Full Size Concealed Pistols That Play Well With Concealed Carry
Just because concealed carriers prefer the stealth and sleekness of many of the modern compact pistols out there doesn't mean there isn't a place for full size concealed carry pistols as well. In this article, let's examine three full size pistols that deliver full size performance in a form factor that's still great for concealed carrying.
Beretta PX4 Storm – NATO's New Love Affair
For cross dominant shooters, it's very hard to find a full size pistol that can seamlessly transition between hands. For those right handed shooters that are left-eye dominant and lefties who like to switch hands in practice, the Beretta PX4 Storm is a more than safe bet. With ambidextrous controls, customizable grips, and a NATO approved form factor, the PX4 Storm is right at home in both OWB holsters and inside the waistband holsters.
Recommended Model: Beretta PX 4 Storm - JXF9F21
Capacity: 17 rounds (9mm) & 14 rounds (.40 S&W)
Ammo: 9mm & .40 S&W
Holster: Beretta PX4 - Full Size
CZ USA's CZ-75 B – Often Imitated, Rarely Out Done
Polymers not your cup of tea? Move aside for the all steel CZ-75. A performance pistol that has become the hallmark of what a 9mm needs to do – the CZ-75 has an extremely ergonomic grip that still fits well with an inside the waistband holster.
What sets the CZ-75 apart is it's a classic form that breaks fact from fiction when it comes to applying innovations. The CZ-75 adopted the fixed three dot versus the traditional one dot because three dots has a better alignment structure at night. However, customizable individual grips? It left that to the likes of Beretta and others. All the CZ-75 is designed to do is get down to business – the reason why plenty of concealed carriers who don't want a compact generally seek out this model instead.
Recommended Model: CZ-75 B
Capacity: 16 rounds (9mm) & 10 rounds (.40 S&W)
Ammo: 9mm & .40 S&W
Holster: CZ75B - Full Size
FNH Tactical FNP 45
FN Herstal's Tactical FNP 45 is certainly the 45 pistol to have. When talking about conceal carry, a lot of people hesitate to go for the longer bodies and rigidness of the FNP 45. Yet, when it comes to performance, carry capacity, and proven field experience – this .45 caliber pistol meets and exceeds the 1911 in almost every category. Best yet? It comes in at a price point that would make most .45 enthusiasts blush.
With a customizable grip, and ergonomic ambidextrous design, if ever there was a .45 to take on that long walk through the woods – this certainly would be the model.
For those in love with the FNH pistol series but want a smaller caliber – check out the HP Mark III.
Recommended Model: FNP 45 Tactical
Capacity: 15 rounds (.45 ACP)
Ammo: .45 ACP
Holster: FNH - FNP 45
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About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.