Best subcompact for Arizona concealed carry?

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    Best subcompact for Arizona concealed carry?

    I live in Arizona where it gets as hot as an oven - all this week it will be 110, give or take a couple degrees. I have an HK P7, which I count as the best pistol I've owned, and have made it my primary CC solution. However, given its size and tendency to print it's only ideal for the winter months when the temperatures drop enough to throw a jacket or sweater over it.

    For the hotter months I would like to have a smaller option to tuck under a shirt and be comfortable with, both in terms of discretion (no print) and contact (isn't going to get in the way too much when I sit - I have a desk job). I've considered options like the Sig P238 and the Kahr P380. Anyone have any thoughts on these? It would be nice to have something with more stopping power, but I'm willing to make the sacrifice in this case given the circumstances. I figure if I'm not willing to carry my P7 daily in these months, better to have something weaker than nothing at all.

    Anyone care to weigh in on these models? Any better ones out there of similar size, preferably with a comparable or higher caliber? I should note that I do not care for revolvers - tried a j-frame in the past, wasn't right for me given the form and feel. Also, cost is not an option. I would prefer to keep it below $1K but I would consider going beyond if there's an exceptional option.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and input.

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    I would try a small light single-stack 9mm semi-auto like the Kahr PM9/CM9, the Ruger LC9, or the S&W M&P Shield. They should ride very comfortable in an IWB holster and since your H&K P7PSP is already 9mm, a summer carry gun using the same ammo would work out nicely I would think.

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    If I was in your shoes I would stick with a 9mm for commonality of ammo. Is the Sig really any smaller than the H&K? I would look at one of the small Kahr's.

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    The smallish guns aren't necessarily the easiest to shoot, but they are easier to carry under a loose T-shirt or polo.

    In 9mm, the smallest is the 13oz Rohrbaugh. Next is the 14oz Kahr (the CM9 is quite affordable).
    In 40 cal the smallest is the Kahr PM or CM40.
    In 45 auto, look at the Backup and Detonics. I prefer the micro 1911 styles from SA, Colt, and Kimber. The G30 or G36 especially can work.
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    I live in PHX, and I carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II. I carry OWB, in a Galco 15 degree slant holster at 4:30, fits nicely under a polo or even a T-shirt.
    Never had an issue with printing. My wife is always looking, and can never tell when I'm carrying.
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    Last month, my son gave me a DiamondBack (DB9). It gets very mixed reviews. As of this writing, between the two of us, we have shot over 300 rounds with no issues.

    Here are the specs:
    Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
    Weight: 11 Ounces
    Length: 5.60"
    Height: 4.00" with mag
    Width: 0.80"
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    Firing Mechanism: Striker Fire
    Trigger Pull: DAO 5 lbs

    I still prefer my G 36 but the DB9 is very very easy to conceal in the pockets of my shorts.
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    Khar CM9 would be my first choice. Ruger LCR in .357 would be my second. Believe it or not I've found small revolvers conceal better than small single stacks (execpt for maybe .380 mouse guns) because of their more organic lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    Believe it or not I've found small revolvers conceal better than small single stacks because of their more organic lines.
    This...especially in a front pocket holster.
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    Are you sure you really need a subcompact? My CW9 in a good paddle holster conceals easily under an untucked shirt, and in this heat (I'm in Gilbert) that's currently my regular carry gun. If I need something more compact, the J-frame snub goes into a front pocket with a pocket holster.
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    I live in the hot and humid state of Texas and have no problem concealing my S&W M&P 9c wearing shorts and a tank top.


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    I carry an LCR38SP+P and conceals well. I use a remora IWB kinda uncomfotable in the heat of So. NV. Creats more presperation.



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    LCR, M&P Shield, Walther PPS, Bersa BP9cc, all good single stack options.
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    South Tx where Diablo comes when it's Winter in hell,I wear an untucked shirt that is large enough not to print and carry anything from a Combat Commander 1911 to an XD9 service with no problem
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    Depending on whether your looking for a single stack or a double staack. For a single I'd look at the Kahr CW9 and in a double stack the CZ RAMI.
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