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PF9 or DB9???

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by bmylesk, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    im wanting a pocket pistol, single stack. this will basically be my back up conceal carry since i already carry a G23.

    i don't have any shooting experience with either, but today i finally got my hand on the kel tec PF9, and then the clerk showed me the diamondback 9mm. both seem really great for my price range. the DB9 was only $100 more. both priced at 247 and 344.

    what are your guys experience or insights? accuracy? customer experience? future parts when needed? exc.

    being lefty, they fit great in the hand.

    FYI- i have already ruled out the LC9 for me. khar are out of price range.
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  2. bluejackets92fs

    bluejackets92fs I have bad aim

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    Kel Tec is okay. At best..... The Diamondback looks solid but their 380 was very ammo picky so I hope the 9 is better. I would personally get the DB if money is a concern. LC9 by Ruger is right in that price point as well. If money isn't a problem then Kahr PM9 is the route to go.
     

  3. surety agent 1

    surety agent 1 PaleHorseComing

    Ruger LC9 beats kel tec for me. By a long shot !
     
  4. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    i cannot stand the LC9 for several reasons.
    1) im lefty, the safety is on the wrong side!
    2) you can only field strip with a pin!

    no so good reasons,
    1) cant stand the "loaded when up"
    2) they are pandering to California laws with all the safety features. (cali is rugers biggest customer)
     
  5. Gdirty5

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    I had 2 pf9's, neither of which had any malfunctions.... No experience on the db, but you hear horrible reviews on the db380....
     
  6. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    Thanks for feed back. Despite the PF9 cheap look, feel, exc. Currently, I read nothing but favorable reviews. Just what it seems I'm looking for. Cheap in price, reliable, and pocket carry.
     
  7. March817

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    The DB9 slide doesn't lock back once you've emptied your mag.
     
  8. dperk789

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    I have a pf9 with critical defense ammo as my edc. Other than a little snappy in the recoil dept. I only had one ftf and that happened in the first 20 rnds fired. My personal opinion is they are hard to beat for the price. My 2 cents.
     
  9. Bruce M

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    The PF9 has been around longer than the DB9, so you may be field testing the DB9. That coupled with the price difference would lean me toward the PF9.
     
  10. 09crue

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    i'd go with the pf9,one of the lightest,compact 9mm's available..makes a perfect backup gun..

    check this out--

    http://youtu.be/1lxOIAmle9I
     
  11. I carry a PF9 every day. I shoot in at our local bug match every week. It never skips a beat. I'm currently in 3rd place for the season.
     
  12. WarEagle32

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    I have owned and sold 2 pf9's. It's a decent gun that you can "almost" trust your life to. Not of fan of it. However, I hate the lc9 top to bottom. I don't know much about the DB9. So I would suggest saving a bit more and geting a sig P290. I've owned a kahrPM9 and would not even come close to trading or my sig. It's a tack driving EDC gun that runs anything I feed it. The prices on them are starting to creep down. I saw a nitron with standard night sights the other day for 525. Save up and get a great gun to have with you at all times. That is imperative to me!
     
  13. My PF9 has been reliable and accurate, but it's only a pocket pistol when you have very large pockets. P3AT and LCP are pocket pistols.
     
  14. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    I'm one of those people who don't mind snappy. I just shoot till I'm use to it.
     
  15. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    I already carry the G23 which I'm totally happy with. I just wanted a pocket size for extra.

    ROLL TIDE! (from B'ham)
     
  16. bmylesk

    bmylesk

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    Thanks for the info. Congrats on ur position.
     
  17. M2Carbine has a post up about hte DB380. He was unwilling to sell it because it's such a crappy gun. He has sent it back to the factory again to try and get it fixed(IIRC).
     
  18. You might want to consider Kahr's CM9. Same size as the PM9 but without some of it's refinements and this is reflected in the cost.
     
  19. LC9 PF 9 in that order IMO.
     
  20. dkf

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    This^^^

    If I had to pick one of the listed I'd go with the PF-9 because I too have heard a lot of good about it. I was actually thinking of picking one up until the CM9 came out.
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011