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I want to buy a new pistol to carry but cant decide on which one. I just got my license to carry this week and im excited to find a pistol I will like to carry. So far there is a few I had in mind. The Walther ppk in .380 and kahr mk9 for the all metal guns which I really like. If I decide to go the lighter route I was looking at the Kahr pm9 or just a keltec pf9 or the .380 keltec. It doesnt have to be pocket carry but I wanted something that would shoot nice for the size and feel like it was very well made. The more I like it the more ill want to carry. My father does have the .380 and 9mm keltec which are ok but seem a bit cheap to me. So help me decide... Any others I might like? I would like to keep it around 600 give or take some. I was really interested in the ruger lcp but my local shop was 11 months behind on that one.
 

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Personally I prefer to have at least 9mm or .38 for a defensive load. The MK9 would serve you well. IMO a Glock 26 is not that much bigger and you get 10+1 capacity of 9mm. A G26 can be concealed very easily without a drastic change in wardrobe.

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Don't know much about the guns you're looking at, buy I do know that .380 ammo is hard to come by.

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Thanks for the reply. I just edited my post I was interested in the ruger lcp also but my local shop was back ordering them and I didnt want to wait that long.

45 is hard for me to find locally. Actually 9mm sort of is also but not as bad as the 45 and .380.
 

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Try to shoot as many as you can at the range and also try to figure out the main way you are going to carry. If you are pocket carrying a lot, your choices will be more limited and metal may not be the way to go over a poly gun. You have some good ones listed. I'd probably go with a 9mm and my first choice as a starter would be a G26 (or 19) or PM9. The latter will be much easier to pocket carry but a little tougher to shoot due to it's smaller size. There's a lot of good choices out there so again, try to fondle and shoot as many as you can.
 

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I thought about carrying IWB since I dont like to have too much in my pockets. Might be a nice option to pocket carry also though hard decision. Its also kind of hard to try them all out cause the only local shop/range I dont like very much at all.
 

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I would also recommend staying with 9mm or 38 spl as a minimum. I think the Kahr, G26, G19 or S&W 642 would be a good place to start.
 

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Can't go wrong with a G26 but it isn't going to be the easiest to pocket carry if you want to. I know, I have a G33 (same size) and a PM9. The PM9 in a FIST K5 is the king of pocket carry for me.
 

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G19, 9mm and compact enough to conceal IWB without sacrificing barrell length and grip length. 15 + 1 capacity also. I got mine in June for $575.00. Some of those other guns may be small enough that they may not be great and fun at the range, you can have to small of a gun. You should have one large enough to be great at the range so you'll practice with it more.

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The Glock-26 will meet ALL of your needs.:yup:
 

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Is the pm9 really close to the size of the keltec pk9 cause I really liked the size of the pk9.
 

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The pm9 is a very nice weapon...overall I like the G26.
 

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I recommend you try a .38 snub. At some point you'll end up with one, so why not get it out of the way up front.
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Personally I prefer to have at least 9mm or .38 for a defensive load. The MK9 would serve you well. IMO a Glock 26 is not that much bigger and you get 10+1 capacity of 9mm. A G26 can be concealed very easily without a drastic change in wardrobe.

Good luck.
+1 you can't beat the Glock 26 for size, quality & capacity. I have the Kel tec PF9, p3at & G26. I had a Kahr pm9. The Glock26 is by far the best of the 4 guns. Better sights, trigger, capacity, accessories. I carry the G26 in a Kramer OWB holster or Desantis pocket holster. The pf9 and Pm9 will pocket carry easier.
The Kel tec sights arn't great. I have a crimson laser on my pf9.
I have spent 3 years using most of the smallest 9mm made and I can't find anything as good or better than the G26.

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I would go with the MK9 for the quality and the round. The 9mm vs .380 for SD carry is a better option. Neither one will produce a high provability of one stop shots, but the 9mm will deliver more energy than the .380 and the platform will be easier on the recoil. Cheers.
 

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I like the capacity of the g26 not sure if its quite small enough though its a bit wide. How does the m&p 9c compare anyone have experience with one?
 

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