Best Smallest Handguns For Personal Use – 2020

by John Tylor | Last Updated: October 10, 2020

There is a lot of dissatisfaction in today’s world. So carrying a gun is not a big deal. Every day you hear a case of assault, robbery, and many other threaten cases around there. So these smallest handguns can help you in the case of emergency and whenever you need it.

 

Many people carry small guns after FFL and purchase a small handgun as a convenient means of personal protection. There is a lot of choice for the smallest handguns so here in this guide, I will tell you the pros and cons of top brand small handguns that satisfy your need available in the market.

1- Kahr Arms P380

KAHR ARMS - P380 Smallest Handgun

You may not think about this size of the gun is a very reliable and functional tool with the magazine type loading. This is reliable every time when the trigger is pulled and also produce a little recoil. It is a great gun for self-defense and a secret gun.

It uses .380 ACP caliber ammo and popular or short-range with higher damage use for many decades. The magazine capacity is 7 and that enough for this size of guns. From which one in the chamber and res in the magazine. Because of its size of 5″ x 3″ it is very light and can be operated by anyone. Weight is just half a pound and small size so you can easily carry this with you in your pocket.

You can also get many other options in this length but its polymer body is very tough and rigid so work in all conditions without break. The external body is finished with polymer so no scratches or dust can set up there. The sight is tritium so it can be used in the low light shooting. The price is a bit high so this can make some issues with the budget user but apart from this, it is good and also small in size.

2- Best pocket carry CCW Pistol-SIG Sauer P365 $499

SIG SAUER, INC. - P365 9MM

If you want to have a small compact device, not like Glock then definitely go for this. This pistol is shorter and thinner than any of the Glock, can be loaded with 9mm luger, and this holds even more 10-12 rounds of ammo. Best handguns and thinner, single stack pistol.

If it fits in your need then don’t hesitate to think a lot just go for it. The trigger is more comfortable for new users and gives a premium feel. In this time full of danger and chaos one should carry these small pistols for self-protection. On the top, you will get a 3 line alignment sight in green color which gives an easy target to the user and can also attach a rail over it to attach some important attachments.

Its build quality is very high and thanks to its reinforced and molded polymer-based frames and steel slides. It already sold a large number of pieces so you can buy this without any doubt.

ITEM DETAILS

  • Barrel Length: 3.1″
  • Capacity: 10+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 9 mm Luger
  • Front Sight: X-Ray 3
  • Length: 5.8″
  • Magazine Included: 2 x 10-Round
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 1.11 lbs

3- GLOCK G42 – Best Glock’s smallest handguns

GLOCK - G42 3.25IN Handgun

As I said before, without Glock there is no list that can be made. Glock always stands on the standard of any requirement, comes with highly rated from those who purchased it, or use it. Perfect for pocket carry a small gun and reliable. Looking the same as its 9mm and .45 ACP versions, but the only difference it is caliber .380 caliber ammo is famous for its compact and subcompact gun.

Sometimes this makes the gun small with the same firing capacity. This is the smallest handgun from Glock with very lightweight and less than 6″ inch of the total size. This is very easy to operate the weapon with safety features and can be carried in a pocket for self-defense or any other purpose.

The look is cool and slim, the grip is very comfortable and made from the polymer with a rough surface. It is a polymer plastic frame that resists it from scratching and makes it away from the corrosion finished with gas nitride which makes it smooth from outside and helps not to set the dust over it.

Whenever you confuse just go for the Glock in any category like best handgun for women, best .45 pistol, or this smallest handgun. You can mount some attachment to make it fully functional even in low light.

ITEM DETAILS

  • Barrel Length: 3.25″
  • Capacity: 6+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 380 Auto (ACP)
  • Length: 5.94″
  • Magazine Included: 2 x 6-Round
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 0.78 lbs

4- COLT MUSTANG

COLT - MUSTANG 2.75IN

This is the brand which is specialized in the handgun since ere of World War and still in the list of best smallest handguns. They are good and reputed manufactures in arms production. There is a lot of option but the compactor sub-compact gun is far better than the bigger one.

Easy to carry and keep with the same capability as the bigger one. It also uses.380 ACP caliber ammo and popular or short-range with higher damage use for many decades. The magazine capacity is 7 and that enough for this size of guns. From which one in the chamber and res in the magazine. The weight is very low and near about 5″ length. You can easily keep it with you without knowing by anyone.

The chamber and upper receiver are metallic but the rest o the frame is polymer plastic for extra durability and fine finish, the grip is very good, even of its small size its handle fits in any hand for reliability. When you purchase it you will get an extra one magazine with this whole set.

 

5- SMITH & WESSON – M&P 45 SHIELD W/SAFETY

SMITH & WESSON - M&P 9 SHIELD

We all know that this brand is very famous for handguns and also make lots of variants with different size ammo like 9mm, 45acp, 308, etc. So having .45 pistol should be the best present in the market. Many person need a pistol with their own demand so pistols should also be the same as the personality of the user.

For example, if Dwayne Johnson doesn’t look cool with small firearms unlike in the movie. Apart from this the polymer chassis give the best performance. To make it better it has a lot of erogenic features. There is no doubt about the performance of these arms. The rail can be easily mounted with any of the attachments.

The lifetime service can diverge the user to buy this. Due to its short barrel, it can be used in various places like for self-defense, tactical shooting, and its weight and size are also suitable for the women. Since it uses 45 ACP so it increases its cost up to a few hundred dollars.

The grip is changeable so it can be adjusted according to the size of a hand. The only issue I think is its magazine capacity which is just 6+1 so sometimes it gives some more effort in loading the bullets.

ITEM DETAILS

  • Barrel Length: 3.3″
  • Capacity: 6+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 45 Auto (ACP)
  • Finish: Black
  • Front Sight: Fixed
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Muzzle: Plain
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 1.29 lbs
 

6- SIG Sauer P320 X-Compact – Best Brand for smallest handguns

DIAMONDBACK FIREARMS

Again Sig Sauer, don’t worry it will be the last one in our list but its compact version is good for the women. It is more compact than the 320 version. Weight is very low and thin easily carry in a purse or clutch. Need a low amount of pressure on the trigger so you can easily press and keep you safe. Easily upgradable and when mounted with a red dot it works well and increases maneuverability.

Item Details:-

  • Length – 7″
  • Barrel Length- 3.6″
  • Height – 5.3″
  • Width- 1.3″
  • Standard Capacity – 15 Rounds
  • Weight – 25.3 oz
 

7- SMITH & WESSON – BODYGUARD 380 AUTO

SMITH & WESSON - BODYGUARD 2.75IN

This is the lightweight pocket-size gun. With the smallest 2.75″ barrel and total 5.25″ length that is a good pick for the women and for their safety. Having a capacity of 6 rounds, and required some more effort to pull the trigger.

Mainly for the short-range defense and have been known to be accurate as far as 25 yards out, made up of the polymer, steel, and plastic which make it durable. This includes a laser which is the plus point as no ay compact gun has that or any option to mount over. The laser provides the faster action and required less time to give pain to the enemy.

ITEM DETAILS

  • Barrel Length: 2.75″
  • Capacity: 6+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 380 Auto (ACP)
  • Length: 5.25″
  • Magazine Included: 2 x 6-Round
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 0.77 lbs
 

8- KEL-TEC PF-9

KEL-TEC - PF-9

This is a known brand that makes shotguns too so it has the experience of making a gun reliable. If you want to buy the smallest handgun then this model from KEL-TEC will fir nicely. Easy to keep and take anywhere as you get the better stopping power too. The KEL-TEC PF-9 uses reliable and trusted 9mm ammo which is cheap and has many advantages too.

The magazine can have 7 ammo and one in the chamber of the gun so its good to have this much of capacity in small arms. This is a semi-automatic, compact model handgun that produces little recoil, and users need to be aware of that. Easy to carry this with its small 6″ length and 0.8 lbs weight which can be easy to put in any pocket.

The grip is very good and has some square texture over that for tightening, made up of polymer so no problem of corrosion or any other atmospheric effect so it works almost in every condition. The price is not too high or you can say cheap machines with all the specifications.

ITEM DETAILS

  • Barrel Length: 3.1″
  • Capacity: 7+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 9 mm Luger
  • Length: 5.85″
  • Magazine Included: 1 x 7-Round
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs
 

9- BERETTA NANO

BERETTA USA - NANO 3.07IN 9MM

One of the top-rated brands known for its metallic framed handguns. You will always find beretta to be on the top list and difficult to find its competitor. They have been making quality small pistols for more than 30-40 years. It takes small firearms to another level. It uses 9mm ammo so have good stopping power in close range.

The magazine offers 7 rounds from which 6 in the magazine and one in the chamber. You will also get an extra magazine with the whole set, the magazine capacity can be increased with the custom magazine maker. The sight is very good for the shorter rang and fixed to its place. This time the frame is polymer bases like other guns which make it light and easy to operate and has a good looking two-tone Pronox finish.

The assembly and disassembly are easy and also the maintenance cost too. If we talk about its price then it’s cheap otherwise this brand makes a lot of guns with higher than usual price. The trigger is very soft and needs small energy to pull and it is a double-action trigger.

 

10- TAURUS 709FS – Best Smallest Handguns

TAURUS - 709FS 3.2IN

Taurus brand does not have a big name as the other small pistols on our list but I assure you it performs much better than any other brand didn’t. The best thing is its price very cheap and does all the functions as an expensive gun can. The combined price and quality make me forced to add in the list of the best smallest handgun. Stopping power may never be a problem in 9mm for a short-range.

The magazine is loaded with 8 rounds so you can fire continuously and this will definitely give an advantage during any threat. This is a little close to the lightest handgun but not, its weight is 0.62 lbs. The weight and size will combine together to make a concealed gun and easy to operate.

The look is quite aggressive, unlike other small arms. Made from metallic frame only the grip is polymer bases for extra comfort but sometimes it gives little hardness to hand. This is good and rear sight can be adjusted.

 

11- SCCY CPX2

CPX-2 3.1IN 9MM

I think you will get more than you pay for. It has many features which are the absence in the same range as the gun. Is has done a great job with its look and still keep its price down. For self-defense, it offers a lot of capability. It gives a lot of advantage for tactical shooting and power from its 9mm ammo which makes it worth it.

The magazine has a capacity of 11 rounds out of which 10 in magazine and 1 in the barrel. Very easy to carry and hide too, barrel length is 6″ and 4 ” height. Weight is quite high when fully loaded. The frame is polymer bases that cut some weight out of the whole body. From its look, it looks very unique and beautiful.

Here are a few things you need to know before buying your smallest handguns –

Barrel length- This is important as the shorter the barrel total length will also decrease. But there is some disadvantage that now they have a shorter range on the other hand in the case of self-defense the distance is always less than 25 yards so that enough distance a small gun can fire.

Capacity and Maintenace

Capacity is some time very important in the condition of self-defense and it gives relief than loading it frequently. At least 10+ rounds should be at single reloading. If we talk about the maintenance part then it should be easy and not required it after every day of shooting.

Stock-  Firstly the most important thing is the stock of the gun, how you hold the stock is most important and is it totally fits in your hand or not. This should be very comfortable and easy to push the magazine into it.

Compact Design- The design should be small so that it can be carried with you easily and easy to hide. Its compact feature also increases its maneuverability. Sometime the size is not everything so if you can then go for normal handguns with some more capability than these guns

Summing Up 

Many people ask, which is the best smallest pistol but this is a difficult question because everyone doesn’t like similar things. Here in this list, you can find something according to you. Anyone of these guns can suit best to every kind of users. Small guns are easy to keep and hide, in the case of self-defense it plays an important role. And the gun having 8+ capacity can be best in every case.

The only problem with these guns is short-range but in the scenario of defense, no one will harm you beyond 25 yards of distance. Hope you like this list and find the best smallest handgun for you which fulfill your all need.

Happy Hunting!