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Old 06-06-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default Good Full Sized 9mm

Hey guys.
I really don't want to start an argument amongst all of you. I promise.
I have been looking to buy a handgun for quite some time. A handgun is alot more personal decision than a rifile. There are lots more things to consider and if it just "feels right" in your hands.

It will be for home protection and target shooting to get more familiar with it. I have narrowed it down to a 9mm. My reasons are, I don't want a cannon that only I can handle. I don't really want the round to leave the room. 9mm ammo is cheaper that .40 S&W.

I am familiar with the 1911, I was in the navy for 8 years, so I would like something with similar action, controls, and multiple safetys. I don't want anything flashy, crome and nickle plating are out. I just want a good serviceable handgun that is easy to do my own maintenance and repairs.

Money is not too much of a concern, If it will last me many years, but I am not a guy that has to have the most expensive anything, I drive a Ford pickup, if that says anything.

I am a 6' man and don't really like the small conceal carry guns. The short barrel, the tiny grip that I can cramp 3 fingers in is really not for me.

On my rifles I'm old school, wood and steel, I am not carrying these prejudices to a handgun. As you guys have probably handled more different kinds pistols than I ever will, I thought I would ask you.

I know all handguns have a following and really would rather this be a friendly conversation. I will not announce my decision in this thread because of this.

Thanks everyone

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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My suggestion is Glock 17. Check it out amd try it. Just an opinion.

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Sounds like you'd like either a CZ 75b or a Browning High-Power both are classic 9mm's.

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Sounds like you'd like either a CZ 75b or a Browning High-Power both are classic 9mm's.
Marc -- u read my mind. I luv my Hi-Power, however, today, I'd DEFINITELY be focusing on a CZ75/CZ85 model or a Sig Sauer P 226 if I were the OP.
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My suggestion is Glock 17. Check it out amd try it. Just an opinion.
Make that two votes.
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Yeah the OP's post just seemed to call out for one of these two pistols. I've been looking at the CZ 75's for a while now and I'm planning on picking one up Friday when I get paid.

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Since you were in the Navy and had training with a Beretta (depending on the years you served) you might stick with what you know. Glocks really are decent pistols and fairly easy to teach others in the family to use.
Sig is another that comes to mind.
Of course marc29th gave an excellent suggestion with the Browning and CZ.
Smith and Wesson's new M&P line is pretty nice, but for a bargain gun that is worth more than they currently sell for, you might try to find one of the older generation S&W autos, like the 39 or 59 series. If you prefer metal guns, these are good performers and a lot of police forces have moved away from them as they move to polymer framed guns. I've seen a few in shops around me for under $400. Mags are fairly easy to find as well. I think these will also go up in price again once the supply dries up.

I'm not really loyal to any one brand, but if you do get a chance to try some of these pistols first, it really can make a difference if you find a gun that does "fit" you, and your needs and desires.

As far as "not wanting the rounds to leave the room", the 9mm may just surprise you in how much penetration it has. It will go through several layers of drywall and still be leathal. You can check out a web site called the box-o-truth where he yested several calibers and their ability to penetrate drywall. The results are worth checking out.

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CZ-75, Glock 17, Glock 19, Ruger SR9, M&P 9, XDM9, High Power, FNP9, FNX9, there are too many and they are all very good in their own right...

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Two pistols that need to be considerd are the Sig Sauer P229 and a Beretta 92fs. Both are great 9mm. Good luck and enjoy.

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Yeah, I wouldn't overlook a Beretta 92 either (not Taurus'!). The CZ 75 is used by Delta, the Sig 226 by SEALs, and the 92, of course, replaced the Colt 1911 in our military generally. The UK's SAS still use the Browning Hi-Power (P-35 to them)!

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