Finally got my LTC…need new carry gun

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My original carry was a G26 back in ‘08/09 in Virginia, but it was really heavy for a sub-compact. Then I got a SCCY CPX-2, which recently sold. The grip was way too wide, front to back, and the trigger was not the best, at least in my opinion.

So after finally getting my Tx LTC, the wife ok’d a new carry gun! It’s been a while since I’ve had my hands in the firearms world and lots have changed. I’ve watched a ton of videos on the P365/X/XL and Hellcat. But I’ve always been a fan of FN and have recently fell in love with the 509C.

If ya’ll could, I’d love real person reviews of the P365X/XL, Hellcat, and 509C, especially as concealability goes, bonus points if you’re a big dude like me and give a review on one or all 3.

I absolutely love the 509C but a concern for me is the grip might be too long and the chassis might be a little too wide to conceal on my fat body…lol!! 5’10-11” depending on my mood, 265-275#. The other two should be fairly easier to conceal as they are obviously smaller.

I just want to make sure I don’t regret my purchase. BUT! I can always buy another one!


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Its easy to conceal a big gun, concealment has more to do with holster choice and dress than gun size.

With that said, the sig 365 is a nice gun. Good capacity, and shoots very well

FN handguns are typically ok, but suffer from poor support, and get discontinued after a few years, especially if a problem comes to light.

I have no experience with the hellcat, so no help there.

Imho, do what you can to shed some weight, and move up to at least a G19 sized gun


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I've handled and fired the 365 & 365XL and wasn't impressed. Though I really, really wanted to be. I've Handled and fired the P-320 as well. And while I don't like it at all, the grip angle and boxiness just don't do it for me, I do like the modularity and available options for the series.

No help on SA or FN, other than to say that I really liked the dry fire trigger on the 509c.

As far as carrying goes, I've seen guys that are 5'-6", 140 max easily conceal a G17 and 6'-4", 320 guys easily conceal a 5" 1911. It all depends on using the proper belt, holster, and clothing/attire to achieve desired results.
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+1 on holster/belt setup (and clothing choice) helping conceal whatever your flavor ends up being. Have several folks carry the 365 and 365XL and have shot both it and the Hellcat. Similar size to Glock 48 I carry frequently, conceals well. Ammo Capacity for size, 365XL @ 12+1 is pretty awesome and Hellcat has one more round. The Hellcat has snappier recoil than the 365XL. Trigger on the Sig is nicer. Hold both, shoot both, see what you like. Hand fitment is so subjective. Concealment wise, if you already love the 509c, you can find a way to carry it. It's not much wider or taller than the other two. Avoid smedium shirts, pair with a good IWB holster and supportive belt, good to go.


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I carry S&W Shield in 45 ACP, compact size, great trigger. Although you have to break it in, springs are very stiff. Leave the gun in locked open for a week or operating the slide is a bear. Get a magazine loader, UpLULA makes one, it's very difficult to load by hand. Load magazines and let sit for a week helps. Target shot in my avatar was with the Shield.


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nuff said


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S&W Shield plus, I have shot all the above and feel it’s the most comfortable grip and best trigger. Only downside is S&W still has no back up magazines for sale.
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