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Old 05-25-2010, 09:50 AM   #11
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I save the little dessicant packages that seem to be a pain (they're everywhere). Using the correct sized plastic box and lid, you have a neat way to store and label your handguns. Especially helpful if you lose electricity for a week or so cuz of a hurricane.

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Sig slides are stainless - even the black ones, and the frames are alloy. The benefit of the conversion kit is you're shooting the same frame with the same grip, trigger, and controls. I have one for my 229 and it's fun to shoot...

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Stainless is just what it says, stains less than carbon steel, but it will still rust.

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Sig slides are stainless - even the black ones, and the frames are alloy. The benefit of the conversion kit is you're shooting the same frame with the same grip, trigger, and controls. I have one for my 229 and it's fun to shoot...
Ditto what NGIB said--I have a Sig 220 45ACP and a .22 conversion for it--I like that I can practice with the same trigger, grip, safety, etc. for a ton less ammo costs, plus it's fun to shoot. Since you're in CA and can only have 10 round mags, why not try and shoot a Sig 220 in 45ACP and see how you like that? You can carry it with 9 rounds and have a better defensive weapon...
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Well I checked out the P226 today at my local (very good though) gun store. Luckily, the store near here is very highly reviewed and they were very friendly to me, even as a first timer.

I have an unrelated question that isn't really pertinent to now: How are other gun manufaturers? From what I've heard, H&K and SIG make great semiauto pistols. What about Kimber and Colt? A friend of mine really likes Kimbers but I don't think she shoots too often either. Basically, I'm wondering if there are any brands out there that I should just straight avoid? Are there any God awful pistols that it's difficult to be accurate with and jam a lot?

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Well I checked out the P226 today at my local (very good though) gun store. Luckily, the store near here is very highly reviewed and they were very friendly to me, even as a first timer.

I have an unrelated question that isn't really pertinent to now: How are other gun manufaturers? From what I've heard, H&K and SIG make great semiauto pistols. What about Kimber and Colt? A friend of mine really likes Kimbers but I don't think she shoots too often either. Basically, I'm wondering if there are any brands out there that I should just straight avoid? Are there any God awful pistols that it's difficult to be accurate with and jam a lot?
My Kimber works very well for me and canebrake loves his colts!

Here is a list of what to avoid completely in my opinion.

Bryco
Jennings
Phoenix Arms
Cobra
Lorcin
Accu-Tek


These are some cheap pistols and cheaply made as well. Hi-Points are cheap, but people say they function well. They are heavy and bulky though.

These are some good brands you can trust.

Smith&Wesson
Colt
Kimber
Ruger
NightHawk
Dan Wesson
Sig Sauer
H&K
Taurus is a crap shoot.

There are tons out there to choose from.
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Taurus is a crap shoot.
Many folks are attracted to Taurus for the low price and lifetime warranty. Be warned that they make a LOT of lemons - you could get a good one and then again you may not.

Brian's list is good but I can't fathom why he left off the brand I own the most of - Springfield Armory. Another that makes very good carry guns is Kahr. For a great all around gun you can't go wrong with a Sig though - I currently have 4 of them: 220, 229, 238, 239...
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Remington has gotten back in in pistol business with their version of the 1911a1. Also some Phillipines firearms can be looked at.

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I'd add Glock and Springfield (except for the G.I. model) to the trustworthy list. I've also heard good things about Kahr (as long as you break them in) but I don't have enough personal experience to recommend them first-hand.

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I'd add Baretta and Browning to the good list.

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