This is a discussion on Favored single stack 9mm within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have an M&P 9c that I love, but I'd like to get a smaller 9mm to carry on certain days. I hope the forum ...
I have an M&P 9c that I love, but I'd like to get a smaller 9mm to carry on certain days. I hope the forum members can chime in on which single stack 9mm you love and why. Thanks in advance for your advice!
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the reason I can't get excited about the Sheild....Bersa BP 9CC. Polyganol rifled barrel, 8+1, reliable, accurate, and the best
trigger of any of the single stacks with an incredibly short and audible reset.
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Kahr P9/CW9. Compact, light, decent trigger, easy-shooting gun. The grip is large enough to get all 3 fingers on it; no need to curl the pinky finger below.
However, if I was already carrying an M&P as a primary, I'd certainly take a long look at a Shield.
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i think all the guns mentioned so far are good choices. here are some more:
SA guns: Springfield Armory EMP; Sig-Sauer 938; H&K P-7 (discontinued)
DA/SA guns: Sig-Sauer P-239; S&W 3913 or 908 (both discontinued); Walther P-5 (discontinued)
DAO guns: Kahr K-9, S&W 3953 (discontinued)
i mention the discontinued guns just to give you more possible choices.
Last edited by sensei2; July 4th, 2012 at 11:43 PM. Reason: corrected Walther model number
If you love your M&P9c you would love the Shield even more.
I'm partial to the various Smith 9mm semi's (the 900 series, the 39 and 59 series). SA/DA (wish more pistols were like this), safety decocker, magazine disconnect safety, NICE triggers, reliable and good shooters.
Smith 908 and it's big brother the 410:
The Bersa is certainly an option, but like all Bersa's, it's a touch on the heavy side (21.5 oz). The Ruger LC9 is a bit lighter at 17.1 oz. The M&P Shield at 19.0 oz splits that difference and has a good trigger.
I carry the LC9, but if I were buying today, I'd give the Shield a close look as a single-stack 9mm option. Still might get one anyway.
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Why no Walther “love”?
I’ve got a PPS-9 that I’ve been carrying since NOV. 1800 rds so far 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” the PPQ, now I find button releases awkward.
1. Shoots “larger” than it is. It’s about as accurate as a full size pistol. The recoil is very manageable for a pistol its size and the gun is a pleasure to practice with, which can’t be said of other smaller pistols.
2. The magazines make it flexible, you can go from 6+1, 7+1 and to 8+1 capacity, and from sub compact to compact just by changing magazines.
3. It’s slim, slim enough to conceal easily IWB
4. The magazine release is a stroke of genius. Yes, it’s different than US style, but once you’re used to it, it really is a better system IMHO. Just keep an open mind about it.
5. Mine’s been utterly reliable for 1800 rounds so far of JHP and FMJ. Most folks buying later models report very good reliability.
6. The trigger once broken in is pretty good, with a decent reset
1. It’s slightly more expensive than similar pistols
2. Magazines are expensive
3. It is larger than some of its competition
4. Parts availability?????
5. Magazine release does take some getting used to.
6. Aftermarket support is limited, but, it’s also coming on line. Holsters are available and IMHO there’s not really much that needs to be changed/modified.
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Don't have a asingle stack 9mm. How about a .45?
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I have the Kahr P9, black slide with night sights. I considered the less expensive CW9 but ended up with going for the slightly fancier version with the bells and whistles I wanted.
It's light, has a nice smooth (but long!) trigger, and really conceals well. I didn't get the slightly smaller PM9 (or CM9) because the grip is just too short for me, and I couldn't wrap my head around buying a gun that I couldn't hold properly without some kind of mag extension.