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    Help me choose

    Hi,
    I am looking for a concealed carry piece that I can pocket carry. I have looked at revolvers and semi-autos. On the revolver side I like the Taurus model 85. I am less sure about the semi-auto options. My needs are:
    Reliable
    Small enough for pocket carry
    9 mm minimum
    $325 max. street price
    Single stack magazine preferred

    Which semi do you suggest?

    Thanks in advance for the advice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccm View Post
    Hi,
    I am looking for a concealed carry piece that I can pocket carry. I have looked at revolvers and semi-autos. On the revolver side I like the Taurus model 85. I am less sure about the semi-auto options. My needs are:
    Reliable
    Small enough for pocket carry
    9 mm minimum
    $325 max. street price
    Single stack magazine preferred

    Which semi do you suggest?

    Thanks in advance for the advice.
    ccm, I like revolver reliability as well, and if you can comfortably pocket carry a revolver, then go for a revolver. Although it's just a tad over (not my much) the your max price, one of the nicest double-action-only carry revolvers out there, expecially in that price range, is a Charter Arms Off Duty. I've seen them for sale at my local gun shop for $350. It's rated for .38 Special +P. If I recall correctly, it weighs only 12 ounces, which for your information is VERY light.

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    I don't have much advice for a pocket carry 9, as there aren't many on the market that appeal to me. I do have a taurus model 85, and I can say mine's been great bang for the buck! When I do carry it though it's usually IWB rather than pocket.

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    "Pocket carry" still leaves a lot of room for discussion. Technically, the GLock 26 can be pocketed, but mainly in Cargo pants. BIG pockets. Price is a bit higher and it is double-stacked, so maybe not a good choice.

    The Taurus PT709 fits your criteria, but may be a bit on the large side as well for true front or rear pocket carry.

    I think KelTec and Kahr make versions that are small enough to fit in most pockets, in 9mm, and should be priced where you are looking.

    FWIW: Had a S&W 442, and it was PERFECT for front pocket carry. Granted you are capped at 5 rounds, but it concealed as well as anything else you could find, including Kahr and Kel-Tec, and it is virtually guaranteed to function 100%. You might on the right path with the Taurus wheelie! Just get a good pocket holster, and a few speed strips for reloads, and you are about as well-armed as anyone could want to be.

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    Sounds like a job for the Kel-tec PF-9.
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    PF9 meets all your criteria.

    Mine works great and carry it often.
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    If it has to be a 9mm, then the KelTec would work well.
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    Welcome aboard.

    The Kel-Tec PF9 meets all the criteria you mentioned.

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