Whether you’re working undercover, packing a backup gun on duty or carrying a concealed weapon for personal protection off duty, there are many situations where you might not want to broadcast the fact. That’s when a compact firearm, safely stored in an unobtrusive yet easily accessible holster and masked by well-designed clothing, comes in handy. More and more manufacturers are expanding their catalogs to include trim, lightweight and concealable options that blend functionality with everyday comfort. Check out some of their newest and most popular designs.
The Px4 Storm Compact is yet another addition to Beretta’s Px4 series, known for its rugged components and reliable assembly. What sets this model apart is its small size, measuring less than 7 inches long and weighing in at only 27.3 ounces unloaded. The cold hammer forged barrel supports precision firing, and the rotary barrel system reduces recoil. MSRP $650.
COMFORT IN CONCEALMENT
The Blackhawk! Appendix Reversible Carry (A.R.C.) Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holster allows for maximum comfort without sacrificing utility. A passive-retention system allows users to adjust the friction to their specifications. This versatile holster can be worn on either hip as well as in the appendix carry position, and comes with two cant and ride-height adjustment clips. MSRP $22.45.
A CLASSIC UPGRADE
The 19 Gen4 pistol improves on the world-famous Glock design while still delivering on the quality for which the gunmaker is known. The dual recoil spring increases the operational lifespan, and the reversible enlarged magazine catch allows for either left- or right-handed shooters to handle the weapon with ease. MSRP $726.
Measuring less than 4 inches long and 5.5 inches tall, the Baby Desert Eagle III, offered by Magnum Research, packs a lot of power in a compact profile. Highlights include carbon steel frame and slide. It also features a combat-style white three-dot fixed sight, and holds 10 rounds of S&W ammunition. MSRP $691.
5.11 Tactical joined forces with Blade-Tech and Viking Tactics to develop the Appendix IWB Holster. The design team came up with a product that concentrates on comfort. The lightweight materials also support a secure fit, even during periods of high activity. Wear it in front or back. MSRP $29.99.
When using concealed-carry holsters, you don’t want a shirt impression to reveal what’s hiding underneath. The Trump Card Subcompact-EXT Concealment Holster by Pistol Wear features a stiff outer pouch to prevent the gun or holster from leaving a “print” under most forms of attire, from business suits to casual wear, for men or women. MSRP $44.95.
SAFE AND SECURE
A standard five-point safety system provides both striker and disconnect safeties, plus a three-point takedown safety. This element prohibits a complete takedown without a magazine removal and slide lock. It also contains a tool-less disassembly lever. The P320 by Sig Sauer comes with small, medium or large grip sizes. MSRP $579–$679.
Save time and hassle by not switching holsters each time you switch firearms. Phalanx Defense Systems developed a proprietary Frame-Lock technology that allows the Stealth Operator Holster to conform around the weapon, allowing for maximum versatility. It’s available in black, coyote, OD green and even pink. MSRP $39.95.
OFF THE HIP
Earlier this year, Safariland debuted its 575 IWB GLS Pro-Fit Holster, specifically created to fit snugly inside the waistband of most everyday clothing. Not only does it accommodate more than 100 types of handguns, but wearers can also adjust the cant to a personalized setting. The Grip Lock System (GLS) secures the gun in the holster until the user deactivates it with their middle finger from a standard shooting grip. MSRP $55.
DeSantis Gunhide has added the Nylon Mini Scabbard to its catalog of holsters. This scaled-down version is created from ballistic nylon and thermo-formable materials. It holds a variety of handgun models of varying sizes. It conveniently fits to belts as wide as 1.75 inches (although some smaller guns work better with 1.5-inch belts). MSRP $33.99.
GOT YOUR BACK
Casual-looking sacks can keep police gear incognito, too. The Propper U.C. Pack is lined with soft-touch loop material, which accepts all kinds of hooked items. Top openings offer hydration and cable pass-through ports while a pouch neatly tucked at the bottom offers out-of-the-way storage. MSRP $109.99.