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    I am a small women and I want to conceal carry but I don't know if I could do it. I am worried that if I keep it in my purse I won't be able to get to it if needed. or that someone would see it and freak.
    I also want a gun that is small but not much kick.
    I liked the Glock 19, and The Smith and Wesson M and P.
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    Go for it. No reason a woman of your stature should not be able to carry.

    My wife started with a G19, but didn't like the weight of it. She has now switched to a S&W 642. But that is her. Everyone is different with what they are comfortable carrying.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    An M&P compact is a good choice, try checking out a Kahr pm9 or a Kel-Tec also in 9mm. Or for something smaller, a Ruger LCP is a nice small gun in .380. You'll have to experiment with on body carry, it depends on your body type and what you normally wear. We all have to dress around the gun somewhat in order to conceal, this means looser clothing. A good IWB(inside the waist band) holster will go a long way towards hiding a gun.
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    Both guns you mention are excellent, but I wouldn't consider them "small". You might want to consider something like the NAA guardian in .380. It is very compact and with the right ammo like Winchester Silvertips, would have ample power. You are correct in avoiding carry in your purse. Both for the reasons you mention and the fact that purse snatching is epidemic.
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    The 19 should work fine.
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    Go to youtube and look up limalife. She has awesome vids.
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    Limatunes, and cornered cat, excellent in advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wife07Mom09 View Post
    I also want a gun that is small but not much kick.

    I'd suggest you at least look at the Kahr PM9 and the MK9 Elite before you buy. High quality, very reliable but not on the cheap side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Both guns you mention are excellent, but I wouldn't consider them "small". You might want to consider something like the NAA guardian in .380. It is very compact and with the right ammo like Winchester Silvertips, would have ample power. You are correct in avoiding carry in your purse. Both for the reasons you mention and the fact that purse snatching is epidemic.
    By small I ment the handle is thiner than regular for my small hands
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wife07Mom09 View Post
    By small I ment the handle is thiner than regular for my small hands
    You would probably be comfortable with a pistol that has a "single stack magazine".

    The Glock 19 has a magazine where the rounds are stacked alternating left-right. It lets you squeeze 15 rounds into one magazine, but makes it thicker. The rounds are stacked like this:

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    Something with a single stack magazine has a thinner grip (by about 1/4 inch) The rounds are stacked on top of each other so it is more compact. Most only have 7 rounds:

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    Check out the 1911 style pistols- they are all single stack. They make some smaller ones that are suitable for concealed carry. Kimber comes to mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wife07Mom09 View Post
    By small I ment the handle is thiner than regular for my small hands
    The Glocks tend to be a bit "blocky" and thick, as compared to some other choices. Excellent gun, with high capacity and reliability.

    While I also have smaller hands (shorter fingers, which cannot get around the average-to-large grips of many pistols), I have a CZ P-01. It's about the same size as the Glock 19, give or take. Fits me better, though, despite the size.

    Some other choices for smaller hands might include:
    • Kahr K9, P9, CW9, MK9, PM9, or even the new P380 -- All of these have the smaller Kahr grip and are thinner than the G19. Until you've held one, reserve judgment. Nowhere near the capacity of the G19, but for smaller hands it can be an excellent choice.
    • Heckler & Koch P2000SK -- A smaller grip, ambidextrous controls. This would be my choice for me, if I could manipulate the magazine release effectively and reliably.
    • SIG P238 -- New on the market, .380ACP.
    • S&W CS9 --
    • Para Ordnance's Carry 9 or PDA 9 -- Great for smaller hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    [*]SIG P238 -- New on the market, .380ACP.
    You forgot the Sig P239. Single stack in either 9mm, .40 or .357 Sig.

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    I knew there was a thread a few months ago. I found it! Great info for you here:

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ere-sizes.html

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    What you need to do is go into your local indoor shooting range and see (they usually do) rent guns. The range I work at has a HUGE selection for you to try at great prices! About $40 you can shoot all day not counting ammo. Try a few different calibers and styles and see what works best for you. If they have an instructor (and he/she is not extreamly busy) ask for advice. That is usually free!

    If you dont want a gun that kicks much, go with a 9mm on the high side. But I wouldnt go much further down the list than a .380 or something.

    An EXTREAMLY easy and reliable gun to carry is what my wife carries. She has a Taurus 24/7 9mm. It has rubber girps that feel good and fits her little hand well. Being a 9mm has little kick.

    Hope this helps!

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