what about a kahr p380 or pm9?
This is a discussion on I need advice on small gun within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I have a XD9SC 3" barrel. It is a little thick to carry for me. Below is the list I am looking at: Diamondback ...
So I have a XD9SC 3" barrel. It is a little thick to carry for me. Below is the list I am looking at:
What are thoughts? Want to stay under 325 or so
If I had to settle on one of those in your list, it would be the Kel Tec PF9. I myself have given them a serious look in the past for reasons of my own.
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I would be really leery of any of those guns.
Take a look at a Ruger LC9. Or a Kahr CM9 - lower cost version of the PM9. The CW9 is also an option - lower cost version of the larger P9.
Save up some money, an extra $150-200 gets you into a better class of gun. Or buy used.
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all. Get a gun you will always carry, and add more capability as you grow.
From the guns you listed my choice would be the PF9. I also have the XD sub9, and while it is a little thick, it is doable. You might want to look into some different holster options before giving up carrying it. Of all the guns you mentioned the only one I would stake my life on would be the XD.
I'm also not a big fan of the options on your list.
If it's a .380, then LCP
If it's a 9mm, then CM9
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I use a Remora and love it. Have read many many posts concerning the IWB Crossbreed, most seem to love them also. I pocket carry a Smith and Wesson bodyguard 380 and carry that in a Mika holster.
I carry an XD9 sub-compact as well, and I've looked at the LCP as my most probable "pocket" gun for back-up or the situations where my XD won't be easily concealed. I'm 6', 185lbs and I conceal my XD9 under a t-shirt just fine in a King-Tuk holster. I get a bit of printing but nothing significant.
I too would be leary of all the guns you have listed.
If your budget needs to stay lower go with an LCP or LC9.
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Look at the CW9 then can be had for $375 to $399 NIB, you could possible find one used for close to what your budget is $325.
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