Help with the small ones

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by I'm Ringo, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. I'm Ringo

    I'm Ringo New Member

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    I'm looking to purchase a small frame pistol for concealed carry. My current carry pistol is a Glock 20, but it is simply far too large to always be practical. I have very limited experience with small handguns, so I'm trying to narrow the field in a search for the right one for me.

    So, I would ask for any suggestions, inputs, recommendations, etc. that you have. Thank you very much for your time and feel free to ask any questions that may help you help me.

    Cheers.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, I am a revolver fan for social purpose concealed carry. A S&W Mdl 36, 37, 38, or the stainless versions of the same are small, lighweight, decent power in a small package- and they work every time- which is my FIRST criteria for a concealed carry.
     

  3. jpattersonnh

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    I carry a Sig P230 .380 or a Hungarian PA-63 Feg 9x18 when they need to disappear completely. The newer Sig P232 maybe a better option as it has a safety. For short money the Feg is hard to beat although it does weigh more than the Sig. The Sig cycles much faster.
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  4. possumbarnes

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    I carry a Kel Tec PF9 every day since buying it 6 months ago. I researched this a lot before making my purchase too. The PF9 got a bad reputation early on due to some design flaws. They've worked all flaws out as of about 2 or 3 years ago. Made in America with a lifetime warranty. I've never had to use their customer service department, but from reading the KTOG forums (KTOG.Org - Kel-Tec Owners Group), this company really takes care of their customers. I've only put about 300 rounds thru mine so far, but it has performed flawlessly. It took 50 rounds or so to get used to the trigger pull and the recoil, but now I'm getting 3-4 inch groupings at 10 yds. Yes, its only a 9mm, but for someone on a budget (like me) the cost of this gun, plus the low cost and availability of the ammo, is what kept me with a 9mm.
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  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Might also consider The Ruger LCR.
     
  6. Viking

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    The number one wish list weapon for downsizing (due to my skinny frame) would be a Kahr MK40 and the next would be the PM40. I happen to like the 40 S&W round. Both are only .94" wide. They are on the spendy side but the reality is that in some ways I would have liked to have gotten the MK40 rather than the XDm 40 that I bought first. My present ccw is a Stoeger Cougar .40, not exactly compact but is more conceilable than the XDm. The only minus for the Kahr is the 5 or 6 round magazine. It's all a matter of giving up one thing for another and one can carry a lot of extra magazines for the benefit of carrying a far more conceilable weapon
     
  7. NGIB

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    I owned a PM40 for a short time and it was not a fun gun to practice with. I find .40 in the tiny platforms difficult to shoot accurately and just to much for the platform. Same thing with .357 in the tiny & light revolvers. The PM9 on the other hand is a very nice pocket gun - if you have large pockets...
     
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    I think the Ruger LCR sounds perfect for you. It's unbelievably light but tough, fits easily into a front pocket, has a really smooth DAO trigger, and packs a punch with 38 Special +P ammo. The price is right, too, at just over $450.
     
  9. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    With a proper introduction in the "Introductions" thread, I'm sure you'll find people more apt to help you.
     
  10. canebrake

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  11. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I think Ringo (OP) was a drive-by questioner.

    I hate it when that happens!

    You're welcome Ringo.
     
  12. Viking

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    That's where the 7.3 oz more for the MK 40 might help ease the recoil pain. My early experiences with nasty recoil started with 6" barreled SA revolvers so a light weight .40 pistol probably wouldn't bother me too much. I presently own a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog which has a pretty stiff recoil as it parallels some of the .45 ACP loads. What I figure is that in a firefight situation with adrenalin flowing at max it's doubtful recoil will be much of an issue.
     
  13. Hollander

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    Kahr PM9. Great in the pocket or on the belt. Break it in correctly and you will love it forever.