I've gone through nearly every thin carry gun...still looking.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Orion8472, Aug 2, 2016.

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  1. Wishoot

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    As previously mentioned, you apparently haven't tried a revolver. There's absolutely nothing wrong with slipping a J-Frame in your pocket.

    The variety of ammo available out there for a snubby goes from mild to wild too.
     
  2. Tallball

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    "As previously mentioned, you apparently haven't tried a revolver."

    Yes! An LCR is very easy to carry. I have a "rotation" of four carry pieces. Three of them are revolvers.
     
  3. Orion8472

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    I may just get a P938 and just go with it from this point on..........unless something new comes out and is all the rage, of course! :evil:

    Thanks again for the comments, guys.
     
  4. ACP

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    S&W 3913, used.

    I just bought a Ladysmith 3913 for about $350; I wore it tonight with the kids downtown, in an inexpensive Uncle Mike's IWB clip-on, underneath a navy blue polyester untucked polo shirt. Spare mag in the front left pants pocket.

    Invisible.

    It is less than an inch wide, carries 8+1, has an aluminum frame.
     
  5. ArchAngelCD

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    From what you have said I think you made a good choice. I have shot the P938 and P238 and both are very comfortable to shoot and are accurate.
     
  6. Blackgun1

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    I think you made a good choice! Love mine...even added a light/laser combo, and still so small and easy to carry. In my pocket or IWB.


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    Thanks guys. I guess it really does come down to "there's nothing perfect out there.....so just go with what vexes you the least and go for it".

    I DO like the LC9s Pro,.....but want night sights and there aren't a lot of offerings out there for that pistol. The Truglo TFOs apparently aren't that bright in the low light. My favorite makers don't seem to make them for the LC9s [Trijicon, Meprolite, etc].

    The P938 has good night sights already.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    I have a P238 and my stepson has a P938. Like the ergonomics of both pistols and the factory night sights. They both have decent triggers out of the box plus SIG has their own .22 conversion kit for the P938.
     
  9. Orion8472

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    That's true....about the 22 conversion. May look into one. :)
     
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    What about a p64 in 9mm Mak? Great crisp SA tigger, DA is miserable. However, it's a pocket gun, so I'll put up with a heavy first pull. A good one will run you half of the other options.
     
  11. Ed Ames

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    I think the P938 is a remarkably good overall package. The wrap around rubber grip version handles like a much larger gun IMO, while still being borderline pocketable. The standard stocked version looks better and is still not bad at all.

    I recently picked up an XDs 4" that I like quite a bit so far. I put a stick-on cover over the grip area because the standard knurling was a bit aggressive for me. I suspect that makes the slide lock a bit harder to accidentally depress. A segment of inner tube would probably do the same.
     
  12. Orion8472

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    Sebastian,...I'll pretend you didn't say that! :scrutiny:
     
  13. franco45

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    This is a journey many of us have been on. Let's see, I've tried a Kahr CM9, Kahr CW9, Sig P290RS, KelTec PF9, S&W 3913, Kimber Solo, Ruger LC9s pro and now I'm back to the Kahr CM9. And that's not counting the 380 acp and 38 special pocket guns I've carried (and still carry at times). Wouldn't it be a real drag if we were all the same. I decided that I prefer the dao Kahr trigger.
     
  14. bannockburn

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    Been there, done that (S&W Model 469 and 669, KelTec PF9, Colt New Agent, along with numerous .380s and J frame snubbies as well), and just like you I went with a Kahr CM9 for it's smooth DAO trigger, easy to see sights, and truly subcompact size, making it just right for me for concealed carry.

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  15. Orion8472

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    If Kahr came out with that next generation trigger on their cheaper models, then the Kahr would certainly be at the top of the list. Kahrs have an amazing feel to them. I just don't like the original DAO. Tried them.
     
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    I carry my 586 OWB with total comfort, and it ain't no skinny chick!
    A 3" j-frame With good .38 Special +P ammo and a speed loader would be just about perfect! :)
     
  17. JohnKSa

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    Post # 4 nailed it.
    Carry gun criteria in descending order of importance:

    **Reliability/quality (The gun holds up to normal use and works every time.)

    **Shootability (The shooter and the gun can team up to put rounds on target rapidly under real-world conditions.)

    **Concealability (The gun can be worn/concealed during the user's normal activities without resorting to heroic measures)

    **Availability of necessary accessories (Night sights, holsters, etc.)

    Below those criteria, FAR below them, are other considerations not affecting any of the above: In no particular order, here are some of the other considerations that should not even be acknowledged until the above criteria are satisfied.

    • New and all the rage.
    • Trigger feel/issues not affecting shootability
    • Ergonomics/feel issues not affecting shootability
    • Price as long as the firearm is within reasonable reach of the buyer's purchasing power.
    • Takedown method.
     
  18. Old Dog

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    After a year with my SIG P-938, no other small 9mm pistol can compare.
     
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    Interesting. Which other small 9mm's have you shot/carried to compare with it?
     
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    Diamondback DB9. Lightest and slimmest 9mm on the market. I love mine.

    This is mine, shown with my PF9 and P3AT:

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  21. Old Dog

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    JohnKSA said (in response to my plug for the SIG P-938)
    All of the Glock, S&W, Kel-Tec, Ruger and Taurus offerings. If there are others out there worth trying, I haven't found them (yet). My experience with Kahr pistols, to be honest, isn't recent, but I wasn't impressed with any of the Kahrs I tested and evaluated a while back.
     
  22. ScotP7

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    There are great thin 9's, if thin is the main criterion.
    Depending upon the overall size you can tolerate:
    P7 - the best, in so many ways
    Kahr - K9 best, P9 for lighter, PM9 for lighter and smaller
    Rohrbaugh - true class and tiny
    And yeah, S&W 3913, Walther PPS, Sig 938
    But I am finding the G43 to have just an awful lot going for it...
     
  23. Orion8472

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    Old Dog, I may end up in that same boat......pretty much there, I guess. Over the weekend, I went to a gun shop and held several of the ones I was contemplating. Even a Kimber Solo. I'm gonna do the P938.
     
  24. Sniper66

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    I'm trying to decide the same thing...which 9mm? I've handled almost all of those you list and shot a couple of them. the one's that fit my hand the best are the Sig938 and the Remington R-51. I also handled the newest Kimber offering, the Micro 9. It is beautiful and moderately comfortable to handle. If I can get another gun sold, I'll probably buy the Sig.
     
  25. IMTHDUKE

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    You wont regret the Sig...my fav.
     
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