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Old February 7th, 2017, 08:12 PM   #1
 
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Opinion Poll: Replace SR40C with LC9S or Shield

I realize this is a personal choice, but I'm interested in what your reasons would be to make this change or not.

I have an SR40C and carry it in a N82 Pro holster. It conceals well most of the time and I don't really notice the weight... until I take it off. I'm kicking around the idea of replacing it with a LC9S or Shield 9mm. I'm looking for something thinner and lighter. Will that 1/4 inch and 8oz (loaded) make that much difference?



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I have an SR9c and LC9s. The weight difference is significant. Size, not so much. The larger pistol is a much better shooter.
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This will all depend on what is most important to you. I too own the SR40c and have purchased two gun to try and replace it as my EDC. I have held many different guns and all have their strong and weak points. I did look at both guns you have mentioned, the shield being the performance version, it has fiber optic sights that I really liked and to me better built than the LC9S. Thinner grip and weight went to the LC9S, I ended up with the Taurus PT111 G2, even though it carries great and has performed flawlessly, I can get that warm and fuzzy feeling carrying it. I then purchased the Walter PPS M2 IMO if I had to pick between the two, I would go with the Shield!

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Personally a 1/4" wouldn't make that much difference but 8 oz is significant. The 40 S&W IMHO is a much better cartridge and digs deeper loaded with 180 gr bullets. To me it's a trade off.
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Yup. Your call entirely.

I carried the 9mm Shield for months and ended up trading it in for a Springfield XD subcompact. Liked the redundant safeties on the XD and felt more comfortable carrying it with one in the chamber. Shoots like a dream too.
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Thank you for the responses. If the difference in thickness isn't that noticeable then maybe I need to go in a different direction. If I tuck with the SR40C, there is a noticeable bulge on my waist. It sounds like the thinner gun isn't going to be a big improvement in that regard. Perhaps appendix carry would be less noticeable? Or maybe the better choice is to add a pocket-sized 380 (LCP II, probably) for those times that the 40 is too noticeable.
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Its all a personal choice based on the individual.

I personally would not go to anything less powerful than a 9mm.. I have no use or faith in a 380. But that said, a 22 is better than nothing. So carry what you can.

There are a couple pocket 9's I like. CZ rami & sig 938. But thats just me, I like hammer fired metal. Weight is not an issue with me. Dependability and accuracy is everything.

Again, everyone is different. The two striker fired 9's you mention have good reviews and reputations from what Ive read.

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I went from CCW'ing a SR9c to a Sig P938...at 7.4 ounces less, and a bit over a 1/10 of an inch narrower, the Sig is much nicer to carry. Of course you are shortening your round count down by 3 rounds also making it that much lighter to carry, but you can't have everything
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I don't own any of the 3 guns you mentioned above but have fired the Shield 9mm. I was impressed with it but not enough to go buy one.
I would personally take the Shield over the Ruger's but that's just me.

What I do carry religiously is the Sig P938 and I would highly recommend one. With the right holster which I have found you almost forget you have it on. It's easy to conceal and extremely accurate. I recently bought the little brother the P-238 and it rides perfectly in my wallet holster. They might cost more but to me there is no comparison.
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you need to figure out what you want to accomplish. the difference in load capabilities between a 40 and a 9 are significant. If the 40 doesn't bother you until you take it off, why change? If you're going to continue holster carry, 8 oz probably wont make a difference, but if you're thinking of POCKET CARRY, it will, and a shield might be better, whether 9mm or 40cal
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I'm kicking around the idea of replacing it with a LC9S or Shield 9mm. I'm looking for something thinner and lighter. Will that 1/4 inch and 8oz (loaded) make that much difference?
Yes. It will make that much of a difference.

IMO, keep your SR40 for cool/cold weather carry. Buy a Shield for warm/hot weather carry, or for when your attire won't allow you to conceal anything bigger.

I carry a CZ 75D PCR during the cool/cold weather months. I carry a Glock 43 for warm/hot weather carry and when I can't carry a larger pistol.
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I want something that conceals better than the SR40C in some situations (tucked, for example), with a holster that is easier to "put on" than the N82 Pro. Thickness is the biggest issue with the SR40C. Lighter would be nice, but the weight isn't a real problem.

Replacing the SR40C with a single-stack is one option, and the one for which I wanted opinions. The other option is a small 380 with either a pocket holster or a small IWB holster - probably appendix. I see pros and cons with both options, but I'm leaning toward the second.

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don't forget a 9mm as pocket carry. I have a Shield and a Keltec that I swap between pocket and car carry. Both have CT LASERS on them, and they fit in my shorts without a holster and no printing. Living in SO AZ, shorts are pretty much year round attire. Personal opinion, they are too small for holsters; holsters are better left for 40's.

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Also, I have a few single stack Berettas, the difference in width is insignificant
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For ME, the shield is all over any Ruger as far a grip comfort. I carry mine in a N82 Original, small of the back and it's very comfortable. Personally, I think the shield is too big for pocket carry. YMMV
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