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Choices for compact, optics-ready 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Trey Veston, Aug 20, 2021.

  1. Trey Veston

    Trey Veston Member

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    I love my P365 but have been wanting something a little bigger, optics-ready, and with a safety. Naturally, the P365X Romeo would be ideal, but since I have been focusing on researching compact .40 S&W pistols the last couple of years, I am not caught up on the latest compact 9mms.

    Looking for suggestions for a compact 9mm that is smaller than a G19, bigger than a P365, has a safety, is optics ready, and has a reputation as being accurate and having a great trigger.

    Guns that I recall as being impressive are the VP9, the PDP, CZ P10 Compact, etc.

    Not sure if a pistol exists that has both a safety and is optics ready.

    I know the new Shield Plus comes close, but not sure if it has a safety option or not.
     
  2. viking499

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    The CZ P10 does not have a safety. Don't know about the others.
     
  3. herrwalther

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    Springfield Hellcat meets all those. They make a model with and without a safety.
     
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    Check out the new striker fired Kimber.. it pushes all those buttons. There's a thread in this forum on it.
     
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    First of all, what kind of optic are you thinking of? Many of the compacts are cut for micro dots, not RMRs etc. About the only gun I can think of that fits all of your desires is the 365 XL.

    For something slightly bigger, the Canik TP9 Elite SC is between a Glock 19 and 26 in size, but no safety. Same with the VP9 SK which isn't offered with optic cut (yet). They're both wonderful pistols for a great price, I picked up a used Canik and it's as good of a shooter as my PDP 5" barrel. Just have to get used to not having a safety and there's a lot more to consider.
     
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    I think the safety request makes this tough. How about a 3.8 xdm elite osp? Has extra Grip safety.
     
  8. Trey Veston

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    I figured finding a compact 9mm with a thumb safety and optics ready would be easy.

    S&W Shield Plus only comes optics ready in the Performance Center version, which doesn't have a thumb safety and does have ports. No-go.

    Looks like the Sig P365X/XL is the only option.
     
  9. herrwalther

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    Doesn't have a thumb safety. The irony is not lost on me.

    Hellcat is the same size as the P365X and almost an inch shorter length than the P365XL. With a safety.
    https://www.springfield-armory.com/hellcat-series-handguns/hellcat-3-micro-compact-handguns/hellcat-3-micro-compact-osp-9mm-handgun-manual-safety/
     
  10. JR24

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    Be pricey and have a hefty lead up time but I believe Wilson offers their SFX9 optics ready as an option.
     
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