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Suitable for appendix carry

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Reviewing some pistols I own that are safer for appendix carry I came up with this list:
HK P 2000 ( DA SA pistol )
S&W M&P compact 2.0 with safety
Sig 320 compact with safety
HK P 30 compact ( 10 round limit though )
I would be a bit anxious trying to carry a Glock, PPQ, PDP etc as they have short trigger pulls on them. I imagine there are some more; but those I have.
The Walther P 99 is one sweet pistol and it is too bad Walther dropped it. I understand everyone wants optics and the P 99 does not fit that desire. I still like the P 99 though.
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There's an accessory for Glocks called the "Striker Control Device". It replaces the rear plate with one that pivots; the new one has a small dome that fits in the striker channel. You holster the same way you do with a hammer-fired gun, with your thumb on the rear plate rather than the hammer. With your thumb on the rear plate, the striker can't move to the rear if you snag the trigger on something. I wouldn't have bought the G45 I have if that hadn't been available.
@FMHD - Your concern about re-holstering is why a lot of folks who carry concealed have switched to DA first-shot pistols or pistols with a safety. I'm one of them. Some things to consider:
  • You need a holster that does not collapse when you draw the gun. You need to be able to re-holster with one hand, using the other to hold your shirt or other concealment garment out of the way.
  • Take your time re-holstering. Watch your gun back into the holster.
  • It sounds like your gun has an external hammer. If so, after you decock, place your thumb on the hammer and keep it there until the gun is all the way in the holster. This way, if the trigger catches on something and the hammer starts to come back, you'll know immediately and can fix the situation.
  • Get some training. Carrying concealed is not instinctive, and youtube and Instagram don't help much here. You need someone with experience to show you, watch you and correct you as needed. As a longtime hunter, you already have a good handle on the safety part. If you had to get training to get your concealed carry permit, that's not enough, though it does help. You've pretty much got the hardware problem figured out, now you need to work on the software...which is the more important part.
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