Updated: Mar 7, 2019

I've found myself on a journey to replace one of my daily carry handguns - a Ruger LC9s Pro. It's a great single-stack, 7+1 9mm subcompact that I've had a few years now that fit the bill when it was originally purchased back in 2015. Besides adding a LaserMax, Talon and Hogue grips to it, I've done very little to it. I have average sized hands and the Hogue grip gave it a little more to hold onto, and the Talon grips held it in place on the summer days at the range. Nevertheless, the time has come to trade...

Ruger specs

  • Length: 6"

  • Height: 4.5"

  • Width: .9

  • Wight: 17.30 oz

  • Barrel Length: 3.1"

  • Magazine capacity: 7 (standard), 9 (extended)

First I need to answer some questions:

  1. What is the purpose of this handgun? Concealment I said to myself

  2. Is there a maximum budget? No comment!

  3. IWB or OWB? Definitely IWB

  4. Magazine capacity? More than current (not equal to - more than)

  5. Brand preference? ehh... Yeah, one with a proven reliability record

The line-up

  • Glock 43

  • Glock 43X

  • Glock 26

  • Sig P938

  • Sig P365

  • Walther PPS

  • Walther PPQ

  • Kimber Micro 9

  • S&W Shield M2.0

In my first outing, I visited Pro Shots in Rural Hall. If you need a good indoor range, this is your place. Anyhoo, back at the ranch. They had many of the potentials available as rentals, so we shot all but the 43X, P365, Kimber & Shield. Let's look at the Glock 43 and the Sig P938 together and see if we can eliminate one right off the bat!

Glock 43 specs

  • Length: 6.26"

  • Height: 4.25"

  • Width: 1.06

  • Wight: 17.99 oz

  • Barrel Length: 3.41"

  • Magazine capacity: 6 (standard)

  • Price: $460.47

This is a single-stack, 9mm for superb concealability, essentially same dimensions as the Ruger, but one less round in the mag. One of my requirements is more capacity, so we're already in the hole. Perhaps the reputation and function of Glock will set it above the rest? Like all it's predecessors, it has the stock sights, typical trigger and internal safety mechanisms in place. For me personally, the thin, single stack grip isn't doing it for me. Its height is too short and the magazine is required for me to have that at-home feel for my pinky. Because I don't feel like I can get a good two-handed grip on this gun, coupled with the magazine capacity, I have to say this is a no-go for me.

Sig P938 specs

  • Length: 5.9"

  • Height: 3.9"

  • Width: 1.1"

  • Weight: 16 oz

  • Barrel Length: 3"

  • Magazine capacity: 6 (standard)

  • Price: $719.00

Another single-stack, 9mm. But this handgun has an alloy frame and sports wider, Hogue rubber grips with finger grooves for excellent master grip making it effortless to control for follow-up shots. What killed it for me though is the external (and ambidextrous) thumb safety. While it's a great feature, it's just awkward due to the physical size of the gun. Also, Sig put the Hogue grips on in place of a slightly larger mag well to increase capacity. At $719, it's the 2nd highest priced option of all.

If I had to eliminate one right now, it'll have to be the Sig. The reliability and ergonomics of the Glock, even with a smaller magazine capacity put it ahead of the two.

Here are some picture comparisons of the two side-by-side.

Check back later when we'll discuss the Walther PPQ & PPS...


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