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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by TascoFeldman, Jan 22, 2010.

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  1. TascoFeldman

    TascoFeldman Member

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    I am in the market for a ccw firearm. The criteria is this: one gun for all seasons, $500.00 price range, inexpensive [not cheap], wheel or auto, 38 and up. I am familiar with most major brands and find +&- in each. I spend a great deal of time out in public due to service type work so I may be tucked or untucked from one stop to the next. I appreciate the opinions of all who reply. Thanks
     
  2. wrs840

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    So the all-time "perfect compromise" is in order...

    S&W 642 or 442.

    Les
     
  3. David E

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    Or a Kahr P-9 for more shots in an easier to carry/shoot/reload package.
     
  4. tmoore912

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    Another +1 for the Kahr P9/ K9, but you will probably have to buy them used to stay around $500. If you want even more rounds you could go with a Glock 19, which you can get brand new for under $500. I carry both, and both are easy to conceal. Good luck.
     
  5. StarDust1

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    Glock-26 9mm with an NY-1 trigger module(8.5")in place, or a J-frame(Airweight)5-shot .38 spl +P, both can be had NIB for under $600.00...
    The J-frames are good at contact distances to about 10-yards, the G-26 is a tackdriver, many people can confidently engage with them at the 25-yard line and shoot surprising scores with them!
    My choice would be the G-26.
     
  6. Autolycus

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    I was going to suggest a Glock 19 but someone beat me to it. It is an excellent gun that will be excellent for an all around gun.
     
  7. jmortimer

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    S&W J frame
     
  8. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Glock 19.

    If I were stuck with only one handgun for ccw, it would definitely not be a revolver. Too little bang IMO. Glocks are not much to look at. Honestly they are the ugliest gun I can think of. But I carry one every day for work and personal protection. They are top notch as far as reliability. They have an virtually unlimited amount of holsters and accessories, they can fire G17 mags if you want more rounds. They are light, strong, accurate, durable, and widely accepted for their ability as a defensive weapon in even the worst conditions. And I personally think that if you use your CCW in a shooting, there is something to be said in court for choosing the same weapon most police officers carry. One less thing for the lawyer to hem you up about.
     
  9. 9mmepiphany

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    mine used to be a S&W 642, because it did double duty as my on-duty 2nd gun in a shoulder holster.

    now that i'm retired, it's place has been taken by a Kahr CW9...thin really is sexy

    i've carried other guns for other situations, but if i needed one gun for "all seasons" the CW9 is the best fit
     
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    Id say either a Glock sub compact or a Smith and Wesson J frame.

    Both are superb carry weapons and will serve you well. Both are more accurate than you would expect a small gun to be. I can easily hit a silhouette target at 25 yards with my Glock 27.
     
  11. Sock Puppet

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    Pick the one you shoot the best. IT doesn't matter how great a gun is if you don't shoot it well.

    Take a look at the Kahr Cw-9 and Kel TEc PF9.
     
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    Ruger LCR in .327 Mag when they make one. .38 Special for now.
    Al
     
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    Snub nosed revolver. Get a steel one rated for .357 for greatest flexibility.

    William
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // 442 hammerless IWB at 10:00 for cross draw.

    Weakhand can be used to protect or draw weapon if needed.
    38+P is a great snubbie round.
    Pocket carry is common with J-frames also.
    I perfer the longer grip which prevents me from pocket carry.
     
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    I carry a 1911 whenever possible, but for most everyday carry, I usually carry my G26 with 10+1. The small Smith is a joy to carry, but is a little thick and only 5 shots. The Kahr PM 9 is the easiest to pocket carry and 6+1 ain't bad.

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  16. Strahley

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    To break with the crowd: Kel-Tec PF-9

    It's on the big side for true all-season wear but not impossibly big, and it's a reasonable choice year round.

    If your definition of all-season is closer to my idea of fall-through-spring 3-season, just get a 1911 (govt 5" or ) or similar (including any glock, XD, cz, etc that is reasonably slim)...they conceal just fine.
     
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    I liked my Kahr P9 but the recoil was a bit snappy. Something about the thin frame I think and since it's a polymer frame, there are no options to make the grip fit your hand better (Hogue hand-alls don't stay put for me).
    So I'd still recommend a Kahr but a K9 instead. My favorite is the Ruger SP-101 but it is heavier and chunkier than a Kahr and I can dress to conceal it. You may have to make the gun fit your dress.
     
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    Glock 26/27/33. I carry a G27 on a daily basis
     
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    I agree with gbran; j-frame smith, mid-size or compact glock, or a small kahr
     
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    No opinion of my own since we aren't allowed the small stuff up here but it's fun to read in on these threads.

    Found this side by side review that may help a little;
    http://www.a-human-right.com/p9vsg26.html
     
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    M&P40 or XDSC
     
  23. David E

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    The guns are capable of far better than that.

    It doesn't take too much practice to be able to hit a basketball at 25 yds with one.
     
  24. Claude Clay

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    another vote for the 642

    it does not require you to spend for SD ammo to make sure it is reliable
    it can be fired from inside a pocket without jamming
    and when you get another for your primary it will always be there for you as a secondary or BUG gun. or as a casual walk-the-dog gun.
     
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    And yet another vote for a 642.38 Spl.+P rated what's not to like? tom.
     
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