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Old 08-20-2014, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I bought a Walther PPS in 9mm for the same reason; my Rossi stainless compact .38Spl was just too heavy.

I love it, and definitely consider the purchase worth the money. I've carried it many times when I would have left the Rossi at home.

The Walther PPS, S&W Shield, and SA XDS-9 are all roughly equivalent, single-stack 9mm sub-compacts. I love my Walther, but if I were to choose one today I'd give the XDS-9 a serious look. But that's me... get whichever one fits YOUR hand better. A Ruger LC9 or Keltec PF-9 would be a step down in price/quality, or a Sig 239 would be a step up.

Or as also stated, check out the Ruger LCR. My mom has one, and it is remarkably light. You would use the same ammo you have now, same carry style, same shooting method. Be warned, though... it does have considerably more "kick" than my Rossi or Walther.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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I have been shooting & carrying Glocks since around 1985, so I'm a fan of the plastic-framed semi-auto concept. A flatter and lighter carry piece just seems like common sense to me. For those who which to carry a 3 lb all-steel gun, to each his own.

But I agree w/ the poster who suggested looking at the Kahr PM9. I have had one for a few years and like it. One big difference between the Kahr and the Ruger is that the latter has a frame-mounted safety. The Kahr can take +P ammo, while the Ruger can't. The PM9 comes with two mags--one flush fitting that holds 6 rds, and another slightly extended that holds 7. Exactly the setup I would choose. The Ruger comes w/ only 1 mag.

Here are informative reviews of both:
Gun Review: Kahr PM9 Initial Impressions - The Truth About Guns
Gun Review: Ruger LC9 - The Truth About Guns
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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if I were to choose one today I'd give the XDS-9 a serious look.
I have that in .45 and LOVE it. My Glock 27 has been my favorite handgun for a very long time, but the XDS is giving it a very good run for the title. I also have the Springfield EMP 9mm, and that also shoots very nicely. I don't carry it, though.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Florida
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OP,

I'm surprised that no one has asked what holster/belt combo you're using.

IMO, you can carry the majority of handguns with the proper holster and belt combo. For belts, an off the shelf belts simply do not work the majority of the time. You have to be sure to get a dual layer 1.5" belt that can hold up the weight of the belt. In terms of holsters, I prefer leather. A good IWB holster will help distribute the weight and that is typically done with the holster loops set wide apart as possible.

I prefer Nightingale leather. Do a search for them, they're actually local to you in Ohio. However, be aware that good leather is not cheap.

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I have that in .45 and LOVE it. My Glock 27 has been my favorite handgun for a very long time, but the XDS is giving it a very good run for the title. I also have the Springfield EMP 9mm, and that also shoots very nicely. I don't carry it, though.
I have a G33, which is the same size as the G27, I even have a G27 barrel for my G33 so I can change caliber to the .40 S&W.

I have the EMP as well but in .40 S&W and I carry that IWB. I do plan on getting the EMP in 9mm one of these days, just love the feel of them. I'm a 1911 fan but a full size 1911 is just a little bit too much gun for my 5'6", 145 lb. frame to conceal most of the year.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Agree w/ the comment by Army_Guy. Over the years I've had newbie gun buyers ask me for advice on their first carry gun, and I always tell them to spend as much time researching/shopping for the holster as for the gun.

That said if OP wants to stick with inside the waistband (IWB) then switch to a semi auto IMO. I've only carried one revolver (S&W 342). I had a weak side belt holster (outside the WB) and a pocket holster for it. It would have never occurred to me to try carrying it IWB.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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I have been shooting & carrying Glocks since around 1985, so I'm a fan of the plastic-framed semi-auto concept. A flatter and lighter carry piece just seems like common sense to me. For those who which to carry a 3 lb all-steel gun, to each his own.

But I agree w/ the poster who suggested looking at the Kahr PM9. I have had one for a few years and like it. One big difference between the Kahr and the Ruger is that the latter has a frame-mounted safety. The Kahr can take +P ammo, while the Ruger can't. The PM9 comes with two mags--one flush fitting that holds 6 rds, and another slightly extended that holds 7. Exactly the setup I would choose. The Ruger comes w/ only 1 mag.

Here are informative reviews of both:
Gun Review: Kahr PM9 Initial Impressions - The Truth About Guns
Gun Review: Ruger LC9 - The Truth About Guns
I would recommend the all stainless Kahr MK9 over the PM9. I own a MK9 stainless among many other weapons. It's the smallest, thinnest 9mm you can still hit something with at 15+ yards and not wear it out shooting high volumes through it. The trigger is excellent and it's very very accurate for a pocket pistol. I use it when my Glock G-27 and G-33 are too big/thick.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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By the way, that pistol is why I sold my all German made Sig Sauer P-232 stainless. It is on the map for making those "mid size" .380 ACPs obsolete. The Walther PPK/S, Beretta Cheetah 83,85 and Astra Constable being just a few. It's not much bigger than a Ruger LCP either...YET....9mm.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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My wife loves her Walther PK .380 and I enjoy my Walther PPS 9mm. Even with an OWB holster or pocket holster it's virtually undetectable with the 6 rd. magazine and I can carry the 7 round which extends the grip on my off-side belt. For ease of handling I also like my S&W Model 637, hammerless revolver - light weight, pretty accurate and with Pachmayr grips to protect the web of my hand and a trigger pull pared-down to 6.5 lb. it's a perfect pocket weapon.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I have a little off-brand .380 semi. Bought it for less than $200. Then I took it to my gunsmith and had him go through it for $75. Trigger action, smoothed the rough millings etc. so I have a very reliable smooth-shooting .380 pocket pistol that weighs half or less than my 9mm. I slip it into my pocket, no worries about a holster, revealing a firearm when I don't want it to show, etc.

Some people will say you shouldn't pocket carry. To that I say, to each his/her own.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Pocket carry is fine, but do it with a holster. You should always have the trigger fully covered while carrying. Lint also tends to collect in the gun. I bought a Sig from a guy and when I field stripped it, I found lint in the slide, on the hammer and in the barrel. He carried it in his front pants or jacket pocket, no holster.
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