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    Narrowed it down to ........

    Been reading this and other forums to help decide best 9mm for conceal carry. I know, it is a million dollar question. I have narrowed it down to the following guns and would like first hand experiences or knowledge of each.
    I prefer to have a thumb safety (I have heard the argument), all black, small size for easy conceal, reliable, but not break the bank. Not all the guns I list meet 100%, but I am aware of that. Thanks for the help ASAP, as I will visit gun show Saturday in Hampton Virginia.

    Taurus Millenium Pro
    SpringField XD
    Glock 26
    SIG Sauer P226
    Berreta PX4 Storm
    Ruger SR9

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    I would have to go Sig, but rather the P239. The P239 is a tad bit shorter, easier to CC. I love my P239 9MM.

    Second choice Glock. I own a Glock 23 (.40)

    Third choice Ruger LCP (.380) for pocket carry.

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    You forgot the M&P9C

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    Well,from the given choices,I'll go with the G26 . I've been shooting glocks for quite a while and I shoot with friends with all types and brands.
    The Glocks out of the box seemed to always out perform all of the guns in it's price range .
    I personally carry the G 36,I like the bigger boom !

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    If you are going to conceal a handgun, you should consider using a handgun that was designed for that purpose. Most of the handguns you listed are sidearm-sized. Yes, you can conceal a sidearm, but why would you want to, unless your hands are so big that a standard-sized handgun is the only thing you can comfortably shoot.

    Of the ones you list, only the G26 and the Millenium IMO are of a good size for cc. Of those two, I would go with the Glock, since you won't find a more reliable pistol.

    You should also consider the XDCompact, the PX4 Subcompact which has finally shown up at the dealers, and the subcompact versions of the S&W M&P and Walther P99. The Sig 239 is also a good choice, though more expensive, heavier, and slightly larger than a G26. I actually prefer my 239 over my G26 by a very slight margin, but I'm very comfortable with both....

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    +1 to PhilR.

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    Of the guns on your list I would pick the Glock 26. Now, I am wondering why you would put a gun as big as the Sig Sauer P226 on a list of guns for CCW? It is a full sized service type pistol. Don't get me wrong, it can be concealed but it is not the best choice for that.

    Also, you mentioned that you prefer a thumb safety but but at least half the guns on your list do not have one.

    I suggest you consider the Glock 19 as well. Great gun for CCW and big enough to shoot well at the range.

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    i gotta vote for the Glock
    i own one and am very happy with it
    for ccw your backup magazines can even be the g17 with much more capacity

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    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.

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    You are going to have to handle them to determine which you like. As has been mentioned the full size service is going to be a bit more challenging to conceal.

    Compact or subcompact opens a whole new world to you, Springfield XD9SC, Beretta PX4SC, SW M&P9c, Walther P99c & PPS, Glock 19 or 26, Sig P239 not intentionally leaving any off but these are a few I can think of off the top of my head.

    I would go to a gun store and handle as many as you can. If you can shoot them, all the better.

    Springfield Armory XD9SC also comes with a 17 round mag that extends an additional 3/4 of an inch. Not sure what state you live in or if this is an issue legally where you live.

    Let us know which one you chose.

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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.
    The feeling I get from your posts is that you are still a bit of a ways off from purchasing a pistol. It's just not a good idea to read a bunch of recommendations off the internet, and then run off and buy a handgun 24 hours later. If you are just going to have one concealed-carry, you would be better off renting and shooting a bunch of them before you decide.

    On the other hand, most of us have more than one cc, and more than likely you will too at some point. So just get the Glock and don't look back.....

    As for size, both you and the pistols -- I am 6'3"/220, with hands to suit. My daily-carries range from a mini-sized Seecamp, to a S&W L-frame, with a few others such as a P3AT and J-frame in between. A compact such as a G19 will be the more comfortable for you to shoot, but you aren't interested in all-day shooting when it comes to a cc. There's a good chance that you will be able to shoot a slightly smaller handgun just fine, and in the long run will happier with it's ability to conceal as well. I much prefer carrying my PM9 over my G26 or Sig239, as I hardly notice it's there. Of course I much prefer shooting the Glock or Sig over the Kahr when at the range.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that no particular size is just right for a particular person, so don't count out the smaller handguns just because you are an XXL kind of person. You might add the Walther PPS and Kahr CW9/PM9/MK9 (especially the CW9) to your list as well. Also, since you are considering the G26, you might also look at the G19 too. It's only slightly larger than a 26.

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    Great advice above. If you really like the Sig Sauer P226, you might consider the Sig Sauer P229. A bit smaller and would conceal better. I have never shot or carried a Sig 239 but I have heard great things about the. If you can find a Smith & Wesson 3913, that would be a great gun for IWB carry as it is a single stack magazine. I believe the Sig 239 is as well. A thinner gun like that is normally more comfortable to carry IWB.

    All that being said, my vote still goes to the Glock 19. It is a great gun and the only semi-auto I still own. I don't need any others as it can do everything I need a pistol to do.

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    Unless you are different from most of us this first purchase will be just that--one of at least several different handguns as your knowledge and experience increases. Choosing a comfortable and workable holster will give you even more head scratching. Let us hear what you picked at the gun show.

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    GLock

    Visited with a state certified police instructor today and saw many weapons. He encouraged me to try the Glock 19. Very nice! Had the Trijicon nitesights. Really liked it, but I still think the Glock 26 is a much easier conceal. So now help me decide. 19 or 26?

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    Quote Originally Posted by concealed View Post
    but I still think the Glock 26 is a much easier conceal. So now help me decide. 19 or 26?
    If you re-read the first sentence of your original post, you will be able to answer the question for yourself.

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    More research and narrowing down choices. Please advise. Did not make gun show due to famliy emergency. However got an excellent reference for a local gun shop owner who does his own work on guns, including installs of options. His customer serviceand prices are tops. I plan on visiting him soon. Enough jibberish, these are my choices to try in no order, all 9mm:

    Springfield XD
    SIG P239
    Glock 26
    Walther PPS

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    If you can, rent and shoot them all. That will really help make or break your decision.

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    CZ 2075 RAMI has now been added to my list!
    Taurus Millenium Pro
    SpringField XD
    Glock 26
    SIG Sauer P226
    Berreta PX4 Storm
    Ruger SR9

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    And the Sig P239 has been eliminated?

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    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.

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