Well here's the deal....I'm looking for a firearm to carry in the appendix position. This is going to be new to me.
But I need it to be a useable firearm, and let me get a little detailed in some of my carry gun history to explain that. I had a Ruger LCP which was a breeze to carry, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it, and I would inadvertently hit the mag release while shooting. It was just a bit too small to be considered "usable" to me.
Flash forward past another few guns, Sig P238. It worked, it worked well. Sights were superb, trigger was just right, I felt it was made solid as in I could trust it and be proficient with it unlike the LCP. I did not like the manual safety. I just never felt if I was going to go to the effort to carry something it might as well be something not in .380 ACP that I had to worry if it would the do the job or not.
I pocket carried these guns as well as a Kahr CM9 that I could never get to trust. It was ok but it just felt cheap, would have a failure every now and then. The size was good but still a little hard to get proficient with.
Had a Smith 642 I really liked, I had no problems giving a 135gr. +P GDHP some trust...I always felt down on capacity with 5 rounds. Trigger was a little tougher than the other Auto's to master but it's cylinder doesn't lend it to appendix carry I suppose. I also wish it had a little more useable sight picture.
I also once had a Walther PPS that was great, it just would take up a little too much real estate in the appendix to position to be comfortable I would assume, it was nice and flat though.
I am now getting sick of trying to pocket carry in every pair of pants I try on, and would like to move to an AIWB setup...
Here's my preferences:
I like the fact the P290 looks rather well rounded, it doesn't appear to have anything that will jab into my gut. It has nice sights, no safety, a reliable maker with good warranty service if something is wrong. The weight is a little on the heavy side at 20oz. but I believe that will make all the difference in shooting the 9x19. The cost, around $460 new, isn't going to break the bank when I do get in a financial position to buy when I get back to work. My only worry is the trigger.
Here's the specs on it:
Overall Length 5.5 in
Overall Height 3.9 in
Overall Width 0.9 (1.1 in with slide catch lever)
Barrel Length 2.9 in
Sight Radius 4.3 in
Weight w/Mag 20.5 oz
If anyone has used one of the new updated RS versions with the re-strike capability and supposedly a few other small improvements would you please chime in? So far the only complaints I can find are from the early version.
Any other pistols recommended would be appreciated as well.