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I recently obtained my concealed carry license. I have a G19 which is great for home defense, target and IDPA. I know I can use the G19 for CCW, however I find it a little bit big and heavy.

I am considering the following for CCW. G26, Kahr PM9, Keltec PF9, Sig P238 and Ruger LCR. I would like the ability to also pocket carry, but that is not a must.

If you have experience with the above guns, could you please list them in order from best to worst, in the following areas. Any other info would also be helpful.

Ease to Pocket carry:
Reliability:
Accuracy in CCW situation:
Safe to CCW (belt and pocket):
 

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Ease to pocket carry: 1. Sig P238 2. Kahr PM9 3. Ruger LCR 4. Keltec pf9 5. G26
Reliability: 1. G26 2. Ruger LCR 3. Sig p238 4. Kahr pm9 5. Keltec pf9
Accuracy 1. G26
Safe to CCW: As long as the trigger is secure they are all safe.

I pocket carry the G26(aholster pocket holster) along with owb/belt carry. I love the way it shoots, I am more accurate with the G26 than I was with my G17. It along with the Ruger LCR are going to be the most reliable, however the G26 gives you 11 rounds of 9mm, along with being able to use your G19 magazines and ammo.
 

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With all of the above guns, I have shot all of them and owned one of them. Since you came to Glocktalk, of course you are going to find the majority saying G26. I went against the G26 because of weight and thickness. I am one of those people that likes to feel balanced when it comes to weight so a loaded Glock at 2 pounds was out of the question.

I ended up with a pf9, it has been great, although I will be honest and tell you that they are not "fun" to shoot. It makes a 9mm look like a 357 revolver when it comes to recoil. It hasn't had any issues and it is an easy gun to work with and work on. It weighs 15.5oz loaded with 7+1 and feels weightless in my Crossbreed. I am 5'8" and 190lbs.

FWIW I did really really want a PM9 but the price wasn't ever right. I am a college student. Any of these firearms other than the Pf9 will give you a better feel as far as build quality. That is one of the biggest complaints with the PF9. But I am confident in my choice.

As far as accuracy in a ccw situation, that cannot be answered. Is the gun accurate to 10 yards? Yes. But am I accurate to 10 yards in a CCW situation? I have no idea, no one has tried me yet.

Reliable: Yes, no failures 400 rounds to date (bought it five weeks ago)

Pocket carry, IWB, yes, it is a double action trigger pull and it is very light and thing

And...it's the cheapest

Take everything with a grain of salt because that is just MY personal experience and you need to go to the gun shop, pick them up and make sure they still point well and feel natural to you. It doesn't matter how concealable the gun is if you can't shoot it.
 

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My carry guns are a G26, Kahr MK9 and Ruger LCP (I ditched the S&W 642 some time ago). The G26 is definitely the easiest to shoot and has the biggest capacity and best sights, but the Kahr is much smaller, has about the same recoil, but lower capacity. The LCP is VERY easy to carry and not unpleasant to practice with. All have been 100% reliable since day one and all are safe (i.e. don't touch the trigger until ready to fire)

Since I can easily pocket-carry it, the LCP tends to get carried the most. If I have some kind of outer garment (jacket), I would prefer to have the G26. The Kahr is a little too big for (pants) pocket carry (as is the G26), but hides better under a T-shirt or Polo.

I think the question depend on how you dress, your body size, and where you go. For example, if I have to be constantly taking off my firearm when I enter this or that "gun free zone," then I'd rather pocket carry. If I will be out all day and am wearing a jacket, then G26. If it's somewhere in between, MK9. I'm somewhat short, but neither skinny nor fat, so IWB works if the gun isn't too thick.

Hope that helps.
 

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Why not the Diamondback 380
 

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LCR, you wont gain very much concealabilty over your 19 with the 26
 
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My experiences:

Ease to Pocket carry: Ruger LCR (Keltec P3AT), Kahr PM9, G26*
Reliability: G26, Ruger LCR (Keltec P3AT), Kahr PM9
Accuracy in CCW situation: G26, Kahr PM9, Ruger LCR (Keltec P3AT)
Safe to CCW (belt and pocket): ALL*

*I don't have big enough pockets to get a G26 in and out easily and it would get me killed.
 

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Glock or Sig.

I have doubts about the reliability and durability of the others.
 

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How about which two?

Three different carry options. One of them always works for me.

G26 only
G26 with the LCP in a Nemisis pocket holster on the weak side
LCP on the strong side in a Nemisis pocket holster

 

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Thanks for the feedback. I decided to go with the LCR. I think it will be a good compliment to my G19.
People seem to keep talking about the LCR and LCP like they're the same gun - one's a revolver, one's a semi-auto pistol - (I think the names are just easy to confuse) -

So, to clarify - you went w/ the LCR Revolver? Right?
 

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There is no best order with these guns. They are all great guns. Personally I find the Ruger LCR the easiest to carry. In a Galco $47 Stinger holster and a good belt I do not even feel it on me. I am too old to take on a gang or get involved in a 15 round gun fight so 5 on the gun and 5 more in a speed strip in my pocket is enough for my anticipated needs. I have 7 CCW guns, 3 of them are 9mm Glocks, and I find myself carrying the LCR most of the time 80% OWB and the rest of the time in my pocket. OWB is actually much mroe comfortable than pocket carry for me with this gun.

If you anticipate a prolonged gun fight than I would suggest the Glock 26. It is a great gun. Not too heavy and able to carry 10, 12, 15 and 17 rounds. It is the gun I carry when I perceive the threat level to be greater than it normally is. Although I occassionally carry a Ruger LCP, I would not recommend a .380 as an EDC gun. I just have more faith and confidence in a snubbie loaded with +P ammo than a small .380 but that is a personal decission.
 

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I pick the G26. It offers the most bang for the buck when you look at price, reliability, capacity and availability of holsters and accessories. The trade off is it's a little bigger than some of the others but when you have some guys concealing a 1911 the G26 is a piece of cake.
 

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I pick any Ruger revolver for edc. From the 2.25 to the 4 inch SP101 or the GP100. I only have one Glock left now since I sold my 19 and 26 today. I couldnt conceal the 19 or 26 on me but my Ruger revolvers fit and conceal without printing. Glock26z
 

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I thought the PF9 was very mild in recoil when I shot mine for the first time last week....; I perceived it's felt recoil as much less than an all-steel .380 PPK.

For the $250, I might just buy a few spares, ....to have one in each pocket!
 

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I recently obtained my concealed carry license. I have a G19 which is great for home defense, target and IDPA. I know I can use the G19 for CCW, however I find it a little bit big and heavy.

I am considering the following for CCW. G26, Kahr PM9, Keltec PF9, Sig P238 and Ruger LCR. I would like the ability to also pocket carry, but that is not a must.

If you have experience with the above guns, could you please list them in order from best to worst, in the following areas. Any other info would also be helpful.

Ease to Pocket carry:
Reliability:
Accuracy in CCW situation:
Safe to CCW (belt and pocket):
G26 = too fat. Keltec = too long & heavy a trigger pull. Sig & Ruger 380's = punny caliber. Bottom line: KAHR PM9 or CW9 are the best pocket pistols, period.
 
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