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Old 12-31-2013, 01:59 PM   #51
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. . . . I'll keep this list, since one of the suggested guns will end up being my second 9mm....
Just something to keep in mind:

Recent experience is that in times of 'stress', the more popular calibers disappear off the shelves first and are scarce longer. I understand the attraction of having a common caliber, but I would consider a different caliber for a second gun.

Or do you already have a gun in another caliber?
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[QUOTE=Beezer;1471045]I settled on the S&W M&P.

Great decision on the m&p. I hope you love yours as much as I do mine. I second another gun in a different caliber. Get a 40 or 45 as well in case another scare comes and 9mm is harder to find than jimmy Hoffa

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Just something to keep in mind:

Recent experience is that in times of 'stress', the more popular calibers disappear off the shelves first and are scarce longer. I understand the attraction of having a common caliber, but I would consider a different caliber for a second gun.

Or do you already have a gun in another caliber?
I just said second 9mm, not second gun....

You do raise a good point. The 9mm ammunition is difficult to find around me. However, since I had already narrowed down to a 9mm a while ago, I had started stocking up.

After I've shot this gun for a while, I'll decide what the next pistol will be. It may be another 9mm, but your suggestion of another caliber is a very sensible idea, given the scarcity of 9mm ammunition at the moment.
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Beezer, I would try the .45 ACP next and I believe you'll love it even more than the 9mm.

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Just something to keep in mind:

Recent experience is that in times of 'stress', the more popular calibers disappear off the shelves first and are scarce longer. I understand the attraction of having a common caliber, but I would consider a different caliber for a second gun.

Or do you already have a gun in another caliber?
In times of "stress" they all disappear lol. Only thing at walmart around me was 270 and 30-06
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I hedge my bets with the 38 Special.

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Glock 17
Sig Sauer 2022
S&W M&P series

Are there any others worth considering and test firing?
These three are all excellent. Of the three, I would tend to point you toward the M&P. But advantage to whichever has the ergos and trigger that suit your needs best.

I'm a big fan of Springfield XDm (my favorite poly), and have also been impressed with the polymer guns from FN, Ruger (SR series), and H&K. As for metal frames, I consider CZ's 75b to be the top dog, followed by BHP and Sig P226/229. The Beretta M9/92 is also a solid gun if a larger frame and grip will benefit you. Those attributes are a bit of a turn-off for me, however.

There are dozens of really good 9mms out there. What I've listed above is my preference, and I would certainly include all three you initally mention among the list of perfectly viable options.
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I would go with CZ P01 or 07 duty. I also like the FNX 9mm. I have owned a few Glocks and keep my gen 4 17 around. You could save a couple hundred bucks and go with a Styer MA1. Shoots ever bit as good as the Glock. The trapezoid site makes target acquisition easy as well.

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I prefer the HK P30L. Expensive but awesome.

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During the entire ammo shortage I bought 500 rounds of GECO 9mm for $150. I bought the GECO ammo because I know it functions well in all my guns. But I still have a bunch of ammo I bought when you could get 9mm for $8 a box. People are going to get tired of hoarding ammo. The price will drop like a rock. Think big when you buy 9mm ammo. Buy at least 1,000 rounds when 9mm ammo goes under $10 a box. Get 124 gr ball ammo. Almost all guns function well with 124 gr and the longer bullet is more accurate. In a pinch 124 gr FMJ is decent self defense ammo.

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