Help me choose my next gun (please)

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    Help me choose my next gun (please)

    About a year ago I purchased my first gun, a used HS 2000 (XD predecessor) in 9mm with a 4 inch barrel and a 16 round magazine. Then I bought a Kel Tec p3at as my backup gun, which now serves as a primary more often than I would like (like jogging, going to the gym, going on dates, etc) because of its ease of carry. After Sandy Hook I worried about a ban on high-capacity magazines so I bought one of the last compact XD-9s in the gun shop and overzealously ordered 3 additional 16 round magazines from Springfield.

    So at this point I have essentially two interchangeable high capacity 9mm, 4 inch barrel guns that are hard to conceal. Because they are hard to conceal I find myself carrying the Kel Tec P3at more often than I would like. I worry that in a gunfight in the gym, on my jogging route, or on a date, I would be dead meat because I find it hard to shoot it accurately and it only holds 6+1 slow, light rounds.

    Size-wise I am looking for something between a full size 9mm and the Kel Tec. I am sold on the 9mm and dont want to consider other calibers. I will be trading in the HS 2000 and need to decide between the single stack 9mm pocket pistols like the XDs/ CM9 / PF9 / LC9 on one hand and the XD-9 subcompact or Glock 26 on the other hand. In a shtf scenario I would obviously much rather have the double stack subcompact, but I am also particularly concerned about printing since I wear T shirts year round down here in South Florida.

    In sum, my question is: If you have found, in your experience, that concealing a full size 9mm is impracticable given the fact that you tend to wear tailored clothing and live in a warm climate, but you are not comfortable with a small .380, which 9mm would you buy, in the $400-500 range, to fill that gap? I prefer appendix carry IWB.

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    Glock 19, 9mm Gen 3 if you can find one, Gen 4, if not. Or S&W M&P Compact 9mm.

    Dont worry much about printing. People look, but they do not see. Amazing, but true.

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    Walther PPS but hold one first, trigger location kinda awkward.
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    If your a fan of the Xd line go get a sub compact. Otherwise go trade your guns for a glock 19 & 26 as far as a double stack. If you want a single stack go get a shield.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I don't understand why the current gun is hard to conceal because of the 4" barrel. A sub compact is only going to be at the most 1" shorter, and the barrel is enclosed in the holster inside of you pants. Before looking for a new gun, I'd look at how your carrying first.
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    The Glock-26 would be very dependable, and easily concealable.
    If you like bigger holes, pick up and 'hold' the Glock-36 (.45).

    BTW, that P-3AT is a great little BUG...don't discount it.
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    You need to listen to Evan Marshal. Learn to dress around your Gun. I also carry in the Apendix position for my main carry gun. It doesn't matter if I'm in Florida or Ohio. I haven't worn a Tuck in Shirt in 15 years. I carry 2 Guns every day all day. 3 Summers ago I carried a Glock 21 and my LCR357 just to show people in our CCW Classes how much can be hidden by a shirt. I carried the Glock 21 for 2 months. I like clip on IWB Holsters so I can change positions. Apendix, Crossdraw or behind the Hip. It just takes practice. For the last 2+ years I have carried a SP101 and a LCR357. If I want to go with a little less weight I use a 442 and the LCR.
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    I have little experience with single-stack 9mm, but from what I've read, my top choices would be s&w Shield, Ruger LC9, and Walther PPS. Probably the Shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    Glock 19, 9mm Gen 3 if you can find one, Gen 4, if not. Or S&W M&P Compact 9mm.

    Dont worry much about printing. People look, but they do not see. Amazing, but true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I don't understand why the current gun is hard to conceal because of the 4" barrel. A sub compact is only going to be at the most 1" shorter, and the barrel is enclosed in the holster inside of you pants. Before looking for a new gun, I'd look at how your carrying first.
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    I agree with Archer, I think the issue involves your carry method more than your pistol choice.
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    + 1 for the Glock 26.

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    I wear shorts, sandals, and an un-tucked t-shirt, polo shirt, or Hawaiian shirt during the summer. I carry a full size 1911 at 3:00 o'clock and a spare magazine at 9:00 o'clock on my belt. I also pocket carry a Springfield XDS-45 and a spare magazine. When I go to the gym, I leave the 1911 in the safe and just pocket carry the XDS-45.
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    I can carry a full size 9mm (CZ 75B) under a Hawaiian styled shirt. I always choose a darker color with lots of design. It does not noticeably print. That being said, there's nothing wrong with a .380 for self defense. If you find your kel tec hard to shoot, practice more. good luck

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    DSCN4718c.jpgDSCN4719c.jpg Ruger Sr40C in a 3speed Holster this is what i wear in Gulf Coast Texas 95% of the time. from the time i awake till I go to sleep. If I had to get dressed up (Office type attire) I'd probably opt for a good gun belt and a tuckable AIWB.

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