If you have always believed that the gun industry doesn’t follow trends, you would certainly be mistaken. Of course, there are tried and true classics that will forever be popular such the AK-47, Mossberg 500, and Remington 700. Just like the fashion industry and pop culture, the gun industry sees trends come and go.
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Pocket 9mm pistols dominate the sales reports as of late. Small guns that nearly equal the size of older .380 pistols but have the power of a 9mm seem to be a nice solution for the concealed carry crowd. These guns are big enough to kill, but small enough to conceal. So which one should you settle on?
The pocket 9mm craze is not going away anytime soon. It is quickly becoming the standard in concealed carry. Where pocket .380s used to be the norm, these little 9mm guns have taken a foothold, firmly planting themselves as the preferred cartridge for carrying around firepower.
Kahr holds six patents protecting the unique design features of their pistols. The CM9 is a striker fired sub-compact with a six round magazine. Because of its asymmetric feed ramp design (that’s one patent right there) the CM9 is only .9 inches wide, yes that’s less than an inch. Despite a short overall length of only 5.42 inches, the barrel is still 3 inches long, providing good accuracy. The trigger has a very smooth, light double action feel. The CNC machined 416 stainless steel slide houses the drift-adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights, which the eye easily picks up for rapid target acquisition. The CM9’s frame is made of polymer for lightness, but it still strong enough that the Kahr polymer framed guns enjoy a great reputation for durability. The CM9 stands out as a beautifully crafted, trustworthy, and tiny 9mm that is easily hidden, yet easy to shoot. Kahr’s excellent reliability record gives peace of mind to owners who need a concealable gun they can trust when people’s lives are on the line.
The Smith and Wesson M&P series is quickly taking the pistol world by storm. Many serious competitors in IDPA and USPSA competition are using the full sized versions of these guns. Police officers all over the country are learning that they can depend on the M&P to be a trustworthy sidearm. Smith and Wesson also manufactures this compact version for concealed carry. It is only 4.3 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide, but it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo. Accuracy from the 3.5-inch barrel is surprisingly good if you can master the 6.5-pound trigger pull. This model has a magazine safety, so it won’t fire with the magazine removed. There is no active safety, but it features multiple passive safety systems such as a firing pin block and trigger safety. The Novak sights are snag free yet easy to use, the slide-stop is ambidextrous, and the magazine catch is reversible for lefties. S&W coated the barrel and stainless steel slide in Melonite for hardness and corrosion resistance. Three interchangeable grips provide a choice so shooters can configure the M&Pc to fit hands of all sizes.
The Glock 26 is nicknamed “The Baby Glock” for its small dimensions (only 6.3 inches long) and light weight (19.8 ounces unloaded). Despite its shrunken size, it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo in its flush fitting, double-stack magazine. Many shooters find the Baby Glock to be so small that they purchase aftermarket extended floorplates to give their pinky finger a grip on the gun, it’s that small! The cold hammer forged barrel features polygonal rifling for excellent accuracy out of a tiny gun. Of course, the Glock 26 features the “Safe-Action” striker fired system that everyone else is now copying, and the amazing rust resistant Tennifer coating that has been mimicked many times, but never equaled. The “Baby Glock” is just as durable and reliable as its bigger brothers that have been the standard sidearm for police forces all over the world for decades.
Want a lot of 9mm firepower but in the smallest, lightest, and most affordable package possible? The Kel-Tec P11 may be for you. Holding ten rounds of 9mm ammo in a package just 5.6 inches long, 4.3 inches tall, and 1 inch wide, the P11 only weighs 14 ounces unloaded. When Kel-Tec released the P11, it stood alone as the smallest and lightest 9mm ever made. There is no “active” safety on the P11. Therefore, the double-action-only trigger weighs in at a relatively hefty 9 pounds of pull, so there is no chance of pulling it on accident. The barrel and slide are made of 4140 Ordnance Steel, and the frame is machined 7075-T6 aluminum, which is the same material as AR-15 receivers. Kel-Tec covered the frame with a high impact polymer shell to protect it and keep it as light as possible. The P11 is super concealable and super affordable, but it’s not for the recoil sensitive—the recoil when you rapid fire ten rounds through this little gun is also “super” as well!
The Diamondback Firearms DB9 currently holds the record for smallest, lightest 9mm pistol on the market. Weighing only 11 ounces unloaded, only .80 inches in width, and only 4 inches tall with the magazine, it’s even smaller than the Kel-Tec P11. The patent-pending “ZERO-energy” striker system results in a light and smooth 5 pound trigger pull. The DB9 doesn’t have a slide stop, and Diamondback doesn’t recommend using bullets heavier than 124 grains. The manufacturer also states that shooting high pressure +P ammunition is also a bad idea. Considering its size and lack of weight, these are small compromises for the shooter who wants a 9mm hideaway gun that is smaller than many .380s. The DB9 features real windage-adjustable sights, a high quality metal magazine and magazine catch, and a proprietary corrosion-resistant coating on the slide, barrel, and all internal parts. Hang on tight though; shooting 9mm ammo through an 11 ounce DB-9 is a heck of a ride!
Is a .380 too much of a sissy round for conceal carry? If you think so, then the Kahr CM9 might just be the gun for you. I use a Kahr for concealed carry and I absolutely love it. The CM9 is a full-blown 9mm handgun with a 6+1 magazine capacity. It is almost identical to the far more costly PM9, and the differences are negligible. The Kahr is a striker fired dual action only handgun specifically designed to hide on your person. There is no internal magazine disconnect feature, so the gun will still cycle without a magazine in place. Shooting a Kahr is somewhat similar to shooting a Glock. The trigger pull is very smooth but a bit long, since it is dual action only. I will say that it takes a little practice to be able to tell when the striker is going to fall, since the trigger is so darn smooth. Overall, the Kahr is carry gun perfection. It’s tiny size balanced with the hard hitting 9mm round is a perfect way to give yourself piece of mind when walking the mean streets.
Ah, our old friend the Mossberg 500. This old warhorse has been in service since 1961, and shows no signs of slowing down. Perfect for any shotgun application, the 500 has changed little since its early days on the drawing board. Police, military, hunters, home defense enthusiasts, and zombie hunters alike have all carried the 500, and with good reason. What makes this little shotgun so great? Price initially comes to my mind. How else can you get a gun with this much firepower for $250 bucks? Another huge advantage to the 500 is the ability to add all the extras. There are thousands of ways to customize your shotgun. New stocks with adjustable lengths, pistol grips, rail systems, optics, ghost rings, flashlights, slings, you name it, someone has stuck it on a Mossberg. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, the 500 is a pump action gun, so you can literally fire any type of 12 gauge ammunition you can get your hands on. I have two barrels for my Mossberg. One is an 18.5-inch barrel for home defense; the other is a 26-inch bird barrel I use for hunting. I have always said that if I could only have one gun, it would be a 12 gauge pump shotgun.
Did you say you have a semi automatic .308 for $548 bucks? In the field, patience is a virtue but when it’s time to take action, sometimes you need the speed of a Model 750. Its improved gas system provides faster, smoother cycling. Its balanced low-profile design handles like lightning. Rapid follow-ups are its specialty, but famed Remington one-shot accuracy comes standard. The Model 750 Synthetic features all the new Model 750 improvements, only with a synthetic stock and fore-end. Hogs will be tumbling down in droves when you have this bad boy in your pickup truck. There is a plethora of after market accessories and modifications you can buy for your gun as well. This weapon will put a high volume of the precision .308 cartridge downrange for a lifetime. Go ahead; throw that narrow window wide open with the quickest gun in the woods, the Model 750.
The Maverick 88 is an even more affordable version of the famous Mossberg 500. These blued steel beauties are simple and strong. A bead sight tops the 18.5” cylinder bore barrel up front; while in back, a thick recoil pad protects your shoulder. The Maverick holds 6 rounds of 2 3/4” 12-gauge ammo, or one less if you’re using 3” magnum shells. Twin action bars make sure the pump moves smoothly after each shot goes downrange.
Police squad cars all across the country have carried the Remington 870 for decades now. This Express Synthetic model holds 7 rounds of 12-gauge ammo and its twin action bars help ensure that smooth pump action that made the 870 famous. A simple bead sight tops the 18” cylinder bore barrel. Remington milled the receiver from solid billet steel, and the finish is a weather resistant coating. The 870 can shoot 3” magnum shells as well as 2 3/4” standard shells. The Remington 870 is legendary, and a great shotgun for just about any purpose.