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Old 07-18-2011, 01:41 PM   #11
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Repost of what I put on another thread:

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Beretta 92FS
Beretta Px4 Storm
CZ P07
CZ 75 Compact
GLOCK G17
SA XDm9
SIG Sauer P226 (9mm)
SIG Sauer P229 (.40)
S&W M&P9

Only the Sigs are cost prohibative. You really can't go wrong with any of the guns listed here or by Dan. My list revolves around 9mm pistols, though and is a mix of all metal guns and polymer-frame guns.

Things you'll need to figure out:
Pistol vs Revolver <-- You already are good on this.
Metal vs Polymer
.22 vs .380 vs 9mm vs .40 vs .45 vs etc... <-- And this.
Hammer vs Striker
If Hammer, Decocker vs Thumb Safety vs Both
Full Size vs Compact vs Subcompact
And the list goes on...

My advice: 9mm, Polymer, Striker-fire, pistol (GLOCK G17 (G Series), S&W M&P9, or SA XD(M)9)

Alternate advice: 9mm, Metal, Hammer w/Decocker, pistol (CZ75 or Beretta 92FS)

My personal opinion is that you can't go wrong with the 5 I've listed above and it is a matter of which you shoot the best, which you'd be the most comfortable with under stress, and which one feels the best in your hand.
Now, you know I'm full of it once I start quoting myself!
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Since we are covering a first gun for both range and carry, I would recommend an affordable, durable pistol that tries to strike a balance between shootability and portability. The Glock 19 and Smith & Wesson M&P 9c would be my first two choices.

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Best 9mm on the market doesn't necessarily translate to best CCW gun. If you truly want the BEST, then you'll sacrifice in terms of CCW. Many say the best 9mm is the Sig 210. Better make sure you have plenty of cash. Probably the next would be the Browning Hi Power. But neither are a gun I would enjoy carrying though.

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Try sig 226 or 229, Glock 19 or 17, or xd. Each has a lifetime warranty, accurate, reliable, tested in various conditions, and they are reputable names.

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Smith and Wesson is not reputable?

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There is no "best." - Just what's best for YOU.

Hell, you don't even wanna know how many guns I've gone thru since 1993... My favorite ones 10 years ago are different than my fav for 5 years ago. And, my fav today are not the same from 5 years ago.

Over time, you find what you like and idslike often changes. But, my suggestion would be to first, figure out how much you want to spend, and also what purpose you want it for (home defense, concealed carry, pocket concealed carry).

Then, go find a place in your area that rents guns, and try several to see which you like.

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Hmmmm I'd say,

HK
Sig
HP
CZ

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Glock. Glock. Glock. Did i say glock? Oh yeah, glock.

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I'm considering buying a 9mm as my first gun for range use. Can you help me decide which is the best one to buy.
For range use, I urge you to check CZ 75 SP01 (all steel) before buying. I heard a lot of good things about Browning Hi Power but never had the chance to shoot one yet (and they are a bit more expensive). Sig 210 is from the same design (as far as I know) but they are worth 4x or so than BHP or CZ.

A cheap (used) alternative that I love is S&W 5906. For $300.00 at CDNN, it is a steal.

As mentioned, use the recommendations here to narrow your list then see which one works for you best. Good luck!!!
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For a range gun:
Browning Hi-Power, CZ 75 variants, Sig P226/229 are my favorites...in that order.
Honorable mention: Beretta 92, S&W 5906, polymers of your choice

Range AND Carry:
BHP, Sig P239, and Sig P228/229 would be my top choices.
I'd also look at compact CZs, S&W 5906, and almost any compact polymer that doesn't have a picture of a bull on it.

I like really BHPs and CZs, but if carry is a serious factor the Sig P239 SAS w/srt is tough to beat. It's spendy though ($750-800). Poly compacts (like the Glock 19) excel as versatile and relatively affordable options.
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