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Thankfully, there’s a slew of big-time gun manufacturers offering cool and innovative pocket pistols that put a premium on concealed carry and self-defense. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, you’ve come to the right place. So without further ado, here are 10 pocket pistols perfect for Christmas.
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Bond Arms Backup
The Bond Arms Backup is an all-business derringer designed for the ultimate in concealment and durability. This pistol is among the lightest and smallest guns Bond Arms offers and features all stainless steel construction – although at first glance you might think the frame is polymer. In fact, Bond Arms has bead-blasted the entire surface to eliminate glare, and the frame is blackened and carries rubber grips for an improved hold even in inclement conditions. The short 2.5-inch barrels are available in either .45 ACP or 9mm.
The 9mm, single-stack Glock 43 offers a 6+1 payload in one of Glock’s smallest subcompact pistols. Designed for more comfortable shooting, the G43 has a trigger reach similar to Glock’s larger 9mm pistols, plus it has a built-in beavertail for a high and tight grip. At 6.26 inches in length, 4.25 inches in height, and with a slim width of only 1.06 inches, the G43 is an ultra-reliable candidate for concealed-carry or backup duty. This diminutive yet powerful Glock weighs only 17.99 ounces unloaded.
Kahr Arms PM9
Advancements in design are what highlight Kahr’s contributions to concealed carry pistols. The 14-ounce, DAO, striker-fired PM9 uses a lightweight polymer frame, a stainless steel slide, which rides along steel frame inserts, and a polygonal rifled barrel for extreme accuracy. Ideal for concealed-carry use and quick to get into action, the gun has no external safety mechanism. The PM9 employs the Kahr trigger system to provide a smooth, light and stage-free trigger stroke that requires 0.7 inches of movement to rotate a cam, unlocking a spring-loaded striker safety and drawing the striker to full-cock position before releasing it to fire a round. Lastly the drift adjustable night sights offer quick and efficient target acquisition.
North American Arms Black Widow
The smallest pocket pistol you’ll find for your kit will likely come from North American Arms (NAA). For versatility, the version I chose has a 2-inch barrel with a red ramp front sight and a fully adjustable Millet rear sight. It’s also a conversion model, so it comes with both .22 LR and .22 Magnum cylinders, which each hold five cartridges. To load the revolver, the cylinder must be removed, and one advantage of the Black Widow is its “pull-down” cylinder pin latch. This rugged little gun is made of stainless steel and has oversized rubber grips. For outdoor carry, I’d use the .22 Magnum cylinder for more useful cartridge power and reserve the .22 LR cylinder for practice and plinking. You can also get a laser sight that replaces the cylinder pin latch.
This diminutive pistol is a mating of steel and aluminum alloy. It weighs a scant 12.2 ounces unloaded while offering a 6+1 capacity of .380 ACP ammo. It has a smooth, 10-pound DAO trigger; a fully functional slide stop; an ambidextrous magazine release; and glass-filled nylon grips that are checkered like the frontstrap.
Ruger LCP II
Ruger has completely redesigned its renowned LCP in .380 ACP. The LCP II features a short, crisp, single-action trigger pull with a blade-style safety toggle that must be fully depressed for the pistol to fire. This way shooters can get a lighter trigger pull without the need for a manual safety. The slide features new contouring for easy racking, and the grip frame has new texturing to provide a comfortable and secure grip. The frame is also larger to help spread recoil forces better. Ruger has also included taller fixed sights with serrated rear faces to reduce glare.
SCCY makes some of the smallest pocket pistols in 9mm, and now the company has entered the .380 ACP market with its new CPX-3, which has a unique feature the company calls the “Roebuck Quad Lock” system. The barrel locks to the slide in four distinct areas, making the barrel and slide almost a solid piece for enhanced accuracy. With a polymer frame and stainless steel slide, the CPX-3 weighs just 15 ounces unloaded. The top of the slide is laser etched to reduce glare and is finished in black nitride or a natural matte finish. The DAO trigger is set at the factory for a pull weight of 8 pounds.
Smith & Wesson Model 317
Over the years, S&W’s Kit Gun variations have come and gone, and today the only S&W retaining the Kit Gun moniker is the Model 317. Still built on the J-frame, it has an empty weight of just 11.7 ounces due to its aluminum alloy frame and cylinder. With a 3-inch barrel, its overall length is just 7.19 inches, and it has a fully adjustable rear sight paired with a green Hi-Viz fiber-optic front sight. The revolver has a matte silver finish and black synthetic grips. Unlike its Model 34 predecessor, the Model 317 is not a six-shooter, but has a cylinder with eight charge holes for .22 LR ammo.
Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP
The Hellcat from Springfield Armory manages to pack a serious amount of innovative features into one compact firearm. The HEX™ micro red dot and a Self Indexing Compensator allow the Hellcat RDP to dole out quick target acquisition while the proprietary Self Indexing compensator dampens muzzle rise and helps keep you on target. The Hellcat RDP also includes Springfield’s highly ergonomic Gen 2 Trigger for more confident shooting.
Taurus Model 605
Offering a light weight, more powerful and less burden on the belt is the Taurus Model 605 PLY. This DA/SA revolver has a 2-inch barrel, a lightweight polymer frame and an alloy steel cylinder and barrel, giving it a weight of only 20 ounces and overall length of 6.7 inches. Its construction makes it virtually weatherproof, and control in rapid fire is aided by its ridged rubber handgrips. It also sports a fiber-optic front sight to aid in target acquisition. Chambered for the .357 Magnum, it also takes .38 Special +P and can be used for sport, defense, or plinking.