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Old December 27, 2012, 09:15 PM   #51
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Fargazer wrote: "Sig Sauer P938 - A friend loves his; however, he cautions that it takes a break in period before he considers it reliable."

As well, NO gun should be considered ready for defense use until the 500-round reliability run with carry ammo is proven, successfully completed. This is a costly, but necessary test that any carry gun should be subjected to if you are to rely on it when the chips are down.
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Old December 28, 2012, 07:04 AM   #52
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Old December 28, 2012, 08:52 AM   #53
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I love my Beretta Nano. It's fun to shoot and has had zero issues.

That said the Sig P938 is on my 'someday' list.
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Old December 28, 2012, 10:58 AM   #54
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This is the best slim 9mm on the market. Best quality, best price:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=504837
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Old December 28, 2012, 12:43 PM   #55
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http://www.fatwallet.com/static/atta...mparison_1.pdf

The above link will bring up a .pdf which graphically shows ten 9 x 19mm small handguns (as well as some others).
It has specifications (such as: Operation, Capacity, Barrel/Overall Length, Height, Width, Weight Empty, & Weight Fully Loaded) and prices as of mid 2011.

If you are visually oriented you might find it useful.
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Old December 28, 2012, 01:05 PM   #56
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This is the best slim 9mm on the market. Best quality, best price:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=504837
That's a pretty bold opinion, haha.

My top three that I have experience with -

- Walther PPS
- M&P Shield
- Kahr PM9 / CM9

If weight is no issue... then the H&K P7... FTW!
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Old December 28, 2012, 06:22 PM   #57
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Shield #1
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Old December 28, 2012, 06:29 PM   #58
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Try the CM9...small and thin and affordable.
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Old December 28, 2012, 09:44 PM   #59
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Go find Bob O's mouse gun chart if you want to do a serious size comparison.

You will see that the smallest 9mm is still the Rohrbaugh, and it is still, the priciest.

The Kahr CM9 and the PM9 are close and a lot less.
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Old January 1, 2013, 10:18 AM   #60
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Love the feel of the Kahr cm9.
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Old January 1, 2013, 04:49 PM   #61
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I chose the Kimber Solo & am very happy with it.
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Old January 2, 2013, 01:35 AM   #62
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Darthpete

I was looking at baretta catalog and noticed a firing pin disable? near back of gun. What is that?
The nano looks to be pretty advanced.
How is it in size compared to say shield and how you like trigger.
My px4 I love but da is long and a bit heavy_sa is good but not short. Would look for improvement on this.
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Old January 2, 2013, 05:40 AM   #63
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The Kahr PM9 (this is the model I own) or the new CM9 (not as fancy, but very compact). 9mm Luger round in a true sub compact pistol. That's the only way to go for deep concealed carry.
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Old January 2, 2013, 09:10 AM   #64
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bitttorrrent, most if not all new Berettas have firing pin blocks, that only lift out of the way when the trigger is pulled. On the M9 / 92 series, these are rectangular, on the PX4 they look more cylindrical.

I suspect that's what was referred to on the Nano, but I could be wrong.
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Old January 2, 2013, 07:58 PM   #65
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I went with an LC9 and am very happy.

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Old January 3, 2013, 02:58 PM   #66
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DHart
NO gun should be considered ready for defense use until the 500-round reliability run with carry ammo is proven
My apologies, this is just a matter of terminology. Let me clarify: while reliability testing, my friend ran into some issues with feeding ammo and with the ejector. Once he found the right ammo, and once Sig replaced the ejector, it successfully passed his reliability run. I'm calling the time he spent getting it to work properly his "break in period", separate from his reliability run.

On the other hand, my Walther P99 went for 2000 rounds without a failure out of the box - no "break in period" to get it working before it could pass a reliability test.

Hope that makes more sense
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Old January 3, 2013, 03:58 PM   #67
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Since the subject matter here is "thin 9mm" and that applies directly to the smallest/shortest pistols - I think that 500 rounds of "proving" may be excessive for some models.. not because they wont take it, but because some of them should have a new recoil spring or the extractor may be wearing by then.
Proving it out too far may be counterproductive if a part needs/should be replaced. You'd have to start all over, then repeat.

A few brands require 200 rounds of "break in" and I'm fine with that, once accomplished with no issues from 50 thru 200 I call it good, with 200-1000+/- being the sweet spot of expected reliablity. YMMV.
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Old January 3, 2013, 08:00 PM   #68
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+1 on the PPS. I think it's a great little gun. The P7 is also an excellent choice, but a pricey one.
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