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  1. #51
    Go with a pistol designed for Concealed Carry. M&P Shield, Ruger LC9, Kahr CM9 etc. Don't rule out Airweight .38's either. Awesome little guns. Consider thickness and weight with a CC gun purchase, It's more important that length and height.

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    Ruger makes a line of several 9MM concealed carry pistols, in both revolvers and auto-loaders. I have a SR9 that I bought before the SR9C came out. The real difference is the SR9C is smalle, lighter and holds less ammo. In any case I would recommend having at least 2 magazines when carrying. If you choosed a revolver, consider one that you can get load with pre-packed ammo, so all you have to do is open the gun, pop the old casings out and pop the one piece pack of ammo in, and your fully loaded and ready. As for myselfe, I perfer a Semi-automatic.

  4. Handle a Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm (shoot one, if you may rent). They disappear in an IWB or OWB holster. As in my XD-S .45, you suffer reduced round count in a single stack, but it makes all the difference in the world how the sidearm carries, because it is thin.

    Try 'em all, if you can. There is no single "right" choice. Bottom line, please yourself. The 9mm gives adequate stopping power, with modern ammo, as does the .40 or .45. The differences are minimal, in the real world.

    Let us know what you get!
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    Stopping power has been debated since the rock, a well placed rock or bullet 22 thru 50 will stop you, how well is the problem. My choice of 9mm carry is a 45. Peace, Love, Colt 45.

  6. #55
    The best choice is the one the works for you. What do I find important? Comfort in the hand, ability to shoot accurately, ease of operation and maintenance, ability to carry without hindrance in a variety of manners (IWB, Ankle, Jacket Pocket), if it can do all those, it is also capable of being carried in a belt or shoulder holster as well. If you go solely for lightweight, you may not enjoy shooting it much and then you will not be accurate with it. I personally prefer stainless steel or steel and alloy models. My latest is a Sig P938 SAS. Through 200 rounds it has been flawless shooting 115 & 124 gr FMJ ammo. It has carry melt treatment on the slide (rounded edges) night sights and I've added a Hogue Tamer Grip and Extended 7 round mag with finger extension base pad. If you like the Colt New Agent or the Springfield EMP in 9m, this a lighter, less massive version. I have mostly been a 45ACP and 40S&W shooter till I picked up this. It's the first 9mm I really enjoy carrying daily and it works well in my Blackhawk Ankle rig too. These are available in many versions and can be had starting about $550. If you shop around you can get the top of the line model for about $700 out the door including tax. An S&W M&P Shield 9 has more mass, carries 1 more round and will save you about $150 to $300, similar with the Ruger LC9; the New Agent & EMP will cost you about $350 to $550 more than the P938. Best thing you can do, weigh all the important aspects, hold them a lot, shoot them if possible. I have a Shield, I don't carry it very often due to the size. I would sooner carry my 4" barrel 1911 in 45. If you want a solid compact 9mm, I highly recommend the P938 lineup. I have not been a Sig fan at all, I had another model that was a problem child (a P290), but this one seems to live up to the Sig reputation I keep hearing about. Before I acquired the P938, I usually carried a Kahr MK40.

  7. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by sbubrick View Post
    Look at a Sig. P938 it's a nine small,compact, and has night sights I carry one in A Remora IWB. Or check out the Sig. P238 thats in .380 a little smaller.
    How does it shoot? I bought a Kel-Tec PF-9, but it's not great fun to shoot because it bites your palm, and the trigger will eat up your finger after just a few rounds.
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  8. #57
    Quote Originally Posted by weekendskp View Post
    How does it shoot? I bought a Kel-Tec PF-9, but it's not great fun to shoot because it bites your palm, and the trigger will eat up your finger after just a few rounds.

    Put a Hogue Handall Jr on it, like $10 doesn't really add any size and makes the PF9 VERY comfortable in the hand.
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  9. #58
    I carry an LC9 with a CrossBreed Supertuck holster and it is incredibly comfortable.

  10. SIG p229. It works everytime. Thats why it is used by Secret Service etc. No safety and decocked one in the chamber it is ready to shoot upon pulling from holster.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by sbubrick View Post
    Look at a Sig. P938 it's a nine small,compact, and has night sights I carry one in A Remora IWB. Or check out the Sig. P238 thats in .380 a little smaller.
    Have read of ejection problems with the P938. What has been your experience?

    I carry a Glock 26 in a Galco stow& Go

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