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Old 05-13-2006, 11:20 PM
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Question best 9mm concealed gun to carry?


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I'm planning to purchase my first handgun very soon. I was wondering what brand/model for a 9mm would be best to carry as my concealed gun? I have been recommend a Kahr dur to it's size and it being still a 9 mm, although it kicks like a freaking horse. I have shot a glock 17 and a Sig. I like the glock due to it's reliability but I plan to carry this gun on me all the time, so I'm worried about that. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-14-2006, 12:06 AM
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This is the gun I would carry.
It is available in 9mm.

http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols...y/procarry.php
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Old 05-14-2006, 05:01 AM
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I have been using a Glock 26 since they came out. The recoil is light and it holds 11 rounds. Conceals nicely and I can shoot it almost as well as a 17. Rugged, and it wont rust. A 40 cal would also be good.
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Old 05-14-2006, 05:58 AM
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In my opinion I like the Glock 27 (.40) cal. Sub Compact with the pierce +1 grip ext.Holds 10 rounds plus 1 in the chamber for a total of 11 rounds, very small, easy to conceal and with the DeSantis holster I really don't even know that it's there until I need it. It is extremely accurate. I dont have a G-26 (9 MM) yet but I guess it would be similar. There are some that may be smaller and thinner.But thats my CHOICE! No problems anytime what so ever. Good Luck!
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:03 AM
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I'm planning to purchase my first handgun very soon. ...being still a 9 mm, Any recommendations?
Get yourself at least a 45 ACP if your going semi auto, there are lots of good compact light and easy to carry models out there. There is a reason the 9's are high capacity and it's not because the round has a good reputation for stopping power.
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:04 AM
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Ive never tried a Kahr but if i carry a 9 it is my star bm. Its reliability is hard to beat. I prefer single action autos and the shape being similar to my 1911 makes it a great fit for me.
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Old 05-14-2006, 04:15 PM
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I like the little Kahr pistol. It is smaller and thinner than the model 60 38 special.
If you have concealment issues this pistol is for you. It's the smallest pistol out there that shoots a major caliber.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:13 AM
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You might take a look at the Beretta 9000, also a CZ P01 is pretty compact, and I've heard people praise the Kel-tec's. If you get a Kahr, forget the poylmer frames and get sn all steel one, they are heavier and don't kick as bad.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:08 AM
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While I prefer my 1911's in .45 acp, I have a Kahr Mk40 that I usually carry, which is like 500 Magnum's polymer frame 9mm. Mine is the older stainless steel frame model. It is pretty snappy to shoot, but it is manageable, and carries nicely. It is reliable, packs plenty of punch, and is reasonably accurate. If you practice with it, you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:30 AM
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personnaly I don't carry a semi auto concealed most of the time. I carry a S&W 696 .44sp. revolver. Now this is my opinion, so you can take it or leave it, go with a snub nose .38 or .357 revolver if this is your first gun (This is from a .44 caliber fan). Semi Autos are harder to learn to shoot for beginners than revolvers. later on you can get a semi auto when you are more experianced. if you do go with a semi auto, My preference is the Glock 26. 9mm is a good defensive round. Don't fall for the call for larger calibers. I know this will create an argument but larger calibers don't necessarily mean better defensive rounds. If you can't hit the target in the vitals with a larger round mulitplte times quickly than you are in just as much trouble as if you were unarmed. Again a good 9mm will be just fine for defensive purposes against people.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:10 AM
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I Carry a Glock M22/.40 with the M23/40 as my off-duty/back-up weapon. I use the Galco-Cop-Slot-Belt/Gear-combo. The M23 rides in Port-Side-Rig opposite my Strong-Side/M22....while I am plain-clothes-operational, and then I just slide it[-the M23] in to the strong-side holster when I want to. That's one of the many benefits of the glock-Family-Series...Interchangeable holsters.

- I am still authorized to carry and deploy the M1911...and my back-up for this weapon was always my SW-442/642...and this has always been one of my-favs as far as personal-carry's-go. It was my first back-up gun I bought with my travel-check from Okinawa in the early-90's...and I still use it as a hideout-gun. I have always felt that if things got so-ugly that I was screwing-my-muzzle into a perps-ear...I would need a small-RELIABLE-weapon that could be held-and-operated-securely with my weak-side-hand...and would not hang-up on anything enroute to the close-contact-impact-area. Semi-auto's tend to occur-stoppages if the grip is not-firm or the slide makes contact with ANYTHING upon discharge.

However if I was looking for an alternate-option to my M22/M23/M27-Combo or my M1911/Hammerless-Revolver-Combo...The .40-Cal-Kahr with the Polymer-Frame would be considered-seriously. Kahr was taken off the choice-list back in the beginning...But - in the last-few years new-design/management at Kahr, has really brought these weapons on-line/par with my standards of operation and reliability.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:06 AM
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I currently carry a CZ 2075 RAMI in .40S&W. So far my .40 S&W has had ten boxes of practice ammo through it without a hicup, and I imagine the 9MM would do just as well. The RAMI will also use the Mags for the full size models, and they could be carried as spares with 16 rounds in each.

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Since you can no longer get the BEST 9mm, the HK PSP, second choice would be the Kahr.
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:43 PM
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Nobody has mention the SIG PRO 2009. Right now I am looking to buy one, and I have not talked to anybody who has shot this model. It was discontinued last year by Sig and replaced (I think) with the 2022. Anyway, any comments about this 9mm?
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:42 PM
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I've only had a couple of 9"s in my hand and they have been the Beretta and the Browning. Both have felt good to me. I know that there might be some out there that are cheaper, but those work for me. I have heard some good things about the Glock, but haven't had the opportunity to fire one yet, maybe someday.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:46 AM
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I carry the Kahr MK40. I prefer the solid feel of a steel frame vs. the lighter poly framed guns. I carry the weapon in 40cal. because of its power but he 9mm is a fine choice too. Kahr produces an excellent firearm and is among the ever shrinking number of American manufacturers.

The Sig 232 would be my second choice for a 9mm carry weapon. It is stylish, thin and rugged but I don't care for the design of the European magazine release.

Don't waste your money on a Kel-tec. and if you can stand the utilitarian design and hum-drum look of a Glock, well...


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Old 06-01-2006, 04:17 PM
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I carry the Kahr MK40. I prefer the solid feel of a steel frame vs. the lighter poly framed guns. I carry the weapon in 40cal. because of its power but he 9mm is a fine choice too. Kahr produces an excellent firearm and is among the ever shrinking number of American manufacturers.

The Sig 232 would be my second choice for a 9mm carry weapon. It is stylish, thin and rugged but I don't care for the design of the European magazine release.

Don't waste your money on a Kel-tec. and if you can stand the utilitarian design and hum-drum look of a Glock, well...


Sorry, I don't want to hijack the thread, but I really like those grips on your Mk40! Who makes them? Are they any thicker, or longer front to back than the standard black plasticy ones? Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2006, 03:53 PM
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Sorry, I don't want to hijack the thread, but I really like those grips on your Mk40! Who makes them? Are they any thicker, or longer front to back than the standard black plasticy ones? Thanks.

As far as I can tell there is no difference in size between the wood grips and plastic grips. You can purchase these grips from the Kahr Shop. These are official accessory grips sold by Kahr for $58.00 for the K40, Mk40, K9. E9 and MK9 models. They are available in checkered or smooth for $10 less.

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shruy,

Thanks for the link. I should have thought of that myself.

I couldn't tell from your photo if they were Pau Ferro or Coco Bolo. Pau Ferro - that's cool! I like the checkered ones, but it looks like they're temporarily out of the checkered ones for now. I'll have to email them & see how long it might be before they're back in stock.

The reason I asked about the possible difference in size is because with having large hands, having somewhat bigger grips would make it easier to control that little rascal. Same thing with checkered vs non-checkered.

Another question, then I'll shut up: do you have night sights on your Mk40? Couldn't tell from the photo either. I see Kahr offers Trijicon, Novak, Meprolight, and XS; what do you have on yours? I want night sights for mine too. Suggestions?

Thanks again...
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:56 AM
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Another question, then I'll shut up: do you have night sights on your Mk40? Couldn't tell from the photo either. I see Kahr offers Trijicon, Novak, Meprolight, and XS; what do you have on yours? I want night sights for mine too. Suggestions?

Thanks again...
These are stock Kahr sights.

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