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Help Me Decide (Another Pocket Pistol Thread)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Highland Ranger, Apr 16, 2013.

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  1. Highland Ranger

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    So I have two pistol permits coming and after waiting three months for them to cycle through (60 days longer than the law allows btw) . . . I decided it was time to get something smaller than my S&W Model 60.

    On the docket:

    Beretta Nano - 9mm, DAO, 6 rounds, plastic shell/stainless underframe 18 oz
    (http://www.berettanano.com/)

    Kimber Solo - 9mm, SAO, 6 rounds, metal frame, 17 oz
    (http://www.kimberamerica.com/solo)

    Sig P290 - 9mm, DAO, 6 rounds, plastic frame, 20.5 oz
    (http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/p290.aspx)

    SIG P938 - 9mm, SAO, 6 rounds, metal frame, 16 oz
    (http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductList/pistols-p938.aspx)

    SIG P238 - 380, SAO, 6 rounds, all metal,15.2 oz
    (http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductList/pistols-p238.aspx)

    I think one will be the Nano. Really like the way it fits in the hand and although there aren't any available yet, the stainless under frame with the serial number allows for changeable bodies which is neat if it ever happens.

    I haven't tried the Sigs or the Solo yet . . . . .

    So recommendations? Any experience with these pistols? Are the little Sigs as good as their big brothers?

    Heard some iffy things about the Solo but it does look nice . . . . .

    I think the collective wisdom is 9mm is the way to go Vs 380 and I really don't need to stock another caliber but maybe someone can make a case for the little Sig.

    Thanks . . . .
     
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  2. Highland Ranger

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    All great guns you listed. And I'll agree that the Boberg should also be looked at as well.

    Any particular reason for excluding the kahr pm9/cm9?

    If I had to chose from the list you gave, I'd pick the 238 or the Boberg. I say the 238 because they are really small and super fun to shoot.
     
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    SIG P238 - 380, SAO, 6 rounds, all metal,15.2 oz

    That is my pick have the equinox and like it a lot.:)
     
  5. Highland Ranger

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    Kahr - no exposure to them at all.

    Kind of like Ruger - know they have a good rep . . . somehow I never think of them.

    I'll take a look . . . .
     
  6. Hilljun

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    I can not help much on what you have mentioned. I have looked at them but thats it couldn't get past the cost. My wife keeps looking at the sig so will probably get one eventually. I carry a LC9 and love it. I couldn't help but notice you have two permits coming. Do you have to obtain a permit for every handgun you purchase up there?
     
  7. Highland Ranger

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    Yes. And new laws say I can only purchase one gun a month. So I have to buy one. Wait a month and then get the other one.

    In spite of all that, there are record high purchases of handguns.

    So much so that the state police can't keep up with the NICS checks which is why, in my town where I can normally get a permit in two weeks (rural section of state), I am waiting three months. Local gun shop said state police asked local PD to slow down issuing the permits.
     
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    I have had a Nano for a year. Love it. It has the smooth profile, easy in the pocket, and I like the way it shoots.
     
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    You didn't list criteria or what factors were most important...

    So anyway I'll throw out 2 that haven't been named yet

    Kahr MK9 & the Rohrbaugh R9
     
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    Do yourself a favor and check out the kahr pistols.
     
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    Kahr CM9 get's my vote for a pocket pistol, but shortly after that is the SIG P938.
     
  12. Highland Ranger

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    Good point. Criteria would be best quality from both an artifact perspective and functional perspective. Followed by smallest size. Has to be smaller that the Model 60 j frame.

    Has to be a reasonable defense caliber which gets me to 9mm.

    Price not really a factor.

    I knocked out Rohrbaugh because they are hard to come by in these parts - if I thought I could get one, that'd be high on the list.
     
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    I would definitely check out a Kahr PM9 before making a decision on buying a sub-compact 9mm. A very well thought out ergonomic design, smooth DAO trigger, and decent easy-to-aquire sights make the Kahr a great choice for supplementing your Model 60.

    In a .380 I really like the SIG P-238, featuring many of the same qualities as the Kahr PM9 with the obvious differences being the smaller caliber and the P-238's SAO trigger design.
     
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    I love my kahrs! The PM9 is just awesome!
     
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    I have had good luck with a Ruger LCP.

    Have heard good things about the Kahr.

    2 weeks ago bought the P238 and could not be more disappointed in a pistol.
    WORST $499 I have ever spent - VERY inaccurate.
     
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    small carry..

    I like : M+P Shield , Kahr cw9 and a Sig P938 and then theres the new XDMS .
    My next one will be the M+P shield or the Kahr .....
     
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    Purchased the Nano today. Now a 12 day wait for the NICs check.

    Looking closely at the Boberg - heading off to do some research now.

    (Gun store said they can't keep the 938's in stock . . . . )
     
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    I love my Boberg...by far the best compact 9mm on the market. Check out some of the reviews on YouTube.
     
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    I think I'm sold on the Boberg. Looks like there were some ammo issues that are resolved. What a neat little design.

    Anyway, i just need to check with a lawyer to confirm what constitutes the actual 30 day waiting period.

    Ridiculous, wait three months for permits, 12 days for instant check, but be careful you can only buy one a month and we dont really tell you what constitutes the month. Date of credit card transaction? Date on pistol permit? Date of NICS check?

    In the meantime we have these wackos flinging bombs around Boston. The definition of irony.
     
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    I have both a Kahr MK9 and a SIG 938. Both are really great little 9's, very accurate, easy to hide and carry. I have never had a gun-related fault of any kind with either.

    Different operating procedures, so take your choice and be well armed. No experience with the others.
     
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    I have loved the LC9 since I first held it. I would take a look at that one if I were you. It is relatively inexpensive as well.
     
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    Thanks for all the recommendations. Unfortunately to some extent I am limited by what guns are in stock or I can get transferred to my FFL.

    Couldn't lay hands on any of the Sigs - did see the Ruger LC9 - very nice but wound up going with the Nano and taking a chance on a Boberg XR9s sight unseen.

    Looking forward to getting both, the Nano in a few weeks when the instant check comes through and the Boberg in a few months, hopefully before the permit expires.

    Now time to buy lasers holsters etc . . . . if anyone has any advice there for pocket or IWB please let me know.

    I usually go with FIST however their shipping times are out to three months so I think it may be time to try something else.
     
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    I love my Sig 238HD. I never thought I'd own one, but I took the leap and I'm glad I did!

    If you're in the market for a tiny .380acp with surprisingly mild recoil, it's a great candidate.
     
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