quest for 9mm
I own a 22/45 and my wife recently started to shoot with me. I decided to buy a second gun, it will not be my last, and it will be a 9mm. If the 9mm I buy can also work for my wife great, if not we will buy two so she can pick one that works best for her. :) So the process is underway to try as many 9mm as we can to build a short list and then work through the short list in a more extensive manner.
Last week my wife and I shot a Springfield 1911-A1 and a Glock 19. While both were fine we both liked the 1911 a bit more.
Today I went solo to Reeds in Santa Clara and rented a Glock 17 and a Beretta PX4 Storm. The secondary goal was to work on mechanics. We think we are both limp wristing.
5 round magazines
40 rounds through the Glock
60 rounds through the Beretta
Limp wrist fix results: 1 Failure to Eject
I enjoyed shooting both guns. Shot placement, I need a lot of work, was similar. The Beretta felt the best in my hand. Having shot two Glocks the magazine release gives me some trouble. I need to find the trick for smooth release. It seemed to me the Beretta had slightly less muzzle rise but I really need to shoot both more to reach a conclusion. I like the appearance of the Berretta over the Glock.
Conclusion I would be happy purchasing either gun from the function perspective but would select the Beretta from the appearance perspective. Current order of selection if I were to buy today:
Next time try out a G19gen4, and see how you like that. Slightly more compact than both your choices. And now ultra reliable wit a good capacity mag.
Good plan, to try out several at the shooting range, before you buy one.
For me, a semi-auto handgun needs to have at least two things, if not 3.
The two things are (1) a double action trigger, and (2) an exposed hammer that I can set to half-cock safety.
The 3rd thing that would be nice is an adjustable rear sight.
The 9mm calibre is fairly popular with women in the semi-auto guns.
Anyone who is not comfortable with a .45 ACP usually does well with a 9mm instead.
Good choice, in calibre.
My first choices would be a Ruger, or a CZ, or a Sig.
These are practically identical guns, with Sig the most expensive, CZ priced in-between, and Ruger All-American.
You don't say what you want to do with the handgun. It is just for a fun shoot, home defense, concealed carry or more serious target work? Most women can do well with a Glock 19. It's easy to shoot and master the mechanics. As far as reliability nothing is even close to a Glock, generation 1-3. For home defense it's fine, but a short barreled shotgun is better. For concealed carry the 19 fits better in a purse then in a holster for a man because the slide is thick. For target work look further.
Another choice is the Walther PPS in 9mm. It's thin easier to conceal and made like a Glock. Point is there are many choices and none may be wrong, some may just be better for purpose than others.
Did you try the Springfield XD? I just picked up the 4" service model in 9MM and love it.
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