Originally Posted by Jaybird
You're not completely out of luck. You can always get one here in CA. Through a SSE or PPT. I picked one up right here on Calguns from a member. It is one bad little gun. Hard to believe it shoots .45 ACP and shoots it oh so well. The grip felt a little weird being so slim in my hand but I got used to it. Sold it to another Calgunner recently and now I miss it. Never had any issues with mine. Super fun gun to shoot. Hope to get one again this year.
I knew about the SSEs, but the two stores that sell exclusively to first responders, both active and retired do not do that. They charge a much lower price for the gun than "regular" gun stores. Add the price of the SSE and I sure the price will be substantial.
Thanks for all of the info tho. I think I'll go with the S&W Shield 9mm. I can get it for $323 at one of those two stores I mentioned and at a non responder store it is $404. Now I just have to find the sights I mentioned earlier.