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10 Quality, Lightweight Guns For Summertime

It’s been unusually hot this summer. That means you probably won’t be wearing a lot of layers. Since concealed carry means your gun will be out of sight, you won’t have much clothing to cover up your great equalizer. What guns work well for summer concealed carry?

For many years I’ve been asking people about their concealed carry guns. Many folks switch up their arms depending on what they wear. Here are 10 lightweight carry guns that are easy to conceal.

The criteria for the guns listed are that they must be less than 15 ounces and 5.5” in length (easy enough to fit inside the waist band and cover with a T-shirt), and the caliber has to be a minimum of .32 auto.

1. Kel-Tec P-32, 6.6 Ounces .32

This is one of the lightest handguns made and one of the early synthetic framed non-Glock guns. I got mine when they were first offered for sale and attached the clip to the receiver so it fits easily in any pocket and it doesn’t require a holster. Mine is reliable but when I shoot it I empty the magazine and it never jams (knock on wood). Why do I always empty the magazine? Because it’s a .32 auto, and while I have confidence in the gun, I don’t have a lot of faith in the stopping power of a .32 — so I assume I will need follow up shots.


  • Manufacturer: Kel-Tec
  • Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Length: 5.1 inches
  • Width: .75 inches
  • 7+1 capacity
  • Double-action only semi-automatic
  • Retail price: Starts at $318

2. Kel-Tec P-3AT, 8.3 Ounces .380

This gun was developed because of the success of the P-32. The caliber increases to .380 without much increase in size.  One note to shooters is that this gun has some kick to it.


  • Manufacturer: Kel-Tec
  • Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Length: 5.2 inches
  • Width: .77 inches
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only semi-automatic
  • Retail price: Starts at $318

3. Ruger LCP, 9.4 Ounces .380

Ruger firearms need no introduction. Whe LCP came out it was an instant success. Gun writers were flooded with requests for reviews and gun shops were backordered for months. The LCP weighs is about an ounce heavier than the Kel-Tec P-3AT. The other measurements are so close it is hard to find a difference in practical terms.


  • Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
  • Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Length: 5.16 inches
  • Width .82 inches
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only semi-automatic
  • Retail price: $373

4. Kahr P-380, 9.97 Ounces .380

Kahr Arms are designed for concealed carry, are dependable and ergonomically well engineered. Like the Kel-Tec P-3AT and Ruger LCP, the Kahr P-380 is a locked breech, double-action only pistol chambered for .380.


  • Manufacturer: Kahr Arms
  • Weight: 9.97 ounces
  • Length: 4.9 inches
  • Width .75 inches
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only semi-automatic
  • Retail price: $649

5 & 6. Seecamp LWS .32 & LWS .380, 11.5 Ounces .32 or .380

These are the first all steel guns on the list compared to the previous firearms that offer synthetic/nylon/polymer frames. The size of the LWS .32 and the LWS .380 are nearly identical varying in only hundredths of an inch in size or hundredths of an ounce in weight.

In 1985, Seecamp came out with the LWS .32 and revolutionized the pocket pistol market. When they began selling the LWS .380 in 2003, the only problem Seecamp encountered was keeping up with demand.


  • Manufacturer: L. W. Seecamp Co.
  • Caliber: .32/380
  • Weight: 11.5/11.45 ounces
  • Length: 4.25/4.25 inches
  • Width: .86/.91 (grip width at widest point)
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only (model using a blowback design)
  • Retail price: $446 (LWS .32), $795 (LWS .380)

7 & 8. MasterPiece Arms MPA32 & MPA 380, 11.8 Ounces .32 or .380

These little gems are machined out of solid blocks of steel and produced and assembled in the U.S. You may not be familiar with MasterPiece Arms, a Georgia company, but you should be because of their state-of-the-art manufacturing. At 4.37 inches long, they are one of the shortest pocket pistols on the market.


  • Manufacturer: MasterPiece Arms. Inc.
  • Caliber: .32 or .380
  • Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Length: 4.37 inches
  • 6+1 capacity (in .32) and 5+1 capacity (in .380)
  • Double-action only semi-automatics
  • Retail price: $322

9. Smith & Wesson Bodyguard, 11.85 Ounces .380

Smith & Wesson is another brand that needs no introduction, but you may not be familiar with the Bodyguard. It’s an odd looking handgun, and it has a lot of levers; however, they are recessed to prevent snagging when drawn and the front end looks heavy. That’s because there is a built-in laser sighting system standard with this gun.


  • Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
  • Caliber: .380
  • Weight: 11.85 ounces
  • Length: 5.25 inches
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only
  • Retail price: $399

10. NAA Guardian 13.5 Ounces .32

If you have ever held an NAA Guardian you will remember it for its solid feel. These are all steel and have enough grip to accommodate a larger hand. If you are a person that is recoil shy, then you will like this gun, because you will experience virtually no felt recoil. There is also a .380 available, which will add 5 ounces to the gun.


  • Manufacturer: North American Arms
  • Caliber: .32
  • Weight: 13.5 ounces
  • Length: 4.4 inches
  • Width: .85 inches
  • 6+1 capacity
  • Double-action only
  • Retail price: $402

Plenty of Options

Don’t let the heat keep you from carrying your guns. If you have any experience with the above guns, or would like to add your lightweight carry gun, please leave a comment below.

Related: Don’t make these concealed carry mistakes: Learn your rights to defend and keep yourself out of jail…


[Mike Piccione is the editor of the Guns & Gear section at The Daily Caller.]

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