Texas CHL (Concealed Handgun License) has been renamed to Texas LTC (License to Carry)

Choose Chassis (Frame) Size

Typically the larger the frame the easier to handle, but harder to conceal

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Balance is the Key

The most common chassis (or frame) size is the Full size. However, this is also the most difficult size to conceal, but is usually the easiest to shoot.

The smaller the frame, the easier to conceal, but the more recoil you will experience.

The common chassis or frame sizes are

This is only for the semi-automatics. Revolver fans, we will add a section for you when we can.

There are four main CHL Carry Pistol Chassis or Frame sizes are:

  • Full Size
  • Compact
  • Sub-Compact
  • Pocket (or sometimes called BUG)

The recommended CHL Carry Pistol Chassis or Frame sizes are Compact and Sub-Compact, with the Compact being the best balance of size and shoot-ability. Sub-Compact is easier to conceal most of the time, and if it doesn’t come standard, investing in a pinky extension for the magazine. This will help in controlling the pistol when it is fired.

The Pocket Chassis, often called mouse, size is a great secondary or backup CHL Carry Pistol, and can be your primary if this is the only size that you can carry. Although, I wouldn’t recommend any caliber smaller than a .380. Something is better than nothing; if you ever find yourself in need to defend your life or your family.

Almost all of our recommended CHL Carry Concealment Pistols sell the above chassis or frame sizes. As with all tools, remember that a CHL Carry Concealment Pistol is just a tool, you should buy quality and make sure that you practice and maintain per the manufacture recommendations.

No matter what you decide to carry, be sure that you practice with the pistol(s) that you planning to carry as your CHL Concealment Carry Pistol.

Semi-Automatic Pistol Chassis / Frame Sizes and Examples

Chassis / Frame Size

Overall Length

Overall Height

Example Used


8.03 inches

5.43 inches

Glock 17 Gen 3


7.36 inches

4.99 inches

Glock 19 Gen 3


6.49 inches

4.17 inches

Glock 26 Gen 3


5.5 inches

3.9 inches

Sig Sauer P238