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Old December 1, 2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Mid-Size Carry?

Ok, I own a Ruger LCP and a Ruger P95. Now I'm on the hunt for an in between size to carry. Probably looking at a $400-$500 budget although I'd rather keep it lower but I understand that you need to spend accordingly with firearm. I hate to even ask, but please throw some recommendations my way. This will be my primary conceal carry firearms. All feedback welcomed and appreciated. Much obliged.
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Old December 1, 2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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Easy....Ruger SR9c.

Mine is a joy to shoot and it's been flawless through more than 500 rounds down range. Wonderful trigger and great ergonomics. I had a P95 and while it's a great gun and built like a tank, I like the striker system in the SR9c rather than the DA/SA in the 95.

Good luck in your search.
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Old December 1, 2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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I am a big fan of the combat tupperware.

I carry a Glock 23.

But if you are a Ruger man, go with the above suggestion
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Old December 1, 2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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At one time, I was on the hunt for a 9mm in that same midsize range. The top contenders that I came up with were the Glock 19, Ruger SR9 and SR9c.
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Old December 2, 2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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Check out the GLOCK G26...
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Old December 2, 2012, 12:59 AM   #6
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The SR9c is a fine choice IMO. I love mine; 100% reliable, good trigger, good accuracy. With the 10 rnd mag it is a nice compact pistol. With the 17 rnd and grip extension it feels much like a full size SR9. The LC9 is smaller than midsize, but if you can get past the loooonnng trigger pull, and are comfortable with the size, is a very good CCW. As you can see, I am a Ruger fan...
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Old December 2, 2012, 01:57 PM   #7
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I'd look for a nice, used (police trade-ins less than the price range you specified are still plentiful) Smith & Wesson Model 6906. Can't beat it for extreme reliability and tank-like durability.
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Old December 2, 2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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Let me 3rd or 4th the above recommendation of the SR9c.

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Old December 2, 2012, 04:29 PM   #9
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Top picks...

The easy answer would be a NIB Ruger SR40c or if you had the $, a SIG Sauer DAK P224 or P229R. The mid size, lightweight Beretta PX4 C format is a great value. I owned a PX4 9x19mm in 2009.
I like DA only format pistols but there are many well made brands in the mid size line.

Rent or borrow a few & blast away.

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Old December 2, 2012, 04:48 PM   #10
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Bersa Thunder 9UC Pro.

Here are some specs on it:

http://www.genitron.com/Handgun/Bers...9-mm/Variant-1
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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CZ P01. Feels like it was custom molded to my hand.

I also have a Kahr K9 that works well.

The Glock 26 with finger extension would fit your needs.
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:45 PM   #12
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Ruger SR9c is one of my favorites, but then again there is the Sig p239 that always ends up tagging along. Both have been 100% reliable.
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:53 PM   #13
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Glock 19/23/32 are all good choices in the mid-size handgun market.

I would put the LCP in the sub-compact size.

If you want to go in between mid-size and sub-compact, then you have guns like the G26/27; S&W M&P 9c/40c; SR9c.
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Old December 2, 2012, 08:02 PM   #14
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Great input everyone....thanks. I really like the size of the LCP and it's easy to forget it's there when you have it on you, but think I want something a little bigger. The SR9c is looking really good to me. I'm going to go check out the local shop this week and get a feel for some options.

Another one that's been catching my eye is the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Any thoughts on it?
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Old December 2, 2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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Another one that's been catching my eye is the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Any thoughts on it?
I spent about an hour with one this weekend and it is a sweet little gun. However, I would most definitely not classify it as a mid-size gun. That thing is fairly small and its capacity is limited when compared to actual mid-size offerings. But it was very accurate, even being small, and the trigger was much better than my FS M&P9.
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:29 AM   #16
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I prefer the M&P Shield, but if you're a Ruger person and want to stick w them, try the LC9/SR9C.
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:40 AM   #17
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The SR9/40c, M&P9/40c, Glock 19/23, and Caracal C are great choices. I went with the SR9c, and I am happy with that choice.
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Old December 3, 2012, 06:25 AM   #18
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Springfield XD9sc.....mine has been great.
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Old December 3, 2012, 06:50 AM   #19
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Love my CZ 75D Compact...
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Old December 3, 2012, 11:38 AM   #20
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SR9c for sure, 500 flawless rounds through mine! Hec the wife loves it so much I am getting either another 9c or the 40c.
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Old December 3, 2012, 11:51 AM   #21
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S&W M&P9c
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Old December 3, 2012, 11:53 AM   #22
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CZ-75D PCR. Reliable, accurate, alloy framed, with 15 round capacity.
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Old December 3, 2012, 01:47 PM   #23
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I looked at both the Ruger sr9c and sr40c, based upon my very favorable experiences with my other Ruger semi autos. But I already have an LCP, and the 9 mm round didn't seem that much better than the 380, and the fact that so many police agencies have chosen the 40S&W round, I went with the sr40c. The round, and the gun, inspire great confidence. My NIB sr40c was $439 just a few months ago.
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Old December 3, 2012, 06:56 PM   #24
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just spend $75 to $100 on a top quality holster for your P95 and the rest on ammo and training
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Old December 4, 2012, 11:00 AM   #25
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Thanks for the reply and input from everyone. I have a friend who gets a nice discount on Glocks through his connections and he can get me a NIB Glock 26 for $400.

Two questions: Would the Glock 26 be a tiny or considerable step up from the LCP? Would you buy it if you already owned an LCP?
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