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3 choices or other for concealed carry

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kingtim, Aug 29, 2007.

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  1. kingtim

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    Hello everyone. I am a resident of Houston, Texas. The violent crime rate out here is not getting any better. Because of this, and the fact that my kimber cdp compact is to large to carry concealed without a jacket, I am looking for a small 9mm. My first choice is Glock 26 (by a long shot so far), Second is the Kel-Tec P something, and third is the Kahr Pm. The reason behind my choice is reliability, stopping power, price, concealability, and ease of use. Which would you choose and why? For me recoil is not an issue as I am used to .45 acp. So, what would you choose and why? Feel free to present options other than my 3 choices...
     
  2. Majic

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    Rethink your dress as a 4 incher is not that hard to conceal for most people.
     
  3. Flame Red

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    I know this is not what you had in mind, but...

    My vote is a S&W J-Frame. I actually use a Colt 357, but other than the 6th shot, same deal. It fits into your pocket and you will always be able to conceal it no matter how you dress. It will always go bang.
     
  4. fletcher

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    "Small 9mm" and "inexpensive" don't go together. The smallest 9mm for the buck will probably be an XD9 subcompact. The Kel-Tec PF-9 is also very small, but there are mixed reviews on it.

    Cost aside, the smallest is the Rohrbaugh P9 (I think that's the model number). Another fairly small one, but more expensive than the ones above, is the Springfield EMP.
     
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  5. M2 Carbine

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    Mostly I can't carry my Kimbers either because of what I wear.
    I pocket carry a ARMA laser equipped Kel Tec P3AT.
    If my pockets were deeper my next choice after the Kimber would be a Crimson Trace laser equipped S&W J Frame.
     
  6. slh7d

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    so far, my kahr pm9 has been great gun. I usually carry the kahr in the summer as it is a little easier to conceal than my other guns.

    I also have a 3" Para "1911", single stack 45. that is pretty easy to conceal also, but if you have issues with a 4" then this one wouldnt be that much different.

    Anyway, I really like the kahrs. I also looked at j-framed revolvers, but thought the kahr would be easier to carry, and for me it is easier to shoot (not as much kick).
     
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    Have you looked at an HK P2000sk? I think it is an excellent carry gun. Mine is in .40 S&W and it feels silky smooth when you shoot it. It would feel even easier shooting a 9mm through it.
     
  8. 40SW

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    1.Glock 26 ( I agree with you, would be my number 1 choice)/ You may also consider the model 27 in .40SW, almost same size).
    2. Springfield XD UltraCompact (would be my second choice). (They make it in .40SW as well, so go for it. )
    3. Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact. (made in 9mm, .40SW(Under Firestorm brand),and .45ACP).
    These would be my top three semi auto choices for ultra ccw cary in 9mm or higher.
     
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    I think I have read before, that part the Texas CCW law has a pretty strict no-printing provision. So even a 4 inch pistol might not be the best choice.

    Have you looked at the Taurus Pro pistols? I had the Kel-tec P11, it worked fine but the poor DOA trigger and ultra light weight of it was not for me. Going back to SA pistols.
     
  10. glockman19

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    I carry either a Glock 26, Kimber Ultra or S&W 642 & 442. J frames in a pocket carry is the most common method for me.
     
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    I carried an XD9SC for awhile, but changed to the Springfield EMP. I have always be partial to the 1911 design, so the EMP just works for me.
     
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    Have you looked at the Kel-Tec PF9? About one pound loaded. .88 inch thick. 7+1 rnds. of 9mm. Under $300................
     
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    I would go with the Glock 26. I carry a Glock 26 or Glock 27 in my Smart Carry holster everyday. I can wear fitted jeans and a fitted shirt and no one even notices it there.
     
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    fletcher

    Huh?????:confused:
     
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    Elrod....... same thing I was thinking........ Fletcher is that a Type o? cause the browning high power is far from compact and it is a double stack not a single stack thats why the whole thing bout the P35 was the start of the wonder nines with its high capacity double stack magazine and boxy grip etc...
     
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    Sorry about that, wasn't thinking straight. My mistake - edited to fix.
     
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    Of the ones on your list, the G26 would be my pick.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the Springfield XD line and since recoil is not in the way you have some choices to consider. The subcompact available in .40 and 9mm then you have the compact in .45, 9mm, .40, and .357 sig. but far and large just buy a reputable branded quality gun capable of firing +P rounds if you're decided on the 9mm cartridge. Most major manufacturers do have an offering in this realm. Glock is a great choice and I've never had issue with mine. It comes down to what feels good in your hand, you know what you want, just go shopping and see what feels good in your hand. Carry enough gun, which 9mm often is, and be able to hit what you aim at.
     
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    Easy. Taurus Millennium Pro PT111 9mm.
     
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    I have a Glock 27, which is the .40 cal version of the G26. I bought it because it was the smallest 40 cal I could find at the time. My biggest criticism when carrying was that the double stack magazine made it bulkier and easier to print that a single stack.

    At the time I also had (and still do have) a Sig P239 in 40 cal which worked great as a CCW piece. It was a little longer than the Glock but was noticeably thinner. I also have a Sig P245 that is about the same size as the P239 and replaced my P239 as my daily carry piece. This is also a great carry gun.

    Then, I came across the Kahr PM40. This became the ideal carry gun for me. It had the thin single stack design I loved in my Sig and is as small as (if not smaller than) my Glock 27. I originally bought the Kahr for "an occasional pocket carry option" but it quickly became my most carried firearm.

    I should add that I just bought a Para Ordnance Carry and have carried it that last couple of days. It is also a great single stack carry gun. It's LDA trigger is also very nice.
     
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    Step up to the 40 or 45. Kahr PM40, or wait for the new PM45, XD Subcompact 40, XD 45 Compact 4", Bersa 45 Thunder Ultracompact, S&W CS45, CZ Rami 40, etc.
     
  23. Rexster

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    Kinda difficult for me to answer this question, as I routinely carried a full-sized 1911 in the Houston area, under a shirt, outside the pants, in a straight-draw holster, up until 2002. When I switched to a full-sized Glock G22 as a duty pistol in 2002, I found the shirt sometimes inadequate, and started using a vest most of the time. In 2004, I switched to a SIG, and the vest became unnecessary, and a shirt again adequate. Textured fabric is the key, such as Patagonia AC cotton. There is no reason to let the heat be a reason to switch from a 1911. BTW, Glocks are FAT, and have that huge rear protruding rear portion of the slide. A Baby Glock is harder to hide than a full-sized 1911 in a canted rig, in my opinion. (I used a G27 for a while, during the period I carried a G22 as a duty pistol.) BTW, I am back to wanting to carry the 1911 on my own time, having solved a problem of my skinny hands not depressing the grip safety far enough. This is good, as the 1911 is great for hot weather carry.
     
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    To play the game, however, the G26 is a good choice. Stay AWAY from anything Kel-tec, unless "merely adequate" is good enough. If you get PM9, and it malfs, Kahr is really good about making it right. Based on what others have said multiple times, avoid the PM40.
     
  25. Squidward

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    The ticket

    I have a G26 and ,
    A Glock sport holster
    A Nemisis Pocket holster
    A Predator IWB holster
    A Galco Ankle holster
    extra mags
     
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