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January 22, 2010, 11:35 PM
I am in the market for a ccw firearm. The criteria is this: one gun for all seasons, $500.00 price range, inexpensive [not cheap], wheel or auto, 38 and up. I am familiar with most major brands and find +&- in each. I spend a great deal of time out in public due to service type work so I may be tucked or untucked from one stop to the next. I appreciate the opinions of all who reply. Thanks

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January 22, 2010, 11:38 PM
So the all-time "perfect compromise" is in order...

S&W 642 or 442.


David E
January 22, 2010, 11:43 PM
Or a Kahr P-9 for more shots in an easier to carry/shoot/reload package.

January 23, 2010, 12:12 AM
Another +1 for the Kahr P9/ K9, but you will probably have to buy them used to stay around $500. If you want even more rounds you could go with a Glock 19, which you can get brand new for under $500. I carry both, and both are easy to conceal. Good luck.

January 23, 2010, 12:30 AM
Glock-26 9mm with an NY-1 trigger module(8.5")in place, or a J-frame(Airweight)5-shot .38 spl +P, both can be had NIB for under $600.00...
The J-frames are good at contact distances to about 10-yards, the G-26 is a tackdriver, many people can confidently engage with them at the 25-yard line and shoot surprising scores with them!
My choice would be the G-26.

January 23, 2010, 01:15 AM
I was going to suggest a Glock 19 but someone beat me to it. It is an excellent gun that will be excellent for an all around gun.

January 23, 2010, 02:10 AM
S&W J frame

Ragnar Danneskjold
January 23, 2010, 02:32 AM
Glock 19.

If I were stuck with only one handgun for ccw, it would definitely not be a revolver. Too little bang IMO. Glocks are not much to look at. Honestly they are the ugliest gun I can think of. But I carry one every day for work and personal protection. They are top notch as far as reliability. They have an virtually unlimited amount of holsters and accessories, they can fire G17 mags if you want more rounds. They are light, strong, accurate, durable, and widely accepted for their ability as a defensive weapon in even the worst conditions. And I personally think that if you use your CCW in a shooting, there is something to be said in court for choosing the same weapon most police officers carry. One less thing for the lawyer to hem you up about.

January 23, 2010, 02:33 AM
mine used to be a S&W 642, because it did double duty as my on-duty 2nd gun in a shoulder holster.

now that i'm retired, it's place has been taken by a Kahr CW9...thin really is sexy

i've carried other guns for other situations, but if i needed one gun for "all seasons" the CW9 is the best fit

January 23, 2010, 03:51 AM
Id say either a Glock sub compact or a Smith and Wesson J frame.

Both are superb carry weapons and will serve you well. Both are more accurate than you would expect a small gun to be. I can easily hit a silhouette target at 25 yards with my Glock 27.

Sock Puppet
January 23, 2010, 11:21 AM
Pick the one you shoot the best. IT doesn't matter how great a gun is if you don't shoot it well.

Take a look at the Kahr Cw-9 and Kel TEc PF9.

Al LaVodka
January 23, 2010, 11:35 AM
Ruger LCR in .327 Mag when they make one. .38 Special for now.

January 23, 2010, 11:36 AM
Snub nosed revolver. Get a steel one rated for .357 for greatest flexibility.


January 23, 2010, 12:06 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // 442 hammerless IWB at 10:00 for cross draw.

Weakhand can be used to protect or draw weapon if needed.
38+P is a great snubbie round.
Pocket carry is common with J-frames also.
I perfer the longer grip which prevents me from pocket carry.

January 23, 2010, 12:25 PM
I carry a 1911 whenever possible, but for most everyday carry, I usually carry my G26 with 10+1. The small Smith is a joy to carry, but is a little thick and only 5 shots. The Kahr PM 9 is the easiest to pocket carry and 6+1 ain't bad.

January 23, 2010, 01:19 PM
Glock 19

Ed Ames
January 23, 2010, 01:48 PM
To break with the crowd: Kel-Tec PF-9

It's on the big side for true all-season wear but not impossibly big, and it's a reasonable choice year round.

If your definition of all-season is closer to my idea of fall-through-spring 3-season, just get a 1911 (govt 5" or ) or similar (including any glock, XD, cz, etc that is reasonably slim)...they conceal just fine.

January 23, 2010, 02:06 PM
I liked my Kahr P9 but the recoil was a bit snappy. Something about the thin frame I think and since it's a polymer frame, there are no options to make the grip fit your hand better (Hogue hand-alls don't stay put for me).
So I'd still recommend a Kahr but a K9 instead. My favorite is the Ruger SP-101 but it is heavier and chunkier than a Kahr and I can dress to conceal it. You may have to make the gun fit your dress.

January 23, 2010, 02:17 PM
Glock 26/27/33. I carry a G27 on a daily basis

January 23, 2010, 02:24 PM
I agree with gbran; j-frame smith, mid-size or compact glock, or a small kahr

January 23, 2010, 02:40 PM
No opinion of my own since we aren't allowed the small stuff up here but it's fun to read in on these threads.

Found this side by side review that may help a little;

January 23, 2010, 03:06 PM
M&P40 or XDSC

David E
January 23, 2010, 03:30 PM
The J-frames are good at contact distances to about 10-yards,

The guns are capable of far better than that.

It doesn't take too much practice to be able to hit a basketball at 25 yds with one.

Claude Clay
January 23, 2010, 03:37 PM
another vote for the 642

it does not require you to spend for SD ammo to make sure it is reliable
it can be fired from inside a pocket without jamming
and when you get another for your primary it will always be there for you as a secondary or BUG gun. or as a casual walk-the-dog gun.

deputy tom
January 23, 2010, 04:51 PM
And yet another vote for a 642.38 Spl.+P rated what's not to like? tom.

January 23, 2010, 06:18 PM
SP101 in .357 Magnum, but I'm seriously checking out the LCR. I'll probably be buying it if they do bring it out in .357 Magnum.

January 23, 2010, 07:24 PM
carrying a 27

January 23, 2010, 08:36 PM
another vote here for the s&w 642

January 23, 2010, 11:16 PM
Another vote for the G26.
I carry one everyday.

The G26 is just as accurate as the bigger 9mm's out to 25 yards. It is very easy to conceal(loose shirt or tucked). A 10 round magazine can be carried, with a G17 magazine as spare.

January 24, 2010, 12:38 AM
For me it's the Ruger LCP because these small 380 autos are very easy to always have with you. I keep it in my pocket even around the house. The only time it would be difficult to hide would be if you're wearing a speedo or nothing at all. I also carry a PT145 most of the time but it's not always with me.

January 24, 2010, 12:02 PM
XDSC 9 or 40. Sorry Glock fans.

January 24, 2010, 12:09 PM
S&W M&Pc in 9mm.
American made, lifetime warranty and very reliable.

January 24, 2010, 02:32 PM
recently had the same dilemma, i ended up with the s&w j-frame. And i love it.

January 25, 2010, 01:18 PM
Thanx for all the replies, lots of good advice out there. Am leaning towards S&W M&P 40, American made! Like the look @ feel of the Stoeger Cougar plus good price.

January 25, 2010, 02:21 PM
I will start out by saying I am a Glock 19 fan. It is what I carry 90% of the time. My back up is the Ruger LCP.

With that said the Glock does not fit everybody’s hand so I would also look at the M&P or the M&P C in the 9 or 40. It fits more folk’s hands and has interchangeable back straps.

I also agree with the S&W 642 or 442 in the revolver line. I am actually a bigger fan of the Ruger SP101 but it is heavier than the Smith and after carrying both for a while it is noticeable.

The Stoeger Cougar is a well made and accurate fire arm for the money. It is a bit heavy but if it fits the hand and the budget it makes a good choise.

Just my thoughts.

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