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Pocket 9s

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kBob, Apr 2, 2013.

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  1. kBob

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    Dropped by a local pawn shop yesterday. Finally got to at least fondle some of the ittie bittie 9s. Got to handle them side by side and even drop them in my carry pocket where a little P32 KelTec usually rides.

    Got to try the berretta, S&W, KelTec, and Ruger.

    Dang, just dang. Why did I do this when one of the cars needs a new clutch, there is a medical problem in the house, and the kids school tuitions are due? Getting a new bit of pocket artillery ain't gonna happen.

    I liked the Beretta and the Kel Tec best in my little non shooting no walking around and pointless"test" though the Ruger certainly was un noticeable in the front right trouser pocket.

    Some unfortunately came with but one magazine, though one had two floor plates to choose from.

    -kBob
     
  2. TarDevil

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    Have you shot any of those itty bitty nines?
     
  3. Shipwreck

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    I am a huge Beretta fan, but don't care for the feel of teh NANO. Too high of a bore axis.

    I've owned svereal small guns over the years... SOme were not that fun to shoot, so that meant I didn't practice with them much.

    All that changed when I found the new M&P Shield. For such a small gun, the recoil is not that much. I have no idea how they managed that, but it shoots like a much bigger gun.

    So, some of the smaller guns are very, very nice.
     
  4. Jonah71

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    I bought the Ruger LC9. Traded it back in within a few weeks. I'm not exactly an expert marksman so this was, for me anyway, another foolish impulse buy.
     
  5. Orion8472

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    Though not technically "pocket"-able, . . . depending on the size of the pocket, . . . I'm still holding out for the release of the XDs in 9mm. I bet it would ride pretty comfortably in a cargo pant pocket.
     
  6. SDGlock23

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    You didn't mention it, but the Kahr CM9 is awesome. I had one and it shot great, had low recoil and was very accurate. Good price too.
     
  7. Water-Man

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    Kahr PM9/CM9.
     
  8. Shipwreck

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    I had a PM9 (with night sights) for several years. I sold it the first week I had my Shield. I have 2k rounds thru the Shield now. FANTASTIC gun. I like it much more than the Kahrs.
     
  9. VBVAGUY

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    The lightest and thinnest pocketable 9mm is the Diamondback DB9. I hope this helps. God Bless :)
     
  10. jrdolall

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    The Diamondback DB9 and the Keltec PF9 are good as far as "fitting" in my normal jeans or khaki front pocket. Both are snappy and I don't enjoy shooting 50 rounds in a range session. Then again I need the gun to be easy to conceal and easy to use. Both are designed to be used in SD situations which are generally within 10 yards and at that distance I am relatively accurate with minimal practice. I have 9mm handguns that are more pleasant to shoot but they don't fit in my pocket. I have average size hands and the smaller guns really need the grip extension to fit my hand comfortably.
     
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    PF9 works for me. Got in the back pocket of my Carhartt bib overalls at this moment...in a Sideguard pocket holster.

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  12. toivo

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    I have the Kel-Tec PF9 and the Beretta Nano. Kel-Tec carries better, Beretta is easier to shoot, IMO.
     
  13. Chris-bob

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    I carry my KelTec everywhere. Easy to carry and conceal. I too am hoping for the XDs 9mm...
     
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    I carry the Kel-Tec, and have since early 2010. But, I carry it in an OWB holster, not in a pocket. I mostly wear jeans, and it does print pretty well in one of those pockets, a little less so if I swap the magazine for the flat-bottomed one.
    None of these "pocket-nines" has a reputation for being a pleasant shooter. The Kel-Tec and the Diamondback are probably the least-pleasant, as they have the slimmest grips and lowest weights. I cannot speak for the DB, but the PF9 is still easy to manage and place shots with.

    It's rare that I need pocket-carry, and my P32 fills that role when I do.
     
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    I have found the Kahr PM9 to be the most comfortable to carry and use among the pocket 9s out there. I tried the KelTec PF9 but never felt it was a good fit ergonomically and I wasn't all that thrilled with the trigger action either. Looked at the Beretta Nano and the Kahr PM9 at the same time and came away feeling that the PM9 had the more comfortable grip between the two and had a better overall feel and balance to it.
     
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    I was giving the Shield serious thought, but I can't get past the thumb safety. All my other SD semiautos are Glocks, and I'm afraid I'll end up pulling the gun and forgetting to take off the pesky little safety. :(
     
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    Same here. I am not opposed to safeties AT ALL but I feel that it is one more thing I might need to worry about if I ever actually need to use my gun in an SD situation. With my pocket guns I just prefer to have no safety.
     
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    Another vote for the Kahr cm9 - only because the Rohrbaugh is out of my budget - it is smaller than the Ruger and hides a bit better - although not as well as my 642. The roundness of the revolver blends in better than the flat shape of any semi, and unless you want to go to a 380 Seecamp, the Kahr is a great 9 pocket rocket
     
  20. C0untZer0

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    I know the PM9 line has models with and without a safety.

    I tried to operate the safety, it was not a simple thumb flick, it was was more like you had to dial the safety off.

    I tried it a few times and realized it would take lots and lots and lots of training and practice before I could ever use it quickly enough for it to be of any use as a SD firearm. I remember thinking that in the time it would take me to dial the safety off, I'd probably be grappling with an assailant or worse - stabbed or shot.

    My experience with safeties and pocket pistols is that if the safeties are designed so they don't snag - that same design usually makes them difficult to use, and the safteies that are big and easy to use can snag on the pocket on the way out... just my opinion.

    I think the PM9 without the safety is a very fine pocket pistol, I think the stock trigger is OK, and if anyone doesn't like it, the trigger can be changed / improved for not too much money.
     
  21. snooperman

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    I like my brothers PM9. If i were interested in a pocket gun , I would probably get the PM9. For now, I will stay with my Colt 6 shot magnum carry IWB.
     
  22. MCgunner

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    Not sure why it's not "pocketable". The XDs is no bigger, from what I've seen, than my 14 ounce double stack Kel Tec P11 and I've been pocketing that in my front pocket for 17 years now.
     
  23. Orion8472

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    Well, . . . . then that's my input. A 9mm XDs. :)
     
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    I kept looking at a Beretta Nano, but I was holding out for a Shield. I already have a S&W 3913 and I was looking for sometime small to carry. When I finally got to handle a Shield, I realized it was almost the size of my trusty 3913. So...I bought the Nano. I love it! Perfect function so far, accurate and feels good to me, for such a tiny pistol. I also liked that I didn't have to pay $150 above MSRP for it.

    I also like the Sig 938. May have to get one of those too :D
     
  25. mdauben

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    Exactly! I don't have anything against guns with safeties, but I want that common "manual of arms" on all my SD handguns so there's no fumbling during an emergency. All guns with safeties or all guns without safeties.
     
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