9mm Pocket Carry

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  1. Jpigg1

    Jpigg1 New Member

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    Best 9mm everyday pocket carry under $500? Can't be big and noticeable.
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    S&W Shield. 4oz lighter than an XDs 9mm. Over $500 the Sig P938.
     

  3. Jpigg1

    Jpigg1 New Member

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    Too big. Guy at work carrys shield. I need LC9 size. Preferably smaller.
     
  4. otisthecat

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    Kahr CM9 is pretty small and under your price point.
     
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  6. Jpigg1

    Jpigg1 New Member

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    Better than Keltec pf9? How do these two compare in size if you have any idea? Thanks for all the help.
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I carry a PM9, but that's north of 600, so I'll agree with the CM9.
     
  8. otisthecat

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    CM9 is a little smaller than the PF9, but holds one round less. I would pay the extra $$ for the Kahr, just my opinion though.
     
  9. drvsafe

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    Beretta Nano? It's a sub compact. Pocket carry? No. But mine fits great in a remora no clip holster.
     
  10. Jpigg1

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    Okay. I'll keep the cm in mind. Iguess it really comes down to how they feel for me at the range.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Pretty much.
     
  12. WillWork4Ammo

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    Diamondback DB9 is one of the smallest out there.I have never fired one,or know how good they are.The Kel-Tec P11 is another one.10 round magazine and a 12 round magazine available.Drawback is the long DAO trigger pull and snappy recoil.Not a range gun for everyday shooting,but hey,10 or 12 rounds for a small pocket 9 isn't too bad.
    I never had anything mechanically wrong with mine,I just prefer something with a better trigger and tolerable recoil.But I did like it for the higher capacity and that it fit my pockets.Pretty much any lightweight pocket 9mm is going to feel snappy.
     
  13. therukh

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    I've pocket-carried my PM9 for several years now on a daily basis. I've shot it a lot & even competed with it in BUG (Back Up Gun) matches. It is one of my most trusted guns. I paid under $500 for it with night sights & blackened slide. I use Hornady Critical Defense for my carry rounds & use any ball for practice. It is extremely accurate & functionally reliable & has been from round one. I also always carry an extra 7-round magazine in a pocket pouch. I feel it is worth the price and is small enough that I am completely comfortable with it all the time. I saw a college student using a Nano when I was training him recently & he had problems handling it & a few malfunctions. At the next training session, he'd traded it for a different pistol. My vote would be PM9, hands down!
     
  14. John_Deer

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    I carry a Kel Tec P 11 in my pocket with the grip extension. You can get 10 in the magazine and one in the chamber. It looks like a bandanna wadded up in my pocket. That is when I can get it away from my wife. The pockets on my pants are large. I can a get S&W model 10 with a 4" barrel in my pocket. Just a little bit of the stock hangs out. My shirt covers the stock.
     
  15. Byron0022

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    I know it was mentioned earlier but I would go with the XDS-9. Small, reliable and fits your budget.
     
  16. Jstrong

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    I'd save up a little more and go for a p938. They can frequently be found at just a smidge over 600 online. Mine is the only 9mm I've never had problems pocket carrying
     
  17. DrumJunkie

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    I have a Sig 938. A little over 500 b ut it's easy to pocket carry and a fantastic pistol.
     
  18. danolator

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    I considered the Shield until it had a defect that prompted a recall. I pocket carry the Ruger LC9. It shoots great. Have almost 1,000 rounds through mine. The only thing I have done so far is add a grip sleeve. Down the road, I'll add a stainless rod & stronger recoil spring. Not necessary, just my preference. I made those changes on my LCP & it made shooting a box of .380 much more enjoyable.
     
  19. hardluk1

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    cm9 is my pocket pistol and they go for 370 /380 range here. I have a bit over 1600 rounds fired thru it with no issues. Good pistol.
     
  20. Mercator

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    There are no true pocket pistols in 9mm for under $500. If you are a large enough guy, or cargo pants clad all the time, then you could accommodate one of the mentioned above. I was impressed with the DB9 for its weight, grip, real sights, and the trigger. I do have reservations about its reliability (only because of the early DB380 I used to own) It is much like a Glock inside but not as robust. The Kel Tec PF9 was unreliable after a diligent breaking in. The Kahr may well me the best choice, I have dealt with 2 PM's both good, and theres no reason a CW would be any worse. The LC9 I've never tried, but never heard a bad thing. Again all of them are borderline large for everyday pocket carry, but that's up to you.
     
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