Carrying a cartridge pistol in a coat or trouser pocket goes back to the Civil War days, and in the ensuing years modern classics such as the Walther PPK and the Smith & Wesson Model 36 have earned an enduring popularity with shooters.

In addition, today’s armsmakers have developed innovative manufacturing techniques that combine polymer, steel and alloy, to bring forth enhanced-capacity, lighter-weight concealed carry subcompact firearms.

In the gallery above is a list of six new models and six top-rated pocket pistols that will provide options to suit almost every need.



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