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. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ala Tom View Post
    Why a Pocket Pistol? Won't 'small' do? I thought I wanted this type of pistol a few months ago and went looking. Many of these had not yet come on the market. I tried the 709 Slim and hated it. Couldn't hit anything with it. Its slim size made it difficult to grasp well so my shots were off due to the effects of bad grip and recoil. I tried an M&P9c but it wasn't as smooth as I expected. Recently I considered the Nano but rejected it after hearing reports that "limp wristing" was a common problem due to difficulty in gripping it.

    The best 9 mm I found was the Ruger SR9c which did indeed fit in my pocket and was easy to grip firmly and shoot accurately. But when I went in to buy it, they had a SR40c (identical size and shape, more power) and only about $20 more. I bought the Ruger SR40C instead. But I use an IWB rather than just stuffing it in my pocket. I have stuffed it in my pocket for a short time as when walking the dog late at night on a weekend when there is commotion in the neighborhood.

    I am considering a small gun again for use in an ankle holster in the car. Maybe a Glock 26 or 27. I shot the 26 well and liked its feel, just not as much as I liked the feel of the SR9C. Can I shoot the 26 (9mm) more accurately than the 27 (.40)? Maybe they are about the same for a Center of Mass shot. I feel if there are no other factors in a trade-off, a 40 is preferable than a 9 for defense.
    I agree. I prefer my S&W SD9 to which I have added a steel guiderod.

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    Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    Love the LC9. Wife end I both have one.

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    Re: Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    You see there are many good choices. Consider your price range and whether it should fit it a pocket, whether it needs to be compatible with other guns and which feels best to you.

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    I really like my PM9 for front pocket carry as well as my LCP. For inside the waist, it's always my G26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonheart View Post
    The Shield is not really a pocket pistol. It is an accurate, reliable compact handgun that fits the hand well. It is also very hard to find in 9mm and the 40 has a biting recoil. The Walther PPS is basically the same size, but the Walther is thinner and the factory trigger on the Walther is not as light as the Shield. Both these handguns can be carried in a large, cargo pants style pocket, but are better suited to a holster.

    As far as pocket handguns the Sig P-238 in 380 and the Sig P-938 in 9mm are the ultimate. Both are small reliable and capable of putting all round in a 4 inch circle at 15 yards. Most of the other pocket handguns fall way short on accuracy and reliability. I personally prefer the 9mm because of the additional power and bullet selection of the 9mm.
    As a long time pocket gun guy I have to agree. I have owned all but a few of the guns in the survey. I got one of the first Shields and sold it a month afterwards because it did not fit well in my pocket and I have big pockets since I pocket carry. It is more of a belt gun with a full slim grip. Nice gun but not a traditional pocket gun. I have found the PM9/CM9 and Sig P938 to be the best 9mm pocket guns. Slim, reliable an easy to conceal. I currently carry the Sig P938 and P238 along with a Ruger LCR .357 and .22 mag revolver. Easy to carry and with good ammo, very potent. Been shooting for over 40 years and had a few hundred handguns and I think my choices are very good based on what is out there now. I used to own an LC9 also but the grip was too thin and did not like that you had to pull the trigger almost to the absolute rear of the trigger guard to fire it. For me, the Kahrs have the best triggers but then again I am an old revolver guy so a Kahr trigger feels like a very light DA gun.

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    Having shot & carried most every gun on this list, I voted the Shield. As a daily carry gun, the size is perfect for myself. The extended magazine gives this gun the edge. It looks natural and adds more control on a quick draw. This list is pretty complete. Each of these guns are worth owning, especially the ones that have an available laser attachment.
    I give the close 2nd place nod to the NANO. Face it, it's a cool looking gun. Add a Crimson laser and it's a nice carry piece. Flat on both sides it fits comfortably in a holster.

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    Re: Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    cm9

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    Re: Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    Ok, help me think this through....
    If you had a choice between about $250 for PF9 (or LC9, but for a nieglible difference, i like the PF9 grip better, and i can get a 22conversion kit for it) or around $450 for a Shield, which would you chose and why? And would either make more sense than having a Makarov slide milled for XS standard dot night sights? (sights are about 130, unsure on labor yet)
    Why? Well NY's new "load no more than seven" makes me think i may as well go slim over my preffered M&P9c.
    As to the inevitable "get a 1911" response, i had 2, sold em. My 45 carry would be M&P45c downloaded 1.
    Experience? Ccw since '89. Handun competitor (not top shelf). I have shot many small & light guns shoot them well.
    I really am looking for opinions and why you would make your choice.
    Thanks

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    Love the LC9.

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    Re: Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    Sig P238 is my everyday carry for off duty.

    Reasons: it's light, extremely accurate, has real sights (night sights) on a pocket pistol, great trigger, 1911 design, functions flawlessly (at least mine does), looks great and enjoyable to shoot because it's all metal (not polymer) so recoil is almost non-existent. You can do a lot worse... but doubt you could do better when looking for a pocket pistol.

    The P938 is simply the newer 9mm version on mine.


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    Re: Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    Great sights too on the Sigs...

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    Has everyone forgotten about Rugers lc9 or walthers compact 9. Im not sure of its designation but id look more that way if i wanted a 9. Im fine with my 45.

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    I bought the Kahr CM9 because it was very small, easy to conceal and carry and worked just like the Glock 19 it replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charliefox View Post
    I bought the Kahr CM9 because it was very small, easy to conceal and carry and worked just like the Glock 19 it replaced.

    I agree ..but I've had the kahr Pm9 for a few years..
    And my glock 19 for a few months ..both are great shooters..

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    I have both a Nano for myself with Trijicon night sights and a Sig P938 for my wife (Trijicon factory installed).

    Both are our carry weapons.

    Personally I like my Nano better than her P938
    (Although, my Nano is currently at Beretta for FTE issues. Hope to have it back soon)

    I'm leaning to a Ruger LCR 357 if I get another carry weapon.

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    I voted how I bought. LC9

    Lateck,

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    My new favorite is the Beretta Nano!

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    None of the above should be a choice

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    I voted Kel-Tec-NOT knocking any of the others in the slightest (and some listed are most likely nicer),but for the investment plus the reliability my P11 has been giving me,it's hard to beat (at that price level anyways). Just my 2 cents though,I'm by no means an expert (just in what works for me personally).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schneep View Post
    None of the above should be a choice
    And your reasoning being?

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    The one I already own, and have owned for some time, the Kahr PM9.

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    Short list of choices, there. I voted for my Kel-Tec PF9, since it is the only 9mm I own.
    I got it for its 12 oz weight and beltclip, which makes it an easy grab when I run to the store, or wherever.
    I have 400 flawless rounds through it, but only use good ammo.

    After retiring from State LE, I strayed away from 9mm (crackheads aren't overly impressed by 9s) and went to .45acp 165 gr, +P, JHPs.
    My idea is to go with the best 'Terminal Ballistis', I can obtain at the 20 ft Self-Defense range. Most of my .45s are 3.5 to 4 in bbls.

    I try to keep a minimal terminal impact (POI) of 425 ft-lbs or better. The most effective combination of velocity & mass.
    Then, to find the best bullet configuration to maximize those ft/lbs of force for the best 'stopping-power' (aka, pain).

    I keep some smaller pistols for hot weather or those times to be discreet.

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    Which slim 9mm pocket pistol would you buy

    I have a Kimber Solo, but I don't pocket carry it. It rides in a CB Microclip. Great shooting gun.

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    I bought the Beretta Nano 3 months ago and so far I have not had a single failure of anytype using 115 grain FMJ at the range. Took a little while to get used to the long trigger pull but I believe I am over that. I've added the Talon Grips, 8 round Magazine, and a LaserMax sight. Have only run about 250 rounds through it, but it does everything it is supposed to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grabo172 View Post
    I have both a Nano for myself with Trijicon night sights and a Sig P938 for my wife (Trijicon factory installed).

    Both are our carry weapons.

    Personally I like my Nano better than her P938
    (Although, my Nano is currently at Beretta for FTE issues. Hope to have it back soon)

    I'm leaning to a Ruger LCR 357 if I get another carry weapon.
    My Nano is in its way home from Beretta. Hopefully whatever the issue was they fixed it! I'll find out Tuesday what was the problem.

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