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Just bought a range gun, now for a cheapie for carry...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Macchina, Jul 19, 2008.

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  1. Macchina

    Macchina Member

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    I just received my CZ 40B, and now I'm itching for a small carry pistol. The CZ will serve the role as range gun, and carry gun for hiking/hunting, and carrying when I'm wearing a coat. I'm looking for a little pocket pistol that is somewhat inexpensive. Some guns that I like are the Bersa Thunder 380 and S&W J frames in .38 special. Please reccomend something that I can fit in my pocket or a small IWB holster. A small 9mm (or .40:D) would be nice, but something smaller would be just as good.
     
  2. steelyblue

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    I've got a review on a Kel Tec pf9. It was $303.05 after tax and I got $50 in accessories free. It fits in my dockers and cargos easily. I'm 5'11" 215lbs.
     
  3. Safety First

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    Take a look at Keltec P3AT and Ruger LCP, both in .380 and weigh in under 10 oz and great for pocket carry....
     
  4. Rmart30

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    642 S&W or a PF9 keltec. Both are nice small concealable guns in a decent caliber.
     
  5. R.W.Dale

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    My recently purchased Kel-tec P32 is turning out to be a real sweatheart.
     
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    They are not inexpensive, but the Smith Airlite J frame .38s are great little guns that weigh next to nothing.
     
  8. CHEVELLE427

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    Ones I May Carry At Any Time And Place

    HAD A PF9 FOR AWHILE IT IS A GOOD ONE ALSO,

    IT IS ALSO A HAND FULL WITH FULL LOAD AMMO



    TAURUS 38+P CIA 850 TITANIUM 17oz loaded. (like it a lot)
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  9. WC145

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    Kahr CW9 or CW40 - good quality, slim, light, stainless, and in the $400-$450 range. I paid $400 from Bud's Gun Shop and it's well worth it. Much nicer than the Kel-tec (used to have a PF-9) while only a little larger.
     
  10. Huddog

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    My everywhere gun is a S&W 642. I recommend it highly. I see several new very small 9mm's are coming out in the next year so I may retire the 642 depending on how the thin 9's pan out.
     
  11. -v-

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    I'd recommend the PF9. Have one, its been 100%, something I cannot say about my CZ40p. Although the new mags I got for the CZ helped fix that nasty 1-3 jams per mag I was having with it. The KTs can sometimes be hit-or-miss, but so can $1,000 kimbers and the like. It just human nature that if you paid a lot for something and it messes up, well that just break-in period. If something cheap messes up, well its obviously a piece of junk, FWIW.
     
  12. R.W.Dale

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    HA HA HA! That's classic!

    So true.
     
  13. The Bushmaster

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    O K...Just remember...You may have to depend on it for your life...Some expensive handguns are failures and a lot of cheap ones are failures...Make a good choice for you and your budget...
     
  14. Frizzman

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    Beware "Smallest" and "Cheapest" in a arm carried to perhaps keep you or your family alive. Would you want the cheapest and smallest life preserver if you were out on a boat? Just a thought.
     
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    If smallest means having the life preserver with you at sea vs it sitting on the dock because it's too large to take along then YES
     
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    I've had very good performance from the Kahr PM9 and Kel-Tec PF-9 and P-3AT. They are all very thin, light and easy to pocket carry (unless you wear really tight pants).
     
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    ANY GUN ON HAND WOULD BE BETTER THEN NO GUN AT ALL.:(

    sometime you just cant pack that DESERT EAGLE 50 ;)

    smallest i have ever carried was the wife's NAA 22MAG. not a good gun battle gun , :eek:
    but it will get someone off you ;)
     
  18. Macchina

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    The Kel-Tec P-3at looks about right... But the Ruger LCP looks a little righter! I won't carry a gun in a holster most places I go, I'd much rather put it in my inside pocket on my Carhartt. I know the .380 is not the most powerful round, but it's better than my Benchmade or knuckles (I don't want to get either of them dirty). A second handgun is a bit of a dream right now, but maybe next year. I still have to save up to get my CCW (first priority). Don't know how much it cost you, but it's $220 at the very cheapest in Michigan.
     
  19. Ohio Rifleman

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    Never owned one, but lots of folks like their Makarovs. They can be had for under $200, lots of people use them as carry guns. I'd have bought one myself as a first handgun if the ammo for it was more widely available.
     
  20. shooter1

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    I have had good performance with all but one of my kel tecs (An early P3AT) that had an assembly pin problem. I currently own a P-32/ (2) P3ATs (2) P-11s/ amd one PF9. The P3ATs see daily carry, the PF9 occasional use. The rest rarely see the light of day, not because they don't work, just because I have other guns that get carried and shot more. I don't consider any of these kel tec pistols range guns, so if that's what you want, buy something else.
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  21. Macchina

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    tell me more about the Makarovs. How do they compare to a .380 (I know they are less powerful than 9mmx18).
     
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    The Makarov is a great pistol. The only problem I have with them is the size and weight. There are some 9x19s out there that are smaller and lighter. I bought a few back when they were inexpensive. I think they're going for close to $200 now!!
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  24. Macchina

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    How is the Kel-Tec PF-9? Is the recoil manageable for followup shots? How does it compare in size to the .380's?
     
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    S&W J-Frame...
    .357 for the "jungle", .38 for town, .38 snake shot for those 'coons in your garage ;);)
    FWIW the .38 only models are cheaper and make great carry guns
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