best semi-auto carry gun for $700


April 13, 2011, 10:50 PM
I'm going to pick up a new carry pistol. I've got some requirements it has to meet though. Has to be easily concealed under a polo or t-shirt. Has to be light weight. Has to have night sights. Has to be either 9mm or 45 ACP. Finally, I'd like it to be $700 or less.

Currently shoot a Glock 21 and 17 mostly, so I strongly considered a Glock 26 or 36. I'm just not sure about how well they will conceal.

Thinking pretty hard about a Kahr too, but I don't have any experience with a Kahr. Operation is very similar to Glock so it might make sense.

I'm open to other suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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April 13, 2011, 11:06 PM
A 26 glock or 27 glock conceals great, I carry a glock 23 conceals well with a baggy enough t-shirt. The only thing that even threatens poking on my shirt is the grip length. A glock 27 would easily fix that.

For reference I'm 6 foot 4 inches, so your milage may vary.

April 13, 2011, 11:08 PM
Sorry add on, A glock 36 in .45 is MUCH wider than a glock 26. A glock 26 is easily the better choice.

April 13, 2011, 11:26 PM
I have a Kahr CW9 and a casual carry option for my replaced my S&W 642

I think that the Kahr is what Glock would build if they even made a really thin and compact pistol...if you'd like something even smaller, there is the new CM9. Either of these can be had for ~$400-$500 (including night sights)

April 13, 2011, 11:44 PM
I would get a G26 and not look back. It seems to disappear under my t-shirts.

April 13, 2011, 11:59 PM
I carry a PM9 with night sights, and it disappears under even the lightest t-shirt. My final cost after buying the night sights and having them installed was around $660. It makes a very nice carry gun.

April 14, 2011, 12:00 AM
I really wish Glock would make something in 9mm or 40 that was a single stack like the 36. This wouldn't be an issue if they did.

9mmepiphany, I'll check out that new Kahr.


April 14, 2011, 07:00 AM
...I'd like it to be $700 or less.

Kahr CW9 or CW45, P9 or P45, TP9 or TP45

Walther PPS

April 14, 2011, 07:06 AM
I carry a CZ-75D PCR. It is the compact, lightweight alloy version of the 75 series. The other one in their line in 9MM is the P-01, but that has a light rail.

Depending on how you carry and dress, this is very conceable. However, there are lighter, smaller options like the Kahrs, Walther PPS, Glock 26, CZ RAMI, etc. In fact I am considering these options for summer carry too.

April 14, 2011, 07:54 AM
Walther PPS and Walther P99C

April 14, 2011, 08:31 AM
Kahr CW9 or CW45, P9 or P45, TP9 or TP45

Walther PPS

How dare you leave out the PM45!!!!

I love mine, recommend everybody buy one.

April 14, 2011, 08:41 AM
I think the g36 is actually more narrow that the 26 I'd say 19 over 26
Also checkout a kahr pm45 orpm9

April 14, 2011, 08:42 AM
The Glock 26 or the Ruger SR9c, either would be a great choice...

April 14, 2011, 08:44 AM
Look at the M&P9c or 45c.

April 14, 2011, 08:49 PM
My friend just got the Walther PPS. Very concealable, top shelf quality and good CDI factor.

April 14, 2011, 08:55 PM
I think you already answered your question, since you are very familiar with the Glock platform. Get a good deal on a nite site G26, and spend the diff in magazines, a *great* holster and 500 rounds of carry ammo. Blow up 200 of those rounds in shooting drills and then don't look back.

Jed Carter
April 14, 2011, 09:47 PM
In 9mm a CZ 75D PCR is a great pistol but it does not come with tritium night sights (was my daily beater). A Glock G19 or a SIG P229 would be my first choice for a 9mm carry weapon with night sights. In .45ACP I carry a SIG RCS 1911 it tops your price limit but may be one of the best CCW ever, 4.2" slide on a compact "officer" size frame, and it comes stock with Novak tritium night sights. For me it's the grip length and width that are hard to conceal the RCS is thin and just long enough. They are hard to find right now so you may have some more funds to throw at it when they become available. Here is a review

April 14, 2011, 10:47 PM
For a carry gun, Kahr PM9 hands down for me. A close second is a glock 26/27. they're just a little too blocky for my tastes.

April 15, 2011, 01:15 PM
The Glock 26 would be the logical answer for you. It's lightweight and it's short grip allows it to disappear under a polo shirt or T shirt. 11 + 1 rounds of 9mm, well under $700, and it'll also accept your longer Glock 17 magazines.

An even smaller and lighter 9mm with excellent concealability would be the Kahr CM9. I like my PM9 and I carry it all day long. The CM9 is the same size and weight and is about $200 cheaper. PM9s with night sites generally run between $700 and $800.

April 15, 2011, 01:23 PM

April 15, 2011, 01:48 PM
Colt Defender? Springfield Loaded Micro? Sig P339?

April 16, 2011, 12:28 PM
Definitely well under $700 and sweet to carry. The wood fattens it up some. Hogue rubber spilt the difference between the wood and factory.

BP Hunter
April 16, 2011, 01:02 PM
I carry a Glock 36 in an IWB holster made by kholster (crossbreed holter type) comfortably and very well concealed under a regular T-shirt.

April 16, 2011, 01:52 PM
I carry a Glock 27 for my CC gun. I drop a 9mm conversion barrel & 9mm mags in it for range time to save money. I also slide a 357sig barrel into it when I want more penetration, like in the winter when I would need to shoot a well fed perp through his winter coat.

April 16, 2011, 06:07 PM
I would get the Ruger SR9 or SR40. They are like Glocks with a safety.The trigger pull on these guns are just like Glocks,the difference is minimal. They are very accurate and dependable.You can probably buy 2 Rugers under $700.00

April 16, 2011, 06:09 PM
ruger makes a single stack 9mm

April 16, 2011, 09:16 PM
I carry an XD9SC with a Pearce grip extension on the short mag in a crossbreed IWB holster. I usually wear tee shirts & you would be hard pressed to find it on me. I'm looking to get the XD(M)40 compact (3.8" barrel with a short grip like the XD sub-compact series).

You will want to see which handgun feels/fits best in your hand. The part you have to hide is the grip.

Glock makes a great hand gun, I went with a Springfield XD because I like the grip safety for concealed carry.

Good luck with your choice.

April 16, 2011, 09:24 PM
A Walther PPS is on my list, still haven't decided on 9mm or .40 S&W.

April 16, 2011, 10:21 PM
I carry a PM9 (black, night sights) most of the time. Easy to conceal and easy to shoot.

April 17, 2011, 01:02 AM
26 here. But I just saw a crapload of H&K's around for 650-700, I wouldn't discount that idea either. And the taurus slim is a good little gun, I have the 740 but they make a 9 with like 17 ozs. All around if you don't mind no safety get a glock. They go bang every time.I have been carrying one in rotation since the 23 came out. since then maybe 10, now I am back to a new 26 again, I just can't find anything better lighter more reliable and safer. "if your a gun guy" it's safe.

April 17, 2011, 01:53 AM
@JedCarter - Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the CZ75D PCR can be fitted with night sights. CZ-USA has Meprolites listed on their website as being compatible with the PCR You could probably be able to buy a PCR and have night sights installed for under 700 dollars.

That said, the CZ75D PCR is more or less the same size as a Glock 19 (albeit skinnier and smoother in all the right places), so pocket carry is out of the question. My buddy has a IWB Crossbreed SuperTuck holster for his Glock 19 and it just disappears (he's about 6' tall and of a medium build). If you're going for a medium-compact gun though, you may just want to stay with a Glock 19 as it points, shoots, and handles nearly exactly the same as a 17.

I own a Glock 17 myself, but I don't particularly like how the Glock 26 (or any subcompact Glock) handles. It's the same thickness as a 17, but it's significantly shorter in every direction. I'm sure it'll conceal rather well in any decent holster; usually it's the grip on my 17 that prints, and the 26 has a significantly shorter grip. If you don't mind how a 26 feels and shoots, go for it. You can use your 17 mags during range trips.

April 17, 2011, 02:01 AM
Glock 19/23.

April 17, 2011, 03:05 PM
If you're already into Glocks, Glock 26.

Lord Teapot
April 18, 2011, 06:36 AM
beretta px4 subcompact. i loved it so much when i bought mine, i bought another one a few weeks later. 13+1, fits perfectly, like they designed it for my pocket.

April 18, 2011, 10:06 AM
I think I'll end up with a Glock 36 or 26 when it's all said and done.
HKs feel like top-heavy bricks in my hand as do Springfield XDs, and Rugers just don't do it for me (except maybe the LC9). Thanks for all the feed back, guys.

April 18, 2011, 11:50 AM
I'll toss my $0.02 in the pot for the Kahr lineup. I own both a PM9 and a CW40. I'm thinking about adding a CW9 just to standardize my carry weapons on 9mm.

The PM9 will disappear in a front pants pocket. The CW9, 40 or 45 will easily disappear under a T-shirt or polo in a good IWB holster like a CrossBreed.

April 18, 2011, 05:27 PM
If you're already into Glocks, Glock 26.

I have a Kahr PM9 that is my primary carry weapon only because it's that much thinner, so it's easier to conceal. But I also have the G26 as well, and I'll carry that if circumstances allow. (For the record, I'm 6'0" and 175 lbs with a 33" waist.) The beauty of the G26 is that you can carry it on your belt with the 10-round mag +1 chambered and carry one of your G17 mags as a reload -- voilą, 28 rounds. When I carry the Kahr, I only have 1/2 the rounds (6+1 in the pistol, 7-round reload = 14 rounds). While recoil on the PM9 is certainly manageable, the G26 is a much softer shooter than the PM9. (I also use the GAP floorplate ( on my 10-round mags, which also help with recoil and grip.)

More food for thought...

Guns and more
April 18, 2011, 09:16 PM
Wait until Kimber sorts out the new Solo Carry.
It's beautiful and list is $725.

A used Springfield Micro in .45 would be nice. (I paid $8+something new)
It lays flat.

April 18, 2011, 09:28 PM
Some one posted: "The Glock 26 is by far the most carried CCW in the world, regardless of price. "

I had to laugh, and spit beer out....You owe me a beer.

Anyway, if we followed that logic with cars we'd all be driving Toyota Corollas.

That to me is hilarious.

In my experience, the best gun I ever bought below $700, $600, $500, dare I say $400!!!

Was an FNP-9 by FN Herstal. With Trijicons.

This board is funny,


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