GJG wrote:Bash me if you want, but I still think 9mm +P provides acceptable stopping power. The pre-2000 Kahr K-9 Elites are concealable and can eat the +P ammunition (later years seem to not have the same reliability). Since you would buy used, you are not technically supporting the Moonies.
db36046 wrote:If you want compact & concealable with solid stopping power, and don't have a lot of firearm experience but plan to get some basic training, think about a .357 magnum revolver. I have a Smith & Wesson model 649 snub nose revolver fitted with a Crimson Trace laser dot sight. It's easy to shoot and small enough to carry discreetly. I usually load it with .38 Special hollow points, which have plenty of stopping power, but I can use the .357 Magnum option if I expect to be attacked by anything bigger than a human. Revolvers are less complicated than semi-auto pistols, so they're usually better for people who are new to firearms. One disadvantage of most small revolvers is that you can only load 5 rounds (bullets) at a time, while pistols may allow more. You can overcome this disadvantage to a large extent by practicing reloading until you can do it reliably and quickly under stress.
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