The reason Im writing this is because everyone has a choice (at least now as long as the 2nd amendment lives) ! My problem comes from the standpoint of the so-called "pocket" guns , I really wanted to go with a pocket carry for several reasons , the lightweight and easy concealment ,I dont like lugging around a holstered weapon did that for 20 years , a cargo pocket or pants pocket is just right , but most guns "compact" are too big . With the new interest in pocket guns comes a variety of styles and prices , heres where it gets "iffy" at least for me, I cant see paying more than $350 for a gun that fits in my hand (concealed in my hand) I wont shoot it very often ,my hands hurt without shooting a thousand rounds through a pipsqueek gun . That doesnt leave me with very many options at least not in the 9mm class , which brings up another problem for me , the .380 acp and under classes .The rounds themselves are weak and overpriced , however the cool thing is that if the prices start to sag because of the "9"s popularity ,I can now consider a highend .380 , I dont plan on shooting a 1000 rounds through it , I may tag 10 rounds when I go to the range with other guns (as I would with one of the 9's also) .
It seems to me the best price / quality match for a 9mm in pocket is a Kahr ,but at over $400 bucks , not gonna happen , ya see there plenty of other guns I would rather have at that price , like a SW MP 45 , or Glock 19 , ya see where Im going here? I acknowledge the price/quality of the Kahrs but the usibilty factor is this ,I would use the G19 a whole hell of alot more than the pm9 and would enjoy shooting it as well same with MP45 or Glock 21!
If the prices go down for the .380's I will get one of them , Im not sold on the 9's and the reason why is quality like I said it costs more for the quality of the gun , the Keltec is a prime example , could be a nice gun I suspect its similiar in quality to the SUB 2000 series , cheap plastic that wasnt a finished product when it left the plant ,I have one and its a great shooter , but its really rough plastic , if KelTec used a sander and something to melt the plastic for smoother edges , it would be nice I'd pay the extra 20 bucks for that , the mag wells are main issues , the cheap triggers , now if you could replace some of these parts with metal , it might be worth it !
The way I see it , there is nothing under $350 thats worth a damn in the 9 pocket market , and 350 is streching it a bit , probably more like $450 , too much for too little!
I guess I wont be seeing a pocket gun at least not in 9 , maybe Ill try one of them 32's or a .380 , just to see if its worth all the fuss! My smallest pistol right now is a CZ-82 9X18 Makarov , its shoots great , ammo is cheap , doesnt quite fill the role as pocket gun although it will fit , just too heavy!