Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by viking499, Oct 24, 2009.
9mm Luger is the S&W 908 DA/SA with the slide mounted safety
8 shot mag capacity. It descended from the Model 39 that
was the first US made DA/SA - although the early 39s had a few
issues - S&W worked with the Illinois state Police ( 1rst major
LEO agency to adopt a DA/SA in '68 I think ) and S&W came out
with the 39-2 later it was followed by the 3913 then they made it
small as the CS9 = Chiefs SPecial 9mm - the 908 is
given an econo black finish The 908S
is bare metal finish - SS slide, alloy frame
they're both 24 oz. empty.
saw some on Gunbroker about $425 which is
pretty good for an NIB S&W METAL semi-auto.
Isn't the Zastava enormous?
So assuming the OP is still interested in a single stack 9...the Sig P6/P225 is longer and thicker compared to the Kahr, but offers SA/DA functionality. The Kahr is DA. The $300 surplus P6 supply is starting to dry up...but you can probably still find them for a slight markup at gun shows. Agree with Blindjustice regarding S&W 3rd Gen guns like the 3913...very sturdy and reliable in a decent sized package, but with perhaps a gritty trigger. For sake of completeness, Taurus is also offering some small single stacks...check the PT709 Slim...but note that it is new and unproven...and the net is rife with complaints about their striker fired designs.
If the OP is considering double stacks, then try the Glock 26...it is thick due to the double stack, but is still small enough to be easy to conceal...probably easier to conceal than larger single stacks like the P6.
Take a look at the P7 PSP and the P7 M8 by Heckler and Koch. Sure, they are on the pricey side but once you shoot one you will know why.
+2 for a SIG P225. Many P6's, although they're virtually identical to a P225, have a differently configured feed ramp that's designed for strictly FMJ's and will choke on most hollowpoints.
aftermarket or even SIg magazines available?
S&W 908 -S&W Customer Service and parts no problem / probably no need - with magazines available.
Sig 239: 8rd single stack, small grips, also optional curved short-reach trigger available
This is a surprisingly accurate gun having a 3.6" bbl.
DA/SA provides safety against negligent discharge, has a decocker
Much like the 1911 in operating and works like a chanp. Eats all I feed it, big hollow point or ball. Comes in black and the shiney Starvel finish. I needed no muscle memory retraining to transition from main 1911. One feature is the mag disconnect.
Only downside for some folks is the weight. Solid steel. A good holster is a must.
Kahr K9 or P9, (the beduget minded who not care about not having night sights might be interested in the CW9) no manual safeties but they are perfectly safe to carry if you apply the dillegence and care required to carry any gun, namely a quality holster and proper gun handling. The K9 was designed from the get go to be a carry weapon and it has a lot going for it in that regard.
Springfield EMP (1911) this one has a thumb safety and a grip safety. Is is a very nice gun.
All have 8+1 capacity.
Three have a 4" barrel, the other is 3.5".
The S&W is the only one with a manual safety, making it the widest.
All four would be excellent choices.
The lightest is about 20oz., the heaviest is 28 oz.
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