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Old 04-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Pocket pistol for under $400

I'm in the market for an easy CC pistol... Something smaller than my Glock 27 to carry during the summer months.

Any suggestions?

I think I want this one to be 9mm or .380...

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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I have the Ruger SR9c which is an excellent 9mm pistol. I also suggest you check out the Ruger LC9 & LCP and Taurus 709 & TCP.

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Kahr CW9. Usually can be bought new for under $400. Forget the .380. You can get a 9mm in about the same size and it will be allot less expensive to shoot with. I personally would stay away from the Taurus TCP .380. I had one and it had issues. I never got 50 rounds off without any hitches. Usually couldn't make it through two mags without a jam.

The SR9C is a good choice too. I have a SR9 and it is a great gun. The "C" is the compact version.

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My girlfriend has a S&W bodygaurd .380 and we both HATE it with a passion, I know you asked for a suggestion, all i can suggest is stay away from one of those. That and maybe a charter arms .38 revolver, a friend of mine had one, he loved it but it was stolen.

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My girlfriend has a S&W bodygaurd .380 and we both HATE it with a passion, I know you asked for a suggestion, all i can suggest is stay away from one of those. That and maybe a charter arms .38 revolver, a friend of mine had one, he loved it but it was stolen.
Would it be too much to ask why ? I went w LCP and had to add laser to Christmas list. Excellent gun but it's a love/hate affair. Love to carry it, not a whole lotta fun to shoot it.

Sig 238 & resurrected Colt Mustang are allegedly easier to shoot. Nice sights...

Youtubes nutnfancy makes a good case for 9mm over 380.
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Kahr CW9. Usually can be bought new for under $400. Forget the .380. You can get a 9mm in about the same size and it will be allot less expensive to shoot with. I personally would stay away from the Taurus TCP .380. I had one and it had issues. I never got 50 rounds off without any hitches. Usually couldn't make it through two mags without a jam.

The SR9C is a good choice too. I have a SR9 and it is a great gun. The "C" is the compact version.
I second Kahr products. I've carried daily for 16 years. 4 years ago I found the perfect CCW pistol, the Kahr PM 9.

PM 9's run about 610 retail in my neck of the woods but thier new budget version, the CM 9 is 2 bills less and you still get 9 mm power, Kahrs Excellent trigger, all in one of the most compact 9 mm packages available.

The neceties you give up between the two are inconsequential in a CCW firearm.

Had the CM 9 been available 4 years ago I would have bought it and put the extra 200 toward ammo.

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Would it be too much to ask why ? I went w LCP and had to add laser to Christmas list. Excellent gun but it's a love/hate affair. Love to carry it, not a whole lotta fun to shoot it.

Sig 238 & resurrected Colt Mustang are allegedly easier to shoot. Nice sights...

Youtubes nutnfancy makes a good case for 9mm over 380.
Not at all, it feels pretty good in the hand, but it is the most inaccurate thing ive ever shot. It shoots way low even at very close ranges, on top of that the trigger pull feels like its 12-14 pounds.

I realize that its a pocket pistol not a match gun, but shooting 8 inches low at 15 feet is unexeptable.
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Not at all, it feels pretty good in the hand, but it is the most inaccurate thing ive ever shot. It shoots way low even at very close ranges, on top of that the trigger pull feels like its 12-14 pounds.

I realize that its a pocket pistol not a match gun, but shooting 8 inches low at 15 feet is unexeptable.
I got to shoot the Bodyguard 380 last night and I found very accurate. Very impressed with the groupings I was having. It's definitely what I'm looking for as far as size and functionality...
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A CZ 2075 RAMI, either in 9MM or .40 S&W is easy to conceal, sturdy, reliable and potent. 6.5" long, 4.75" high. 3"barrel, DA/SA hybrid. May be a little over $400, but you get a lot for what you pay.
Another possibility would be a Taurus Millenium Pro series, PT145 (.45 acp), PT140 (.40 S&W), PT111 (9MM). 6" long, 5" high, 3.25" barrel, 10+1 capacity. A little bulky, but dependable and plenty accurate. less than $400.

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You've already got a good compact in the G27. I have one (don't love Glock, don't love 40sw, yet...go figure). It's my "truck gun". And while I'm at times annoyed with the grip angle (really gotta push that front sight down), I shoot it pretty well. And through muscle memory of constantly running my index finger along the slide, I point-fire it really accurately.

For a subcomp/micro type semiauto, you'll probably want to go with a single stack. I have a Kel-Tec PF9 (7+1 capacity) that hasn't ever failed with any kind of ammo. It's about as light as a 9mm can get. But I'm not going to sit here and blow smoke. It is not a terribly fun gun to shoot gun, nor does it possess a nice trigger or beautiful finish. What it is: a no-frills convenient carry piece that offers reliable function and outstanding power/capacity : size/weight ratio...all at an attractive price (just south of $300).

If you want to get all the pocket gun you can for $400 or so, I'd suggest looking into the Ruger LC9 and Kahr CM9. If these were available when I bought my PF9, I might very well have gone in a different direction. And Kahr, Ruger, and Kel-Tec all offer solid micros in 380acp as well.

The other option is a smaller 38sp, like the Ruger LCR. I think it's an excellent gun.

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