Looking at a "Pocket Gun"

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  1. JeffXD

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    I am looking to get something I will actually carry, and I think a pocket is gonna be my best option. My 9mm XD is too big for most of the year here (DFW) since I wear shorts and a t-shirt most of the time. I had about decided a Ruger LCP was gonna be my choice over the S&W Bodyguard. <SIGH> Then I saw the Kahr MK9. Its small enough for pocket carry and is 9mm, so I would be able to stick with one caliber. Its just a little heavy because its all stainless. Its also $663.

    What to do, what to do,
     
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    Commit to carrying your XD?;)
     
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    Have you considered the Kahr PM9 or CM9?
     
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    If you are ok with .380, I would strongly recommend the lcp to anyone. If 9mm is as low as you go, the Kahrs are the most "pocketable". I often carry a pf-9, but it's a little big for pocket carry. (at least in my pockets)
     
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    Love my Sig P238.
     
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    Just recently traded my LCP for my XD, today I bought a Ruger LC9, fits in my pocket. I am ot a big guy 5'7" 170lbs. Will hopefully get to shoot it this weekend. Now back to the LCP mine shot 300+ flawless rounds. Good luck on whatever you decide on.
     
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    i have a sig p238 also and its a great size for a pocket pistol. I just recently got the xd sc 9mm which is definitely bigger i think it would be best to holster the xd. So far both have shot flawless see what fits you best and what you are most comfortable with
     
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    s&W 442 is my daily and i love it. If Kahr made a parachute would you jump out of plane with it?
     
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    I have a LC9 and I like it. You could go with a PF9 by Keltec though. Same gun cheaper price.

    Can you wait a few months? Assuming rumors are true, Beretta should have their 'Nano' 9mm single stack in stores by October. A striker fired 9mm 6+1 magazine.
     
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    I consider this the Holy Grail search of all who consider "pocket" carry. I wouldn't go with nothing less than the 9mm. Less than that IMOP your just pissing someone off that already has ill social intent for you. :evil:

    You can pretty much narrow it down to a handful from there.
     
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    This.
    You might want to seriously consider a J frame.
    Mine is a Taurus 605 (2" .357). Rides well in cargo type shorts front pocket.
    A 38+P, or even 38spl with some of the new rounds, is a proven fighting caliber.
     
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    Yep no problem with my PM9. When I say it's been a 100% reliable from shot one I'm not trying to sell anyone anything. I do not work for them,or have a piece of there pie, and could careless what gun anyone buys. Just stating a fact that I know to be true.... I could also say the same thing about the XD9sc and CZ.
    If I felt I needed to be concerned about anything, I'd be more concerned that a quickly mass produced bullet might not go off more than I any of the above mentioned pistols not working properly.
     
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    200 rds so far so good
     

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    LCP with CTC in a DeSantis Nemesis every day. Every day. Been flawless and I'm comfortable with .380 flat-nose FMJ.

    If I had to go with a 9mm, I'd look strongly at the Kahr CM9.
     
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    Kel-Tec PF9 is a fantastic little firearm.
     
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    Thanks for helping me "narrow" down my choices. ;) :lol:


    Looks like I have a little more research to do, then head over and fondle a few things in the store. I told my wife last night that its been 10 days since my birthday and I still don't know what I want. :D
     
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    I got excited when I heard this, until I saw the Nano. What an ugly gun. No slide lock either, and I'm guessing that it's going to be about the same size as an LC9, or slightly larger - which is too big for true pocket carry. IMO, the PM9 is the biggest truly pocketable gun on the market.

    I'd also ask the original poster if he's dead set on pocket carry. I ask this because I, too, was dead set on pocket carry until a few days ago. I got to thinking...yes, I want a pocketable gun - but I have enough stuff in my pockets already. In this climate, when I'm not at work, I'm usually in gym shorts. I have a large wallet, keys and a blackberry. Do I really want to jam all of that into one pocket so I can have my firearm in the other? It would make more sense to carry IWB, but get a gun small enough that I could pocket carry or ankle carry when I need to (dress slacks). For me, this is probably going to be a PM9 (or CM9).

    I personally would never recommend an LCP or LC9 to anyone, because of their ridiculously long trigger pulls. The triggers need to be staged quite a bit, and they take a lot of concentration to shoot properly. In a self defense scenario, your concentration and 50% of your motor skills are gone, so good luck with that. I realize that most self defense scenarios are at close range, but I don't want to depend on a gun that's hard(er) to shoot to save my life. Ruger really dropped the ball with these triggers, otherwise I'd have my sights set on an LC9 in a heartbeat. Double action triggers can be plenty safe without being downright ****** - the Kahr is a good example.

    I wish there were more 9mm options out there in single stack, 16 ounces or less (but not too small, like the Rohrbaugh), and dimensions similar to the PM9.
     
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    I either carry a Ruger LCP or PPS in my pocket depending on how big my pocket is.
     
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    It's a little ugly, but you can hide your shame by keeping in your pocket. As for the slide catch lever, I don't see it as a must have on a carry gun. As long as it locks back on the last round.
     
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    I also have a Kel Tec P3at that has also been very reliable but not straight out of the box. It needed to break in a little and have a F&B done to it to make it so. This is not uncommon for the LCP,P3at and a number of other small .380 pistols.
    When I looked for a single stack 9mm Kel tec was out of the question because at that time they were having quite a few problems with the PF9. That was a while ago though and have seemed to have gotten that straighened out.
     

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