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Old 06-18-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm just about to turn that magical 21 soon and one of the first things i plan on doing is getting my first pistol. I guess this question is really two parted, since I will buy a 1911 since i love them but will also need a reliable 9mm for practicality. Which should i get first the 9mm or 1911, and what type of 9mm should i get..., I was looking at the Springfields XD, H&K USP, and Glock, but i'm still undecided. If you have any suggestions as to any better ones please tell me.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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Why not get a 1911 in 9mm. Some real nice ones out there. Some wil say a 1911 MUST be in 45, but the 9mm's are nice and cheap to shoot.

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Old 06-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #3
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Get the xd9 , then later work up to the 1911.

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i thought about it and my dad has one that is really nice, but for the 9mm i think i really want a polymer, something i can drag through the boonies and not worry about how it looks

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The $400+ polymer 9mms are almost all excellent guns. There's probably a dozen or more really good options to choose from. Very few of these will let you down, so it's really on you to try a few out and figure out what best tickles your fingers.

I'd be willing to lay my money down for just about any of these poly 9's if the price was right:

Glock 17/19
Springfield XD
FN FNP
S&W M&P
CZ P-07
Sig 2022/P250
HK USP/P2000
Kahr PM/KP/CW
Ruger SR9
Beretta PX4
Walther P99

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I've got a Glock 19 and love it. However, the Springfield XDm or XD is great in 9mm. Glock really doesn't have external safeties, but the XDm does. It does seem to me that as long as you are planning on a 1911, it would be good to go with a 9mm with an external safety.

This way, the training you do around "safety off--squeeze trigger" (or whatever...remember I shoot a Glock) will be able to easily transfer to the 1911 or vice versa.

Rather than have 2 processes for 2 totally different systems.

Am I off-base, 1911'ers?

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You asked which to get first, and I'd say the one you plan to use for defense. If you would use either for defense, or if they are both to be range guns, I would say to get the 9mm first. It's cheaper to buy and to shoot, which will get you on your way to saving for your 1911 sooner. Plus, depending on your experience level, it will teach you things you like and don't like, which knowledge you can apply when selecting a 1911.

Speaking of experience, how experienced a shooter are you? I ask because selecting your 9mm might well depend on whether you prefer SA/DA, DAO, striker-fired, etc.

Do you plan to carry the gun? If so, how will you dress? How much will the weight of the gun affect your decision? What about the dimensions — length, height, thickness?

There have been plenty of good choices listed. Knowing more about what you have planned will help us narrow down suggestions.

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i'm a decent shot with the pistol, and doen't require any "extra" training, i'm not to worried about safety feautures since about the only safety i believe in is the hand on the gun.
I do plan to carry and am not to terribly worried about the lengh and to an extent the width although i love the slimness of the 1911, actaully i dont want anything under 4 inches.
What i am looking for is something that has a nice short crisp trigger pull, good accuracy, and reliability all in a decent budget. They are going to all purpose pistols used for both defense and range, and when i conceal carry i'll probably be wearing a sports coat.
i hope that was discriptive enough..

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You can't go wrong with an XD-9, or XDM-9.

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You can't go wrong with an XD-9, or XDM-9.
plus 1 fo' sho'
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