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  • B-Laud

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    Hey guys, new to the forum. I'm looking to get my CHL next weekend and still have yet to buy my gun. I'm not sure how often I will carry my gun once I get my CHL but once I get it I'm thinking the smaller the better.

    I was looking at the new SA XDM 9, STI Escort, or maybe a Sig or glock. I just shot the STI and have to say it was quite nice and accurate for me.

    Any words of wisdom from those that carry a gun? I love that the new XDM holds 19 plus rounds for shooting at the range but I think I would enjoy carrying the STI because of size much more.

    There is a price difference XDM around 600-700 and the STI around 1100-1200. I wasn't planning on spending as much as the STI costs but after shooting it and seeing the size I am considering it.
     

    Texas1911

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    The XDM is a bit large for a carry gun, especially in Texas where we generally wear less clothing due to our prolonged summer. The Escort, Sigs, and Glocks are better suited in my opinion being that they offer smaller frames. Something like a Glock 19, or a Sig 229, would be a good choice, as would the STI.

    If you are going to go single stack with the 1911, then I would probably opt for a .45 caliber. The 1911 design was centered around the .45 ACP chambering, and for carry purpose this will optimize it's reliability potential.
     

    B-Laud

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    If you are going to go single stack with the 1911, then I would probably opt for a .45 caliber. The 1911 design was centered around the .45 ACP chambering, and for carry purpose this will optimize it's reliability potential.

    I'm not stuck on a single stack but the XDM did look a little big to carry all the time. Anyone that carries an XDM want to chime in?
     

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    I must tell you that just about everyone that first goes to get their CHL thinks micro sized gun. And most, go away from the micro size after awhile. I ahve no experinece with the XDM, but have heard it is a good pistol.

    From my experinece let me suggest a compact or, sub compact. In no particular order
    Glock G19
    Glock G26
    HK P2000
    HK P2000SK
    Kahr PM9
    Sig P239
    Sig P229 or better P228
    and if your are a 1911 style guy, EMP

    Other then the Glocks, none the others I lested are inexpensive. . But all very good CCW guns. After going through all the things you are, I settled on a HK p2000 for my EDC. Why? From the time I took it out of the box, it just went bang without issue, on every time of ammo. it’s small enough for me to carry, and it shots to point of aim if I do my part. I can say the same reliability for all of the guns I’ve listed, but there is just something in the HK’s that gives me confidence. I have a Kahr PM9 that I will bring along when wardrobe requires and it’s okay for those situations. I don't shoot it as well.

    As far as “you don’t know when you will carry” you’ll figure that out. I bring a gun every day to work. But it’s not on my body all day. It’s in my desk drawer. Not the best deal, but better than nothing.

    Best of luck, and welcome to the forum. Let us know how your CHL class goes, and what you decide on.
     
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    You may want to look at the compact Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. The service model is awesome! I am not sure about Kahr, but there is a less expensive CW9 model that may be a good choice also.
     

    MadMo44Mag

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    One of my carries is a S&W 908 compact single stack with 8 and 1 in the tube. Weight is good and very concealable.
    I've put several thousand round though this gun and never a problem.
    I have developed a load for this gun that is out of sight.
    124gn. Hornaday XTP, 5.8gn Power Pistol = 1130 fps
    At 25yds it is a nail driver.
     

    Texas1911

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    I must tell you that just about everyone that first goes to get their CHL thinks micro sized gun. And most, go away from the micro size after awhile. I ahve no experinece with the XDM, but have heard it is a good pistol.

    Yep, and I try to do my best to push people away from the tiny gun syndrome unless that is what their situation calls for. I've moved more people into G19s, and equally sized guns.
     

    Kerbouchard

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    The XDM is a great gun and I do carry mine on occasion. My normal carry is a Kimber Ultra Carry. As mentioned before, the single stack magazines do make a difference. You can comfortably conceal just about anything with the right equipment but the larger gun you go with, the more you will worry about printing and the more you will be prone to leave it at home.

    If the 1100 to 1200 is more than you want to spend, just remember that you will have to add about 100-150 dollars for a belt and holster. Not to mention the fact that 1911's require a 500 round break in period and ammo prices aren't getting any cheaper.

    Plus, with the CHL fee being $140 and the class will probably be around 100, the STI might not be in your budget.
     

    B-Laud

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    To put a little twist on this, are any of the above guns a good match for carry and for target competition.

    I plan on trying these guns prior to making a decision
    Walther PPS
    Glock 19
    Sig P239

    I'm thinking a single stack at the range might be less fun??
     

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