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Old 12-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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As I'm sure you've heard others say elsewhere...the best CCW gun is the one you carry with you ALWAYS (within legal rights). I've fired pocket guns (25 and 32's), what most people would say is the smallest round they would consider..the 380, 9mm, 40, .45ACP, and even a 10mm. I spent months reading boards and reviews..and fired a few borrowed guns for my own opinions. I chose the Kel-Tec PF9 and keep it loaded with 147grn +P PDX. Its the largest gun I can conceal with almost no thought or planning...soccer shorts pocket, jeans back pocket, lightweight jacket pocket....even with a +1 mag extension it conceals VERY easy, weighs almost nothing..and packs quite a punch for its size. It IS a feisty little gun with +P but I didn't buy it to plink with at the range..I bought it to protect myself or others when shit hits the fan. Springfield now has the XD-S in .45ACP and its about the same size as my little PF9 and shoots with less recoil (how they pulled that off I don't know) but only holds 5 rounds and costs almost 3 times what I paid for my PF9. I have friends who bought the standard goto carry gun because they hold more rounds...the G23 and G17...but then complain that its too big or hard to conceal so they don't carry. Shit aint gonna help you if its sitting in the nightstand at home. Pick something that will STOP the attack and that you will ALWAYS CARRY.

And just to provide some NON politically correct advertising for the Kel Tec PF9...it was good enough for Trayvon

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:57 PM   #22
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OP, get in on CJs offer.

As to your question, what is your build? You tall short skinny or fat? This will dictate, to a degree, the calibers with which you are comfortable...
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:06 PM   #23
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I believe a .380 will get the job done. The muzzle of a .45 looks much more serious than a .380 but I don't think anyone wants extra holes in their body regardless of the size, just gotta find what fits you.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #24
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I think good choices for conceal carry would be S&W 442/642 or Sig P238/938. For a good full size home defense/ comfortable range shooter you can't go wrong with a Beretta 92, CZ75, or Sig P226.

These aren't the cheapest options out there but they are proven reliable and accurate shooters, and they are all metal guns with hammers which I prefer.

If you like striker fired polymer guns Glock 19, S&W M&P, Ruger SR9, and Springfield XD are great choices.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:38 AM   #25
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anybody have a Kahr CM9? That's what I have been looking at lately.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:14 AM   #26
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I am right at 6'0" tall and 175lbs. Pretty average/thin side I guess.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:46 AM   #27
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I had a ruger LCR at one point but carry a glock 19 everywhere now. I was carrying a 17 but actually shoot the 19s better.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #28
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I had a ruger LCR at one point but carry a glock 19 everywhere now. I was carrying a 17 but actually shoot the 19s better.
glock 19, the best pistol ever carried
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:30 AM   #29
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anybody have a Kahr CM9? That's what I have been looking at lately.
I had a cm40, I liked it. NOT fun to shoot, but I bet the 9mm version is nicer on the hand.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:54 AM   #30
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I carry a Glock 32 (.357Sig), same size as the Glock 19. It's just about right for me, but as someone else mentioned, your size/build may dictate you carry something smaller or allow you to carry something bigger. Try, Try, Try again until you find what works best for you!
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #31
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6'2" and 170 you can carry/shoot most anything...

I like Walthers. I have a P99QA in 40 that has a low signature, as well as a P99c in 9mm that is smaller and also has a low signature. Other than that my officers model 1911 is another that fits well.

These other guys have a lot more knowledge than I do though, so look at their suggestions for sure...
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #32
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I was thinking about early January, so everyone can play with their new xmas, anyone else interest in another GTG?
I'm in. Looking for options to carry. Missed my CHL class Sunday due to family emergency
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