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Old 11-22-2016, 05:30 PM
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Single stack 9mm.
Not interested in Ruger.

The Kimber Micro 9 is awesome, but pricey compared to the others above.
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I've got the Shield in 9mm and .45. I also have a Colt Defender (similar to the Kimber, I guess) in 9mm. I was always a 9mm guy. Never would I have imagined that the short barreled Shield in.45cal would shoot much nicer in a larger caliber. I'm sold. One of my friends is going to run some lead thru it this weekend because he's thinking about buying one also. Get your hands on both and try them out before buying.
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Have the XDS9. It carries and conceals well. For me it's not a super accurate pistol at more than 10-12 yards. Probably the loose nut behind the trigger. Reliable thus far approx 1000 rounds. Wish I had bought the 4" barrel

I have a Glock 26 Gen 4 that is slightly larger than the 43. It is more snappy than my XDS. Only guessing that the 43 would be as well.
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Palmetto State Armory is supposed to have Shields for under $300 on Friday. Great time to try one.
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Walther PPS M2 is the best choice in the small 9mm single stack market. Best stock trigger and 3 mag options

Unless you are a Glock fan and then the G43 makes sense
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Add Kahr CM-9 to your list. Been carrying as my daily for several years. I personally find it to have the best trigger in this size/price range.

Out of the bunch, G43. Had it been available when I bought my Kahr it would have been pretty much a toss up. My brother has one. I still shoot my Kahr slightly better, but also have many more rounds through it. If you like both equally I would lean glock just for the prevalence of parts & accessories.
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I had the PPS mod1. Great shooting firearm.
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I have shot both the Glock 43 and own a Shield 40 cal.

The Shield shots awesome

The Glock 43 shots good just like a Glock

I have shot XDs in several different modelstyles including a 45 cal XDs and I don't like any of the XDs..

My choice would be the Glock or Shield
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I carry XDS .45 everyday. Very accurate gun. A breeze to shoot, even in .45. I have Glocks and S&W and they are okay but nowhere near the XDS. YMMV
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sig 938, 9 mm single stack has been on my hip down here in Alabama
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I own the Shield 9 and G43. I favor the G43, both are reliable. I can come on target quicker with the Glock. I added a Vickers extended mag to the 43 to make it 8+1 as I wasn't satisfied with 6 rounds.
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G43
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Have put nearly five thousand rounds through my 43 with no complaints. Carries well IWB or in pocket.
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Tried them all, settled on the Sig p938 SAS

Smaller and more compact.
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Originally Posted by CAP1 View Post
Single stack 9mm.
Not interested in Ruger.

The Kimber Micro 9 is awesome, but pricey compared to the others above.
Is there a range close to you where you can rent and shoot the models you are interested in? What shoots well for some may not shoot well for others. The only way to know for sure what you like is to shoot.
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Originally Posted by tarponchaser View Post
Is there a range close to you where you can rent and shoot the models you are interested in? What shoots well for some may not shoot well for others. The only way to know for sure what you like is to shoot.
Or make buddies at your local range with guys that have them and squeeze some off.
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I would choose the glock out of the ones mentioned. I was in the same position recently. I went with the sig p938, so far I'm happy with it. My glock 26 is still old faithful, hopefully the sig gives me good results.
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I own both the Shield and G43. I don't think you can go wrong with either. The Shield comes with 1 more round capacity wise from the factory but of course you can add different base plates to increase the capacity by a couple rounds. I feel like I shoot the Shield better. It fits my hand better. Price wise, the Shield can be had cheaper. As another poster has said PSA is suppose to have them for 299 black Friday. I bought mine at Gander Mountain black Friday a few years ago for 375 and I got a 50 gift card. One of the other things that sold me was the Shield had a safety. The Glock does not. The Shield can be had with either a safety or non safety. I think last year S&W came out with a ported Shield. I had one for a while but sold it for more then I paid. It came with fiber optic sights but on a carry gun I prefer night sights. Sorry, I probably rambling on and on but bottom line I don't think you could go wrong with any of those you have listed. I would buy the won that feels most comfortable to you.
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I just picked up a shield 45 for me and a shield 40 for the mrs.
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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
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I have a Glock 26 Gen 4 that is slightly larger than the 43. It is more snappy than my XDS. Only guessing that the 43 would be as well.
Can you explain what you mean by "more snappy"? In other words, is this a compliment or a knock? Thanks.

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