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For the past several weeks I've been researching handguns since I plan to attend a local CHL class by the end of Jan '09. I was really interested in the Kel-Tec and Ruger .380 since they are easy to conceal. All of the local gun shops said that the LCP's have been sold out in the area for the past couple of months (thanks to Obama). A few weeks ago I was able to find a new 2nd gen parker/green P3AT (JTSxx), a few extra mags, mag ext's, and some ammo for a respectable price. The day after Christmas I purchased the 870 Express 20" 8-shot since I didn't own a shotgun.

Fast forward to this past Monday. After I got off work I decided to stop by another local shop to look around for a bit because I wanted a quality 9mm for the range as well as SD. It was a toss up between the G19, M&P9c, and the XDm9. The shop had all 3 available, and after I fondled all of them my heart was set on the XDm9 2-tone. They also had the XDm40 in 2-tone black & 2-tone od, but I wasn't really looking for a .40 since ammo costs more. I was also still interested in the LCP but they were OOS. The salesman said that a couple of them were on order, none were spoken for, and they were going to be marked $299+tax. He wrote down my contact info, and since it was 5 min. till closing I played it nice and told them I would come back sometime tomorrow. Tuesday rolls around and on my lunch break I drove down and purchased the XD9m. This afternoon they called to let me know the LCP's arrived and they were post-recall models (371-xxxxx). A few hours later I scooted over to claim it, and as I was checking out some other cow poke purchased the remaining Elsie.

Hopefully I will be able to hit the range in the next week or two for a break-in party. ;)

 

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First thing, welcome to the forum!! It looks like you are going to be a busy little guy at the range. Congrats on all the new purchases.
 

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Nice collection. Similar to mine. I have an XD9sc and just got ahold of an LCP in the last couple of weeks. I have the KelTec SP-9 instead of the P3AT. I bought the PF-9 as a backup for the XD as I thought I wanted to stay with 9mm. Once I got it home I got to thinking that it just seemed a little too large for true pocket carry (although I am re-thinking that now). In the meantime I had an opportunity to grab up an Elsie so I got that as it might be a better pocket carry for me. The crazy thing is I have not a chance to get to the range to try any of these three out yet! I've got a lot of work to do. I guess that's a good position to be in. ;D

My next purchase will be the shotgun to round out my HD setup (I've also got a S&W Model 60 .357 revolver by the bed). Something in the 870 line is exactly what I've been looking at - probably very similar to what is in your photo.
 

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Welcome to the forum and WOW!!!.... Santa sure was good to you.....

SK
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Nice to see another Texan in the forum!

And nice choices for SD as well. My very similar choices are an 870 with 20" bbl., an XD9SC which I love a lot for it's ability to swap long and short mags to go from a full size handgrip to a compact carry handgrip, and of course, an LCP I bought just last weekend at Academy ($329 now).

Like yourself, I felt that those three make a well rounded collection for SD just about anywhere.
 
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