This is a discussion on Need help selecting a 9mm for CC. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by crzy4guns I have to concur with you on the loading of an empty chamber, I like the slingshot method myself and I ...
LC9, that was easy :)
Ruger: SR9, SR9C, LC9
S&W: M&P 15 Sport
The first gun on your list. The Kimber ultra. I have the UCII but in .45. It is hands down, the most accurate carry pistol I own. Which is surprising with it's 3" barrel, but it is a tack driver! It's aims very naturally for me, and i love the manual of arms for 1911's. If you were looking at that pistol, I would get .45acp. The 9mm is basically going to be the same size, so if you're going to go thru the trouble of carrying a weapon that size, might as well carry .45 imo.
Now, if you like 1911's, but want to stick with 9mm. I would check out the springfield EMP which someone had mentioned earlier. It's light and dimensioned similar to a compact 1911 but just trimmed down a bit here and there. It does feel slimmer in the hand. My EMP 9mm has been excellent and my only complaints are the lack of flush base mags (I had to have logman modify my mags for carry, which reduces them by one round) and also the front night sight. It is a tritium sight surrounded by a stainless ring. I wish they had made that white instead so it would be easier for the eyes to pick up. Other than that, it is a Fine weapon.
You definitely should check out the Walther PPS. Mine has been excellent. I usually carry it when I feel like carrying "light". Only negatives, I like the trigger better on some of my other guns, and the mag release (which is located on the trigger guard) is different from the rest of my handguns. With training, this shouldn't be an issue, but it's something to take note of.
The gun I carry 90% of the time is my XD9-subcompact. For reliability, accuracy (in my hands), capacity, and concealability...it is hard to beat. It is just a work horse. I probably have 7000+ rounds thru mine and have never had one malfunction. Ever! It is a thick gun, but short and compact and sits low in the waistband for me, so I have no problem concealing it with a t-shirt.
My SIGs are my HD guns, but they are too bulky for carry for me.
Kahr PM9 is an excellent firearm and I was pleasantly surprised with the smooth (albeit long) trigger pull. If you don't want to spend the premium price tag of the PM9, check out the CW9 which is basically the same gun with a few less features which don't hurt it IMO. If you have big enough pockets, you can pocket carry it if that's a factor to you?
One gun not mentioned you might want to take a look at? The CZ 2075 RAMI 9mm. It's a handsome carry piece.
Finally, the Ruger SR9C. My buddy has one. Ergonomics are nice but it is a little larger than the rest in this field of subcompacts. I shot pretty tight groups with it, but some of the features on it just rubbed me the wrong way. Like the HUGE chamber indicator for example, but that's just me.
Good luck with your search and try to shoot them if you can before buying. What shoots well in one person's hand might feel like crap in yours.
Go shoot as manuy as you can ( most larger ranges have rentals ) and pick the one that is most comfortable and accurate to you!
Thumbs up on PM9. If you want lighter go check out the Taurus 709 slim. I've had both and love them both. Same category, slightly different in delivery.
kahr cm9 or diamondback db9. I have the db9 and am amazed at how small it is...not very expensive either. won't feed every brand of hollowpoint (speer gold dots for instance) but haven't had any problems with hornady critical defense rounds. It's no bigger than most .380's so it can easily be carried in a pocket.
I too recommend the PM9. It's a great shooter. I have a P380, PM9 and PM40. I reliably slingshot load each of them. The key is to take a quick pause at the very at the end of the rear draw, then release the slide without riding it. It gets easier as the recoil spring loosens a bit.
I haven't shot the CM9, but it is getting great reviews. Rent or borrow as many of your options as you can and pick what works for you.
Well its slighty bigger but the Bersa Pro deserves a look. I have a CW-9 but for last month. My main carry been a PF-9 KelTec. I really like this little pistol Mine has feed every brand I have tried and I shoot it very well. With the finger rest on mag .Spare mag no finger rest group doubles. my kahr nice but doesn't shoot any better than the KelTec and front sight has shot loose on Kahr. .
We had bersachat down for up grades Its back up and running again better than before.
Two of my favorite compact 9mms:
S&W M&P 9c
Bersa Thunder UC9
I have a CW9 and a Para Ord Hawg 9. Hawg 9 is a lot wider and heavier so I do not carry it as much, but the CW9 is what I carry most of the time. Love the little thing, when its on I barely know its there and it doesn't profile easily at all with it being so slim; weighs next to nothing as well.
Springfield XD .40 Service
Para Ord Hawg 9
I'd suggest going to a range that rents guns, and try several until you find one that "fits" - feels good, and you hit what you're aiming at. For myself, I chose the XD 9 Sub Compact.
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Springfield XD 9mm Sub-Compact
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