Best Glock for Concealed Carry Reviews [2021]

By famsecmatters •  Updated: 10/26/21 •  11 min read

Glock is more than just a brand; it is a household name. Trusted by law enforcement agencies, civilian shooters, and military forces worldwide, Glock products are synonymous with simplicity and reliability. After all, who hasn’t heard the words, “Just get a Glock” before?

It’s an undeniable fact: Glocks work. With many models for all applications, including duty use, competition shooting, personal and home defense, concealed carrying, and even hunting, there is a Glock pistol for everyone.

In this list, we examine different offerings from the Austrian company to find out which is the best Glock for concealed carry available on the market today.

Best Glock for Concealed Carry Reviews

Editor’s Choice: Glock 19 Gen 5

Glock 19 Gen 5
  • The most popular concealed carry Glock pistol
  • High round capacity in a small frame
  • A vast array of compatible parts and modifications

Top 7 Best Glock for Concealed Carry Reviews

1. Glock 19 Gen 5: Best Glock for Concealed Carry

Glock 19 Gen 5

Why you’ll love this:

This is the Glock of choice for your concealed carry needs. Dependable, rugged, and durable, the Glock 19 Gen 5 is arguably the best 9mm concealed carry pistol on the market.

What We Liked

  • Highly-accurate Glock Marksman Barrel
  • Front and rear slide serrations
  • Stippled frame without finger grooves

What We Didn’t Like

  • Frame is wider than some other compact models

While the Glock 17 is the pistol by which all semi-automatic 9mm handguns are judged, the Glock 19 meets all these expectations in a smaller package. If you’re unsure which Glock model to purchase, or if it’s your first Glock, this is the model to choose.

The Glock 19 Gen 5 is not just the best Glock handgun for concealed carry; it is also one of the most popular choices for general self-defense, including home defense.

Its standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds is more than adequate for most applications, but if you need more, it also accepts G17 17-round magazines and 33-round magazines. While this capacity is great at the range, it also gives you a definite advantage in a defensive situation.

Also available is the Glock 19 MOS, a model featuring a precision-machined slide capable of accepting a wide range of red dot sights. If you already own a G19, you can upgrade your existing pistol into a G19 MOS by ordering a standalone G19 MOS slide. Simply replace your G19’s current slide with the G19 MOS slide, and your gun is ready for a red dot sight

2. Glock 42: Best Glock for Concealed Carry for the Money

Glock 42

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want the most concealable and the softest-shooting Glock possible, particularly if you find subcompact 9mm pistols challenging to shoot.

What We Liked

  • The smallest pistol in Glock’s lineup
  • Low recoil and easy to shoot
  • Very easy to carry concealed

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low magazine capacity

First introduced in 2013, the small and handy Glock 42 is a .380 pistol intended for pocket carrying and deep concealment.

The Glock 42 is a very slim and lightweight firearm – just under 1” wide and under 16 oz. heavy, even with a loaded magazine. The G42 also features a comfortable stippled grip texture, similar to its larger Gen 4 and Gen 5 relatives. 

Combined with the low recoil generated by .380 Auto cartridges, the Glock 42 is remarkably easy and comfortable to shoot. If you have trouble accurately shooting subcompact pistols in 9mm or larger calibers, going .380 is the preferred option of many, and the G42 allows you to choose Glock so you never have to worry about reliability.

Some may find that the total capacity of 7 rounds (6 in the magazine, 1 in the chamber) is insufficient, particularly in .380 ACP, but this is the tradeoff in exchange for the smallest and lightest Glock pistol ever made. Whether you use it as a primary EDC pistol or as a backup gun, the Glock 42 won’t fail you.

3. Glock 43X: Best Glock 9mm for Concealed Carry

Glock 43x

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want a 9mm Glock that offers the best balance of comfort, capacity, and concealability.

What We Liked

  • 1.1” wide Slimline frame
  • Staggered column magazine holds ten rounds
  • Comfortable grip, tall enough for a full hold

What We Didn’t Like

  • Magazines not interchangeable with G43 or double-stack 9mm models

First, there was the Glock 43, which was very similar to the Glock 42, but in 9x19mm. Those who liked the dimensions of the G42 but didn’t like its .380 chambering rejoiced. However, many wished that the G43 was a little easier to grip and more comfortable to shoot.

Enter the Glock 43X with the same overall length and 3.41” barrel as the Glock 43, but with a taller grip. The dimensions of the Glock 43X make it an ideal choice for deep IWB concealment. When paired with the right holster, this Slimline frame pistol effortlessly disappears under your clothing.

The G43X accepts a single-stack, staggered column, 10-round magazine. When counting one in the chamber, the G43X holds up to 11 rounds of 9mm while remaining as accurate, reliable, and concealable as you expect a Glock to be.

Although these magazines are not interchangeable with more common double-stack Glock 9mm magazines, if you need a higher capacity, I recommend pairing your G43X with the excellent Shield Arms S15 15-round magazines. With these, you can have the capacity of a Glock 19 in your Glock 43X.

See Related Article: Glock 9mm Pistol Reviews

4. Glock 27 Gen 5: Best Glock .40 Cal for Concealed Carry

Glock 27 gen 5

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want the performance of .40 S&W in your concealed carrying piece, particularly if you already own a G22 or a G23.

What We Liked

  • The smallest .40 S&W Glock
  • Very accurate and reliable
  • Flush-fit magazine accepts 9 rounds
  • Compatible with double-stack magazines from larger .40 Glocks

What We Didn’t Like

  • Snappy recoil, not recommended for beginners

The Glock 27 is the subcompact model in Glock’s lineup of double-stack pistols chambered in .40 S&W. This potent cartridge was developed in 1990 to meet the specific needs of law enforcement and has remained in widespread use ever since.

The .40 S&W ammunition uses larger, heavier bullets than 9mm ammo and typically delivers more energy than 9mm or .45 Auto. This chambering provides plenty of stopping power, even in a short-barreled handgun such as the Glock 27, but it comes with drawbacks; more power means more recoil. 

Because the G27 is part of Glock’s double-stack family .40 caliber pistols, the Glock 27 is compatible with the 13-round magazines from the compact Glock 23 and the 15-round magazines from the full-sized Glock 22. There’s no need to worry about finding reliable high-capacity magazines.

With this Gen 5 model, you benefit from all of the new features offered on the latest generation of Glock pistols, such as the Glock Marksman Barrel, front and rear slide serrations, the new, highly-durable nDLC coating, and of course, no finger grooves.

5. Glock 36: Best .45 Glock for Concealed Carry

Glock 36

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you want the convenience of a slimline Glock for concealed carrying but chambered in a timeless big-bore cartridge.

What we liked

  • One of the smallest .45 ACP pistols available today
  • Holds up to 7 rounds
  • Slim frame and single-stack magazine

What we didn’t like

  • Finger grooves may not be comfortable for everyone

If you simply have to have a .45 at your hip even when concealed carrying and you find the double-stack models to be too large, look no further than the Glock 36.

Glock introduced the G36 in 1999 as its first subcompact slimline pistol. The G36 features a slim frame – just 1.18” wide, ideal for carrying in IWB or pocket holsters.

Much like an officer-size 1911, the Glock 36 holds up to 7 rounds of .45 Auto ammunition. However, the G36 weighs only 22.4 ounces unloaded; about ⅔ of a traditional all-steel 1911. The low weight is a significant advantage for everyday carry; this handgun will not needlessly weigh your belt down.

The single-stack 6-round magazine is short and easy to load by hand. I recommend carrying at least one spare magazine, as they can be emptied pretty quickly, especially in the heat of action.

The only drawback the Glock 36 may possess is its frame, based on the earlier Gen 3 frame design, which features the often-criticized finger-grooves. But the fact remains; there aren’t a lot of .45 Auto pistols designed for concealed carrying, and very few are as reliable as the Glock 36.

See Related Article: 1911 Concealed Carry Reviews

6. Glock 33 Gen 4: Best .357 Glock for Concealed Carry

Glock 33 gen 4

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you want a robust yet reliable, concealed carrying pistol chambered in the potent .357 SIG cartridge.

What we liked

  • The lightest .357 SIG pistol on the market
  • Standard magazine carries 9 rounds
  • Compatible with G31 and G32 magazines

What we didn’t like

  • Snappy recoil, loud report
  • .357 SIG ammo is typically more expensive

The Glock 33 Gen 4 is the latest version of Glock’s subcompact pistol chambered in .357 SIG. If you are unfamiliar with .357 SIG, this cartridge is a bottlenecked derivative of .40 S&W, necked down to 9mm. Its purpose is to duplicate (or closely approach) the performance of .357 Magnum in a semi-automatic pistol

For those reasons, .357 SIG ammunition is typically very potent, much more than 9mm. With its 9-round standard magazine and compatibility with the magazines from its larger cousins, the Glock 33 is a highly-effective subcompact pistol capable of giving the .357 Magnum snub-noses a run for their money. 

This model benefits from comfort and accessibility features introduced by 4th generation Glocks, such as a stippled grip, a dual recoil spring assembly, and an enlarged magazine release button that can be switched to either side of the pistol.

Because .357 SIG is quite powerful, it also generates a lot of noise, recoil, and muzzle blast. As long as you are mindful of those facts and practice often with your Glock 36, it will make an excellent addition to your EDC.

7. Glock 29SF: Best 10mm Glock for Concealed Carry

glock 29sf

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you’re often outdoors, and you need a powerful concealed carrying pistol that can keep both dangerous people and animals at bay.

What we liked

  • Carries up to 11 rounds with standard magazine
  • Compatible with 15-round Glock 20 magazine
  • Reliably cycles all types of 10mm ammo

What we didn’t like

  • Stout recoil with the more powerful ammo

The vast majority of 10mm Auto pistols on the market are full-size, heavy handguns, primarily intended for duty or handgun hunting. This model is not one of those handguns.

The Glock 29SF is part of Glock’s subcompact line. Not only does it have the dimensions to be used as a concealed carrying piece, but it is also the smallest 10mm Auto semi-automatic pistol you can purchase today.

The standard, double-stack magazine holds up to 10 rounds and is interchangeable with the Glock 20’s taller, 15-round magazine. I recommend carrying the Glock 29SF with its standard 10-round magazine inserted and keep at least one 15-rounder as your spare.

The 10mm isn’t for everyone; it is a powerful cartridge, after all. Some may argue that it’s too much gun for personal protection, but if you’re an outdoors person, sometimes the meaning of “personal protection” includes more than dangerous people.

Versatility is the name of the game with the Glock 29SF. With lighter, less powerful ammunition, the G29SF is an excellent self-defense handgun. Load it with hotter ammunition and heavier bullets, and you will be – quite literally – loaded for a bear. Hunters and backpackers often use 10mm as a bear defense cartridge.

Best Glock for Concealed Carry Overall: Glock 19 Gen 5

Glock 19 Gen 5

Overall, the best Glock for concealed carrying remains the Glock 19 Gen 5. The G19 is not just a product of a trusted brand; it is a trusted handgun, possessing many of the qualities expected of a concealed carrying and personal protection pistol.

Lightweight, extremely reliable, easy to use, accurate, extensive third-party support, and reasonably priced – it is easy to see why the Glock 19 is the handgun of choice for millions of Americans.