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Old 06-06-2012, 02:15 AM   #11
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Browning Hi Power hands down.





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Cane, I think you just like to show that off and make everyone jealous.
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Wow that was quick.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Lots of homework to do before I visit the LGS.

This is exactly what I was looking for.

SSGN_Doc I am too old to have handled a Beretta in the Navy. The way the Navy issues weapons, I would be supprised if a shipboard sailor actually carries one to this day. When I got out in '96 we were still using M-14's shipboard.
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If you like to do some reading check out this site.

http://www.best9mm.com/
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Since it sounds like you want a metal framed gun, there are three guns I'm going to strongly endorse:

Browning Hi-Power
CZ 75
Sig Sauer P226

I'm not going to waste any time telling you one is better than the next. They're all outstanding enough that it's really not worth the effort to try and make a case. All that matters is choosing the one with the fit and features that you prefer. These three guns are rock solid service pistols with a ton of real-world work under their belts. The BHP, CZ 75, and P226 have been working (and relatively unchanged) for about 80, 40, and 30 years respectively. And not one feels the least bit antiquated.

The Beretta 92 is another option...not one I'm partial to for various personal reasons, but a lot of folks are extremely happy with theirs.
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Cane, I think you just like to show that off and make everyone jealous.
When you get to my age, showing off is all I got! Well that and I do shoot pretty gud.
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From what you said, I'd say the Sig 226, 229 or 2022, or else the HK USP9 would be a very good choice. I love the 1911 (have several) but the guns above are IMHO are as reliable and accurate, but easier to shoot well, and not outrageously costly. I freely admit to prejudice for hammers, decockers and SA/DA guns all of which make the gun more versatile and safe.
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Wow that was quick.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Lots of homework to do before I visit the LGS.

This is exactly what I was looking for.

SSGN_Doc I am too old to have handled a Beretta in the Navy. The way the Navy issues weapons, I would be supprised if a shipboard sailor actually carries one to this day. When I got out in '96 we were still using M-14's shipboard.
I came in 94 during the Navy transition. My original quals were done with a 1911 and M14. Next quals were with Beretta and M16.

Since the attack on the COLE and 9/11 the Navy does a lot more small arms handling, and shipboard, all watchstanders are required to qualify twice a year. Even on submarines we have to qual the guns onboard: Beretta M9, M16, M590A1 shotgun and the Mk46 SAW. Get an assault or domestic violence charge on your record and it can be grounds for discharge becaues it keeps a sailor ineligible to handle weapons, and if they can't stand an armed watch they can be kicked out.

They do make decent 1911s in 9mm as well.
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I had a Ruger SR9C, but you might want to check out the fullsize sr9. I picked up a beretta 92 and prefer it to my Ruger I had. Many of the guns mentioned already with the exception of the glock, were ones that I was looking at. To be fair I did try a glock but didn't like the feel. The cz, browning, sig, beretta and ruger are all great, reliable guns.
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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. 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.
What Doc said. The M-9 has everything you're looking for, albeit it's a little big and heavy for concealed carry. Checking out the website's a good idea too.
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