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Old May 28, 2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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What are the best compact semi auto pistol out there and why?

In the past I wouldn't even think about buying a compact pistol. Now I find it hard to buy a full size. What would you guys recommend to a novice compact pistol collector. I am interested in only 9mm or 45 acp pistol. What old or new pistol is worth a buying and why? Which are the most reliable? Which should I take a pass on?
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Old May 28, 2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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Glock 19. fairly cheap to shoot, goes bang on command, accurate, lightwieght, really fun to shoot....and it looks SO good But there's a binch of options out there, depends on your taste. try and shoot alot of different ones if possible
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Old May 28, 2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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CZ P-01. 9mm, 14 + 1 capacity, CZ reliability, all-metal construction, external hammer, decocker, phenomenal accuracy, and the best ergonomics of pretty much any sub-$600 semi-auto.
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Old May 28, 2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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I have a Ruger P345 and absolutely love it.
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Old May 28, 2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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Kahr PM9. They can be a bit pricey new but are reliable and very slim.
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Old May 28, 2010, 03:54 PM   #6
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Quote:
Now I find it hard to buy a full size.
Me too.

I recommend the Springfield XD9 subcompact.
(1) They are extremely reliable according to me and many others.
(2) They shoot and recoil like full-sized XDs.
(3) Ergonomics and practical accuracy are the best I've experienced from any pistol, including full-size pistols.
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Old May 28, 2010, 06:17 PM   #7
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Here are a couple of my favorites. All three are very reliable, in fact never a miss, and all are quite accurate. The three HKs are close to perfection. The P2000sk is a wonder of ergonomic comfort.
Top - down; HK USP Compact, HK P2000SK, HK P7 PSP



The large Kahr T9 is one of the softer shooting guns I own. The K9 and TP9 are great carry guns. Fun at the range too, especially the big T9 and TP9. All three have proved to be reliable and accurate.
Top; Kahr T9 and TP9
Bottom; Kahr K9 w/ Crimson Trace laser grip.


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Old May 28, 2010, 08:09 PM   #8
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S&W M&P, either 9c or 45c.
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Old May 28, 2010, 09:59 PM   #9
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My favorites are the Sig 239, HK USP and P2000.
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Old May 28, 2010, 10:25 PM   #10
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I didn't even know that these guns existed. I must have googled every gun mentioned. I will definitely look into each one of these. Thanks!
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Old May 28, 2010, 11:03 PM   #11
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I have a M&P45c with laserlyte rear sight....love it!
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Old May 28, 2010, 11:09 PM   #12
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I like my kel tec P11
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Old May 29, 2010, 06:49 AM   #13
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Compact: Glock 19
Sub Compact: Glock 26
Why?
You said 9mm or 45 and used the term novice.
IME you can take a new Glock out of the box and it will be reliable from the get go.
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Old May 29, 2010, 07:35 AM   #14
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Glock calls the Glock 19 a "Compact," so according to that description, the Glock 19 is the standard, in my opinion. If by "compact," you mean a small pistol, then there are lots of them and lots of good ones.

I,too, have a hard time buying a full size pistol. The mid-size, and even smaller ones, are usually plenty big enough.

If you're looking for something smaller than a Glock 19 or G26, the Kahr seems very nice.
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Old May 29, 2010, 07:36 AM   #15
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I carry a CZ-75D PCR or an HK P7 PSP most often.
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Old May 29, 2010, 08:18 AM   #16
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I gotta give Glock 19 a +1 here or if you want to go even smaller Glock 26, both right out of the box are very easy to get loaded up and out to the range.
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Old May 29, 2010, 08:29 AM   #17
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I would recommend the M&P 9c.

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Old May 29, 2010, 08:36 AM   #18
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The Glock line generally has the longest barrel for the size of the gun.

Longer barrel = higher velocity.

Faster is better.

Glock = Better.


Seriously though, they do usually have the longest barrels vs the length of the gun.
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Old May 29, 2010, 09:22 AM   #19
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If you are looking for a 9mm in a very small, but usuable package, the Kahr PM9 is hard to beat. I used to carry a Glock 26, the Kahr is quite a bit slimmer and smaller overall. You give up 4 rounds of mag capacity, but I can pocket carry all day and it doesn't bother me at all. As mentioned, they are a bit pricey, especially the ones with the black coated slides and night sights.
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Old May 29, 2010, 09:51 AM   #20
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I always vote P7M8 (or M13) even though the 13 is a lil butt heavy. And as a second choice a P2000sk in either trigger setup DAO or SA/DA.
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Old May 29, 2010, 10:06 AM   #21
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In my opinion, when it comes to having a .45acp, the 1911 is where all serious collectors and shooters begins and ends. There are a bevy of other good .45acp pistols out there also. I have two 1911s, a Colt 1991A1 all stainless Commander and a Kimber Ultra Covert. I like Sig Sauer P220s also.

I don't care too much for 9mm pistols, but if you just want something inexpensive and very reliable, the Glocks fit that bill fine. I think the ultimate collector 9mm, would be a German P08 Luger, from WWI or WWII.
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Old May 29, 2010, 10:15 AM   #22
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My picks...

IMO, the "top" compact 9mm is the custom ASP from Paris Theodore; www.ASP9mm.com . This design based on the out of production S&W model 39 9mm was made for covert ops/intel work but quickly got notice with many other "quiet professionals". The Wiki page or research can explain all of the ASP features. Some older custom ASP pistols can be had on sites like www.gunsamerica.com and www.gunbroker.com . The limited ed Coal Creek Armory ASP2000 based on a S&W 3913 was good but Im not sure if they do gunsmith packages on customer S&W pistols.
Other great compact 9mm & .45acp pistols include the SIG Sauer P250 compact(a DAK type polymer frame), the HK45 compact(lem), and the HK P2000sk in lem. If you want a good compact single action .45acp or 9mm and have the $$$, check out the Colt Defender models.
If you are an entry level target shooter or starting out, I'd suggest a well made DA only system like the SIG DAK or HK lem(law enforcement modification). DA only pistols avoid snags and hassles. They also prevent false or unfair claims of ADs(discharges) in critical incidents. Many LE agencies like the NYPD, the US Border Patrol, etc have issued or authorized DA only weapons for many years.

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Old May 29, 2010, 10:40 AM   #23
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My choice depends upon just how COMPACT you want to go. My daily carry is a Rohrbaugh R9S. It is the same basic size as a Ruger LCP .380 but in the high power 9mm round. They aren't cheap but are a very high quality, accurate mini-pistol. You can poscket carry it with a good holster or it virtually disappears with an IWB or pancake holster with an untucked t-shirt and jeans. I've tried the PM9/PM40 guns and sold them both for the Rohrbaugh, and would do it all again if given the choice.



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Old May 29, 2010, 11:30 AM   #24
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I've fondled a Rohrbaugh R9S and was really impressed by the small size. I think it is about the same size as a Beretta Tomcat which is chambered for .32 acp. The Rohrbaugh is pretty expensive though (over $1000). I was told that the Rohrbaugh is meant to be carried lots but rarely shot. I'm not sure if that is an accurate statement, but I like to shoot my carry gun everytime I go to the range just to make sure I maintain my proficiency.

For me, the PM9 is small enough. I feel the Rohrbaugh is a little too small and I can't get a proper grip on it. Its entirely possible I could change my mind and end up replacing the PM9 with the Rohrbaugh, like I did with my Glock 26 after a while.
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Old May 29, 2010, 11:43 AM   #25
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I'm cheap and proficient with my PF-9.

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