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Old 06-03-2011, 06:29 PM   #31
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The only thing that I would advise is that the Beretta does not have a natural point at the target.
Unless your hand is like a catcher's mit. I really have large hands. My college ring is a size 17. When I was choosing my hi-cap 9mm I bought a 92 because of the overly large grip, which was still too narrow and short so I added a pachmayr grip sleeve and a 20rd mag. Honestly I need the mag as my hand hangs off of the rear of the grip without it. When I get home I'll get a pic with my hand on the weapon to demonstraite.

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There are also "clones" of the Hi-Powers for less than $300.00. Same grip, a little rough, but useable. I've one of the FEG's in my safe. Not beautiful, but it works every time.

I also have some plastic too, but I prefer metal.

Good luck with your search.

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Yes, based on earlier suggestions, I started researching the Hi-Powers. My only apprehension is the MSRP in the $1k range. I'm not ruling it out, but the CZ is the leader in the clubhouse based on price alone until/if I can shoot the Sig, CZ, and Browning.
If you keep your eyes open, there are excellent used Hi-Powers to be had in the $600-700 range. I got into a used BHP for $500 and a new CZ 75b for $409. Good luck finding either at that price. But I'll bet you can come within $100 of those prices if you keep your head on a swivel. You won't go wrong wrong with either. I consider them to be in a pretty equal class. The BHP has a bit more of a classic "cool" nostalgia to it, but the CZ is arguably a better "value".

I also have an XDm and a P226, and both are excellent guns...but the CZ and BHP are the only two I consider absolute "keepers".

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Unless your hand is like a catcher's mit. I really have large hands. My college ring is a size 17. When I was choosing my hi-cap 9mm I bought a 92 because of the overly large grip, which was still too narrow and short so I added a pachmayr grip sleeve and a 20rd mag. Honestly I need the mag as my hand hangs off of the rear of the grip without it. When I get home I'll get a pic with my hand on the weapon to demonstraite.
This is really a key point about the M9. It's a good gun on it's own, but can be an outstanding choice for those with "big boy" hands.

I think most folks with an average fit would prefer the BHP or CZ 75, but for bigger hands I could see the Beretta winning out a lot of the time. Even my XDm45 grip feels a bit on the massive side (especially in length) for my own preference.
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Even my XDm45 grip feels a bit on the massive side (especially in length) for my own preference.
One of the reasons I bought an XDm was the grip sleeves. I have the XDm 45 as well and I had to have to use the largest grip insert.
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I'll kick in another Sig suggestion. I have 3: P245 (.45), P226 and P239 (both in 9mm). Love them all. I put Hogue grips on all of them simply because I like the cushy feel on my paws (getting older is a bitch but beats the alternative).

I am stictly an all metal pistol guy because they feel better to me and prefer Sig because of the DA/SA with decocker.

One in the pipe and fifteen in the mag of my 226 (my usual CC) plus a spare mag just because of my Boy Scout tendencies.

Of the 3, the P226 has the best balance and feel for me. YMMV

Give the Sigs a try, careful shopping can get you a new P226 under $800. Used they are tough to find but can be had around $600 - $650.

Have fun checking them out.

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