G26 is hard to beat!
This is a discussion on Carry Gun For Small Hands within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have a friend who has some pretty small hands. He is looking for advice on a good carry gun. Given that I have G21 ...
I have a friend who has some pretty small hands. He is looking for advice on a good carry gun. Given that I have G21 sized hands, I thought I would seek the wisdom of the group. My friend is indifferent as to revolver -v- pistol, but would like to stay at the .38/9mm or above lower level.
This question is basically for those with smaller hands - what works well for you for CC? I appreciate the input and I know my friend does as well.
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G26 is hard to beat!
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Kahr PM9 or CM9, otherwise a Springfield XDM, it had swappable
backstraps and holds 13 rounds as a compact or 19 rounds as standard.
I would have him try lot of the new guns with multiple grip settings and try it with the smallest grip form.
Glock Gen 4s
That being said, I have a friend who is tiny. She's under 5 feet. She found the Glocks to be too wide, both the Gen 3 and Gen 4s. She tried a Gen4 G27 and didn't like it. She found the Ruger SR9c the most comfortable, so try that as well.
I would second the PM9/CM9 and the other single stack Kahrs as well and also take a look at the Walther PPS.
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Small hands here as well - to the point where I decided to have a grip reduction done on my Glock 26 - which worked out well. Other carry guns that have worked well for me are those from Kahr and the S&W M&P compacts with the small backstrap. A little side note, even though I had to have my G26 reduced, I've had no problem with my Glock 19 Gen 3 in stock form.
Glock 19, 26 & 36 | Kahr K9 & PM9 | S&W M&P9c, 642 & 640 | Ruger LCP
I have small hands. I get along well with 1911-types, Kahrs, small-frame Glocks (especially Gen. 1 17s), Browning Hi-Powers, and most any revolver with proper grips.
Try out a Walther PPS 40. If you can handle the recoil it is an easily concealed pistol.
1911's have a knack for fitting small hands. My wife and I have small hands and love my HK USP, a USP Compact might be in the running. I like the XD-M line and have one in 9mm, I tired a XD Subcompact in .40 and didn't like it much, lots of front flip, but it fit nicely.
I'm a revolver guy. I think the Ruger LCR or S/W Bodyguard 38 are great choices. I love the triggers on both. I lean more towards the LCR. Most folks hangups with the SW BG 38 are the cylinder latch location and laser activation. If you don't have a back ground with revolvers (old dogs and new tricks thing) the new SW should be no problem getting used to.
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Prepare for 40 bazillion responses to this question, all with different answers. The most comfortable fitting grip I've ever felt is my Walther P22, but I wouldn't advise that for a carry weapon. My wife struggled with the same issue before eventually deciding on the Walther PK380. But I know you wanted a larger caliber than that.
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