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Old 05-16-2012, 02:02 AM   #11
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SIG P226 would be my choice. If you get a .40 you can swap it out for a .357 SIG if you feel like shooting something with a higher velocity later on.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:13 AM   #12
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no ranges or places to rent, then just start hitting the stores and trying out as many as you can to see which one feels the best in your hand. the one that feels the best is the one you are likely to hit accurately with.

go with the 9mm. cheaper by a long shot in regards to ammo cost. if you don't reload or can afford the ammo you will never be good shooting the 40. i own a 40, but it gets shot way less than the others right now until i get my reloading dies in for it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:31 AM   #13
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Glock 22 Xdm 40 or Ruger Sr20. All compact size with descent capacity. They all include trigger safeties ideal for carrying, although the Ruger and Springfield have additional safety features like Ruger: manual safety and Xdm: grip safety. Ruger would be your lowest priced at right around 400 and a hundred bucks more would get you the Glock or Springfield.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:32 AM   #14
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That's supposed to say Ruger Sr40 not 20
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:33 AM   #15
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Or if you don't like polymer there's the Bersa Thunders
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:01 AM   #16
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If you want to enjoy shooting I'd look at the .45ACP or the 9mm, NOT the .40 Small & Weak!
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Like many others, 40sw takes a back seat to 9mm and 45acp for me as well. But if you're looking for a great 40sw, Bud's has the two-tone Sig P226 for $669. It's gonna be really tough to beat that gun at that price.

Most of the $400+ polymer options are also excellent guns.
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I have a M&P .40 and I absolutely love it...and you can buy the 9mm barrel from Smith and Wesson or some aftermarket vender and you could run 9mm during practice (to conserve some money).
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I looked at a glock model 22, what everyone thoughts on that
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I would rather shoot my Glock 36 (45) than a Glock 23 (40). There are lots of smaller 45's available. Of the 40's I have shot (not many) the only one I liked was the Steyr M40.
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