View Poll Results: WHICH WOULD YOU BUY AND WHY

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  • beretta NANO

    21 12.43%
  • kahr CM9

    24 14.20%
  • kel-tec PF9

    6 3.55%
  • kimber SOLO

    11 6.51%
  • ruger LC9

    34 20.12%
  • S&W SHIELD

    45 26.63%
  • sig 938

    20 11.83%
  • taurus PT709

    8 4.73%
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  1. #21
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    Russ: I forgot to mention about the p238 and p938 - how many rounds have you put thru the pistol?
    I have read that these require about 500 to 600 rounds before they are 100% reliable

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    Russ: I forgot to mention about the p238 and p938 - how many rounds have you put thru the pistol?
    I have read that these require about 500 to 600 rounds before they are 100% reliable
    hideit:

    I shot my friend's Sig 238 and I have no idea how many shells he had shot through his weapon. I shot just under a box and experienced maybe 2 jams. (My guess he had shot less than the 500 rounds. I believe the gun was fairly new.)

    The Sig is a very well made firearm and is smaller than my Shield and would be a good choice if looking for a 380 firearm.

    Back to the slim 9mm. I had such a frustrating road leading up to my Shield. I was honestly about ready to buy a revolver because my Kahr CM9 and Beretta Nano failed just enough to cause me some concern packing as a CCW. (About 2 FTE per 100 even after both went back to the shop and yes I gripped both hard to avoid limp wrist)

    Honestly, with my Shield 9mm I have tried limp wrist to the point the gun nearly flew out of my hand, shot weak and cheap ammo, rapid fire, gang bang shooting sideways, weak hand upside down etc. and every time my Shield would kick every spent round out with authority.

    I would be nuts to vote for any other slim 9mm but the Shield. I know in a crunch she will go bang and that is really all I want in a ccw.

    Russ

    P.S. After pocket packing for nearly 8 months and 500 rounds there is zero wear. Couldn't say that with my Beretta Nano. She showed wear marks after 200 rounds.

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    Not which pocket pistol would you buy, but I just brought a Kimber Solo CDP. Timing is everything. Called my local Gander Mountain asking if they had the gun in. Been in the store at least a dozen times looking for it. They just got it in, and now I have it! Shot ninety rounds through it. It is sweet. Just follow all directions for field stripping, lubricating, and reassembly, and it performs flawlessly. It beats all other concealed handguns that I own or I have shot, hands down.

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    I voted Shield 9mm because I love mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesf View Post
    Not which pocket pistol would you buy, but I just brought a Kimber Solo CDP. Timing is everything. Called my local Gander Mountain asking if they had the gun in. Been in the store at least a dozen times looking for it. They just got it in, and now I have it! Shot ninety rounds through it. It is sweet. Just follow all directions for field stripping, lubricating, and reassembly, and it performs flawlessly. It beats all other concealed handguns that I own or I have shot, hands down.
    Stevest

    I am pleased you enjoy your Kimber. I fell in love with the beauty of the Kimber Solo when it first came out and put down a deposit. While waiting I tested one at Impact Guns in Olden Utah and every round failed to eject.

    What type of ammo are you shooting? I tried 115 grain Remington with 100% failure rate. I read you must shoot $1 per round defense ammo through the Kimber Solo.

    Too bad I really liked the feel and quality. However I enjoy shooting my ccw so I opted for the Shield which can shoot cheap Walmart ammo

    Russ

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    Your question begs more questions like how you dress, what your budget is, etc. Being a Senior Member, you know what I mean. That said, I'd look at and shoot the Kahr CM9 (a less expensive version of the PM9), along with other guns mentioned in the various responses. I have a CW9 with 2 FTEs when new, out of over 1,000 trouble free rounds so it will be reliable.
    I also like the fact that with one in the pipe and your trigger pull for the safety, you won't waste a second if, Heaven forbid, you need it NOW.

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    The thread has the word POCKET. So it is meant front pocket carry. Budget is not an issue

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    I used Remington 147 grain "Golden Saber" and Federal 147 grain "Hydra-Shok" ammo. You must use either 124 grain or 147 grain ammo as stated in all of Kimber's literature. If you go to YouTube and look for the Kimber representative being interviewed at the 2012 shot show. He talks about the gun and why USA made and high power ammo is needed. I have the CDP model and I believe the CDP model that comes through Kimber's custom shop is made slightly different from the regular Solo model. In the custom shop at Kimber gunsmiths make the gun much tighter and machine the parts better than just the regular production process. I believe this is why the CDP model is better. I don't want to sound like a Kimber rep or a know it all, I'm just an everyday concealed carry gun person. Sure the Solo CDP is more expensive and all Solos require expensive ammo. But that's the way is is if you want to carry this gun. I think it is such a cool gun that I go the extra dollar for that. I have carried a Beretta Tomcat, a S & W 642 revolver, a Ruger LCP and a Ruger LC9 and have enjoyed all of them. The last thing I want to say that the Solo is slightly more difficult to properly field strip, properly lube to Kimber's specs and properly reassemble. The key word here is properly. I think that you can't go wrong with a new Solo if you are the one who has it from new and you take care of it. Good Luck with any gun you decide to carry. There are several other good reliable guns and they don't cost as much to buy or to shoot at the range. Have fun and be safe.

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    The S&W Shield offers the best value of those slim 9s, IMO. The trigger is a thing of beauty. But unlike the Sig, you don't pay and arm and leg for it.

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    I've been looking into the Sig P290 or a Kimber Solo when they get all the bugs worked out.

    Glad to see there are a few options out there as I've always been intrigued by pocket pistols.

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    I agree with Shipwreck. The M&P Shield is an impressive weapon... Highly reccommended

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    I want a shield to try.

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    The LC9 is a great pistol for CC, i have carried one in warm weather since May of 2011. It is not a target pistol, but it is comfortable to carry and pleasant to shoot. It has always been completely reliable with any type of ammo, it has a long trigger pull but that is easy to get used to and the magazine disconnect safety is easy to remove if so desired. I have been completely happy with the LC9. I sometimes carry the LCR-357, it is vary compact and lite, usually with .38 +P, it is loud and abusive with 357 mag rounds.

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    I carry the LC9 also and agree that it's a great pistol for CC. True, it's not a target pistol, but I take it to the range every couple of weeks to run a box of ammo through it just to see how it's holding up. I can honestly say I've never had any misfire or other malfunction from day one. It's probably the only semi-auto that I've owned that has not stove piped at least once.

    I've heard great things about the Shield, and they must be true considering the current waiting list to purchase one at my local dealer is over 350 people deep.

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    Beretta Nano all the way.Im very happy with mine.never misses a beat.

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    Smith Shield...the only one on the list that I don't have yet.

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    My vote goes to S&W Shield in 9mm. After I got mine, I sold my LC9 & my CW9. Carry it 95% of the time and a Ruger SP101 the other 5%.

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    LC9 because I just bought one and it is a great little carry gun. Carried it concealed in a belly band for the last few days, almost forgot I had it on. Had a PF9, not a reliable handgun in my opinion.

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    The Shield was my choice for many of the reasons stated, I am a new shooter so I can't speak from experience other than I have no problems with mine.

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    Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    I waited a while before I made my choice on a pocket 9 mm. I did my best to keep an open mind and I concerned other calibers, such as 40 S&W and 45 ACP.

    At the end, I went with the Kahr PM9 with the black slide. I have heard great things about it from others but after buying a Kahr P380, I was not sure. Eventually, I went with the PM9.

    The things I like about the PM9 is its very small size, it's ability to handle heavier +P ammo, the polygonal rifling, reports from users, the use of top quality materials, the lack of a manual safety, the ability to fire with the magazine removed, the dovetailed front and rear sights allowing options, the simplicity of field striping, that it is Glock-like, that it is very accurate, feels right in my hands, etc.

    Going to the range with the Kahr PM9 was a very good experience. It worked very well with the cheap white box ammo and was very controllable with the hot Corbon +P 115 grain loads. Yes it has a stout recoil with the hot ammo, but it is very controllable.

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