Mrs. Wolf and her brother (retired Air Force) joined me at the Range yesterday. The three of us shot 900 rounds of ammo (750 rounds of 9mm. & 150 rounds of .45acp ).
The primary purpose of the mission was to catch up on our practice, which has been suffering through the ammo shortage and to try and determine our favorite 9mm. caliber self defense pistol.
Contrary to progressive propaganda, 1,000 rounds of ammo is not a large cache of ammunition. It takes hundreds of hours of training and practice as well as thousands of rounds of ammo to become proficient. Ditto to maintain that proficiency.
Before we got to the nines, we warmed up with two .45acp pistols, a Ruger 1911 and a S&W 1911sc Series E. The Ruger 1911 is full size, the S&W is commander size, with a rounded butt. Both take standard 1911 magazines, 7+1 or 8+1.
Both operated flawlessly. Modern 1911 pistols are both accurate and reliable. 1911’s are classic fun guns. I didn’t shoot my first one until after I retired. Better late than never.
I’m not as comfortable carrying a 1911 for an EDC self-defense pistol because the bulk of my training and experience is with safe action pistols, which aren’t carried “locked and cocked”. But there is no gun that I find more fun to shoot than a classic (100+ years) 1911 style pistol.
We evaluated the following 9mm firearms:
Beretta Px4 Storm (full size pistol)
Beretta Cx4 Storm (carbine)
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
Walther PPQ M2
All functioned flawlessly. I’ve regularly used all of them for both home and self-defense, except the Beretta Nano, which my brother in law recently purchased. The Nano, like the Shield and XDs is an excellent EDC option.
My favorite of the group is also my most recent purchase, the Walther PPQ M2. I’ve been carrying it regularly as my primary concealed carry pistol. The PPQ fits my hand as well as any handgun that I’ve ever shot. The ergonomics, accuracy and trigger are the best I’ve ever experienced on a striker fire pistol. For me, the PPQ is the Audi version of a Ford Glock 19, which was my primary duty weapon during most of my career as a Customs special agent. By the way, nothing wrong with a Ford. I’ve driven an F-150 for decades.
If carrying a mid-size 15+1 capacity pistol is not a viable option, my second choice is the S&W Shield with 8+1. I’ve added Xs Big Dot sights and Talon Grips. The Shield is suitable for pocket carry. My favorite is the Alabama Holster pocket carry holster and a Cross Breed super tuck for IWB carry. An extra magazine, knife, flashlight and iPhone are also part of my EDC.
As a law enforcement officer, I trusted my life to a government issued Glock 19 and I’ve owned a Glock 26 since 1997, a year after the model was introduced. Both are excellent EDC self defense pistols.
Mrs. Wolf’s primary EDC handgun is a Glock 19. She carries a Sig Sauer P238 .380 for EDC, when the Glock 19 size is impractical.
My brother in law favors either the Beretta Nano or the new Springfield XDs9 for EDC. He’s a long time revolver shooter and the Beretta Nano has a similar trigger feel as a wheel gun.
The XDs has an excellent striker fire trigger, comparable to the Shield. I own an XDs .45acp. The XDs9, including the trigger feels identical to me. Both are very accurate sub compact pistols, and the front fiber optic sight is a huge plus. The XDs has a “Glock” feel to it. If I had to choose between an XDs and the Shield, I’d give a slight advantage to the Shield. But I don’t have to choose so I’m keeping both. The Shield and XDs are excellent EDC sub compact pistols.
The Beretta Px4 is the only full size pistol I own. I have both 17 and 20 round magazines, which also fit the Cx4 9mm carbine. The Px4 is a single action/double action, hammer-fired pistol. It’s a very accurate full size pistol and I’d definitely consider it for EDC if I was a uniformed law enforcement officer. It would also be my first choice for the Zombie Apocalypse. The Cx4 Storm carbine and the Px4 pistol go together like peanut butter and jelly.
I prefer the ergonomics of the Px4 over the Glock 17. The single action trigger pull makes the Px4 one of the most accurate pistols in my inventory. Glocks are durable and reliable but don’t forget that Beretta has been manufacturing firearms for some 500 years and supply the U.S. Miltary (and many other countries) with fighting pistols.
The Cx4 carbine in 9mm is a suitable home defense firearm for many homeowners. Mine has both a laser and a light as the iron sights are not ideal for my aging eyes. There is definitely a “red dot” sight upgrade in my future.
We are living in the “golden age” of self-defense pistols. There are more quality made, affordable self-defense firearms available today as there has ever been. You can’t go wrong with one of the above mentioned pistols. Yet, they are only a fraction of the many choices for a home/self defense firearm. If you prefer a revolver, there are many modern options available, including polymer hybrids.
BOTTOM LINE; A right not exercised is a right lost. Get training. Get a gun. Go practice. The most important thing you can do to protect Second Amendment civil rights is to become responsible firearms owners.
Get your concealed weapons permit/license. If you live in an tyrannical state like New Jersey, Maryland or many cities and counties in New York and California, that don’t issue concealed carry permits, consider getting your Utah or Florida permits, which are readily for our of state residents.
“A free people ought…to be armed” ― George Washington