Best Compact Concealed Carry Self-Defense Handguns for New Shooters!

Concealed Carrying weapons is more of a common occurrence than most people think or realize. Many people carry a concealed weapon with them daily to work, the store, and just about anywhere outside of the home. A concealed carry permit is in my opinion a very good idea to get. There’s no way the government can regulate and legislate safety (take Virginia Tech for example, a gun-free campus), so it’s up to us as private citizens to show would-be shooters or attackers that we are not to be messed with. A shooter would be far less likely to open fire on a group if he wasn’t sure how many of them were concealing weapons, and ready to shoot back. Maybe you already have you Concealed Carry Permit and are looking into carrying everyday. What is the Best Concealed Carry Handgun available?

We’ve chosen the Glock 43  as the Best Concealed Carry Handgun on the market today. We’ve picked that handgun because of its size, round, capacity, reliability / readiness and price.The design of the G43 allow for a more confident & comfortable shooting experience for new users.

Check out the G43 Specification below:

Length (overall): 159 mm / 6.26 inch
Length (slide cpl.): 154 mm / 6.06 inch
Width: 26 mm / 1.02 inch
Height (with magazine): 108 mm / 4.25 inch
Barrel length: 86 mm / 3.39 inch
Length of twist: 250 mm / 9.84 inch
Trigger distance: 65 mm / 2.56 inch
Trigger travel: 12.5 mm / .49 inch
Barrel distance: 19 mm / 0.75 inch
Line of sight (polymer): 132 mm / 5.20 inch
Line of sight (steel): 131 mm / 5.16 inch
Line of sight (GNS): 130 mm / 5.12 inch
Pistol without magazine:  459 g / 16.19 oz
Magazine std. empty:  50 g / 1.76 oz
Magazine std. full:  125 g / 4.41 oz
Other Specifications
Magazine Capacity (rounds): 6
Barrel Profile: right hand twist; hexagonal
Standard Trigger Pull: ~5.5 lbs
Muzzle Velocity*:  1116 fps
Muzzle Energy*:  339 fps
**depending on ammunition used


The Glock 43  is in the sub-compact size category, which is probably the best and most popular size of a gun to concealed carry. People think pocket pistols are great, but they’re usually to small to control recoil, be accurate beyond spitting distance and have enough stopping power to actually take someone down. The compact size is a little bit big for regular concealed carry on your person, as it would be more difficult to conceal. The Sub-Compact is the perfect compromise of the small frame to conceal easily, as well as being big enough to shoot effectively. They also feel great in smaller hands, especially in women, and the recoil of the Glock 43 is not bad at all.


The Glock 43 chambers a 40 cal (.40 S&W) round, which is in my opinion the Best Caliber for Concealed Carry. It is the perfect compromise between the power of a .45 ACP round, while keeping the smaller size of the 9mm round. It has great stopping power, especially when paired with hollow point or other self-defense rounds. Many people like the 9mm round because of its price and ready availability, but I don’t think the round is as powerful as you’d want for self-defense.


This is the area where the semi auto pistol beats out the revolver, round capacity. While revolvers can only hold about 5-6 rounds, the Glock 43 comes with a standard 9 round magazine, with upgrade options of 11, 13, 15 and 17 round magazines. In the times where you would need to use a concealed weapon, you probably won’t be nearly as accurate as you usually are because of stress, and your heart beating a mile-a-minute. You would probably want as many rounds as you could get. This gun is perfect for that, and if not, switching a magazine is a very quick and easy process, especially compared to reloading a revolver.

Reliability / Readiness

Glocks are traditionally known to be some of the most reliable guns available. They are designed with a simple firing and clearing system, which makes them reliable in almost any circumstance. They are also known for the safety being built into the trigger, which means no more hassling with a safety switch being the right way for the gun to fire. If you pull the trigger, it will shoot.


The price is also a great selling point for the Glock 43. There are many other guns that are great for concealing (Kimber, H&K, SIG), but all of those are significantly more expensive than a Glock, and with comparable performance and extreme reliability, I’d buy 2 Glocks. You can find them new for about $400-500 compared to a $800 H&K USP Compact.

The best price for Glock 43 – $466


Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the Glock 43 is the most highly desired and anticipated release in GLOCK history.It is an absolutely fantastic gun, and can be considered the Best Concealed Carry Handgun available for a variety of reasons. It’s small enough to easily conceal, yet large enough to shoot powerfully and accurately. The .40 S&W round is small enough to pack a lot of them in, yet powerful enough to take down an attacker. The Glock 43 is extremely reliable in any circumstance, and is ready to fire at a moment’s notice. It’s also a reasonably priced gun, so you won’t be into it for an arm and a leg.


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