By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
My name is Reginald Kaigler and I have documented my journey as a prepper on my Youtube channel(DEMCAD. I acquired my CPL (Concealed Pistol License) in the state of Michigan in the year 2011 and I've been conceal carrying my Glock 21everyday since. And by everyday, I mean, absolutely everyday. When I leave my house, I carry my Glock. I don't carry if I'm just going to the car or mowing the lawn.
Demcad, I am on a budget and I would like to get a pistol. The problem is that I know a full size pistol like a sig 226 or glock 17 is better for a shtf or home defense situation but I don't think I would carry it concealed very consistantly, So is it better to buy a small compact or subcompact like a keltec pf9 or kahr cm9, or just get a full size?
I would not recommend Keltec. I'm concerned about their consistency. I would consider a (Glock 19 Gen 3, not Gen 4 because I am concerned about the consistency of that generation). It's a compact 9mm with 15 rounds. It is extremely reliable. It will shoot just about anything style of ammo. I would also recommend you go to a shooting range that allows you to rent guns out. Try some full size guns, compacts and sub-compact pistols and see what you like. Consider the Smith ans Wesson M&P compact and Springfield XD series.
I know you have a budget, but this pistol has to be reliable. Your life may depend on it. I like to conduct a lot of research on the guns before I even enter the store. You can't rely on a salesman to give you proper information.
Here is my criteria.
If you can't find the ammo in stores, how can you practice with it on a regular basis? If you have to pay 60 dollars per magazine, how many magazines will you end up buying? If it jams every other time you go to the range, how do you know it won't jam when you need it the most?
I prefer pistols that have been proven in the field of law enforcement and military. I understand that you are on a budget, but I recommend that you save your money for a gun you can really trust. Put a pistol on layaway if you want. I recommend you try the guns out for yourself. Get a CPL in your state (if you can), research the laws and enjoy.