Would Like To Trade My S&W Airweight 38 For More Capacity

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    Would Like To Trade My S&W Airweight 38 For More Capacity

    Dear Folks:

    I am a LEO and would like to trade in my off-duty S&W 38 airweight for something with a bit more capacity, probably in 9mm. I have thought about the Walther PPS 9 and S&W M&P 9c. I want something very light weight and easy to carry, but don't want to gain just 1 or 2 rounds (5-7). Reliability is key and price does not matter for this will be a long-term upgrade. Thanks to all who respond. Suggestions are appreciated.

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    XD9sc or Glock 26
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    Off duty=G19
    Sixteen rounds of whatever 9mm stuff you want to shoot in the same size gun.
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    Keep the Smith and buy a 9mm pistol.

    You'll be much happier. Trust me.


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    Listen to the good Captain.

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    Glock 26 or 19...extremely reliable and either twice or three times the capacity.
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    I would keep the airweight and buy a Glock 26. I'm not a LEO but my G26 has a capacity of 10 + 1. That's my primary carry handgun that I highly recommend. Buying a Glock is a win/win scenario. But that's my humble opinion.
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    I'd also suggest a Glock, either a 19 or a 26.

    I personally have no issues concealing the Glock 19 at all.

    I'd also recommend that you keep the revo. You can always get a pocket holster and keep it as a BUG.

    I took a class a couple of weeks back with a LEO in the DFW area. He ALWAYS carries the .38 in a pocket holster weak side. He can appear to be extremely causal (hand in pocket) and people he is talking to do not realize he has a weapon.

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    My first question is what is your on duty carry?

    If it is a 9mm Glock, then I'd suggest a 19 or 26. if it is a .40 Glock, then I'd suggest a 23 or 27. Same thing for the other manufacturers. I'd try to get something that has the same controls and calibre, and possibly even the ability to use the full sized magazines that your duty carry has.
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    Keep the 38. Buy a Glock 19 or 26. If you buy the 26 buy some extra G19 mags for extra mags. They are one of the best allaround 9mm out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acroreef View Post
    Dear Folks:

    I am a LEO and would like to trade in my off-duty S&W 38 airweight for something with a bit more capacity, probably in 9mm. I have thought about the Walther PPS 9 and S&W M&P 9c. I want something very light weight and easy to carry, but don't want to gain just 1 or 2 rounds (5-7). Reliability is key and price does not matter for this will be a long-term upgrade. Thanks to all who respond. Suggestions are appreciated.

    Acroreef.

    You already named your new pistol, the M&P9c!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    My first question is what is your on duty carry?

    If it is a 9mm Glock, then I'd suggest a 19 or 26. if it is a .40 Glock, then I'd suggest a 23 or 27. Same thing for the other manufacturers. I'd try to get something that has the same controls and calibre, and possibly even the ability to use the full sized magazines that your duty carry has.
    +1 and as for BUG Lots of guys in department I help out with carry keltec 9mm because department is still with Beretta 92 (9mm). But once we switch to glock then they will change their BUG to subcompact size.

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    Walther PPS??

    How do you folks feel about the Walther PPS 9mm re reliability, carry weight, capacity (8+1) etc??

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    G26 or XD9sc, but my baby Glock is my EDC because it is a little narrower than the XD.

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    Another vote for keep the S&W airweight.
    I think if you try a M&P9c at the range, you'll end up buying one. It's a great carry weapon.
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