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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:45 AM   #1
 
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SR9 or SR9C for Conceal and Carry

I have "Zero" experience with Conceal Carry. I have never lived in a state where Conceal Carry/Carry has been truely legal. I have lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota (prior to legal carry), California and presently Illinois. I am going to be purchasing either the SR9 or SR9C for potential Conceal Carry.

My question is this. Is there enough difference between the two that makes
the SR9C significantly easier to Conceal and Carry. I know the SR9C is 3.1 ounces lighter, .7 inches shorter in length, .91 inches in heighth and the barrel is .64 inches shorter. I am also aware that if you use the 10 round clip in the SR9C the grip would be easier to conceal. I also realize the sight picture with the SR9 is a little longer.

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Is there enough difference to make the SR9C significantly easier to Conceal and Carry?

Thanks in advance for your input and opinions.



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Are you waiting for Illinois to become ccw? I'm still thinking it's going to be a bit before something happens.

I'm thinking about ccw as well. I have 500 bucks saved for the chance that this happens. We will see.

As for the differance between the 2. Every oz and every bit of inch makes a differance.
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Every little bit can make a significant difference and give you more or less carry options. These both being the same width, your differences in sillouette (sp?) and weight will be what you need to consider. With the C being 'expandable' I'd be just wondering if there's a significant increase in accuracy with the big brother.
Where to you intend to carry if IL doesn't offer legal CCW?
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Sounds like you have pretty much thought it out as to size and weight. I think it comes down to which one you feel most comfortable with.
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techase,
the SR9 wasn't designed to conceal. I do carry one now, so it can be done. However, I find it uncomfortable and when funds allow I will replace it with a small revolver.
How tall you are and how you dress are factors. My SR9 will conceal under a jacket, but a shirt just doesn't do the job.
My advise is to buy the smaller of the two, but even then you will have to dress accordingly.
Both guns are chunky, IMO.
As for sight radius; practice, you should be able to connect well enough within self-defence distances.
I think ten shots is sufficient for civillian purposes - call me crazy.

Try reading Massad Ayoob's "Concealed Carry" book. A very well-considered treatment of the subject from a well respected authority.

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I looked at both...

and decided on the SR9c for CC.

The guns are pretty much identical except for the barrel and magazine length you mentioned.

I got it because it's extremely accurate, still large enough to fit comfortably in my hand, and with the 10 round mag can be tucked away nicely in a high riding holster. (Shopruger.com has a Fobus that fits it precisely at a pretty good price.) I'm average height and weight and my jackets and shirts will cover it if they are long enough to reach the top of my pants pocket.

Slap in the 17 round mag when you head for the range and it feels pretty much like handling the full size SR9. I liked that about it as a CCW because I have large hands and those little pop gun revolvers and .380's actually become hard to handle for me (too little distance between the trigger and the backstrap).

The SR9c is now my carry gun.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 05:57 PM   #7
 
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I have "Zero" experience with Conceal Carry. I have never lived in a state where Conceal Carry/Carry has been truely legal. I have lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota (prior to legal carry), California and presently Illinois. I am going to be purchasing either the SR9 or SR9C for potential Conceal Carry.

My question is this. Is there enough difference between the two that makes
the SR9C significantly easier to Conceal and Carry. I know the SR9C is 3.1 ounces lighter, .7 inches shorter in length, .91 inches in heighth and the barrel is .64 inches shorter. I am also aware that if you use the 10 round clip in the SR9C the grip would be easier to conceal. I also realize the sight picture with the SR9 is a little longer.

Again,
Is there enough difference to make the SR9C significantly easier to Conceal and Carry?

Thanks in advance for your input and opinions.
There is night and day between the trigger in the full size and the compact..I traded my SR9 for my SR9c, liked it so much I bought another, and plan to buy 4 more as fixed income permits...works fine in my front pocket in #3 Uncle Mike's pocket holster...can't pocket carry the SR9, which is my carry place of choice...
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SR9c vs SR9

Owning both the SR9 & Sr9c, I will agree the trigger is a night & day difference. The SR9c is much better.
For carry, the c is also much better...big difference.
For a compact, the c has a surprisingly comfortable feel when shooting...very nice balance, and it is actually my number 1 gun now.
In Illinois, concealed carry is limited to a "separate case" (can be a fanny pack or hip pack) for an UNLOADED pistol. Otherwise one is breaking the law in transportation of any loaded firearm. In need, the owner would have to pull the pistol from the "case", load, and fire.
Better than nothing, and with practice can be pretty quick.
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I now carry a S&W 38Special in a Desantis holster front pocket. I am waiting for a front holster from them for my new SR9c I am hoping I can carry this in my front pocket. Let you know when it comes in.

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I CCW a regular SR9, and do so comfortably with a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB holster and Crossbreed gun belt. The shorter barrel and slide of the SR9c would make little difference, in my opinion, but the significantly shorter grip would likely print less than the full-size SR9 grip. I typically wear untucked t-shirts and jeans or cargo pants. I do print a little with my SR9, but printing is not a crime here and the reality is the vast, vast majority of the population simply will not notice light printing because they don't think of looking for a concealed weapon. Or would even know how.

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I carry the SR9c and LOVE it. This is a quality firearm.
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SR9c

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I have both. The c disappears in a Cross Breed Super Tuck under a tucked
T shirt. There is no difference in accuracy between the two pistols. Recoil
too is the same.
The c with the "flat" back strap feels like the proverbial "well used bar of soap."
The triggers on both respond best to a double action "sweep" rather than a
single action stage.
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i have no problem CC my SR9 in a Galco IWB, been doing is 24/7 for 2 years ! its comfortable carrying concealed!
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Had both. Carried both. Sold the compact. With a crossbreed holster I can't tell the difference between the compact and fullsize on my hip. And I'm only 120 lbs. 5 foot 8. It is so much more about the holster than the weapon. Of course do what works best for you. I went with a full size because it is more gun and I don't feel any less carry weight with the compact.

Both are great guns though
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Glad to see the guys including the holsters they use. Holsters are very important for comfortable and safe concealed carry. Good luck with the law in Illinois. My daughters live there and would love to see the law change.
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