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2/22/2011 12:43am,
I need some recommendations for concealed carry.

I plan on using 9mm, .40, or .45.

I've got a price range of about 500 bucks. I did some individual research, but am at a loss, due to the myriad of choices. I was looking at the Taurus 24/7 series, but am torn. Any recommendations from the gun toting bullies?

2/23/2011 12:55am,
It really depends on where you live and what kind of firepower you realistically might need. I would recommend a kel-tec pf9. It's cheap (around $300-400 according to google) and light (12.7 oz unloaded) which means you will be more likely to carry it day in day out. Others who are more knowledgeable about this stuff will be sure to be in here giving real advice eventually, but until then check this out.


2/23/2011 1:32am,
Before you buy an extremely light (less than 20-25oz.) carry gun, make sure you fire one at a range. You might just shoot a heavier gun much better, and a good holster/belt combination can make a gun feel a pound lighter.

I only carry when snakes are around, and that's open carry on my own property, but the fact remains the same.

Lord Skeletor
2/23/2011 2:08am,
Slightly used Glock 19, USP 9mm, SIG 239, or 228. I wouldn't mess with a Taurus with that much money to spend...that's TOO MUCH to spend on any Taurus. If you're on a continual budget, stick with a caliber than you can easily afford ammunition for---to shoot and train with.

DO NOT go any smaller than a compact gun (Glock 19/23). Don't be the guy with the Glock 26/27.

2/23/2011 12:36pm,
Para Ordnance Warthog, assuming you have the build to really conceal one. I sold mine and I miss it oh so very much.

2/23/2011 3:04pm,
I am sure, its a nooby question, but what would be wrong with a sub-compact gun, like Beretta
Px4 Storm Subcompact Type F (http://www.beretta.com/Defence-Pistols-Carbines/Defence/Sub-Compact/Px4-Storm-Subcompact-Type-F/index.aspx?m=82&f=2&idv=18&idc=217&id=855)?

2/23/2011 3:15pm,
I am sure, its a nooby question, but what would be wrong with a sub-compact gun, like Beretta
Px4 Storm Subcompact Type F (http://www.beretta.com/Defence-Pistols-Carbines/Defence/Sub-Compact/Px4-Storm-Subcompact-Type-F/index.aspx?m=82&f=2&idv=18&idc=217&id=855)?

Recoil, even with 9mm, is going to be near uncontrollable with something that small. I don't even want to think about the .40 cal.

2/23/2011 3:24pm,
that's why I mentioned being a bloody noob.

Edit: What about pocket pistols like a 3032 Tomcat (http://www.beretta.com/Defence-Pistols-Carbines/Defence/Pocket-Pistols/3032-Tomcat/index.aspx?m=82&f=2&id=776)? (http://www.beretta.com/Defence-Pistols-Carbines/Defence/Pocket-Pistols/3032-Tomcat/index.aspx?m=82&f=2&id=776%29?)
Easy to conceal at least, I assume.

Roaming East
2/23/2011 4:31pm,
Its REALLY hard to beat a Keltec P9 for everyday carry. Its slim enough to not be obtrusive with lighter clothing during the summer. Light enough to not be a hassle. Cheap enough to not break the bank (the more you save in the gun, the more ammo you can buy to practice with).

The problem i have with glocks, and this is a regional thing, is that they are too blocky to carry when its 100 degrees out with 90% humidity. A single stack pistol slim enough to ride in an IWB holster without announcing to anybody with a sober eye that im packing is a Godsend. Ive retired both a USP and an XD because of concealability/comfort issues in light clothing. Not surprisingly, both pistols were designed with law enforcement/duty use as a primary function.

I reccomend Keltec because its fairly ubiqitous, you will ALWAYS find gunstores with parts and accessories for them, said accessories are cheap (30 bucks for a USP or sig mag?)
and the customer service from Keltec is top notch. ive have a P3AT that has seen numerous years and when my slide started showing severe wear from holster retention, they sent me a new one free of charge (had to pay S&H)

Not pretty weapons but for their purpose as concealable, reliable carry weapons Keltecs are world class.

2/23/2011 4:59pm,
DO NOT go any smaller than a compact gun (Glock 19/23). Don't be the guy with the Glock 26/27.

****, I love my Glock 26.

2/23/2011 6:06pm,
Dont want to piss anyone off, but I had a KelTec, it was a POS. I have a USP and XD, both are great weapons, and sold nearly eveywhere. Remeber a Handgun is something that is going to last if treated correctly. The barrels used in the newer XD are competition grade: 1in at 25yds. They are affordable, along with using high quality parts. Sig makes a model which can change calibers, allowing the shooter to pick what is best for him.

Roaming East
2/23/2011 8:59pm,
Oh dont get me wrong; As duty firearms the USP and XD are great (though i find the USP overrated to the extreme) but for everyday concealed carry? you can do better than 2lbs of double stacked goodness hanging off your hip with 4 inches of gun and holster protruding. Hell if you hate Keltec but still need a low profile piece, Kahr Arms makes the PM9 series that is quite toteable. You'll just pay a ridiculous premium to own one.

I think it's sort of disingenous to think your CCW weapon needs to be some kind of ultra slick, accessoried up competition piece with AK like field reliability. By definition you arent shooting at anything over 15ft and a 2 in barrel at 15 YARDS will drive tacks. The ability to swap out barrels seems odd because most people who do that do it to .22 so as to have more affordable recreational shooting but since youre concerned with the pistol being a defensive arm the training and practice you would practically wish for would be with the ammunition you intend to everyday carry.

So i guess my next question is, what is going to be the overwhelming purpose of you handgun. 100% concealed carry or is this gonna be a gun you shoot recreationally that will ALSO serve you as a good carry weapon? the distinction between the two is pretty important.

Wounded Ronin
2/23/2011 9:30pm,
So, I have had my CCW permit for a while but didn't actually carry concealed. Last weekend, I decided to try it on my way to an indoor range to zero a rifle, so that I would have at least a little bit of experience with carrying.

I don't have any "small" handguns. I strapped on a full size 1911, on a belt SERPA holster.

The only way I could get it to conceal and not imprint was by wearing a full size gore tex jacket and zipping it shut. :p Which of course I then had to wear indoors, zipped, the whole time I was zeroing my rifles. :p

2/24/2011 1:06am,
DO NOT go any smaller than a compact gun (Glock 19/23). Don't be the guy with the Glock 26/27.


2/24/2011 1:28pm,
The USP is a little overrated, I think it may have something to do with its constant use in hollywood and videogames along with being issued by many federal agencies. My wife carries a 32HR Mag SW, its pretty nice and the balance for this weapon is nice. If you have the money, by a Wilson, One day maybe I will own one.

Never fired a Kahr, but havent heard nothing bad either. Buddy of mine swears by his Glock, I feel they are OVERRATED, but thats just my opinion.

Colt .25 Auto is nice if youre looking for something easy to conceal. Not sure the price, I got mine as a hand me down.

2/24/2011 6:11pm,
I have a glock 26, it's kind of too wide for my liking. I carry it on a shoulder holster in the winter.