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blacykaty
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Katy, Texas
Member since Nov 2009
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Best pistol for conceal carry

What would be a good pistol for conceal carry. Reasonable price (under $500)


ChatRabbit77
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Member since May 2013
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S&W Shield Plus, Sig p365, Glock 43X.


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Ol boy
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G43x will be my next one


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Earthquake 88
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I like a Sig P365 or P365XL.

I like the fact that my P365XL can carry 12 rounds in the magazine and has two backup magazines that hold 15 rounds. For a pistol that small it holds a lot of bullets. The P365 will fit in your front pocket should you carry while wearing shorts.

I’d go to a place that will let you pay to shoot some of the better concealed choices and see what you like best before making the purchase. Everyone’s hands are not built the same.


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bbvdd
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Member since Jun 2009
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That really isn't question anyone but you can answer.

The best is one that you are comfortable with, can shoot well and will carry.

There are a lot that can fit into that bill.

Mine is a Sig P365xl
also carry a S&W Shield
Glock 19
1911

ETA: I will say that my SIL got a Shield EZ 9mm. I could not tell you how many times she had to adjust her grip because she wasn't disengaging the grip safety on the gun.
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prplhze2000
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Shield plus


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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I think sig P365 has really become the definitive answer for this baring any specific requiremnts. Reasonably priced, great sights, good trigger, very small, holds lots of bullets, good caliber. There's really no negatives to it.



DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Shield EZ 9mm. I could not tell you how many times she had to adjust her grip because she wasn't disengaging the grip safety on the gun.


I sold mine because of that. I had the same problem.


Got Blaze
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quote:

That really isn't question anyone but YOU can answer.

The best is one that you are comfortable with, can shoot well and will carry.


winner winner chicken dinner

size of hand and how you plan to conceal also play a factor in deciding what pistol to carry


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KTShoe
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My experience was that shooting the P365 should not be judged by the first time shooting it.
I was all over the place that first time but after I was able to sleep on it and make some minor adjustments to my grip, my second go round was much better and on par with how I shoot other guns. Since then, it’s been my favorite hand gun to shoot.


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MetroAtlantaGatorFan
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M&P 2.0 Compact 9mm.

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$460 at Smoky Mountains Guns and Ammo with no sales tax (unless you live in TN) and free shipping.

LINK

Glock 43X for something smaller. Still big enough to have fun at the range and use as a nightstand gun. Also has 15 round Shield Arms aftermarket mags.

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Sig P365 for something smaller too. $499 and comes with steel night sites.
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MetroAtlantaGatorFan
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quote:

I think sig P365 has really become the definitive answer for this baring any specific requiremnts. Reasonably priced, great sights, good trigger, very small, holds lots of bullets, good caliber. There's really no negatives to it.

I wish the grip length was just a bit longer.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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I was already very familiar with the sig X ray sights and found I could land hits with the 365 far better than I could with any other sub compact pistol I've shot. All around extremely impressive little gun.

Shield EZ was the worst I've ever tried. I had a few FTF because of the grip safety, and I couldn't hit a barn from the inside with it.


MetroAtlantaGatorFan
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Yeah the Springfield XDs all have that stupid grip safety too.


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uptowntiger84
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Hellcat, p365 or glock 43x


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Squirrelmeister
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Member since Nov 2021
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I wish I could offer an opinion but I don’t have any direct experience due to not having any guns.

I did read an opinion from a guy on the internet though that I trust:
Ruger LCP/LCP2 for pocket for summer
P365 or Hellcat IWB as alternate for summer
Big fullsize OWB G19, G17, P320, VP9, or similar when wearing a jacket or overshirt


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bbvdd
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quote:

I wish the grip length was just a bit longer


You want the P365x then.

It’s the p365 slide on the p365xl frame

Or, just order a p365xl grip module.
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Sticker1971
Member since Dec 2017
875 posts

Glock 43x

Best bang for the buck:
Ruger Max 9
Taurus GX-4


MetroAtlantaGatorFan
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You want the P365x then.

It’s the p365 slide on the p365xl frame

Or, just order a p365xl grip module.

I've never had a problem carrying something like a Glock 19 in an IWB. But I usually just have a Keltec .32 in a pocket holster because I'm lazy.


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coondaddy21
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Louisiana
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I just purchased the Sig P365XL spectre comp. It’s 2.5x the price you’re wanting to pay but is one of the best conceal carry guns. They are hard to find currently. Reduction in recoil and time back on target is suppose to be 30% better than the regular Sig P365. That can be big when you are using it to conceal carry and when you are trying to defend yourself by engaging a target. If you have the extra money to spend, it might be a great option for you.
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