TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Luke C.
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Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 3! Last week we showcased some deals from Aero Precision on their various components for AR-15 rifles. This week we’re checking out some deals on the hottest new trend in the concealed carry world – micro compact 9mm pistols. Micro compacts offer concealed carriers the capacity of older compact legends like the Glock 19 and give them the discreet carrying ability that guns like the first generation Smith & Wesson M&P Shield feature. While micro compacts may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I absolutely love the concept and I find that most of the latest offerings in this genre make for great all-year-round carrying pieces. So if you’ve been jonesing for one of the 9mm micro compacts that have come out in the last couple of years then be sure to check out this week’s list of deals featured on Sportsman’s Guide.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Ruger MAX-9

The Ruger Max 9 is an excellent micro-compact for those on a budget and trust in the Ruger name. The pistol features a factory smooth 4.5 lb trigger pull, comes with 2 10-round magazines, features a reversible magazine release, and is made from a one-piece fire control chassis. James Reeves did a phenomenal review covering the pros, cons, likes, and dislikes of his own Ruger MAX-9 so be sure to check that out if you’re curious about the MAX-9. Right now you can pick one up from Sportsman’s Guide for $449.99 ($427.49 for Buyer’s Club Members).

TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Ruger MAX-9 Micro-Compact, Semi-automatic, 9mm, 3.2″ Barrel, 10+1 Rounds

SIG SAUER P365 XL with ROMEOZero Red Dot

Following and adding to the success of the groundbreaking P365, the P365 XL offers a longer sight radius, more velocity from your concealed carry ammunition, a flat-faced trigger, and optics mounting capability. Once again James Reeves has done an excellent job covering the differences between the P365 and the P365 XL and if you’re looking to either pick up your first P365 or considering adding the P365 XL to your collection, check his review out where he covers both the pistol and the optic it comes with. The P365 XL with the ROMEOZero red dot is available from Sportsman’s Guide for $799.99 which is down from a previous price of $849.99.

TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

SIG SAUER P365 XL, Semi-automatic, 9mm, 3.7″ Barrel, 10+1 Rounds, ROMEOZero Red Dot Sight

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus With Crimson Trace CTS-1500 Red Dot

Similar in nature to the P365’s evolution into the P365XL is the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus. I have a lot of admiration for the first-generation M&P Shield as it was my faithful concealed carry companion for over 5 years. I got my hands on a Shield Plus early last year when it was launched and quite honestly it’s a pure capacity and grip texture improvement – you can read my review of the Shield Plus here. Smith & Wesson now offers the Shield Plus with a pre-mounted crimson trace red dot and you can pick both up right now from Sportsman’s Guide for $799.99 (Buyer’s Club Price: $759.99) which is priced down from its original price of $849.99.

TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus, Semi-auto, 9mm, 4″ Barrel, NMS, 13+1 Rds., Crimson Trace Optic

Springfield Hellcat OSP (Low-CAp Version)

TFB’s Adam Scepaniak has a lot of good things to say about the Springfield Hellcat pistol. The Hellcat OSP is normally a 13+1 capacity micro-compact pistol featuring optics mounting capabilities but this one from Sportsman’s Guide is a California compliant version featuring 10-round magazines. The pistol comes with one 10-round magazine and one spare 10-round magazine featuring a pinky extension. You can read Adam’s review on the base model Hellcat here. The low-capacity version of the Hellcat OSP is currently on sale for $549.99 (Buyer’s Club Price: $522.49) which is down from a normal price of $599.99 from Sportsman’s Guide.

TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Springfield Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP Lo-Cap, Semi-automatic, 9mm, 3″ Barrel, 10+1 Rds.

Taurus GX4

Not willing to be left out of a good and friendly competitive fight in the concealed carry game, Taurus also brought their own micro compact 9mm pistol to the market with last year’s introduction of the Taurus GX4. Featuring a standard magazine capacity of 11 rounds and probably one of the best striker-fired triggers I’ve ever experienced, the Taurus is the industry’s least expensive micro compact even edging out the Ruger MAX-9 in terms of price. Both TFBTV’s Hop and I reviewed the pistol just before its official release so feel free to check out his video review or my written review on the gun before you make your decision. The Taurus GX4 isn’t currently on sale at Sportsman’s Guide but it is also the least expensive micro-compact on this list at just $349.99 ($332.49 for Buyer’s Club Members).

TFB Weekly Web Deals 3: Micro Compact Madness

Taurus GX4 HGA, Semi-automatic, 9mm, 3″ Barrel, Fixed Sights, 11+1 Rounds

That’s it for this week’s web deals! Let us know if you’ve tried out any of these pistols and what you think of them. Did any of the guns on this list make it into your concealed carry roster? Thanks as always for reading right here at TFB and enjoy the rest of your week!

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Luke C.
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  • Docduracoat Docduracoat on Apr 12, 2022

    I shot a Taurus GX 4 with our liberal male nurse from work.
    He had bought it and asked this gun enthusiast doctor to show him how to use it.
    I liked it a lot. Not too much recoil, accurate, great trigger.
    I really liked the little patch of grip tape for a finger rest.
    Why don’t all guns have a little designated spot to place your index finger when it’s not on the trigger?
    The field strip required a flat head screwdriver to turn the screw above the trigger.
    And you have to pull the trigger to push the slide off.
    That is an invitation to a negligent discharge especially for a new gun user like this nurse.
    I don’t have to do that with my Sig 365!