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9mm carry/home defense gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by minirunner, May 12, 2011.

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  1. minirunner

    minirunner Member

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    Im in the market for a 9mm semi auto that will serve double duty. I want something that will conceal under a loose fitting t-shirt, but capable of HD. In reality the farthest shot for HD would be across the room in the house so a tactical pistol isn't really needed. The only pistol I own right now is a S&W 637 with the hammer bobbed. So any auto is really going to be a step up in barrel length, sight radius, capacity, and reload speed. I have handled the glock 26 as well as the XDsc9. Both are great but maybe hard for me to conceal under a t-shirt due to thickness, but would be better for HD. The Kahr PM9 on the other hand is easy to conceal but isn't as good for HD. My plan is to keep the j-frame as a backup, but I want only one gun for both tasks. I believe that only having that one gun for both will allow me to master that firearm for defense. Anybody else in the same boat or have any opinions, pros-cons on the subject?
     
  2. md7

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    maybe check out a Sig P 6, or look into a good gun belt and holster to use with thicker pistols. those help with concealment a lot more than you might think.
     
  3. md7

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    1911's are also "slim" as compared to most pistols with a double stacked mag.


    And I agree with you, training with your defensive firearms is a good thing. Training extensively with one rather than multiple types may have some advantage to it.
     
  4. JustinJ

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    You didn't say what your price range is but the best gun based on what you mentioned is the HKP2000sk in my opinion. Mine is in .357 sig so i'm not sure what the 9mm round count is but it will accept compact magazines for concealed carrry and full size for HD. I think CDNN has them for under $750 but don't quote me on that.
     
  5. hardluk1

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    No one can tell you what to buy . The 647 you have makes a great pocket revolver. Picking a pistol will still be your choice and how you dressand work. How heavy or light your comfortable with carry'n. Some of the 13 oz pistols carry very well but can be harder on the shooter like KT pf-9. Step to the 17 to 20 oz pistols and that allows Kahr, Glock, XD, KT p-11 . Sig., Ruger and I am sure a few more. just try to go by the gun shops. handle different brands. See what fits well and points well for you. Most indoor ranges have rentals if any are near you or maybe some buddies have different brand to try. If the glock 26 shoots well but you want more grip look at adding an extention to the mag or a g19 or a mp or xd but give your self some time to try all you can. I have a pf9 that works for me as my main pocket carry, a kahr cw9 that works great out of a holster and shoot very well. Good guns. I also have glock 27 that that shootes the best of the small pistols for me but I can't get use to carry'n it, tooooo thick. But great shooter. Ever one has different want so just hang in.
     
  6. Vonderek

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    If you want something a little more substantial with more grip area and longer barrel than the PM9 maybe try the K9.
     
  7. MachIVshooter

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    To get much thinner, you're looking at single stack guns like the Kahr you mentioned, but perhaps their larger P9, K9 or T9. Another good, slender 9mm auto is the S&W 3913 (or any of the 2nd gen 39 series).

    That said, the S&W M&P and Baby Eagles are pretty slender for a double column gun. Much less chunky than a glock or XD, anyway. For CCW, though, the Baby Eagle is pretty heavy, even in compact form.
     
  8. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

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    Six replies and no love for a Ruger SR9C?

    So I will say, how about a Ruger SR9C? Quite slim and can hold 10 rounds. I've only shot a 10 round SR9 and honestly, I loved it. Just didn't want to say that loud lest my G17 get jealous.
     
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  9. ByAnyMeans

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    I use a Glock 26. A Galco gunbelt and Glock combat holster make it disappear under a t-shirt and jeans. A ten round magazine for carry,

    15rd. mag with mag spacer as a spare magazine and when it's on my nightstand. A 22lr conversion kit and it's the only handgun I would ever

    need (but still want others).
     
  10. red rick

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    I would look at a S&W M&P9c (12+1) if you want to add a light and a G26 if not. You are not going to find a pistol that is the best at both, there is going to have to be some compromise somewhere.
     
  11. Lonestar49

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    Take a look and read - SA EMP 1911 9mm

    ...

    See and read post #5

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=592128

    SAO, cocked and locked, 2 safety's that must agree

    9+1 9mm very ccw, very

    Same light/crisp trigger pull "every-time", they are tack drivers via 124gr JHP's in HD/SD shorter ranges.

    And a no questions asked "lifetime full warranty" with an excellent CS and parts support.


    Ls
     
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  12. Dean1818

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    +2 on the K-9.... Its tough to beat at .9 inch wide...
    I have mine in a crossbreed and I forget that I am wearing it.

    Great for both needs
     
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    Have you taken a look at para ordnanace? Check out the LDA carry Nine.
     
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    Another vote for the Ruger SR9c. Love mine. Has a 10 round mag for CC and a 17 round mag for HD. :D

    --Tim
     
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    My suggestions

    Walther PPS, unbelievably slim gun, available mags include 6,7, 8 rounds
    Glock 19
    XD 9sc

    All are reliable and accurate. The Walther is the easiest to conceal
     
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    I have handled the glock 26 as well as the XDsc9. Both are great but maybe hard for me to conceal under a t-shirt due to thickness,

    If thickness under a tshirt bothers you get some slightly bigger shirts and get a Glock 19 which is the best all around Glock 9mm IMO.
     
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    I carry a G26 and have a G17 set up for HD. The G26 is usually on the dresser each evening, so it is the closest.
     
  18. Tennessee Ned

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    I'm a big fan of the HK2000sk too. Ten round mags are standard but they will take the full size 13 round mags too and with an x-grip adapter it is more comfortable in the hand.

    If I had to have something slimmer, I think that I'd try the Walther PPS.
     
  19. The Reverend

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    Any pistol that you can CCW can be used for HD...the priority in your strategy needs to be CCW. That said, a single stack 9mm is going to serve you well. Sig P225/P6, S&W 3913, Kahr K9.
     
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    Best, all concerned? Glock 19.
     
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    Another vote for Ruger SR9c.
     
  22. Pegwedge

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    And another for the SR9c. Carry all day with the 10 rounder and slap the 17 in when it goes in the nightstand. Just too easy.
     
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    KAHR PM9 or CM9
     
  24. 1stmarine

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    A) Glock 19 gen3 rough texture or Glock 19 Gen4.
    B) Corbon HP +P.
    C) Lots of target ammo and training.
     
  25. Lord Palmerston

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    Get yourself a GLOCK 26 with a good IWB holster. Living in Minnesota you will wear a T-shirt just a few weeks in the Summer.
     
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