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Old 04-06-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Wanted something easily concealable. Not too heavy. Easy recoil very important as well as easy to rack. Willing to go to 380 but really wanted 9mm. So, tried the Taurus 780, Ruger LCP, KelTec 3AT with too much recoil and listed in order of preference. Will probably wait to see new S&W Bodyguard and Beretta Pico (claiming lowest recoil) before totally giving up on that caliber (no, I won't go smaller). I have an XDM 9 mm Competition with really great recoil but neither lightweight nor concealable. It got me thinking though in the 9mm smaller options. So, shot the 9mm version of the LCP. Are you kidding? Looking for what I said before but maybe in 9 if recoil and racking easy for partial impaired other half. Maybe a 380 in larger frame but still concealable in purse? She wants to but has problems. Thought XDS or similar but haven't shot anything other than my XDM and Glock 34 so any and all contributions to this thread are more than welcome. On another note, is it considered bad manners to post the same question on different forums (XD, Guns and Ammo). Appreciate your feedback on that too. Much obliged from the Treasure Coast!


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Old 04-06-2014, 08:46 PM   #2
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There's several threads on the 9mm discussion. See 9mm Suggestions in the General Firearm Discussions forum. My suggestion for small carry with little recoil would be the Sig 938 if you can pay out $600+.
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There's several threads on the 9mm discussion. See 9mm Suggestions in the General Firearm Discussions forum. My suggestion for small carry with little recoil would be the Sig 938 if you can pay out $600+.
^^^What he said. Love my P938. Best made and most reliable deep concealable 9mm out there, IMO. There are less expensive, and lighter options out there. But no better.
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Almost any micro 9mm has the potential to be a handful, so it's going to be an issue of personal preference.

Sig 938 ($700)- Spendy, but meets your criteria well
SA XDs ($600)- Good gun, two barrel lengths available
S&W Shield ($450)- Difficult to de-activate thumb safety is my only dislike
Kahr CM9 ($400)- Excellent micro, but pretty snappy

Those are what I would prefer. There several others that might work better for you. Double stack subcompacts might be worth checking out too. While I don't carry one, I've found a Glock 26 handles almost as easily as a full-framed gun.
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You need to determine how much recoil you can stand. None of the guns listed by the OP are considered high recoil. I will admit they are not fun guns to shoot. If the 380 is giving the OP issues a basic firearms course is in order. He/She is not holding the weapon properly to get those results.

Once you take a basic firearms course consider a Glock 19 or a M&P with a 4" barrel. Get a gun that is easier and fun to shoot until you master the basics, then consider a pocket pistol. Almost everyone has a pocket pistol they carry a lot and shoot a little. Then they have a larger pistol they shoot a lot and carry a little.

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I carry a Walther PPS. It is thin and pretty easy to conceal, but not a tiny little pocket gun. And it shoots very accurately for what it is.


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smaller and lighter weight pistols tend to be more sensative to recoil than the larger version in the same caliber.

everyone also tends to handle recoil differently than the next person. what i might consider excessive, might not be a problem for someone else.

the best way to find out, if possible, is to try them out. how well a particular pistol fits your hand goes a long way in how well you can deal with the recoil.
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Wanted something easily concealable. Not too heavy. Easy recoil very important as well as easy to rack. ......
Its much easier to grasp the slide and then push the gun forward, not pull the rack towards you. There are numerous videos on youtube that may help explain what i mean. Even my little sister (11th grade) can do a full size easily once she understood the concept.

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Its much easier to grasp the slide and then push the gun forward, not pull the rack towards you. There are numerous videos on youtube that may help explain what i mean. Even my little sister (11th grade) can do a full size easily once she understood the concept.
if the sights allow it, a person can even rack the slide one-handed by using a hard surface like the edge of table or something similiar.

another thing to consider is many of the smaller pistols use stronger recoil springs to make them operate properly so they don't damage the frame of the pistol.
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