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Which Small 9mm To Get? Down to 3 Choices...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MadMercS55, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. MadMercS55

    MadMercS55 Well-Known Member

    Have been looking to get a small 9mm pistol for a few months now. Have it pretty nailed down to one of 3. They are, Glock 26, XD SubCompact, and the S&W M&P 9c. I'm very familiar with the Glock, but not so much with the others in their compact formats. Any big pros and cons would be great. Not sure which direction to go, so any/all opinions would be great.
  2. gilfo

    gilfo Well-Known Member

    Look into the CZ Rami. I have the Poly version. About same size as a Glock, alittle heavier though about 23 oz. DA/SA hold 10rds. I love mine.
    Good luck all the pistols you mentioned a very good choices, just wanted to add mine suggestion as I was looking at the same models you mentioned.
  3. Papaster

    Papaster Well-Known Member

    IIRC, both Glock & XD can accept the higher cap mags of their bigger-brother counterparts. I don't believe the same is true of M&P, but could be wrong. This may or may not be worth consideration for your purposes. S&W & SA both have great marketing offers going right now, with the free mags/other gear & rebates, but I'm sure you know that. I personally love the ergonomics of the S&W.
  4. Dahwg

    Dahwg Well-Known Member

    I would go with the XD- just feels right in my hands, I think they're a step up from glock. The trigger pull on those things is amazing. The grip angle makes a big difference and they seem to be more accurate. That said, a lot of people don't like the grip safety on the XD. Best bet is to try them both and find out what fells best to YOU.

    For the record, I'm not an XD fanboy, my sidearm of choice is my CZ P-01. :evil:
  5. blackcash88

    blackcash88 member

    Don't forget the Kahr PM9. I have one and it's been very reliable and accurate.
  6. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I respectfully must inform you that you are indeed wrong. I have both the full size and the compact. The compact takes full sized mags with no problem. they are very compatible platforms.

    I LOVE the ergos and the feel of the M&Pc. It's also fantastically accurate.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  7. everallm

    everallm Well-Known Member

    +1 on the RAMI. also comes with 14 round mags if that's your preference.
  8. asiparks

    asiparks Well-Known Member

    As a fan of the CZ I tried an early steel framed rami. Nice but heavy. I haven't handled the poly version.
    I would have said Glock 26 ( i have one ), or 19, but I shot the compact S&W M&P 9 the other weekend and was very impressed with the ergonomics, construction and accuracy. Tempted to pic up the 45 version that has the 1911 style safety....
  9. Lobotomy Boy

    Lobotomy Boy Well-Known Member

    I have a 26 and love it, but would be happy with a M&P or a the XD. I picked the Glock over the XD because the XD is slightly larger (the Smith wasn't on the market yet). If I was making the choice today, I'd consider the new Walther PPS because it is smaller than even the baby Glock.

    Any of these (including the CZ) are good guns, though I can't vouch for the Walther PPS yet because it is too new and I haven't shot one.
  10. Daggertphi

    Daggertphi Member

    I have the xd-subcompact and love it. When I shot the Glock it felt a little loose in my hand. I was also more accurate with the XD. I would have to say the decision maker for me tho was the loaded chamber indicator and striker-status indicator. I'm familiar with handguns, but my fiance is not, so those two features left me with more peace of mind. The free XD gear was a nice side feature, including the mag-holder, speed loader, and the 16 rd mag with grip extension.

    Great feel+great shooting+free gear=Happy day!
  11. Ken Rainey

    Ken Rainey Well-Known Member

    Not saying anything bad against the other two, but based on my experience with the Glock 26 I'd have to recommend it. It's a proven, simple, durable, dependable, amazingly accurate little pistol with plenty of hoslters designed for it. It's very easy to learn to detail strip, and parts (if ever needed) are inexpensive and easy to replace, overall, it's just about ideal.

    As always, YMMV...;)
  12. Northalius

    Northalius Well-Known Member

    Dahwg, on another forum (TFL) a guy who bashed Glocks for so long finally bought one for his [supposedly] "expendable travel gun," and when he brought his Glock 26 to the range, he said it was actually more accurate than his XD9sc. At the end of his shockingly suprising unbiased review of the competition between his XD and Glock, the Glock 26 came out on top in his "point system" he had for the competition.

    If you don't like the grip angle (it's that way for a reason, which I'll get to in a sec.) then simply heat it up over a candle (when it's fully UNLOADED of course), and push it back.

    That "hump" is there, because GLOCK put a hole on the bottom-rear part of the Glock pistols' grip, so a soldier could put his finger inside to more effectively grasp the magazine and pull it out, in case it ever got jammed up there. So, you see, that "hump" is there for a tactically sound reason. ;)

    Anyway, I agree, go check them out for yourself; go to a range where they rent guns and rent them all out, then make your decision.

    P.S. if you think the G26's grip is too short, then simply get a pinky extension. But better to have a shorter grip option, because you can effectively ankle-carry the G26 without the pinky extension, if you ever want / need to. ;)
  13. Bear2000

    Bear2000 Well-Known Member

    I have a CZ Rami and like it a lot - nice and solid in the poly frame. BUT to be honest, I'm considering a Keltec PF9 or possible a Ruger LCP for carry purposes.
  14. J Lambs

    J Lambs Well-Known Member

    I have the XD Sub and I love it. It is my most reliable handgun. That being said, I am contemplating getting the M&Pc with my stimulus rebate.
  15. MadMercS55

    MadMercS55 Well-Known Member

    I have some trigger time on a friends G26 and it felt like it was going to "pop" out of my hand. He didn't have the pinky extension on his and I'm going to try that before making a decision on the G26. I've only seen the XD subcomp and M&P in photos. I checked one local store today and found only fullsize versions. I'm off over the weekend and will check out a couple more places here that should have them in stock. Hopefully I can find some rental XD & MP's to get some time on. I'll also see if I can find a CZ Rami to handle.
  16. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I really think Glock did its best work in 9mm and the G26 is one of the nicest shooting subs made today, plus the potential of 33 round mags makes for a fun shooter :cool:
  17. jgo296

    jgo296 member

    unless you plan to ankle carry i would seriously suggest looking into the glock19
  18. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

    I like an XD better than both of the other pistols, in the service models. However, for a subcompact, the Baby Glock is hard to beat.
  19. MarcusWendt

    MarcusWendt Well-Known Member

    XD or the M&Pc. Both are superior weapons to the Glock.
  20. blackcash88

    blackcash88 member

    Pee Emmm Niiine

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