Best value for CC

Best value for CC

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    Best value for CC

    I'm new to carrying so this will be my first purchase for CCW. I've spent hours reading and watching videos on different weapons that one can purchase to carry. I've narrowed it down to two
    Ruger LC9
    Kahr CW 9

    And the Ruger SR9C as a distant third.

    I would value thoughts from others who may have experience with these particular guns. Additionally, I would value insight on others guns that I may want to consider.

    I'm a disabled/retired vet so budget is an issue. I hope to add a larger gun later this year (Glock 19 or 30 look like great options)

    Thanks in advance to those who reply.

    Mike
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    Unless you just want to stick with the single stack magazines, I'd really look at a Glock 26, assuming you want to stay with 9mm. I'd also look closely at the Glcok 36 if .45 acp is something you'd consider. All are a bit bigger than what you have on your list however.

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    My suggestion for first-timers is always the same, and although it may not be glamorous or sexy, it will get the job done.

    A 3-inch .357 or .38 revolver is the perfect concealed-carry weapon. No matter if you select a Taurus or Rossi, or ante up a few more dollars for a used Ruger or S&W, the revolver should be the first weapon mastered or carried. It is simple, and does not require much maintenance or up-keep. A .357 can be learned using light .38 special loads, and then you can up-grade to .357 loads. Many people feel perfectly comfortable relying on the proven ballistics of a .38 special load, and I am no exception to that.

    Even a used S&W model 36 in a 3-inch tube will be very concealable and not set you back more than $300 and some change.

    Once you have mastered the basics of handgunning with a revolver, by all means if you feel the need to move to a semi-automatic in a different caliber, you should do so. But most people here would agree that a basic revolver is hard to beat for anyone starting off... some of us have been shooting and carrying for years and still feel drawn to the reliability and simplicity of the revolver.

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    Not my thread tooldawg99 but Ill take the advice anyways! lol I also am a newbie though Im a bit younger at 24, just took my handgun course and applying for my permit so I dont carry yet but I did buy my first gun since I enjoy shooting. I got a Taurus 24/7 pro .40, LOVE the gun....but its not a great concealed carry choice. Yes it can be done but much more easily in bulky winter clothes (thought thats most of the year up here in Maine lol) but still looking for something a little bit easier to conceal and I think I have decided on a revolver. Though I think Im going to go a different route, perhaps a bit more of a pain to controll and it will need some practice but Im more than willing to give lots of time for that , Im looking at a Ruger LRC. I got a chance to hold and fondle one today and I was VERY impressed wish I could get a chance to shoot one before I buy but Ill probably just take the plunge once I get the money saved up lol.

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    Of the guns you mentioned I would go for the SR9C. Simply because it will be somewhat more pleasureable to shoot than the LC9. Its also a double stack = more rounds. It will conceal well also. It has a extended mag with 17 rounds that could be used at home and the 10 round to carry. The SR9C is a better all around "one" gun choice IMO.
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    Jenkums86--- Used to live in the great Aroostook County ( Presque isle), but have been in" civilization" for 30+ years now! ( Loved the people, by the way). Try out the Ruger SP101 in the . 327 magnum version. It is high powered, so I prefer the .32 H&R magnum load and you can also shoot the 32 shorts or S&W 32 longs which give many options. I save the 327 loads for home protection purposes--- I find that caliber is not fun to shoot for any length of time! Good luck. You could also try the Ruger LCP in .380--- kicks a bit, but it is a great CCW.
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    One thing about the SR9c to consider is that its trigger is phenomenal. Worlds better than the other two you're considering. It's more accurate at any distance, and gives you the option of carrying 18 rounds onboard. Nothing wrong with getting a micro-compact later for special purposes. You can get all the guns you want. But if you're looking to build on a foundation, get something solid you'll enjoy shooting first.

    The advice to start with a revolver is also very good and should be considered very carefully.
    "It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."

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    Mike: You could try the Ruger LCP for CCW. It's .380 cal., but would be good to start out with as it is capable of being almost invisible in your pocket. I like my SP101 Ruger in .327 magnum 'cause it has four loads it can handle( see my other response on this thread). The Ruger LCR is also a good choice in .38 special--- nice size and easy to carry. Good luck!
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    If I was picking between the specific choices you mentioned, I would buy the Kahr over the Rugers.

    I just plain don't care for Ruger. My buddies that have had Ruger semi-autos always seem to have issues when I'm around, and I don't care for how they feel. They might fit your hand well, and feel great for you. {I do like SOME older Rugers, I tried hard to pick up a classic Ruger Security Six from an ex's father, lol.}

    That said, have you looked into the Keltec Pf-9 and p3at? The p3at might be a bit small for your liking , but its ridiculously easy to conceal and has a great track record (mine always goes bang. heck, Ruger knocked off the design for their LCP...) The pf-9 is still a single stack magazine, but steps up to a 9mm instead of the weaker .380ACP round.

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    tooldog99-nice revolvers! I think you are pretty accurate in what you say as well. Should be able to pick up a used S&W for the price range mentioned, stone reliable. Downside is of course a lower round capacity. I have a soft spot for a S&W .38 with the wood grips. First one I ever shot had the same grips , it was a 1 7/8" barrel though.


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    MIKE: P.S. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!
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    Mike - You look to be exactly in the same boat I was. I wanted something slim, which pretty much narrowed me down to a single-stack 9mm. I gave the Glock 26 a look but it was too bulky for what I was looking for. I might suggest looking at this poll I had started a while back and the responses I got; I think you'll find lots of good info there. Single Stack 9mm choices
    (btw, I ended up choosing a CW9...felt better in my hand the the PPS and I have no regrets)
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    i love when somebody ask an A or B question, they get every answer but A or B i'd go eith the ruger LC9, but i'm a big ruger fan

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    I have shot many pistols over my years, including my preferred Bersa. Bersas are very, very good handguns for the budget-minded shooter. Its extremely dependable, accurate, and carries a lifelong warranty. The ONLY advantage those higher price guns have over Bersas is that they are prettier. That's it. Nothing else.

    Be mindful of those who denounce Bersa. A great majority of the time, when someone slams Bersa, its because believe it is an inferior firearm due to its low price. They assume its a cheaply made gun. I know; I made that mistake, too, years ago. Then I had saw one at a gunsmith's shop and inquired. I haven't looked back since.

    Bersas are incredible little guns. Even Massad Ayoob thinks so!
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    Hey man, since you asked about getting the best value, I would seriously consider the Taurus Mil Pro - PT111. It is 12+1. Mine, with the stainless slide, comes in at 28.4 oz. fully loaded. I carry it every day. It has never had the first issue with any round I have put through it. You can often find them in the $325 to $350 range new. For value, I think it is a serious contender for lower priced, reliable CC. You should go to your local gun shop and take a look at one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhartman View Post
    I'm new to carrying so this will be my first purchase for CCW. I've spent hours reading and watching videos on different weapons that one can purchase to carry. I've narrowed it down to two
    Ruger LC9
    Kahr CW 9

    And the Ruger SR9C as a distant third.

    I would value thoughts from others who may have experience with these particular guns. Additionally, I would value insight on others guns that I may want to consider.

    I'm a disabled/retired vet so budget is an issue. I hope to add a larger gun later this year (Glock 19 or 30 look like great options)

    Thanks in advance to those who reply.

    Mike
    Considering the fact you are a fellow DV, I will forgo the typical FNG advice.

    I would save up for the Glock 30 or Glock 30SF out of your choices. It's the same size as the Glock 19 (effectively) and is a .45 not a 9mm. Then spend the money you didn't use on ammo.

    The Glock manual of arms is about as simple as it gets. You have a consistent trigger pull and no external safeties or de-cock levers to fool with. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

    I can't speak to the LC9 or any Kahr as I don't have any first hand experience. I would have to relate stories I've heard or read and I think you want more than that.

    The best advice is to go to a large range or gun shop and handle as many different types as you can and choose what fits you best. If you've already done that, out of the four you mentioned, Get the Glock .45 hands down the best of the bunch. IMO YMMV

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