This is a discussion on 9mm CCW Suggestions within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm looking for suggestions for a 9mm pistol for CCW. Will most likely pocket carry with a holster...maybe IWC occasionally. Here's some specifics of what ...
I'm looking for suggestions for a 9mm pistol for CCW.
Will most likely pocket carry with a holster...maybe IWC occasionally.
Here's some specifics of what I'd like
- semi auto
- not heavy
- something i can carry year round (jacket, jeans, shorts)
- want something on the smaller side, but not too small (big hands)
- somewhat affordable
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Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield sub compact
Wonderful pistol. Single stack, super ergonomic and easy to conceal and priced just right (around $425)
If you can get past the long trigger and lawyer features, the Ruger LC9 is worth a look. The LC9 is a little smaller than the Shield and XDs which I consider a little too large for pocket carry.
If you are going to pocket carry, I would reccomend a snubbie 38 like an LCR
Semi auto pistols dont draw from a pocket as smooth or as quick as a snubbie
I decided to no longer pocket carry and went to a Shield in 40
Last edited by dean1818; December 8th, 2013 at 11:40 AM.
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What non-shooter are YOU planning on taking to the range?
I have big hands and love my shield 9mm with the longer mag.
Glock 26. I've been carrying a 27 for a year now. No issues with hundreds of rounds. I just bought my wife a 26 Gen 4. Simple guns that just work.
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Kahr PM9 (or CM9) I find to be the biggest gun that I can really pocket carry.
Last edited by Brad426; December 7th, 2013 at 04:06 PM.
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Well looks like you are going to have to make a decision what you can accept. For pocket carry you need a micro 9 or 380. Either are not friendly to big hands. I have small hands and only get 2 fingers on my PM9 and depending on the pants I wear if I can pocket carry it. Most of the micro 380's pocket carry in just about anything but again with big hands may not be something you can shoot well. I have a Shield and had a Glock 27. There is no way I could pocket carry either of them but are both wonderful carry guns.....IWB is very doable and comfortable. I would suggest hands on at a gun shop and see what YOU can live with. Lots of good guns either way you go.
Just a warning: big hands can make pocket carry difficult.
I'm definitely a Sig fan, and they make some good 9mm Pocket Pistols:
Sig P290 - very little available that is smaller than one of these in a 9mm.
Sig P938 if SAO doesn't rock your boat too much
Also I'd consider the Kimber Solo and SW Shield
BTW, here's one of the best size-comparison charts on the web: Pocket Auto Comparison
Another vote for a Kahr CM9. Love mine. I don't know how guys carry those 1911's and 40 oz. guns all day. Just sayin'
Kahr CM9, Beretta PX4 SC .40, Ruger LCP/LM, Dan Wesson .357, Beretta 21A .22, Four Aces .22, H&R .22, Marlin .22 rifle and 1946 Remington 12 gauge.
I recommend the sccy cpx-1 or cpx-2 great american made guns. I carry mine everyday ddown here in Florida where shorts and tees are our everyday attire. Mine has been % 100 reliable.
Kel Tec p11! Most of the time, I forget I have it on me. I bought mine for 269. I gave it a good cleaning and polish the feed ramp and slide rails.I lost count of how many rounds I have fired with out a malfunction. It comes with a 10rd mag, but I bought a 12rd mag from Keltec.com. 12 +1, for a pocket 9mm is pretty good.
I'm really liking my Kahr CM9 and would recommend it to anyone. Shoots like a larger pistol but disappears when I carry in a cheap Sticky holster IWB or my front pocket. My wife carries a Ruger LC9 and it would be worth considering as well. I tried the M&P Shield and just did not care for it. Well made pistol, just did not suit me personally. In addition to the pistols already mentioned, you might also consider the Beretta Nano.
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