Help choose a new subcompact pistol.

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View Poll Results: Which subcompact or pocket pistol to buy?

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  • Ruger LCP

    26 27.08%
  • Kahr CM9

    26 27.08%
  • Kahr p380

    6 6.25%
  • NAA mini revolver Black Widow

    2 2.08%
  • Keltec P3AT

    6 6.25%
  • Keltec P32

    1 1.04%
  • Taurus TCP

    2 2.08%
  • Other please list

    27 28.13%
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    Help choose a new subcompact pistol.

    I typically rotate between a Glock 19, 1911, and a S&W 642. To be honest fell that the 642 is the most comfortable to carry.

    I am in the market for another carry pistol to act as a BUG and a sometimes a primary.

    I am open to suggestions as long as they are below $500.

    My main concern is reliability, followed by price, and then ammo price. Stopping power is not a concern with me.

    I want something I can pocket carry most of the time and sometimes carry IWB.

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    I chose the SA XD40 SC, and love it. Good luck with your search!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    I chose the SA XD40 SC, and love it. Good luck with your search!
    SA XD40SC is a great pistol at an affordable price. I am looking for something a bit smaller.

    I guess I need a pocket pistol or a sub-sub-compact.

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    I voted for the LCP, but recently purchased an LC9. The LC9 is now my main carry. Mostly in my cargo shorts pocket.
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    I'm confused as to why you are seeking a pocket pistol/BUG when you already have a 642 that you are comfortable with?
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    I voted "Other" but then saw your reply to the suggestion for a SA XD SC 40. I love my XD SC 9. If you like Glock, the G 26/27 is the same size.

    If you're looking for something smaller, I like the Khar models. Single stack so they are thinner, but you can still get either a 9mm or a 40, your preference.
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    for me this is a easy pick,the Ruger lcp..you can't get any better for pocket carry..i have close to 300rds through mine,no failures of any kind.paid $299.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I'm confused as to why you are seeking a pocket pistol/BUG when you already have a 642 that you are comfortable with?
    Good question. To tell you the truth, I don't know. My acquiring new gun addiction is kicking in. Since I love the 642, I was thinking something in that size range is good to get.

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    Here's a question for everyone. I am leaning towards a 380acp since I don't own anything in the caliber and the size factor. 9mm is cheaper and has better stopping power.

    So my question is, what is the recoil difference between say a small single stack 9mm such as Kahr PM9/CM9/Ruger LC9 vs Kahr P380/Ruger LCP?

    I know if the gun was identical accept for caliber, the 9mm will have more recoil but since there is a slight size and weight difference, I wonder if the recoil is about the same.

    Only 380 I shot was a Sig P238 which shot nicely without a whole lot of recoil.

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    My initial choice was the LCP, which I still believe is a great little gun (once I got it back from Ruger).

    When I was going through the break in period I'd have about 1/20 being a failure, mostly ejection issues. That was not acceptable to me, so I called Ruger and they took care of it - 100's of rounds later and not one problem at all.

    That said, I wanted more power in my pocket and one less size ammo to keep on inventory so this weekend I went and purchased a Kahr PM9 and ran it through the break in yesterday without a single problem - I love this gun so far.

    If the CM9 is anything like it (and it should be) that would be my choice without a doubt. My PM9 fits in the same Blackhawk size 03 I had my LCP in, and comfortable in my jeans or dress pants pockets.

    I won't vote for the CM9 just yet because it's too new - but if I had to choose right now, and out of those guns - the CM9 would be my pick based on my recent experience.

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    As far as your recoil question, I could shoot my new PM9 all day long - the LCP left my hands sore after 200 rounds. LCP is definitely not a range gun, it's snappy as can be but still fun to shoot for short periods.

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    I voted for the LCP. It is sooo easy to pocket carry. You may also want to consider the LC9 which I pocket carry easily.

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    I went with the P3AT as I have trusted mine for over 6 years now.
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    I voted for the CM9 even though it is untested. I have a PM9 which is awesome so that is my thinking. My only confusion is that I consider a sub compact a H&K P2000sk (mine), a SA XDC, or Glock 27 type. A sub compact and pocket pistol are different animals, at least for me.
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    As a new CCW, I'm carring a Walther PPS 9mm as it fits almost anything I wear. Here in Lost Wages with the temp. between 70f and 120f 9 months out of the year, concealing in shorts and light weight wear is always a problem. One nice thing is my neon white legs blinds the bad guys which gives me an advantage.


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    Ruger LCR in .357 mag.

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