Thinking out loud: In search of The Perfect Carry Gun
I'm not looking for a definitive answer here. I know most of this is personal preference. 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
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)
Bersa BP9c and Thunder 9mm ULtra Carry
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 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.