Gaming/carry/compact set

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Jorg Nysgerrig, Jul 6, 2014.


Which set of pistols in 9mm would you choose/recommend?

Poll closed Aug 5, 2014.
  1. Glock 34, Glock 19, Glock 26

    25 vote(s)
  2. Springfield XDM 5.25, XDM 3.8 Compact, XDs 4.0

    12 vote(s)
  3. S&W M&P9 Pro, M&P9c, M&P Shield

    22 vote(s)
  4. Other, please list in thread

    13 vote(s)
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  1. fastbolt

    fastbolt Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Within the lightning of realization
    I'd be fine with either the Glock or S&W models listed, but I picked the M&P series in your poll.

    I own examples of different Glocks and M&P's, and I've also been through armorer classes (and recerts) for both brands. Both are fine examples of good quality service-type pistols.

    I recently had a chance to shoot a new production M&P 9 Pro 5" model. I usually don't focus a lot of attention on the subtle nuances of triggers, as I'm used to using, owning and carrying a variety of different personally-owned and issued guns ... and I'm not a competition shooter ... but that 5" Pro had an outstanding out-of-the-box trigger compared to most M&P's I've been shooting. Nice. Much nicer than the last G34 I handled and tried out (belonging to another guy at my agency).

    I'm also another owner/shooter of the Walther 99 series, and the licensed S&W versions, too. I carried one on-duty for a few years. I've been through the SW99/P99 armorer class a few times and have helped support a small number of SW99's & P99's for several years. (Only a little over 50-60 guns, counting issued & personally-owned guns, so it's not exactly a large number.)

    I've seen a few broken ejectors, damaged springs, end caps, sight bases and even had an out-of-spec trigger bar guide, but I've not seen the sear housing block break apart as shown in the linked content. Granted, Walther's made some revisions over the years, a couple of which involved some dimensional changes to the older style blocks.


    More recently, in the newer 99 AS guns and the PPQ, Walther changed from using the post-style trigger bar guide to an adjustable lever-style trigger bar guide.

    To adjust the striker travel/timing of striker release in DA mode using the original post-style blocks, obtaining the correct timing might require changing to a different spec post in an occasional gun. (I had to do that in one of my own guns.)

    The newer lever-style guide can be adjusted via a screw, though.

    The sear blocks using the different trigger bar guide designs are NOT interchangeable, so Walther makes both styles for use in different production vintage 99 frames.

    FWIW, I've serviced some 99 models that have been used to fire anywhere from several thousand to more than 55K+ rounds, too. I think my SW999c (think P99 AS compact 9mm) just reached 15K rounds fired in the last year. If I were going to "choose" one of my assorted compact/subcompact 9's just for the smoothest, lightest and crispest "trigger", in both DA & SA modes ... of my pair of G26's, 3913, 3913TSW, CS9 & SW999c ... it would be my SW999c, hands down. (I've handled and used some M&P9c's and Shields, too.)

    Rather than overly emphasize any particular make/model, though, I prefer to put more attention on my skillset & training, allowing me to run any of them.

    It's not like any of them are ever going to "feel" like my 1911's, after all. :neener:
  2. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Member

    May 8, 2011
    Limerick, maine
    Sig p226 and p239? The 239 fits compact and carry. And the p226 fits gaming sporting use. The 239 is just as accurate as my 226
  3. george burns

    george burns Member

    May 26, 2014
    Kahr PM9, H&K P30 LEM V1, and Glock 17 L
  4. jon_in_wv

    jon_in_wv Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    My vote would have been the M&P but I would have replaced the Shield with a BG380. If I'm going to carry on the hip I prefer the 9C over the Shield and the Shield is just a little large for pocket carry for me. The BG380 is perfect for pocket carry and a great bug too. When I go out with the wife I often carry my M&P9C with the BG380 in my pocket. I would rather have a second gun for the wife than an extra magazine.
  5. JDR

    JDR Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Sig P226, P228, P225
  6. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Keene, CA
    I'd go G34, G26, Shield. Even if Glock releases a single stack nine, it won't be available in CA, so that is how I roll....
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