Looking for suggestions on my first CCW

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    Looking for suggestions on my first CCW

    Iím looking for my first ccw and have an idea of what I want in a pistol. Just not what pistol I want. I'm really not sure what is out there that meets my needs or more accurately my desires. I know I want a 9mmm and I want something concealable about the size of the G26 or smaller. I've held what I call skinny guns like the Taurus 709 slim and they just aren't comfortable to me. I like the girth of the G26 or the xd9. I prefer something with a hammer and decocker like my Taurus pt-92. And of course price is a concern. I would like to stay in the $450 or below range. I haven't ruled out the G26 but prefer the additional safety on something like the Barreta px4. I would like to explore what is available in hammer fired guns first. Iím just not sure what is out there. What other brands/models should I be looking at?

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    Based on your requirements, I immediately thought Bersa Thunder 9 UC Pro.

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    Sounds like the CZ RAMI BD fits your want's, other than price.
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    Re: Looking for suggestions on my first CCW

    Well you keep on mentioning the G26, so I say get the G26. You could probably find a used one at your price range.

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    Even the Beretta PX4 is unlikely to meet your financial requirements. I carry the PX4 Compact (15+1) and a good price for one of those is $500.

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    Hard to beat a GLOCK 26, just as safe as any gun when your booger hook is off of the boom switch. Also less levers to actuate in those fractions of seconds that may decide whether you live or die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Sounds like the CZ RAMI BD fits your want's, other than price.
    As would the HK P2000SK.....
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    Not a big fan of the "cocked and locked" guns myself. I don't trust myself in a stressful situation to press the safety. I like the DAO guns better. My preference is the XD, but there are plenty out there. I say rent a few and shoot them to see what works for you.
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    Yeah, unfortunately my taste often gets ahead of my budget.

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    Why the need for a hammer? Just wondering if it's a preference or what. Cooked and locked isn't something I trust myself with either in a high stress situation. But for your needs, beretta or bersa sounds about right.. save a few more dollars and get the beretta.
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    If I were in your shoes, I would go with the G26 or maybe the G27. Both cost the same in most stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    Hard to beat a GLOCK 26, just as safe as any gun when your booger hook is off of the boom switch. Also less levers to actuate in those fractions of seconds that may decide whether you live or die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DandLfam View Post
    Why the need for a hammer? Just wondering if it's a preference or what. Cooked and locked isn't something I trust myself with either in a high stress situation. But for your needs, beretta or bersa sounds about right.. save a few more dollars and get the beretta.
    I like the idea of the safety and decocking. I just don't know how comfortable I would be walking around with a cocked pistol in my pants all day. I may settle on the glock but was just curious what was out there in the type of pistol I described.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chumley View Post
    I like the idea of the safety and decocking. I just don't know how comfortable I would be walking around with a cocked pistol in my pants all day. I may settle on the glock but was just curious what was out there in the type of pistol I described.
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    Glock 26 is a great gun. Sig makes some guns with hammers that might be worth looking at. Not sure what they go for these days though. I think the polymer ones should be "competitive" with the Glocks/Beretta/XD/M&P stuff though.

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