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Old 01-30-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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i am new to the pistol wolrd and am looking at buying. i have norrowed down my search to four guns that i like and feel nice im my hand. i was just wanting some opinion on these firearms( problems jams or just dislikes). also on .40 vs .45. i will prob start with 9mm and then buy a 40/45(so direct the commet more to the 9mm gun right now, but would love info on all of these gun) am open to suggestion but these felt nice to me.

glock : 22, 17, 21
beretta: 90-two
walther: p99
hk: p30l, 45

thank you for your time and opinions
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
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If you want to start with 9mm, take a look at the CZ 75B and the other 9mm CZ's. Some are steel and some are polymer. There's a nice variety to choose from.

Good luck on your quest.
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Quite a difference between the guns you've listed. Glocks all striker fired, polymer framed--Beretta all metal, hammer fired, others in-between. I personally don't like the feel of the Glock grip, but that's an individual thing as many swear by them. My favorite 9mm is an HK USP Compact--I like the manual safety/decocker combination and it's extremely accurate. The 92FS is a close second--much larger but easy to shoot, accurate, and reliable. Plus if you get a Beretta 92FS (not a Taurus PT92) you can shoot it in national match service pistol events if you'd like to. But try and few and see what you like best. Good luck.
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If you want to start with 9mm, take a look at the CZ 75B and the other 9mm CZ's. Some are steel and some are polymer. There's a nice variety to choose from.

Good luck on your quest.
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A price range would help narrow suggestions.
In general, you will get what you pay for in new guns. I have never been afraid to buy used guns from quality manufacturers. I personally think the list of quality manufacturers is longer than the list of poor manufacturers. You will get a vast array of opinions on quality/poor mans. I have peronal experience with Ruger, Smith, Colt, Sig, Browning on the quality side. On the poor side, I stay away from Taurus, Raven, from personal experience. I suggest buying reliability over bells and whistles for a first gun.
I am currently considering buying either a Springfield, or Cz. I don't have experience with these, but have heard very good things about both.
The 9mm is a time proven, old stand-by. In my opinion, the 45 is a true meat-eater. The only advantage I see in the 40 is capacity. If I compare my Sig220 (8 rds of 45) to my sig 229 (13 rds of 40), the difference is clear. The 220 is actually a larger gun also.
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You may want to check out the Springfield XDm and the S&W M&P, for polymer frames, and the Browning Hi-Power for all-steel.
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glock : 22, 17, 21- If you like the fit and finish of a Glock, it's a fine gun. Rugged and dependable.
beretta: 90-two- CZ 75 or BHP over this steel 9mm, eight days a week.
walther: p99- This one has quite a few fans, but I'm not acquainted with it.
hk: p30l, 45- Cool guns for sure...but cost is 80% more than other tupperware.

Most poly guns in the $400-600 range will serve you exceptionally well. XD, Glock, M&P, FNP, Ruger, CZ...whatever really. It's just a matter of what you like. The Beretta 92fs has a solid enough rep, but I think there are much better alternatives when it comes to a steel 9mm.
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Why buy new when used can get you 2 x the gun for 1/2 the price.

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Why buy new when used can get you 2 x the gun for 1/2 the price.
$695 is half the price of what, exactly?

Just curious- What do you think of the "FM" versions? Saw a hard chromer locally for about $400....
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9mm should be your only consideration. Inexpensive to shoot comparitively, ammo is widely available.

G17, USP 9, XD 9, even a steyr M9 if you can find one. All but the USP are 4-450 used, and the HK is 550-600 used(budgunshop.com)(however, i may get in trouble for mentioning another web-site. eh, ineffable?)

a 9 will do it just the same as a 45
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