Looking for another handgun for concealed carry.

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Picked up a Sig P320 today, but have been thinking about the Glock 42 or 43 as well. Got to holding one of the 43's and really liked it as a lighter carry gun.
 

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Just as the thread title states, I'm looking for another/better option for carry. I was really excited to check out the Glock 43 but it just didn't feel good in hand :(.

So, I started looking at the Kahr PM9 or 40. Feels great in hand. Comments here and elsewhere were all very positive. So, I went and shot the PM9. Sigh... In 50 rounds, 2 stovepipes and 2 mis-feeds! It was a rental from the club but appeared to be very good condition. When it was running it shot fine. I want to love this gun. The problem is those malfunctions. Anyone with experience with the PM9 have comments/insights on this?

I don't really have another Kahr that I can try and now it's reliability is my concern. I don't have access to a PM40 but I'm not averse to shooting .40 (both my other handguns are .40), although the smaller size of the PM may make .40 a bit unwieldy (moreso than usual).

Other options I'm now considering are a HK P2000SK in 9mm and Sig P938. I have P2000 in .40, so I'm pretty familiar with the HK. I also own a Sig. However, I don't have any experience with the P238 (.380) or P938 (9mm). Any of you have experience with either of these?

Thoughts? Open to other suggestions.
 
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Just as the thread title states, I'm looking for another/better option for carry. I was really excited to check out the Glock 43 but it just didn't feel good in hand :(.

So, I started looking at the Kahr PM9 or 40. Feels great in hand. Comments here and elsewhere were all very positive. So, I went and shot the PM9. Sigh... In 50 rounds, 2 stovepipes and 2 mis-feeds! It was a rental from the club but appeared to be very good condition. When it was running it shot fine. I want to love this gun. The problem is those malfunctions. Anyone with experience with the PM9 have comments/insights on this?

I don't really have another Kahr that I can try and now it's reliability is my concern. I don't have access to a PM40 but I'm not averse to shooting .40 (both my other handguns are .40), although the smaller size of the PM may make .40 a bit unwieldy (moreso than usual).

Other options I'm now considering are a HK P2000SK in 9mm and Sig P938. I have P2000 in .40, so I'm pretty familiar with the HK. I also own a Sig. However, I don't have any experience with the P238 (.380) or P938 (9mm). Any of you have experience with either of these?

Thoughts? Open to other suggestions.

I had similar experience with the Kahr. I test-drove just about every 9mm at the local gun store, and decided on the Glock 43. Sig P938 was a close second. Highly recommend, if you get use to manipulating the safety.

I was also impressed by the Springfield XD 9mm. Concealable, good trigger, felt good in my hands. It came in 3rd because the slide didn't lock back during some of my firing iterations. This was likely due to it being a rental gun, so check it out and see what you think.
 

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Just as the thread title states, I'm looking for another/better option for carry. I was really excited to check out the Glock 43 but it just didn't feel good in hand :(.

So, I started looking at the Kahr PM9 or 40. Feels great in hand. Comments here and elsewhere were all very positive. So, I went and shot the PM9. Sigh... In 50 rounds, 2 stovepipes and 2 mis-feeds! It was a rental from the club but appeared to be very good condition. When it was running it shot fine. I want to love this gun. The problem is those malfunctions. Anyone with experience with the PM9 have comments/insights on this?

I don't really have another Kahr that I can try and now it's reliability is my concern. I don't have access to a PM40 but I'm not averse to shooting .40 (both my other handguns are .40), although the smaller size of the PM may make .40 a bit unwieldy (moreso than usual).

Other options I'm now considering are a HK P2000SK in 9mm and Sig P938. I have P2000 in .40, so I'm pretty familiar with the HK. I also own a Sig. However, I don't have any experience with the P238 (.380) or P938 (9mm). Any of you have experience with either of these?

Thoughts? Open to other suggestions.


I know of mixed reviews on the Kahr, but do know guys who have and use as EDC weapon. As for issues one guy had intermitent FF and it was determined to be inconsistancies in an economy ammo he was using. In a different instance, different guy, different gun, his had similar issues to what you described, SP & FF. However, the gun had / has a high round count. It was determined that the recoil spring was worn out.
Not claiming what I've mentioned is the reason for the problems you experienced, just thought I'd share what I know.

Have very little experience with Glock, but can attest to the Walther PPS (Ver. 1) it has a very nice factory trigger and IMO has a similar grip profile to Glock. It tends to be a bit heavy for a polymer subcompact. Runs anything you feed it even when dirty. I carried it AIWB for 4 years until my wife found out 007 used a PPS in one of his movies & now it is her's. No harm just gave me a reason to go out and get a Sig P239, that is now my subcompact semi-auto.

Agree with Viper1 the P938 is an excellent handgun, but if you are not used to a manual safety you will need to put in the range time.
 

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If you handle or play with an HK P2000SK, let me know what you think...been half ass looking at them, but yet to find one to handle.
FWIW, I have the standard P2000 with LEM trigger in .40. I love it. For me, DA/SA is the only way to go and HK has it nailed. Reliability is unmatched; it's spoiled me. In the thousands of rounds I've put through it, I've never had a malfunction (knock on wood); it just runs. It has set my baseline expectation very high. Accuracy is lights out; tack-driver. It's a great pistol. If I had to do over, I'd pick the same pistol but I'd probably go with a 9.

The SK uses the same magazines as the standard P2000 but is slightly smaller all around (obviously) making it slightly better for carry. For me, it feels great in hand (has replaceable backstraps like the P2000) and shoots amazingly well. Same can be said for P30SK (for all practical purposes, they're the same gun with some ergo differences). The nice thing that is, that as a sub-compact, it still has great magazine capacity.

My only issue is that even the SK is a little larger than what I'm looking for in this case. It's not big but it's just not a micro-compact like the 938 and it's heavier. Summer is coming, I think, and I want something a bit lighter weight with shorts, etc.
 
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