GUN Learn me about compact pistols

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  1. Michael Westen

    Michael Westen OT Supporter

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    I have held many a "compact" model of popluar guns, most of which were just shorter barrels and reduced mag capacity.

    how does this make them compact? as far as I can tell, its the barrel that is easiest to hide, its the girth of the weapon I would want to reduce, and a slightly shorter grip would reduce imprint under clothes. :dunno:
     
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    Most compacts and sub-compacts are shorter in length and height than thier full size counterparts. There isn't much you can do about the width since you have to have room for the magazine
     
  3. Michael Westen

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    Right, but thats my point, shortening the barrel on an XD or a USP by an inch and making the grip too small to be usefull is a pathetic way at making a compact gun. IMO a compact needs to be designed to be compact, I.E. PPK etc
     
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    3 in. barrel is ok and the grip on my XD is fine with a $10 Pearce grip extension added on.
     
  5. Michael Westen

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    doesn't the grip extension defeat the purpose of the smaller grip?
     
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    at the range i use the extension. when i carry i don't. :dunno:
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    Isn't the smaller XD considered a Sub-compact?

    It's about the same size as the Glock 26 and once I started shooting the Glock 26 I got use to it. It's really easy to shoot.
     
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    to reduce the width most would have to be made single stacks which would reduce the capacity even more. 10 shot compact will suddenly become like a 6 shot.. most people wouldnt want that.
     
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    G19, 23 are considered "compact" pistols...

    I thought long and hard about this and decided that a sub-compact wasn't what I needed. If some sharp CCWer notices the butt of my pistol against my shirt, great for him, but the sheeple aren't going to spot a sub-compact or anything else without looking hard for it. So I went with the slightly larger, small enough to hide, but big enough to fight with pistol.
     
  10. Michael Westen

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    that Is what I figured, I don't have trouble hiding my double stack 1911, but it is slightly slimmer than my XD :dunno:
     
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    It probably depends on your body and how you carry, but a shorter grip is considerably less prone to printing on me. A single stack helps, but on me I think the length of the grip is more the deciding factor.
     

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