Help me pick a new pocket pistol.


July 30, 2012, 08:26 PM
Hi All
I am looking at getting one of the new 9mm pocket (or just small) pistols. I have heard good things about the S&W Shield, but there a bit hard to find in stock right now. There is the Glock 26 (nice as I carry a Glock 19 every now and then) but its a bit more bulky then I would like. Lastly the Ruger LC 9. I haven't heard a lot about them and there is one at the local Acadamy that I can look at and get a feel for (they also have the Glock but not the S&W). What do you recomend and why?


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July 30, 2012, 08:53 PM
Rohrbaugh R9S

Once of he best pocket 9mm's that I have ever used. Very well built.

July 30, 2012, 08:56 PM
How about a nice s&w j frame

July 30, 2012, 09:06 PM
Another vote for the 9mm Shield!! At 14 yards with Hornady Z-Maxx ammo.

VIDEO: 9mm S&W M&P-9 Shield (2nd two magazines) (

Also the venerable J frame is always a favorite.

357 Magnum S&W m649-3 shot at 14 yards with 158 grain Fiocchi Extrema 357 magnum loads with the Hornady XTP bullets. The recoil is about 2 times lighter than my 357 Ruger LCR with the same loads. I am better with a larger grips but this isn't too bad for full house 357 loads in a J frame.


July 30, 2012, 09:09 PM
I voted Shield. I owned an LC9 for about a month. Once I finally handled a Shield I gave the LC9 away as a gift. I'll be saving for a Shield once I finish my AR build.

July 30, 2012, 09:21 PM
I voted other because I don't like the idea of pocket carrying a gun with a preset trigger. The Ruger is probably the safest of the three as it does have a longer trigger pull. The Kel Tec P-11 is my favorite for a true pocket carry 9mm. I really wish there were other options, but no one else makes a double action pocket size 9mm with a ten round magazine.

July 30, 2012, 09:21 PM
I think the quality of the G26 is as close to tops in quality and reliability as you will find, but I question whether it is a true pocket pistol.

July 30, 2012, 09:44 PM
Out of the 3 the lc9 is the closest to a pocket pistol,but i voted other.Its the weight that gets you and with the glock the weight and the width.What I found with pistols with too small of a grip is there too hard to get a hold of and draw from a pocket.Rohrbaugh or the diamondback db9 if they fix the issues with it or a 380.

July 30, 2012, 10:37 PM
I know I said pocket gun. But it will be carried on the hip for the most part. I just couldn't think of a good way to say that I was looking for a mini gun (see that just don't sound like I am looking for a pistol. Sounds more like a GE product).


July 30, 2012, 10:42 PM
My 26 isn't much of a pocket gun...
The Shield isn't much of one either, but still slimmer than the 26 by a couple hairs.
The Ruger LC9 has an awful, awful trigger, but sits in the pocket nicely.

Now, I voted other, and that's because I think for a 9mm pocket gun, you cannot beat a Kahr CM/PM9. They're smaller than the LC9, and have a much nicer trigger. The CM is a cheaper version of the PM (has less milling, different engraving, traditional rifling instead of Polygonal, and I think only comes with one mag).

I've shot all three of the guns in your poll, own the 26, and am buying a Kahr CM9 in a week or so. It's just like a tiny Glock.

click clack
July 30, 2012, 10:46 PM
I think you'll find that most of those are gonna be somewhat bulky for pocket carry.. If it were me I would get something smaller: Sig 938, Kahr PM9 (cm9), LCP maybe? Best of luck!

July 30, 2012, 10:55 PM
Since you didn't list price - I'd buy the Rohrbaugh R9.

There is a barely used one on the Rohrbaugh forum for $900 - shipped. There is a NIB Standard for $1,000

Otherwise they run around $1,040

You can actually carry the R9 comfortably in your front pocket :)

July 30, 2012, 11:03 PM
Well none of your options fit in my pocket. I carry a g26 appendix carry daily. Extremely comfortable and easy to draw from any position, included seated with a seat belt. Best of all, I don't need +2 pants. Of course I found appendix carry awful back when I had a gut and love handles.

July 30, 2012, 11:05 PM
I like my LC9. I plan doing the trigger mod on it though. Honestly though the trigger feels like a DOA revolver pull. It says 6.5 lb pull, but its just so long.

July 30, 2012, 11:22 PM
I'm getting a Mauser HSc in 7.65 as my pocket pistol. For my needs and tastes, it's sufficient & fun

July 31, 2012, 06:56 AM
I'd look at the Kahr CM9. On the hip you won't notice it and it's still just small enough to fit into certain pockets.

July 31, 2012, 07:03 AM
Voted other as well and again the Kahr CM9.

July 31, 2012, 09:21 AM
I voted other. I'm a big fan of the g26 you have listed , but to be its a little big for pocket carry. I think the kahr cm9 is a great selection. It's accurate, reliable, and affordable. It's a great price at 399.00 for what your getting. Mine rides in an uncle Nikes #4 holster daily.
You also have the option of 6+1 or 7+1.

July 31, 2012, 10:15 AM
Of those three, the Shield wins, for me.

I'm also a fan of the Sig P938 and j-frames in general.

July 31, 2012, 10:22 AM
Sho nuff... Shield FTW!

Word from those who have shot both is that the 938 has more recoil.

July 31, 2012, 10:46 AM
Of those 3 choices, the LC9 is about the only one you'll be able to pocket carry (IMO).

I have the LC9 and like the fact that I can put it in a cheap Uncle Mike's and drop it in most of my pockets. I do not like the super long trigger pull however. Can't hit much of anything past 10 yards. I don't expect the LC9 to preform like a target pistol, but a degree of accuracy would be nice. I know it's me and not the gun, but I can shoot pretty much anything else so much better than the LC9, including my LCR.

Old John
July 31, 2012, 11:17 AM
I voted for the Ruger LC9. But I actually have been carrying a Ruger LCR, .38 special all of the time, for over a year, for my pocket pistol. I have a .357 magnum LCR too. But it's a little heavier, so I mostly carry it in a belt holster, on my hip.
They are both -light and handy and give me "5 For Sure".

My Dear Wife carries a Keltec PF9 for her regular pocket pistol. It shoots fine.
If I were buying a small auto for pocket carry, it would probably be the Ruger, LC9

July 31, 2012, 11:25 AM
Soon as I get around to getting a Remora holster, I'm going to be pocket carrying a XDm compact, so...lots of options depending on pocket size.

July 31, 2012, 11:42 AM
Pocket holster + Pocket = Good :)

July 31, 2012, 11:51 AM
How about the Sig P-290? It's a six shot 9mm. DAO with a polymer frame.
Pretty accurate to boot.

July 31, 2012, 12:27 PM
Hummm I'm pretty accurate with my LC9. You just gotta learn the trigger, and take a sec between rounds because this thing really kicks haha.

July 31, 2012, 01:07 PM
Works for me as well. But I will be keeping an eye out for a used Ruger SR9C. (Money is tight right now so the price would have to be low.)

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