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Cheap Concealed Carry

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by freeman3911, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. freeman3911

    freeman3911 Portland, OREGON Member

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    I'm looking for a solid concealed carry option that is inexpensive but still performs well and has a good trigger. I've strongly been considering getting a gen3 GLock 26, but finding one near $400 has seemed to be a challenge. The 26 fits all my needs for a concealed firearm but i'm not sure if I can spend over $400 on a handgun.

    The cheaper firearms are all Cobra, Arsenal & Kel-Tec; why is it no one makes a concealed carry option in 9mm that has the trigger & reliability of a glock and the price tag of a Kel-tec?

    Sincerely,
    One frustrated concealed carry searcher
     
  2. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    M&P Shield, if you can fine one.

    Your life is not cheap. ;)
     
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  3. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Caracal Compact 9mm. Amazing firearm, 15+1, accurate as all get out, and perhaps the best trigger ever, equal to or fanged close to a Walther PPQ. Price is from $425-440 at Brightwater Ventures and online. Best gun purchase I ever made. Also just bought a Kahr CM9 for $400 that's perfect so far, 6+1, accurate, smoothest DA trigger ever, and accurate at 15 yards.
     
  4. RBid

    RBid Wilsonville, OR Well-Known Member

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    In a sub, I'd go with a CM9, for $389.99.

    I don't do subs anymore, though. I now carry a Ruger SR9c. I picked it up for $389.99. Fantastic pistol. Shoots like a full size. Amazing recoil spring system, so it's very soft shooting. Great trigger. Easy to be accurate with. It also comes with a 17 rd spare mag, so it's great for CCW, or emergency scenarios.
     
  5. Zepoll

    Zepoll Keizer Active Member

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    I have a M&P Shield and although I love it, I'm seriously considering trading/selling it in favor of a Kahr CW9. I've had one before (actually I sold that to fund the Shield.. go figure.) The Shield and CW9 are very close in dimensions, but I find the Kahr just fits my hand better. Plus it's lighter and slimmer. Granted, the "lighter and slimmer" thing is not by very much, but Sometimes little measurements matter. What's that saying about boiling water,

    Anyway, you can get a Kahr used for between $300 - $350 and they have a great reputation. It's not a subcompact. I can get all three fingers completely on the grip. Put it in a Remora holster for $25.00, and a box of Speer Gold Dots for another $24 and your entire set up is under $400.

    Kahr CW9 is a 7+1 capacity

    CW9.jpg
     
  6. Cameron.44

    Cameron.44 Eugene Member

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    Seems to me that after about 5 years after they released it Kel-Tec has ironed out any wrinkles in the PF9.

    I would not hesitate to buy another '11 or '12 produced PF9. Easily identified by the mag release, the old ones had a plastic *ahem* "polymer" release. The new updated ones have a steel release.

    I like the CW/PM, just not over the Kel-tec. But that's just my preference. Not to mention you get an extry round and save enough to grab a nice IWB and maybe a couple +1 magazines with extensions (if you like) for the range.

    For how much someone will spend on one, I believe the PF9 is the best bang-for-your-buck firearm on the market at the moment. Haven't seen one over $300 around here. +1 for the hard chrome :thumbup:
     
  7. James 61

    James 61 Clark Co Washington Member

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    Another way to save money and stay within your budget is to look at buying a used handgun.
     
  8. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I have another vote for the CW series of Kahr, both my wife and I have carried one and really liked them. Don't overlook them.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well,a while back someone had a thread asking what was the worst reason you ever had for buying a gun.

    My answer was "price". Cheap guns.

    I have bought cheap guns in the past and always sold them quickly.Maybe keep them for 2 months before I realize it was a stupid purchase.

    Unless it's a used gun,I never buy because of price.Ibuy the gun I want at the cheapest I can get it,yes.But not a cheap gun to have the gun.
    Never been worth it.Always a gun I could sell easy.

    For me,it makes more sense to put a gun on lay-a-way and get a better brand than to just go get a cheap gun to carry
    Hey if you can find any used Glocks for cheap then go for it.
     
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  11. Iceman04503

    Iceman04503 Portland, or Active Member

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    I really like my ruger sr9c. I can shoot that gun all day long and not have a failure. But it is too big for me to conceal carry during the summer, so I went out and got a kahr cm9. The sr9c was my first handgun and I still have it after going through 8 guns in the last 8 months. The sr9c is a keeper. Hopefully I can say the same for the cm9.
     
  12. hondakilla98

    hondakilla98 beaverton, or Active Member

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    I'll be buying a diamond back db9 to fill this role, but the trigger is nowhere near a glock. It's a long da trigger, but it's about as light and small as you can get and still keep 9mm power.
     
  13. thewhitebuffalo83

    thewhitebuffalo83 Gresham/Boring Well-Known Member

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    I 2nd the SR9C. I think they are $400 new at Northwest Armory and they have a nice trigger, they feel slimmer in hand than the G26 with I think the same capacity with the short magazine. My only complaint is the manual safety and magazine disconnecter. I have never shot the SR9C but I have handled them many times and they fit my hand better and the trigger pull is better. Alas I am a Glock guy and will never own a SR9 or SR9C, unless I win the lottery. I carry a Gen 3 G19 daily with no problems. You want be disappointed with a G26 if you can find one in your price range. They are out there but hard to find in that price range. If you aren't set on 9mm then I think I saw a ugly white gen 3 27 on the forum for your price range.
     
  14. Zepoll

    Zepoll Keizer Active Member

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    Not trying to pick a fight or anything, but the SR9C is not slimmer than a glock. Ruger specs out at 1.27 and the Glock is at 1.18. Just trying to stop incorrect information.
     
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    thewhitebuffalo83 Gresham/Boring Well-Known Member

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    No worries I fixed my statement. It feels slimmer in hand over the 26.
     
  16. RBid

    RBid Wilsonville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Cameron.44,

    My PF-9 was 2011 made. Checking out ktog.org regularly to see current state.
     
  17. freeman3911

    freeman3911 Portland, OREGON Member

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    Thanks for the info folks!

    I owned a CW45 a few months back. Ended up trading it for a Taurus PT92: the caliber was mostly the turn off on the CW 45, too much bang in that small & light of a frame, but also the Kahr trigger is not the most desirable. It's not a tough pull, just a long one. I know it is a safety measure, but I think Kahr would be better off shifting to a shorter pull. HOWEVER, the CW9 is definitely attractive, the only downsides for me are the trigger and price of extra magazines.

    LOL at TheWHiteBuffalo83's comment about the ugly white G26 on here. I saw that the other night and actually debated on it. It might just be the ugliest glock i've ever seen (and that is saying ALOT). I think i'll have to check on Gunbroker once I get my funding straight and hold out for a decent G 26....
     
  18. Zepoll

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    I agree with you on the Kahr trigger. that was the sole reason for my selling it to fund the shield purchase, but I find myself looking back and wondering if I should have kept it. Luckily my Dad has one, and I intend to do a side by side shooting comparison. Testing both draw and rapid fire, and slow aimed accuracy to see if I can perform the same with the CW9 as with my Shield. If so, then I'll be selling my Shield.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Ya know,if the gun fits you perfectly,you can always get the trigger fixed.
     
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  20. Zepoll

    Zepoll Keizer Active Member

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    I know that. Thank you.