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Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

I know the the topic is like asking folks their favorite color...but a friend of mine asked me and I am not well versed in carry guns despite having the permit. I did tell him that the S&W .357 with a 6' barrel (what I own) is NOT a good concelaed carry peice. I actually want one myself as excercising my rights seem more improtant to me now than ever before.

I believe both he and I are thinking smaller frame semi-auto, price under $400 or $500 that our wives could also handle...and I will leave it at that as the starting block.

If this topic has gone 10 rounds already, please link me up. Thanks in advance.




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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

Just my opinion but I would start with the Glock 26, Ruger SR9C and Springfield XD. Each should be fairly easy to find and priced below $500. they are all 9MM's

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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

I just picked up a really nice Glock 23 at the Allentown gun show. Minimal wear, was a police return, and I walked out the door for about $400 with it.

I have not shot it yet, and this is my first 40S&W. Some say they jump pretty good when you shoot them, some say not. I like the pistol thus far, but I will get a chance to shoot it tomorrow, and then we'll see what I think of it's accuracy and "shootability".

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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

If a small, concealable auto is what you're after, take a good look at the Kahr lineup, especially the cm series if price is a concern. They're not near as chunky as the glocks and xds, and will most likely fit your wife's hands better.

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Believe it or not, my wife took a look at my G23 and liked how it fit her hand. I was surprised....
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One I will not recommend is one of the .38 lightweights. Their bite on the hand is almost as bad as their bite out the barrel. Gf's bpdyguard is 13 ounces and bites!

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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

The toughest part about this will be trying to find a gun that is comfortable in your hand and your wife's. I would look at the 9mm's and the .380's are good as well. I know my wife and I cannot shoot each others guns well at all. Our hand sizes are just to different. She doesn't like my XD and I hate her little Ruger

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I was surprised my wife liked how the G23 fit her, because I like it, too. She had a bad experience shooting a pistol, and hasn't been interested till now. I might actually get her to shoot the Glock.
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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

It's tough to suggest one gun to fit both you and your wife.
Take in consideration that a larger frame semi may be difficult for her to shoot.
If you opt for a smaller frame, felt recoil may also cause her a problem.
Personally, If I had to choose one without knowing your individual variables, I'd opt for a 9mm, probably a M26 Glock. Small enough to conceal, large enough to reduce felt recoil, small enough to fit the average womans hand, large enough that it doesn't get lost in larger hands.

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Re: Concealed carry Pistol...recommendations!

I'm happy with my Glock 26. I have small hands and it fits me well. The Gen 4 models also have different sized back straps so you could probably be able to find ones that fit both you and your wife. Recoil is very manageable with it also. It's just like shooting my Glock 19, just conceals better.
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