Which pocket pistol?

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  • jbgramps

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    I'm trying to decide which of the three following pistols I should get. I'm looking at a CZ 2075 RAMI, an S&W Shield and maybe a XDs9. I know it's a stretch calling the XDs-9 and Shield a pocket pistol, but I've tried both and they will work for me. I carry mostly IWB and occasionally in the pocket.

    So of the three aforementioned pistols which should I get? I've heard the Shield trigger is not the best, and if I get it I will install an APEX trigger system. The CZ price is about $600, the Shield is about $150 cheaper, but the trigger upgrade will put the cost close to the CZ. I haven't checked the priced on the XDs, 9mm. I've never even held one so can't compare it.

    So, any opinions or considerations on which to get? I'm getting rid of my Beretta Nano. I've had it for six months and haven't even fired it yet. People seem to like the Nano, but I don't like the way it fits my hand. If I can't get a decent trade on the other pistols I'll put up on the board soon. Thanks
     

    rl96ss

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    All 3 good guns in my opinion. Although I've never shot the Rami, but its a CZ so can't go wrong there. All comes down to what feels good in your hand and you shoot well. I bought a Sig 938 without holding one and regreted it. Traded it as soon as I could. So try them out it's the best way to determine.
     

    SR9TEX

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    Just got my sheild last week, right out of the box it was very accurate.
    At 7 yards I think the biggest group of the day was 4".And im a newb shooter.Here is a pic of the tightest 8rnd group.
    Had a stove pipe in the first 50 rounds but i put a total of 200 through it with no other issues.
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    With the 7Rnd mag and desantis nemisis, I have carried it in cargo type shorts and basketball shorts with no problems.
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    I have no personal experience with the other pistols listed but I have got to say I love the quality of the m&p sheild, the trigger is beautiful.I hear a lot of jibber jabber about the trigger this and the trigger that.But imo its perfect as is and i even Iiked it better then the SR9C trigger.Hell it even felt like it handles recoil better then it to.

    Best of all its made in the USA!
     
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    TheDan

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    The RAMI is a nice compact, but being a double stack it is not nearly compact as the XDs and Shield. The XDs and Shield are pushing the boundaries of pocket carry as it is; I just can't see the RAMI carrying well in a pocket.

    XDs vs. Shield... That's a tough one and will really come down to personal preference. Both are great guns. The Shield's trigger is actually a little nicer than my full size M&P, but like you say there's always the Apex kit if you want to make it awesome.

    See this for more options: http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/handguns/51382-pocket-nines-visual-comparison.html

    Oh... and Palmetto State Armory has Shields on sale for $360 right now. That is an outstanding deal.
     

    benenglish

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    ... I'm getting rid of my Beretta Nano. ... I don't like the way it fits my hand. ...
    Just out of curiosity, does that statement apply to both the short and extended magazines? To me, the Nano feels like two completely different pistols depending on which magazine is inserted.
     

    jbgramps

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    I bought my Nano before it came with the extended mag. All I have is two six round mags. Actually this whole pocket pistol thing without a full grip seem odd. The first thing people do with these loose pinky guns is install a grip extension. You'd think the manufacturers would figure out people generally prefer a full grip.

    I was having second thought on getting rid of the Nano last night and fondled and played with it a bit. Nope, It's not the gun for me. My 2x hands just don't like it. It's a good pistol, just doesn't fit me.
     

    majormadmax

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    I have a XD-S in .45ACP and love it. It's a tad big to be a "pocket pistol" unless you've got big pockets; but it's amazing how well a .45 that size can shoot!

    Cheers! M2
     

    SR9TEX

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    Big pockets is key, I'm 6'7" 300lbs and most of my pants have big pockets but even i have a few pairs that cause the gun to print to much for my likeing.Even tho you can't tell its a gun.You just have to dress around the gun.
     

    jbgramps

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    The RAMI is a nice compact, but being a double stack it is not nearly compact as the XDs and Shield. The XDs and Shield are pushing the boundaries of pocket carry as it is; I just can't see the RAMI carrying well in a pocket.

    XDs vs. Shield... That's a tough one and will really come down to personal preference. Both are great guns. The Shield's trigger is actually a little nicer than my full size M&P, but like you say there's always the Apex kit if you want to make it awesome.

    See this for more options: http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/handguns/51382-pocket-nines-visual-comparison.html

    Oh... and Palmetto State Armory has Shields on sale for $360 right now. That is an outstanding deal.

    Wow, Thanks for the heads up on Palmetto. That settled the argument. I ordered the Shield from Palmetto. Locally the Shield is going for $449, and $479 in a couple of gun shops. I owe you a beer and dinner.:D
     

    SR9TEX

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    Yea i just picked up mine for $419 so that's a steal!
     
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