Single stack 9mm with safety?

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    Single stack 9mm with safety?

    A friend of mine is looking for a new handgun to carry. Here's what she's looking for. I'm thinking I'll be looking for a single stack 9, but I'm open to suggestions

    These were her wants.

    -Full Grip (she wants the pinky on the grip, that does away with most of the small 380's)
    -external Safety
    -Light weight

    She has smaller hands so I'm thinking single stack. I've tried to talk her out of the need for a safety, but since she's a new shooter I can understand the "uneasy" feeling about carrying one in the chamber with no safety. I'd rather get her into something she feels comfortable carrying than push my own views of gun safety/rediness on her.

    So is there a light polymer framed single stack 9mm with a longer grip and safety that you can think of? I can't think of one which makes me think we'll have to go to a metal frame or get rid of the external safety.

    Thanks!
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    Doesn't Kahr make a PM9 with a manual safety? And you can either use the extended Kahr 7 round mag that would give her the extra length for a pinkie, or you can buy Pearce Mag extensions.

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    Taurus Slim is another one that comes to mind.

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    LC9 with the grip extension I can get my pinky on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    A friend of mine is looking for a new handgun to carry. Here's what she's looking for. I'm thinking I'll be looking for a single stack 9, but I'm open to suggestions

    These were her wants.

    -Full Grip (she wants the pinky on the grip, that does away with most of the small 380's)
    -external Safety
    -Light weight

    She has smaller hands so I'm thinking single stack. I've tried to talk her out of the need for a safety, but since she's a new shooter I can understand the "uneasy" feeling about carrying one in the chamber with no safety. I'd rather get her into something she feels comfortable carrying than push my own views of gun safety/rediness on her. I tend to prefer a Khar any day of the week, but an LC9 may fit the bill.

    So is there a light polymer framed single stack 9mm with a longer grip and safety that you can think of? I can't think of one which makes me think we'll have to go to a metal frame or get rid of the external safety.

    Thanks!
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    Clay,

    Does your friend realize that most single stack firearms are DAO (or longer trigger pulls) and that acts as a safety? I honestly see no need for an additional safety on this type of firearm. Having all those parameters really makes it tough. It's kinda like getting two out of the three on the wish list.
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    May have to go with 380acp for her.

    Check out PPK or Bursa for what she may want.

    She can aways move up to 9mm after getting experience with carring.
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    Here's the research I've done, I look forward to other suggestions.

    Now I'm thinking that low weight is not much of an issue. A higher weight pistol will be more comfortable for her to shoot.

    Budget is an issue BTW, Probably shouldn't go over $650

    unfortunately she hates the grip of the LC9. The cost of the PM9 w/ safety is the only issue with that gun, but $700 isn't to bad.

    If I could choose for her I think I would get a Kahr P9(used) or walther PPS. Its just that dang safety requirement! (I'm working on it though, hopefully I can get rid of that requirement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by searcher 45 View Post
    May have to go with 380acp for her.

    Check out PPK or Bursa for what she may want.

    She can aways move up to 9mm after getting experience with carring.
    True, .380 may indeed be an option. I'll have to check out the bersa and walther.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    Clay,

    Does your friend realize that most single stack firearms are DAO (or longer trigger pulls) and that acts as a safety? I honestly see no need for an additional safety on this type of firearm. Having all those parameters really makes it tough. It's kinda like getting two out of the three on the wish list.
    I've explained that to her, but she's still uncomfortable carrying that way. I think she'll eventually come around to our way of thinking but it might not be till her second gun.

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    The Para-ordinance PDK in 9mm is an excellent choice. You will have to look hard to find one in the price range, but it can be done!

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    The Kel-tec PF9 comes to mind its small and light, has an internal safety that prevents the gun from firing unless the trigger is pulled. Its a single stack weapon in 9mm VERY light at 12.7 oz, they also offer a floor plate for the little finger.

    get her a 1911 :) Single stack (check), safety (check), light weight(oops...no go here)

    Edit,or go for the FNX-9mm its double stacked 22 oz or there abouts, manual safety and decocker comes with 3 mags and changeable back straps////
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    I was going to recommend the LC9 but you already said she doesn't like the grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigers View Post
    LC9 with the grip extension I can get my pinky on.
    Same here

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    My first reply was going to be the LC9 with the pinky extension as well, but if she doesn't like the grip that solves that one. If this is a SD gun, then it doesn't have to be a joy to shoot at the range necessarily. I could not convince my wife of this, so she ended up with a Walther PPS... reasonable compromise, not real light or small, but not bad, and very shootable at the range.

    My other suggestion then would be a Taurus PT709 slim, I found it a bit more ergonomic than the LC9 because I compared the two before buying the LC9. The 709 seems to have pretty good feedback overall in terms of quality/reliability, so it could be worth a shot.

    I won't bother saying too much about the safety other than its highly unlikely she'll be able to disengage that and save herself in an SD encounter. Maybe try and convince her that having a good holster that fully covers the trigger, along with a looong DAO trigger pull IS the safety... If so, there are options such as the Kahr PM/CM9s, Keltec, etc. All of them are going to be snappy for the most part, is she ready for that? If her hands are small, Pearce makes pinky extensions for about everything if the manufacturer doesn't.

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