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Old April 19th, 2017, 09:51 PM #1
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Looking for a compact handgun

I am looking to pick up a compact pistol. I own a Xdm and love it so I am interested in a Xds by nature. With the sales both Springfield and S&W are having with the compacts it's made the choice between the 2 a little tougher. What do you guys prefer for compact single stacks. Not a huge fan on the g43&g42 the feeling in the hands isn't as nice as the shield or XDs.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 09:54 PM #2
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Whichever feels better in Your hand, and/ or you shoot better.

For me, that would be the Shield, but I'm not you.
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The shield is the way i am leaning i haven't shoot a one. The m&p i shot a few years ago i liked its feel. The XDs wasn't bad but isn't as natural feeling as the shield
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Shield pricing right now makes it pretty easy to pull the trigger...
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I am looking to pick up a compact pistol. I own a Xdm and love it so I am interested in a Xds by nature. With the sales both Springfield and S&W are having with the compacts it's made the choice between the 2 a little tougher. What do you guys prefer for compact single stacks. Not a huge fan on the g43&g42 the feeling in the hands isn't as nice as the shield or XDs.
I've always liked the full sized Xdm's, but admittedly have no experience with the Xds. I do, however, own a S&W M&P Shield 9mm and I love it. It's accurate, conceals well, and feels great in my hand. I would try them both (side by side if possible) and go with what you like best.
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LOve my XDs in 45 acp. I also have the XD9 subcompact in 9mm (as well as the XDM 9 Competition). Be aware that Springfield has free accessories available for their guns if purchased before June 30, 2017: 4 free mags, holster and mag pouch.


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Glock 43, Springfield XDS9, then Shield9 in that order. That's today if I fire them tomorrow I could change my mind its that close.
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I would throw the Sig P320 compact in the mix as well, but if I had to choose between the Springfield and the Shield, I'd take the Shield. I tried both and bought the Shield because it just felt more natural in my hands while shooting. But I got the Sig P320 after that and I like it better than the Shield. I wonder what my next favorite will be! Ha Ha :-)

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Full disclosure- I'm a Ruger fan

Don't know how compact you want to go, but I own and love both my SR9c and my Lc9s Pro. Both have excellent sights and triggers, but being so comfortable to wear, the Lc9s is my EDC- I try to push it on everyone, because I'm so happy with it.
There is a significant size and weight difference between the two, as the SR9c is double-stack, and the Lc9s is single. The SR9c is slightly longer and taller as well, I'm 6', 200 lbs, with fairly large hands and I have zero problem with either, nor do I use a mag grip extension on either one- I keep the mag butts flat for concealment.
The Lc9s simply disappears in concealment- both to the observer AND to the wearer- super comfortable AIWB @ 1 oclock, or IWB at 4:30. A little too big for pocket carry. SR9c, despite being compact, is a little too annoying to conceal given my other choices in the safe.

Worth giving a look, you might find out you like them
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Shield fits fine and thin for iwb.
I just didn't like having to manipulate that "sear release bar" or whatever they call it, in order to take the slide off.
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I looked at the shield and the walther ccp. The walther felt better.
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I was an early adopter of the XDS 45. It's slightly shorter than the Shield, the +1 and +2 mags with sleeves are awesome, it's a little heavier, but having fired 9mm versions of both, it's more controllable.
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Shield fits fine and thin for iwb.
I just didn't like having to manipulate that "sear release bar" or whatever they call it, in order to take the slide off.
I agree about the sear release bar. It is hard for me to get to with my finger. I tend to just pull the trigger to release it like you would on a Glock.
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HK P7. Perfection was achieved back in 1976 and has never been matched since:

I'd love to have a P7 but the prices are bananas on those. You could literally buy 4 brand new Glock 43s for the price of a P7.
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OP, S&W is offering a $75 rebate on the 9mm shield. I ordered one from Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore for $315 shipped. After the $75 rebate it will have cost me $240 before xfer and MSP fee. That's hard to beat!

https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=208594
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Shield fits fine and thin for iwb.
I just didn't like having to manipulate that "sear release bar" or whatever they call it, in order to take the slide off.
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I agree about the sear release bar. It is hard for me to get to with my finger. I tend to just pull the trigger to release it like you would on a Glock.
Didn't know, I've never taken one apart, I've only ever shot them. Another reason to give an edge to the other excellent subcompact pistols. My vote... XDs. The fiber front sight is perfect.

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I'd love to have a P7 but the prices are bananas on those. You could literally buy 4 brand new Glock 43s for the price of a P7.
100% true. Same for the P13.
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I like my XDs 3.3 .45 ACP.

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