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Old 12-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default Ruger lc9 or charter arms .38 spl

I currently own a Glock 17 gen 4 but I am planning on getting my ccw ASAP and need something smaller to conceal, that will still fit my hand, I like the ruger lc9 but I've always had a thing for snubbies, what do you think?
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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I own both but I like the way the LC9 shoots but i love the way my charters feels in my hand so my next will be the charter 9mm rim-less revolver.but if you want to choose an either or it comes down to what you trust a revolver or semi-auto I personally trust a revolver
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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The LC9 has a few annoyances. I don't like the safety mechanism. If you google LC9 reviews you will find a list of things that can be a PITA. I have a Charter 357 that is very dependable.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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I would say it depends on price between the to. One of my girls cc's a carter UL 38sp. Both work well. Ruger has a better trigger stock but throw a wolf hammer spring in the CA and its pretty good too. The CA ultra light is 13oz and ruger is close to thats soooooooo
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:37 AM   #5
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For me Revolvers aren't at all viable as a carry option. Home protect, sure, but the width of the cylinder Invalidates them as concealable to me. Now Open carry is whole different story, but sounds to me like you want something to hide, so I say stay away from the six shooters.

Have you shot an LC9 before? I think you'll find that its trigger is nothing close to what you have with your Glock and you'll hate it... I sure did, with a passion. Also a gun that requires a tool for Takedown simply isn't okay for me.

If I were you I'd scratch both of the options you've listed and determine what it is you want from your gun first. That could help narrow down the possibilities and suggestions.

What's your price point?

The LC9 is like what 350-400?

I'd consider:

Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry 9mm.
Taurus 709 slim (near identical trigger to Glock)

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I've found my revolver to be my go. It is so much easier to carry than my other. I have the LCR and it will go in my pants pocket, jacket, or IWB with no problem.
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I have the Bersa Thumder 380, Taurus 738 and the CA 38spl. For reason I always end up going with the 38 spl. Super simple and safe. Very reliable and wears easily. Good trigger and reasonable accuracy. It's on my do not sell list.
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Have you looked into a G26 for a carry weapon? Its gonna be what your use to and you should transition well. Im just curious why not just carry your G17? Thats what I carry everyday for now. I know my Glock goes bang everytime I pull the trigger and im more comfortable carrying a full size gun also. You might find a small frame firearm better for you, you will never know untill you shoot a couple. My wife carries a Jframe everyday and she loves it. I can shoot it well but im more comfortable with a full size. Hope this helps you out.
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Well, my friend has a g26 and I'm not a huge fan, i do plan on carrying my g17 a lot but I also want the versatility of a small gun, I'm definitely going to go shoot before I make a final decision
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If you decide on a snubby, you'll also need to invest in range time. It takes a while to get used to the small platform. I've had one a few years and it's always a humbling range experience at distances more than 10-15 feet. It conceals better than my small auto, (M&P Shield), and the .38+p is an adequate SD round. That said, my EDC's the Shield because I'm consistantly better with it. For that reason, I'd recommend you go with the LC9. You'll likely be better with the auto too.
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