Okay. Last week I went to Cabela’s intending to buy a new pistol. I don’t have a certificate from the Sheriff’s office saying I am not a danger to society, so I couldn’t buy it last week. But I didn’t know that until the end of the shopping trip. When I walked in, I knew I wanted a Baby Glock, which is a subcompact 9mm semiautomatic pistol. I wanted this pistol because I wanted a 9mm (easier to shoot for Gina and the kids as they grow up), I wanted a subcompact (who needs all that bulk), and because Glock makes a good, safe, reliable pistol. Just to be clear, we are looking for a pistol that can be worn around the farm for personal and livestock protection as we are out working, without all the bulk of a rifle. The most likely targets will be Coyotes, Raccoons, Opossums, and Skunks. We may someday be interested in carrying concealed, but we aren’t at this point.
I told the salesman what I was looking for, and he recommended I take a look at the Springfield XD-9, which comes as a compact and is a 9mm. The Springfield XD-9 included some features that he liked, such as a visual indicator on the back and top of the pistol that there is a cambered round and a back safety, which requires pressure on the back of the pistol grip as the trigger is pulled. Otherwise the pistol won’t fire. Springfield is a US company, but the XD-9 is manufactured in Croatia.
So then another customer comes up and asks me if I have ever held the Smith & Wesson M&P, which also comes as a 9mm compact pistol. More incredibly minor points to be made, no back safety, but the trigger is easier to pull if you have a gloved hand. The customer felt like you want the pistol to go bang when you pull the trigger and you don’t want a fancy trigger or a back safety preventing you from a successful firing experience. Agreed. Smith & Wesson is a US company that still manufactures their weapons in the US.
While there, we also looked at some really tiny pistols, like a .22-caliber pistol and a .380-caliber. I didn’t feel like these pistols were as well made as those listed above.
So, anybody out there have any votes or recommendations?