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Help me pick out a gun

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by ReyFufuRulesAll, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    I already have a few carry guns for multiple occasions, but I currently lack something ultra-concealable. Here's what I am looking for:

    EDIT: These are listed in order of importance

    1) ULTRA concealable. This means that I can easily hide it almost anywhere on my person without it printing AT ALL.

    2) SMALL. I need to be able to transfer it from pocket to holster to other pocket without it being seen easily. I do have large hands, so that makes it easier. I'd like to stay within the "mouse gun" or derringer category. The smaller, the better.

    3) No New Rounds. I'm not looking for a .25 or a .32 here. That means .22LR, .380, 9mm, or .38SPL.

    4) INEXPENSIVE. I will not pay more than $400 for this gun, but would prefer to stay in the $200-300 range.

    5) SHOOTABLE. I need to be able to practice with it for a bit without my hand falling off. This is less important, I just don't want it to suck so bad that I never shoot it at all.


    At the moment my top 2 options are the Walther TPH and the NAA .22LR with the folding grip. The LCP might be an option , though it might be a little big, and I'd look into the new Heizer in 9mm were it less expensive.

    Thanks in advance for the help! :wavey:
     
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  2. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    I'm leaning a bit towards the NAA route, as 22LR is not known for its reliability.
     


  3. bear62

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    This doesn't meet your criteria .... but I carry (every day) a .40 caliber Glock M27. I honestly think I would be comfortable with a 9mm G26........... Good luck with your choice.
     
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  4. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    Read the first line in my OP. I already have a G17, PPK/S, and SW 66-2 that, between them, I carry every day. What I'm looking for is something for when even the PPK is too big to effectively conceal - such as when I'm shirtless. Also it'd be used as a backup.

    ETA: I'll be getting something inbetween the PPK and the G17 in the future. I'm down to the PPS or the G26. That'll turn into my primary, making the G17 be purely for range and home defense.
     
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  5. beatcop

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    -pretty sure no tph for <$400.
    -NAA is a cool toy...but hard to hit with the original grip

    Keltec p3at? small Kahr 9?
     
  6. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    LGS has a TPH for $369, and that is a concern of mine for the NAA, in which case i'd be either going with the folding grip or looking at hogue/pachmayr.

    I'll check out the Kahr and Keltec though. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Reswob

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    I think the LCP is about as small and light as you're going to get while still being in a real caliber.
     
  8. LApm9

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  9. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    Eh? Wrong thread maybe?
     
  10. AngryPanda

    AngryPanda Is he a troll?

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    So you want something tiny, inexpensive, and shootable, in .22, 380, 9mm or .38 and you say the LCP "Might be a little big."

    You find it, let me know. Something has to give.
     
  11. Kahr cm9. Do some shopping around and it'll come in at the high end of your budget.
     
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  12. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    I said "might" because I've not handled the LCP yet. And the "shootabe" matters less - I'm not looking for a target pistol here.
     
  13. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    That's even bigger than the PPK.
     
  14. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    I'd prefer something even smaller, but I like the Fact that its 9mm with *almost* the capacity of the PPK. If I find one locally for a decent price, I might consider that too
     
  15. AngryPanda

    AngryPanda Is he a troll?

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    It does not get a whole heck of a lot smaller than the LCP/P3AT, it's gonna be a .22.

    You are looking for something you can spend a few hours of range time with, just going off of what you posted.

    Definitely grab the handle thing like you said for the NAA if that is what you go with. Even though it ads size, and will print it won't print a "gun shape". Hell I bet you could hold it in your hand, folded up, in plain view in front of a lot of people and they wouldn't realize what they were looking at, from a distance at least.I think that is the best option from the guidelines you posted.
     
  16. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    That was my thought. I'm still leaning that way, though I'll be looking into the kel-tec as well
     
  17. Bruce M

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    What this country needs is a 9mm sized about the size of the Rohrbaugh that is priced about $350... Best of luck in your quest. My thought is the first thing to do is to rate how important each of your five qualities are to you as finding a gun that fits all five might prove challenging. If for instance, you drop the ability for the gun to comfortable to shoot for multiple hours, there may be several that work. Based on all those five factors, a J frame might be the best choice to come closest to all the desired traits.
     
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  18. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    done. Thanks for the tip :thumbsup:
     
  19. Reswob

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    Yikes!:shocked: To save $1,000 I will take the slight size penalty of the KelTec PF9!