7 Great Ultra-Concealable Handguns :: Guns.com
In 1852, Henry Deringer’s ultra-concealable pistol began production, which was tailored to fit in the pocket of a man’s vest or overcoat. The rest is history when miniature self-defense weapons exploded, and later semi-automatic and micro-revolver handguns as well. While many of these tiny designs were nothing more than novelty or otherwise severely flawed firearms, some have and will stand the test of time.
We are not talking about S & W J-Frames and other short stature, but about the smallest of the little ones. For the cuteness factor aside, you might be surprised at just how capable, reliable, and practical these palm-sized shooters actually are. Here are seven at the top of our list.
Band Arms uses all American quality with serious centerfire chambers like .45 Colt / .410 Bore and 9mm. (Photo: Kristin Alberts / Guns.com)
In modern times there are no better built double firearms with internal fire than those of Bond Arms. Think all-American, big-bore, Texas-style derringers where bigger is better when it comes to caliber. However, in terms of their size, they remain incredibly packable. Bond offers dozen of designs in half as many calibers, most with interchangeable barrels. The Bond family solved design problems that plagued old-fashioned derringers, and their guns now come with rebound hammers, retractable firing pins, and cross-bolt safety devices.
While Bond Arms guns are the best derringers on the market today, they are also generally the most expensive. Until now, that is. With her new Roughneck and rowdy Bond cut both the polish and the price, but they kept the same internal quality. Take a Bond Arms in .45 Colt / .410 Bore, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum / .38 Special, or 9mm and you’re sure to have breathtaking power in your pocket.
North American weapons
NAA makes their revolvers almost inconceivably small, but they can still take a punch. (Photo: Kristin Alberts / Guns.com)
Mini revolvers have never been so small – and so powerful. North American weapons offers the highest level of deep concealment. Their instantly recognizable line of American-made miniature rimfire revolvers not only fit in the palm of your hand, but also fit into their own design of large western belt buckles. If you want the smallest of them all, North American Arms should be high on your list.
These real babies are rimfire with model options in .22 Short, .22 Long Rifle, and .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire. Combine the magnum chamber with ammunition such as Gold Dot or Hornady Critical Defense for Legitimate Protecting Power. Some NAA wheel rifles have octagonal barrels, others have night vision devices, and some even fold into their own grips. Versions like the robust one pug If you wish, you can also offer a more structured handle. All are backed by the company’s lifetime warranty and exceptional customer service.
FN model 1905/06
FN’s tiny pistol came on stage as a first-class pocket weapon. (Photo: Guns.com)
If you don’t like guns made in Belgium, we can’t be friends. All jokes aside, the weapons from Fabrique Nationale Herstal, or FN, have radiated quality for over a hundred years. F NS Model from 1905/06 was the first pocket weapon of the day. They fired .25 ACP from a six-round magazine.
The whole package weighed less than 13 ounces. Although these pieces were small, they were reliable and were used during World War II, particularly due to the underground Belgian resistance due to their deep concealability and availability. With an overwhelming interest in John Moses Browning’s design, it was only a matter of time before they were followed by the slightly smaller baby Browning. Many FN models have survived today, a testament to their quality, although most are more collectible than normal carrying weapons. When you buy an old FN 1905/06 you are buying into a long history.
Baby Browning shaves 3 ounces off his FN cousin’s weight. (Photo: Seth Rogers / Guns.com)
If adorable semi-automatic pistols that fit in the palm of your hand are on your wish list, this is the one Baby browning should be near the top. Like its European counterpart by FN, this Baby Browning is also made in Belgium. It holds six rounds of 0.25 ACP and has a 1.5-inch barrel. The unloaded weight is just under 10 ounces. That tiny frame needs to be seen and felt to be fully appreciated.
Although it looks similar to the 1905/06 FN model, the Baby Browning is in fact smaller and parts are not interchangeable between the two. Baby Browning was gaining weight when FN ceased production in 1906, meaning many such examples survive today. These pistols made in Belgium are more than a novelty. Some people still pack them today because the Baby Browning is well built, pocket-friendly, and something a true collector can cherish year after year.
Colt Vest Pocket Hammerless
The Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless was designed by John Browning and manufactured until 1948. (Photos: Turnbull Restorations)
When the term “pocket pistol” appears, gun lovers immediately think of the small-framed ones Colt Model 1908although it is certainly not the only worthy one Colt hammerless. This particular Colt design comes from John Browning’s earlier FN 1905/06 and found a willing audience on the American market. Colt already had a solid reputation among arms buyers in the country and was trusted by those in search of concealable protection.
This tiny, hammerless, forward-fired, semi-automatic pistol was specially designed as a vest pocket piece of a size that was easy to conceal. The curb weight is only 13 ounces and corresponds to that of the FN. The Model 1908 is housed in Colt’s own .25 ACP and has a 2-inch barrel and a capacity of six round magazines. It is now located directly in the wheelhouse of the Baby Browning and the FN 1905/06. The Colt versions are still some of the most collectible vest cannons, but are still fully functional carrying parts as well.
Beretta’s baby tip-up pistols
The drop barrel of this Beretta 21A ensures that you never have to retract and extend the slide to load or unload the pistol. (Photo: Paul Peterson / Guns.com)
In the rimfire world of pocket pistols, berettas Model 21A Bobcat is immediately recognizable by its fold-up design during a semi-automatic action in which the barrel breaks open at the top. Beretta also has a similar tip-up design in a considerably larger caliber, namely the 3032 Tomcat in .32 ACP.
Barreled from the company’s previous Jetfire pistol, the 2-inch Bobcat in .22 Short features flat visors that are ideal for stowing in tight spaces. In contrast to the other weapons, the Bobcat has not aged out of the market, nowhere near. Modern manufacturing has expanded to give us an expanded, Version with threaded cylinder of the 21A Bobcat, making it a suppressor-capable weapon. The suppressor increases the length. However, should you opt for a James Bond type, screw in the silencer if necessary for the smallest problem solver yet with two pockets.
Remington Arms Derringers
This Remington derringer uses a unique .41 Remington caliber. (Photo: Guns.com)
While it is certainly neither fair nor accurate to sum them all up Remington Production two-shooters in one category to save space and include the best, here we are. We wouldn’t forget to mention one of our favorites in the classic .41 Remington caliber. These small double beds can be ordered in plain blued versions or with engraving, nickel plating, gold accents, and a variety of handle materials such as ivory and pearl.
These beauties were built in the 1860s to 1930s and are not cheap and much more collectible than regular shooters. However, it is proof of the quality of their workmanship that so many are still working on specimens on the used market today. No Derringer collection is really complete without an original Remington.