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Old 12-20-2012, 10:30 PM   #11
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Consider what you want from the firearm; some wants rule others out. Smaller pistols generally recoil harder than larger pistols of the same caliber, but you have to decide how much small you want for the recoil. I like the Bersa Thunder .380, bigger than the LCP but less recoil.

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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I am in the market for a carry gun. I want something small in size, but don't want to go below a 380. I have been looking at the LCP but I am hearing horror stories about the trigger. Any thoughts?
I'll sell you my Ruger LC9 with Crimson Trace Laser Guard for $375...
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I think my number 1 concern is size. I don't want to have any reason to not carry it. I think second would be the trigger. But I guess the 8 pound trigger won't feel bad compared to the probably 12 lb on my s+w sigma. I'm not overly concerned with stopping power because I know that that mainly comes with the type of round you use, not caliber. I don't mind a kick, I can handle that. And my hands are fairly small which is why I initially thought the LCP would be great for me.

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I think my number 1 concern is size. I don't want to have any reason to not carry it. I think second would be the trigger. But I guess the 8 pound trigger won't feel bad compared to the probably 12 lb on my s+w sigma. I'm not overly concerned with stopping power because I know that that mainly comes with the type of round you use, not caliber. I don't mind a kick, I can handle that. And my hands are fairly small which is why I initially thought the LCP would be great for me.
It sounds like you are on the right track. I didn't see your budget, but if you have about $425, this is in regular 9mm rather than 9mm short and is freakin tiny: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_51/products_id/76031/Kahr+Arms+CM9093+CM+9mm+3%22+6%2B1+Textured+Blk+Po ly+Grip+and+Fr I have yet to test fire one; i handled the PM40 and found it was actually a bit too small for my hands. They have a good rep for quality, and 9x19mm has a bigger variety of ammo types.

In the end, try to find a range that will let you rent your top two picks or at least a store that will let you handle them side by side.
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It sounds like you are on the right track. I didn't see your budget, but if you have about $425, this is in regular 9mm rather than 9mm short and is freakin tiny: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_51/products_id/76031/Kahr+Arms+CM9093+CM+9mm+3%22+6%2B1+Textured+Blk+Po ly+Grip+and+Fr I have yet to test fire one; i handled the PM40 and found it was actually a bit too small for my hands. They have a good rep for quality, and 9x19mm has a bigger variety of ammo types.

In the end, try to find a range that will let you rent your top two picks or at least a store that will let you handle them side by side.
Agreed.... I love my XD 40 ... But its a little more spendy to shoot ... And the gun is just a touch to thick to conceal comfortably for me .... But on the other hand my pf9 is very forgiving for carry and as said above a big choice on rounds in a 9mm .... And more cost effient to shoot .... And for me I think 9mm is a good all around caliber for defense ... Especially at 30 ft... But shot placement is king ... And if you can't afford to get proficient with your carry gun you may as well stick with carrying your pocket knife ... Imo
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Have you considered a revolver? I know a lot of people prefer more ammo capacity, but if you believe the statistics, (1-3 shots in most SD situations), that shouldn't be an issue. My S&W Bodyguard is light, easily concealed and the .38spl+p is an adequate SD round, superior IMHO to the .380 auto.
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I had a police friend tell me that the one of the deadliest calibers is .22lr. I told him he was crazy. He then explained that a .22 doesn't have the power to go through a human, and instead rattles/jumps around inside the body and causes more damage internally than a .380 or 9mm.

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When I was a paramedic, we were told a suicidal head shot with a .22 was usually more fatal than a poorly aimed shot with a larger caliber. If the .22 gets in the skull it may not have enough power to exit and can bounce around in the skull, killing the brain. A poorly placed larger caliber can enter and exit and not do much damage if the aim isn't right.
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Everyone has a different idea of a good carry gun. What is right for me, may not suit you at all. I was in your shoes a while back. I was looking for the perfect carry gun. Guess what? There is not a perfect carry gun. There are lots of very good carry guns availabe, though. I started with a Ruger SR9c. It's now my truck gun. I now rotate between a Glock26, Glock36, and Kimber Solo. I carry them all in Crossbreed holsters. They all fit my hand well, and they shoot to my liking. My suggestion is to find a friend, or range, that has several guns you can try before you buy. Of course, the fun is in the buying, and trading of different guns! Good luck!

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I just bought the Ruger LC9. It's a very nice size for carry.

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Have you considered a revolver? I know a lot of people prefer more ammo capacity, but if you believe the statistics, (1-3 shots in most SD situations), that shouldn't be an issue. My S&W Bodyguard is light, easily concealed and the .38spl+p is an adequate SD round, superior IMHO to the .380 auto.
I agree that a .38 special wheel gun is am awesome choice ... And a sleek 9mm also ... The m&p shield is a sweet auto
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