This is a discussion on Hello from Raleigh! within the New Members Introduce Yourself forums, part of the DefensiveCarry.com Forum Office category; Hi all! My first post was in a thread here that piqued my interest, so i'll quote that for some background... I've been lurking here ...
Hi all! My first post was in a thread here that piqued my interest, so i'll quote that for some background...
Looks like a positive and resourceful community you guys have here, and i hope i can contribute...I've been lurking here quite some time, as i've been planning on getting my CCW this summer and have been researching handguns. It always comes back to the same debate...9mm vs .380 vs price. I think between brands discussed in this thread, (KT, Kahr, Springfield, Taurus, etc) there is no significant difference in reliability. I don't own any of these guns, so i have no personal experience, but i'm also free of bias. I've noted similar complaints about every manufacturer, and i think for a first time buyer or a buyer getting into a new format/caliber, brand should be almost discarded from from the discussion. As hit on a few times in this thread, one needs to pick up the gun and put rounds downrange to decide if they like it. Certainly brands may have certain features, but rarely are those features and shooting characteristics maintained across caliber and format changes. I'm glad this thread has been largely devoid of the 'stopping power' argument, as i agree that it's quite overrated. I don't plan on trying to put down Mariusz Pudzianowski, and i find it hard to believe two or three .380, or even .32 rounds won't stop someone. Of course the hope is that it will never come to that, but it is what it is. All that being said, OP, you've fouled my logic! First i was set on either an LCP or P3AT, then i started researching SC 9MM's mainly due to ammunition constraints (i see myself putting in a lot of range time), and had settled on a PF9 due to price and size. I'm not a large guy, 5'9", 170lbs, and concealing a weapon at my waist anytime other than the coldest days of winter seems out for me. I have thus resigned myself to ankle carry, with which the weight of the PF9 is a major selling point. And now you come back with a P3AT! Looks like some serious rental time is in my future :D
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