Not a fan of polymer guns
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Not a fan of polymer guns
You don't mention a preference for an auto or a revolver so I'm going to suggest an S&W stainless J frame in 357. Small, lightish, with good power and an impeccable history.
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If your occupation is really what you listed in your info you do not need a firearm of any kind.
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OP didn't give much info to work with. Answers will change with the caliber he's looking at. In a .380, I'd recommend either the Bersa 380 or the CZ83 in a hi-cap .380. In 9mm or .40 I'd recommend the CZ P-01 or CZ75 Compact in 9mm or P-06 and CZ75 Compact in a compact framed gun, or the CZ RAMI in a sub compact. In a .45 probably the Springfield Armory in a 1911.
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ok...i was being intentionally vague hoping to get the widest range of answers.
Based on my own limited research, my two options are the Kahr MK9 or Kimber Solo (yes, I know its an alloy frame). Hopefully, the specs of these two guns gives you an idea of what I am looking for
CZ Rami's are nice little guns.
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Smith and Wesson J frames. Colt Officer. Taurus "J frames" are good, if you get one that was properly fitted--check it over real good before buying. Kimber and Springfield both make excellent compacts in steel.
If you want to lighten it up, all of the above manufacturers make alloy guns too.
For small, steel framed semi-autos I would make three suggestions:
1. Kahr MK9 in 9mm
2. Walther PPK in .380
3. H&K P7 in 9mm
I have the first two, and they have functioned perfectly for me. They are both small and concealable, and have the solid weight that always comes with a steel gun. The 3rd gun, the H&K P7, is a classic that many owners admire and speak about favorably.
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I have 3 all steel semi's amd highly recommend ALL of them..
1. Sig P238 HD (.380)
2. Springfield Arms EMP .40
3. Kimber Eclipse Pro II .45
you can get a used Firestar for around $300-350 on Gunbroker....very underrated little guns (unfortunately, no longer in production).
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