I'm getting my CCW license in a month, what should I buy?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Mr. Bluesky, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    I'm planning on getting my Michigan CCW license in just over a month, and I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a new gun. Though I don't plan on carrying immediately (I'm on a college campus 90% of the time) the two I have aren't really suitable for concealed carry if I ever have a reason to do so. I'm looking for:

    9mm
    Polymer Frame
    Barrel between 3" and 4"
    Grip large enough to fit my whole hand, no pinky hanging off
    Not a Glock (They just do not fit my hand)

    Other than that, anything's an option. The S&W SD9 caught my eye, as did the Ruger SR9. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I advocate the idea of "one gun does not fit all". What works in winter may not work in summer. As a student, I presume that $'s are not in excess. Look at Bersa, Kahr, or others like that. Southern Ohio Guns and Bud's Gun shop seem to have some good deals.

    Good luck in you search.
     

  3. Blizzard

    Blizzard New Member

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    I have a Kel-Tec PF-9 and have found it to be excellent for concealed carry. And it's also fairly cheap.
     
  4. nwrednk

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    S&W polymer frame .40 cal

    Is a favourite of one of my friends, (Im not sure if that model or the
    9mm version are still on the market though). But look for a good used one
    as a possible choice. My Makarov .380 & AMT .380 are my favourite choices,
    but even though I favor semi-autos... the Taurus Judge has caught my
    interest & I plan to examine one @ the next gun show that come in three
    configurations that are 5 shot models that fire .45 long colt or .410 shot-
    shells. (The .410 option might be what I need to bag a Grouse or 2 when
    hunting big game)!:cool:
     
  5. KBlue

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    XD subcompact with a pearce grip extension. Get yourself a crossbreed supertuck and one of their belts. You can wear shorts and a t shirt and forget youre even carrying. here's mine in .40
     

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    BTW, The XD sub-compact is also a good choice but I don't have the info on it.

    However, the best advice it to try out a number of guns and get a feel for what works for you and stick with that. I tried to give you some choices to start with but this is by no means a complete list. Finding the one that is best for you is the key. It may be something I would not have even thought of but is perfect for you.

    But remember when you get it; you owe us a range report, :D.
     
  9. nwrednk

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    UHH, I think the gent...

    Was looking for a concealable handgun to fit larger hands? Khar is a good
    choice with several models, but so is a Whalter P-38! And the Whalter along
    with it's modern clones do not have the "floppy barrel" like m1911's! I like my
    P-38, (but, if I had to choose only one handgun...it would be my Luger)!:D
     
  10. mesinge2

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    What ever you do don't buy a: Jennings, Bryco, Jimenez, Raven, Lorcin.
    Here the info:

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  11. RDW

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    NEVER forget that you're carrying it! It might be pedestrian to say this here, but Live your Life in Condition YELLOW.
     
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  12. nwrednk

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    True-dat...

    I still have a jennings .380 that is a "one shot wonder" despite much work!
    However, "Bryco", did "once" produce handguns in the late 1990's that
    worked! Mom still has an original .380 that she is deadly accurate with & my
    junk one provides springs & pins & other spare parts if needed. I had an old
    Bryco m59 in 9mm Luger that worked flawlessly,(as long as you used ball-
    ammo) & it was very uncompfortable to shoot! I sold it in the fall of 1999 for
    $125 towards the purchase of a Mossberg 500A 12Ga pistol grip model with some
    #4 buckshot as a "Y2k special"!:D
     
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  13. KBlue

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    You are taking my post too literally ;). Good advice though.
     
  14. canebrake

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    +1 RDW!

    You know why we never hear stories from those that didn't stay in Condition YELLOW?

    They're all DEAD! [​IMG]
     
  15. mesinge2

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    My cousin knows that I am well versed in handguns and 3 or 4 years ago asked me to recommend a 9mm pistol that would be small enough for everyday carry, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive.

    I recommended three types from the cheapest I would trust with increasing expense. The first was a Kel-tec PF-9 9mm for around $300, the second was a Taurus PT111 for between $350 and $400, and the last was a Glock 19 or 26 for around $500. He didn't want to spend more than $500.

    The prices are from a local store in my area.

    Two days later he said that I was totally wrong he got a 9mm for $140. He was bragging. I said "its a Jennings isn't it."

    He said a "Bryco Model 59." I simply responded same thing, and have fun while it lasts.

    Two weeks later he set me this image:
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    He said he took it shooting and after 18 rounds this happened.
    I re-recommended the same three guns and said listen to me this time.

    He did and now owns a Taurus Pt-111 and a Ruger SR9c (that he just bought).

    I the reason I mention the Jennings, Bryco, Jimenez, Raven, whatever "ring of fire" gun is to warn people to avoid them.
    If you don't mention it to newbies then they won't know its a potential problem!
     
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  16. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    You probably want a firearm that (1) the manufacturer is still in business, (2) has a reputation to work reliably, and (3) fits your hand.
     
  17. nwrednk

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    Mesinge2...That

    is a pic of their "last improvement"! That gummy red plastic plug flew off the
    firing pin,(or jammed the action) & rendered the gun useless! I replaced the
    one on mine with a press-fit aluminum one to no avail...the thing will barely
    fire 3 shots & then the barrel started to "come loose"! I re-barreled the thing
    with some barrel-stock I had & improved the sloppy locator pin with a larger
    one with the aid of an "edm machine" that still made no improvement!!! Scrap
    the thing (before it hurts the wrong person)!:rolleyes:
     
  18. mesinge2

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    My Cousin uses it as a paper weight now
     
  19. Mr. Bluesky

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    Not my FLGS, but a large gun store within driving distance just got a shipment of unused Bulgarian-made (Arsenal) Makarovs, still in the packing grease and everything. They're asking a little over $200 for them, what do you folks think?
     
  20. mesinge2

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    The makarov is a great carry gun. More powerful than a .380 and very accurate and reliable. I own two, a Russian and an East German model. I say go for it!