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Looking at .40 subcompacts for concealed carry, guide me.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rugerlvr, Jul 16, 2008.

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  1. Rugerlvr

    Rugerlvr Member

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    Hi, I'm looking for something in .40 S&W with about a 3.5" barrel for concealed carry. So far, I've identified these choices, but I'm interested in others I should be looking at.

    1. CZ RAMI (P)
    2. Glock 27
    3. SA XD 3"
    4. S&W M&P Compact

    EDIT: additions:

    5. SIG P239
    6. Walther PPS
    7. Kahr PM40

    Please give me your opinion on your favorite and why. Thanks!
     
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  2. jlpskydive

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    I carry the SA SubComp .40 and love it!! Sorry, that's all I have.
     
  3. Olympus

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    I don't own one, but I've shot the XD sub and love it. Looks like it would make a great ccw.
     
  4. moga

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    +1 for the M&P Compact. Soft shooting, nice finish, easy to conceal, and natural pointer. Quite a slick little rig.
     
  5. NG VI

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    I have a Glock 27, my first Glock, I love it. The trigger is really neat, it's got an incredibly light and short reset that feels like a good single action to me, and it is accurate and for me pretty easy to shoot well. the two-fingered grip is odd at first but I learned it pretty quickly, and it carries very well, being light, having a pretty short (top to bottom) slide and no extra stuff poking out of the sides. The RAMI would probably be my second pick for a subcompact.
     
  6. cookekdjr

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    The Glock 27 is the industry standard, and is the best for the money. The M&P is a good alternative, and some folks prefer it. The XD is also good, but heavier. The RAMI is a quality gun, but I don't like a TDA with safety for this type gun.
    I'd also look at the HK P2000sk, but its more money.
     
  7. SDGlock23

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    I love my Glock 27. That being said, I've heard good things about the small M&P too. I don't care for XD's, but that's a personal thing.
     
  8. M&PVolk

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    I looked at all of those choices for CCW as well, and finally settled on the M&P. My friend really tried to steer me to the Glock, but while a very reliable and well made gun, the ergonomics were terrible to me.

    I think the CZ is a beautiful gun and I REALLY wanted it, but upon doing some web research, it became apparent that there were major issues with FTF in the .40 S&W RAMI. If those were/are fixed, I would definitely pick one up, although they are a little on the heavier side and accessories are a little harder to find.

    It came down to a choice between the M&P and XD for me. They are both great guns, but I am not a fan of the trigger and grip safeties on the XD. The grip felt excellent on the M&P and with the rebate check and mags, it was a great deal. Both have great accessory markets and good quality, but the M&P just seems to be the better platform to me. The XD has more safety features, if that is a factor for you.

    You might also consider a Walther P99. Awesome gun.
     
  9. ArkansasHunter

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    Any of the ones you posted will serve you well.
     
  10. Rugerlvr

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    Hmm, Maybe I should add the Walther PPS to the list.
     
  11. BlindJustice

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    They speak of "leading edge" - I worked for an IT shop where we were a "Beta" site. We would get discounts on software because we would
    identify bugs prior to general release. Our director called it living on
    the "Bleeding edge." We finally got tired of it, and paid a bit more
    for no surprizes. It's ok, with softwared but with new firearms I like to
    see them come out and monitor forums for any problems. Indeed, the
    Rami in .40 S&W has some issues.

    Have you considered the CZ 75 .40 S&W Compact ? it has an
    ambi safety. Perhaps there's feedback on the CZforum.

    Did you look at the Sig P239 .40 S&W ? 3.3" Bbl. a single
    stack may be an easier/slim profile for ccw. the standard
    mag cap. is 7 but there's a 10 rd extended mag available with
    a plastic extension to lengthen the grip for the pinky finger.

    Randall
     
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    i concur
     
  13. Rugerlvr

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    If only Ruger made something between a P-Series and the LCP. :(
     
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    Kahr PM40?

    I often pocket carry the PM9 when I don't want the bother of carrying a pistol. I've fired the PM40, the recoil is a bit stouter then the PM9, but not crazy bad (crazy bad is a Ruger SP101 with hot 158gr .357 loads) for me.

    BSW
     
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    I carry an XD .40 subcompact and it works great for CCW. I also have an HK P2000 and that works great for me. The P2000sk would be a good option but a bit more expensive. The M&Pc is nice as well.
     
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    i like my xd service model, but i love my xd sc it is a sweet shooter, accurate and reliabel and fun to shoot at the same time. i think you should get one. in keeping with the sc theme you could also check out the kahr line they are very nice too especially the steel framed models.
     
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    I have an XD SC in .40 with a coversion barrel for 9MM and I love it, but I would be looking at the thinner Kahr pistols for carry.
     
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    For me, slimmer is always better for carry. I can highly recommend the Sig 239. The Walther PPS and Kahr would be great carry guns too.
     
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    Mine had 2 FTFs today while on the range. That was in about 30 rounds of ammo.

    I have noticed that it only happens in the first few mags. I might be doing something wrong when I clean it, but I don't have any other pistols that are that picky.

    FWIW I've made -zero- effort to actually fix the problem. Probably just needs a heavier recoil spring.
     
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    I saw that Bud's is listing the Springfield EMP in .40 now. I have the 9mm and it is perfect for carry.
     
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    I have owned and fired the top 2 choices. However, my CZ RAMI was an alloy frame. I prefer the Glock 27 though. It fits my hand well and offers me many different carry options.
     
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    S&W M&P Compact
     
  24. Rugerlvr

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    I've made a spreadsheet with the features and price of all of these, and so far, I'm thinking the Springer and the S&W lead the pack as far as features & price go.
     
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    I have a Glock 27 and think it is a great concealed carry handgun. I carry mine in a Don Hume IWB, cross draw. Good gun, butt ugly, accurate and reliable as all get out.
     
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