Help me pick a new pocket pistol.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Wildbillz, Jul 30, 2012.

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Which would you pick and why?

Poll closed Aug 29, 2012.
  1. S&W Shield

    13 vote(s)
    23.6%
  2. Glock 26

    13 vote(s)
    23.6%
  3. Ruger LC 9

    7 vote(s)
    12.7%
  4. Or???

    22 vote(s)
    40.0%
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  1. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Member

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    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?

    Thanks
    WB
     
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  2. nra-life-member

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    Rohrbaugh R9S

    Once of he best pocket 9mm's that I have ever used. Very well built.
     
  3. h0use

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    How about a nice s&w j frame
     
  4. mesinge2

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    Another vote for the 9mm Shield!! At 14 yards with Hornady Z-Maxx ammo.

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


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    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.

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    VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=somEqK9BEF8&feature=youtu.be#!

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  5. shaggy430

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    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.
     
  6. 56hawk

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    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.
     
  7. Aiko492

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    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.
     
  8. jimbo555

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    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.
     
  9. Wildbillz

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    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).

    Thanks
    WB
     
  10. Inebriated

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    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.
     
  11. click clack

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    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!
     
  12. C0untZer0

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    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

    http://www.rohrbaughforum.com/index.php?board=1.0

    Otherwise they run around $1,040

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

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    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.
     
  14. stroked383z

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    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.
     
  15. wlewisiii

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    I'm getting a Mauser HSc in 7.65 as my pocket pistol. For my needs and tastes, it's sufficient & fun
     
  16. skt239

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    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.
     
  17. vba

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    Voted other as well and again the Kahr CM9.
     
  18. thefamcnaj

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    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.
     
  19. Mr.357Sig

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    Of those three, the Shield wins, for me.

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

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    Sho nuff... Shield FTW!

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

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    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.
     
  22. Old John

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    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
     
  23. Skribs

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    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.
     
  24. Shipwreck

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    Pocket holster + Pocket = Good :)

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  25. Tommygunn

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    How about the Sig P-290? It's a six shot 9mm. DAO with a polymer frame.
    Pretty accurate to boot.
     
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