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I want to toss out three options for a SS 9mm. Taurus is not an option for the poll, not that I don't like the Taurus single stacks (I have a PT709 Slim) but I want the other three to stand/fall on their own merits. I am conducting this poll on other boards but made the mistake of putting it on one board that specializes in Glocks and I wonder if the Glock fan-boys aren't invalidating the poll through bias.

So the choices are the Ruger LC9 (to include the LC9s, LC9s Pro and EC9s versions, the Glock 43 and the S&W Shield (either gen). In terms of reliability, function, accuracy, price, meeting your criteria for a CCW single stack 9mm...what would you choose? And why? If you have one, or more let me/us know what you think of it. If you'd like to add comments of comparison to Taurus feel free to do so even though only those three are on the poll.

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Didn't vote.

The only single stack 9mm I own isn't listed.
 

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I work at a gun range where we have the LC9, Glock 43, and the Shield for rent. In terms of customer appreciation, there isn't one of these that really stands out over the others...it all depends upon the shooters needs and hand configuration.

Now the small 9mm that has been incredibly well received, but isn't a single stack, even tho it's smaller than the Shield and 43 is the Sig P 365. It's just as of today that it will be in the state handgun roster, but already almost 2 dozen have been reserved by customers for purchase.
 

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Dido Didn't vote.

The only single stack 9mm I own isn't listed.
 

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None of the above. Springfield Armory XDe would be my choice now days if I wanted such an animal. Honorable mention, Kel Tec PF9.
 
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I voted the Shield, because I own one in 40. Same size as the 9. The magazines are stagger stacked, to get picky about it, but can still be called single stack. I'm impressed over all with the pistol, and can imagine the ease of shooting and reliability would be very good in the 9.
 

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I chose the LC9 as it was the second option when I bought the pt709.
 

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Most any board you post on will get Glock fans in droves. Not that they're bad guns.

I've handled all of the poll entrants, but only shot the Shield. I liked it, purchased one for my son on Christmas a couple years ago.

The Shield and Ruger are available with manual safeties, a lot of casual shooters like that feature... most gun people don't.

If I had to choose one to pocket carry, it would be the Ruger hammer fired version, the old one with the long DA trigger pull.

If I wasn't pocket carrying, I wouldn't carry a single stack... unless it was a 1911. :)

My choice for the SS carry is the Kahr CM40, or the Keltec P3AT. The Keltec in the pocket, the Kahr in an Holstered Tee shirt.

I have a Walther PPS m2, not my favorite.
 

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I own a DA, hammer fired LC9. Otherwise I try to shy away from plastic striker fired pistols. As far as single stack auto pistols go, I prefer the older machined metal hammer gun varieties.

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As a side note, the Taurus PT908 was the FIRST semi-auto I carried off-duty back in the early 90's. It's what I could afford at the time and too be very honest, I really liked that gun a LOT. I like hammer fired semi-autos. I like manual thumb safeties on semi-autos. And it's a good looking gun. Almost had the chance to pick one up recently but it sold before I had the opportunity.
 

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I know this is a specific poll, but I prefer my single stack Bersa BP9CC. The lighter trigger pull and the short reset are hard to beat.
 
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None of the above.

Walther PPS, if I carry a 9.
 
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I have both the LC9, and LC9s, both are very accurate and I prefer the manual safety on a carry gun. The LC9 really doesn't need the safety with the DA revolver like trigger, but I really like it on the striker fired version. Both of my Rugers have the magazine safety removed. Both are very accurate but the hammer fired version takes a little more work to learn the trigger and make accurate shots. My mom has the G43 so I have shot it and the Ruger, I have no experience with the shield.
 
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I voted Ruger, because I don't have a Ruger.
 

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Ruger LC9s x 2 for me. They have taken over the place of two Taurus 85 revolvers in my carry arsenal. One is in the front pocket, the other at 3:00 to 4:00 as backup. Also carry 4 spare magazines at 10:00 in a small tool pouch that looks like a cell phone/ old calculator pouch. Enough for me on a regular basis.

Within the last two years, I had found myself gravitating more towards the single stack 9mm semi autos over the snubby revolvers, and once one of the 85 revolvers went in for repair, the revolvers lost their carry position. I have them now mainly for nostalgia and snake guns.
 

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Never really felt the need for a single stack 9mm as the G2 I own is compact enough. Whenever I consider acquiring one, that alone stops me as the G2 conceals well and has a good capacity.

I do own the Shield compact in 45 ACP and like it a lot, but that sucker should have been made as a double stack.
 

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I voted for the S&W Shield as I prefer it's trigger, grip, and the availability of an extended 8 round magazine.
Don't own one, but it would be my choice of the three you listed.

Also, you may find this video to be of interest


I've been very well served by my Taurus PT709 and pre-G2 PT111, when I've needed a fairly small carry Pistol, the pre-G2 PT111 being my favorite.

Size Comparison of Taurus pre-G2 PT111 to Taurus PT709. Both in 9mm

Most of the time I carry a more mid-sized 9mm, such as my custom S&W SW9VE, Canik TP9, and pre-G2 Taurus 24/7.


Left to Right
Taurus 24/7 Pro
Canik 55 TP-9
S&W Sigma SW9VE - with mild trigger work

As for my favorite single stack 9mm...............


WWII P38 and 2 Post War P38's

As a side note, the Taurus PT908 was the FIRST semi-auto I carried off-duty back in the early 90's. It's what I could afford at the time and too be very honest, I really liked that gun a LOT. I like hammer fired semi-autos. I like manual thumb safeties on semi-autos. And it's a good looking gun. Almost had the chance to pick one up recently but it sold before I had the opportunity.
Still have one and I also like it. It's been "semi-retired" since my pre-G2 PT111 came home and before you ask, it's not for sale, anytime soon.


Blued Finish Taurus PT908, 8 shot, 9mm compact
Bought used, in excellent to almost new condition. Great little shooter!
 
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