Getting CCW permit. Which gun??
Im getting my CCW permit and Im looking for a decent priced Handgun thats pretty easily hidden.
I have big hands so I'll need a bigger grip.
Trying to stay in the 400 dollar or so budget.
Whats yer thoughts??? Hitting Vances in Columbus ltr this month to look n buy. Tnx, HG
I'd think you'd have that figured out before you went for your CCW permit. There's a little more to it than just 2+2=x In my opinion, your priorities are a bit reversed here. Don't mean to upset you in any way, I just say it like I see it, and you've said it. You'll likely need something to qualify with no doubt. The horse comes before the cart. Good luck in your exploits, and welcome to the site above all. No man can guide another without the other realizing their destiny.
Getting CCW permit. Which gun??
Speaking very generally, if you have to ask, you're better off with a good revolver.
I don't think there's anything wrong with getting a CCW before picking the gun. Not everyone is a gun enthusiast, but people who apply for a CCW should be congratulated for recognizing that the world can be a dangerous place, and that going armed can be a logical response to that danger.
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If your heart's set on an autoloader, at something close to that price point, you might find a Glock, an XD or a S&W M&P. All have models with double stack mags that should be thick enough for you. Also the XD and the M&P have adjustable backstraps to make them fit any size hand.
Not the XD, only the M&P.
Originally Posted by falshman70
No disrespect to the suggestions above, but none of them will meet your specifications, with the possible exception of a sale-priced M&P that, with consideration of their $50 rebate, might come under your $400 price cap.
There are a few choices in that price range that I would personally own. The new Ruger SR9 can be ordered for under $400, as can other earlier Ruger models. Also, several CZ's can be ordered from Bud's Gun Shop for just under your price cap. If you can find an FFL that will charge you a reasonable amount to do the transfer (like $10), then you would still stay about $400.
If I needed a $400 CCW, I would choose the Kahr CW9. They might be too small for you, but it's worth checking out. Nice little guns, and *very* easy to conceal. If I wanted a more standard-sized handgun, I would get one of those used German P6's, which is a Sig 225 used by the German police. Good ones can often be had for around $350, and they are as reliable as any other Sig. Dan's Ammo is a good place to get one.
Lastly, there are some Taurus' and Bersas to consider, but I would probably go with a Ruger before those. Also, there are a few very good revolvers that you can get in your price range, especially if you buy a used one. The S&W 442 can often be found new for $379-399, and with a standard-sized accessory grip (stock ones are kinda small), should perform well for you.
I wouldn't worry so much about your hand size. You can always enlarge the grip of any gun. The reverse is more difficult. Hogue makes overgrips. And skateboard tape works in a pinch.
Originally Posted by hemmigremmie
Take a look at the Khar CW9.
I would recommend trying several and finding a gun that fits your hand, feels comfortable, and hit the target well. Many ranges offer loaner or rental guns to shoot while at their range. I tried more than 10 before I narrowed it down to my choice (Glock 37). Then in summertime, the Glock became more difficult to easily conceal (although I did it this past summer), I then tried a purchased another, smaller, weapon for summer use, and backup (when the Glock goes to the shop, etc.)
My primary encouragement to you is to please, Please, PLEASE do NOT make your choice primarily on the issue of price. The choice of a good CCW handgun needs to be based on how it feels in your hand, your ability to conceal it, its weight, and dependbility. Price is ONLY one factor, and saving $50-200 is NOT a good option if the gun doesn't fit, feel good, etc.
I hope this is helpful.
Thanks for the nice replys all.
I'll take heed and check out every avenue.
I should mention that Im not new to firearms, but its been a while since Ive been into it and my last gun was an older Smith n Wesson 44.
Im anxious to hit the range again. Tnx again, HG
There's a few in your price range. Look around and see what fits your hand best. and take it to the range and get really familiar with your new friend. You don't have a lot of time to think about things if you have to get hold of it in a hurry. If you are wanting to carry then you must believe that there could come a time that you might be in a little hurry introducing someone to the fact that you are armed.
I seriously did send the guy a message bout that gun, but its kinda big. He said its like a 4 inch small 357.
Its neat and I like it.
glock 26 or 27 or 39
3" 9mm's- there are a lot to choose from- smallest is the keltec pf9 or p11 with double stack
keltec 3AT- maybe too small for you hands
walther PPK or PPS
revolver - S&W J frame
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