With so many compact and subcompact designs to choose from in the current market, author Dennis Adler provided a roundup of the his top 12 pocket pistols for concealed carry in the fall 2014 issue of POCKET PISTOLS. Taking into consideration carry weight, overall length and stopping power, Adler’s list of new and classic pistols included such selections as the recently released Glock 42 and the popular Kimber Solo.

For Adler, the new subcompact Glock 42, chambered in .380 ACP, has reestablished the potential for deep-cover carry through its ultra-compact dimensions and lightweight polymer frame.

“The newest Glock model offers
all the advanced features of 
the armsmaker’s Subcompact
line in the smallest frame, slide
 and barrel combination ever. The
.380 G42 employs a dual recoil 
spring unique to the new model and a cold-hammer-forged 3.25-inch barrel,” said Adler in his review. “For ease of carry, 
the new Glock .380 measures only 5.94 inches in overall length, a 
very narrow 0.94 inches in width, 4.13 inches in height, weighs 13.76 
ounces (empty), and has a capacity of 6+1.”

The Kimber Solo caught Adler’s eye because of its potent 9mm chambering, light weight and the frame’s close resemblance to a 1911 pistol.

“The steel and alloy 9mm Kimber Solo weighs a mere 17 ounces, measures 5.5 inches in length, 3.9 inches 
in height and 1.14 inches in width. Slightly 
larger in overall dimensions than most .380s, the striker-fired Solo looks like a very small Model 1911,” noted Adler. “The 
result is a rock-solid handgun that is 
a true “pocket-sized” pocket pistol. 
Featuring a 6+1 capacity, the Solo has ambidextrous magazine releases and safeties that are easy to operate and designed to minimize any edges that can catch on clothing or impede draw or re-holstering.”

To read the full article, check out the fall 2014 issue of POCKET PISTOLS, available on September 30, 2014. To purchase or subscribe, go to

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