Originally Posted by hurricane_ditka
I recently acquired my CCW and looking for a light weight gun to carry if need be and would like some feedback/opinions.
Iím considering the Taurus PT709 Slim for $370, Springfield XD SC 9mm for $499, or the Ruger LCP for $299.
I realize the difference in caliber but cost, weight, slim design, and a single stack magazine are important ( important because ......... ) so I kind of ruled out the Springfield, plus Iíd like to stay around $500.
Iím leaning towards the PT709Ö Iíve read some positive and some negative reviews but not enough to establish a good opinion w/o actually shooting one.
I like the Ruger LCP for cost and dimensions but am afraid the .380, even with hydrashocks, might not be enough stopping power (for ........).
Any input is appreciated.
Welcome to TFF ! You may also want to check out the Ruger SR9c. Both Ruger and Taurus made suitable semi-autos within your budget. Bersa makes some decent guns too. That being said, there are a ton of options out there, the best way to figure it out is to get you hands on some guns and fire them if you can. Range rentals and friends are a good way to go. If that is not possible, then figure out what your needs are and what possible situations you may encounter. I highlighted some areas in the quote. Chose a gun based on your needs and budget; take the reviews with a grain of salt and don't rule out a used gun either.
Here would be my ??? for you in order to better point you in a good direction :
1 - what is the main need to carry? ie - hunting backwoods, been carjacked/robbed enough this year, general self defense.
2 - what do you typically wear and what climate? ie do you plan on CC with summer attire
3 - where to you plan to carry? IWB, shoulder, etc
Proabably a few more good ??? that need to be asked, but my brain is fried right now. There will be some better powered noggins along before long. Deteremine you needs as best as possible and then
start looking for a gun. You'll be able to narrow it down much faster.
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