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Old 06-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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I'm by no means new to handguns but at the same time not familiar with every make & model. Here's what I'm looking for:

Semiauto
Ambidextrous safety
Plus P rated
CCW size
9mm or .40
Double action
Preferably light
American, Italian, or European
Doesn't have a service life
Extremely durable

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Old 06-27-2011, 10:01 PM   #2
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Please clarify some things.

CCW size: What you consider carry size may differ greatly from what someone else thinks is carry size.

Double action: Do you mean DA/SA or DAO? Some consider striker-fired pistols to be double action. There are also LEM and LDA triggers.

Doesn't have a service life: I don't know what that means.

Based on assumptions from what you posted, I'm going to recommend H&K and Sig models.

They make enough models to fit whatever you think of as CCW size.

I'm not sure, but I think you can get them with ambidextrous safeties, though you might have to special-order them or buy them as after-market parts.

They are both light and extremely reliable, are available in 9mm and .40, and I'm pretty sure they are +p rated.

In addition, you can get some (if not all) H&Ks set up as SA/DA, DAO or LEM configurations.

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What is meant by "Doesn't have a service life"?

I am confused. All firearms have a service life to some degree. Just as anything mechanical, there is a "drop-dead" time. The military looks at a firearm to last only "so-many" rounds before the weapon is rebuilt, retired, destroyed, etc...

I personally would like to know my firearm has a service life of "5000" over "no service life".

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Depending on how you take care of your weapon, it wouldn't have a service life...as a whole. Different parts will definitely have thresholds where they should be replaced/serviced. If you can keep all these parts working and in good condition then there is no service life. But then that leads to ask this: what's the difference between "no service life" and "extremely durable"?

Do you have any brands you are leaning towards? Do you want steel or polymer? I assume by light you would want polymer which would tend to exclude most 1911s. Any consideration for capacity? Hammer or striker-fire?

Some more info is needed to help you adequately.

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Sorry about my vagueness. I meant DA/SA with an external hammer. By service life I mean any brand weapon that specifies a round limit. A good example is Kel Tec, they have a service life of 6000 rounds. I'm not dissing any Kel Tec owners by the way.

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I guess for me CCW is a 4" barrel or less.

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Take a look at the Diamondback in 9mm.
(or a used H&K PSP P7)

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Heres something thats pretty close...
Product: Smith & Wesson M&P9c - Compact Size, Thumb Safety

This is exactly what you asked for...
http://www.berettausa.com/products/px4-storm-compact/

Then there is a whole bunch of 1911s chambered in 9mm and 40S&W
http://www.para-usa.com/new/product_pistol.php?id=66

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ruger SR9C.... its small yet can hold 10 or 17 rnds. 9mm. its fairly accurate... i love that it fits my hands well even tho its a compact.

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If having a hammer and ambi controls are both high priorities to you, I'd start there, because that'll really cut the options down. That rules out XD, Glock, and many other polymer guns.

Being right-handed I don't pay a ton of attention to the ambi issue, but one line that I know fits most of your citeria is FNP/FNX. Most people are quite happy with them and they seem to have a reliability that will measure up to most of the other polymer staples, which is pretty outstanding. I believe they offer compacts, but I'm not sure about subcompact frames.

Other guns with hammers fitting your criteria that can be found with ambi safeties are Beretta PX4 and CZ 2075 RAMI. And in full-framed guns, Beretta M9/92 and Browning Hi-Power.

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