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  • crabjoe

    Active Member
    Aug 4, 2023
    231
    Ceciltucky
    I just got approved for my W&C and applied for the HQL. Not sure if I filed correctly for the HQL since I didn't upload any documentation. All I did was file Permit Exempt and gave them my permit number.

    Now I need to look for a gun. I was thinking micro 9 and/or a pocket gun. In the micro 9 side, I was originally set on getting a Canik MC9, but with it being a new gun and all the recent quality issues, I'm leaning away from it. Because of that, I was think P365 or a Shield Plus. What are your thought?

    As for a pocket carry gun, I was thinking a small rim fire .22 that would hold 10 rounds or possibly a Ruger LCP II in .380. Haven't really look into this much.

    What's everyone's recommendations?

    Thanks!
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    22,466
    Socialist State of Maryland
    I just got approved for my W&C and applied for the HQL. Not sure if I filed correctly for the HQL since I didn't upload any documentation. All I did was file Permit Exempt and gave them my permit number.

    Now I need to look for a gun. I was thinking micro 9 and/or a pocket gun. In the micro 9 side, I was originally set on getting a Canik MC9, but with it being a new gun and all the recent quality issues, I'm leaning away from it. Because of that, I was think P365 or a Shield Plus. What are your thought?

    As for a pocket carry gun, I was thinking a small rim fire .22 that would hold 10 rounds or possibly a Ruger LCP II in .380. Haven't really look into this much.

    What's everyone's recommendations?

    Thanks!
    The pocket guns I use. They all use the same sticky holster.
    Ruger LCP .380
    Ruger LCP MAX .380
    Diamondback DB9 Gen 4 9x19

    Belt gun.

    Sig P365, M&P40c.
     

    BradMacc82

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    Aug 17, 2011
    26,177
    Go to a shop that has a good inventory, and see what fits your hand the best.

    We can throw out what we carry as examples, but that's what works for US, not necessarily YOU.

    For my needs, the 365 X-Macro fit the bill perfectly. And the S&W Shield Plus does just as well too, as would a Glock 43x or 48 - the Sig just seemed to fit my hand/speak to me the most.
     

    crabjoe

    Active Member
    Aug 4, 2023
    231
    Ceciltucky
    Thanks for the advice folks. I guess I need to actually hold them to make a better decision on any recommendations.

    As for issues with guns, are there any specific ones I should avoid? Asking because of what I saw on the Canik MC9 with it's issues with return to battery and FTF.
     

    Occam

    Not Even ONE Indictment
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 24, 2018
    20,042
    Montgomery County
    LCP-Max for the pocket, P365 (or variant) for IWB holster carry. The latter could certainly be swapped out for something nearly identical that you like better in your hand (say, a Springfield Hellcat or such).

    Do not, repeat NOT purchase a .22 of any type for this purpose. Abort, abort, abort!
     

    Threeband

    The M1 Does My Talking
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 30, 2006
    25,075
    Carroll County
    I carry an LCP first generation
    SIG P365 and
    S&W M&P 9c,

    Very similar to John from MD in post #3

    You should check out the Diamondback DB9 he recommends. It's a 9mm that's barely larger than an LCP, thus a real possibility for pocket carry. The price is very reasonable and it has a good reputation. Downside might be that it's harder to shoot such a small 9mm, compared to a slightly larger gun like the P365, but they aren't equivalent guns.

    Also check out Handgunhero.com

    It's a great site for comparing handguns. You can easily waste hours at that site.

    Check it out:

     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 22, 2008
    14,466
    Glen Burnie
    I just got approved for my W&C and applied for the HQL. Not sure if I filed correctly for the HQL since I didn't upload any documentation. All I did was file Permit Exempt and gave them my permit number.

    Now I need to look for a gun. I was thinking micro 9 and/or a pocket gun. In the micro 9 side, I was originally set on getting a Canik MC9, but with it being a new gun and all the recent quality issues, I'm leaning away from it. Because of that, I was think P365 or a Shield Plus. What are your thought?

    As for a pocket carry gun, I was thinking a small rim fire .22 that would hold 10 rounds or possibly a Ruger LCP II in .380. Haven't really look into this much.

    What's everyone's recommendations?

    Thanks!
    Skip the Glock 43. IMO. Although more expensive, the Sig 356X is (again, my opinion) superior in pretty much every way. I had the chance to mag dump a bunch of mags at stell plate with a Glock 43x, a Sig P365 on an X grip module, and the Sig P365 Macro. The easiest to control of the bunch was the Macro, but I felt that the P365X was a better compromise on size, yet was still very controllable - much more so than the Glock 43X.
     

    outrider58

    Eats Bacon Raw
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 29, 2014
    49,506
    Thanks for the advice folks. I guess I need to actually hold them to make a better decision on any recommendations.

    As for issues with guns, are there any specific ones I should avoid? Asking because of what I saw on the Canik MC9 with it's issues with return to battery and FTF.
    You really need to shoot them to make a better decision.
     

    River02

    One Ping Only...
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 19, 2015
    3,804
    Mid-Maryland
    Skip the Glock 43. IMO. Although more expensive, the Sig 356X is (again, my opinion) superior in pretty much every way. I had the chance to mag dump a bunch of mags at stell plate with a Glock 43x, a Sig P365 on an X grip module, and the Sig P365 Macro. The easiest to control of the bunch was the Macro, but I felt that the P365X was a better compromise on size, yet was still very controllable - much more so than the Glock 43X.
    Hmm... I have just the opposite experience. Between my 43x and my 365XL (w/ WC grip module) I find the 43X to feel more natural in my grip and I consistently shoot more accurately with the 43X. I love them both but, I have more confidence in placing rounds where I want them...faster, with the 43X than the 365XL. Probably just means I need more practice with the 365 but...YMMV. I think the advice up above to go to a venue where the OP can handle and shoot several different handguns in the category he is looking for is probably the most solid in the thread.
     

    BradMacc82

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    Aug 17, 2011
    26,177
    Hmm... I have just the opposite experience. Between my 43x and my 365XL (w/ WC grip module) I find the 43X to feel more natural in my grip and I consistently shoot more accurately with the 43X. I love them both but, I have more confidence in placing rounds where I want them...faster, with the 43X than the 365XL. Probably just means I need more practice with the 365 but...YMMV. I think the advice up above to go to a venue where the OP can handle and shoot several different handguns in the category he is looking for is probably the most solid in the thread.
    That may have to do with how you throw a punch?

    I've noticed those customers who lead with the index/middle finger knuckles (slight downward break of wrist) - have a more natural point of aim with Glocks in general. While those who tend to punch with all 4 knuckles flat (locked straight wrist) - have a more natural point of aim with S&W/Springfield, Sig, etc.
     

    River02

    One Ping Only...
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 19, 2015
    3,804
    Mid-Maryland
    That may have to do with how you throw a punch?

    I've noticed those customers who lead with the index/middle finger knuckles (slight downward break of wrist) - have a more natural point of aim with Glocks in general. While those who tend to punch with all 4 knuckles flat (locked straight wrist) - have a more natural point of aim with S&W/Springfield, Sig, etc.
    Interesting observation. Is this something you go over with customers when you're providing advice for potential handgun purchases or just a casual bit of trivia you have divined over the years and tend to keep stowed until a need arises? I'm intrigued---
     
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    crabjoe

    Active Member
    Aug 4, 2023
    231
    Ceciltucky
    Shooting the different guns sounds like a great idea. I'm up in Cecil, but I'm willing to drive up to an hour away to a range that has a good selection of rentals. Any recommendations on a range? Also when renting a gun, do most allow one to try different guns or do I have to pay a fee for each gun I rent?

    Thanks!
     

    outrider58

    Eats Bacon Raw
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 29, 2014
    49,506
    This.

    Recommendations are great, and can save some headaches. And handling at a shop helps too. But more than just handling at a shop, don't plunk down your hard earned cash on something you haven't shot. Rentals (if need be) are your friends.
    Really, one of the only good things(short of friends with guns) about indoor ranges, if they rent guns.
     

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