When envisioning a pocket gun, most shooters picture a petite weapon built with ergonomics suited to fit the hands of a child, and ballistics that narrowly surpass a BB gun. In most cases, they wouldn’t be wrong. But despite their shortcomings, these small-scale shooters can fill an important niche in every shooter’s concealed carry kit.

What are they?

While there is no exact definition for the moniker “mouse gun,” one could make the argument that guns befitting that title are small caliber (while some pocket-sized guns are now offered in 9mm and even .45, I would classify a true mouse gun as .380 caliber or smaller), ultra-compact or “micro”-sized, and fit handily in a front pocket.

Concealed Carry: Merits of Mouse Guns