I tend to favor a couple of "oldies, but goodies"-
1a) Smith & Wesson model 39-2
1b) West German SIG-SAUER P228
but, as a newcomer-
1c) I really like the Kahr CW-9
Either of these will prove to serve you well. The first two, are a bit hard too
find and they are getting quite expensive. Option 1c, NIB will run you about
$430 <> $10.
May 6, 2011, 04:21 PM
May 6, 2011, 04:34 PM
Kahr CW9 or PM9. Also, the new Ruger LC9 would be a good fit. Street price is ~$340 for the LC9. A head's up, though...the Ruger LC9 is a new design. Just be sure to shoot a lot of different pistols and get a feel for which is right for you.
May 7, 2011, 12:00 PM
I guess Im down to the karr compact 9, glock 26, or springfield xd9sc I like all three haveing a hard time picking one.
May 7, 2011, 05:06 PM
The glock 19 is a good choice if you are looking for a 9mm for ccw - Own a G23.
If you get a chance make sure to put your hands on them before you make a final decision. Some find the subcompacts a tad bit too small for thier hands and go with a G19.
May 7, 2011, 08:37 PM
9mm+ said: Kahr CW9
Went looking at single stack 9's today and this one by far felt the best in my hand. If my M&P 9c doesn't conceal very well with the Crossbreed Supertuck that is on order then I'll be getting a Kahr CW9. Cabella's has them on sale the entire month of May for $420 ... not a bad price.
May 8, 2011, 12:15 AM
These are my 2 small 9mms, the Springfield EMP and the Kahr CW9...the Kahr fit's into your price range
May 8, 2011, 12:48 AM
My favorite 9mm carry guns that are actually easy to carry in any clothing type, are the Kahr PM9 (or CM9) and Kel-Tec PF-9.
May 8, 2011, 12:51 AM
May 8, 2011, 03:15 AM
Try and find a place where you can try all your possibilities. I too would recommend the Glock 19 or the 26. I personally carry the G23 which is the same size as the G19.
Have you seen the Ruger LC9? It too could fill the bill for you and it is relatively inexpensive. Also think about the Ruger SR9c. It is a lot of gun for the money and shoots real well. Lot's of options out there.
May 8, 2011, 08:07 AM
I personally like the M&P9c. My second choice would be a G19. Neither is the sexiest, but they are super reliable and get the job done.
May 8, 2011, 11:24 AM
The G 26 works fine, but I wish I could afford a Springfield EMP right now. Fired one the other day for the first time. I want one.
May 8, 2011, 11:38 AM
Don't forget the ruger lc9. Love mine. Also fits in my Ultra Carry Cozy Partner. Easy to take apart as well.
May 8, 2011, 12:06 PM
If you want something lighter for poclet carry the the KelTec PF9 is a very good choice.
May 8, 2011, 12:45 PM
In that price range, I'd personally go (and did) for a Sig p228 and/or p6. Those are my daily carry pieces right now. I also would recommend a p229, but that's going to pop above your price range.
In my wish list is a CZ75 D PCR compact with decocker, which might be close to your budget. CZ p06 is also in the running, though personally the rails don't do much for me. For the same reason I'd recommend a used p229 without rails over the one with the rails, but that's just a personal preference.
May 8, 2011, 02:03 PM
Glock 19/26, Beretta PX4 Subcompact
May 8, 2011, 03:42 PM
a Glock 26 or Glock 19. I prefer the 40 S&W so I have 2 23's. I am going to buy a LC9 maybe more than one if I like it as much as I think I will. I handled one of the Kel-tec Pm9s the other day and if I thought I had a week to pull the trigger each time I might buy one.:barf: That is without doubt, the worst trigger I have ever felt. I see Kel-tech guys bashing the Ruger LCP trigger all the time and, up till now, I took them at their word. Not any more.
May 8, 2011, 09:34 PM
Have carried Taurus 709, Luger LC9, and of course, the Sig 229. Have also carried the S/W 4013 .40 Tactical, but it is a little to square edged and a little too uncomfortable. The Sig is amazingly comfortable IWB @ five o'clock or in the shoulder rig.
May 9, 2011, 03:44 AM
I suggest a 3rd gen GLOCK 26, truly a rugged, reliable, fantastic gun.
May 9, 2011, 09:57 AM
I suggest a 3rd gen GLOCK 26, truly a rugged, reliable, fantastic gun.
Yes it is!!
May 9, 2011, 10:49 AM
Beretta PX4 Storm Compact: $465.00 at Bud's. 15+1 capacity (can accept the PX4/CX4 17- and 20-round magazine). Length is 6.8 inches, height is 5.0 inches, width is 1.4 inches and weight is 27.3 ounces.
The PX4 is a sweet-shooting gun; very reliable. Still has the rotary barrel of the full-size PX4.
May 9, 2011, 03:40 PM
Lots of good suggestions so far. I would add the Ruger SR9c to the list. Love mine.
May 9, 2011, 03:57 PM
CZ any flavor.
May 9, 2011, 04:48 PM
Larger calibers in smaller gun does not a pleasant range trip make....
Shoot what you think you want to carry, before you buy
it's a personal thing, and really, what works for me won't work for you.
May 9, 2011, 05:22 PM
The Standard: Glock 19.
May 9, 2011, 05:39 PM
My every day carry is a G30 45acp. My second go to gun is a Kel Tec P11. Both great pieces, I would try and find a range that you can rent a few that have been mentioned and give em a try before you buy.
May 9, 2011, 06:43 PM
The best bet in a 9mm compact is a da only single stack compact that will fit easily in your pocket and doesn't need a special holster to carry it in. This eliminates most of the competition your down to a keltec pf9, ruger lc9, or a compact kahr.
While it seems cool to carry a single action 1911 9mm compact, they really aren't that practicle and safe to carry, it also must be carried cocked and locked in a safe belt or outside waist band holster.
Also avoid the striker fire glocks and MP, XD etc. all these pistols must be carried in a holster at all times to safely carry them.
What you really want for ccw is a compact gun that you can carry year round in any type of clothing summer or winter, and that can be safely carried in a pants pocket or small belt or clip style holster. You really don't want a gun that you have to wear special clothing to conceal it.
You will hear a lot from the CCW Rambos that will tell you, that you can conceal any type of gun you want, but in reality there are only a few gun designs and calibers that can be easily carried and concealed for every day use.
Choices usually are 5 shot 38 spl revolvers, compact 9mm single stack DA only autos, and 380 pocket autos, 32acp beretta tom cats, or beretta 22lr SA/ Da auto, taurus also makes some compact autos, but I don't feel that they are that reliable.
Don't forget the P32, small, lite, compact, easy to shoot, goes anywhere, and short of you wearing a speedo (not European are you?) hide easily.
May 9, 2011, 07:19 PM
JOJO try to deside how you dress and how you will carry. I own a pf-9 a kahr cw9 and a glock 27. The glock is buy far the easiest to shoot swell and nice short pull on 2nd and all other shots with a good first pull and more rounds in the mag. It's just a thick pistol. The kahr is a little lighter, handles very well and carries well . Trigger is smooth DA type pull ever time and easy to shoot. My Kt pf-9 is my goto almost ever time. Lite enough for pocket carry and works 100% with several thousand rounds fired. Carried it for 2 1/2 years and run 600 rounds through it before I carried it the first time. Price of glock at my down the street general store is 505.00. The kahr is closer to 430.00 and the pf-9 is 245.00.
Try all you can before desideing. The lighter they are the easier to carry but they can nasiter to practice with
May 10, 2011, 11:04 AM
JO JO: Any firearm you carry is going to require some compromise in how you dress. You have to balance concealability with accessibility and firepower (including magazine capacity). If your standard daily garb is speedos and a muscle shirt or a typical superhero costume, even an LCP is going to require some changes. If you routinely dress like Nanook of the North, you're probably good to go with a Desert Eagle with laser sights.
As far as the "pocket pistols" go, get an S&W J-frame. Compared to most of the really small pistols, you give up a round or two but have five more powerful ones. If you are a complete glutton for punishment, you can get one of the Scandium .357 Magnums (you won't shoot it very often and you'll regret it when you do, but it will handle a Magnum round). Believe it or not, my two J-frames are just 1.3 inches wide. A local gun shop is advertising the S&W 442 in .38 Special +P for just under $400 and Bud's has it for $367.
Incidentally, if you go with a small gun, one trick to consider is carrying your pistol/revolver in a pocket holster in your back pocket. Get a nice business card case for your driver's license, CHL and a few credit cards and carry that in your front pocket. Cash goes into a money clip in the same pocket. People are used to seeing a man with a thick wallet bulge and won't think twice about it.
Otherwise, if thin is in, consider the Walther PPS: they don't come much thinner in a 9mm pistol. Want inexpensive to carry inside a waistband? Consider a SIGPro 2022 in 9mm - list price is $494.00, but Bud's will sell it for $399.00. Once you're talking about an IWB carry, barrel length is less of an issue.
May 10, 2011, 12:03 PM
Ruger LCP, S & W 642, Ruger SP101, and Bersa Thunder all are good options for reliable carry pistols under $500.
May 10, 2011, 12:06 PM
May 10, 2011, 12:14 PM
When I first started carrying I really didn't know I could conceal half the stuff I conceal. So my usual advice of *shoot some guns, then come back* aside ....
I really liked my Kahr and I still do. They're easy to hide and make the average new CCer not nearly as paranoid and funny looking because of it. 8) Any other pistol of similar size would probably do the same thing.
Once you find out your personal "hidey" threshold, you can make a much more informed decision as to caliber, size, action whatever. But I think initially size and weight are probably the most important two attributes about a "first conceal carry gun." then you can go out later and buy what is right for *you.*
Oh yeah and uh ... shoot some guns and then come back. 8)
May 11, 2011, 01:34 AM
I love my "block" G26 ... never leave home without it!!! :D
One day I'll get it's bigger brother the G30 and they'll have to fight for my affections :rolleyes:
May 11, 2011, 01:38 AM
Kahr CW9 is what Id recommend
May 12, 2011, 12:40 AM
I'll throw another vote in for the Kel-tec PF-9. I REALLY like mine, and you can't beat the price.
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