Pocket pistol for under $400

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by josefsu2000, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. josefsu2000

    josefsu2000 New Member

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    I'm in the market for an easy CC pistol... Something smaller than my Glock 27 to carry during the summer months.

    Any suggestions?

    I think I want this one to be 9mm or .380...
     
  2. TX45

    TX45 New Member

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    I have the Ruger SR9c which is an excellent 9mm pistol. I also suggest you check out the Ruger LC9 & LCP and Taurus 709 & TCP.
     

  3. Westy

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    Kahr CW9. Usually can be bought new for under $400. Forget the .380. You can get a 9mm in about the same size and it will be allot less expensive to shoot with. I personally would stay away from the Taurus TCP .380. I had one and it had issues. I never got 50 rounds off without any hitches. Usually couldn't make it through two mags without a jam.

    The SR9C is a good choice too. I have a SR9 and it is a great gun. The "C" is the compact version.
     
  4. sputnik1988

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    My girlfriend has a S&W bodygaurd .380 and we both HATE it with a passion, I know you asked for a suggestion, all i can suggest is stay away from one of those. That and maybe a charter arms .38 revolver, a friend of mine had one, he loved it but it was stolen.:(
     
  5. Gonzilla

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    Would it be too much to ask why ? I went w LCP and had to add laser to Christmas list. Excellent gun but it's a love/hate affair. Love to carry it, not a whole lotta fun to shoot it.

    Sig 238 & resurrected Colt Mustang are allegedly easier to shoot. Nice sights...

    Youtubes nutnfancy makes a good case for 9mm over 380.
     
  6. Tackleberry1

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    I second Kahr products. I've carried daily for 16 years. 4 years ago I found the perfect CCW pistol, the Kahr PM 9.

    PM 9's run about 610 retail in my neck of the woods but thier new budget version, the CM 9 is 2 bills less and you still get 9 mm power, Kahrs Excellent trigger, all in one of the most compact 9 mm packages available.

    The neceties you give up between the two are inconsequential in a CCW firearm.

    Had the CM 9 been available 4 years ago I would have bought it and put the extra 200 toward ammo.

    Tack
     
  7. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Not at all, it feels pretty good in the hand, but it is the most inaccurate thing ive ever shot. It shoots way low even at very close ranges, on top of that the trigger pull feels like its 12-14 pounds.

    I realize that its a pocket pistol not a match gun, but shooting 8 inches low at 15 feet is unexeptable.
     
  8. josefsu2000

    josefsu2000 New Member

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    I got to shoot the Bodyguard 380 last night and I found very accurate. Very impressed with the groupings I was having. It's definitely what I'm looking for as far as size and functionality...
     
  9. AIKIJUTSU

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    A CZ 2075 RAMI, either in 9MM or .40 S&W is easy to conceal, sturdy, reliable and potent. 6.5" long, 4.75" high. 3"barrel, DA/SA hybrid. May be a little over $400, but you get a lot for what you pay.
    Another possibility would be a Taurus Millenium Pro series, PT145 (.45 acp), PT140 (.40 S&W), PT111 (9MM). 6" long, 5" high, 3.25" barrel, 10+1 capacity. A little bulky, but dependable and plenty accurate. less than $400.
     
  10. sweeper22

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    You've already got a good compact in the G27. I have one (don't love Glock, don't love 40sw, yet...go figure). It's my "truck gun". And while I'm at times annoyed with the grip angle (really gotta push that front sight down), I shoot it pretty well. And through muscle memory of constantly running my index finger along the slide, I point-fire it really accurately.

    For a subcomp/micro type semiauto, you'll probably want to go with a single stack. I have a Kel-Tec PF9 (7+1 capacity) that hasn't ever failed with any kind of ammo. It's about as light as a 9mm can get. But I'm not going to sit here and blow smoke. It is not a terribly fun gun to shoot gun, nor does it possess a nice trigger or beautiful finish. What it is: a no-frills convenient carry piece that offers reliable function and outstanding power/capacity : size/weight ratio...all at an attractive price (just south of $300).

    If you want to get all the pocket gun you can for $400 or so, I'd suggest looking into the Ruger LC9 and Kahr CM9. If these were available when I bought my PF9, I might very well have gone in a different direction. And Kahr, Ruger, and Kel-Tec all offer solid micros in 380acp as well.

    The other option is a smaller 38sp, like the Ruger LCR. I think it's an excellent gun.
     
  11. E-Rez

    E-Rez New Member

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    I carry a Bodyguard 380 daily. Absolutely love it.
     
  12. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    I have found a couple of LCPs with Laser for under 400. I'm not sure if they are preowned tho. But I would say the bodyguard or ruger 380s. Both are great guns.
     
  13. orangello

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    I don't CC, but i reeeeally liked my lil Bersa Thunder .380 in that flat nickel finish, ~$300.
     
  14. gollygee

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    For me, the Thunder .380 is a mite large for pocket carry, but I have read of others carrying it that way. I do like the Bersas. My wife has the Thunder & I have the Concealed Carry & not a hiccup with either one.

    If I were to carry in my pocket, I believe it would be the Colt Mustang or Sig P238.
     
  15. silverado113

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    The new S&W M&P Shield looks promising as well.
     

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  16. josefsu2000

    josefsu2000 New Member

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    I went and saw the Shield today... I like it a lot... It might be my next purchase
     
  17. Donn

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    Most of the talk on this thread has been about which pocket auto. I carry a S&W Bodyguard .38spl wheelgun. Light, compact, easy to conceal and the .38spl+p is an adequate personal defense round, better than the .380 IMHO. The DA only trigger pull takes some getting used to, as does the small grip, but you'll get used to both. I rarely use it, but the Bodyguard comes standard with a laser. Just my $.02 worth.
     
  18. Phelenwolf

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    I carry my Bodyguard in a pocket holster everywhere I go. I like the new compact semi autos but there is just something about a snub nose .38 that lets you know when you pull the trigger is will fire everytime. I also carry a Taurus Model 85 in a Blackhawk ankle holster.
     
  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I carry a S&W Bodyguard 380. It is excellent for its intended purpose.
     
  20. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Just as long as you accept that break-in ammo, a couple of appropriate holsters, some high quality carry ammo, and an extra couple of magazines will greatly add to the cost...

    I personally carry a Kahr CM9 in my collection. It can work as a pocket gun, but I use as my IWB gun when I want to have a smaller gun. If I want to pocket carry, I usually carry my Kahr P380, one of the smallest pocket guns on the market (smaller than the LCP...), but it is more expensive than the CM9. After a $390 price on the CM9, 200 rounds of ammo, 2 holsters, a CT laser (my wife wants to carry it, too, and she likes the little red dot), and Ranger 147grains, I'm closer to $800 than $400. Just be aware that you will need more than $400.

    BTW, don't by a used Kahr. I love their guns, but their warranty sucks and doesn't cover used guns. Did y'all know that?