There are a ton of options in the 380 concealed carry market.   Some are junk.  Ok, I said it.  It's obvious if you have looked around.  There is a lot of junk out there, but lucky for you we don't carry any of it.   So, let's talk about a few of the best models in the category of 380 concealed carry pistols.


  • Colt Mustang Pocketlite 380 Pistol
  • Sig P238 380 Pistol
  • Kimber Micro 380 Pistol
  • GLOCK 42 Slim Line 380 Pistol
  • Ruger LCP 380 Pistol
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 Pistol
  • Taurus TCP 380 Pistol


The list above is by no means an exhaustive, complete index of 380 concealed carry pistols.  However, you can clearly see two distinct styles available.  If you are a fan of single action 1911 pistols, the Colt Mustang Pocketlite or Sig Sig P238 might be a great option for you.  However, if you have always carried a GLOCK or Smith & Wesson M&P service pistol, the other models will probably feel more comfortable to you.  

First, you must make the decision on which action style suits your tastes.  Do you prefer a single action, crisp trigger, with a manual safety?  Or are you more interested in a longer double action trigger pull, usually without a manual safety?  The good thing is that one style isn't inherently better in a compact 380  than the other (unless you ask a die hard GLOCK or John Brownin fan).   Once you have decided which action is most convenient for you, you can let the features and options help you decide which pistol you will carry every day

 Colt Mustang Pocketlite 380 Pistol    ( Colt # O6891 )

If you are a fan of a 1911, and if you are a fan of Colt, this is an obvious choice.  The look is timeless.   It is a single action pistol, so you will have a light, crisp, short trigger.  These single action options don't have the modern polymer feel like many of the new pistols on the market.  Due to its alloy frame, it is a little heavy than some models on the list.  But hey, you are a 1911 fan .... the only plastic you want on your gun is a toothbrush for clean up after a day at the range.  This is one of the most expensive models on the list, but it will also retain its value better than most other brands.  This model has been around longer than any other of the list.  Colt brought it out of retirement due to the blistering sales of the Sig P238

 Sig P238 380 Pistol

The Sig P238 came into existence a few years ago due to there being a vaccuum in the 1911 style 380 market.  There was no competition so Sig made the P238.  It was a huge hit.  Huge.  The lightweight single action 380 market took off like a rocket, and Sig produced over a dozen or so different models.     The only drawback for customers (and dealers) is that due to volume of options available from Sig, you can't readily find the 238 model you are looking for.  Options a mile wide and availability an inch deep has caused its own set of problemsfor Sig, who is probably still backordered for another year or so.  Not a bad problem to have if you are Sig, but customers were looking for other options .. along came the Kimber Micro.


Kimber Micro 380 Pistol

Kimber noticed the large number of customers flocking to the 1911 style 380 pistols and it just made sense to make their own.  Much like noted above, if you are a Kimber fan, you will buy a Kimber Micro 380 pistol.  Any why not?  It is a fantastic little 380, well dressed and apointed with features most Kimber customers have grown to expect.  Excellent trigger, fit and finish, and it is designed to last a lifetime.   Like the Colt and Sig, the Kimber features an alloy frame and comes to the market at a higher price point than the polymer frame 380 pistols.

 GLOCK 42 380 PIstol

If you own other GLOCK pistols and love their no frills reliability, just buy the GLOCK 42 and stop reading this post.  it doesn't have to look good, it doesn't need a bunch of high end components ~ it is a tool.  It needs to function every time, under the harshest conditions, with whichever ammunition you are going to feed it.  Does it sound like what you are looking for?  Then buy the GLOCK.  It will out live all of us.


Ruger LCP 380 Pistol 

This pistol is probably more responsible for the push of the 380 concealed carry market than any other model.   Ruger pushed the envelope with this incredibly small, lightweight, compact pistol ~ in fact that is how it got it's name.  LCP ~ Lightweight Compact Pistol.    It has been a huge seller since Day 1, and Ruger showed how serious they were about remaining King of the 380 market a year or so ago when they dropped the street price of their "best seller" down to around $225.  That is cheap for a new, American made, quality 380 pistol.    It's very small, super cheap, and it runs well.  If you are looking for a value priced 380, its hard to pass on the Ruger LCP


Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard  380 Pistol With Crimson Trace Laser

Like gadets? You know , accessories, fun stuff, bells and whistles ..... well the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodguard is a good choice for you.   There are a number of pistols on the market that allow you to add a laser, actually most of them work this way.  The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 took it a step further, they integrated the laser into the frame of the pistol.   BOOM, a star is born.  You no longer had to worry about finding a holster to fit your gun with a random, clunky laser hanging off the end of the pistol.  It is built into the Smith & Wesson.   People like this pistol.  It is one of the best selling pistols in the US.   This model comes with a built in premium Crimson Trace Laser, the package price is around $350.   This is the choice for gear heads and gadget guys. It also comes with 2 magazines.


Taurus TCP 380 Pistol

If you are looking for the least expensive option in a reliable 380 pistol the Taurus TCP 380 is the model for you.  It comes in just under $200 and will function fine after you go thru the normal break in period.   This is probably the lightest pistol in the list.  Shoot it a couple of hundred times and break it in .... you need to get comfortable with the pistol, your life may depend on it.   The major drawback of this pistol is that there will be many months where you cannot find an extra magazine to fit this model.   Luckily there are a number of them floating around on the market right now, but sometimes finding an extra Taurus magazine to purchase can be brutal.


So there you have it.   A rundown of the great, the good, and the plain reality of a few of the options for a 380 concealed carry pistol.   There are a lot of options, check them out and let us know what you think.  Take a second and let us know which 380 you own, and why you like it.