I don't know much about snowballs, but I know the 84FS is the double-stacked 13rd variation of the 9mmK Cheetah, whereas the 85FS is the single-stacked 8rd variation. Cheers.
I'm kinda hunting a CS9, myself. Seems like a pretty good-sized 9mm.
I carry the polish p-64 resprung to a sixteen pound double action trigger pull.
the 9x18 round has decent power and the gun is a flawless shooter.
I would go with . . . . wait for it . . . . the PPK.
But joking aside. .380ACP is a adequate defense caliber, especially with modern ammunition. The problem with most people when they purchase a pistol for self protection, it that they do not practice enough to be efficient with it. They buy it, run a box through it, and that's about it. Flesh wounds are not effective and I have seen it many times at the range when that is good enough for people. As long as they hit the paper, their happy. What you do at the range translates to the real world. Go for the gate of the eyes, the sternum, and the pelvis . . . effective targets.
Argue about caliber all you want, it all comes down to shot placement and how much damage is done.
Amen on that. Couldn't agree more J.
For a pocket gun, I would go with a Kel-tec. It's the lightest and most unobtrusive of all the guns mentioned in this thread.
I would also not be quick to discount a smith and wesson airweight J-frame in .38spl+p. I tried a lot of deep concealment guns and for pocket carry....the P3At and S&W637 airweight are my choices.
For me, it's easy to keep the .380 on target, and put the shots where they need to go. Very controllable round. I don't ever feel inadequately armed with one.
Along those same lines, the Sig 232 is a pretty good choice. It's lighter than the PPK, though a bit longer and taller.
Is there a significant difference it the weight of a stainless vs carbon steel handgun? I wouldn't have thought so, they both weigh about 490lbs/cf or so.
Perhaps they put more steel in the stainless version?
No, they should be the same, more or less. Only when U see an alloy gun will it be lighter...
Good luck with it. :)
And throw some pics up if you get a chance.