Hello from Indiana,
I just purchased a new gun; a Kahr PM9. I had originally started out looking for a subcompact 1911 like the Kimber Ultra Carry but the folks at Don's Guns in Indy steered me away from the Kimber by telling me that they have had nothing but problems with them and won't carry them anymore. I was really suprised because the reviews seemed to suggest that the Kimber was a really great gun.
Anyway, I purchased the Kahr PM9 and so far I have not been disappointed. I have only ran a couple hundred rounds through it so far but no failures at all. It has been 100%.
I am concerned about the fact that it has no external safeties. I have to admit that it makes me a little nervous carrying a loaded weapon in my pocket (I also bought the DeSantis Nemesis holster to carry it in) with the awareness that there is no safety. Should I be concerned about an accidental discharge? Is it really safe to carry a gun with no safety? Should I have bought the Kimber instead? I am very commited to safety; learning the gun inside out, practicing regularly, and making sure I know what I'm doing.
This is the first carry gun I have owned. I have a couple of rifles, both Marlin, and a Ruger Blackhawk 357 mag. The Ruger is lots of fun to shoot and a great gun, but not suitable for carry (way too big and heavy).
I would love to hear any thoughts and advise from anyone out there.