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Kenney 04-03-2012 11:27 PM

Full sized vs. Compact
I own a Walther in 22 but that's about the sum of my knowledge concerning compacts. Let's just assume 9mm so we don't involve caliber. I know they're a bit less accurate but to what degree?

JonM 04-03-2012 11:34 PM

they arent less accurate they are less capable of hitting a target further away in the hand of the same shooter. solely because of the shorter sight radius. shorter barrel doesnt mean less accurate in the gun itself.

for self defense purposes a compact gun is desirable and does not hinder the shooter in typical 3-5 yard or closer self defense ranges.

Kenney 04-03-2012 11:46 PM

Alright, maximum effective range is less. But you get what I'm saying. What's the cost/benefit of a compact?

Vincine 04-04-2012 12:10 AM


Originally Posted by Kenney (Post 760798)
Alright, maximum effective range is less. But you get what I'm saying. What's the cost/benefit of a compact?

Well, that depends on what carrying a pistol that's a little bit lighter and a little bit smaller is worth to you. To me, if your carrying OWB, you might as well go full size. If you're going IWB, a compact may be a little easier to carry all day, everyday. Me? I leave my G19 'compact' at home, but then I live in the middle of the forest, not Dodge.

JonM 04-04-2012 12:18 AM

i carry a springfield xdm 45acp compact. i carry it owb in the holster it came with. the shorter barrel/slide keeps it from sticking out from under my shirt. i can only tell a real diff in accuracy is at the 25 yard line. the compact is about 1.5-2 inches larger in shot grouping than with my full size xdm

i do prefer a full size for most shooting. for sd carry i prefer compacts or smaller.

Rick1967 04-04-2012 12:31 AM

The cost benefit of a compact is simple. If I am running around on my day off or after work I carry a full size. If I am working I am not allowed to carry. So when I am out and about leaving work it is easy to drop a subcompact in my front pocket. To me it is having a gun vs not having a gun.

JigSawer40 04-04-2012 12:32 AM

There seem to be a fine line between full size and compact. For example:

My Sigma 9mm is full size and the barrel is 4".

My Sig P250c 40sw is compact and the barrel is 3.9".

That's kinda cutting it close.

hiwall 04-04-2012 01:55 AM

Also the larger guns are more pleasant for most people to shoot. Some compact guns can be painful to shoot after just a dozen or so shots(varies greatly between guns and shooters).

Kenney 04-04-2012 02:25 AM

I'd imagine compacts cycle faster due to the lighter slide, but at the same time you'd think felt recoil would be increased. So where do follow up shots come in? If you've read anything I've posted, you know I only like a gun that's capable of turning a target into a pin cushion, and would only consider a compact with comparable capacity.

Vincine 04-04-2012 02:26 AM

One shouldn't confuse 'Compact' with 'Sub-compact' which is often a bigger difference then between 'Full Size' and 'Compact'.

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