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Old 08-28-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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I am new to the forum and I wanted to see if any of you had any alternative suggestions for a handgun. A few weeks ago I looked at several different guns at the local store. For various reasons I elected not to get a Glock, so those are already off the drawing board.

The gun that I fell for was the Beretta PX4 Storm. I love the grip and the way the gun is balanced. I wanted to use it to go shoot at the range and for personal defense.

Now, can you guys recommend any viable and preferably cheaper alternatives to this handgun? One that I've read great reviews about is the CZ P-07 Duty, which supposedly is great for CC as well. I can't get a CC until I naturalize (which should be soon considering I've been in the country for years now), so maybe that's not something I will weigh heavily.

So, between these two, the Beretta PX4 Storm and the CZ P07 Duty, which one would you guys recommend? Also, are there any great alternatives to these two?

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Hello,

I am new to the forum and I wanted to see if any of you had any alternative suggestions for a handgun. A few weeks ago I looked at several different guns at the local store. For various reasons I elected not to get a Glock, so those are already off the drawing board.

The gun that I fell for was the Beretta PX4 Storm. I love the grip and the way the gun is balanced. I wanted to use it to go shoot at the range and for personal defense.

Now, can you guys recommend any viable and preferably cheaper alternatives to this handgun? One that I've read great reviews about is the CZ P-07 Duty, which supposedly is great for CC as well. I can't get a CC until I naturalize (which should be soon considering I've been in the country for years now), so maybe that's not something I will weigh heavily.

So, between these two, the Beretta PX4 Storm and the CZ P07 Duty, which one would you guys recommend? Also, are there any great alternatives to these two?
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Choosing a handgun is more than holding it in the store. How it feels in your hand is one thing - how it shoots from your hand can be another. The only, repeat only, way to find what best suits you is to actually run some rounds through them.

Find a range that rents the guns you're interested in and shoot them - it's the only way really. BTW, the 2 you mention are fine guns and there are a lot of others as well. I also recommend you jump on over to introductions and tell us a little about yourself...

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Choosing a handgun is more than holding it in the store. How it feels in your hand is one thing - how it shoots from your hand can be another. The only, repeat only, way to find what best suits you is to actually run some rounds through them.

Find a range that rents the guns you're interested in and shoot them - it's the only way really. BTW, the 2 you mention are fine guns and there are a lot of others as well. I also recommend you jump on over to introductions and tell us a little about yourself...
Thanks for the input! Since I am really new to the whole field of handguns, I think it won't make much of a difference in the beginning. I just want a reliable gun that will shoot and perform well. The fact that both the guns I mentioned have very low recoil is good since I would like to focus on learning how to shoot before I go for any of the heavier calibers. I will see if there are any ranges around Charlotte, NC that can rent me any of these guns to try before I buy!

I also jumped over to introductions:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f2/new-forums-17458/
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I do not have experience with the particular guns you speak of, I do know that CZ and Beretta are both very good weapons and you wouldn't go wrong with either.
As was stated above, the only way to truly find out if a gun is right for you is to actually shoot it. Find a range that will let you rent the gun you will be shooting, or if you have a friend that has handguns, ask the friend to take you to a range so you can try out his guns.
That being said, may I also throw a couple more guns on the plate: Springfield XD compact, Smith & Wesson M&P or Sigma series, There are also some very fine 1911 style compact pistols out there, most are a little pricey though.

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I do not have experience with the particular guns you speak of, I do know that CZ and Beretta are both very good weapons and you wouldn't go wrong with either.
As was stated above, the only way to truly find out if a gun is right for you is to actually shoot it. Find a range that will let you rent the gun you will be shooting, or if you have a friend that has handguns, ask the friend to take you to a range so you can try out his guns.
That being said, may I also throw a couple more guns on the plate: Springfield XD compact, Smith & Wesson M&P or Sigma series, There are also some very fine 1911 style compact pistols out there, most are a little pricey though.
I will see if I can find a range that will rent out guns! I have a friend that works in law enforcement, but he's mostly a Glock kind of guy, and I just don't like the way those feel in my hand at all. Apparently he has a S&W M&P as well, I think, maybe I can try that one out.
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You now have a plan. I can't over state how important it is to actually put some rounds through a gun before buying. A few years ago I was browsing my local shop and picked up a CZ P-01. The thing felt like it was made for me personally, the most comfortable gun I had ever held.

A few months later I picked one up on a trade and it still felt great. Took it to the range and I couldn't shoot it for spit. Never really figured out why I couldn't shoot this gun well but I eventually traded it away - good lesson learned...

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Why no Glocks? I love Glocks.

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I have a friend that works in law enforcement, but he's mostly a Glock kind of guy, and I just don't like the way those feel in my hand at all.
Explains the no Glocks pretty well I think as they're not for everybody...
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Why no Glocks? I love Glocks.
Well, they are indeed some fine weapons, but I don't like the way they feel, which is a bit upsetting since I've heard great things about them. I also have younger children, and I would like have some kind of extra safety on top of a gun safe. The Glocks are generally lacking in some of the safety features compared to say the Beretta PX4 Storm, or so I've come to understand it. Please correct me if I am in error here!
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