List of Compact Guns

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As applications for concealed carry permits gain in popularity, the market for a small, easy to carry handgun has also increased. Handguns preferences are personal, and the best way to learn if a gun is right for you is to hold it -- and fire it -- for yourself. Based on data from popular gun sales sites like Gun Broker, Cheaper Than Dirt and Personal Defense World magazine, here is a list of some of the more popular models to consider when you begin your search.

Smith & Wesson J Frame

  • This group of classic snub-nosed revolvers has proven itself time and time again, and is the most popular type of compact gun on the market according to Smith & Wesson. There are numerous models of J-Frame revolvers in a variety of calibers -- including .22 long rifle, .22 Magnum, .357, and .38 S&W Special +P. Depending on your model and caliber, these guns hold between five and eight rounds of ammunition.

Ruger LCP

  • The most popular compact semi-automatic pistol, the Ruger LCP is a pocket gun that fires .380 auto ammunition. It is one of the main reasons the .380 round is so common today. The weapon uses a six-round magazine and can hold a seventh round in the chamber. One model even comes with a built-in laser sight.

Kimber Micro

  • Built to resemble the 1911 semi-automatic pistol that remains popular even after 100 years, the Kimber Micro series fires .380 automatic ammunition. It is small enough that most would not have trouble holstering it at the waist and covering it with a loose shirt. It uses a six-round magazine with an optional additional round carried in the chamber.

Ruger LC9

  • Popular with those who like the feel of the LCP but want a bit more grip and power, the LC9 is a compact semi-automatic pistol that fires the 9x19mm round, the same round used in standard NATO service pistols. It is slightly larger than the LCP but is still small enough to conceal. It uses a seven-round magazine and can also carry an additional round in the chamber.

Glock G30S

  • Small enough to conceal when carried at the waist, the G30S fires the venerable .45 ACP round that is popular with law enforcement. In fact, the company states this gun is popular with plain-clothes police officers. Glock semi-automatics are known for their high capacity magazines, and this model is no exception. It can carry 10 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

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