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friskymcgee 10-31-2010 08:50 PM

Need a bit of direction.
So here is the deal. I have only shot two different handguns. One was a Beretta 9mm and a Rugger .22lr. I really liked the 9mm round so I think that is what I want to buy.

I'm leaning towards a Springfield XD or a Sig Sauer P226 combat. Anybody one one or both of these that can give me a bit of an idea what they are like. Where I live I Will not be using it for self defense and there are no places that I can rent handguns before buying them.

Recon 173 11-01-2010 02:19 AM

I'd go with a Sig in P-226 in a heartbeat. Forget the XD and don't look back. Both the Navy SEALs and Special Forces have had P-226 pistols made for their specialists to use. None of the elite groups even look at an XD. I've shot both so I also speak from experience.

ScottA 11-01-2010 04:59 AM

ummm... ok...

I own an XDm .40. They are wonderful guns, and I would recommend one to anyone looking for a good range gun. It shoots far better than I do.

That said... if you are looking for a strictly range gun, I'd start off with the .22lr over the 9. You will likely get the 9 later anyway, but you'll shoot a 10x more .22 for the same price as the 9. Now if you have a need for a self defense round, start off with the 9.

But I can pretty well guarantee you that one of your first 2 or 3 guns will be a .22.

NGIB 11-01-2010 09:32 AM

I've owned and shot both - still have the Sig. My experience may not be really applicable though as I no longer have any plastic guns. Of all the plastic guns, XD's are my favorite though...

FreedomFighter69 11-01-2010 10:30 AM

They are both good, but the Sig is slightly better. I have nothing against polymer frame guns but they were primarily created to be lower in price. If you notice all the {Quality}
steel/metal frame guns are $800.00 and higher ! This doesn't mean that polymer is no good however. Glock and Springfield XD series are the two best selling polymer guns. Glock may very well be the best selling gun of all ? The thing is with polymer they all feel and sometimes even look the same. There's just something about holding an all steel gun in your hands, and holster ! Steel is appriciated more, when you look at the machining and smooth lines of a fine steel pistol or revolver, you can see and feel it's beauty, it has more appeal. Polymer just doesn't have that ! It's your choice though and many will have my head because they love their Glocks ! LOL ! I own a polymer gun and I love it but I adore my steel guns !

NRS 11-02-2010 06:08 PM

I'd love to own a SIG, but can afford the XD. I have a XD9SC and love it for what I want it for. It is quite accurate for it's size, and never has had a hiccup. 9mm is great for you if you have little handgun experience, but a 22lr is a great, cheaper, option as well.

friskymcgee 11-06-2010 05:41 PM

MY only problem with buying a .22lr is that I can't seem to find one that I like. I was thinking about purchasing a conversion kit for whichever I decided to get.

I think I'm probably going to go with the Springfield XD because it has a really good fit in my hand. Thanks for all your replies now at least I am sure I'm not buying a piece of garbage.

NRS 11-06-2010 07:23 PM

I'd get a single action revolver or a buckmark 22lr....or the ruger (but it is a pain to break down and clean). The heritage rough rider is inexpensive ($150) or there are others similar to it that won't break the bank. I have the heritage (got it for a steal at $50) that is worth the price IMO. It's not heirloom quality but it's a good plinker. If you want a semi-auto, the browning buckmark is a great shooter, and fairly easy to clean. My friend has one. I personally think these are better options (and most likely cheaper too) than getting a conversion kit for a semi. My 2 bits.

JonM 11-06-2010 08:02 PM

sig makes a conversion for the 226 and 220 and several other in the 22x line. my 22 sig 220 conversion hasnt found anything it wont cycle.

WDB 11-07-2010 01:08 AM

The reason polymer frames became popular is due to weight not price.

Both are good pistols so either would be a fine choice. It would be worth a weekend trip to a location that rents firearm to see what fits you best. Who knows you may find a few more pistols to consider if you invest the time before you buy.

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