Filling a gap in handgun lineup

Filling a gap in handgun lineup

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    Filling a gap in handgun lineup

    I don't believe in buying the same basic gun twice so I wouldn't buy, say, a G19 and a SA XD9 (others might, YMMV). That said, there is a gap in my carry gun options. Aside from my two "house guns" (Ruger Security Six and P85), here's what I currently have and carry...

    STI Trojan SS 1911 (full size) - 45ACP
    Sig P229 - 40S&W
    Kahr K40 - 40S&W
    Ruger SP101 (2.25 in) - 357 Win mag.

    Given that I'd like to have a nice array of handguns as carry options, I'm considering two possible paths:
    1. Get a nice 9mm - G19, H&K P30, or Walther PPQ are the options in the running, or...
    2. Get a pocket handgun - S&W M&P 340 and Kahr PM9 are the options in the running.

    I'm currently thinking that the 9's I mentioned basically "overlap" with my K40 as far as size/carryability goes (the benefit of a 9 being greater capacity, of course). So, right now, I'm favoring a pocket handgun, because (1) I think I'd carry it a lot (and not in substitution of one of my existing firearms - my minimal overlap rule) and (2) a pocket handgun fills a more obvious gap in my current carry rotation. A pocket handgun is also "more different" in that, unlike the other firearms I've mentioned, it doesn't need to be holstered, other than pocket holstered. BTW, I do realize that this is more a "want" matter than a "need" matter... but I know you'll understand - LOL.

    My bottom line is that I think I'll go with the S&W M&P 340 as my next purchase. To me, this seems like a no regrets move. But I could be wrong... Opinions?


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    Im not seeing a .22-I do a ton of shooting with my ruger 22/45. cheap,good clean fun!
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    A pocket j-frame is a great idea. You'll probably end up carrying it more than you think. The 340 is a fine gun, if you don't mind the stout recoil with .357 loads. You may want to consider some of the Airweights (642, 442, 638, 438, etc.). A couple of ounces does help with recoil (as well as good grips).

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    I'll second the J-Frame, nothing like a small S&W revolver.
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    As for carry my first pocket gun was a 38 snub and am now buying a lcp but I found the revolvers to be to bulky. I don't where really tight pants but they aren't baggy in any way. The lcp fit the bill for me. And everyone should have a .22 pistol I have a 22/45 love it.
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    Oh,I see you are after more carry gun options.Scratch the 22 then. J frame 357.I have a taurus 605-

    I guess Im one of the few happy taurus owners by the sounds of it these days..
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    You will love the Glock 19. Also the M&P will be a great choice. I prefer the consistent trigger pull of striker fired pistols, but this is personal preference.

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    I've NEVER regretted buying a snubbie. Great all around carry piece. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
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    Agreed on the snubbie.. you will get one eventually anyway.

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    Agree on the Snubbie, but also on the .22LR, but also 9mm is inexpensive to shoot also compared to .40S&W. Although, why not consider the S&W M&P9c?
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    I will give you a big thumbs up on the Walther PPQ I bought for my wife but though about hiding it and keeping it for my self it is a great handgun and shoots very very well. Great control great capacity the grip palm swell is interchangeable and it makes for fitting the gun to you a snap. The price is good too.

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    A Bond Derringer (.45 Colt/.410 ga. 000-buckshot) is just one more thought to consider for something very small, easy to carry and extremely effective. Only has two single-action shots, but they ain't like gettin' hit with a whole magazine full of pea-shooter rounds.

    Since "self defense" generally depends on one, reasonably-placed, extremely effective shot at very close range, it's pretty tough to beat two "hand-cannon" rounds unless you're going into combat (or can't hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle) and need a dozen or more lesser-effective rounds to get the job done.

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    I'd go with a Walther PPS 9mm. It is small, accurate and surprisingly not much recoil. If you think you want something bigger, get the PPQ you stated above.

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    Option 1. I'd go with the P30 but all considered are great.

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    Thanks for the responses. I appreciate hearing the various opinions.

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