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    Question First concealed carry weapon, making choices...

    I am very close to purchaising what I intend to be my first concealed carry weapon, after I become proficient with it and go through all necessary classes and such of course. I am not a stranger to guns at all and have fired many types of rifles, shotguns and handguns; this will be the first handgun I have owned. If you know me I can be wordy but I'll try to keep the rest of this short.

    I am trying to choose between the Glock 19 or Springfield XD 9 and buying both (although fun) really isn't an option for me. They both seem to be excellent guns and the more I learn the harder the decision gets. I saw someone on this forum state/imply that the best self defense gun is the one you take with you everywhere. I interpret that as the more likely you are to leave it at home the less useful it is overall. I'm looking for something that I'll find a way to conceal regardless of what I wear w/out being too small and w/out having a holster for every body part (I don't want to forget where I put it). I would be looking to conceal while dressing "business casual" at times which makes things a little more compllicated; I don't/can't always wear baggy clothes with shirts untucked.

    With all of that said, the Glock is a little smaller, lighter and would likely be easier for me to get used to having as a 24/7 carry gun. They also have a great reputation and I have several friends that have Glocks (both have .40). I've found the XD to have a good reputation, I like the thought of the grip safety and the indicators that can be felt in the dark. I had a chance to hold both of them during the same visit to a gun shop and the XD felt better to hold, I have small hands and the glock grip was a little fat for me to feel comfortable gripping but nothing at all I couldn't get used to. I do plan to go to a range and rent both within the next 3 days to help me decide further.

    I did read the piece below from canus lupis in the thread on whether or not to carry w/one in the chamber (EXCELLENT info in that thread) and have taken these thoughts into consideration as well; almost taking it to mean for me that an XD might not be the best choice for a first time carry gun. Not that I wouldn't train sufficiently...

    "My biggest concern is in the heat of a CQC situation I have to ensure I handle the weapon perfectly or it locks-up, as it is supposed to, any one picking an XD-9 up if I drop it may not even figure out the safeties B 4 I am 2 blocks away & still running for my back-up. So depending on the gun, the shooter's familiarity with it (a must for Springfield's vs. say a Glock), the situation and the perp make it either a very fast draw/point/shoot weapon in practiced hands or a 'Hold up a second B 4 U knife me while I figure this bastard out!" SNAFU."
    I hope that wasn't too wordy a question for a first post, I'd appreciate any feedback.

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    I have an XD 9 Tactical that will be my carry weapon when I get my CHL in OR. Mine did not come with a thumb safety, but does have the trigger and grip safeties. As long as your grip is snug on the gun, it is draw point and shoot. I have fired the Glock and the XD and have found no problem with either. That said, I still prefer my XD. Renting and shooting each is a good idea, and I would wait until you have done so before making a decision. You may find that when loaded one balances better for you than the other, or maybe just feels better in your hand. I personally would go with that and not something that I had to get used to. Just my 2 cents worth.

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    I have a Glock 23, .40 caliber for my usual carry but I also have an XDm 9mm as a BUG. I like them both. The Glock's grip is a little bit bulky for my small hand but it hasn't failed me yet. So I am sticking to it. On the other hand, my XD is very comfortable for my hand so I am looking at buying another one -- a 357 -- soon as I really like the grip better. Soon as I have my new XD, I'll be willing to leave my Glock home.

    You have to go to a store and try the type of gun you want, I mean, hold it in your hands and get the feel of it, then make your decision....

    YMMV.
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    My trip to the range had to be delayed until Friday but no worries I'll get there. Holding both in my hand in the store actually made the decision harder as I was leaning toward the Glock 19 until I did that. Thanks for the feedback there's a lot of good info on this forum for sure!
    Last edited by Peregrine Falcon; 02-17-2010 at 02:26 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Just made a Phantom deep concealment holster for a customers XD40 which is his carry gun... it did not conceal as well as the Glock... if that is of any concern... if concealment is a high priority... you may want to add one of the Kahr models into the mix... it does conceal well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetokole View Post
    ...if concealment is a high priority... you may want to add one of the Kahr models into the mix... it does conceal well.
    +1 on looking at Kahr pistols. They conceal well and are very reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kudzu View Post
    +1 on looking at Kahr pistols. They conceal well and are very reliable.
    Amen Kudzu... how about that trigger? except for maybe the Para LDA the trigger on the Kahr is awesome... and as any good shooter knows... the 2 vital elements to accuracy is "FRONT SITE & TRIGGER CONTROL."

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    Range Trip Results

    Ok, I made it to the range yesterday, rent both the XD-9 4" and a Glock 19 and made some observations. Overall I shot the XD-9 better although the shop geeks stated accuracy with either would improve w/practice and I FREELY admit that I'll need plenty of that.

    I made one observation that I'm thinking = problem that I wanted to share. When I grip both guns they way that feels most comfortable and natural (backstrap on the webbing between my thumb and trigger finger) I actually had trouble reaching the trigger of BOTH guns. I had read and was trying to be conscious to pull the trigger with only the "pad" on the first segment of my index finger (rather than putting the trigger into the crease between the first two segments of my finger). Even doing that comfortably required me to rotate my grip to move my finger forward, putting to a point where I was almost wrapping my thumb around the backstrap of the pistol.

    Overall I'm thinking that means neither gun really fits my hand the way it should. As I pointed out previously I have short fingers; I type faster than average and had little to no trouble taking piano for 15 years but it's a problem now.

    I did look into Kahr as recomended. Unfortunately finding one to buy is going to be next to impossible unless I order it from somewhere which due to the expense of the gun to start with is going to make it cost prohibitivefor me. I called dealers as far away as 2 hours drive and none had any in stock. After the experience described above I'm VERY hesitant to buy a gun I can't at least hold first.

    So here's my new question. What's a reliable gun model, not huge, that may fit a smaller hand better? I was leaning toward Springfield and Glock on reputation but I'm wondering where to go now? First is back to a gun shop where I can hold more guns.

    Thanks for all the help guys! This forum has been a good source of info for me.

    UPDATE: I just returned from a local gun store and I think I have found something that will solve most if not all of my issues. Ruger SR9 (I like the stainless variety) had a more slender grip, even with the larger version of the adjustable backstrap (only way they displayed it) my trigger finger could almost reach to the front of the trigger guard. I think the slender grip may also resolve my potential concealment issues. Any more feedback on my new potential choice?
    Last edited by Peregrine Falcon; 02-20-2010 at 11:34 AM. Reason: Update after visit to gun store

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    Wow... tough sit sounds like... the gun shop you're working with have a Para LDA? It seem that you are leaning towards a DA so I assume 1911 style is out. Really to bad that you can't get a hold of a Kahr.. Any M&P's around for you to feel... how about Sig.

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    2nd generation Glock 19 video... Good shootin!! Love his range!!

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