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Old 11-16-2010, 06:08 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by iftrue View Post
I currently own a S+W 9mm M+P compact, and I'm looking for a new fun gun for the range and home defense. After hitting the range a few times, being stuck with limited magazines in a home defense situation just seems crazy.

Can anyone recommend some guns I should take a look at are especially fun to take to a range?
Oh, and remember we're talking .357 Magnum. It may only have a 6 to 8 limit capacity but, really, you only need one!

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Old 11-16-2010, 06:29 AM   #12
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Well. I didn't really expect the outpouring of support for revolvers here. Hmm...it would be a definite change from the m+p, and I'll have to take a serious look at some revolver models. I'm just not sure I could fire accurately enough in a high adrenaline situation to allow for the low-capacity revolver to be a good option.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:38 PM   #13
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Practice and accuracy beats spray & pray every single time...
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:35 PM   #14
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I, too, started my firearm life with a 15+1 polymer semi-auto with a couple of loaded mags beside it. I felt well-armed, as if I'd be able to fend off a large gang of zombies.

After a little evolution of my shooting skills, I've moved to a 1911, which is "only" 8+1 or 7+1. It is a .45 round, though. I thought I would feel undergunned. But once it was in my hand, and I felt how awesome they shoot, I haven't once felt undergunned.

Mind you, I still have 4 loaded mags right next to it and 3 more in the safe, but I can't be expected to grow THAT fast.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:37 PM   #15
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I'm in the process of hunting down a CZ in one form or another. It would make a fine addition to your HD/Range selection.
But if your feeling the need for some variety, a .357 is a great choice for a dual use handgun. If you not worried about carry/concealment, I would venture to say that a 6" would be worth checking as well. On my list of things I want is a S&W N frame .357 with a 4" to 6" barrel. Just to muddy the water, a 1911 of some sort would be a fun/useful addition as well. You opened a can of worms with this.
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4 for the 357. plus you can always put some 38 specials in there to make it a little easier on the wallet on range days. My vote is for the Ruger gp100.
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A good 9mm semi auto that is full size and won't break the bank, fun to shoot and a good practice pistol/night stand 9mm. I would go with a Ruger P series. I like the metal frame P93 ot P94) better than the polly frame (P95).

As much as I like the S&W M&P the 9mm compact isn't a range pistol IMHO.
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For a 9 mm the Ruger SR9 or SR9c are good shooters at the range, and come with a 17 round mag. Should be enough rounds to keep the bad guys at bay.
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Depends on the caliber, but these are great options at reasonable prices....

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It is a whole lot easier to chase brass with a revolver. I shoot what I carry and since my compact 9 mm auto went bad, I am carrying my SP101. It is a DAO with a trigger job and a Crimson Trace LG111. I would like to pick up a 4" Ruger and a Marlin in 357. Also considering an NEF Handy Rifle in 357 instead of the Marlin.
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