By Devin Martin

In the world of handguns, the .40 has not been the most popular caliber, but, in recent years, many of the best gun-makers out there have reestablished the .40 as a serviceable concealed-carry firearm. You don’t need to have a 9mm thumper to protect yourself; these 5 sub-compact .40ACP pistols are more than capable of getting the job done.

S&W shield: The Striker-Fire M&P SHIELD is a thin and super lightweight personal protection pistol. Smith and Wesson’s polymer 6.1-inch framed, 19-ounce, mini pistol is a fitting 7-round everyday carry.

Glock 27: The acclaimed Glock family made an even more miniature sub-compact, .40 pistol – the favorable Glock 27. Standing a little over 4 inches tall, 6.29 inches long, 1.18 inches wide, and weighs an airy 19.75 ounces. The Glock 27 is a 9-round forceful, and easy to hide, concealed-carry firearm.

Springfield XD-S .40: The foundation of the XD-S series is so solid, the great minds at Springfield Armory offer it in every caliber! The XD-S .40ACP is just another gem in the XD-S treasure chest. At 6.3 inches in length, including the 3.3-inch, hammer-forged steel, Melonite barrel, this 6-round, black polymer frame .40 is a mighty proper concealed-carry firearm.

S&W m&p40 Compact: The M&P .40 Compact is a little more than half-an-inch longer (6.7 inches) and 6 ounces heavier (24.9 ounces) than the mini M&P.40. The M&P Compact gives the handler a little more to hold onto, for the folks who prefer the bigger frame. All the excellence of the M&P remains the same, halting power and highly concealable.

Sigsauer 229: Sig’s tried and true P229 is well established among federal law enforcement from the U.S. Secret Service to state police around the country. Framed at 7.1 inches long including the 3.9-inch barrel, 5.4 inches tall, and weighing in at a stout 29.6 ounces, the P229 is a concealed carry for the trained handgun enthusiast.

These are some of the best .40 caliber personal protection pistols available today. All of these pistols provide easy concealment with big-gun power in a small, lightweight package. Not to mention, they’re pretty fun to shoot at the range.