Hello all... Though I don't carry a gun outside of my property here (live too close to Chicago that carry a gun outside of my land becomes an inconvenience), I do usually carry either my P-1 (9-mm) or my Mauser 1910 (25 ACP) while mowing the lawn or in the woods on my property due to wild animals... Both guns are very reliable and sufficiently accurate, but the 1910 cuts my hand and the P-1 is too long. Consequently, I am in the market for a new pistol.
I like the Mauser 1910 because it is easily concealable, very reliable, accurate, and lightweight. Unfortunately, the 25 ACP is a little small for my needs and the gun does cut my hand sometimes.
The P-1 is an excellent pistol, I like its looks, the 9-mm ammo seemed large enough, its well balanced for me, and it is sufficiently accurate. I especially like the hook with the rope on the handle that hooks to my belt if the gun drops. Unfortunately, the gun seemed a little heavy to hold (especially after making many turns on a 5000# machine without power steering!!) and is a little difficult to draw from the holster. Also, the holster easily snags on the seat.
My requirements for a replacement pistol is as follows:
1. 9-mm for ammo consistency
2. Easier pistol draw (minimal snag) than the P1
3. Lighter than the P1 preferred.
4. Shorter barrel so the holster don't snag.
I had a chance to go to a gun store and took a look at the Sig 250 and the Walther PPS. Unfortunately, they both looked lighter than they really are and felt heavier than the P-1. I also took a look at the Walther P22, it is light and feels great, but it is only 22 cal. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to see how they felt for shooting and they did not have the Sig P239 that I have heard a lot of complements about.
Due to the fact that I do not have easy access to a gun store when they are open and the fact that the gun store does not allow perspective buyers to test shoot example shooters; I am kind of limited to seeking opinions for a list of guns to look at the store and basically hope that whichever gun I get is good. Any opinion is appreciated.