Love the LC9. Wife end I both have one.
Love the LC9. Wife end I both have one.
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.
I really like my PM9 for front pocket carry as well as my LCP. For inside the waist, it's always my G26.
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.
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.
Love the LC9.
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.
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.
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 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.
I voted how I bought. LC9
My new favorite is the Beretta Nano!
None of the above should be a choice
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).
The one I already own, and have owned for some time, the Kahr PM9.
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.
I have a Kimber Solo, but I don't pocket carry it. It rides in a CB Microclip. Great shooting gun.
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.