Advise, .40 S&W carry weapon, $500/700.00

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    I've got an XD .40 sc and it's too heavy and thick for concealed carry, IMO. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs. but then my primary ccw gun is a kahr PM9, incredibly small and light.

    I did just pick up a Taurus PT-111. It's a 9mm that's quite a bit thinner and feels much lighter than the XD. but it holds 12+1. I believe their .40 version holds 10+1.

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    I own a Glock 27. (.40) Its a baby (mini) glock. Not hard to conceal, good accuracy, extremely reliable, very versatile, easy to clean and maintain. I believe I can change out the barrel (and clip) on the .40 G27 for a 9mm, or a .357Sig round.

    I purchased my 27 w/ nightsights at a gunshow for about $570.00. -If you look online you can find them for cheaper!

    Other pistols to consider that would be best for concealed carry, but will also be just fine at home or any other place for that matter, that I was personally interested in (and probably will still get in due time) are:

    Glock 26, 27, 30. (all mini-glocks- 9mm, .40cal, and .45 respectively) The Glock 36 is a single stack .45, but I have heard it punishes your palm considerably more than the doublestack, and the width of the actual pistol grip is almost unnoticable, if you get a baby glock in .45 I would suggest getting the 30, and having the extra 4 rounds handy.
    Springfield Armory XD Subcompact -comes in 9mm and .40
    Kahr PM series. (although from what i have read i might want to stay away from these pistols, too many different opinions. Lots of reported FTF problems, and on the other side of things, some customers are happy as a Lark. Either the people reporting on Kahr pistols are absolutely happy, or they totally despise it)
    Kel-Tec PF-9 (single stack) or
    Kel-Tec P-11.
    Para-Ordinance also offers a mini-1911 concealed carry, i believe its called the "WartHog"

    All of the above mentioned pistols are within your price range. If I had to choose out of them, they would be in this order.
    Glock 27
    SA XD sub
    Kel-Tec
    Para-Ord Warthog
    Kahr

    Ill wrap this up, im getting wayyy long winded.

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    i have had my glock 23 for some time now its a great gun fun to shoot easy to carry and hide go with glock you wont regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT
    Glock 23. I've owned one for over ten years. It has always been my main carry gun.
    Been carrying my 23 for almost 15 years, and have no intentions of replacing it. The important thing is to find the gun that works best for you.

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    Mike---See if you can find a KAHR K-40 Stainless. I would not trade mine for anything. Superb balance, fits my hand perfectly, and is very, very concealable. A Glock 23-c is also very nice, but, IMHO, nothing beats the Stainless K-40!! Good luck on your search. Welcome back UP-Range for a change.....
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    Mike---See if you can find a KAHR K-40 Stainless. I would not trade mine for anything. Superb balance, fits my hand perfectly, highly reliable, and is very, very concealable. A Glock 23-c is also very nice, but, IMHO, nothing beats the Stainless K-40!! Good luck on your search. Welcome back UP-Range for a change.....
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    Mark another one up for Sig P229R.............awsome gun!!

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    I have a Glock 23 as my main carry gun, with a 22 as my house gun. (A 27 is on the list. I'm trying to hold out until Christmas but don't know if I'll make it that long.) So, obviously I like Glocks. However, my main advice is to go to your local gun store and range and try out a few. What works for me may not work for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKFrost68
    Been carrying my 23 for almost 15 years, and have no intentions of replacing it. The important thing is to find the gun that works best for you.
    +1 for the 23; also carry the 30 - both great guns (also carry a Sig p220 on occasion.)

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    Glock 23 or Sig P239 in Galco Belt leather...

    very sufficient AND very comfy!
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    Walther P99. At least give it a test fire somewhere. About $550-$650.

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    Hello Mike,
    Glad your back with us civilians. Thank you for serving.
    I'm a strong advocate of an HK USP .40c I'm 6'0", 230. I carry mine in a K&D Cochise Defender, (IWB). I feel this is an ideal choice. I have 12 rounds capacity, I use Double Tap 200 gr XTP, which hits at 500 Ft-lbs. I can carry cocked and locked and the gun is totally dependable, fits my hand well, controls recoil excellently, and is more accurate than I am. It will fit your budget and you'll not be sorry.

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    Thanks everyone for your input so far. I think I will take the magority advise and head out to On Target and put a few rounds down range. They have, from what I have been told, rentals in various caliber's and have no problems letting you try out different models.

    From what I have read so far I think, I may focus on the Glock, the XD, and the Sig. It's funny because when the Glock first anounced that it was chambering .40S&W I wanted one, but honestly until ya'll mentioned it, Glock had fallen from my memory. Damn I must be getting old! ;)

    Mike

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    I dont think you can go wrong with any of those. I have a Glock 23, a SIG P229, and an XD-40 Service and love each one.

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    Quote:
    " I've got an XD .40 sc and it's too heavy and thick for concealed carry"



    I've got a XD45 Tac on my side right now. Good choices in cover garments help. It can be done if you want it bad enough to look for the right clothing.

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