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Old 07-26-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone. This is my 1st post here in your community and I need some feedback from you knowledgeable people. I currently have a Montana concealed weapons permit but I recently moved to Washington state and realized its useless here. I signed up for a class this Saturday for the Utah permit and am now in the market for a new Concealed Carry handgun. I am looking for something easily concealable, with or without a holster, reliable and rugged. I work late in a not so nice part of town, and that is the reason I will be carrying. Price is an issue as i don't want to spend over $500 on it. Ive recently been looking at Ruger's new LC line of handguns and they really interest me. I like how the LC9 feels in my hand and it is super lightweight and the 9mm round is a plus. I also like the LCR chambered in .357. I have heard mixed things about Kel-Tec, mostly from people who are not owners. So, let me know what you guys have to say! thanks! - Willis

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Currently I carry a S&W Bodyguard 380. IF you are interested in any 380's, I'd highly recommend it.

Now for 9's or 38/357. I'd have no problem at all purchasing any of the Rugers or Kel-Tecs you mentioned. I think the Rugers feel more substantial than the Kel-Tecs, but I've looked at a lot of research on the KT's and would feel very comfortable relying on one. Check out the Ruger SP101 as well. It will be far more comfortable and controllable than the LCR, particularly when firing 357. I can't imagine carrying 357 in anything lighter than an SP101; it would be brutal. I carry the SP101 in pocket, but I typically wear cargo shorts and pants, so I've got big pockets. I wouldn't recommend it if wearing jeans for pocket carry.

Actually, carrying 357 in a snubbie may be a moot point. You lose a lot of ballistic effectiveness out of a short barrel. 38+P is probably the maximum efficiency you can get out of a snubbie. That opens up your choices to the S&W snubbies and Charter Arms as well. (I haven't heard any complaints about Charter)

With a $500 budget, you might also want to check out the Ruger SR9c, and Bersa's. I think the Kahr's would be over budget, but a great option. The new Kimber just isn't getting very good reviews to be recommended as a possibility regardless of budget.

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I picked up a ruger LCP a week ago ( .380 ) and im in love with it, everytime i leave the house it comes along, i recomended one very much, just deer god dont shoot it without ear plugs, its like putting a glock .40 right next to your ear and pulling the trigger, i was hoping the 7 rnds would go fast cause dear god it hurt, but it is light easy to control and a very awsome gun and it runs around 280 to 320 so its not to much.

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I picked up a ruger LCP a week ago ( .380 ) and im in love with it, everytime i leave the house it comes along, i recomended one very much, just deer god dont shoot it without ear plugs, its like putting a glock .40 right next to your ear and pulling the trigger, i was hoping the 7 rnds would go fast cause dear god it hurt, but it is light easy to control and a very awsome gun and it runs around 280 to 320 so its not to much.
that sounds pretty good. and I own a glock 40 and put over 100 rounds through it yesterday, so i definitely know what you mean.
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Im a Glock man myself and its just an opnion but I LOVE my Glock 30sf. Its a sub compact 45acp with a 10 round mag plus 1 in the chamber and the way it is made it fits perfect in your hand, but like I said just my opnion your going to have to go with what your most comfortable with. Good luck in Washington and in your search for your CCW

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I work late in a not so nice part of town, and that is the reason I will be carrying.
The reason I carry is because a cop is too heavy.


Go hold a few, shoot a few, see what you like, but most importantly get something you WILL carry everyday!!

Don't get something that gets left behind because it's too bulky/heavy/cumbersome, etc....

All good suggestions here, but you have to decide what you like.

I carry a M&P 9compact AND a lcp .380( in RaZZZberry).
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Im a Glock man myself and its just an opnion but I LOVE my Glock 30sf. Its a sub compact 45acp with a 10 round mag plus 1 in the chamber and the way it is made it fits perfect in your hand, but like I said just my opnion your going to have to go with what your most comfortable with. Good luck in Washington and in your search for your CCW

I do love the feel of my Glock 22 chambered in 40. Unfortunately i cant carry it concealed. I shot my friends Compact Glock 9mm and I did not like how it felt in my hand. I have medium size hands and could only fit 2 and a half fingers on the grip. I will look into them a little more because i didnt realize they were so inexpensive.
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I recommend you go to various gunshops and get a feel for what's out there, and if there are ranges with rental programs try out a few too. I carry either my Ruger SR9c or Glock 26 on my hip with my Kahr PM9 in my pocket in the spring and summer. In the winter and fall I carry my Springfield Mil-Spec 1911a1 in a shoulder holster, and I'm looking into a pocket .45 ACP, .357 magnum, or .40.

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The reason I carry is because a cop is too heavy.


Go hold a few, shoot a few, see what you like, but most importantly get something you WILL carry everyday!!

Don't get something that gets left behind because it's too bulky/heavy/cumbersome, etc....

All good suggestions here, but you have to decide what you like.

I carry a M&P 9compact AND a lcp .380( in RaZZZberry).
your reason for carrying cracks me up! I'm not completely sold on a .380 yet as a round to bet my life on. ive shot several but im not sure about them. Would you carry it as your primary concealed weapon? I have not done a ton of ballistic research on the round though and I am by no means an expert. And i do agree with you i want something i will not forget to take with me everyday. I have held but not shot several pistols and am trying to get a good feel for what suits me. unfortunately i do not have a local gun store with a range .
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your reason for carrying cracks me up! I'm not completely sold on a .380 yet as a round to bet my life on. ive shot several but im not sure about them. Would you carry it as your primary concealed weapon? I have not done a ton of ballistic research on the round though and I am by no means an expert. And i do agree with you i want something i will not forget to take with me everyday. I have held but not shot several pistols and am trying to get a good feel for what suits me. unfortunately i do not have a local gun store with a range .
I have a different plan with my .380 that I do a 9mm+p or .45acp.

With my 9mm+p or .45acp I'm shooting center mass and loading with premium hollow points.
With the .380 I'm loaded with full metal jacket and going straight for the head. This is assuming I'm VERY close to the goblin. I want fmj's for penetration with that little round. I can draw and "punch" to the head and fire a round with pretty decent speed and accuracy.
As for primary,well, you'll have to make that decision. One thing for sure, the lcp is the lightest, most concealable firearm with that potential.
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