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Old January 21, 2019, 03:25 PM   #1
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New ccw semi auto 9mm

As above, I'm looking for a CCW semi auto in 9mm with a barrel around 3 to 4 inches.

My present CCW is a Browning Hi Power which is flawless and a joy to shoot. As I get older, the Hi Power seems to get heavier and I was considering one of the poly semi autos under $500.

All suggestions/opinions are gladly welcome.
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Old January 21, 2019, 03:29 PM   #2
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I have a few SD9VE made by S&W. Good reliable accurate defensive arm.

Most people bitch about the trigger, but I DO NOT want a light trigger on a defensive firearm. The trigger can be learned on any firearm if you shoot it enough.

Prices were all less than $300 at Academy.

Just to note, the wife chose this gun over all the others that were in stock, without prompts from me.

My thoughts were that if I were ever unfortunate enough to have to use it for defensive purposes, the LEOs would take a cheaper firearm from me than one of my more expensive semi-autos.
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Old January 21, 2019, 03:58 PM   #3
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IMHO, the poly semiauto with a 3-4" barrel is about as versatile as you'll find. Fortunately, in the "up to $500" category, there are LOTS of good choices. Just off the top of my head:
Glock 19
Ruger SR9c
S&W M&P 9c
S&W M&P 2.0 Compact
CZ P10C
Springfield XD or XDM

Those are just the ones that spring to mind. Please remember that the only one of those I've ever actually owned is the G19. So . . . YMMV.
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Old January 21, 2019, 04:24 PM   #4
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Glock 43, 43x, 19, 48...
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Old January 21, 2019, 04:26 PM   #5
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Yeah, USNRet93 reminded me of something. As little as I like the idea of being a beta tester, I'd give the G48 a close look for CC.
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Old January 21, 2019, 04:30 PM   #6
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Glock 43 is light and thin. I’m not a Glock guy, but they are a decent carry gun that you totally forget you even have with you.
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Old January 21, 2019, 04:34 PM   #7
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also S&W Shield9 1.0 or 2.0.
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Old January 21, 2019, 04:43 PM   #8
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While the Shield may be smaller than the OP had in mind, it's also a good choice.
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Old January 21, 2019, 05:24 PM   #9
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I really like my Shield for EDC. Very easy to conceal with the right holster, it shoots nicely for the size and it does a good job filling that middle ground between a pocket pistol and double stack. It's also been totally reliable.
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Old January 21, 2019, 06:08 PM   #10
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Spats has a good list, but I would add the Walther CCP M2 and PPX to that. Those have differing operating systems and hence trigger pull, which is why Walther has both in the lineup. These are the lower-priced models from Walther.

My personal choice in that size is the CZ P-10C. However I am having a hard time selling off the Glock G19 Gen 4. It is such a nice pistol and I improved the sights and trigger into the "just right" category.

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Old January 21, 2019, 06:30 PM   #11
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Sig P365 10 plus 1 or 12 plus 1 shoots great,comes stock with night sights,is 9mm and very easy to carry.
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Old January 21, 2019, 06:40 PM   #12
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Single stack-walther pps m2-$350

Double Stack-used glock 19 is about $350
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Old January 21, 2019, 07:57 PM   #13
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Glock 43 or Sig 365. I have the Glock 43, but the Sig 365 managed to squeeze 4 extra rounds in the mags, yet stayed very close in size.
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Old January 21, 2019, 10:27 PM   #14
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I'm in the same boat, looking for a smaller, lighter daily carry. I've rented and test fired several and I've decided on the S&W Shield for me. I guess there's a reason that S&W has sold over 2 million of them. YMMV so I recommend you find a range that rents guns and test drive a few if you can.
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Old January 21, 2019, 10:41 PM   #15
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I keep flipping back and forth between the G43 and Ruger LC9 (striker version)

The Ruger feels thinner for ccw.
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Old January 21, 2019, 10:43 PM   #16
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As above, I'm looking for a CCW semi auto in 9mm with a barrel around 3 to 4 inches.

My present CCW is a Browning Hi Power which is flawless and a joy to shoot. As I get older, the Hi Power seems to get heavier and I was considering one of the poly semi autos under $500.

All suggestions/opinions are gladly welcome.
The S&W M&P pistols will feel like your Hi Power since they have similar ergonomics. Their barrel lengths of 3.6" or 4.0" would suit your needs. And, they can be had with or without a frame mounted manual safety that operates just like the Hi Power.
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Old January 21, 2019, 11:08 PM   #17
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Silver Slimline G43X / G48

https://www.glockstore.com/g43x-g48

I’d take one of each
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Old January 21, 2019, 11:38 PM   #18
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You really should look at the Keltec PF9. Extremely flat and extremely light.
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Old January 22, 2019, 01:27 AM   #19
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I'm frankly shocked how well my P365 shoots and fits my largish hands. It's not a target pistol by any means but chewing the center out of the 10 at 7 yards is more than enough. 13 rounds on board is a real plus.

My P01 has been flawless but gets a bit heavy at times.
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Old January 22, 2019, 07:12 AM   #20
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I shot and owned several. I finally chose a Glock 43 and like it very much. In fact, I eventually bought the double-stack version (G26) to keep it company.
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Old January 22, 2019, 07:32 AM   #21
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I have or have shot about every one of the smaller carry pistols and if the OP does not want to go as small as a micro I would echo those who recommended the Shield....probably there is not a better pistol in its class.
For SA carry my favorites are the Sig P938 or Kimber Micro 9, going smaller the Sig P 238 or Kimber Micro 9....I very much like my Glock 42 but detest the 43 as uncomfortable to shoot, lacks natural pointing and accuracy not as good as the others in it’s size. All personal opinion from actual use.
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Old January 22, 2019, 10:23 AM   #22
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Kahr CW9. Small, but not so small you can't shoot it well, light and thin. No outside furniture (besides the slide stop.)
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Old January 22, 2019, 10:51 AM   #23
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Ruger SR9C is one of the most underrated carry guns IMO and can be found pretty darn cheap.

If you want to go a little smaller, Sig P365 or a S&W Shield are good choices. I'd put an apex in the shield if you go that route.

Not a Glock guy here, but the 43 is another good option if you're a fan. I'm sure a 19 would work as well. Good luck.
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Old January 22, 2019, 11:00 AM   #24
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CCW

Thanks to all for the suggestions,
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Now for some research and several trips to my local GS.
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Old January 22, 2019, 11:21 AM   #25
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Lots of recommendations for the smaller, or smallest 9MM pistols. But don't overlook the compact size either. Still having the capacity of your Hi Power, but weighing considerably less.
In that light, in addition to the Sig P365, take a look at tye P320 Compact. Even the Carry model that has the shorter barrel and slide of the Compact with the full size grip frame and magazine.
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