The list of good reliable sub-compacts are extensive.
Thoughts to consider:
6. Magazine capacity
7. Legality in your state
9. Cost of accessories (magazines, holster, optics if you want them, and etc.)
11. Conceal ability
12. Cost and available ammo in your area
I have the "standard" XD-9 Subcompact, with 3" barrel, as pictured at left. I do not concealed carry it at this time. However, if I were going to do so, I think I might be looking at something in a single-stack (XDS). This XD has mucho firepower with 13- and 16-round mags. But to me it's a bit fat, frankly, at least for a waistband rig. Perhaps a shoulder holster would work well? Then again, your title says Cali, can you guys even have those big magazines like that. ??
With that said, I love shooting the thing, and would broadly give it a positive recommendation. I'm sure there are forum members who are comfortably carrying it.
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