Compact Pistol Suggestions

Compact Pistol Suggestions

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    Compact Pistol Suggestions

    I’m looking for a new compact gun for Christmas. I have a few guns but would like to replace a Bersa Thunder. Note that I carry a lot. My budget is around $700 +or- and choices are:

    1. Beretta PX4 Storm Compact 9 or 40 -- I have an 92 FS that is my favorite
    2. SR9c or SR40c – I have an sr22 that is a great plinker & an LCP
    3. Sig Sauer P250 Compact – Never owned a Sig
    4. Beretta 92 Inox Compact – I’m not sure this is compact enough

    Other compacts I have seen but I a little worried about due to the unknown:

    • TriStar C-100
    • EAA Witness Polymer Compact
    • Taurus PT 24/7 G2 Compact – I have a judge and it works great

    Suggestions, facts, references, experiences, and comments are needed.
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    Glock 26, 9mm, or a S&W M&P compact 9mm.
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    I have a Sig P250 fullsize and subcompact both in 9mm that I carry. I really like them, the grip is comfortable for me and the capacity is good at 17 and 12. I believe the compact version is 15rds. A lot of people don't like and complain about the trigger because it is a long double action, but I have no problem with it. They are pretty cheap too, I think they can be found for around $450. I carry the subcompact in an Old Faithful holster and the fullsize in an Alien Gear iwb holster and both of them are great and really comfortable for carry.

    I really want a Beretta especially the inox version, so from your list that would probably be the one I would get. But like StormRhydr said a Glock or MP would be a good choice. I'm looking at a glock 19 for my next carry gun
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    G26 or 27.
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    Going by your choices...

    I have PX4 .40 sub-compact.

    That is a neat little weapon. With your $700 budget, you get a PX, good holster (depends on how you carry), and possibly some night sights. I have my eyes on some XS Big Dots for my PX...
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    I have the Ruger SR40C (Had it for about one year) It is just a gem to operate. If I wanted a 9mm the SR9C would be on the top of the list. I do have an interest in the Beretta PX 4 Storm, but only the Sub Compact model. I have read some concerns about the rotating barrel that the Full and compact have, but the Sub Compact has a new design tilt barrel, that is flawless (At least that's what I have been told by owners). Frankly i am looking for a 4" DA/SA model for my next firearm. If perchance RUGER finally releases an SR45C.... that would be a game changer for me and that would immediately be top of my wish list.

    PS. Just saw a black friday ad Ruger SR9C was $385.00
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    Not a big fan of polymer pistols, so may I suggest a CZ 75B Compact (all steel) or CZ 75D PCR (metal alloy) or CZ P0-1 (metal alloy with rails) all in 9mm.
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    Of the guns you listed my would suggest:

    1: Sig 250
    1A: PX4 Compact in 9mm
    3: Ruger
    4: 92 Inox (Sweet gun but you're right, not quite compact enough)
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    I've shot 2 of the 4 you listed and the SR9c shoots very well for me. The trigger is wonderful and I shoot tight groups. I don't shoot well with the Sig P250, maybe because it has a long trigger pull. But I wouldn't carry either of them. Prefer to carry my M&P 9 compact or my G19.

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    Cz p01, sig 239, pps, shield

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    I'd start with the options that are important to you. Not everyone's criteria is the same. I want a light polymer striker for carry without a mag disconnect, external safety, and internal lock. LCI is not preferred but I could live with it. Then I'd compare sights, trigger, ergonomics etc on what's left.

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    my sincere apologies, but none of your choices really floats my boat.

    my preferences are for a Sig P239 in any available caliber (9mm, .40S&W, or .357SIG), a Bersa 9BPcc, or an S&W Shield.

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    Well could darn near buy two Kahrs for that amount.

    So buy one and allot of ammo!

    Second choice would be a XDS you did ask for compact and that being the case compare width height and length make sure the guns be considered meet YOU'RE requirement for fit form and function.........and budget.

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