Affordable Brand EDC?

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    Affordable Brand EDC?

    My EDC is currently Glock G35 0.40. Its a great pistol but a bit big.

    So, I am shopping for an affordable but reliable EDC in either .40 or 9mm

    Gimme your opinons on the following brands. Info like the ones that are built poorly and liable to blow up in your hand, or built well but not usually recognized for their quality because other more popular brands that market better.

    Bersa
    Taurus
    Kel-Tec
    Khar
    Para
    Any other brand you feel deserves consideration (besides, glock, springfield, S&W, Baretta)

    As always, look forward to everyones input, opinons, and views.
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    Define affordable.

    I'd say a 442 or 642 j frame. Here, they're 399 brand new. Small, light, plenty of horsepower.

    For a smaller 9mm, I'd say an M&P compact. A Shield would work well, now I think of it. Should my local guy ever get them, they are 375. But good luck finding one.
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    Bersa- Well Regarded. Most people owners I have spoken with are very pleased.
    Taurus- Doesn't have the greatest reputation, but not known for being terrible. I decided to give one a shot and am in love with my 145 Mil Pro. But those are no longer in production, they've gone to a second generation gun. I have heard good things about those.
    Kel-Tec- Better than they used to be. From time to time people still get guns that have issues. Most are easily corrected yourself. If you don't want to do the work yourself sending it back to Kel Tec will ensure you get a gun that runs like a top back from them in just about every case I've heard of. If you're willing to jump through a hoop or two they're a great bargain. I have owned 5 different P3AT pistols over the year. Only one had issues, a fluff and buff fixed that.
    Khar- Some people have problems, most don't. Cost more than I'd be willing to pay for something that may or may not work.
    Para- No clue- no experience with them.

    As said above, Ruger makes some great guns for the CCW market.
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    Sorry, you ruled out the three I was going to recommend...
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    I won't do Kahr or Para, but that may be personal.

    I like my S&W M&P Shield .40 at 19 oz and only 0.95 inch width & comes with 2 mags, one for carry & one extended, cost $384. online last week.
    Superb trigger.
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    Out of your listed brands, bersa would be the only one I'd spend my money on. Only read good things from the owners of bersa's, all the others have quite mixed reviews (well, haven't heard much about para).
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    The brands I ruled out seem well known enough that they all could be viable choices. So for the purposes of this thread, I am exploring the "lesser knownd less frequently chosen" brands. If their are other brands I left out make sure and bring them up with your pros and cons.

    thanx
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    +1 for bersa, the thunder ultra compact pro in 9mm or .40 (or 45) is a great gun


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    In 9mm Ruger Sr9c. Have em love em. SR9 is great too not hard to cc at all and is my edc normally. Very thin. But a bit longer barrel and grip.
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    I like carrying a small snubby revolver like a S&W j frame or a M85 by Taurus or Ruger SP101. Can't go wrong with any of these.
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    Gotta rule out Glock and S&W, huh?

    Ok then, get a Ruger wheelgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Gotta rule out Glock and S&W, huh?

    Ok then, get a Ruger wheelgun.
    Again, not ruling them out. I just know what I like in them, G27 sub compact, M&P Shield in .40, and XDS or an XDM subcompact in .40. Also considering a Kimber Solo.

    Just wanted to look at other alternative brands that are built well and function reliably for a good value.
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    Police trade-in Glock or Sig.
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    I've had my Bersa BP9CC for a few weeks now and love it! I only have 100 rounds through it so far but problem free. Thin, light, feels great in my hand, nice trigger, accurate, relatively cheap, positive reviews just about everywhere you look. It's hard to beat for the price. I would have seriously considered the SR9c if I wasn't scared away by the manual safety.
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