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    Decisions, Decisions

    I am about 2 weeks out from having my CWP and have been obsessing over what I will eventually call my EDC.

    I am a big guy, it's Summer and I live in Florida so dressing in layers is out!
    Ideally I would like to pocket carry, but an not opposed to IWB IF I can find something comfortable to carry. (Really not interested in carrying a bag or planner holster).

    Some considerations:
    • I have settled on a caliber: 9mm
    • Budget is a factor. I am limited to at the most $450
    • Prefer a manual safety
    • As much grip in my hand as possible


    Lately I keep circling back to these handguns in this order (hold on I may and do contradict myself often!)

    In order of preference:
    1. Springfield XD9 Sub Compact
    2. Taurus PT709 Slim
    3. Smith & Wesson Sigma
    4. Taurus Millennium Pro
    5. or do I just keep my $ and use my Bulgarian Makarov?


    I have heard mixed reviews on the Taurus brand. (Never owned one myself).
    The S&W and Millennium Pro are obviously bulkier, but I like the grip.

    I have looked at the Kel-Tec's, but I am just not comfortable with the grip or the cheap-feeling trigger.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated and I know you are all a wealth of knowledge. Everyone has an opinion and I am willing to "sniff" them all!
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    Personal preference, I went with the SA XD40 SC. It's a great gun. The SA XD9 SC would be cheaper to shoot and holds a few more rounds. I don't own any of the others, so can't comment on them. Good Luck!
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    At that price point, you may want to look at used guns to open up your options.

    Maybe look at a gently used M&P sc.
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    I live in Florida also, and this is what I carry in summer:



    It's the Ruger SR9C. It holds 10 + 1 rounds, weighs 25 oz., has an external safety, great trigger; it's slim, lightweight, accurate and reliable. Bud's gun shop had them for $389 delivered.

    It also comes with a 17 round magazine that has a sleeve which effectively elongates the grip.
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    I am not a huge XD fan, but based on your list that is the only one I would consider. The trigger on the Sigma is pretty rough(I'm being kind) and I would not carry any Taurus auto. So I guess that leaves the XD. You will have some one tell you that there is nothing wrong with a Taurus but I would just ask why are there so many threads about their customer service and bud quality.

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    I agree, you should take a look at the SR9C.


    Quote Originally Posted by Freedomofchoice View Post
    I live in Florida also, and this is what I carry in summer:



    It's the Ruger SR9C. It hols 10 rounds, weighs 25 oz., has an external safety, great trigger; it's slim, lightweight, accurate and reliable. Bud's gun shop had them for $389 delivered.

    It also comes with a 17 round magazine that has a sleeve which effectively elongates the grip.
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    You may not be able to afford a new GLOCK 26 for that price but may be able to find a used one. Unless someone fired soft lead bullets or really mistreated the gun I'd say a used 26 would be just as reliable as a new one.

    My EDC is a GLOCK 19, carried IWB in a CBST. Opted for that over a 26 because of the size of the grip, capacity etc. Picked up a 26 for my wife for mothers day and added pearce pinky (+0) extensions to the magazines and I'll be damned if I don't think it fits my hand bettter than the 19.

    The GLOCKs are as safe as any gun as long as you keep your booger finger off of the boom switch.
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    Forget the Taurus (Taurui?); If you're limited to just one gun for now: get something dependable, don't take a chance on a gun with iffy reliability history.

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    Another +1 my carry also

    Quote Originally Posted by Freedomofchoice View Post
    I live in Florida also, and this is what I carry in summer:



    It's the Ruger SR9C. It holds 10 + 1 rounds, weighs 25 oz., has an external safety, great trigger; it's slim, lightweight, accurate and reliable. Bud's gun shop had them for $389 delivered.

    It also comes with a 17 round magazine that has a sleeve which effectively elongates the grip.
    and it sure rides nice in a super tuck, shirt in or out.
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    Not a big fan of the XD but of the ones you listed, it's the only one that would get a sniff.


    I picked up two new Glock 19s (gen 3 RTF 2s) several weeks back for $450 each. Gun shows around here have the standard glocks for about $435 + Tax.

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    Another fan of the SR9C but I also like my 709 Slim.
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    The XD or Glock 19 would be my choices.

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    I like XD's in the service model, not so much in the sub compact size. The SR9c is a good choice if you feel you need the safety. If you can do without, you could probably pickup a new Sig P250 in that price range, so might want to add that to the list. You can definitely get a like new Glock 19 in that range if you hunt around long enough. By having enough grip, do you mean not having your pinky hanging off the end? Yeah, I hate that too.
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    Get a Glock 19 (you should be able to find one in like-new condition in your budget or brand new for only a little more) and carry it in a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe - horsehide since you live in Florida. You don't need a manual safety with a Glock trigger (I don't want to fumble around with one under high stress anyway) and you won't find a more comfortable way to carry it IWB than the CBST and you won't have to dress in layers to conceal with it.

    Just my $.02

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    I carry a XD SC in 9mm. in a CrossBreed IWB holster. I love XDs and they shoot very well for me. And in east central Florida's heat its stll not hard to conceal. It can be covered w/ a thick longer T-shirt. or an untucked thin button up shirt. But if I am wearing an outer button up shirt its usually my "Taurus" 1911AL. which is easier to concel than you would think due to its slimness.
    Sometimes carry a Taurus 85 in .38 w/ CTGs. But usually the old lady has that one.

    Go to a gun range where you can rent them. Cheaper to spend a little renting, then buy something you don't like or have to "settle" for.

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