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Old 12-07-2011, 04:37 PM   #41
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Glock 26 or 27 for concealed carry. A revolver will be more powerful but they seem to require a niche shooter that is used to holding them; they're hard for me to aim, and I would prefer to have more than 6 rounds available. The glock grip is at a nice angle so your hands are at a natural level and angle when firing. There are also 45ACP and 357SIG models of glocks available.

If you don't mind the hammer, the 1911 is a decent gun. I don't particularly like it because it's heavy, the hammer adds some drag to the slide mechanics and recoil, the grip isn't at a comfortable angle for me, and the subcompact glocks typically hold the same amount of ammo that a full-sized 1911 does, and I can get horrible groupings with a 1911 (that's just me, though). I think the 1911 and glock are probably two of the best so you should just go to the range and try out both and make your own conclusions afterwards.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:23 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by wcohio View Post
If you don't mind the hammer, the 1911 is a decent gun. I don't particularly like it because it's heavy,
It's all personal, personally, I like my DE44 because of the weight.

It just feels right for me...
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:05 AM   #43
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No clue what your budget is, so I will go very "middle of road" cost-wise.

Revolver: Any .38 Charter Arms will do superbly.

Semi-Auto: Other Members have mentioned some wonderful and RELIABLE names (ie: Kahr, CZ, etc)
All are good.
I own a couple: Have a CZ Rami in 9mm, a FN Herstal FNP-40, and a Ruger P345
(also a Charter.38 in Wife's bedside safe, and a Colt 70 series 1911 in another safe.)
I can shoot the $400 Ruger P345 as good as ANY 1911 I've ever shot. It never even hiccups. Also, the FN Herstal I would give to any Mom, Soldier, Police, etc and tell them they could bet their Lives on it working when they need it.

My point is, Shoot many guns. All feel different in different people's hands and carry options.
Glock makes a superb, accurate, and totally reliable firearm. I personally just don't care for "how it feels TO ME" as it fires.

Good luck, and.....PRACTICE
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:38 AM   #44
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HI point c9 , they almost give it away , they are reliable , I saw a torture test where some guy whipped one at a tree and it hit HARD then ran it over with a dodge 2500 4 dr pickup and picked it up and it fired flawlessly 50 rounds , I just saw one with 2000+ rounds and it still runs like its brand new , 9mm is insanely common round add that to the fact that when it finally does sh1t the bed you only spent like 170 out the door just toss it and go buy another and honestly if hi point made a 10mm pistol i probably wouldnt have bought the glock.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:28 AM   #45
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Figuring out the one best handgun is like picking out the one best woman - - and I'm not even going to try.

Out of my handguns 23 of 40 are S&W and 30 of the 40 are steel. I prefer SS but many like the light weight of the composite weapons.

Do you like blondes, burnetts, redheads, thin, fat, short or tall? I have had the same wife for 38 1/2 years ( started out thin and dark haired - - - hair is graying and weight is up about 30# ) and she has not shot me yet but there are times when she might not have been the best choice on the day in question. I guess that is why I have 40 handguns - - - different weapon for different uses.

I have not found the one perfect gun! I guess I will just have to keep looking!
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:31 PM   #46
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The OP must be overwhelmed at the list of the good guns. He hasn't been back since he first posted.

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Old 12-23-2011, 06:58 PM   #47
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I have an XDSC40, tough,accurate with its backstrap safety I consider it safer than a dare I say Glock. I also have a .357 sig EFK barrel for it. That's one of the reasons I bought a .40 SW to begin with. There may be tougher pistols out there but for my money the XD or XDm gets the nod.
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.40 s&w = .40 short and weak. Get a 10 mm
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:34 AM   #49
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No one will mention this one I am sure..but I depend on and trust my Taurus PT-840 Low price and very accurate (for me) You may want to check one out..Great gun great price
BTW over 2000 rnds without a failure of any kind so far..
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:35 AM   #50
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Get real Bud
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