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Considering a new carry gun in 9mm

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by boogerhook, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    have been tinkering with getting a new carry gun in 9mm. 3+ inch barrel, 1-1.3 inch wide, with decent sights. My current list is

    1. Springfield 1911 EMP
    2. Kimber CDP II Ultra
    3. CZ RAMI
    4. Walther PPS

    I kinda like 1911 style guns. It's pretty easy to train for carrying cocked and locked. As for the RAMI, I can handle DA long trigger pulls instead of thumb safeties, now for striker fired - I am not so comfortable, but I have heard many good things about the PPS. Maybe I can overcome my trigger preferences for other benefits.

    Who has experience with any of the above?

    Thanks much for any advise.
     
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  2. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I love the 1911 trigger and own several. But I think it is a poor choice for a carry gun
    do to AD. I have a S & W shield with a Viridian laser and I love it. I am amazed at
    how accurate this little gun can shoot. I also have shot my friends Ruger SR9C. A
    little larger kind of mid size, excellent trigger and accurate. My Shield has the thumb
    safety which I like. Many people do not like the thumb safety but I like the added
    safety when holstering, loading or unloading.
     
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  3. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest adding a Sig938 to the list. Low recoil, small, and comes standard with night sights.

    It's a single action like the 1911 with the exception that it doesn't have a beavertail safety.
     
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  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Don't laugh cuz I'm not joking:

    SCCY CPX-2

    DA
    Hammer fired
    9mm
    10+1
    15 oz
    Great sights
    Great trigger
    Lifetime warranty (for drop checks)
    $250 BNIB (so no crying over impounded firearms in evidence lockers)
    Deadly reliable.

    I bought one used for a backpack gun but after running it thru its paces, it is now my newest carry gun.
     
  5. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have the RAMI in 40sw and its been a great little gun. DA, SA and the safety works with it cocked. Versatile. Carry it in a Blackhawk rip open pack or just a pocket works fine too. I also have a CM9..... avoid that POS. wont chamber half the time and the mags are junk. Unsuitable for carry. Too bad cause its a narrow, light easy to carry gun....... that might work.
     
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  6. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    9mm is the perfect ladies caliber. I would say to get something simple. I wouldn't want you to get confused, and worry your pretty little head about how to operate it. Get a glock, a gun specifically designed for the mentally challenged.
     
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  7. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    It's so simple, even cops forget that it's loaded and blast a round through their wall when they're trying to clean it.
     
  8. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I have the 238 which is the same thing in 380 auto. It's very fun, however the ammo is hard to get at reasonable cost.
     
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  9. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I am neither pretty nor dumb - not sure how I earned your comment.
     
  10. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    will take a look, thx
     
  11. 156256Hunter

    156256Hunter Fairview-ish Active Member

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    I heard that's only because you have to pull the trigger before you can disassemble it...

    I also prefer hammer-fired pistols so if I need to re-holster with one in the chamber I can put my thumb on the hammer to ensure it's not moving.
     
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  12. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Me too have a couple of 1911s (nothing new to train into memory, if I went that route), but I have never had an AD. If you carry cocked & locked that would seem safer than most striker fired options, wouldn't it?

    I looked at the Shield. It felt more flimsy than the PPS and the PPS felt better in my hands too.
     
  13. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Try a Glock 19. It is the "standard" for carry pistols.

    From that one, you'll have a better idea on what you really want.
    • Need a thicker grip or a narrower one?
    • Weight?
    • Are you planning for IWB, or maybe Shoulder carry - do you drive all day, at an office, outside?
    • Appendix, cross draw or OWB?
    • Do you have another pistol at home to share mags with?
    • Do you want to have a shorty mag and an extended mag?
    • How about a Revo?

    For any daily carry I recommend a gun you can shoot out of the box, that if bad things happen you can replace with another one. Therefore, no Colt Python, nor Walther PPK, no highly tweaked 1911.



    You can also get excellent advice from the internet gun expert Gary on YouTube at the Yankee Marshall channel. You know that Gary is an expert, not because he says so, but because he is a Glock.
     
  14. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Have carried a snub nose OWB for a while. Very comfy and easy on malfunctions of any kind. Limited in capacity though. I have also carried a PPK/s, in DA (safety off). Not sure what your concern with the PPK would be? Sure it's not a breech lock and your JHP needs to feed properly - but I found Hornady's FTX to feed reliably. You have other concerns about the PPK? It's a little big for OWB, and a little heavier than I prefer.

    I have large hands, so I like my pinky on the extended mags with smaller guns.
     
  15. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    So do you like your Glock 9mm, did you get the 19 or ?
     
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  16. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy stirring things up a little. Seriously though, IMHO the 9mm is marginal, at best, for any kind of carry. I conceal carry an FNP .45, or a 1911 govt. most of the time.

    My opinion of the Glock still stands, it's a military gun designed, (by the lowest bidder) for the "lowest common denominator" conscripted soldier.
     
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    Vierings Tacoma Member

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    Its just starting to get out. But maybe look into the Walther CCP. 8+1, slim, ergonomic grip, kinda like a mini PPQ in the hand.
     
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  18. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I don't think the thread topic was if 9mm was usefull for CC or not, just which gun in that caliber.

    There are more threads on what Is the minimum caliber that is useful for stopping a threat then there should be already.
     
  19. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    whatever caliber you can shoot and hit reliably will work fine... I do like the FN 57 both for power and non-existent recoil, just a little large for carry, IMHO
     
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  20. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @boogerhook The PPK is a restricted firearm. If you lost it, you would never ever get it back.
    The PPK/s is the replacement model - that you can have, get etc.
    That's all my point was.
     
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