9mm and smaller ultraconceal

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    9mm and smaller ultraconceal

    I am wondering what kind of 9mm and .380 type weapons are out there that should be considered forl a unltraconcealable back up weapon. Now I concean a 1911 very easily on my frame with a good galco holster and very rarely would think of carrying this as a primary, and not saying I would even pick one up, but I read another post and it got me to thinking I don't know anything about this style of handgun.

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    The Ruger LCP and Kel-Tec P3AT are about as small as they get, while still being functional (both in .380).

    In 9mm, you have the Kahr PM-9, the Kel-Tec P-11 and PF-9, the Walther PPS, and (since you are comfortable/familiar with the 1911 style) the Springfield EMP. You also, of course, have the baby Glocks, and sub-compact pistols from several other manufacturers, but the first group I listed are the overall "smallest" 9mms that came immediately to mind. I'm sure the crew here will add in many more that I have overlooked.
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    Thanks, I look forward to that, I'll go and look these up on the net now though. Appriciate it. It is a gap in my knowledge, and that simply isn't acceptable!

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    I carry a Keltec P-11,tho not the smallest it holds 10+1 9mm rounds and with S&W mags can hold 12-15 +1,the trigger is stiff and takes some getting used to to find the "break" but out to 10 yards can put most rounds in the sweet spot COM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin132 View Post
    I am wondering what kind of 9mm and .380 type weapons are out there that should be considered forl a unltraconcealable back up weapon. Now I concean a 1911 very easily on my frame with a good galco holster and very rarely would think of carrying this as a primary, and not saying I would even pick one up, but I read another post and it got me to thinking I don't know anything about this style of handgun.


    Don't forget the Seecamp. Smallest .380 out there and an absolute gem. They can be a little tough to find though and will set you back a little more than the LCP or P3AT.

    Here's an overlay of the Seecamp and the Ruger LCP for comparison....




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    The smallest 9mm is the Rohrbaugh. In order (from smallest to largest) here's how the compact 9mm's roughly rank (some are basically the same size, and so are grouped together):

    1. Rohrbaugh
    2. Kahr PM9
    3. Kel-Tec PF-9
    4. Walther PPS & Kel-Tec P11
    5. Glock G26, XDsc, S&W M&Pc, Kahr CW9, P9 and P9 Covert

    Not sure if I would put the EMP (and other similar guns) in row 4 or 5. The beavertail makes it difficult for pocket carry, yet it is slim and concealable for IWB. IMO, only 1-4 are viable options for pants pocket carry (and even 4 is a stretch) since those in row 5 are thicker. However, there are those that carry them in cargo pockets with no issue. Any of the above ones generally work in overcoat pockets, ankle holsters and undershirt holsters.

    Of the .380s, the LCP and P3T are the same size, yet the new Kahr .380 (yet to be shipped) is a little smaller. Seacamp and NAA have mouse guns that are even smaller, but there is a weight factor with them. Other .380's (like the Walther PPK) are considerations as well, but I think their weight makes them less appealing.

    For everyday carry, I chose the PM9 as the best (for me) combination of caliber, weight, shootability (accuracy, recoil, fit, nightsights, etc.) and concealability. However, I am considering an LCP for summertime shorts (the PM9 works fine in cargo shorts, but not those flimsy nylon types).

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    Kahr MK9....but it is a little on the heavy side
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    Here is what I have personally settled on after trying most of the guns mentioned. I carry these - usually 1 from each group
    -G26, G27, G30, G27, G19
    - KT .380. KT .32, Walther pps
    - S&W 342PD, 60, 36 all .38 spl

    I have the PPK but it is a littke large and heavy but it is 100% reliable
    I have the NAA .32 - small, heavy and it hurts my knuckle to shoot it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    Kahr MK9....but it is a little on the heavy side

    +1 on the Kahr MK9 but I would add that a small gun like this
    is better a little on the heavy side because it will reduce recoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alnitak View Post
    The smallest 9mm is the Rohrbaugh. In order (from smallest to largest) here's how the compact 9mm's roughly rank ...
    Good summary and post.

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    NAA Guardian .380, .32, 32 NAA. Nice little guns
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    R9 is $1000+ and reported to be finickey with ammo.

    I'd recommend the Kahr PM9 for it's power, size, and light weight and a wonderful trigger, however, If you want to shoot it a lot and would carry IWB, then the MK9 is perfect.

    But for a bug I'd imagine you're looking at Pocket carry or the like. If so the PM9 is it.

    In .380 I have the Keltec P3AT and the Ruger LCP. Now that I've had both for a while I think the Keltec P3AT is a good choice and lower cost but the LCP is probably a bit more likely to be reliable right out of the box.

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    Have and carry both P3AT and P-11. No problems with either.

    Sometimes carry Sig P229 but is much larger and heavier.
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    Colt Mustang if you can fine one. Their nice little pistol and if you lkike a 1911 these fit right in. I have 2 now I use one as my pocket pistol and BUG to my 1911. Ive retired at least for a while my Kel Tecs.
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    My R-9 is my work carry gun--and I really don't want to be "made" there. Although twice the weight of the KT P-32 that I used formerly (a 1st gen, that I still love), the shape of the R is nearly as easy for me to conceal. They are expensive, but if you buy and sell--trade especially--a couple of times looking for the right carry piece, the amount looks a little better. I was also amazed at how accurate I was shooting it--better that with the KT and WAY better than my 342pd, which I got years ago with work in mind. Plus, it's just flat-out a work of art (to me anyhow)

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