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Old 05-24-2010, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Round 2 at the range..suggestions?

I started another thread about giving revolvers a second chance. Planning the next range outing for this weekend. Any suggestions for gun rentals. They have about 85 different models...some I want to try they do not have.

Tried these revolvers.
S&W 38 J frame snub nose (forget model)...fail
S&W 357 model 60 with 3 inch barrel and CT...pass but kinda big
Ruger LCR...fail

Will try Ruger SP101
anything else that is kind of small?


Tried these pistols.
Glock 26...pass
Glock 27...pass
S&W M&P40...pass but kinda big
S&W M&P (i think) 10mm...pass but kinda big

I want small small small but no smaller than 9mm
A Kahr MK9 sounds perfect but they do not have one to try. What do you guys think of them?

This is what I am coming up with.
M&P 9 compact?
M&P 40 Compact?
Sigma?
The new to come out S&W SD?
Springfield XD?
Sig???
CZ???

I need some suggestions because they might not have all the guns I want to try.

Just some background info...I do not have a flat screen HD TV yet (plasma) and it barely bothers me. I do not drive a BMW or Audi. No offense to those that do. I just have no desire. I am a mechanic and when I buy my work tools I buy the good stuff. Snap-on, Mac, Matco etc. I have no need for show and it does not have to be sexy. I just want a really good quality tool that will not let me down.
Thanks, Brian.

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My CZ75b is the best performing 9mm I have ever had the opportunity to shoot.

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I had a Kahr MK9 for a time and it's a good size for a pocket gun but it's also heavy as it's all steel. The PM9 is the same size but with a poly frame. Kahr makes a nice gun but they are pricey. For an all-around gun, you probably need to focus on something between pocket sized and full sized. None of the teeny pocket sized guns are fun to shoot and a full size is more difficult to conceal.

There are quite a few to fit the bill. I know some folks swear by the Glock 19 as being the ideal size for a general purpose gun. I'm not a Glock guy but one other in that general size is a Sig P239. I just picked one up Saturday and it's a great all-around gun. Big enough to shoot well, small enough to be easy to conceal. Another choice is the next size up in a Kahr - the P9 (or K9 if you want an all steel gun). The first pic is a Sig P239, the second is my P9 next to an XD9 Service...

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I agree with NGIB, The Kahrs should be looked at. A co-worker has an XD compact in .40 and loves it. I too, am not a Glock person (it's nothing with the gun, but my trigger finger "slides" on the trigger guard, and makes for a painful outing). Too bad the Heckler Koch PSP P7 is no longer in production.

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One I have not seen mentioned is the FNP's. Admittedly I am not a big poly fan but I do like those. I have a Browning Pro 40 (only poly pistol I still own) that's for the most part the same weapon. THey have the FNX's out now too. I've not held one of those yet so I can't say much about them. The thing I like about the FNP over others like a Glock,XD, or M&P (All fine weapons) is it has a hammer. Call me old fashioned but I liking having a "regular" hammer over something striker fired. If memory serves they are iving away some goodies with the pistols but I"m not exactly sure what. being you can shoot both DA/SA for me is a plus. And they have a safety and decock. Changeable back straps allow for more of a chance for a good fit to the hand too. They are chambered in 9mm, 40, and 45ACP.

I'm not trying to sound like a fanboy or anything. I just have not seen anyone mention them and thought I'd put that out there. They are pretty good shooters. Even without the much hallowed lower bore axis that I hear about when talking about the striker fired weapons. Recoil is more manageable than with a comparable sized Glock or XD. I've not shot enough of the M&P's to say.

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If it was me and I was not looking at another 1911 I'd give these a look. Also anything from Sig Sauer. I have yet to see a bad weapon Made by Sig yet.

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You pretty well covered it on small revolvers. The SP101 is what I have. I can tell you that the long trigger pull is going to take some getting use to.

I like Springfield XD's, but haven't tried the M&P pistols.

I'd suggest you try some 1911 bases pistols as well. If you want to keep on the small side, check Springfield's EMP or some of the other manufacturer's compacts.

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I understand that you like the Brownings...is that right? (itsa joke son)

The problem is that no one has one to test fire. I do appreciate the link (from before) to the one at auction but would you recomend buying one without even holding it? Do you like them that much?

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Cane really likes the classics and the HiPower is another designed by JMB. If you're looking for a full size, all steel gun - a HiPower is a great one. I personally wouldn't want to carry one around during the hot SE GA summers though...

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Check out an XD for sure. I've been shooting them for 3 years now and I have never had a failure to feed or fire (I do about 5000 rounds a year +/- 500). The price is right, you get a grip safety (and in some cases a thumb safety), and they are very easy to maintain.

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