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    Go with the Sig. I have two on the way(220,226) and a little 232 for pocket duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concealed View Post
    OK...thanks for help. So I am 6'1 240 lbs, am going to carry IWB. What 9mm do you most recommend? I has started with subcompacts, but was told to go woth compacts or larger. Anyway, gun show is tomorrow so more help is appreciated.
    This is a question of curiousity and not intended to offend in any way; I just wondered why a relatively large man would feel content carrying a relatively small caliber 9mm for defensive purposes. thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon8 View Post
    This is a question of curiousity and not intended to offend in any way; I just wondered why a relatively large man would feel content carrying a relatively small caliber 9mm for defensive purposes. thx.
    What does a persons size have to do with "feeling content" about a certain caliber for defensive purposes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon8 View Post
    This is a question of curiousity and not intended to offend in any way; I just wondered why a relatively large man would feel content carrying a relatively small caliber 9mm for defensive purposes. thx.
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    What does a persons size have to do with "feeling content" about a certain caliber for defensive purposes?
    Exactly Jeff. I'm 6'5", 240 and carry a 9mm and even, gasp, a .380 sometimes. My physical size has nothing to do with caliber selection. By that rationale, I should be strapping on a Desert Eagle every morning.

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    Size Explanation

    curmudgeon8,

    My gun choice was not made on my size. My logic is that a small concealable gun is more comfortable, lightweight, and therefore more likely to be worn! A 9mm, despite arguments otherwise, with the proper ammo selection, will be more than enough for self protection. I hope to never need it, and still plan to use MY SIZE first as defense, but will not hesistate to fire if situation arises. Thanks for your input.

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    We had a saying on the police force that the larger the caliber the smaller the...well, you guys can figure out the rest.

    I am 6'4" and a little over 240 and choose to carry a 9mm as well. Size has nothing to do with caliber choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    Exactly Jeff. I'm 6'5", 240 and carry a 9mm and even, gasp, a .380 sometimes. My physical size has nothing to do with caliber selection. By that rationale, I should be strapping on a Desert Eagle every morning.


    It's too bad we don't hang out, because you'd be carrying around a Desert Eagle and I'd have to have a S&W 500 on my hip!

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    Glock 26

    Got a price for Glock 26 ($449), Trijicon night sights ($99), and extended grip ($8) with everything installed. THis is a new in the box gun. Plan on getting it this Friday or Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concealed View Post
    Got a price for Glock 26 ($449), Trijicon night sights ($99), and extended grip ($8) with everything installed. THis is a new in the box gun. Plan on getting it this Friday or Saturday.
    Good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post


    It's too bad we don't hang out, because you'd be carrying around a Desert Eagle and I'd have to have a S&W 500 on my hip!

    -Jeff-
    Doggone, I need to hang out with you guys....then I won't need to carry at all. Compared to you two, I'm just a little guy at 6' 220lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concealed View Post
    My bad. The SIG is now the 239. Based on results from a poll in another forum, it appears Glock 26, SIG 239, and Kahr PM9 are lead contenders. Gotta find them all to try.
    You can't go wrong with the G26, if it fits your hand. It is a double-stack, so it feels more like a bigger gun, and I find it to be a little bit easier to shoot accurately than a Kahr, due to my fairly large hands. For what it's worth, the XD-9 SC is the same size, and is an equally good choice, as is an M&P compact.

    The Kahr PM-9 is a great little single-stack, that will fit in a big pocket, and is very accurate for its size, but a little harder to shoot, unless you have small hands. I owned one for a while, and I really liked it, but it just didn't fit me.

    I have a CZ RAMI that I dearly love to shoot, but I am still ironing out some feed problems with it, so I cannot in good concience recommend it for a carry gun, as yet. But it is unsurpassed as a compact shooter, and I expect that it will be my number one CCW, after a couple more range sessions.

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    OK...being a longtime hunter, I have always dealt with safeties, and I cannot get it out of my mine. I have heard the pros and cons, and just think I may want it. The gun that meets all criteria is the Ruger SR9. I believe it is larger than Glock 26? Anyone have comments on this? Right now I will be getting the Glock 26 unless I here good comments about the Ruger SR9. Then I may consider that one.

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    The Ruger is a full size weapon and has had a lot of problems. I think it was recalled at some point right after it first came out.

    The Glock 26 is a great gun and the price you mentioned is pretty good.

    I say go for it.

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    Can't go wrong with the Glock. As someone else on the forum said, just keep your booger finger off the trigger until you need to use it.

    I'm not familiar with the Ruger. I've got an LCP that I carry with one in the pipe. No safe, long trigger pull to make it go bang.

    Of course the Sig P239 has a decocking lever, which I think is so much better than a safety.

    My take on a safety is the same as not carrying with a round chambered. If you have a round chambered and safe on and get into a "I need to draw and shoot" scenario, through nervousness you might forget to click off the safe. Then your screwed.

    With a decocker, it seats and blocks the hammer from the firing pin. All you need to do then is squeeze the trigger to bust a cap. And believe me, tripping the trigger by accident takes a deliberate motion.

    I can tell you this for sure. If you are not comfortable with the action of the gun you are buying, regardless of how many times you've fired it or how much you like it, you'll always be nervous about it.

    Like everyone here has said. Be sure of the gun you are buying before you buy it. Just because your best bud owns a particular gun, that doesn't mean it's right for you.

    I recently bought a Sig P239 over a Springfield XD 9SC. Cost was a little over $200 more for the Sig. The Sig by far is the most comfortable gun I have ever held in my hand. The first time I chambered it, I did it outside. Used the decock lever, it didn't go bang, I immediately trusted the gun.

    I never carry unless there is one in the pipe. Period.

    So we on the forum can give advice, suggest, tell you what we like etc. It's gonna be your gun, you have to be comfortable with it.

    Sorry for such a long post. Good luck in your purchase and keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon8 View Post
    I just wondered why a relatively large man would feel content carrying a relatively small caliber 9mm for defensive purposes. thx.
    Because I don't feel like carrying a weapon proportional to my size? And 20mm ammunition is expensive?

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    Purchase

    Picked up the Glock 26 LE today. Had Trijicon night sites installed, and also got an extender for 1 magazine. Gun fits comfortably either way, but the extender makes it perfect. Now I must choose some ammo. Bought box of Federal 115 Grain +P+ JHP while in store.

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