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I started a poll in this section specifically on Ruger, Glock and Smith single stacks (LC9,G43 and Shield). Several commented on other SS pistols so I thought it would be interesting and informative to start a thread where folks could share/discuss ANY single stack/any caliber that they like.

So with that....fire away :)
 

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Here is my Ruger LC9. I started out with a S&W 64 revolver (.38 Special) of my duty sidearm. So I am use to and comfortable with a long DA trigger pull. Many people don't like the DA trigger pull on the LC9 but I wonder if that's because they 'grew up' on striker-fired pistols. At any rate, my LC9 is quite smooth and I very much like it. I prefer a manual thumb safety. It takes absolutely no additional time to utilize on the draw because with proper training it IS part of the draw. And it is inherently safer when reholstering or pocket carry. So a long DA trigger combined with a manual thumb safety in my opinion makes for a very safe pistol.

I like the 'Loaded Indicator' bar on top as well as the chamber window. It leaves no doubt whether or not a round is chambered.

I like the smooth lines as well as the capacity (something I criticize Glock on in regards to the G43). It is also slightly smaller than the G43 or Shield and thinner which lends itself well to CCW or pocket carry.

I have the Truglo TFO night sights on this one which I like quite a bit.

I am not uncomfortable with striker-fired pistols and/or pistols that don't have manual safeties and have quite a few. Personal preference.
 

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well in your restrictions I carry mostly 1911 or 1911 type weapons (like the Sig 238).
now I will say that I tried on a new Sig 365 mock up (thats a stacked 10 round weapon) that's ultra thin and comfy.
I also have a CZ 97 (45 acp) that is 10 round, this is sooo much thinner and more comfortable than a stacked 1911 and most other higher capacity 45's.
so the round count may be the key to comfy stacked mags, it matters in how stacked the rounds are?
anyway here is a few of my favorite single stacks.
the LTC and the Officers Springer are alloy frames.
 

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My Glock 43.

Now, I carry Glock on-duty (G21 .45acp). I normally carry Glock off-duty (G26 or G43). And I teach Glock as an instructor and find them to be a reliable choice. I'm not a 'Glocktard' though and feel that they are overpriced for what they offer. The G43 for example has less capacity than comparable offerings from other companies and I don't like the stock plastic sights (when others offer metal sights). Out-the-door blue label pricing on a G43 for me is $411 which I think is too high still. I'd suggest that BL pricing should be standard for anyone and BL special pricing should even be lower. Too many fan-boys that gobble up anything Gaston offers though. I often remark that if Gaston took a hot dump on a flat rock and slapped a Glock logo on it that the fan-boys and Glocktards would be pre-ordering.

Anyway...

As mentioned, I think Glock is a good choice despite it's drawbacks. I wasn't happy though with 6+1 capacity so I installed both Tango Down +2 and Hyve +1 and +2 plates on my magazines. Normally carry the Hyve +2 so that give me 8+1 which is respectable. If I feel I may want more I'll carry my G26 with 12+1.

I like the feel of the G43. I like that it does NOT have finger grooves as Glock grooves don't fit my hand unless it's a full size like the G17 or G22.

I like the simplicity of the Glock.

Since I don't like the plastic sights, I installed the Ameriglo i-Dots which I like quite well.
 

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Having trouble with pictures of LC9 & LC9s
 

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My current inventory of Single Stacks


Taurus PT709 Slim 9mm


Early 1980's Interarms/Ranger Arms Walther PPK/S in .380 ACP


Blued Finish Taurus PT908, 8 shot, 9mm compact


WWII P38 and 2 Post War P38's


1936 Vintage Luger and AC44 Code Walther P38


Charles Daly 1911 Elite Field Service .45 With Hogue Finger Groove Grip


Original Colt 1911 .45, made in 1917, customized for PPC
 

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Having trouble with pictures of LC9 & LC9s
Finally got my pics to post, not sure what the problem was. The nice thing about the DeSantis holster is it fits my SR22 very nicely as well.
 

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Hmm this is what I see...?

Well crap, I give up. Just imagine an LC9 and an LC9s with a kydex holster laying on a medium brown wood kitchen table.
 

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Smith & Wesson manufactured Walther PPK/S in .380 ACP.




Not only does it look good, but it's built like a tank, so it can fire extremely hot .380 loads. Some argue that the design is obsolete, that the gun is too heavy/too large for a .380 and that I would be better served with a more modern 9mm pistol of similar size/weight, but personally I disagree with all of those statements. If the design were obsolete then it wouldn't be copied to this very day by Bersa, size/weight are subjective in a carry piece, and based on my research, out of small/short-barreled pistols, the 9mm Luger only offers a marginal boost in terminal performance over the .380 ACP in Standard Pressure loads. So yeah, I'll stick with the PPK/S, and should I ever desire more firepower, then I'll step up to a .40 S&W or .45 ACP.
 

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Another LC9 fan. No need for a photo - you know what they look like, if not, look at post #2 - though admittedly the finish on mine hasn't held up nearly as well as DeputyDave's and I still have the stock 3-dot sights on mine.
I also have a TCP738, and a Colt Gov't Model 380, but rarely carry either of them.
The LC9 is just too good and too convenient of a 9mm EDC to carry a .380 - except for that rare occasion when wardrobe absolutely dictates something that small.
 

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I don't have pictures on my laptop, so I'll list them. I don't carry all of these, I have carried most of them at one time or another.

Makarov 9x18
SA XDS 45acp 4"
Star BM-9
Walther PPS 9mm.
Kel-Tec P3AT .380
Sig 239 40S&W
5 1911's. Colt, Kimber, Ruger, Auto Ordinance and Tisis, all 45acp
High Standard Supermatic Citation 22LR
Bersa Thunder .380
Kahr K-9
Kahr CM-40
Sig 220 45acp
Sig Mosquito 22LR

I may have missed one.
 

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One of my Shields with the 8 round mag (which I like quite a bit) and of course the PT709 Slim. The only complaint I have on the Slim is the very thin base plate on the magazine. The pro is that it is a very flush fit and lends itself well to CCW carry/pocket carry. The con I mention as an instructor. I teach CCW classes on the side, mostly to women. I bring out a variety from my collection for them to use in the class from time to time. I noticed that during malfunction drills, particularly double-feed 'rip and rack' drills not a single woman was able to take the magazine out of the Slim. Wasn't enough of a finger hold on the thin base plate coupled with their finger strength. Too be honest, it took some effort for me to accomplish and I'm a body builder that does finger tip push ups!

Overall the Slim is an excellent firearm. And admittedly a double-feed is an uncommon malfunction. However, again as an instructor I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't point out cons along with the pros. The flush base plate on the LC9 may very well be the same. The solution is easy however by simply changing the base plate to a larger or longer after market version that allows more purchase. The Ruger LC9 base plate with the pinky extension provides enough purchase to accomplish the drill.
 

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One of my Shields with the 8 round mag (which I like quite a bit) and of course the PT709 Slim. The only complaint I have on the Slim is the very thin base plate on the magazine. The pro is that it is a very flush fit and lends itself well to CCW carry/pocket carry. The con I mention as an instructor. I teach CCW classes on the side, mostly to women. I bring out a variety from my collection for them to use in the class from time to time. I noticed that during malfunction drills, particularly double-feed 'rip and rack' drills not a single woman was able to take the magazine out of the Slim. Wasn't enough of a finger hold on the thin base plate coupled with their finger strength. Too be honest, it took some effort for me to accomplish and I'm a body builder that does finger tip push ups!

Overall the Slim is an excellent firearm. And admittedly a double-feed is an uncommon malfunction. However, again as an instructor I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't point out cons along with the pros. The flush base plate on the LC9 may very well be the same. The solution is easy however by simply changing the base plate to a larger or longer after market version that allows more purchase. The Ruger LC9 base plate with the pinky extension provides enough purchase to accomplish the drill.
I've never considered a 704, honestly I've never seen one other than in pictures. I will say, it's growing on me. :)

As far as women stripping mags... not to be sexist, but I'm not sure many of them could strip from a double stack or a longer mag. They are tough to rip out when jammed. But I get your point. They outta put a pull tab on the bottom. :)
 

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I've never considered a 704, honestly I've never seen one other than in pictures. I will say, it's growing on me. :)

As far as women stripping mags... not to be sexist, but I'm not sure many of them could strip from a double stack or a longer mag. They are tough to rip out when jammed. But I get your point. They outta put a pull tab on the bottom. :)

I don't know about that now!
I have a heck of a time opening my beer and its like that , I always spill some it before I can get it to my mouth!
Its a bad idea in my opinion. much better if they would put the tap on the side !
 
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