for each .380 100gr cartridge
(2) Concealablity Index =
( 0.75(Length) x Height x 1.25(Width) x 1.5(Loaded Weight) )/100
(3) Firepower Index = ( Energy In ft/lbs x bullet weight in grains x Capacity)/100. 124gr for 9mm’s, 95gr for .380.
(4) A full can of soda weighs about 13.76 ounces
* I couldn’t find a review for the AMT Backup in 9mm. If you know of one, leave it in the comments
IWB = Inside the Waistband holster. OWB = Outside the Waistband Holster.
SAO – Singe Action Only. DAO – Double Action Only. Striker – Striker fired. SA/DA = You guessed it, both Single Action AND Double Action, depending on how you use it.
Long, boring description of what this means over here, but for now, just think SA = better, smoother trigger but needs a safety, DA/Striker = kinda sorta like a revolver. -ish.

I added in other pistols like the the Glock 26, which we don’t often think as part of the “mini 9mm” group but is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to size, weight and firepower, and other guns like the Kel-Tec P3AT and the Glock 19 to compare the pocket 9mm’s to their smaller and larger siblings. And why the CZ P07? Because I like CZ’s, that’s why! (And it’s also an occasional carry gun for me as well).

 

 

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