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Old 09-19-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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Hello, new to the forum.
Been reading the threads here for the last few days and wanted to pose a question and get some opinions.

Currently own and shoot a Smith & Wesson M&P.40. Very pleased with this and have never had a single problem. This may lead me to be biased toward a S&W future purchase.

I'm at a point where I am going to start carrying all the time and I feel the frame on my current weapon is too big, more than likely I will carry on my ankle.
I like the M&P Sub Compact .40 and while at the range last week I rented the 9mm version, what I didn't like was that my hand didn't fit the short grip well. I realize that I can use a full size magazine to help with this but it's still not the most comfortable solution.
I've looked at Springfield's XD-Sub Compact .40 and their option is to add an extension ring to a magazine for a full grip. Looks to be more comfortable for practice and extra capacity as well. I'd probably practice with 150 rounds on large mags and finish 50 with the short.
I'm wondering if the Springfield "X-tension" would fit the S&W magazines, or even if the Springfield and S&W mags are interchangeable.

http://www.springfield-armory.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=534

I've listed below what I'm considering and would be interested in feed back from those that have handled or carried any of these. Really only considering a .40

Smith & Wesson M&P Sub Compact.40
Sig Sauer P239 DAK
Glock 23 or 27
Springfield Armory XD-Sub Compact .40
Walther P99C AS or PPS .40
Heckler & Koch HK P2000SK .40
Taurus Millennium Pro140BP


Thanks in advance

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Old 09-19-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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You might want to add the Kahr 40 to your list. At 1.1" wide and 23 oz. fully
loaded it's about as compact a package as I have seen in 40.

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I agree. A Kahr .40, or possibly one of the tiny Glock .40s wouldn't be too bad either.

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I don't think you will find a thinner .40 than the Kahr. The CW40 is less than an inch wide. I think the steel frame may be a little wider, but I'm sold on them.

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Glock 27 or the Kahr 40 is your best bet. Also, check out the Taurus PT140.

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I'm at a point where I am going to start carrying all the time and I feel the frame on my current weapon is too big, more than likely I will carry on my ankle.
The Browning HP is one of the most reliable CCW weapons ever made and easiest to conceal. It has a narrow frame and the grip is about 3/4" shorter than a typical auto like a Glock or 1911 or Beretta 92. They come in both 9mm and .40SW.
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...the grip is about 3/4" shorter than a typical auto like a Glock or 1911 or Beretta 92...
But he said he needed a BIGGER grip on a compact gun.

many companies make grip extensions, and I thought about that for the glock 26 when i was testing it out. The grip was too small, but the gun concealed nicely. maybe do more research online and see if someone is making a true grip extension for the m&p that you like. It will feel more natural than just an extended magazine...
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I had the Browning and sold it years ago, Bad move on my part. I am looking to find another one, one of the nicest guns you can carry

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I had the Browning and sold it years ago, Bad move on my part. I am looking to find another one, one of the nicest guns you can carry
One of the best handgun designs out there, in either catridge. It's been called "King of the Nines" for years for a reason.

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many companies make grip extensions, and I thought about that for the glock 26 when i was testing it out. The grip was too small, but the gun concealed nicely. maybe do more research online and see if someone is making a true grip extension for the m&p that you like. It will feel more natural than just an extended magazine...
Thanks, I had posted a question about the magazines over at http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/ and got this as a response. Looks like the answer. At $12 it's worth a shot.

http://www.shop.customcarryconcepts.com/product.sc;jsessionid=F8C27FFD347A1FC3C2A67EE070AF 0AAB.qscstrfrnt04?categoryId=2&productId=2
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