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Pocket Pistols: Personal Defense World’s Top 10 Models of 2016

We’ve looked at revolvers and 1911s, now it’s time to delve into the world of pocket pistols. Carrying a pocket pistol is a centuries-old tradition that hasn’t faded with the passage of time. In fact, the marketplace for pocket guns has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with more and more companies offering compact yet powerful tools that will get the job done when concealed carry and personal defense is your ultimate goal. That trend continued in 2016, so with the year coming to a close, we thought we’d take a look back at our 10 favorite pocket pistols released over the past 12 months.

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The Beretta Pico is an extremely thin.380 ACP—a mere 18 millimeters at its widest point. Of course, the Pico is not just a .380: With a simple change of the barrel, this truly modular micro-pistol becomes a .32 ACP. No mere novelty, the Pico is a sleek, snag-free, soft-shooting double-action pistol perfectly suited to deep-cover carry. Customers have the option of adding an integrated LaserMax laser grip frame, and there’s a wide range of frame colors from which to choose, including Flat Dark Earth, purple and white.