Best choice for concealed carry

Best choice for concealed carry

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    Best choice for concealed carry

    First let me say I'm glad to have found this forum. Although I have owned a Browning Hi-Power 9mm for quite some time, I recently got my CHL and would like to find a good gun for CC. I'm leaning towards one that you could pocket carry but don't think I want to go to a 380. Any suggestions would be great. Lot's of great stuff here just takes time to absorb it all. Thanks


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    Welcome Aboard from Georgia's coast!

    Don't knock that Hi-Power as a carry gun.......it's a good 'un! A good holster and quality gun belt can hide that sidearm just fine.

    ......but looking for a pocket carry means buying a new gun!
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    Pocket carry is hard unless it's a .380 or smaller. Some people claim they can pocket a Kahr PM9, some say a small j-frame revolver like the S&W 642/442.
    Personally, I don't see how unless they have very large pockets and don't mind the weight in their pants.

    I've put my PM9 in the pocket of my cargo shorts and it is hard to tell what is in the pocket, but it is also heavy and starts weighing down. I wouldn't want to carry it in there all day. Rather have it on a belt.

    Same thing with revolvers. I have a Ruger LCR that weighs 13.5 oz empty. It is too big to go in my pocket and it doesn't take much weight to notice it.

    If you have big pockets and don't mind the weight. Go for a Kahr PM9, or a J-frame light weight revolver in .38.

    If you don't have big pockets, wear close fitting jeans (not baggy), don't like extra weight...then you should reconsider the .380. Something like the Ruger LCP, Kahr P380, Kel-tek P-3AT.

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    Kel-tec or Kahr are gonna be your best bets in autos or an airweight s/w. I personally pocket carry a Kel-tec p11 daily in the summer in a Desantis holster.

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    I suggest a strong look at the Kahr line of pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    Some people claim they can pocket a Kahr PM9, some say a small j-frame revolver like the S&W 642/442.
    Personally, I don't see how unless they have very large pockets and don't mind the weight in their pants.
    I have to respectfully disagree. I wear Bill's Khakis and they don't have "large"pockets. Yet, I can comfortably carry a S&W 642.

    For pocket carry, it's hard to beat a 642. Unless it's a S&W M&P 340 with .357 Mags. In a good pocket holster, either one is a better option than a .380, IMHO.

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    Walther makes one of the slimmest pistols on the market, the PPS, and it is available in 9mm and .40cal. With the short mag, it should fit in a pocket.
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    Welcome to DC and you will get some great advice from the folks around here.

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    Great responses so far, thanks for all the comments. I already have more choices to investigate than I had originally planned to look into and it's only Sunday afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikearc View Post
    Great responses so far, thanks for all the comments. I already have more choices to investigate than I had originally planned to look into and it's only Sunday afternoon.
    You are better off than you thought you were... It is only Saturday afternoon!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikearc View Post
    First let me say I'm glad to have found this forum. Although I have owned a Browning Hi-Power 9mm for quite some time, I recently got my CHL and would like to find a good gun for CC. I'm leaning towards one that you could pocket carry but don't think I want to go to a 380. Any suggestions would be great. Lot's of great stuff here just takes time to absorb it all. Thanks
    Kahr PM9 would be worth a look.
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    u can pocket carry a j frame!!!!!
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    i would suggest the Kahr p380 or the Ruger LCP for "pocket carry"...both are very light and compact..if you want a larger caliber,i'd go with the Kel Tec PF9 or the Kahr PM9..two of the lightest,compact 9mm on the market..

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    Welcome to the forum from a fellow Texan.

    Check out this thread for some suggestions. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...lable-9mm.html

    You may be able to pocket some of the smallest 9mm's but you have to go down to a .380 like the KelTec P3-AT or Ruger LCP to pull it off all the time IMO.

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