Suggestions for subcompacts with manual safety

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  1. bambam33

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    I’m in the market for a subcompact with a manual safety. I think I’ve narrowed it down to a M&P 2.0 in 9mm. The grip angle is good for me and I really like that it has a Novak style safety. What other striker fired compacts or subcompacts have this same style safety?

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    Check out the P365 if you want that kind of safety.
     
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    Kimber Micro 9, Sig P938, Springfield 911.
     
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    M&P Shield performance center 9 with safety. Mine is flawless and very accurate.
     
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    I dont consider that gun pic you posted as a "sub-compact". That particular M&P is more like in the "compact" arena. A Shield9 or a Sig365. It don`t get much better than that if you really have to have a thumb safety. It is just my own opinion, but the Sig P365 is the better choice. You get 10+1 in the gun, and you get really good night sights WITH the gun! And is also the easiest to conceal.

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    And if you live in a free state, you can get 12 & 15 round mags for the Sig P365.
     
  7. shoeguns

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    The M&P Shield can be had in all the calibers you are looking and with or without a safety.
     
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    You described an M&P 9 Subcompact. I do not have the M&P9 Subcompact, but do have the smaller M&P Shield (which can be had with a safety, but is a lower capacity and size firearm), as well as a SIG 938 and 365, all having safeties. The M&P9 subcompact is quite a bit larger than all of them. You may be seeking a larger gun, and if so, the smaller guns like the 365 may not fit your wants and needs. If so, that is fine, but if having 10 rounds in a tiny frame (instead of 12) with the ability to have 12 or 15 rounds appeals to you, you may want to look into it.

    I carry the smaller 365, and it wins for me by checking more boxes. Prior to that, I preferred the 938 to the Shield. It is a lot smaller. At the time it cost a LOT more, but the 938 prices are far lower now.

    I would absolutely look into those two as possible options. Again, these are all smaller guns, so if you prefer larger, they may not work for you. For me, the capacity and size were easy wins for the 365 over my Shield, and I prefer the fit, sights, and feel. The only pure "win" for the Shield was that I bought it when they had the rebates, and it is one of the best values out there for $249 (those promos are gone...). It is hard to get a gun of that quality from a vendor with a strong presence for a price like that!

    Of the three, I would suggest you look a the 365 manual safety version and M&P Shield to see if they might be right for you. I have two 365's (one with safety, one without), and they have been reliable, and are my choice. They may not fit your needs, so after looking into them, see what you prefer. The M&P and Shields are nice guns, so you won't go wrong if that is your choice!
     
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    The M&P Shield v1 is a lot smaller than the Subcompact M&P Shield you are talking about, as follows:
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    But comparing the 365 to the smaller M&P Shield (again, I just have the v1, but they are VERY similarto the v2, with both being a lot smaller than the Subcompact M&P9 M2.0), they compare as follows:
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    My shield has a small but easy to use safety that is very positive. I also have a compact with safety similar to safety in OP. It is not positive and can easily go to fire position if rubbed.
     
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    SIG 938 far right, M&P Shield (smaller than M&P9 Subcompact) is second from the left. Image from Carolina Gunrunners. The SIG938 has ambidextrous safety ( you can see it on the rear of the photo below, in silver).

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    Been happy with the Ruger LC series, have 3 of them. Safety is small but accessable, gun disappears in a pocket, shoots well Holds 7 +1 and is cheap, with the E version. Fits my oversized hands well. The hammer fired version tends to be accurate for dimunitive gun but trigger is not a plus. Striker guns trigger well. Just a matter of taste.
     
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    Agree. The M&P subcompact is more of a compact.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I am looking for a larger double stack SC. I find it easier to draw from 2:00 with a larger grip.