Opinion on 9mm CCW

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    Opinion on 9mm CCW

    My primary carry (winter) is my 5" 1911. I am selling my .40 Witness steel 4" and ammo to get a 9mm (range economics) and ammo. I love my Witness but feel it is too heavy and too thick for comfortable summer wear. I know I am opening a can of worms, but what 9mm's should I try on that a) cost less than $400; b) are thin enough to comfortably carry IWB; and c) have enough capacity to be an effective carry weapon? I never liked 9mm but my son made some good points in today's phone call.

    In my very limited search I like the Taurus 24/7 Pro 17+1 and the Witness Polymer 13+1. Kahr's do nothing for me and are as pricey as S&W (not sure who thought higher priced is better...). Thanks!
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    See this post http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ad.php?t=39239

    I also carry a Kel-Tec PF9 for those days when I need to be more concealed. You can pick up great used 9mm for <$400. I have a 1911 9mm that I carry sometimes - I think I gave around $280 or so.

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    I live in Phoenix without winter coats. I have no problem whatsoever carrying a 5" 1911 in hot weather clothing. Amazing how incognito you can look in shorts, a wifebeater tucked in, and an open Hawaiian or Cuban shirt. The patterns really conceal whatever print you might have. I'll stick with my trusty .45's!

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    look at the s&w mp9 compact. slightly over 400 but very nice, small gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper58 View Post

    In my very limited search I like the Taurus 24/7 Pro 17+1 and the Witness Polymer 13+1. Kahr's do nothing for me and are as pricey as S&W (not sure who thought higher priced is better...). Thanks!
    Since you don't like Kahr...

    A used 9mm XD sub compact?
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    With your price range in mind, and the fact you are wanting a 9-mm for economics, I am under the impression that your going to shoot a lot, so you will need something more substantial than a Kel-Tec PF-9 (great gun to carry) and my suggestion behind door #1--------Ruger SR-9. There you go.


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    Any of the subcompact or compact polymers (Springfield, S&W, or Glock) can be found for close to 400 used. I have a Glock 26 that I picked up for 400 even, it was used but fresh as a daisy. I believe they are all lovely to shoot, and they always will go bang. Each of the models also typically have a lot of holster options.

    The Glock (I don't know about the others) has loads of parts and accessories available on Ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper58 View Post
    ... too heavy and too thick for comfortable summer wear...
    Hmmm...I carried full sized Witness P in 10mm this summer in Crossbreed IWB under polo in office this last summer without detection. I now carry Glock 29 16 hrs a day in same IWB rig. All very comfortable and easy to carry. I am 5' 11" 210 lbs.

    Have you tried different carry techniques and or holsters? I'd rather experiment that dirrection rather than moving down the lethality chart...to a little 9 or even .40...IMHO.
    "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." Romans 12:18
    ...if not...be prepared to meet Mr.10mm, .45, .40 or any one of their little brothers.

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    Thanks! Yes, I intend to shoot a lot. I read the thread about Ruger's newest entry....I'll check it out. AZ - I'll try your wardrobe! I prefer my .45 to anything else and will probably get a small 9mm for those times I need to run to the local shop-n-rob for provisions and don't feel like "dressing around my gun." Rbrown - thanks for the feedback. I have you by 20#, but have developed into the pear-shaped guy (a radical departure from my younger days.....). I haven't felt comfortable with my Witness IWB, but that could be more of a holster function than my rotundness.
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    I'm a Glock nut. So I'm gonna say a Glock 26 is your best bet in 9mm, that or the 19. But the grip is rather long on the 19. The 26 is a subcompact, so it's easier to conceal. The 26 will probably run you about $400 used.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_26

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    Some excellent 9s have already been mentioned. I fully intend to geta PF-9 before too long to use as a pocket pistol. I don't think I'd want to shoot it a lot, though.

    I'd mention for your consideration that you take a look at the FN lineup. My young bride's FNP-9 is a joy to shoot. It can be set up left or right handed and has the ergonomically adjustable grip.
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    I dont think you should throw out the idea of a kahr because of price just yet. I spent a whole 1 hr on the internet looking around and found a brand new Kahr CW9 on gunbroker for $345. Its just like the Kahr P-9 in size and weight. Do some looking before settling on a decision.

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    This is a hell of a deal:

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...s_id/411534724


    Really nice gun for the money IMHO:

    http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg131-e.htm

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    9mm are great. if you like ur old 1911. dont forget you can get one chambered in a 9. i have the kimber ultra aegis and love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by klx9mm View Post
    look at the s&w mp9 compact. slightly over 400 but very nice, small gun.
    +1

    The M&P9c is a sweet shooting little gun. I didn't warm up to mine, still prefer the Glock for carry, but the M&P is an excellent choice.

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