Originally Posted by lee-enfeild
I have a friend who has decided to purchase new pistol and has asked my advice on what he should get, he has narrowed down his choices to these three kinds. Smith & Wesson Sigma .40
Ruger 9mm P series. I don't know which one of these is the better pistol but i have heard a lot of good comments about the Ruger. What would you recommend?
Lee - For what type of use? Range time? Plinking once or twice a month? Home defense? Personal carry?
Outside of that, just on a quality standpoint, of the three choices, I would recommend none of the above to be perfectly honest with you.
, while from S&W, is a double action only pistol. The weapon does not convert to single action once the first round is fired, leaving to that annoying LLOOONNNGGG trigger pull on follow up shots. The frame mounted safety is in an ackward location and it just isn't fluid to snapping it on and off. Granted, the weapon is inexpensive, so if you just want a range piece, it might be okay - but I wouldn't recommend it.
The Beretta 92F/M9
- Yeah, I know the military chose them, but they made a mistake. The Beretta is of dual composition make up, the frame is aluminum and the slide is steel, so there are dissimilar metals rubbing against each other every time the weapon is fired. You will experience wear on the aluminum within the first 500 rounds guaranteed. The weapon has a slide mounted safety, which while completely viable, I personally do not subscribe too. Beretta's customer service is crap and their warranty on their products is almost non existant. Here is a review done by some military folks about their experiences.
Ruger P9 series
- Well, Antonio Banderas made this famous in Desperado.
This is a thick weapon, and the bore of the barrel is a little high, causing some accuracy issues. The weapon is more of a cheap, all around gun. Nothing is precision on this model, and while it will feed most ammo without fail, it's just not a real good choice in the price range. Ruger's customer service and warranty isn't good and their products are out there is droves, so they don't need
your sale, which is what you will learn the first time you need warranty work. Their resale value isn't good, so if you make the leap, you are going to be stuck with it.
Along this same line, here are two choices that I would recommend to someone if this was the caliber and category they wanted to pursue.
. Yes, it's basically the same gun as the 92F - basically. The differences are, they have a steel/steel frame slide match up, they have a new model with a frame mounted safety and they have a LIFETIME
warranty. It's not my choice for CDW, but it's good, reliable gun that the manufacturer stands behind no matter how long you own it.
Springfield's XD Line
. I don't like striker fired weapons, and I don't like weapons with a safety that is on the trigger group, because so few people take the time to learn true
handgun safety. That being said, this is a hell of a weapon that will go bang every time. They have incorporated a new frame mounted safety, on top of the two already in the gun, so it's really a nice piece of kit. Prices are reasonable and it's got a good name behind it.
My $.02 for what it's worth...