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Old 03-14-2013, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default Good all metal handguns

Well, since my dad hates going on forums I will do it for him. He wants to buy a handgun this weekend and wants a gun that meets these requirements
-mostly metal
-holds more rounds than the ''obama number''(preferably) which basically means more than ten rounds.
-shoots 9mm or .22lr ammo
-under 500$
Hes considering 1911's but he does not want to spend more than 500$
he has no clue about the ballistics of different calibers and he does not want a 40 or 45. I have no clue why because he has never shot a 40 or 45. The 1911 is probably the only acception. He does not like glocks because he hates the polymer frame and says it feels like hes not holding anything. He was looking at the sig mosquito's and the 22 1911s for plinking as well. What do you guys recommend?
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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Used Beretta 92 or a stoeger cougar are good choices
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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I agree with the Beretta 92. Excellent gun but he might have to spend around 600
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Bersa Thunder 9mm
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That Beretta 92 suggestion is hard to argue with.
Another possible - Rock Island 1911. It's not a high class expensive gun but it is a good gun. It's in your price range - and it comes in both 45 or 9mm. I have tried the actions of both 45 and 9MM versions - and really liked the 9mm. Smooth. The 45 version was a stiffer action - but then it has to be because of the increased power of the 45 round vs the 9.
The 9mm, in general, is a "softer, gentler" shooting round. That may be what your dad is looking for. Plus it's cheaper than nearly anything else (the ammo) - or at least it was before the Obama crazy buying frenzy started last November.
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Center fire pistols I'd lean to the Rock Island but the mag cap doesn't fit. The Bersa thunder pistols are really nice feeling. I recently picked up a Thunder 45 Ultra Compact Pro. I have been really surprised in just how well it works. Taurus and Ruger have a couple in the price range and are worth looking at but most of the less expensive models are poly framed. All that leads me back to the RIA 1911.

I like a few of the 1911-22's I don't like the Sig Rim fire though. It pains me to say that being I am a Sig fan. They just don't seem to be as reliable as their bigger brothers. but in talking about rim fires we are really talking about a different animal. While I would not say it can not be used for a defense weapon I would not go that way myself. But whatever the shooter uses best is what they should use. If it;'s jsut a plinking gun then that opens up a ton of doors. The Ruger MK series, Buckmarks to name a couple.
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Don't forget the Browning Hi-Power and clones.
9mm, more than 10 rounds, been around a long time to get the kinks out.
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Originally Posted by DrumJunkie View Post
...I like a few of the 1911-22's I don't like the Sig Rim fire though...
Reliability issues with rimfire guns has to do more with ammo than the gun itself.
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CZ 75b comes to mind.

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