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Which Sub-Compact 9mm to Buy?

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  • Glock 26

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  • H&K P2000sk

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    Yesterday I went to my local range and rented a Gen 3 Glock 26 and a Smith & Wesson M&P9c. I shot 50 rounds of Remington UMC 115gr 9mm ammo through each one of them. I was able to shoot tight groups with both pistols from 10 - 25 yards, the M&P9c had slightly better ergonomics, the Glock 26 was smaller and lighter, the M&P9c has more mag capacity (12 vs. 10) with the standard magazine, the M&P9c is aesthetically superior to the Glock 26 and I liked the Glock 26 trigger over the M&P9c. Therefore, it all comes down to the specs (size, weight, capacity, etc.) and price. The Glock 26 is $200 - $300 more expensive than the M&P9c, but the Glock 26 is definitely easier to conceal and that is my # 1 reason for my purchase.

    Therefore, I have chosen to buy a Gen 4 Glock 26 and join the dark side!!!!
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    Ok, I found a used Gen 3 Glock 19 in perfect condition (only 50 shots fired through it) and it is for a VERY cheap price in Costa Rica ($700.00 used vs $1,200 new). How is the Glock 19 in comparison to the Glock 26 for concealed carry??? I am thinking about buying it...oh crap!!!
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    Of the ones you listed, I am partial to the Glock 26 & S&W M&P9c. I have owned a PPS, I liked the gun, but did not like the mag release at all, so it got sold.
    My EDC is a Glock 19, my wife's is a Glock 26. I have a S&W M&P9c in WA state, it is my carry gun when I fly out 1-2x each year.

    I am also looking at picking up a 4th Gen Glock 26 later this year!
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    There isn't a bad choice listed, but I don't own any of them. My sub 9 is the Kahr CW9, decent price, reliable, and eminently concealable.
    Chose a weapon that goes bang EVERY time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    I want to buy a new sub-compact 9mm for concealed carry and these are the options that I have narrowed it down to. Please vote and comment as your opinion and knowledge is very helpful for the purchase process.
    All the choices you've listed are very fine handguns.

    I'd suggest you try to shoot one of each and then make a decision.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    Yesterday I went to my local range and rented a Gen 3 Glock 26 and a Smith & Wesson M&P9c. I shot 50 rounds of Remington UMC 115gr 9mm ammo through each one of them. I was able to shoot tight groups with both pistols from 10 - 25 yards, the M&P9c had slightly better ergonomics, the Glock 26 was smaller and lighter, the M&P9c has more mag capacity (12 vs. 10) with the standard magazine, the M&P9c is aesthetically superior to the Glock 26 and I liked the Glock 26 trigger over the M&P9c. Therefore, it all comes down to the specs (size, weight, capacity, etc.) and price. The Glock 26 is $200 - $300 more expensive than the M&P9c, but the Glock 26 is definitely easier to conceal and that is my # 1 reason for my purchase.
    Therefore, I have chosen to buy a Gen 4 Glock 26 and join the dark side!!!!
    The Glock 19 will not be "easier" to conceal than a M&P9c. seeing how it is bigger. Not saying it is to hard either. and the M&P9c is only .5 inches longer than the Glock 26, BUT it is rounded slide makes concealing easier than the Glock 26 in the sense that it doesn't print under your shirt as much as the Block of a Glock does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec View Post
    The Glock 19 will not be "easier" to conceal than a M&P9c. seeing how it is bigger. Not saying it is to hard either. and the M&P9c is only .5 inches longer than the Glock 26, BUT it is rounded slide makes concealing easier than the Glock 26 in the sense that it doesn't print under your shirt as much as the Block of a Glock does.
    The Glock 19 has already been sold so that is obviously out of the picture. I was more attracted to it by price than necessity, so I'm actually glad that I didn't buy it. I called the Glock dealer in Costa Rica and they are currently out of Glock 26 and their new shipment arrives until the end of May. Sucks! I don't want to wait that long. I called another local gun shop that carries S&W and he gave me a $100.00 discount if I pay cash for the M&P9c so I think that is what I am going to get. I was dead set on the Glock 26 but I think that both guns are equally matched in terms of reliability, accuracy, size, weight and mag capacity (except the high cap magazines for Glock), the thing is that the M&P9c is $300.00 cheaper than the Glock 26 and for me, that is a big deal right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    The Glock 19 has already been sold so that is obviously out of the picture. I was more attracted to it by price than necessity, so I'm actually glad that I didn't buy it. I called the Glock dealer in Costa Rica and they are currently out of Glock 26 and their new shipment arrives until the end of May. Sucks! I don't want to wait that long. I called another local gun shop that carries S&W and he gave me a $100.00 discount if I pay cash for the M&P9c so I think that is what I am going to get. I was dead set on the Glock 26 but I think that both guns are equally matched in terms of reliability, accuracy, size, weight and mag capacity (except the high cap magazines for Glock), the thing is that the M&P9c is $300.00 cheaper than the Glock 26 and for me, that is a big deal right now.
    I think that's what I'd do. The M&P is more ergonomic in my opinion, and they're great shooters. I carry a 26, but I'd be fine with the S&W as well.

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    Instead of buying something that we want, why not get something YOU want? It's not about consensus or popularity, it's about which gun works best for you.
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