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    What would be the best back up?...

    Hi everyone! just wanting to get some advice here, I have a S&W E series 1911. I want to add the perfect back up piece, but I am torn between the M&P compact 40, or the Glock Gen 4. compact 40. I have had Glocks before, never had an isssue. On the other hand, I love the feel of the M&Ps. Any one out there have these models? Any problems with them?

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    I just read a guy on the S&W forum say that he realizes why he loves his new Shield, because with the 8 round magazine it "just fits", like his 1911's.

    FWIW.

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    you will end up with at least 3 different SD guns to have as you change your style of dress or for the different seasons.
    the 642 is one of the most bought handguns. get it sooner or get it later.
    the sooner you have it the faster you will get good with it.

    i have a shield and its great. bt it does not repace what s in my left coat or vest pocket: a 642
    the shield may be in place of my Sig C3 depending on where im heading out to.
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    Thanks for the reply! I have heard that too. I have one on order for my wife. I am anxious to shoot it and see what it feels like.

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    Get a G27 and a 642 as mentioned (or 637 if you like an exposed hammer). If I were to narrow my collection to three, it would be a SA 1911A1, Glock 27 and a S&W 642. Thats .45, .40 and .38. Sort of covers all the bases. [Wish I had understood this years ago...]
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    I agree with the 642 comment, but I would probably go for a SIG compact.

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    Whatever you are comfortable with....

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    I vote SIG 238. Yeah, it's a 380, but carries well about anywhere you would stash it. Smooth, easy to shoot, and the same thing as your 1911: single action cocked and locked. You are already used to it, by way of your Smith.
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    Personally I consider a platoon to be the best back up.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by multistage View Post
    I vote SIG 238. Yeah, it's a 380, but carries well about anywhere you would stash it. Smooth, easy to shoot
    That is a good point. My wife can operate a P238 easier than the LCP. LCP is sort of stiff in the slide where the P238 is much easier and far smoother.

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    The best backup? A buddy you can trust.

    But +1 on either a J Frame (just because it's a J Frame and you ought to have one) or a P238.

    I'd say also check out the new XDS, but I've gone to the two biggest LGSs so far and still haven't been able to see one in person.

    I think the Glocks are great - just not my cuppa - but I am really digging my P250SC as a carry-it-everywhere-and-not-worry-about-scratches-water-or-dirt sidearm. But like the Glock and the M&P, it isn't all that small, especially when you throw in an extra double-stack mag or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowman View Post
    Personally I consider a platoon to be the best back up.....

    Make it a platoon of US Marines instead of German conscripts, and I agree heartily!

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    Good cover or really good running shoes
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    the sig 938 might be agood choice since the controls are similar to the weapon you are already carrying.
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    Hmm... my list of guns and their backup would be as followed (once I own them all, that is):

    Primary:
    Choice A: 12 gauge short barrel with as many rounds as I can stuff in.
    Choice B: AR-15

    Backup: SA XD40 4" Service (also my EDC). I would rather have an extra mag than an extra gun to fool with. ...and I don't even carry that.

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