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Old June 7, 2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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What is the best concealed carry for under $500?

I am interested in a 45ACP or a 40S&W, semi-automatic, with a 10+ ammo capacity, and laser compatibility would be nice.

I like the size of this Beretta PX4 Storm, but I'm not sure the 40 S&W model is available in that size.


My ideal gun would be a 3" 45ACP with a 14 round capacity, all black with the option of adding a laser sight.

$350 would be great but I am willing to go up to $500.

Please post any ideas, I will really appreciate it!

Thanks!
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Old June 7, 2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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ruger sr40c

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Old June 7, 2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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there are many good options. I have had bad experiences with Taurus but they do make what your looking for in the sub compact 24/7 line. Ruger SR series. I would say a good used Smith & Wesson 4516 or 457 would do nicely. The Smith & Wesson CS45 Chiefs Special futs the bill but not the capacity you want. A 3" barrel with a 14 round double stack mag kind of defeats the purpose of having a 3" barrel since the grip is the hardest thing to conceal. I cant say iIlike Kahr pistols either but the CW45 is small. I would say look at the used Smiths I listed or a Glock 30 can be had for that range as well but they are thick.
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Old June 7, 2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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I think 14 rounds of .45 acp puts you in a full size grip, at the very least.

My recommendation would be to look at something like an SR40c. It comes with two mags-- one that holds 9 rounds, for concealment, and one that holds 15 rounds. Carry that 15 round mag for your spare, plus a round in the pipe, and you're carrying 25 rounds of .40 s&w with an easily concealable, very reliable platform.

...and you're well within your $500 budget.
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Old June 7, 2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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There is always the Smith & Wesson Shield in .40, capacity is half what you want but I have one in 9mm and its a very good pistol so far. The M&P40C is right at your $500.00 range perhaps a touch over.
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Old June 7, 2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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I'd recommend the ruger SR40c or springfield XD40SC
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Old June 7, 2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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PX4 would look to be a good option.

You can carry the SP2022, but I would not call it true CC. I do at times but its a bit large.
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Old June 7, 2012, 08:33 PM   #8
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Bersa UC Pro in .45, should be in your ballpak.
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Old June 7, 2012, 09:06 PM   #9
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I'd say either the M&P40c or a used G23 would be your best bet. Palmetto had the M&Ps on sale for $400 last week and I think botach still does.
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Old June 7, 2012, 10:00 PM   #10
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Used Glock 19 or 26.
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Old June 7, 2012, 10:07 PM   #11
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At under $500, I like the Ruger sR9c ..... if you are on a budget, get the 9 instead of the .40, as ammo is cheaper.

In light of the fact that if you actually, you know, shoot your gun regularly, you will spend far more than the purchase price of the gun feeding it, in the long run...... learning to reload and finding a source for bulk components would be a good thing......
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Old June 7, 2012, 10:18 PM   #12
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Check out the Kahr CW series, I have the cw9 and it can't be beat for size, weight, plus it's reliable. I have shot my friend's cw40 and was equally impressed, although it does not offer the capacity you're asking for.
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Old June 7, 2012, 10:20 PM   #13
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i'm a 1911/45 guy but i really do like my taurus pt-145 10+1 semi auto. accurate, reliable, and seems pretty hardy too. it's not a 1911 but i really like it.
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Old June 7, 2012, 10:52 PM   #14
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At that price range, the Berettas are nice, the cheaper Sigs (P250, SP2022), Glocks, XD(m), and used Walthers. A good deal on a PPQ (or used one) would be cool.

14 rounds of .45 is a huge volume of space, but if you want a .45, the HK45c is at the top of my list. Its double your budget, but worth every penny. I haven't come across any other carry .45s I like, maybe look at an XD(m) 3.8 in .45.
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Old June 7, 2012, 11:48 PM   #15
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A used walther PPS can be had for just under $500 if you look around. It's damn near concealed carry perfection.
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Old June 8, 2012, 04:06 AM   #16
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Another vote for the Kahr CW pistols, my CW9 has been boringly reliable. Easy to conceal, decent capacity, and just big enough to fit larger hands and shoot comfortably.
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Old June 8, 2012, 07:59 AM   #17
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I agree that the PPS, Kahr, ect... are great carry guns but they don't meet the OPs 10 round criteria.
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:06 AM   #18
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I had/have the same requirement, but find myself carrying the PPS an awful lot these days...
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:11 AM   #19
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My ideal gun would be a 3" 45ACP with a 14 round capacity, all black with the option of adding a laser sight.
Lol, right.
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:37 AM   #20
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Kahr CW series
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:44 AM   #21
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What is the best concealed carry for under $500?
New or used?
MSRP or street prices?

That should narrow the choices from a few hundred to a few dozen.
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Old June 8, 2012, 12:18 PM   #22
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Glock 30SF

I just rented one of these at the range to decide if I want to buy one. It has 10 rounds of .45 ACP (Maximum allowed in California) and can be used for CCW. The grip is fairly wide because of the double stack magazine. It barks pretty good, but is not to bad to handle.

Of course it is NOT a micro pisol, but is acceptable given the capacity and caliber. Get a good holster for any CCW! I plan on carrying it at 2 O'Clock IWB since I sit down alot (9 hours at a desk and 4 hour driving daily)!

Then again there is always this: http://www.amderringer.com/lms.html or this: http://www.heizerfirearms.com/
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Old June 8, 2012, 01:11 PM   #23
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In .40... Glock 23
In .45... M&P 45 midsize

Both are great guns with plenty of aftermarket support for any accessory you might like to add. This is where I would start looking.
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Old June 8, 2012, 02:42 PM   #24
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i 2nd the used glock, or a 3rd gen pt 145
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Old June 8, 2012, 04:27 PM   #25
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