Which micro 9mm to buy?

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  • Which would you choose

    • Glock 43x

      Votes: 42 32.1%
    • Sig 365

      Votes: 68 51.9%
    • Sprinfield Hellcat

      Votes: 21 16.0%

    • Total voters
      131

    [Kev308]

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 23, 2020
    1,815
    Maryland
    I'm interested in buying a micro 9mm handgun. Currently I'm considering a Glock43x, Sig 365, or a Hellcat.

    I see a lot of Hellcats being resold and I'm wondering if people generally don't like it after trying it out? I think I'm confident in ruling out the Ruger max 9.

    I'm looking for input from people who have owned a couple of these or all of them at one point.

    Or

    If you have found an issue that should rule out one of the choices.
     

    XJ.Cherokee

    Junior Member
    Jan 5, 2021
    66
    Harford county
    Not a Glock fan, so I'll leave that one alone.

    I handled both the hellcat and 365, the trigger on the hellcat was super gritty. Ended up with the 365.

    Which has been a fantastic pistol. The only thing I changed was swapping out for a flat trigger. For some reason, the curved one was beating up my finger.
     

    Mark75H

    HVAC Expert
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 25, 2011
    14,328
    Outside the Gates
    Second + for the 365. Don't forget the smaller you go, the more felt recoil there will be, that's probably why you see any small 9mm for sale. I also agree the P365 factory trigger is a little lacking. MCARBO flat trigger is on my desk, but the 365 its going into is still at my FFL. As a carry gun there isn't much slicker or smoother out of the box than the SAS (Sig Anti Snag) option, but you have to get used to the idea behind the flush sight.

    #2 has a factory ported barrel. I'll give a range report on whether I feel much difference between the ported and standard after I get it.
     

    teratos

    My hair is amazing
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 22, 2009
    44,965
    Bel Air
    Second + for the 365. Don't forget the smaller you go, the more felt recoil there will be, that's probably why you see any small 9mm for sale. I also agree the P365 factory trigger is a little lacking. MCARBO flat trigger is on my desk, but the 365 its going into is still at my FFL. As a carry gun there isn't much slicker or smoother out of the box than the SAS (Sig Anti Snag) option, but you have to get used to the idea behind the flush sight.

    #2 has a factory ported barrel. I'll give a range report on whether I feel much difference between the ported and standard after I get it.
    I have the MCARBO flat trigger as well. Maybe I’ll put that in today.
     

    outrider58

    Who asked ya?
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 29, 2014
    36,982
    Second + for the 365. Don't forget the smaller you go, the more felt recoil there will be, that's probably why you see any small 9mm for sale. I also agree the P365 factory trigger is a little lacking. MCARBO flat trigger is on my desk, but the 365 its going into is still at my FFL. As a carry gun there isn't much slicker or smoother out of the box than the SAS (Sig Anti Snag) option, but you have to get used to the idea behind the flush sight.

    #2 has a factory ported barrel. I'll give a range report on whether I feel much difference between the ported and standard after I get it.

    Given my limited experience with SD carry guns, I'm not a big fan of ported barrels on them. You never know from what position you will be firing from.

    My 2cents
     

    Rockzilla

    Active Member
    Feb 6, 2010
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    IMG_4231.jpg.d81dc0afbd96b5c9296883facd1f0947.jpg

    maybe this


    -Rock
     

    TheOriginalMexicanBob

    Active Member
    Jul 2, 2017
    21,722
    Frederick
    I like my Kimber Micro 9...small, reliable and accurate for its intended purposes. BTW...MidwayUSA has them on sale right now in several versions. Here's targets from the first time I tried it...seven yards...
    Micro9-target.jpg
     

    Occam

    Recovering Lurker
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 24, 2018
    14,828
    Montgomery County
    Have the Glock and the Sig. The Glock has been retired to hidden drawer emergency grab status. I’ve spent time shooting a friend’s Hellcat along side my P365. Highly subjective. I have large hands, so for me - ergonomically - the Sig wins, no question. I wouldn’t hesitate to carry any of the three, but have stuck with the P365.
     

    dbledoc

    Active Member
    Apr 8, 2013
    1,160
    Howard County
    I have both the 365 and 365xl in my hands they are very accurate out to reasonable self defense distances. I have put >1000 rounds through each with no failures to feed or eject. Recently added an LCP-max into the rotation for when I need to pocket carry.

    For those who can carry look at the Philster Enigma system. It had made carrying in scrubs, sweatpants, shorts much easier. Also, I find I can carry with tighter fitting tucked dress shirts.
     

    teratos

    My hair is amazing
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 22, 2009
    44,965
    Bel Air
    I was looking into this trigger vs they Gray guns one.

    I have a Gray guns trigger in my VP9. Can’t go wrong.

    If you own a USP, check out their short trigger reset upgrade. Awesome.
     

    Leeann

    Active Member
    Sep 18, 2011
    2,403
    Edgewater
    I really like my P365 SAS. The factory trigger doesn’t bother me at all, plus I’m not a fan of flat triggers, so I’ll stick with curved.

    I love the bullseye sight on the SAS - I can acquire it instantly, it’s bright in any light (or lack thereof) and there’s nothing that can snag on clothing or the holster.
     

    johnkn

    Active Member
    Feb 27, 2012
    1,075
    I have the Sig and 43x. The 365 is a fine gun and I consider the 2 as equals, but I prefer the 43x (with SA 15 round mags)


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    Hibs

    Member
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 23, 2015
    195
    Maryland
    S&W Shield? Pick your poison there is like 20 different versions now. I’d buy a Shield Plus if I was in the market for a micro 9.
     

    Johnny5k

    Member
    Nov 24, 2020
    398
    The 365xl is a great gun, know several people with them. I think the trigger on the taurus GX4 is much better. It is almost the exact same size. Its also about half the price. Haven't shot one yet, but I will soon. I'm sure the TORO version will be along soon enough, if you want a red dot as well.
     

    Jroc

    Junior Member
    Nov 26, 2019
    78
    White Marsh
    I love the P365 …going to grab the 365x next. The 43x is solid but it’s a glock. The hellcat is my least favorite far too snappy for a 9mm imo.
     

    [Kev308]

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 23, 2020
    1,815
    Maryland
    I really like my P365 SAS. The factory trigger doesn’t bother me at all, plus I’m not a fan of flat triggers, so I’ll stick with curved.

    I love the bullseye sight on the SAS - I can acquire it instantly, it’s bright in any light (or lack thereof) and there’s nothing that can snag on clothing or the holster.


    That is a very cool concept. I would be reluctant to commit to it without trying it out first.
     

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