Comparison of Three Popular Concealed Carry 9mm pistols

  • Why the Concealed Carry Review?

So, I’ve been asked by more than one person what I think about 9mm Concealed Carry pistols.  The short answer is that I don’t think you can go wrong with 9mm for your Utah Concealed Carry Permit.  Coupled with a solid hallow point or hydra shock round, I think you’ll be pleased with any one of the following 9mm concealed carry’s.  I think it’s important to remember that most concealed carry pistols have a smaller frame, which is essential for concealed carry, but may make you frustrated if you plan on doing lots of shooting with your concealed carry.  You’ll probably be happier with a full size pistol at the range than with one of the following concealed carry pistols.

  • What 9mm do people like?

Ok, so here’s a general overview of three rather popular concealed carry pistols.  The Glock 26, Springfield Armory XD 9, and Kel Tec PF 9.  If you’re interested in the technical differences, here’s a comparison between all three of them.

Review of three popular concealed carry

  • What about the Glock 26?

For starters I’ll talk about the glock 26 chambered in 9mm Luger.  Glock’s are super popular.  As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, and that applies here as well.  Going with a Glock is a smart choice because you know that they have a strong reputation and you’ll be able to sell it if you ever need to for a reasonable price.  Also, since the Glock is so popular, you’ll have no problem getting all the bells and whistles that you could ever want to go along with this concealed carry.  You may have noticed, however, that the glock is the thickest of all three.  You may not think that there is much difference between .25 inches or so, but believe me when I say that there is a huge difference.  So, going with this concealed carry is not a bad idea.  The glock has lots of great features, a solid frame and a great reputation.  You do pay a little bit more than some of the other guns out there.  So that’s something to consider as well.

Glock 26 for your Utah Concealed Carry Permit

  • How about the XD 9?

The Springfield Armory XD 9 is an increadibly popular pistol.  Lots of people swear by their XD.  Constructed of lightweight materials, you’ll be comfortable carrying this concealed carry around.  The XD has some unique safety features and is rather comperable to the Glock 26.  Many gun dealers will sell this pistol with standard 10 round magazine as well as an extended 16 round magazine.  So if you have bigger hands or have to have more rounds on you, then this might be a great option.  This XD adds a light rail, a feature that the Glock 26 unfortunately doesn’t have.  Like I said, many people are extremely happy with the performance of XD pistols.

XD 9 for your Utah concealed Carry

  • How about that Kel Tec PF 9

The first time that I saw this concealed carry, the guns salesman said, “that gun is only going to make you mad!”  That wasn’t a very good sales pitch, so let’s try this angle.  Sure, this concealed carry may be a little hard to get perfect bulls eye’s at the range.  But show me a concealed carry pistol with those features and I’ll show you that’s it’s probably a full frame pistol.  Practice and training will greatly increase your accuracy with this inexpensive and lightweight pistol.  This pistol is the slimmest of all three mentioned here.  I just don’t know how they got this concealed carry so slim…It is also extremely lightweight compared to the other two.  You’ll also notice that this pistol has a light rail, a nice feature for a pistol priced at such a nice price.  Probably the greatest downside to this pistol is that it’s double action only (DAO).  DAO isn’t bad, it’s just that shooting lots of rounds can get tiresome as you have a long trigger pull on each round.  So there you go, a quick reivew of three rather popular pistols to go along with your Utah Concealed Carry Permit.  Don’t have your Utah CCW yet, contact us and we’ll get you going!

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  1. What do you think of the PF-9’s slightly larger brother, the
    P-11, for CCW?




  2. The P-11 shots like you’d expect…A slightly larger version of the PF-9. For the price, it still makes a good CCW. With the Kel-Tec’s, you are balancing the thin size of the pistol for shoot-ability. I’ve never really been deeply impressed with how they shoot. For the price and size, they are a serious option to consider for the budget minded CCW holder.

  3. My background comes from being an retired Army Ranger with the 82nd Airborne (LRRP/primary medic): that said I’d like to compliment Glock, Sig, H&K, for their excellent compact and sub-compact offerings. Knowing we all have preferences (opinions), I believe one of the best compact caries is the S & W model 469. Don’t laugh! Look at the specs! 12 & 1 capacity, bobbed hammer, excellent grips, under 30 oz’s. ambidextrous safety’s, around 6 “s in length. Outside of the Glock model 27 (40. cal) this is probably the best “under the radar” conceled carry around in 9 mm!

  4. I own Glocks, and .357 revolvers. I recently picked up a Kel-Tec PF-9 for daily conceal carry. Mostly I was interested in the thin-ness, as it increases carry options. I work in an office which would freak out if they knew an armed citizen was an employee. At the range I was actually surprised at how well the little pistol grouped. It points well and while a notch or two below my full sized Glock 17 in group size. It had very respectable accuracy for such a short barrel. At reasonable CC distances I was in the K zone every time. I have two improvements I’d recommend to Kel-Tec. #1 would be to square off and hatch the front of the trigger guard. In such a small weapon I prefer the stability boost I can get from the left hand index finger on the trigger guard. #2 I would offer an extended magazine that also adds length to the grip. I have size large hands, and would love the option to add an extra 1/2″-3/4″ to the bottom of the grip. This would also increase capacity, which never hurts.

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