I have been looking for a new pistol to allow for better concealed carry than my full size Smith & Wesson M&P9. I have really struggled making a choice. I tend to be too analytical making decisions. Possible candidates have included a Kel-Tec PF9, Ruger LCP in 9mm, and an assortment of Taurus models. Price range is in the $400 region which rules out most revolvers (which I am not really interested in), any 1911 compacts, and upper end models.
As I have gone through several offerings including those mentioned my biggest complaint has been around trigger pull. I understand why but the long trigger pulls that most of the models have just flat out suck. I realize that most of these models have no external safety and thus use the long trigger pull to provide some realm of preventing an unintended firing while being carried in a pocket. I just don’t like long trigger pulls.
Another frustrating aspect of some of the pistols that I tried that was grips that were too small. Yeah – I know. These are COMPACT pistols and made to be small. Regardless, I want my pinky to be resting on the grip to help control firing. Some models are available with an extended magazine which allow for better grip and additional rounds. I like this option.
In the end I choose the Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm. It offers a very slim profile, shorter trigger pull, and is available with a +1 magazine for a more secure grip. Compact and easily concealed with up to 9 rounds of 9mm at the ready.
The deposit has been made. I will post a full review after I am able to spend some time with it.