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Old December 19th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #1
 
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New American Pistol Compact for CCW?

Hey guys.

1st post on the Ruger Forum.

I have a New American Compact 9mm on the way to my FFL.

I shot the full size a year ago and fell in love. Accurate little guy!

Finally put hands on the compact the other day at my LGS and it felt great. Good size. Excellent trigger.

Anyway just wanted to get your thoughts. Anyone CCW this yet? Holster options?

Lets hear it!

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Old December 19th, 2016, 10:29 PM   #2
 
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You'll enjoy the pistol. I've handled it, but I'm heavily invested in the SR9, and 9E guns. All made right her in Arizona. As for holsters, I own multiple types, depending on time of year.
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Welcome! Don't know to help you, but it's sure a nice looking gun. what made you go for it over the sr9c? As to carry, everyone says it's a little heavy for that so when you find a good set up and good belt combo be sure and pass the word along
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I've got the RAP compact 9mm. So far weight hasn't been a problem for me when using a IWB hybrid leather/kydex setup with two belt clips similar to the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe.
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I'm also an SR9c guy. When the RAP first came out, I questioned the niche it filled but I've heard from others they like the weight. It gives them more reliable second and third shots. Owning an LC9s as well, I can certainly see the difference between these two Rugers I own. The LC9s is a bit snappy and not nearly as accurate for me.

As far as holsters, I'd look into the N82 for the RAP. I use that for my SR9c and absolutely love the comfort and retention. I would think the little extra weight of the RAP would make retention an even bigger consideration for holsters.

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I think the RAP9c is a great gun for CCW. Honestly, the weight isn't *that* much of an issue when you consider that it shoots like a full-sized gun and holds 13 rounds of ammo, IMO. I use a Crossbreed IWB that I purchased direction from Ruger. Register your gun with them after you buy it and you'll get a 20% discount code (or $20 off of $100+).

The size is very similar to an M&P9c -- more so than something like a Glock 19.
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Hey thanks for the feedback guys!

Ive owned a LC9, and an SR9.

Neither of them really blew my skirt up. M&P is my competition gun with a million upgrades including trigger, and I think Glocks are ok as well.

But when I tried the RAP at the range one day, it really really impressed me. I put a 1" group up from 10 yards on the first go around. I was in love.

When I heard they put out a compact I went and fondled one at the LGS and that sealed the deal. I really like the trigger design how the trigger safety is right in the middle, its similar to the apex trigger for M&P IMO.

I'll have to see how it feels as a carry rig and will report back!

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I can't fit these in my jeans pocket so I carry a LCP. Others carry full size 1911s. You should carry what best meets your needs.

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As far as holsters, I'd look into the N82 for the RAP. I use that for my SR9c and absolutely love the comfort and retention.
Which model of the N82 do you use? I find myself carrying my LC9s more often these days because I'm struggling with finding the right holster for the SR9c. I find the big 2 clip hybrids (like Alien Gear) very uncomfortable. Right now I'm using a Multi Elite single clip kydex which is comfortable but prone to sagging, and a Winthrop 2 loop leather IWB which doesn't sag but isn't very comfortable. I've been wondering if a single clip hybrid like the N82 might sag less due to the greater surface area against the body.

I'd really like to find a solution because although I like my LC9s, the SR is a better pistol, and I also shoot it more accurately.
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Just got one myself....

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I think the RAP9c is a great gun for CCW. Honestly, the weight isn't *that* much of an issue when you consider that it shoots like a full-sized gun and holds 13 rounds of ammo, IMO. I use a Crossbreed IWB that I purchased direction from Ruger. Register your gun with them after you buy it and you'll get a 20% discount code (or $20 off of $100+).
That's exactly what I did...just ordered the holster over the weekend as I got the new A9 Compact on Saturday at the local gunshow.
I've had the fullsize A9 since I picked one up at the first show I saw one available at and absolutely love the way it feels and shoots.
They show the CrossBread as fitting both the fullsize and compact models so I'm assuming that either the fullsize slide will extend past the tip of the kydex or the compact will be tucked up a bit inside...I'd bet that the fullsize will be poking out. I'll use it for the compact if that's the case as I had a local holster maker make me an IWB hybrid right after I got the fullsize and he made it the "right length".
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That's exactly what I did...just ordered the holster over the weekend as I got the new A9 Compact on Saturday at the local gunshow.
I've had the fullsize A9 since I picked one up at the first show I saw one available at and absolutely love the way it feels and shoots.
They show the CrossBread as fitting both the fullsize and compact models so I'm assuming that either the fullsize slide will extend past the tip of the kydex or the compact will be tucked up a bit inside...I'd bet that the fullsize will be poking out. I'll use it for the compact if that's the case as I had a local holster maker make me an IWB hybrid right after I got the fullsize and he made it the "right length".
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Both extend past the kydex. The compact is short of the edge of the leather. The full-sized 9 goes right to the edge (maybe a hair beyond). The full sized 45 goes beyond the edge of the leather.
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Great choice for a carry gun with the right gear. Belt carry either IWB or OWB in an appropriate holster. I have carried similar sized guns (SR40c, FNS40c)since 2011. Comfortable to carry and a pleasure to shoot. A much more enjoyable size to train with compared to micro pistols and easy to carry compared to full size guns.
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Great choice for a carry gun with the right gear. Belt carry either IWB or OWB in an appropriate holster. I have carried similar sized guns (SR40c, FNS40c)since 2011. Comfortable to carry and a pleasure to shoot. A much more enjoyable size to train with compared to micro pistols and easy to carry compared to full size guns.
Very important concept that escapes those who don't actually shoot their carry guns very much.

It's much, much harder to quickly dump a magazine into the A-zone of a target at 5 yards with something the size of an LC9 as it is with something the size of an SR9c or RAP9c. And after two or three boxes of shooting at the range, you're hand isn't as happy either. If guns aren't fun to shoot, they just don't get shot much... which isn't great for a carry gun.
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