At this moment in time, small handguns offer people a great tactical advantage in several situations, and are also becoming a trend for both men and women thanks to their size, looks and power. When it comes down to talking about small pistols, numerous members of the gun community disagree with the idea of owning a small handgun for several reasons. Firstly, they believe that these guns are impractical, and that they do not pack enough force to actually stop someone. While this is true in some cases, the guns that we’ll be outlining in this article have more than enough power to stop an attacker, look great, and are actually quite practical, especially if you wish to conceal-carry.

Without further ado, here are some of the deadliest compact handguns available to date. Do keep in mind, this is not an ordered list, and the weapons mentioned here may or may not be more powerful than other pocket guns found elsewhere.



As the name suggests, this gun support a .380 ACP caliber, which, if shot in the right region of the body, can be lethal with ease. Perhaps one of the main advantages of this pistol consists of its extremely small size, and functionality. While it may not be the prettiest handgun on the market, it has been proven to fire most of the time. With a capacity of 6 rounds, you don’t want to get into an actual gun fight with this compact pistol, but if you’re in the wrong circumstance, it could definitely buy you some time, especially if you happen to be a skilled shooter. The pistol is also excellent for ladies who don’t wish to head around town with a holster strapped to their leg, as it can be easily kept in a purpose, and accessed whenever it’s deemed as convenient.Its white bar-dot combat sights alongside with the adjustable drift and low weight make the pistol easy to aim and use by almost anyone.


Kel-Tec P3AT

This particular gun offers the same caliber as the Kahr Arms, but is a little bigger, and perhaps looks a little bit better. It has a capacity of six rounds, so this also isn’t a great pistol, meant for either the gun range, or an unfortunate gun fight, but rather a weapon meant for people who wish to keep themselves safe, especially in states where concealed carry is permitted. It’s also a much cheaper pistol when compared to some of the other guns outlined in this article, which is a good thing, considering the fact that it also offers people the possibility to buy an extended magazine, with three more rounds stored inside. Its aluminium body also makes it light weight, and easy to carry at all times.


Taurus Curve

The Taurus Curve has often been regarded as one of the most innovative handguns available on the market, thanks to its variety of features. To put things better into perspective, its sights consist of an integral light alongside with a laser, thus making aiming extremely easy when using the Curve pistol. It also packs in a total of 6 rounds, which are just enough protection if someone is trying to hurt you. This particular handgun is slightly heavier when compared to the Kel-Tech P3AT and the Kahr Arms P380, due to its polymer body, yet its great looks and ergonomics make it a great choice for any gun enthusiast.


Beretta Pico

The Beretta Pico is often recommended for people who like the more classical, old-school style of guns. Yet, do not let this aspect fool you, as the device comes with a couple of modern features, including a polymer body, adjustable sights, a good weight, alongside with a .380 ACP caliber. At this moment in time, Beretta claims that this is the smallest pistol of this caliber available on the market.


Diamondback DB380

These military-grade pistols are great to carry around, thanks to their great functionality. It’s important to keep in mind that its producer makes this particular model in both the .380 ACP and 9mm calibers, so buyers are free to choose their preferred model. Unfortunately, it is designed on a one-size-fits-all basis, which means that its sights are fixed, yet this shouldn’t discourage potential buyers. Its price is also quite affordable, as it is situated around the $200 mark, thus making this pocket handgun perfect for nearly anyone that is looking for protection which is easy to conceal.


Sig Sauer P238

The SIG P238 is different from other tiny handguns due to its metal frame. Its design is quite different, as it’s similar in look to toy guns that we are all used to. It fires .380 ACP bullets but it weighs more than the other models outlined so far. Thankfully, the pistol also packs a punch, thus making it a perfect handgun for self-protection. While its price is somewhat higher, its interesting look and metal frame makes it worth the extra bucks.



As the name suggests, the “DoubleTap” sports an amazing feature, beloved by gun owners from all around the world. While its capacity is only of two rounds, it offers a feature known by the name of double-tap. With this being said, it has two barrels of the same length, which can both shoot at the same time. Additionally, this weapon can handle both .45 ACP and 9mm caliber bullets. Its weight also makes it easy to use by both men and women. While it may be better suited for those who are passionate about collecting handguns, it would be fantastic for self defense, so long as you’re a skilled shooter (given that there are only two rounds being stored in the gun’s barrel).


Beretta Nano

Yet another gun from Beretta, the Nano model is a great-looking, small-sized handgun with deadly power. It shoots 9mm bullets and has a capacity of 6 rounds, which is nice when you don’t have to reload your gun every other shot. In terms of its sights, it comes along with a 3-dot low profile sight, which makes it easy to aim. The handgun is significantly heavier when compared to some of its counterparts, but with the added weight, your hands won’t take as much punishment and you may feel more comfortable shooting the Beretta Nano.


Colt Mustang XSP

The Colt Mustang XSP is one of the most widely-purchased tiny handguns on the market. It is capable of shooting .380 ACP rounds, and weighs only 11.5 ounces. It comes along with a high profile sight that makes aiming easy and enjoyable for most shooters. Unfortunately, it is one of the most expensive weapons on this top 10 list. You could spend upwards of $700 USD to put the Colt Mustang XSP in your pocket.

10. GLOCK 42

Glock 42

No top 10 handguns list would be complete without a Glock. To put things into perspective; The Glock 42 is an awesome weapon. It fires .380 ACP and holds a total of 6 rounds. It offers adjustable rear sights, giving its wielder the ability to modify them as he or she sees fit. Its polymer body also makes it quite resistant to impact. Its a great gun overall.



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