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Which one would you select for CCW?

Which one would you use for CCW?

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Hello All,
This is my first post. I'm always debating with myself and searching for the "ultimate" concealed single stack 9mm. Yeah, Right! :lol:. Looking to anyone and everyone's opinion on what you would select out of this list. Additionally, Yes, I know there is no ultimate CCW. That would be silly to think that there is such a thing. LOL. I'm only considering single stack magazine, no safety 9mm handguns. Yes, I know that there is exceptional option in Single Action, such as, the Sig P938 and a great selection of double stack magazine options but for this poll I'm mainly concerned with the handguns in this list. Please comment on the reasons why you selected one of the handguns in this list. If you select Other, please by all means let us know what you selected as your choice and your reasons why. I welcome everyone's comments good and bad about any and all the guns mention.

I've shot the Sig, XDS45, and the Beretta and I like them all for all the reasons you can imagine. Of course, any of the following would serve the purpose of a CCW but I want to get your views. Take into consideration that whichever one I would decided upon I would change out the trigger and add night sights(Sig already has NS) for whichever has the capability to do so.

These three are existentially same in size (smallest)
Sig P290RS 6/8rds Hammer fired no safety 20.5oz, 5.50in length, 3.90in height, 0.9in (1.1 in with slide catch lever) width Trigger9lbs
Beretta Nano 6/8rds Striker fired no safety 19.8oz, 5.63in length, 4.17in height, 0.9in width Trigger not listed
Kahr CM9 6rds Striker fired no safety 15.9oz, 5.42in length, 4.00in height, 0.9in width Trigger not listed

Similar in size (largest)
Springfield XDS 9 7/9rds Striker fired no safety 23.0oz, 6.30in length, 4.40in height, 0.9in width Trigger 5.5 - 7.7lbs+/-
S&W M&P Shield 7/8rds Striker fired no safety version 19.0oz 6.10in length, 4.60in height, 0.95in width Trigger 6.5lbs+/-

All but the Kahr have extended magazines 8 to 9 capacity. The Shield with no safety is due out in a month or so(most likely the so) and will be the only way I would purchase it.

Prices vary everywhere of course (guesstimates at best):
Sig P290RS $475-500
Beretta Nano $400-500
Kahr CM9 $350-400
Springfield XDs 9 $475-575 $475 at Spring Guns and Ammo down the road here.
S&W M&P Shield $400-450

Give me your opinion of the ones you like the most for CCW?

I appreciate your response.
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(I used to live in Harris County & now am resident in Bexar County, near downtown SA.)

MY choice is an even less expensive Sig-Sauer: The "compact sized" FLAT & easy to conceal P-225, which is now "discontinued" but readily available on the "used market".
(Mine is a P6, German police surplus, SA & it's nearly always on my belt or "within reach".)

Even my adult daughter, who has "smaller hands", shoots the P6 quite competently, though her usual CCW is a ex-Bulgarian police issue 9x18MM Makarov.

just my opinion, sw

Why THANK YOU for exposing my "senior moment". = You are of course 100% correct & I was, of course, 100% wrong.
(These things happen as we get "more mature", read: OLDER.)

yours, sw
SpecialEd, et. al.,

In any case for 300-400.oo in NRA EXC or better condition, the Sig-Sauer P225 or P6 is imVho one of "the gems" of used/compact/CCW firearms.
(I paid 375.oo + S&H with 2 extra mags, 2 LH holsters & "hard case" for my APR 1982 surplus pistol, OTD, about 8 years ago in "looks unused" condition & have never felt, whether carried ON/OFF duty, that it was anything but an "UTTER BARGAIN" at that price.)

I bought it because it was:
1. a 9x19mm,
(in a state where Constables were THEN required to carry a .38spl/.357mag revolver OR a 9mm S-A pistol)
2. FLAT & EASY to conceal under a "polo shirt",
(It's HOT much of the year in that Dixie locale.)
3. suitable to wear in a "duty holster", should I needed to wear a uniform
4. seems to happily feed/shoot any 9x19mm ammo, that I've tried from "somewhat questionable" surplus SMG, US standard FMJ ball ammo to +P "flying ashtrays".

just my opinion, sw
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SpecialEd, et. al.,

Within the last week, several NICE Sig P6, a handful of P225 commercials and even some SWISS POLICE models, which have up to now been quite RARE in the USA, have sold on "gunbroker" for about 300 - 325.oo+ S&H.

I'm "seriously considering" one of the Swiss models, "just cause".

Btw (It's a secret. - Don't tell a soul.), "a little bird told me" that the Ukraine is about to "surplus off" their MAKAROV PM police pistols.
(That's WHY I'm only "seriously considering" a Swiss version of the P6. - My source, who is an OB/GYN in Ukraine, tells me that many of the Maks appear unfired, as they've just "been sitting in an armory" and she recently bought an "as new" Mak for the equivalent of about 45.ooUSD, for concealed carry.)

yours, satx
SpecialEd; CDM; All,

WELL SAID, SpecialEd.
While I have any number of "full-size" handguns to choose from, I find (even at 6' tall & 179#,) that a full-size Colt's GM or any other similar size/weight pistol is "difficult to conceal" under Summer attire & HEAVY to carry 24/365.
(That's one good reason why I bought a P6 for CCW.)

just my opinion, sw
KevinGibson; CDM; All,

YEP. Agreed 100%.

yours, sw

VERY TRUE. = I miss those gents!!!!

yours, sw
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