SHOT Show 2019: Best New Concealed Carry Handguns

There were some exciting new models and updates to existing CCW favorites on the show floor. Here's what impressed us the most.

The concealed carry handgun market continues to boom, and gunmakers had no shortage of new offerings at SHOT Show 2019. Here are our favorite new CCW firearms from the show floor this year.

Mossberg MC1 SC 9mm Pistol

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The crossbolt safety variant of the new Mossberg.Eve Flanigan

Mossberg created quite the buzz with its very first entry into the handgun arena. The 9mm MC1 SC (for subcompact) is being released in five renditions. Each ships with two clear polymer magazines holding 6 or 7 rounds depending on floorplate configuration.

The position of the safety lever on the crossbolt safety model is quite unusual, unless you’re a shotgunner then it’ll feel familiar. It’s located on the side of the frame near the base of the trigger. The design is intended for operation using the trigger finger. It can be switched for left-handed use.

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The crossbolt safety variant of the new Mossberg.Eve Flanigan

Takedown of the pistol begins with unseating the faceplate of the slide. The rest of the process is similar to other popular striker guns, and breaks the gun down into four pieces for cleaning. Reassembly is quick and simple. This breakout product from a shotgun company is one to watch.

A custom finish Centennial is at the top of the price range at $686. The standard MC1 SC with Truglo Tritium Pro sights is $526. Or choose a Viridian laser-outfitted model for $514. If an external safety is to your liking, the crossbolt safety model is $425, as is the standard version of this striker-fired pistol.

Springfield Armory 911

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A Springfield 911 in .380 ACP.Eve Flanigan

The new 911 series of compact pistols from Springfield Armory includes two single action, single stack models—one chambered in .380 ACP and another in 9mm.

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A 911 chambered in 9mmEve Flanigan

The trigger has a match-style feel, light and with a short reset. A variety of grip types and finishes are available. The .380 has a 2.7-inch barrel; the 9mm a 3.0-inch.

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An assortment of Springfield's new 911 series pistols.Eve Flanigan

Both ship with a six-round flush and seven-round grip-extending magazine, and are sold in a variety of finish and grip choices. MSRP for this easy-to-carry shooter is $599 for the .380 and $659 for the 9mm.

Kimber Evo SP Subcompact Pistol Line

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KImber's new EVO 9mmEve Flanigan

Kimber rolled out the Evo SP, its new striker-fired subcompact. This is the company’s second run at the striker market; after having launched and retired the Solo several years back.

There are four variations of the Evo line, all chambered in 9mm. The Evo CDP is the least customized, the Evo TLE (tactical and law enforcement) has upgraded finish options, and the Evo CS has been through Kimber’s custom shop for fine finishing. A two-tone model is also offered but was unavailable for testing at the event. Each ships with two seven-round mags, with an eight-round version coming later in the year.

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The changeable grip on the new EVO is secured with a single set screw.Eve Flanigan

All have a reversible magazine release, Truglo night sights, Kimpro finish, and a single set screw to change out the otherwise traditional grips.

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Testing the Kimber EVO.Eve Flanigan

The CS model we tested has a choice of three backstrap fits; it’s unclear if this option extends to the less expensive models. Like full-size Kimber pistols, they sport a flush recessed crown on the 3.1-inch barrel.

The trigger is a carry-friendly 6.5 pounds. Evos weigh 19 ounces, and are 6.1 inches in overall length. Anticipated price point will be $1,000 and up.

SCCY CPX-3 in .380 ACP

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The new SCCY CPX-3 in 380.Eve Flanigan

SCCY released a new version of its popular carry piece called the CPX-3 chambered in .380 ACP. Currently there are two choices of slide—blued with contrast lettering, or matte stainless. It’s currently available only with a black frame, but the rainbow of colors many associate with the brand will roll out this year.

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SCCY CPX-3 with stainless steel slide.Eve Flanigan

This hammer fired, double action only (DAO) pistol ships with two 10-round magazines, one with a flush floorplate and one with pinky support. As with previous models, the receiver is crafted from lightweight T6 7075 aluminum alloy, with a 2.96-inch barrel. This Florida-bred budget concealment gun has a suggested price of $309.

Glock G43X and G48

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G48 (top) and G19 comparison.Eve Flanigan

Glock had two new, two-tone 9mm models to show off that were hardly a surprise as they were announced a few weeks before SHOT. People waited in line on the show floor to handle both the new 48 and 43X models. Both have a black frame and silver-colored PVD coated slides.

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The G48 on display.Eve Flanigan

The Glock 48 has the same footprint as the venerable G19 when viewed from the side. But a single stack magazine makes it slimmer and easier to carry. It comes with two 10-round, single stack magazines.

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The new G43X by Glock.Eve Flanigan

The 43X shares every aspect of the popular 43, except its grip, and therefore the magazine inside, are larger. The stagger-stack design packs in 10 rounds instead of six.

Both new models have an MSRP of $448.

Smith & Wesson M&P Performance Center Shield 2.0

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The new, ported Performance Center Shield 2.0.Eve Flanigan

An updated M&P Performance Center Shield 2.0 in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. There are two new features: more aggressive texture on the grip, applied in the same pattern as previous models, and a ported barrel and slide.

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The ported barrel and slide of the new Performance Center M&P Shield 2.0.Eve Flanigan

With the slide rearward, the two ports, each approximately the size of two pencil leads placed side-by-side, are seen at approximately 10- and 2-o’clock about 0.75 inches from the muzzle. The slide has rectangular cut-outs above the ports. An official weight isn’t published, but the slide cuts surely reduce it by a bit compared to the original. MSRP has a floor of $539; options like night sights increase the price.

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A grippier grip and ported barrel are the hallmarks of the 2019 Performance Center Shield 2.0.Eve Flanigan

With the slide rearward, the two ports, each approximately the size of two pencil leads placed side-by-side, are seen at approximately 10- and 2-o’clock about 0.75 inches from the muzzle. The slide has rectangular cut-outs above the ports. An official weight isn’t published, but the slide cuts surely reduce it by a bit compared to the original. MSRP has a floor of $539; options like night sights increase the price.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 442 with Crimson Trace Laser Grip

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A detailed look at S&W's Performance Center 422.Eve Flanigan

On the revolver side of the counter, the Model 442, in .38 Special +P, is now available in the Performance Center package, outfitted with rubberized Crimson Trace laser grips.

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Smith & Wesson Performance Center 422 in .38 Special +P.Eve Flanigan

It has a blued frame, stainless steel finish on the cylinder, and a chrome cylinder release for a custom look. This five-shooter’s MSRP is $742.