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Dear Gun Manufacturers: Make Me A Gun!

Dear Gun Manufacturers: Make Me A Gun!

I love that gun manufacturers are starting to really give us little people what we need.

With concealed carry booming and available in all fifty states of our union, with national reciprocity of some sorts on the horizon (it’s going to happen, people!) and the continued surge of female carriers and shooters the need for full-size, double-stack combat pistols is going to be met by the need of compact pistols that people can carry concealed but also shoot well.

Ahh.. shoot well.

There it is. The operative phrase.

Shoot. Well.

Let’s not mince words, there are hundreds of compact carry pistols on the market. I could go to a gun store today and pick up a P3AT or an LCP or a S&W Shield or Bodyguard or a Kahr PM9. I could go even smaller if I wanted to cut caliber or more capacity and potentially increasing my displeasure at the range. I could also go slightly larger and find a far more comfortable shooting gun and struggle with concealment.

The problem is (and well known) that many of the best carry guns are notoriously hard to shoot. Okay, the Shield isn’t bad (it’s actually quite good), but there are still people who do not find it easy to shoot.

We NEED a missing link. I’m stressing need here because I’m going to be addressing the needs of many people (men and women) all over the industry.

I am a small female and I’m not the only one. I’m also not the only one who has small hands or prefers single stack firearms. There are thousands upon thousands of women and men, like me, who have been begging and pleading for smaller-framed firearms that fit better in the grip and hand. You have answered the call by making single-stack 9mms! Thank you!

But for some reason you’ve assumed that means we have to have short barrels, too. That’s not necessarily so.

We all know that the lighter and more compact the firearm the more recoil the shooter needs to control and absorb. For individuals who already have lesser upper body strength, small hands or disabilities like arthritis this makes compact pistols intimidating and hard to control. Even if they love the gun for its size they shy away from shooting it or muscle through it for the sake of training to end up with sore elbows and wrists and arms. Not to mention we all know that longer sight radii help with accuracy.

Where are the small-frame, single stack, long-slide firearms that don’t come in the form of 1911s or also have long grips?

Glock 43 vs a S&W Shield

Glock 43 vs a S&W Shield

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my Shield. It’s a great carry gun and the best compact 9mm I’ve ever shot. I will likely end up with a Glock 43 in my arsenal as well. I might even carry both. At the same time!

But I (and others) would pay good money for a S&W M&P 9mm Shield with a 4″ barrel (particularly threaded so that I might be able to add weight to the end for better recoil management, but I’ll start with a standard barrel, thankyouverymuch). I would also love for the grip to remain the same length but with options for larger/longer magazines. This way I could still carry the 4″ model if I wanted to (because it’s the grip that is hardest to conceal, not the barrel) but I could still compete and practice with a 9 or 10 round magazine.

Glock, if you’re listening, how about a 44? Please? A G19 length barrel with a G43 frame… that’s all I’m asking (oh, and larger capacity magazines with sleeves but baby steps).

Pretty Please? I would rock that.

Forever Yours,
Melody Lauer

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About Melody Lauer aka Limatunes

Melody is an NRA and Rangemaster Certified Pistol instructor, mother of three and advocate of safe gun carry and practices.

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  1. I had been hoping, desperately, that the 43 would be a flattened 19. The 19 is so very shootable, and almost, just barely almost, concealable. If it weren’t so dang chubby it could conceal easily.

    When Walther announced the CCP, I was so very excited. There it was: THE Concealed Carry Pistol. Features including: easy rack slide, softened recoil, dainty frame size, ergonomic grip, ambidextrous magazine release, oh boy oh boy this is the perfect gun for me! But it also has a manual frame-mounted safety. The manual safety is not also ambidextrous. I can’t use this gun at all.

    If Walther gets their act together and fixes the CCP, it’ll be an absolutely ideal little carry pistol that’s perfect for recoil sensitive people. It already almost is, if you’re right handed and practice using the safety frequently. They responded to my email asking if there were plans to fix the safety for left-handed use, and said that they do not plan on it, which I feel is a terrible mistake.

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  2. Doesn’t this fit exactly what your looking for.

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  3. Amen, Sister!! I love my Shield, but I’d love 9-10 mag and a longer barrel too! I’ve even considered carrying my S&W SD9 VE – it shoots beautifully with a 15 mag. and the grip is just thin enough to get a nice firm grip and comfortable for my small hands with an easy reach to the mag release (which usually a problem with most guns for my short fingers), and very little recoil.

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  4. Robert Henriksen

    Amen. I don’t have a problem w. small hands, but I’m continually puzzled why manufacturers think that both dimensions have to be shrunk (grip & barrel lengths). I agree completely that a longer barrel/slide wouldn’t compromise concealment. My Walther PPS offers OEM 6/7/8 round magazines, which is much appreciated, and offers startling accuracy for a 3.5″ barrel. But 4″ would be even better.

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  5. Limatunes, THANK YOU for expressing my long denied desires! The butt IS the hard part to conceal. I’ve a Glock 17 that Robar cut (and textured) to the grip size of the G19. Great gun, but still too thick. Many short/compact frames with standard length barrels might work, and would fill a gap in size options so many of us want.

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  6. peter wehrmeyer

    try the single column Kahr

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  7. XD-S comes close with the 3.8 barrel… but I’m with you! Shield or longer Glock would be awesome, not just for female shooters, but most people!

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  8. Kahr used to sell (I owned one) the P9 Covert. It had the 6 round mag of a PM9 with a 3.5 inch barrel (instead of the 3.1 inch of the PM9). It was easily concealed and was a very good shooter.

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  9. The XD-s 4.0 has a 4″ barrel, and a short grip, and is thin. About the only mark against it is the XD-s line tends to be a little heavier than a comparable Glock or S&W.

    http://www.springfield-armory.com/products/xd-s-4-9-mm/

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    • Don’t want external safties.

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      • What are you talking about, the grip safety? It’s not like you have to flip a switch or anything. It’s totally passive just like the XD/Glock triggers.

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      • I can’t think of much other than the 😄 that has a 4″ barrel and single-stack compact grip. Maybe a threaded barrel on a G43 would end up 3.9 or 4″, that wouldn’t be too bad. How do you feel about the Sig 239? It’s all metal, so a little heavy, but it shoots great and the tactical model has a 4″ threaded barrel.

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  10. You have nailed it. My hands are not big enough to carry most glocks. I can shoot a Colt 1911 and a .44 mag but neither would be a carry gun for me. Not the same for my brother. I could carry my S&W 686, and I do like a revolver. My brother Has the Glock 42 and I just held it in my hand, I need to shoot.My wife has small hands too and we are waiting to see what Gun Laws pass in Texas before she buys a carry gun. She works for a large University so that is a factor. She has legal car guns and personal carry but not always the best. She has a purse mad for carry and knows how to secure it when shopping with a basket.

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  11. ordnancecorner

    In my “old timer” opinion the Colt CCO is the perfect size (but no longer the perfect platform) for a CCW piece. Which is why I like the Glock 19 so much. For a single stack option in the same size class the Kahr CW9 (or 40 if that’s what you like) may also work.

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  12. To Mandy; I too am interested in the Walther CCP but can’t find one to handle yet. I can palm a basketball but have arthritis. Also want it to teach new shooters. I realize this would never be condoned in writing but it may be that the CCP is safe to carry with the safety off. It may just be a redundancy to satisfy the rules for sale in gun-hater states. I am right handed and don’t mind a safety if I train with it. Will also come in handy when teaching those beginners.

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  13. I love my Walther PPQ M2. Slim ergonomic grip and fantastic trigger.Plus comes in a 5 inch barrel for competition and a .22 to train others with. I agree on the CCP : no external safety needed.

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  14. Just curious, are you counting the grip safety on the backstrap of the XDs as an external safety? I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I shot a buddy’s XD-M and the grip safety on it didn’t affect me at all. Obviously, your mileage may vary. Good post, love your YouTube channel!

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  15. Part of the effort to be confident in EDC is not only 1)the accuracy comfort of handling the gun but also 2)how one carries and accesses it daily. I’m petite under 5′ and had modified GL 26 shaving end magazine stippling grip as well as kidney cuts that make it much more comfortable, controllable to practice. I carry it all day long on a Can-Can concealment big shebang hip band so I am very comfortable and I can vary my wardrobe rather easily to access at any time or have a dedicated compartment purse otherwise. My next venture in securing my Glocks is concealable car mounting in a compact type car…

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  16. Have you looked at the Springfield XDS-9 4.0? 4″ barrel, single stack, 7+1/9+1. Seems to be a perfect fit for what you’re after.

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  17. I think Kahr already has this- CW9. 7 round capacity with the ability to use higher cap magazines and. 3.6″ barrel. My wife really likes hers

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  18. XDs 9 4.0″ is your answer. If you don’t like the grip safety, just tape it down (I would recommend using low grit skateboard tape). Then you’re good to go. A little heavier than the G43, but easier to shoot. Also longer magazines are available.

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  19. Does anyone else resent/resist/feel horrified by “pink” guns? I keep envisioning that unsupervised 5-yr-old who found mommy’s not-correctly secured gun — or did he? — and now is out in the yard, facing a cop who has to decide if this child is carrying a toy — or a real (but ‘frilly-looking’) — weapon that could kill him! (On the other hand, I CRAVE the Kimber Sapphire Micro — it’s blue! I have (and adore!) the stainless steel Micro, but I may need to replace it with the blue one! {sigh})

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