Which CCW gun is best in 9mm (model, caliber, point)
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I like the Glock 19. It's light, small, but not so small as to compromise handling, and with enough barrel so as not to compromise ballistics. Don't get too hung up on equipment though. Much more important than equipment is training and mindset.
IMHO the Glock 26 is the best 9mm carry on the market and I have tested hundreds of guns during my lifetime. I carry a Glock 27 which is a .40 S&W version of the Glock 26 and have since they first came out and before that I carried a Glock 19 and put over 100,000 rounds through it and then stopped counting and it never missed a beat. I also own a Glock 26 that I practice more with since 9mm ammo is less expensive than .40 and I shoot a lot and besides that my wife carries it from time to time.
The only downside to a Glock is that the notches on the magazines that holds them in the gun eventually wear out, but it takes many thousands of rounds before they do, so the average person would probably never get to that point but if they should, then buying a new mag shell or whole new mag and they are all set again. It would take over 10,000 rounds to get to that point and then what would happen is the mag falls out when shooting, so keep an eye on your mag catch notches on your mags to make sure they do not end up rounded.
If price is no object and someone wants something smaller, then a Kahr micro 9mm is a neat firearm and very small and thin and also very reliable but a Glock takes a beating and just keeps working.
The main thing to prevent jams on any auto is to not limp wrists and to make sure to break the firearm in with a couple of hundred rounds and then make sure to also shoot a few magazines full of the stuff through it you are going to carry in it. People always amaze me, they spend a fortune for homeowners insurance, car insurance, life insurance and many other things and then refuse to spend the money necessary to make sure their guns will function reliably with the ammo they carry in it. Please don't be cheap, be sure it will work when the time comes.
I just picked up a Smith Model 5906 stainless in 9mm. It has to be the heaviest pistol I've ever had in my hands. It out weighs a 1911 by a lot and my all steel Baby Eagles too. Trigger pull is about as much as the gun weighs- 12+ lbs. This was a State pistol but never issued to a LEO. How they carried these pistols all day is beyond me. I'm working on the trigger now so that will be fixed but there's not a lot you can do for the weight. If I have to carry a 9mm, it will be a Baby Eagle semi-compact. Accuracy with handloads is less than an inch at 25 yds from bags. Otherwise, if yer carry pistol chambering doesn't start with a 4, yer packing mighty light.
Pretty pistol, but I give you the Ruger SR9 (17+1):
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