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Old November 7, 2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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choices for single stack 9mm

I have small hands, and I find most handguns somewhat cumbersome. They just don't fit me well. I am quite familiar with firearms, and I shot rifles, shot guns, and 22 revolvers since I was a kid. Right now I have a marlin 357 lever rifle as my home defense weapon.

I recently shot several guns that belong to a friend. The bareta 92 I shot pretty well, but it did not fit me. The Sig 226 was also too big. The grip was just too thick. Another guy there let me handle his glock 45 and I knew right away there was no way I could shoot that gun, my fingers are just too short!

then I shot his smith & wesson 39-06. This is an auto pistol that fit me pretty good. I also shot his Sig 225, which I also liked a lot. both of these guns are "single stack" 9mm pistols. I have decided that if I get an automatic pistol, I want it to be a single stack 9mm

The problem is, both of these guns are not made anymore. What are my choices for a quality well made single stack 9mm ?

Thanks in advance....... Deena
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:07 AM   #2
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Before you give up on double-stack 9mm pistols entirely, I have to ask whether you've tried a Browning Hi-Power. In my experience, people who find the Beretta 92 and double-stack Sigs too large in the grip very often find that the slender grip of the Hi-Power suits them well. They're still in production, and they're wonderful guns.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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+1 to the hi-power. Dont carry one personally but its a helluva gun

I have to ask though if you've tried the Springfields with the small grip panels installed? I won't say that they are as slender as the hi-powers but the difference can be significant. I would say give em both a shot or at least a hold and see what comes of it.

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Old November 8, 2011, 12:13 AM   #4
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Beretta 92s, Glocks, and Sig 226 are all bulky guns so no surprise you didn't like them. I've handled but don't own a Ruger LC9 which is technically a compact, but has a nice contour you might like.

I'd encourage you to go to your local gun shop and ask to feel several pistols. Most don't mind if you "dry fire" them. But the most important thing is that the gun feels good in your hand. Ignore what they're trying to sell you and choose what's best for you.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:15 AM   #5
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You can still get the SIG P225 or also check out the SIG P239 which is SIGs current offering in single stack 9mm pistols. Also be sure to handle on of the newer SIGs with the E2 grip.

The Walther PPQ and P99 AS also have pretty thin grips for a double stack pistol.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:22 AM   #6
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Walther PPS

HK PSP - no longer made, but they are built like tanks and should run like a champ for you.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:26 AM   #7
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if Sig 225 fit you, then look at:
1. Walther P99 (DA/SA or PPQ).
2. 1911 (short trigger, and maybe thin grips).
3. HK P30
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:27 AM   #8
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Deena I presume your a lady otherwise I would not recommend this. If you enjoy a SW 39-2, then you will enjoy a SW 3913 or SW 3913 Lady Smith. All of the single stacks that you mentioned are readily available on gunbroker.

And yes a p30 and p99 are EXCELLENT suggestions!
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:37 AM   #9
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Look at either the SIG 239 9mm or the S&W 3913. They are about the bst single stack 9mm's out there. I went with the 239 because I have several SIGS and it has the same manual of arms. I don't like slide mounted safties so that turnd me off the S&W. But it still is a fine weapon if you want a safety on your gun.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:39 AM   #10
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I'm with you. 9mm single-stacks are my fav carry. I went with the Kahr CW9 and love it... but these are all quite similar; Kahr P9 and CW9, Ruger LC9, and Walther PPS... very comparable. LC9 has a safety if you're into that. PPS is very nice but was recently running @$100 more than the CW9 and LC9.

Thin and light... They're all good!

'Course if you want to go REALLY small the Kahr CM9 and the new Beretta Nano are also very similar.
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Old November 8, 2011, 12:49 AM   #11
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I like Sig-Sauer options in this category. The P225/P6 as well as the P239 seem like solid selections.

The Walther PPS also merits consideration. A+ pistols.
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Old November 8, 2011, 02:06 AM   #12
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look at the springfield emp9. a little pricey, but 1911 platform and feels good, shoots good etc...
kahr pm9 if you want deep concealment polymer.
also consider the sig p238 and/or colt mustang pocketlite.
"only" .380, but both can handle +p. i carry the little sig in my back pocket daily. the emp9 is for when i wear a jacket.
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Old November 8, 2011, 02:38 AM   #13
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If you liked the S&W 3906, then almost any of the older S&W 39-series single stacks should work for you. The original 39-2 (shown below) is more of a "service pistol" with a 4-inch barrel, 8+1 capacity and moderately light.

The "Ladysmith" and similar variants, like this 3914NL are compact carry versions of the 39-series.

Other compact, single-stacks you can evaluate:
- Kahr K-9, PM-9
- Springfield Armory EMP-9 (Expensive, scaled down 1911 to fit the 9mm)
- Ruger LC9
- Kel-Tec PF-9
- Taurus 709 Slim

I'll offer one other choice for you to try because it's a single-stack pistol and the trigger might be easier to reach -- a 9mm 1911 pistol. I'm often surprised that some women with "small hands" seem to find the 1911 suitable.

Colt's 9mm Combat Commander

Since you are currently using a Marlin .357 lever rifle for home defense, one of my questions is if you have attempted to find a .38/.357 revolver that fits your hand to accompany the rifle?
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Old November 8, 2011, 07:11 AM   #14
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A few of the single stack 9mms I've really enjoyed shooting;
S&W 908, but this is out of production.
Kahr T9
Kahr TP9
Kahr K9
Kahr P9
HK P7, but this is out of production.

Not a single stack but the adjustable grips make the HK P2000sk an easy gun to fit to your hand size.
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Old November 8, 2011, 07:59 AM   #15
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Walther PPS

As has been said many times; it is compact, light, extremely accurate, extremely reliable and extremely well made.
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Old November 8, 2011, 08:01 AM   #16
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What's your budget like? If money is no issue, then you have some really good options. As already stated: Walther PPS, Ruger LC9, and the Kahr line up.

Not yet suggested is the HK P30. You'll find that many shooters are singing this gun's praises as being the most ergonomic pistol to date. While technically a double stack, the back strap AND sides of the grip can all be changed providing the shooter the ability to tailor the gun to their individual hand. The S model can be carried cocked with the safety on which shortens the reach of the trigger.

Also, the Kimber Solo feels very nice, but I can't say how it shoots.

Another good gun is the PF9. I've got a couple of law enforcement buddies that keep one in their jacket pockets and say they hold up very well. I have shot one recently, and it isn't bad at all.

I have the opposite problem you have. I have large hands with nearly square palms. Everything I've suggested is way to small for me, so, I'm thinking it should be close to your speed!
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Old November 8, 2011, 08:03 AM   #17
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For small/compact platforms: Kahr CM9 or Taurus ( ) 709 slim. I have both and both have been great guns for me...

For a larger platform, I vote for RIA 9mm Tactical 1911. It has a slim frame (as a 1911) and much better trigger than most other 9's out there.
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Old November 8, 2011, 08:05 AM   #18
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Old November 8, 2011, 08:30 AM   #19
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The Browning Hi-Power with Craig Spegel thin grips is a very svelte pistol.
Night and day difference with the somewhat chubby feel of standard grips on the Hi-Power.
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Budget withstanding... you CAN'T BEAT a Wilson Combat Ms. Sentinel!!

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Old November 8, 2011, 08:47 AM   #21
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I have small hands for a guy my size, and I find that the M&P series is actually quite comfortable. With those, you get the interchangeable back straps as well. I love my M&P compact. It's somewhere between a G26 and G19 in size. The Ruger SR9 is also very slender. I almost bought that one.
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Old November 8, 2011, 09:16 AM   #22
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  • BHP Double Stack but very slim
  • CZ P01 or CZ Compact Double stack but with a very nice length of pull
  • SiG P225
  • Sig P239
  • Kahr K9 or other semi-compact Kahrs
  • Kahr CW9 or other compact Kahrs
  • 1911 9mm
  • HK P7

Honestly do your self a favor and try the 2 double stacks first.
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Old November 8, 2011, 09:35 AM   #23
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You have alot to look at here. One unmentioned possibility is Bersa's 9mm compacts. I don't own one but someone here has.

I find this unusual and smart.
marlin 357 lever rifle as my home defense weapon.
This is a solid choice, comp[act, trustworthy, and powerful. Keep this rifle ready in the home and if you ever have to, go for it before the pistol, or go for the pistol so that you can get to the rifle. I also wonder if you might be better served with a .38 snubby or a .357mag but you know better then I want you want or need. I'll just throw this out there because it's new.

And here is a very unusual .357mag that you could look into, it's called the Chiappa Rhino. What makes this psitol unusual is that the barrel is aligned with the bottom of the cylinder and not the top. The reason is to lower the barrel and therfore lower the recoil forces so the gun doesn't "flip" so bad. I'll throw in a pic cause we all love pictures.

This pic sums it up best.

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Old November 8, 2011, 09:46 AM   #24
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i'm with countzero (as per usual)

walther pps and hk p7 psp.
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Old November 8, 2011, 10:10 AM   #25
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The 3906 and 3913 are my favorites and the single stack 9mm's I carry and shoot the most.

If the 3906 and 3913 didn't exist.....I'd go with a Sig 225. Regards 18DAI.
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