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Hard to beat the Glock 26 if you want a 9mm.
The Glock 26 is easy to conceal, doesn't require a break-in to initally work, is reliable, and is competitively priced.
I carry Glock subcompacts in the "appendix" position (just to right of zipper) where they are easily concealed by a loose untucked shirt.
No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!
My vote is for Kahr PM9 (15 ounces .9 thick)- small enough for your front or rear pocket which makes summer carry fun. The MK9 is even smoother - but heavy at 22 ozs I've heard the Ruger 9mm is good but never tried one.
one my of shooting pals just picked up a PM9 I will shoot it and provide a report next week
Having tried the Kahr, Kel-Tec, and LC9, I went with the Ruger:
The Kahr is made by the Sun Myung Moon Moonie people, and it's impossible for me to give those freaks any of my hard-earned money. The Kel-Tec is a good gun, but the trigger bite is fierce. The LC9 is comfortable, easy to carry, and rock-solid reliable. The trigger is excellent once you remove the magazine disconnect safety.
Make no mistake - the Kahr does shoot well; it's accurate and reliable, and very compact. But the Ruger is American and totally solid - built like a tank (like all Ruger firearms). As I've mentioned before, at the range, I'm tending to shoot the LC9 even more than my SR9c because it's so much fun. Get a good carry system, some extra mags, good ammo, and have at it.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
Kahr CW 9 and CM9. 1/10" thinner slide than the Glocks and makes all the difference in the world for concealment. Also very light and accurate little single stacks specifically designed for concealed carry. Highly recommend.....the guns Gaston Glock should be making.
"Said I never had any use for one.....never said I didn't know how to use it. " Matthew Quiqley
I love my LC9 (even with the magazine disconnect)! I have had zero issues with it and it is quite accurate. Since I have small hands I actually did not use the extended floorplate on the magazine, and it conceals really well.
I would go for a Glock 26 since youre coming from a 19 already. Get the mag extender and youre good to go
I owned an LC9 for a month. I sold it. It just didn't work for me and wasn't enough easier than the 26 to conceal to make it worth putting up with the trigger and poor sights.
I've shot a PM9 and it was "OK", but I wasn't fond of the trigger. I'm going to try the Kahr CM9 which Gun test says has a much better trigger than the PM9 (I don't know why it would, Gun test said they didn't either, but that it definitely does), and as a bonus about $200.00 less price tag. If I like the CM9, that will be my next summer carry gun.
I still won't sell the LCP, it's the gun that means I'm never unarmed where it's legal, I shoot it well enough at likely ranges (1 to 7 yards), and a spare magazine can be carried with no problem. Some female family members have and carry the LCP about everywhere.
PS: I think Gaston Glock should come out with a single stack Glock the size of the CW9. If he did, I'd give them a year to get the bugs out and then buy one. f
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