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Old 04-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Hi guys I am new to the forum I am looking for a 9mm pistol that is reliable, accurate, and good for home defense. I am still relatively new to firearms but have experience shooting .22s I have seen a couple pistols I liked but I am not a fan of the decocker safety. I realize no safety can be perfect but I would feel much more comfortable with a manual safety. I am thinking I have a budget of no more then $500 any thoughts or am I asking for to much ? Any help would be much appreciated thank you.

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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my suggestion would be to start going to gun stores and start by looking and holding different ones until you find one that fits your hand well. this will be the biggest factor as how well the pistol fits your hand will play a big part in how well you shoot accurately with it. next step, if you find one that exceeds your budget, then look around for one like it used if possible. another option would be to see if the store has a layaway plan, many do now, because they know money is tight. then when you find one and buy it, buy a bunch of ammo and practice, practice and practice some more. buy any decent JHP SD ammo and you should be good to go.

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Rock Island 1911. 9mm. $400 leaves you $100 for ammo. Accurate, reliable and to me the1911 is the most recognizable intimidating there is.

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Glock 17 or 19, Springfield XD or XDm. Reliable handguns that don't require a home equity loan.

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Glock 17 or 19, Springfield XD or XDm. Reliable handguns that don't require a home equity loan.
None have a manual safety-
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Might look at a Ruger SR9 or Sr9c & listen to what axxe said
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I like the RIA 1911 9mm, but the Bersa Thunder Pro 9 HC is a good shooter, reliable, aluminum alloy, strips/cleans easily and isn't expensive. Bersa doesn't advertise much in the US but has a big portion of the police and military market in South America. Mine has been very reliable and is my backup home defense gun.

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Hi guys I am new to the forum I am looking for a 9mm pistol that is reliable, accurate, and good for home defense. I am still relatively new to firearms but have experience shooting .22s I have seen a couple pistols I liked but I am not a fan of the decocker safety. I realize no safety can be perfect but I would feel much more comfortable with a manual safety. I am thinking I have a budget of no more then $500 any thoughts or am I asking for to much ? Any help would be much appreciated thank you.
Try a CZ 75b.

For $500 it'll meet all of your criteria and then some. And I don't think anything else can even compare (based on your prefernces) for $500.
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Hi guys I am new to the forum I am looking for a 9mm pistol that is reliable, accurate, and good for home defense. I am still relatively new to firearms but have experience shooting .22s I have seen a couple pistols I liked but I am not a fan of the decocker safety. I realize no safety can be perfect but I would feel much more comfortable with a manual safety. I am thinking I have a budget of no more then $500 any thoughts or am I asking for to much ? Any help would be much appreciated thank you.
I don't like decocker's either. This is one of my home protection guns, very reliable. It is a 9mm Beretta model 920. It doesn't have an exposed hammer nor does it have a safety, but a crisp trigger makes it safe to carry or store.
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Any chance you would later want to carry concealed? Many fine pistols have been mentioned but can be large for CCW. I'm a fan of the 1911, Hi Power and CZ 75b but they are large and heavy so compare with polymer guns. I still have my 1911s and HPs but carry a smaller gun, the Glock 27 40S&W.

If you can get passed the manual safety the 9mm Glock 19 is great or the G26 for CCW. Nice thing about a small gun like the G26, it can easily become bigger and easier to hold with larger capacity magazines and magazine sleeves.

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how has no one mentioned the SR9 and SR9C. both great pistols, under 500. manuel safeties.. also i would recomend Springfield xd and xdm.

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