SUB COMPACT 9MM
SUB COMPACT 9MM.
When choosing any concealed carry gun, there’s a few things I like to keep in mind: reliability, concealability, and shootability.
First, reliability. If it doesn’t go bang reliably, I’m not going to trust my life to it, and neither should you. Everything on this list is as reliable as anything man-made can be. I also need it to be accurate and put bullets where I tell them to go.
Next, concealability. I want something that not only conceals well, but something that conceals comfortably. These guns are all small, so we have to look at how well they conceal with various body types, and how comfortably.
If a gun isn’t comfortable, has sharp edges or is otherwise not well-designed for concealment under clothing, you’re less likely to carry it, and less likely to have it on you when you need it.
Finally, how easy is it to shoot the gun? Shootability is especially important with such small handguns so things like a well-designed grip, good texturing, usable sights, a good trigger, and other little touches can make a big difference when it comes to putting rounds where you need them.
Which is kind of important for a handgun you may have to use to defend yourself with.
So which guns meet these requirements? Quite a lot actually. But here are the ones that not only met the requirements for the best subcompact 9mm carry gun, but exceeded them.
The original Smith and Wesson M&P pistol series was designed to compete with Glock for the title of most popular striker-fired gun in America, and while it didn’t quite succeed in topping the Austrian gunmaker’s success, it certainly made a name for itself and in a lot of ways helped to drag Smith and Wesson, known for their excellent revolvers, into the 21st century.
The new model Shield has proven to be one of the most popular offerings in the legendary manufacturer’s catalog, and with good reason. The 7+1 or 8+1 capacity gives you a good amount of firepower in a diminutive package, and the very intuitive grip angle makes getting on target quickly very natural and smooth.
In a defensive situation, your shooting skills are going to be at the worst they’ve ever been. Adrenaline is going to ruin a lot of your fine motor skills, your heart rate is going to be through the roof, and your aim is going to be the worst it’s ever been.
In a situation like that, having a gun that points intuitively and quickly even when you’ve forgotten 90% of what you know about shooting can be a literal lifesaver.
On top of that, you get gun that is small enough to be pocketable, with a good trigger, good sights, and S&W’s legendary reliability and excellent customer service.
Rounding things out, we’ve got steel three-dot sights, a 3.1” barrel, an overall length of 6.1” and a weight of 18.3oz. All in all, a small, lightweight blaster that handles and shoots like a much larger gun.
I highly recommend giving this one a try because a lot of the advantages of the Shield are going to be in how they shoot.