LC9 v. XDs v. Nano v. Shield

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by DarinCraft, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Ok I am tired of carrying a 3lb Kimber pro carry and I'm going to sell it to fund one of the above.

    I keep leaning toward the XDs (it weighs as much as my Glock 22.) or the LC9, but I keep hearing complaints about the trigger LOP being five miles long.

    Just to keep it fair I threw in the NANO, but my God that is one ugly SOB and the Shield which has a notoriously mushy M&P trigger.

    Anyone have any input? And I have BIG hands. A G21 fits me perfect. I have to sleeve anything else. also, It will be in a IWB holster, never in a pocket.

    Thanks,
    Darin
     
  2. ajhaag19

    ajhaag19 New Member

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    I've been looking into the same thing. Mine is between the XDs and shield. I do know for fact that the new shields have a much better trigger then the mp full size
    Dout this helps but figured I'd though my two cents in
    Either or I want the XDs or shield. In 9mm
     

  3. 76239dave

    76239dave New Member

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    I have a Kimber BP Ten II and an XDM. I prefer to carry the XDM but it is not a huge improvement in comfort. Still quite a lump IWB if you know what I mean. The XDM came with interchangeable grip pieces to accommodate different sized hands. I am curios to hear what LC9 owners say about carry comfort.
     
  4. cblowe13

    cblowe13 New Member

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    If it were it me I would go with the lc9 trigger pull is redic but you can get it reduced to half the lefty by Galloway. To me the accuracy is best with the shield or lc9. The nano ah not to much love for it but its okay carry. Honestly depends on your body size I'd say and assuming you want a 9 in xds then that's not a bad option either with the option of buying extended mags because your pinky will not fit. I rank them overall as 1. Lc9 2.xds 3.shield 4 nano. Just my opinion here the lc9 is perfect for all types of carry and it comes in camo the lc9 maybe to small for your hands but man is it fun
     
  5. JW357

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    I held an LC9 at my LGS a week or so ago because I was interested in it too. Key word: was. Hated how it felt in hand. I will not buy one. I can't explain it, just didn't feel right.

    I have no experience with the Nano. But the XD line tends to have a high bore axis. Is that true also of the XDs? I don't know. Food for thought.

    The previous poster was correct about S&W fixing the triggers on newly made Shields. I've heard they come very nice now.

    Best answer: get what feels best in your hand and try to rent them all and shoot.
     
  6. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    Ok. I own an lc9 and a xds. I had a shield, but sold it because...you guessed it, the trigger. It sucked. To fix it, I couldn't justify spending 100 bucks on a kit. So I sold it and bought the xds 45. I LOVE it and its my edc. Let me out it to you this way, the ergonomics of the lc9 really make it snappy, and target acquisition is tougher. My xds 45 has less recoil and its smooth as butter.
     
  7. cblowe13

    cblowe13 New Member

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    I don't understand how in the hell you have better target acquisition with a xds .45 that's crazy
     
  8. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Why not add the kahr CW series to your group. It will feel like a 1911 in the hand with a very smooth light DA trigger. Lightest of the bunch and may fit your holster for the 1911 atleast for the 9 and 40. Or the larger 22oz TP series. They can be bought in 9mm, 40 or 45.
     
  9. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I second the Kahr. I went through the same search last year and bought a PM9. The Kahr's trigger is the best of the bunch by far, although I never bothered to look to closely at the Nano.
     
  10. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    The design of the xds transfers the recoil lower into your palm so the mussel flip is reduced. The LC9 is set so much higher and with the LOOOOONNNG DA trigger, it just doesn't help itself at all. That's just me.

    I also had a kahr cw9 and 40. they felt good and shot good. I had issues with the guide rods so in scrapped em. After I have problems with two different guns made by the same company, I'm done with them.
     
  11. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Great info. Thanks. It seems that the XDs is at the top followed by the lc9. Both have issues that I need to get through. The lc9 trigger and the XDs weight. I can't see spending money on a trigger, but at least that is fixable. There is nothing I can do about the weight of the XDs.

    I want to rent however my local range rental does not have these guns. Even if they did, they charge $50 a box of ammo and $25 a gun in rental. That's a rip off.
     
  12. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    The weight of the xds to me is a non factor. I OC a glock 23 a lot and when I have my xds. I don't even know its there.
     
  13. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Oh good lawd. That's awful. My range charges about $20 for a box of 9mm, and $7 for a gun rental. Any gun rental.

    I see you're in Kalifornia. Remind me to never go to your area.
     
  14. purehavoc

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    I have the XDS .45 , LC9 , XD9 subcompact and a Diamondback DB9
    By a long shot the XDS is my favorite followed by the diamondback DB9 for CCW , Im not a big fan of the LC9 but I just cant get rid of it . The XD9 SC has the best trigger of all of them and is very accurate but Its just not my favorite its a bit thicker due to the double stack mag .
    and yes the LC9 is snappier than the XDS
     
  15. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    I have a XD40 sub and it is way too wide. I just found out my LGS has all of these in stock plus the G36 and the LCP, so it looks like I'll be making a trip.
     
  16. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    vs. Kahr CM9

    The long smooth trigger is unlike any other. Many people, once they handle, shoot, and carry a Kahr never go back.

    I have a P380 for true pocket carrying and my CM9 virtually disappears at the waist.
     
  17. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Sorry bud kahr priced themselves out of my market for this gun. But thanks.
     
  18. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Glock 21 and wanting to go smaller, would seem the G30 would be a natural choice.


    Another sub compact you might look at is the Beretta PX4 Storm. Does not come in 45acp.
     
  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    You can buy a Kahr CM9 for less than $400.
     
  20. thdrduck

    thdrduck New Member

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    I looked at the nano and the LC9. Both are just too small for my hands. Had to make a trade off and went with the SR9 and OWB holster. Not a bad set up but bigger then you are looking at.