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7 Best Micro Compact 9mm Handguns [Review+Video]

We run through the Springfield Armory Hellcat, S&W Shield Plus, Ruger Max 9, Sig Sauer P365X & XL, and more to see which 9mm micro compact pistols handle best.

    When it comes to the ever-expanding world of micro 9mm compacts for concealed carry, you’ve got quite a lot of options.

    We’ve covered most of the flagship concealable pistols in dedicated videos previously.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat
    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat

    However, outside of the usual suspects like Glock, Sig, etc., there are a lot of peripheral manufacturers submitting their own compact designs.

    Micro Compacts
    Micro Compacts

    So, keep reading if you’re pondering a micro compact…

    Summary of Our Top Picks

    1. Editor's Pick

      Sig Sauer P365XL

      Our favorite mix of size, capacity, fit, & feel.

    2. Best Grip

      Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus

      Another winner to the Shield lineup with 13+1 capacity.

    3. Nicest Sights

      Springfield Armory Hellcat

      Great sights but not grippy enough for us.

    4. Optic Equipped

      Sig Sauer P365X

      Longer gripped compared to the P365, and comes with optic installed.

    5. Highest Capacity

      Glock G43X

      Beloved at 10 rounds, now even better with Shield 15+1 mags.

    6. Budget Option

      Taurus GX4

      Lots of (micro) gun for around $300.

    Best Micro Compact 9mm Pistols

    1. Sig Sauer P365XL

    Our current favorite is the P365XL, essentially a longer grip and slide compared to the OG P365.

    P365 vs P365XL
    P365 vs P365XL

    Personally, I feel like the combination shines.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL
    Sig Sauer P365XL

    The extra 0.6-inches of x-axis length feel like it bumps this micro compact up from something that feels like an angry squirt gun to “yeah, this is a gun.”

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL

    The slightly longer sight radius, slide, and grip combine to create a package that points incredibly well.

    I think I wound up preferring the 365XL to the X although the latter came equipped with a red dot.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL

    Everything else is, more or less, the same as the X.

    But for those of you out there who don’t need the most concealable profile gun possible, do yourself a favor and check out the P365XL.

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    And now check out our full review from our founder who has been carrying it for 18+ months.

    P365XL Front
    P365XL Front

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    2. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus

    Up next is the Smith and Wesson’s M&P Shield Plus.

    Boasting a reasonably hefty 13+1 capacity, the Shield Plus offers a flat face trigger for easy, repeatable shots and an enhanced grip texture to help with gun retention when it matters most.

    Micro Compacts Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus
    Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus

    I’ve shot a few different M&P offerings over the years and have never been particularly impressed by them.

    But this is the first time I’ve gotten my hands on any of their concealment-oriented compact models…and I found myself pleasantly surprised.

    The Shield Plus’ overall grip shape feels fantastic! Obviously, this is a subjective thing, but I found it points naturally — even if the grip texture itself felt just kind of okay.

    Micro Compacts Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus

    Using a thumbs high and forward approach puts just enough pressure on the slide lock lever to prevent it from engaging when empty the majority of the time.

    However, that’s kind of just the name of the game, so I’m not going to fault the gun for that.

    Trigger-wise, the Shield Plus’ flat-faced design indeed feels like it lends itself to reasonably accurate and repeatable shots.

    Micro Compacts Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus

    Though this brief period with the gun was my first exposure, I felt I found that sweet spot for riding the trigger reset.

    Its’ safety mechanism is a familiar-looking shoe that must be depressed within the trigger itself.

    Drawing from an appendix carry Hidden Hybrid and Concealment Express holsters felt pretty damn great

    Micro Compacts Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus
    Concealment Express for the win!

    All in all, this proves a pretty solid choice. (And 13-round mags in the world of micro guns is nothing to sneeze at.)

    If you’re looking for that mix of concealability and mag capacity with a grip that facilitates a natural connection between your eyes and irons, the M&P Shield Plus is worth a glance.

    For more info check out our in-depth S&W M&P Shield Plus review.

    Best Grip
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    3. Ruger Max 9

    Up next is the Max 9 from Ruger.

    It offers a striker-fired micro compact design, claiming to feature a smooth trigger pull, clean break, and positive reset – all with a “medium” textured frame for a secure and comfortable grip.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9
    Ruger Max 9

    I’m going to preface this with the point that everyone’s physiology is different. Maybe what works for you doesn’t work for me, but sorry/not sorry, I didn’t find the Max 9 all that pleasant to shoot.

    You can rock either 10+1 or 12+1 magazines. Utilizing the 10-rounders we had access to, I found the gun’s diminutive pistol grip just didn’t really provide enough meat to get a solid purchase.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9

    This caused it to recoil in a bizarre up and forward motion.

    Again, a good amount of that could very well be on me. But I also have average dude hands (between a medium and large in glove sizes) — so similar shooters may want to pay heed.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9

    Depending on your personal preference when reloading, you might also find yourself baffled by the slide lock lever design.

    To me, this feels like a major overcorrection that winds up making the Max 9’s slide lock lever almost useless due to its size.

    Unless I’m missing something obvious here, the entire lever component is a tiny, impossible-to manipulate tab.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9
    That slide lock lever is weird, man.

    It’ll certainly lock the slide back without issue, but I hope you’re comfy with sling-shotting your gun when empty. That’s realistically the only way to disengage that lever.

    A brief glance online confirms that other users experience all sorts of weirdness related to the slide release – either it failing to lock or locking back with rounds still in the mag.

    But again, this is one of those design decisions so strange it makes me second guess myself. Like, am I the one just not getting it here?

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9
    Questioning everything at this point.

    Additionally, the Max 9’s grip just doesn’t suit my hand particularly well.

    Its entire grip angle feels sort of vaguely wrong in a way that’s hard to pin down.

    The Max 9’s trigger was just sort of….Okay? I guess?

    Truth be told, I don’t remember much about it, which probably indicates that it’s a standard polymer striker-fired trigger.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9

    A little spongey, which comes with the territory, but overall serviceable if not impressive.

    Lastly, there’s a distinctive “crunchiness” to the mag release button that felt downright gross.

    Is there a word for whatever you’d call the opposite of ASMR? Because it feels like that in tactile form.

    That honestly might be something that clears up over time as the gun gradually wears in.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9
    That mag release is just gross.

    But I’m also not positive I’ve experienced an unpleasant creakiness like this outside of crusty old milsurp guns.

    The irons are at least decent, with a fiber optic front sight that’s easy to pick up in bright daylight.

    Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9
    Sights are decent, though.

    Honestly, that’s probably the only part of the gun that felt like it worked well enough to highlight.

    If you hadn’t caught the drift by now, I didn’t enjoy much about the Ruger Max 9, outside of a relatively low MSRP of about $550 or so. For more details check out our full review of the Max 9.

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    However we do love the .380 LCP Max for the tiniest of carry options. Check out the full review here.

    LCP Max in Hand
    LCP Max in Hand

    4. Springfield Armory Hellcat

    We turn now to Springfield Armory’s Hellcat — which describes itself as the highest capacity micro-compact handgun in the world.

    A standard magazine that sits flush in its grip holds 10+1, while an extended magazine offers 13+1.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat
    Springfield Armory Hellcat

    You might notice that I opened with a gun also featuring 13+1 magazines…

    It seems worth pointing out that the Hellcat is about 6-inches long with a 3-inch barrel… and so is the M&P Shield plus.

    The Hellcat brings a variety of features. It serves up aggressive slide serrations up top, loaded chamber indicator, railed frame for lights or LAM units, and a reversible magazine release.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat

    First impressions here…the Hellcat’s sights are decent.

    The high vis tritium green front lines up nicely with the almost oversized Tactical Rack U Dot rear sight.

    Its slide is also optics cut, with Springfield themselves recommending a Hex Wasp, JP Enterprises JPoint, or Shield RMSC.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat

    The gun’s minimal profile does create a snappy recoil impulse – not anything gnarlier than you’d expect from other micro compacts, though.

    It’s probably on par with something like the stock Sig Sauer P365.

    While shooting with disgustingly sweat-drenched hands, I couldn’t help but feel like I wasn’t getting a fantastic grip on the gun. Its grip texture felt a bit subpar.

    Right up front, ahead of the takedown lever, sits an inward impression with some grip texture as well.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat

    The intent? You’ve got a bit of a ledge to apply pressure, helping you stabilize the gun.

    While I respect the attempt here, going with an inward dimple rather than an outward ledge doesn’t feel like it works particularly well.

    Lastly, the Hellcat we had access to also appears to have a rather large and pronounced casting seam.

    It makes its presence known by aggressively recoiling into your palms.

    I have a complete stream of consciousness list of bullet points I recorded on my phone while we were shooting these micro compacts.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat
    That right there feels not so great.

    For posterity, I want to point out that my fugue-state notes on the Hellcat were “Rear grip casting seam recoils blood pain into your meat hands ow.”

    (This is probably the part where the comment section tells me to sandpaper calluses into my dainty mitts.)

    Real talk, though, the Hellcat isn’t necessarily a bad gun, and it shot well enough overall.

    But micro compacts are already unpleasant enough to shoot on a good day.

    Micro Compacts Springfield Armory Hellcat

    In my opinion, if you’re picking up a carry gun, you may have to use it; you probably want one that’s comfortable to train with often.

    For me, that’s not a Hellcat, but for you, maybe it is. Check out our full review here.

    Nicest Sights
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    5. Sig Sauer P365X

    Up next, we’ve got two different recent additions to Sig’s P365 lineup that felt worth mentioning without doing complete spinoff videos of their own.

    The P365X takes the original P365 slide and adds a different grip module.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X
    Sig Sauer P365X & XL

    This lengthens the pistol grip and alters the trigger to create a package that tweaks most of what I dislike about the OG 365.

    While that grip length isn’t a massive difference in terms of a couple of inches tacked on, for me, it makes all the difference.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X
    P365 on top of the P365X

    That addition of a 12-round magazine sitting flush in the 365X’s grip doesn’t hurt either.

    Considering that one of my biggest gripes with the stock P365 is the short grip length, I appreciated the extra space.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X
    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X

    Our Sig 365X also came with a Romeo preinstalled — losing the rear sight for that add-on — but the combination feels fantastic.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365X
    Sig Sauer P365X

    Additionally, the X’s trigger has been redesigned to bring a much flatter profile that breaks at 90-degrees.

    It’s a noticeable improvement over the original 365’s mushy trigger.

    Optic Equipped
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    6. Glock G43X MOS

    Ok, so some of ya’ll yelled at us in the comments for originally excluding the Glock from our list. So, here we are.

    The G43X adopts that oh-so-familiar Glock aesthetic, although in a much smaller package than your standard G17.

    Glock G43X
    Glock G43X MOS

    Being more minuscule than some of its siblings means that you’re limited to a 10+1 capacity. (Though you’re not stuck with OEM mags as Shield Arms makes some BAMF G43X mags.)

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    It measures about 6-inches in overall length with a barrel at 3.41-inches. Weight-wise, you’re looking at just over 23-ounces.

    Though the G43X sports a rail of sorts upfront, it’s waaaay tiny. Like, you’re not going to be able to pop on your Streamlight TLR7 or 8 and go.

    Like pretty much every other tiny gun on our list, there’s some snap to this gun when fired. Again, to be expected though.

    Glock G43X Mag Yeet
    Glock G43X

    That said, it feels more controllable than the Sig P365, in my opinion though.

    Overall, how did it shoot? Like a Glock…meaning it did what it was supposed to do reliably and consistently.

    But what do you really expect from the Apple Inc. of the firearms industry?

    Highest Capacity
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    Want to learn more about the Glock G43X? Check out our full review.

    7. Taurus GX4

    Want an affordable pistol that also happens to be pretty darn concealable?

    Taurus shook things up with the introduction of its GX4 – a micro compact aimed at providing a budget-friendly option priced at $392.

    Taurus GX4
    Taurus GX4

    The striker-fired GX4 stands 4.4 inches tall and measures 5.8 inches in overall length. Weight-wise, you’re looking at about 18.5 ounces.

    We recently tested the T.O.R.O. version, which stands for Taurus Optics Ready Option. Not only does it run a red dot, but it has a mag extender giving a total capacity of 13+1.

    Taurus GX4 TORO
    Taurus GX4 TORO

    The magazine release was a little shallow, but it’s billed as a carry gun, and carry guns typically include smaller controls. With practice, I got used to it, and the mags cleared freely when dropped.

    The magazine extension adds round and also makes the gun easier to handle. As far as shooting, it feels way less snappy than I anticipated.

    Taurus GX4 In Hand

    The trigger offers a shallow reset, and it felt okay. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy.

    Accuracy-wise, it’s good for a small gun. I averaged groups of 1.5 inches on a target set up at 7 yards right out of the box.

    Taurus GX4 Toro target

    The overall experience was pleasant, and I found myself beginning to admire the little gun. During a test of around 200 rounds, it didn’t have any malfunctions.

    In some ways, the Toro version hits that Goldilocks spot of not too big and not too small. The GX4 also occupies a wallet-friendly space for budget-minded consumers.

    Budget Option
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    Final Thoughts

    In my mind, it makes sense to pick the 9mm micro compact option that fits your needs best. Frankly, no one can tell you what those needs are except you.

    Micro Compacts
    Micro compacts galore.

    Generally, these pistols suck to shoot, but that’s the nature of the territory you get into when concealment becomes your primary concern.

    There’s not much you can do to get around that.

    Micro Compacts Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus
    Smith & Wesson MP Shield Plus

    But given that you should probably be proficient with the tool you’re carrying, you probably want to snag a gun that you can train and become proficient with.

    For me, that leaves the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus or the Sig Sauer P365 XL as the best contenders.

    Micro Compacts Sig Sauer P365XL
    Sig Sauer P365XL

    But, if possible, I’d still recommend getting rounds through multiple sub/micro/nano compact models to truly determine what works for you.

    As always, you can watch these guns in action in the video below.

    What’s your preferred micro compact? Let us know in the comments below. Want to explore more carry options? Check out the 12 Best Concealed Carry Guns (By Popular Caliber).

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    • Commenter Avatar

      Surprised to not see the Canik Mete MC9 in here

      July 16, 2023 8:23 pm
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      What about the latest from FN; FN Reflex 9mm?

      June 27, 2023 6:46 pm
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      Fred Philibert

      My favorite Micro Compact is the Diamondback DB9 Gen 4. Marginally larger than an LCP and capable of using the same holsters, mine is ultra reliable and resides most of the time in my right front pocket. Easily pocketable!

      May 24, 2023 8:51 am
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      Jayce G

      Pew Pew Tactical Writers,

      While it's abundantly clear that y'all love SIG, you've missed multiple opportunities for this article. For that matter, every article you put out regarding Micro Compacts. You always include between two and four variants of the P365 every time you put an article like this out, and it feels like you're either unaware of the full selection of micro compacts out there, or haven't reviewed the others, or won't review the others. Either way, you included basically the same gun on this list twice and I have yet to see a single review or even a mention on this entire site as far as the various other available offerings in this market segment. Where are the FN Reflex, Kimber Mako, Beretta APX A1 Carry, IWI Masada Slim, or even the new offering from Canik? You're really missing an opportunity to give some of these other overlooked and underrated guns some exposure. ESPECIALLY the IWI Masada Slim. I love your site, I just honestly wish you would be more thorough sometimes. Heck, if you can't get your hands one one of 'em, at least give em an honorable mention!

      May 18, 2023 12:44 am
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        Newb Shooter

        IWI Masada Slim is a great add as well. 13 round magazine, and comfortable to shoot!

        May 19, 2023 4:36 am
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      So your picks for the "micro" category are bigger versions of the original micro P365? What category would that end up in, then?

      May 17, 2023 4:28 pm
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      how would you consider the new Beretta APX A1 Compact in this category?

      May 17, 2023 9:01 am
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      "Utilizing the 10-rounders we had access to [for the Ruger Max 9], I found the gun’s diminutive pistol grip just didn’t really provide enough meat to get a solid purchase."

      Are you aware that the Max 9 has a pinky extension bottom plate for the 10-round magazine, which gives you the same amount of magazine to hold onto as the 12-round magazine? When you use the 10-round magazine with the pinky extension attached, the Ruger Max 9 looks very much like the Ruger EC9S.

      May 16, 2023 11:40 pm
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      I have a P365xl with an optic sight, and I am very happy with it. However, I also have a Kimber R7 Mako. You might want to test one of those. I like mine even better than my P365xl. The Mako comes drilled for an optic sight and has extended mags. Night sights are standard. Try one out when you get the chance.

      May 16, 2023 9:35 pm
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      Derek Bibber

      I bought a SA Hellcat for my wife last year and it came with 2x 15rd, 2x 13 rd, 1x 10rd magazines. The 15rd magazines offer plenty of grip and paired with 115gr rounds, it's a match made in heaven. Not knocking the other entries here, but it comes down to user preference (like we all know.) Thanks for the post as always

      May 16, 2023 8:03 pm
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      John H

      Get the shield plus, you will love it and its on the cheaper end of the spectrum!! I have a 15 rd mag so you get 15+1, very good shooter, and super reliable. Can't go wrong, ton of accessories available as well.

      May 16, 2023 7:49 pm
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      I have the 43x and it shoots well for it's size. Also, have you looked at the Canik MC9? Word has it that the new Canik is worthwhile, plus there's Canik's great trigger.

      May 16, 2023 6:46 pm
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      David Boerboom

      I can't help but notice, that the lowly CZ P10 M isn't anywhere on the list...poor Czechs

      May 16, 2023 6:22 pm
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        Jayce G

        The P10M, while technically being a micro-compact does't quite fall under the articles criteria based on all the other guns listed. These modern day micro-compacts like this list really do need their own category. You COULD consider anything with a "micro" footprint as a micro-compact, but really the category that these guns all fall under should be something like "micro 1.5 stack" or "micro 10+" or something like that. Every gun on the list is a micro, by dimensions but usually "micro compact" nowadays denotes at least 10 in the mag. The P10M was a swing and a miss for CZ who could have easily put something out with more than 7 rounds. It was 2022, after all. They really missed an opportunity to throw their hat in the ring. I'm personally still waiting on a Micro PDP or whatever Walther comes up with. The PDP series has some of the best ergonomics and I'd dare say one of, if not THE best striker fired trigger on the market. I think HK and Beretta, to a lesser extent are the only big names that have yet to drop a true 10+ micro compact. Well, Glock too but they're just gonna do whatever they want and people will eat it up anyways because... Glock fanboys.

        May 18, 2023 12:27 am
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      What about the Canik elite SC?

      May 16, 2023 6:06 pm
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      bill edge

      What about the Canik Elite SC?

      May 16, 2023 6:05 pm
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      Tery Hopkinson

      might not be available yet, but I feel you left out the FN Reflex

      May 16, 2023 5:53 pm
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      For sub-compacts I have a regular Sig P365, a S&W Shield .45 (I love it), and a Sig P938.
      9 times out of 10 I carry the 938 even though it only has 7+1.
      The 938 is often overlooked in articles about sub-compacts but it is an accurate all metal pistol that is comfortable at the range.
      Of course it isn’t as soft shooting as my CZ75 or M&P compact but is much easier to conceal.
      Good article. I always watch your videos because you tell the truth.

      May 9, 2023 7:13 pm
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        Treasure your 938. If you’ve got one that isn’t super-finicky about ammo, and its magazines all work, cherish it. Mine is on the other end of the spectrum, and on its third trip to Sig for feed issues beyond the normal. When it works, I agree about it being soft-shooting and accurate. The trigger is a beast, though. Breaks clean, but HEAVY.

        May 17, 2023 7:54 am
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      Oliver Neal

      I have a SA Hellcat that I had to use and it worked flawlessly and as expected. I believe it is up to the buyet/shooter to determine what's best for them, that works. You're more opinionated than being objective. That might not work for women that's out here looking for CCW. Keep that in mind. Othet than tjat, good review.

      March 23, 2023 9:50 pm
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      Don Dungy

      Please look at Kahr pm9. Is not a range gun, but does not print unless you are wearing speedos and goes bang when you pull the trigger. My requirements on a micro compact it it is reliable and very easily concealed. Is supposed to save your life, not go into a battle against a dozen people.

      March 19, 2023 9:28 pm
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      I closed your review screen at the point you couldn't tell which was the slide release on the Ruger Max 9. If you're going to slam a gun, and be obviously bias against it, at least know the slide release was encompassed by a protective, three sided, guard so that you can't accidentally engage it while shooting. When you tried manipulating the tiny piece of metal between the release and the end of the slide, that was enough for me. Know what you're talking about next time, and if you are bias against Ruger, then just don't review their guns. Yes, it was that obvious.

      March 4, 2023 8:31 pm
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      i have served in the military and never ever held nor fired any pistol; even during basic training, so that makes me your fully qualified armchair expert !!!

      beware the man with one gun...

      it amazes me when people whine over the cost of a gun ...

      4 guns

      1) sp101 .38/357magnum,

      2) pump 20gauge; rifled sights,

      3) mini 14,

      4) ss p365x 9mm

      done and dusted for life; as well as getting your family heirlooms covered

      January 28, 2023 1:05 am
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        David Boerboom

        Uh, no.

        May 16, 2023 6:24 pm
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      I just got the Taurus GX4XL TORO and my son got the Glock 43X. Time to hit the range. Mine will be my CC gun and my son his off duty gun. Not sure if I will put optics on mine. I got 10, 11 and 13 round mags.

      January 6, 2023 5:29 am
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      This is great comparison and very informative. I have a P365 and do not understand your aversion to accuracy. I have only been shooting again for a year after 40 years of not, and I can rapid group 10 at 50’ within 2-3”. So for self defense, even if they run, it will not end well for them.

      December 30, 2022 4:40 pm
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      Raymond Dunne

      Not in this list but out of 10 or so that I tried including 4 of the ones above, I settled in with a Taurus G2C... BUT this pistol had an unfair advantage. The one I tried, and have now done the same to mine, has a KT trigger and spring, Lakeline LLC ported target barrel, SS guide rod assembly, firing pin springs, seat, and retainer, and SS 3 dot sights which I painted with phosphorous white on the 2 rear dots and phosphorous red for the front. I do have a laser sight for it but I don't keep it mounted because nobody makes a decent holster besides the ones made for the Viridian and Arma-laser and I'm not about to spend that much on a laser sight and holster for a CC firearm that cost $200 + about $150 to upgrade, which is the main reason that I chose this one. In the event I unfortunately may have to use it and it gets confiscated, I'm not out that much but with the inexpensive upgrades, it's super fun to practice with now compared to the stock G2C.The upgrades were all very easy to install save for the KT trigger spring and that's only because I didn't see the second video they have up on the site for that specific reason. Once I saw that, I got it to go right in. I didn't like the S&W or the Ruger at all. I did like the Springfield and if the Taurus I tried hadn't been upgraded, would probably have been my choice. I'm not a Sig fan for my own personal reasons so that gun was doomed before it even got loaded. There's my 2 cents.

      December 1, 2022 3:36 am
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        David Boerboom

        If you're going to have all that money in a Taurus g2c, you might as well get a set of ameriglo tritium sights w/the orange focus ring.... , And the 17 round magazine, the one that looks like it belongs on it.. ....and a striker sleeve from lakeline

        May 16, 2023 6:28 pm
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      Steve Myers

      As a rather large fellow, both in height and girth, I do love my P365XL. Not the most consealable choice for some, but works for me, even with extra capacity mags.

      October 24, 2022 12:35 pm
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        Mark Schoch

        100% agree. I like being able to go from the p365 to the X to the XL and the Macro.

        For anyone who does have trouble concealing the P365XL, or @Steve Myers if you want to try something super comfortable, you should try the Phlster Enigma holster system. It's a little strange at first and may take a couple carries to get used to it, but having the holster tight against the body instead of hanging from your belt (iwb) makes it more comfortable, easier to deal with (especially using a public restroom) abd you can conceal almost any pistol. I carry the P365 Macro and don't print.

        May 17, 2023 12:11 am
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      I have to agree that the offerings put forth by Taurus are really a pretty decent choice. I have purchased several different "micro" compact firearms this year for my training program and ended up with a G2C, G3C and a G3S. The main/obvious difference between the G2/3C and the S model is that the S is a single stack. Attendant with the single stack mag is the smaller grip circumference. Probably the only disadvantage to the Taurus is that they appear rather blocky. I have not taken the calipers to all the different guns, but I would guess that they a all pretty darn close. One of the things I do is to test the trigger pull on the guns I acquire. For the most part, they are all fairly much in the 7 pound plus or minus a pound or less range. The exception to that was the Taurus firearms mentioned, with trigger release mostly in the 5 to 5.5 pound range. (and one other in that range - I do not remember, but I am thinking Glock 43). Significant, because my student focus is females (there does tend to be smaller individuals in that demographic) and youth. More subjective than the scale would suggest is the smoothness/ease of operation of the trigger. Some firearms just FEEL like they have a much heavier trigger. The Taurus G series don't have that heavy feel - long, perhaps on the initial trigger press, but no obvious "stacking" until the release point. I have never had a problem with the durability or functioning of the Taurus products - I began using them in my training programs in the early 90's. Never a failure with either the wheelguns or the semiautos. (one exception - an adjustable sight on a 9mm model 99 came apart) Oh, yeah - did I mention that none of the Taurus firearms I picked up were over $300?
      Other than lacking snob appeal (I can say that - I have carried Sigs for a Very long time!) I have a high opinion of them and would not feel inadequately armed carrying one. Or two.

      October 13, 2022 9:29 pm
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        Taurus has really upped their game. They have had their problems for sure but these days they appear to be quite reliable and they are priced VERY competitively. I’ve had a TCP 738 for several years and it just goes and goes. I recently picked up a T.O.R.O. G3 and a G2C at sale prices and I’m very pleased with them. And, yes, I have Sigs, S&W’s, Rugers, CZ’s etc. The Tauruses hang in there favorably with all of the others

        May 16, 2023 5:50 pm
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      Johnny Turvin

      I get it that the GX4 is the latest Taurus G Series line, but I like (and own) a G3XL 12 Round. Yes, it is almost the same size as my Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Carry, but at literally half the price. With a Viridian E Series laser and X Sights Tritium irons, it is a formidable backup that is still concealable.

      September 29, 2022 6:08 pm
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      Ted Nugent

      An article entitled 7 best micros that doesn’t even mention the Kahr PM9 or CW9?

      August 13, 2022 3:43 am
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      Crazy, and I love to hate it, but my Glock 42 conceals with nothing over it. I fell in love with the hellcat while shooting it, and I know the advantages of the 9mm over 380, in addition, the capacity also speaks for itself, but dang it, that Glock 42 rides with me through pushups at an office party (really!?! yup.......... it was a surprise), and I just can't help but hit my target with this gun. As much as I want to carry more gun, this really is it. I've been carrying concealed for 34 years, and this is the one that goes on with my clothes every day. I would rather stake my life on my 42 that's with me, than on my pet 17, that rides in my range holster. God bless you guys, and carry always.

      April 29, 2022 9:00 pm
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        Joan Hill

        I have recently joined the 380 community. Purchased a Ruger LCP Max and for me it is terrific. The comfort/concealability/shootability of this firearm are first rate. I'm not a tall person (5'3") and always had issues with the size & weight of 9mm. At home or in my car I'll stick with the 9, but for on my person, this little gem is my definite go to.

        November 27, 2022 5:37 am
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      Slim Shady

      So many on this list that aren’t micros...

      April 22, 2022 9:22 am
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        Worst article wasted my time looking for a Micro 9, sadly there were only 1 or 2 on the list that are actually considered micros.

        December 11, 2022 9:26 pm
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      No Canik love? Highly recommend checking one out. Best triggers out of the box.

      March 24, 2022 3:10 am
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        Mark Schoch

        Even though I carry P365xl or P365 Macro, I have to agree. I have the SFX abd that gun is amazing straight out of the box, and have heard this about every other pistol they make, not just by a couple people but every single review you read about this company.

        May 17, 2023 12:14 am
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      I think u messed up on the details on the glock 43x.a glock 43x has a 10+1 capacity and shield arms sells a flush fitting 15 rd mag for it

      December 29, 2021 10:19 am
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      John Thompson

      I bought for EDC the Hellcat with optics. It shoots great but the optical has a tendency to fly off. Pay attention to the screws when trading off the plate to optics. They are different sizes. If they were going to make a sight for a carry gun they should use better screws and a battery compartment that can be accessed without removing the optical sight, say a side swing out door that locks where you unlock it with a pin. Other than that best micro conceal gun I have found.

      October 23, 2021 8:40 pm