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Need advice for carry pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SkunkApe, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. SkunkApe

    SkunkApe Well-Known Member


    I got my carry permit last year, and I've been searching for the best carry gun and method for me. I'm short (5'8") and slight of build, except for my middle-aged belly. My normal attire consists of slacks and a tucked-in oxford-style shirt. I occasionally wear blue jeans. I usually carry a Kel-tec P32 in a wallet holster. I can carry my Makarov in a belly-bend if I wear an un-tucked sweatshirt or sweater. I can ALMOST use this gun/method with a tucked-in oxford shirt, but not quite. It prints a bit, especially the butt. Since my belly-band doesn't have a true holster to protect the trigger, I gain peace of mind with the Makarov's safety/decocker. The trigger cannot be pulled without first disengaging the safety/decocker.

    So here's the question:

    What firearms are available that meet the following criteria?

    1) Smaller and slimmer than the Makarov. A pistol with a butt that protrudes less is especially desirable.

    2) At least .380 ACP, preferably 9mm.

    3) Functional relaibility equal to my Makorov (100%).

    4) DA/SA with a saftey that prevents the trigger from being pulled.

    5) Is not a FEG PA-63 (I have one and its a Jam-o-matic. I also don't care for the upside-down safety.)

    Thank you in advance for your advice.
  2. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Well, right up until we got to the part where you said "safety", I was all ready to say "Kahr MK-9, PM-9 or NAA Guardian .380".

    The safety makes it rough... hmmm... Walther PPK? Smith CS-9?
  3. SkunkApe

    SkunkApe Well-Known Member

    Can you provide any more details on the CS9?
  4. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    It's a slightly smaller 3913.

    See here. :)
  5. Jeff OTMG

    Jeff OTMG Well-Known Member

    Right Tamara and the SA/DA left out the super slim STI LS-9 and LS-40. That leaves us with the S&W line, Beretta 9000, Taurus .380, and a couple of CZ's. my choice would be the compact version of the CZ-75, but its' grip may be thicker than a Mak.
  6. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    The 9000 is kinda porky, too.

    This dude is tough to shop for, huh? ;)
  7. Texas Bob

    Texas Bob Well-Known Member

    Try a pair of the "dockers" dress slacks with pleats in front. In some of my pants a Kahr P9 will ride without printing, in other dockers I use a kramer pocket holster for my airweight bodyguard. Try to find a local idpa club in your area and find out if the have BUG (back up gun) side matches. If you go I've found many members will show you how the ccw in all different modes of carry and you can "brouse" better than at a gunstore. Hope this helps.:)
  8. Col. Mustard

    Col. Mustard Well-Known Member

    S&W CS9

    Check it out on the Smith & Wesson site
  9. SkunkApe

    SkunkApe Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the info guys, I do appreciate it.
  10. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

    Recommend a pocket holster for any pocket carry.

    Even if you have to make your own to suit.

    Keeps the gun consistantly oriented and keeps pocket trash and nelphs out of the gun's works.

  11. PCRCCW

    PCRCCW Well-Known Member

    Ok...first post..."HI GANG"..anyway...

    You ARE a tough one...the CS is as close as your gonna get..the PA63's upside down safety is a decocker and a safety (just not hammer back)....the CS's works the same way.

    IMO, the Kahr is the best choice...its trigger is sweet enough to make DAO a nice trigger style..especially the Elite style...and its got safeties...you have to go through the long pull and its got a FPB..but of course not manual safeties.

    You can get a PT1** Taurus....DAO and manual safety...but Id take the Kahr first....no question.

    I know of no gun that really fits your bill.......

    No CZ's fit your requirements..the CZ83 is the smallest and is nearly as large as the Compacts are...and its way bigger than you want...I hide my PCR as well as any gun hides IWB...small enough for me.
    The Kahr/CS are your smallest choices in a larger caliber in a CCW Id carry.........
    Good luck....Shoot well
  12. chaim

    chaim Well-Known Member

    -CZ 100. It may not be smaller overall than the Mak but being polymer it is quite light and it is very thin. It can be had in 9mm or .40S&W. Then you get CZ quality that is very good.

    -Bersa Thunder. It is only a .380 but it is very reliable, well made, accurate (the fixed barrel tends to help with that) and inexpensive (I paid $215 for mine and I live in MD where our guns are always overpriced).

    -J-frame revolver or Taurus 85/605 (J-frame equivelent). Nice revolvers, in Titanium or Scandium they are quite light (11 oz .357mag from S&W or a more manageable 17oz aluminum .38 from Taurus). No safety like all revolvers but the DA pull is heavy enough that shouldn't be an issue and as a revolver it is very simply which can be a safety feature itself. I'm not sure if it is slimmer than the Mak but the butt (at least with some grip types) is very short.

    I too would have said a Kahr except for your desire for a safety. Do some soul searching to see if that is truely needed because otherwise a Kahr sounds perfect for you.
  13. Jeff OTMG

    Jeff OTMG Well-Known Member

    The Kahr has two problems for him. He not only wants a safety, but a conventional DA/SA trigger. The Kahr is considered DAO like a Glock.
  14. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    The CS9 I shot recently is a buddy's off duty gun. I liked the way it shot, not really happy w/ the feel of the grip. That has been one of my concerns re: S&W semi autos...the grip & the other being the magazine disconnect.
    But, if your comfortable w/ that grip, it is a nice little shooter ;)
  15. dd-b

    dd-b Well-Known Member

    The Glock is not considered a DAO, though. It's a different bird -- "safe action" is their term for it, but anyway you look at it's not a DAO.

    On the other hand, the Kahr is like the Glock in that it won't re-strike if you pull the trigger again (which is implied by DAO to me -- a real double-action will do that).
  16. 2dogs

    2dogs Well-Known Member

    Except for #4 I think, Colt Mustang.
  17. Jeff OTMG

    Jeff OTMG Well-Known Member

    True, correctly both are striker fired guns since neither even has a hammer. Not truely DA, but not at all SA. When LE agencies specify a DA first shot, they will sometimes allow the Glock to qualify due to the long stroke of the trigger. Even the S&W DAO must be cocked to allow the trigger to be pulled, just like the Kahr and Glock.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2002
  18. 12-34hom

    12-34hom Well-Known Member


    Take a look at H&K compact line in 9mm or 357sig calibers in thier variant #1 models.

  19. MLH

    MLH Well-Known Member

    I can carry

    A Beretta 9000fs in IWB and it doesn't print and I'm fat so you might want to look at one of those.
  20. s&w 24

    s&w 24 Well-Known Member

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