Newish to the concealed carry world.

Newish to the concealed carry world.

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    Newish to the concealed carry world.

    Hello Guys and Gals!

    I have had my concealed carry for about a year but I haven't carried due to not having a firearm. I had a Glock 23 that I carried when I did but had to sell it. Now that I am getting back into the concealed carry I am looking to get something new. I know guns a scarce or prices are all jacked up. I liked my glock but didn't like the fact there was no external safety. A glock is the really about the only pistol I have owned besides a high point. What guns would you recommend and why? Thanks for your advice in advanced.


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    Welcome to the forum!

    Could you give us a price range you'd feel comfortable with? See, the first thing that occurs to me is that my USP compact 9mm (it comes in .40 too) is really close in dimensions to your Glock, at least in height and width (5.00 and 1.14). You could carry it DA first pull, SA with a safety (cocked and locked) or even DA first pull with the safety (lawyer-proof...almost). However, it's a pricey little thing running probably $800 or so. But, like your old Glock, it's a quality firearm with a proven track record of reliability, safety and accuracy.

    I'm sure others will recommend some other great options, too.

    Best wishes

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    I figure I am looking to spend about $400-$600 for a pistol.

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    Does it have to be an auto? You could do a lot worse than a Ruger SP-101. I kind of felt the same way about the lack of a safety on the Glocks but I'm working on overcoming it. Short of that, can you live with Condition 1 (ie cocked & locked- a chambered round, cocked with the safety on)?

    You could pick up a used Sig right around the top end of your price range. Sig sells used guns that are factory reconditioned and warrantied. That might be a good option for you. I can also highly recommend the FNX in either 9mm or .40 S&W. The gun is well made, reliable, accurate and gives you a wealth of carry options. It can be carried C1 or DA/SA (the safety is also a decocker). A new FNX would be within your budgeted range and they generally come with 3 mags. Where I live .40 ammo is very plentiful but 9mm ammo is almost impossible to find.

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    You could probably find a Springfield XD in your price range.
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    Re: Newish to the concealed carry world.

    If you like external safeties, I highly recommend a Ruger SR9/40c. I own one and has been 100% reliable but I don't carry it in favor of a S&W M&P.

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    I can recommend a Glock 23 or a smaller one. You know the gun & that's a plus. I can also mention M&P 40C. I can recommend them because I'm familiar with them. I, too had a Glock 23 but gave it to my son before WI had a concealed carry law. Now I'm waiting for my M&P 40C to be delivered. I really wanted another G23 but got a great LEO/Security/Military deal on it I couldn't pass it up. My son is now a PO & carries his issue full size M&P 40. He still loves my old G23 but thinks the M&P is just a tad better. The G23 is his off-duty carry.

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    Welcome from Florida. Some of the M&P pistols are less that 400.00 in many LGS

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    Newish to the concealed carry world.

    Quote Originally Posted by palmcoaster View Post
    Welcome from Florida. Some of the M&P pistols are less that 400.00 in many LGS
    +1 for the M&P compact - every bit as good as a glock (I said it, let the argument being lol), and you can get an external safety if you want. I personally don't like the safety, but to each his own.


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    You've got lots of options in the $400-$600, especially if you'll consider buying used. I'd stay away from the big stores and work with a LGS to find one that works for you. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCSoxFan View Post
    You've got lots of options in the $400-$600, especially if you'll consider buying used. I'd stay away from the big stores and work with a LGS to find one that works for you. Good luck.
    Won't the big stores have more stock with more selection over the LGS during this buying frenzy? So I wouldn't rule out the big stores. I'm going to start with the big store then work my way to the LGS seeing as my LGS is actually a big store.

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    Newish to the concealed carry world.

    I love my M&P compact. It takes a while to feel comfortable cocked and locked. But you will.

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    I'd suggest the M&P line with a external safety.

    Kahr makes some smaller guns that you can get with a external safety too...if you want a smaller package that is.

    Rutger has a few with external safeties too.

    (Notice the word "external")

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    Look at Smith and wesson M&P series, beretta, Ruger, .... all the major manufacturers have something to offer. Also, I have said before and will say it again. You dont buy shoes without trying them, and you should buy a gun with out shooting it if at all possible. Go to your LGS, see what they have, touch and feel as many as you can get your hands on. If you have a LGS with a range, shoot some of them. It will be money well spent. Dont be in a hurry to buy. It is better to be patient and spend once than spend twice out of error.

    Also, I just picked up a Ruger SR40C for $460 OTD ...havent shot it yet so incannot attest to its success, but evberyone else who has one loves it. External safety, great in hand feel, and it was priced right.

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