Thinking out loud: In search of The Perfect Carry Gun

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    Thinking out loud: In search of The Perfect Carry Gun

    I'm not looking for a definitive answer here. Like the title says I'm mostly thinking out loud and hopefully getting some input from the group.

    As with a lot of topics in life, sometimes you already know the answer but you just need to soundboard it off of someone for it to solidify.

    I have a M&P 9mm full size that I love, but it's just a bit too big for daily carry (IN MY OPINION). I know some guys carry giant rigs and that's great, it's just not for me.

    I've got my Dad's CW9 on loan for a few weeks to try out and I love how easy it is to carry. However I am less accurate with this gun than I am with my FS M&P when I practice defensive shooting. I know it's perfectly understandable.. the gun is lighter, it's got a shorter sight radius, and it's got a different (LONGER) trigger, with no reset.

    So.. I've been looking for, what I consider to be, the perfect carry gun. Something between a CW9 and a M&P9. Boy that narrows it down, huh? :) But seriously... I don't want a pocket gun, and I don't want a full size gun. I'm looking for something in between.

    Here is what I'm looking for.
    Single Stack: for width and for weight (just a preference... I'd take a double stack if all else was right)
    Width: between .9 and 1.2, the thinner the better.
    Height: Between 4.5 - 5.0

    Capacity: Not a huge issue for me, but if it comes down to it then capacity will be probably will the tie breaker.
    DA/Sa vs Striker: again not a preference, but there's a part of me that wants a DA/SA gun. Could be a tie breaker.

    Top contenders: (In no particular order)

    M&P9c
    Glock 26
    Bersa BP9c and Thunder 9mm ULtra Carry
    Sig P239
    Kahr TP9

    The correct answer will probably be for me to just stick with the CW9 and practice.

    Ideally, I'd love for Smith and Wesson to make a single stack M&P that is just SLIGHTLY larger than the CW9. 1.0 thick, 4.8 Height, 8+1 capacity, 18-20 ounces weight, with the M&P trigger... I'd be all over that gun.

    Your thoughts?
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    If you love your full size M&P9, I would add its little brother. Many people shoot their 9c as well as their full size.
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    If the M&PC is too big for you, go with the G26: can't go wrong with Glock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Beat me to it.

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    The PPS is nice, if you can get used to the mag release.

    The Glock 26 meets the OP's criteria, and is smaller than the M&P 9c.

    Lots of good choices out there - you just need to rent/borrow/shoot a few, and see which one you like best.
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    The new Beretta Nano also comes to mind as does the CZ Rami and Rami P (Polymer)

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    Have you considered the Ruger SR9C?
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    ua list it---P239 in 40. than you can get a 357SIG bbl and a 9mm bbl

    same mags & bbls spring will support the 3 calibers.
    note that if you do not put in an adjustable rear sight, the POI will drift lower
    with the 357 and 9mm rounds.

    not bothersome unless you are the one being held hostage...

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    concealability, balance, accuracy, power, weight, rounds on board--
    and the DA to SA trigger w/ de-cocker is as close to laywer proof as you are likely to get.
    so, from the many i have to chose from, it was my primary for many years.
    recently, arthritis has made the 40 not best for my hand to handle.

    so now its a Sig C3. next to each other there is not much visual difference,
    but the softer push of a 45 has me to have happy hands.

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    a springfield with the palm safety to avoid the real possibility of 'glock-leg'
    if plastic is what you want...for the 'its a tool ' mindset.

    i know 3 times that if you are safe and pay attention as you should--than events do not occure.
    but a palm safety adds an element of forgiving. and shirttails and holster straps have caused discharges;
    and thats as close as i can link 'accidental' to 'unintended discharge'
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    3rd vote for the PPS.

    1400 rds so far since NOV and it just keeps getting better. Small and thin enough to “not leave home without it”, but it shoots like a “big” gun.
    To get used to the mag release, I bought it’s “big brother”, now I find button releases awkward.



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    Another vote for the Glock 26. Accurate as can be with a trigger that can't be beat (IMO) and a reliability record second to none.

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    I know I need to look at the Walther. And I know guns are about function and not beauty, but I have (so far) not been able to get excited about that gun. Or the Ruger SR models.

    RE: Glock 26 - I have been looking HARD at that gun. When I bought my M&P it was a battle between that and the G19. Got the M&P cause all my friends have glocks and I just wanted something different. But I still rent a G19 whenever I go to my Dad's range just for fun cause I shoot it so well.

    Thanks to everyone for your input. Please... keep it coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    The new Beretta Nano also comes to mind as does the CZ Rami and Rami P (Polymer)
    The Nano is too small for me.

    I hadn't considered the Rami before.. I'll have to look at that. It specs out a little wider than I'd like... and it's on the heavier end of the spectrum, but I am interested. I'll have to check that one out too.
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    The Glock-26 would be great...
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