.32, .380 or 9mm. Need small gun 2 carry regularly.

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      .32, .380 or 9mm. Need small gun 2 carry regularly.

      Ive been lookin at either the p32, p380 or a small9 to carry on a regular basis. I love my pt145, but it feels like im wearin a 2nd kid on my side after a long day.
      Im lookin to spend around 300 bucks and I want a small gun with decent balls. Any of these seem ok? If not, throw me suggestions with man stopping ammo choices n pics if you have em. Tnx, Hemmigremmie

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      p-rices is appreciated to.

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      I regularly carry a KelTec PF9. It's in your price range if you shop around (I think I paid $289 for mine). It's small and light enough for ankle and pocket carry, which is what I use mine for. Doesn't really work in the pocket of most jeans, though, so if you wear jeans a lot, look at the KelTec P3AT.
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      $300 / carry all the time
      that leaves - a .380 caliber - ruger lcp or keltec 3AT

      and i read somewhere that some cartridge manufacturers are working on a better cartridge/bullet/ballistics

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      I'd suggest carrying 6 1" rocks to throw at the bad guys.

      Just kidding.

      I've been happy with Kahr arms products. Their P9's are pretty small, thin and lightweight.

      Zhur

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      Quote Originally Posted by zhurdan View Post
      I've been happy with Kahr arms products. Their P9's are pretty small, thin and lightweight.
      Nice guns, but well outside his $300 price range.
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      I'd say stay away from .32 ACP. No need to carry it, most guns that shoot it either also shoot .380 ACP, or a pistol of similar size shooting .380 can be found.

      Of course I'd rather have a 9mm, but I have no problem carrying a .380, even as a primary. I would suggest shooting any 9mm "pocket" gun you may think about buying, as recoil might be an issue.

      FWIW I carry a Bersa .380, and also have a Springfield XD9 that will be carried eventually.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Joeywhat View Post
      I would suggest shooting any 9mm "pocket" gun you may think about buying, as recoil might be an issue.
      Good advice, but I find my PF9 much more comfortable to shoot than my P3AT.
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      Bersa Thunder maybe? Just at $300, and I hear they're good. I'm thinking of picking one up myself.

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      Quote Originally Posted by teknoid View Post
      Bersa Thunder maybe? Just at $300, and I hear they're good. I'm thinking of picking one up myself.
      Even less up here...I can get an all nickel model for $289, new bi-tone for $250-ish.

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      Bersa Thunder is an okay pistol, but on the big and heavy side for a modern .380.
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