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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Duramaximum, Mar 16, 2009.

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Which compact 9mm do you recommend?

  1. HK USP Compact 9mm

    19 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Springfield XD9 Sub-Compact 9mm

    36 vote(s)
    17.3%
  3. Glock 26 9mm

    68 vote(s)
    32.7%
  4. Walther PPS 9mm

    23 vote(s)
    11.1%
  5. Walther PPK .380acp

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  6. Ruger LCP .380acp

    6 vote(s)
    2.9%
  7. Other (feel free to elaborate in the forum)

    55 vote(s)
    26.4%
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  1. Duramaximum

    Duramaximum Member

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    When I get a steady income I will be in the market for a sub-compact 9mm for concealed carry. Here is my 'cognitive set' of pistols with what I perceive as their pros and cons. I have also included the prices on them I have seen in local gun stores. Feel free to drop in your two cents.

    HK USP Compact 9mm-$713:
    Pros: Excellent build quality, accurate, reliable, the ergonomics work very well for me, holds 13 rounds, and it's endorsed by Jack Bauer :D.
    Cons: It's really stinking expensive.

    Springfield XD9 Sub-Compact 9mm-$468:
    Pros: Great value, very compact, good accuracy, and free gear.
    Cons: Proportions are a little strange for me.

    Glock 26 9mm-$549:
    Pros: Stupidly reliable, parts are easy to come by and easy to swap (i.e. magazines,) overall a very solid handgun.
    Cons: I've never liked Glocks, the polymer frame always felt too 'plasticky' like a toy, not as good a value as the XD, and I've heard they're not that accurate.

    Walther PPS 9mm-N/A (Haven't seen one yet):
    Pros: Very slim & ergonomic design.
    Cons: Only holds 7+1 rounds, fairly expensive.

    Walther PPK .380acp-$479:
    Pros: Classic design, super-concealable, solid metal frame & it's on my 'Own Before You Die' list.
    Cons: Can get an XD that is 9mm Luger, that holds 3 more rounds, that was designed in this millennium, for the same price.

    Ruger LCP.380acp-$279:
    Pros: It's so small you could conceal it in your nose & it is a great value as well.
    Cons: Only holds 6+1 rounds, the recall makes build quality questionable, & is .380acp really enough gun?

    So there you have it. Feel free to add other suggestions, I know you will. Flame On!!:fire:
     
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  2. BlayGlock

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    I voted "other" for the Kahr CW9. Much more concealable than the other 9mm listed IMO. I really enjoy mine.
     
  3. verdun59

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    My vote is for the Kahr PM9. Mine is like the energizer bunny it just keeps on going.
     
  4. kostner

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    Kahr PM9 is easy to conceal and shots surprisingly well. It is amaller than any 380 Ive seen.
     
  5. Taurus_9mm

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    XD for me. :)
     
  6. Knightrider03m

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    I vote other, if you want something compact you should look at the S&W M&P.
     
  7. geronimo509

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    I voted other and I like the Kahr MK9 a little pricey but it is well worth it.
     
  8. BoneDigger

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    Smith and Wesson M&P 9c. LOVE IT!

    Todd
     
  9. BoneDigger

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    Oops, double post.

    Todd
     
  10. Shytheed Dumas

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    I voted 'Other' for three reasons:

    1. Kahr PM9
    2. Kahr MK9 (if you want all steel)
    3. Kahr CW9 (if the PM is too pricey)

    I've owned the first two and they both exceeded my expectations for carry guns. They were designed for CCW from the beginning, after all. :)
     
  11. The Lone Haranguer

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    sub-compact 9mm for concealed carry

    The Kahr PM9 was one of the easiest and (at the time) most affordable (note I did not say "inexpensive") of the uber-compact 9x19 pistols. The prices seem to have gone up since then. I put mine through the break-in period with no other problems than occasionally getting a failure to feed the first round in the magazine if using the slide release (sling shotting the slide worked fine). If I had it to do over again, I'd get the MK9.

    I've got a G26, and I do not find it to be inaccurate, or a bad value compared to the XD9 subcompact, which is even more of a brick.

    jm
     
  13. BlindJustice

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    A couple to consider if you're going to put the lCP on this llist
    both are single stack, so slim for CCW.

    Sig P239 3.3" Bbl. you may not consider a sub compact
    but has a alternate 10 shot mag. with conformal part around
    the lower part for a full grip.

    and a little less expensive $420 at CDNN

    S&W 908 is was preceded by the 39-2, 3913 and Chiefs Special 9mm
    it just has the economy black finish.

    Randall

    X
     
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    If you want the smallest 9mm, then a Riohrbaugh, but they are running around 1100 nowadays. I have a G-26 and it works fine at the distances I would use it for
     
  16. searcher451

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    I've got a Walther PPS in both 9mm and .40 S&W. It's a terrific gun: easy to conceal, a great fit for the hand, surprisingly accurate, and as dependable as the turning of the earth. You get what you pay for, and Walther quality is rock-solid.
     
  17. 22LRFan

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    If your considering a .380 PPK...

    You may want to consider the cheaper (and some say easier to shoot due to less recoil) Bersa Thunder/Firestorm 380. I don't see the .380 ACP as an anemic cartridge, but it is getting harder to find with the outbreak of pocket pistols that chamber the round.

    You may want to consider a Makarov or CZ variant (82 I think...83 is a .380/.32). They're tough pistols and easier on the wallet than a Walther.
     
  18. 10-Ring

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    I like the size, feel & shootabity of the HK :cool:
     
  19. 7mmSTW

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    I like the USP (carry a fullsize 40), that being said I'd recomend a P30, p2000, or p2000SK over it for carry. Same reliable package with updated ergos.
     
  20. KINGMAX

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    XD

    XD = FEELS GOOD in my hand
     
  21. D-Man

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    Be sure to look at the M&Pc line.

    If I'm able to get back to a state where I can legally carry again, the first two guns I'm going to go back and think about buying are the M&Pc and/or MK9.

    What area do you live in? This may help decide how small of a gun you need (though the options you're looking at should be relatively easy to conceal).
     
  22. WVleo

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    I voted other as the Kahr PM9 is my choice. Light pistol, easy to manage recoil, very accurate . Mine hasn't had a single issue in over 700 rounds............WVleo
     
  23. Probie9

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    Taurus Millennium Pro PT111. Feels good in the hand and $345 in SS here. Just my opinion.
     
  24. sgj

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    Smith and Wesson M&P 9c
     
  25. TIMC

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    My Choice for a small 9mm was the Kahr MK9, great little gun.
     
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