All Sub-Compact Pistols Reviewed - Organized by Title

All Sub-Compact Pistols


Beretta Px4 Storm 9mm Pistol Beretta Px4 Storm 9mm Pistol
Performance55555
Durability44444
Concealability44444
Overall Value44444

The smallest Beretta pistol featuring the Px4 modular component system. Polymer frame with a 13 round magazine capacity. Both the safety and mag release are ambidextrous. Considered by many to be a significant upgrade to its predecessor, the Beretta 9000S.

Glock 26 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol Glock 26 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability4.674.674.674.674.67
Overall Value55555

Probably the most popular sub-compact pistol in the world, the Glock G26 retains all of the key design characteristics of its larger brethren in an extremely concealable package. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds of 9mm ammo but mag options increase this to 33 rounds!

Kel-Tec PF-9 Sub-Compact Pistol Kel-Tec PF-9 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance3.463.463.463.463.46
Durability3.623.623.623.623.62
Concealability55555
Overall Value3.853.853.853.853.85

One of Kel-Tec’s most popular sub-compact pistol designs, the PF-9 is a single-stack 9mm double-action only pistol. This 7 round capacity pistol is one of the thinnest 9mm guns on the market.

Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance44444
Durability44444
Concealability33333
Overall Value44444

Reviews for the 8-shot Springfield Armory EMP in .40 Smith & Wesson. Nearly identical in form and function to the EMP-9. Includes ambidextrous safety, cross-drilled trigger, 3-dot combat sights, aluminum frame, and a stainless/black anodized bi-tone finish.

Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance4.754.754.754.754.75
Durability55555
Concealability4.754.754.754.754.75
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

Given the 2007 American Handgunner “Gun of the Year” award, the Springfield Armory 9mm EMP is a compact 1911 pistol designed specifically to work with short action cartridges like the 9mm. Comes with three 9 round magazines, sports a lightweight frame, and bi-tone finish as well as a host of other upgrades.

Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol
Performance44444
Durability4.334.334.334.334.33
Concealability4.334.334.334.334.33
Overall Value44444

The Loaded Micro Compact with its 3″ barrel and aluminum frame was the next evolutionary step in the sub-compact 1911 arena. Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Loaded Ultra Compact. It would eventually be succeeded by the enhanced Micro Compact Operator as well as the short-cartridge EMP pistol but remains the lightest sub-compact 1911 chambered in .45 ACP that the company makes.

Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability55555
Overall Value55555

At one time the 6 Round Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 pistol was the smallest gun that Springfield Armory made. It was soon eclipsed by the Micro Compact and eventually the EMP, but it still remains a high-quality, full-featured 1911 properly adapted to the shorter setup with a bull barrel.