How much capacity do you require in a carry sized singlestack 9mm pistol?
A couple nights ago I had my Springfield XDs 9mm, and S&W Shield 9mm sitting on the coffee table as I was comparing and contrasting them. I guess that I hadn’t really noticed that while being just about the same size, the XDs 9mm has the ability to carry an extra round in the extended magazine over the Shield.[table caption=”Carry Sized Singlestack 9mm Pistols”] Pistol,Standard Capacity ,Extended Capacity,Extended Capacity 2
Springfield XDs 9mm, 7, 9
S&W Shield 9mm, 7, 8
Walther PPS, 6, 7, 8
Walther CCP, 8
Kel-Tec PF-9, 7
Kahr PM9/CM9, 6, 7
Kahr CW9, 7
Remington R51, 7
It seems like most manufacturers shoot for the 7+1 number in their pistols. The new Walther CCP on the other hand looks like it’s going against the grain a little with a standard 8rd magazine. This should lead to a little larger grip (hopefully allowing my whole hand to sit on the grip) whereas on most of the other pistols listed my pinky rides underneath the magazine with the standard mag inserted.
On the flip side, I can get those same 8rds into my Shield, with the option to go smaller should I need to for concealment.
All this to say, I personally think 7+1 or 8+1 is pretty ok with me. 6+1 seems a little too small, and the 9+1 with the extended mag in the XDs is a little large for most circumstances.