This is a discussion on Best 9MM for concealment within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Fatboy578 I have a 380 and want to step up to a 9mm, Does anyone know what is the slimmest, and or ...
I'm 5'7", about 200 and stocky built (ie more muscle than fat but I ain't got a six-pack) and I can CC the Kahr in a front pocket holster. It doesn't dissappear but it looks like a big wallet in my pocket with jeans - with cargo or other looser-fitting pants it is less apparent. If necessary I can pull my shirt tail out and cover it. IWB or OWB work better but if I'm in and out of gun-unfriendly places (like the hospital, which is off-limits to CCW by state law) pocket carry is the most convenient.
Jokes aside the other one (I seriously can't remember how to spell it) is also said to be a good gun, but more of a "carry often shoot seldom" weapon. I believe it is smaller than the Kahr.
Smaller and lighter than the PM9 (only 12 oz). But, not a range gun (to your point above), nor does it shoot +P. Check out their site and the video. Even with its size, it's accurate out to 25 yards. Can be finicky on ammo, but my brother has had no problems with Gold Dots. In my mind, it's the perfect pocket pistol. However, my PM9 is a close second.
My wife normally carries a GLOCK 26, but she just got a Springfield EMP, and it may become her new carry piece.
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Go to a range that rents, and try several 9mm to see which one "fits" the best - then buy it.
For me, it was the XD 9 Sub Compact.
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Another vote for my KelTec PF 9.
At 16 oz LOADED it is the thinest & lightest pistol I cold find for the money. Since owning it, it's hard for me to think of carrying anything heavier. Have around 3000 rounds through it so far.
Only draw back is the recoil is more then most people like.
Starts out at like $1,200 in my area.
I really like the Kel-Tec P-11 for carry. I use it with the belt clip. I do not use the belt clip on my belt, but instead tuck the gun inside my trousers with the clip hooked over the top of the trousers and under the belt at the 3 oclock position! It is so easy to sue without having to fool with a holster. In the wither I carry my Para LTC in a Milt Sparks VM2!
I dont own one but I like the Kel Tec PF-9 over the P11. It is slimmer and more comfortable in my hand.
The PF9 also has a lighter trigger pull than the P11 and a pic rail under the frame. Which is why I went with the PF9 over the P11.
But I still want to add a P11 to my safe and carry options. ;-)
I'll throw my 2cents in.......
Keltec makes a good firearm for the price when comparing with others such as the Kahr. Another consideration is the Taurus such as the Millenium Pro series. These are both fairly inexpensive, yet quality firearms. Small, lightweight and available in .380 or 9mm.
Kahr certainly is a small and lightweight firearm as well, but with a higher price. Of course the Glocks can fit the bill as well. However, I have a problem with the grips on their compacts. Just doesn't work for me. Kahr on the other hand, does. I can slide in my front pants pocket with no problems. Same with the Keltec's.
The good news is that there are many good options in today's market. Much more than in the past. You shouldn't have a problem finding the one that fits you.
Glock, Colt, S&W,Beretta,ParaOrdnance
Springfields, Browning, Keltec... to name a few.
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