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Sub-Compact Pistol Reviews



Since 2001 the United States experienced an explosion of interest in carrying a gun for personal defense amongst the general population. The states quickly responded to the demands of their constitutents by passing legislation that made it easier to carry a concealed pistol with only a handful of states making no allowance for the practice ten years later. Soon the demand for smaller, more convenient and more easily concealed guns skyrocketed. This led to the expansion many company's product lines to include at least one sub-compact pistol.

Most sub-compact pistols are built on the same design principles of their larger service pistol brethren. This goes without saying as most gun companies found it easy to take their most popular designs and cut down both the barrel and grip as far as possible without rendering the pistol ineffective or unreliable. For the most part the guns look like "baby" versions of the same gun. Usually they are so closely related that the sub-compact pistol will fit perfectly into any holster designed for the larger service model.

Beretta Storm Sub-Compact

Beretta Storm Sub-Compact Pistol

The small size usually does not translate into a lower price, however. Sub-compact pistols usually cost the same, or even a bit more, than larger versions of the same gun. Part of this is due to lower production numbers which translates directly into higher production costs. Another reason for the price is that making a sub-compact is not as simple as making a shorter barrel, slide, and frame. Often, these seemingly insignificant design elements translate into major operational problems for the gun. To address these issues gun companies have to invest significant resoures in engineering "tweaks" that work to bring the sub-compact pistol back in line with the level of performance found in the same gun built on a full-size frame.

The seeminly high price has not proved to be a deterrant to sales as the sub-compact pistol has a myriad of uses. Some carry the gun as a weapon while others employ it as a backup gun (BUG). An increase in the number of ankle holsters available to the public has led to these guns becoming the preferred platform for ankle carry. Some shooters by both the service size and sub-compact versions of the same gun. They carry the larger version on a daily basis, but switch the sub-compact pistol when attending events which the more formal type of attire which tends to "print" more easily.

Whatever the case may be, most gun enthusiasts have found that there is plenty of room in their gun safe for a sub-compact pistol or two. The question then revolves around which one is gun of choice. Feel free to glean information relating to this all-important question by reading through some of the reviews below. The newest reviews are displayed here and a link to a full index organized alphabetically is found at the bottom of the page.

Newest Sub-Compact Pistols Reviewed


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

The PF-9 is a sub-compact 9mm pistol which incorporates the best design features of the company's popular P-3AT pocket gun. After ten years of concealed carry shooters toting around heavy double-stack guns and all-steel single-stack 1911s, there was... [Read more of this review]

16 Reviews


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

For many years the Springfield Armory Ultra Compact with its 3.5” barrel was sufficient to meet the needs of the carrying public who wanted a small 1911 pistols which could be concealed in nearly every situation regardless of what you were wearing.... [Read more of this review]

7 Reviews


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

While there has always been a demand in law enforcement circles for small, sub-compact pistols which can serve as a backup gun, more and more civilians getting state issued permits to carry concealed weapons has fueled consumer demand for guns such as... [Read more of this review]

8 Reviews


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

Like it's 9mm cousin, the Springfield Armory EMP 1911 in .40 S&W is sub-compact pistol designed from the ground up as a concealed carry gun that is meant to effective as both a primary weapon or as a backup gun. The Springfield Armory pistol smiths... [Read more of this review]

4 Reviews


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

Over the past 10 years, the interest in 1911 pistols has increased at the same time period when more and more States made it easier for the average citizen to obtain a concealed pistol license. The natural result was the development of smaller and small... [Read more of this review]

4 Reviews


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

The “Baby” Glock 26 is one of the most popular sub-compact pistols on the market today. It's incredibly small size combined with a still healthy magazine capacity means that good things do come in small packages. At only 6.29 inches in total length... [Read more of this review]

4 Reviews


Springfield Armory XD-40sc Pistol Springfield Armory XD-40sc Pistol
Performance4.84.84.84.84.8
Durability4.84.84.84.84.8
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.64.64.64.64.6

Springfield Armory produces two sub-compact pistols in the XD line. The XD-9sc in 9mm and the XD-40sc in .40 S&W. Regardless of the increase in power the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge provides, the 9mm version of the pistol is slightly more popular... [Read more of this review]

6 Reviews


Taurus Millennium Pro 111 Sub-Compact Pistol Taurus Millennium Pro 111 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance4.174.174.174.174.17
Durability4.174.174.174.174.17
Concealability4.24.24.24.24.2
Overall Value3.833.833.833.833.83

The Millennium Pro 111is a full-featured 9mm sub-compact pistol that has everything needed to get the job done. This gun is perfect for people who like to carry a small gun but want a traditional modern trigger setup instead of double-action-only. The... [Read more of this review]

9 Reviews


Springfield Armory XD-9sc 9mm Pistol Springfield Armory XD-9sc 9mm Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability44444
Overall Value55555

With the barrel cut down to just 3" and and empty weight of just 26 oz, Springfield Armory's XD-9sc 9mm sub-compact pistol ties with the EMP as the smallest gun in the company's lineup. This gun is made to work well as both a primary and backup concealed... [Read more of this review]

3 Reviews


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

The Px4 Sub-Compact Pistol is being marketed by Beretta as "the most advanced sub-compact sidearm of it kind". The gun carries a lot in common with the service pistol variant of the same name with most of the modular components being kept in tact on... [Read more of this review]

6 Reviews


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