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    Easy to conceal and under $450

    I'm looking for an easy to conceal handgun for at or under $450. I am open to either a revolver or an auto loader. Either a .38 +P or a 9mm. Any idea's, opinions, suggestions?? I am leaning towards a revolver, simply because they seem to have less problems.
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    Check out the Rossi .38. I looked at one of these while waiting around for my G27 transaction to be complete last week. Looked like a good piece for under $300
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    Smith & Wesson Model 637: $385
    Comp Tac CTAC: $75
    Safariland Comp I speedloader: $10
    Box of 20 Speer 135 gr 38 Special +P Short Barrel ammo: $20

    Total: $490.

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    Well, you shouldn't have a problem getting a snubbie for under that, unless you get a J-frame, but that should fall under it, too.

    As to autos, I think you might be able to get a Kahr CW9, any of the Kel Tecs (.32,.380, or 9mm). I'm sure there're others, but those are the 1st that come to mind.
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    Thats pretty close to the Glock range, Glock 26 is the 9mm. Kel-Tec isnt a bad choice, the P3AT is a .380, and the PF9 is the single stack 9mm. Skyy makes a 9mm, not sure of the model. I only have one revolver, and its a Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Magnum w/ a 6" Bbl so I can't comment much on the revo's but I almost got a Model 60.. cant remember the manufacturer right now.. Ruger or S&W.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cockedlocked01 View Post
    Well, you shouldn't have a problem getting a snubbie for under that, unless you get a J-frame, but that should fall under it, too.
    Huh?

    I just posted I paid $385 for a J frame new in the box.

    That is WELL under $450.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floridaguy911 View Post
    I almost got a Model 60.. cant remember the manufacturer right now.. Ruger or S&W.
    That would be a S&W.

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    My Smith M642 (38sp+P) was under $380 brand new at a gunshow and that's out the door. It's in my jeans pocket right now in a Mikla pocket holster.
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    I paid $399 for my 642 about two yearsago. My dealers prices are usually on the high side of normal range. You might be able to swing an M&P for $450 as well if you shop around a bit.
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    I have a Kel-Tec P11 and I just had the trigger bar break after 783 rounds through it. I really like the S&W 637. My only thing is that it is only 5 shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith&Wessonfan View Post
    Huh?

    I just posted I paid $385 for a J frame new in the box.

    That is WELL under $450.
    I said it should fall under it. It also depends on what model J-frame, whereas pretty much all the other snubbies will fall under $450. See, we're not really saying anything different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wht06rado View Post
    I have a Kel-Tec P11 and I just had the trigger bar break after 783 rounds through it. I really like the S&W 637. My only thing is that it is only 5 shots.
    I'll take 5 shots that I can count on 100% of the time over 7 or 8 that I cannot trust.

    Or you can buy a S&W 386Sc and get 7 shots of 357 Magnum in a 25 oz (fully loaded) gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith&Wessonfan View Post
    I'll take 5 shots that I can count on 100% of the time over 7 or 8 that I cannot trust.

    Or you can buy a S&W 386Sc and get 7 shots of 357 Magnum in a 25 oz (fully loaded) gun.
    You're right. It's just hard coming from being able to carry 13 rounds in my P11 to 5, that's all. :) But I deffinately need something 100% reliable. How many rounds do you guys put through your EDC guns before they are 100% reliable to you?
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    There are several S&W J-frame models that meet your requirements. Also, consider the Ruger SP-101.

    On the semi auto side, look for a used Glock 26.

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