Originally Posted by MichiGator2002
Thanks for the board spam.
Oddly enough, an LC-9 was one of the exact guns I was scrutinizing (online, the dimensions and pictures with a reference object) when it started to occur to me that this whole hand size thing might be an issue in choosing a weapon designed for concealed carry. I had the same concern looking at revolvers like the S&W Model 642 or the LC-R. My instinct is against wanting to depend on an extended magazine to obtain a comfortable grip on a semiautomatic (which, I should point out, I have held/dry-fired before, just not used as I have a revolver). Not sure where that leaves me on concealed carry -- the revolvers that look like they'd fit are like K-frames or semiautomatics of an intermediate size like the Glock 19.
I'm just sort of throwing internal monologue about this at you guys until I get a chance to go to an actual gunstore, but I appreciate the guidance so far.
Interesting stuff, but just to let you is on a little manufacturing secret... S&W, as very well a machined product as their firearms are, you can also buy a number of the Taurus calibers and variants of r slide and cylinder action pistols and get the same quality as they are biult from the same S&W machining molds.
Taurus revolvers and slide/actions (and Rossi brand as a matter of fact), are all buiult from the same S&W machine molds and are fine hand weapons.
I would buy a Taurus make just as soon as buying a Ruger or S&W, but I prefer Ruger, who I honestly believe makes a better .357 platform than S&W, especially in the GP100 series.
Ruger is one of the top of the libne pistol and rifle makers in the business today IMO.
LC-9's are excellent compact conceal carr7y and I love to carry mine all the time, mostly in an ankle holster. It has the extended finger magazine finger grip, and it is just about 6 total inches in length and weighs in at about 23 ounces loded with a 7 + 1 magazine. I also have the Crimson Trace laser package on it it and bought the entire pistol and laser for right at $500. Excellent deal and quality.
Btw, a laser is superb for home defense. In the dark with an intruder in the house, you don;t have to worry about using the sights to aim, you can just put the laser on the target and usually hit within 1 - 2 inches of the intended target. If you sight an inturder, put the laser in the middle of their chest in-between the pockets and pull the trigger, and it'll only take one 9mm JHP and they're down for the count.