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Getting a concealed carry permit is one of the wisest decisions anyone can make. It allows you to defend yourself and others in the highest-pressure situations. Whether you’re already licensed to carry or planning to obtain your permit, you’ll need a dependable firearm you can easily conceal — and whip out quickly when the need arises.

Glock is one of the most reliable firearm manufacturers of all time. Many shooters favor Glock pistols for their superior construction and durability. They offer the perfect balance between lightweight design and large magazine capacities.

Glocks are true powerhouses, making them exceptional picks for anyone seeking a concealed carry handgun. If you’re considering a Glock as your concealed carry pistol, below are our top recommendations.

Top 6 Glocks for Concealed Carrying

  1. Glock 43X
  2. Glock 43
  3. Glock 19
  4. Glock 26
  5. Glock 48
  6. Glock 42

If you’re trying to determine the best Glock for concealed carry, we compiled this list of Glocks that combine all the quintessential features — compactness, easy concealment, reliability and power.

Top 6 Glocks for Concealed Carrying

1. Glock 43X

The Glock 43X is the prime embodiment of a concealed carry handgun. It’s essentially a hybrid between the G48 and G43, combining the 43’s shorter barrel with the 48’s longer frame. If you desire the G48’s longer grip in a slimmer, lighter package, the 43X may fit the bill.

The Glock 43X is chambered in 9mm and boasts a 10-round magazine, offering more rounds than single-stack pistols without sacrificing a compact design for seamless, comfortable concealment. Like the G48, Glock 43X models are compatible with red dot sights, allowing for greater precision.

The Glock 43X is an outstanding choice for any shooter seeking a compact, concealable gun with an impressive load capacity.

Purchase a Glock43X today!

2. Glock 43

As Glock’s first single-stack 9mm handgun — and the smallest 9mm pistol in the company’s arsenal — the G43 is a classic choice for shooters of all backgrounds and skill levels. Keep in mind that it only holds up to six rounds, falling short of many shooters’ standards. But if a small gun size and ergonomics are the dominant factors, then it’s a terrific choice for everyday carry.

The G43’s profile resembles the G26 but has a smaller, slimmer configuration. Its grip features a built-in beavertail design and textured rubber, ensuring a high, tight and comfortable hold on your gun. It’s incredibly lightweight and easy to conceal and maneuver, regardless of your hand size.

You can store it inside or outside your waistband, against your ankle and sometimes in your pocket if it’s roomy enough. Whether you’re a long-time marksman or recently entering the world of firearms, the Glock 43 has all the makings of a dependable concealed carry tool.

Purchase a Glock 43 today!

3. Glock 19

The G19 is a long-time favorite among law enforcement, military personnel and concealed-carrying civilians alike, and it’s not too hard to see why. It’s among the best 9mm Glocks for concealed carry and one of the most versatile, do-it-all concealed carry investments you can make.

Despite its compact size, the double-stack G19 packs an ultra-powerful punch. It’s a breeze to carry and can spring into action when needed. This 9mm pistol features a whopping 15-round magazine, offering considerable firing power in a small, lightweight package. It suits various carrying preferences, from appendix to waistband.

All around, the G19 is a fantastic choice for anyone scouring the market for a concealed carrier. Just bear in mind that a full magazine adds some bulk, and small-handed shooters may find it challenging to hold the double-stack grip.

Purchase a Glock 19 today!

4. Glock 26

The subcompact, 9mm Glock 26 is a true gem in the concealed carry department. It’s essentially a smaller variation of the G19, featuring a shorter grip frame, slide and magazine.

While the G26 has a 10-round magazine, it’s also compatible with 17-round G17 magazines and 15-round G19 magazines. Combining an impressive magazine capacity with a short grip, the G26 makes an excellent companion for any concealed carry situation.

Purchase a Glock 26 today!

5. Glock 48

The Glock 48 bears several resemblances to its little brother, the G43X, but it’s slightly heavier with a longer barrel. It has many traits that make it a staple for concealed carry, including a slim design, easy concealability, a thin grip, impressive sight radius and extreme reliability.

The G48 has a standard magazine capacity of 10 rounds, but you can up this number to 15 with aftermarket magazines — all without sacrificing the pistol’s compact, lightweight design. Merging a larger, ergonomic grip with advanced concealment, the G48 lets you shoot with comfort and confidence.

Purchase a Glock 48 today!

6. Glock 42

Sporting a 5.94-inch overall length and weighing in at just over 15 ounces with a loaded magazine, the G42 is Glock’s smallest handgun. Chambered in .380 ACP with a six-round magazine, the pocket-sized pistol is prized for its soft recoil, large sights for easy firing and small, lightweight frame.

A secure grip may be a challenge if you have larger hands, but a pinky extension can help. The G42’s compactness makes it simple to conceal and carry for long durations without discomfort.

Purchase a Glock 42 today!

Important Considerations for Choosing a Concealed Carry Glock

First, you have a few factors to think about when selecting the best Glock for concealed carry:

  • Concealability: This is probably the most obvious tip, but a concealed carry gun should be easy to tuck away and hide from plain sight. Ideally, you should be able to conceal your pistol without making any significant wardrobe alterations. Think about your preferred means of carrying — such as inside-the-waistband, pocket or appendix — and try to choose a pistol that fits like a glove.
  • Size and weight: Glock handguns come in various frame sizes, and size is of the essence when selecting a concealed carry pistol. Glock frames come in three main sizes — subcompact, compact and full-size. To allow for maximum concealability, we recommend sticking to the subcompact and compact groups.
  • Magazine capacity: Larger magazines provide more rounds, which are invaluable in self-defense circumstances. However, they also increase the size and weight of the firearm. Try to find a middle ground between concealability and capacity. In many cases, a 10-round magazine strikes the ideal balance.

Visit or Contact Keystone Shooting Center

Visit or Contact Keystone Shooting Center

A Glock is an excellent choice for many applications, whether you’re concealed carrying or polishing your skills at the range. If you’re looking to purchase a Glock, you can find a wide inventory at Keystone Shooting Center’s online store. Once you get your firearm, come put it to good use at our world-class indoor shooting range in Mars, Pennsylvania.

While we accept walk-ins, you can also reserve a lane ahead of time. Better yet, you can sign up for one of our membership plans to enjoy a variety of perks, such as priority lane reservations and discounts on firearm rentals and classes. Membership discounts are also available for law enforcement and military members.

Keystone Shooting Center is your one-stop shop for all things firearms, from comfortable practicing environments to a quality selection of handguns and accessories. If you have any questions about products, memberships or range reservations, feel free to contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly!

As somebody that is completely new to shooting, this place was a great place to start. The sales staff is friendly, courteous, patient, and willing to answer any questions that you may have. The same can be said about the ROs.

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