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Recommendations: Double Action Compact Semis in 9mm

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    Walther PPQ SC is 10 rounds in a double stack configuration. About the same weight empty as the PPS, but slightly thicker. Great trigger. Too large for pocket carry, but easily carries IWB.
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    There are lots of really good 9mm carry guns out there. Try them until one feels right to you. Smaller isn't necessarily better, even for carry. I'm currently carrying a CZ Rami 9mm; 10 round mag and one in the pipe. It's not the smallest nor the lightest, but it just feels right to me, carries easily, and points easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InVegas View Post
    Would like recommendations for a semi auto pistol, double action only, 9mm, 8-10 round capacity.
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    Try a Kahr K9 (all-steel version of the Kahr P9, which is the top-shelf version of the Kahr CW9). Kahr describes its trigger action as DAO. They are striker-fired, but each trigger pull is a very long (but incredibly smooth and even) pull. No re-strike possible, though. A rather long barrel (3.5") for its length (6"). I love shooting and CC-ing mine. It's been perfect! Recently added wood grips, which make mine, um, even more perfect.

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    To what purpose? IWB/OWB carry? Home defense? Night sights? Polymer or metal frame? Weight/size considerations? Rail for light/laser?

    Everyone's needs are different. And without having a better understanding of the OP's specific requirements and preferences we're just throwing darts at a board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InVegas View Post
    Would like recommendations for a semi auto pistol, double action only, 9mm, 8-10 round capacity.
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    CC, IWB & pocket.
    The pocket carry stipulation is a bit of a kicker...a lot of pistols will get DQ'd right there.

    Otherwise, I would also have recommended a LEM P30SK or P2000SK. A P250SC would also have been a good choice, as well as a DAK P239.

    But, sticking with subcompact single stacks...

    I had a P290RS for a bit...the trigger had been upgraded to a Cajun (iirc), and was pretty sweet. With lighter springs it had light strike issues, but standard springs worked fine. I just didn’t care for the grip...I thought the trigger guard needed to be undercut for me to get a proper grip on it, and I traded it off. It may work for you, though, so give one a try if you can.

    I think S&W made their CS9 in a DAO package; that may be worth looking for...

    Never been a big fan of Kahrs, but...they’ll make something that should fit your needs, I would think.

    Perhaps you could find a early LC9 (pre-LC9S)...iirc, they were DAO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rx7sig View Post
    Try a Kahr K9 (all-steel version of the Kahr P9, which is the top-shelf version of the Kahr CW9). Kahr describes its trigger action as DAO. They are striker-fired, but each trigger pull is a very long (but incredibly smooth and even) pull. No re-strike possible, though. A rather long barrel (3.5") for its length (6"). I love shooting and CC-ing mine. It's been perfect! Recently added wood grips, which make mine, um, even more perfect.

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    I second rx7sig. I've owned and carried a K9 since 1996. Very reliable. I carry belt and appendix. Recently bought an all steel MK9 subcompact, another winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueronin View Post
    I bought the wife a Taurus G2C. It's nearly perfect. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
    I love the G2C, but it's a single action striker fire design, not DAO, It has a DAO restrike capability, but because it lacks a decocker it is not DAO or DA/SA.

    For the record, I also removed the SA sear in my G2C as an experiment, and I had light strikes. It might work better if I trimmed the striker spring a hair, but I didn't mess with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmf552 View Post
    I wish I could agree with you, but I had one for a couple of years and I can't recommend it. I got light primer strikes, sent it into Sig and got bad customer service and no improvement. I had all kinds of problems with the laser. I also really didn't like the ergonomics on the gun.

    Now if you can find a used Sig P250 subcompact, that would be the ticket, as long as you are careful not to short stroke the trigger.
    My 290rs was a great little gun, never an issue. My P250 on the other hand was a light striker. Sig fixed, but the marks in the primers still left me uneasy.

    Everyone has different experiences.
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    Springfield XDe looks interesting to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsteve113 View Post
    Springfield XDe looks interesting to me.
    My BIL has an XDe. It is too heavy to pocket carry unless you are Paul Bunyon

    I've pocket and IWB carried a Kahr CM9, but I find that a little heavy for the pocket. And as another poster noted, technically the Kahrs are not DAO. I wouldn't rule out a striker trigger as that offers many more options, particularly the Sig P365.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsteve113 View Post
    Springfield XDe looks interesting to me.
    It’s a SA/DA, not DAO.
    Last edited by Cuda66; July 14th, 2019 at 04:57 PM.
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    Some folks may be a little confused as to what criteria determines the action type of a handgun. This is ALWAYS determined by the tasks the trigger performs. It has nothing to do with a hammer, a striker, or a decocker. The thing is, there are some semi-autos out there that are true hybrids, in that a definitive action type designation may not entirely work. In these cases, the manufacture generally makes the determination in their specifications.

    For example, the Glock design is a true DAO pistol and is defined as such by both Glock* and the ATF. What it lacks that some DAO's have is a second strike capability. But the trigger does perform two essential tasks when firing the gun. On the other hand, the Smith and Wesson M&P line of pistols could best be described as having a SAO action type. The reason for this is due to the fact that the trigger only releases the sear*. It does not complete the cocking of the striker AND releasing the sear, as does the Glock design. However, the M&P is considered a DAO and I suspect the reason may be so as not to confuse people with true SAO's such as the 1911 design.

    Just remember that action types are always determine by the tasks performed by the trigger (assembly) and you'll be fine.


    * The trigger assemblies in the Glock and the M&P also push the striker safety block up in order to allow the striker to move forward when released. One might think that this would as a firing task to the count but that is not the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MillennialNorth View Post
    Kel Tec P11. With a little TLC it's a great gun.

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    Sadly, Keltec just stopped making these, but they can still be found new if you shop around.

    Though slightly taller and longer than a P-11, the PF-9 is another option with 7+1 standard and an optional +1 mag extension. The PF-9's trigger is a bit better, and they are slimmer. I need to get one at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armybrat View Post
    Or one of these:



    BTW, the CM9 is a great bargain, IMHO.
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