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For a couple weeks I have been thinking about my next purchase. The three I have narrowed down is the Berretta PX-4, Sig Sauer P229, or Springfield XD. I want a full size or close to it, but I have not decided on which caliber to get. If I'm not mistaken all three offer interchangeable barrels, and your first purchase must be anything but a 9mm. However your choice for get your barrel can be a 9mm.

I know there are pros and cons with all three, but I would like to get your opinion on which one you would choose and why. I am not considering this to be my CCW but it would be my HD along with my Mossberg 500.

Your help is always appreciated and considered!
 

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I have been VERY happy with my failure-free XD45 with the 5" geezer barrel. Reliable, accurate, and reasonably priced all in one soft-shooting package. A buddy has the XD9 with the 4" barrel; it seems to be similarly reliable and accurate with cheaper ammo. I have not tried a barrel swap.

This pistol is my dog substitute; it always rides with me in the car or truck. Linus's blanket could not be more comforting than this pistol and a spare mag in that ugly generic nylon holster sitting on the passenger seat or stuffed barrel-down between the seats.

This was my first pistol that wasn't black, stainless, or blued; the OD green has grown on me.

Try all three if possible and pick the most comfortable grip.
 

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I love my SIG P229r. Reliable, accurate and well built. Can't beat SIG as for C'S and warranty as well.
 

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the only straight up negative things i can say about the px4 is the barrel rotates and for a bit there was a magazine shortage for em. not sure if the mag issue was resolved or not. i dont think i like the idea of a rotating barrel as i think its entirely possible for undo stress to be put on the extractor or case. im just very reluctant to adopt a radical new design that hasnt had a lot of proofing in the hands of the general public.

beretta makes decent guns and the sigs are decent as are the xdm. i would say pick which appeals to you the most, fits your hand like a glove, and is in stock with available extra mags. none of them are bad choices.
 

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Sig or SA. Both are great guns. If cost is an issue go with SA. But mostly go with which one fits you better and feels better to hold.
 

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I'm not a GLOCK man, myself, but I know that you can easily convert the 40SW into a 9mm with a barrel and different mags. I didn't know that was the case with Sig, XD, and Beretta.

I shot a PX4 in 40S&W once. It was the ONLY .40 that I have ever liked.

I, for one, own several XDm's and trust them with my life. I really like the DAO trigger. The SA/DA of the Sig and Beretta is not my cup of tea...
 

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I'm not a GLOCK man, myself, but I know that you can easily convert the 40SW into a 9mm with a barrel and different mags. I didn't know that was the case with Sig, XD, and Beretta.

I shot a PX4 in 40S&W once. It was the ONLY .40 that I have ever liked.

I, for one, own several XDm's and trust them with my life. I really like the DAO trigger. The SA/DA of the Sig and Beretta is not my cup of tea...
The P220, 226,229,239 and many more come in DAO or better yet DAK. If you have not shot a Sig with a DAK trigger then you should really give it a try. It is an extremely smooth 6.5 - 7.5 pound trigger pull that is truly great.
 

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For a couple weeks I have been thinking about my next purchase. The three I have narrowed down is the Berretta PX-4, Sig Sauer P229, or Springfield XD. I want a full size or close to it, but I have not decided on which caliber to get. If I'm not mistaken all three offer interchangeable barrels, and your first purchase must be anything but a 9mm. However your choice for get your barrel can be a 9mm.

I know there are pros and cons with all three, but I would like to get your opinion on which one you would choose and why. I am not considering this to be my CCW but it would be my HD along with my Mossberg 500.

Your help is always appreciated and considered!
Have you looked at any cz's. I have one and its by far of the best handguns I've ever shotb
 

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As a matter of personal preference, I would prefer the SIG 229. I got one in .40 S&W and got a .357 SIG barrel that works with the original slide, and rather than get a 9mm conversion barrel, I got a 9mm barrel and slide conversion. 9mm is nice and cheap to practice with and it is accurate and reliable with all the setups. .357 SIG is actually the most accurate.
 

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The problem I'm having is I am unable to see all three of my choices together. This will be a tough decision to make and I will have to keep researching. If anyone can add to what's been said, please post with hope of anyone going through this same problem can find the help needed in making the right choice.
 

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The problem I'm having is I am unable to see all three of my choices together. This will be a tough decision to make and I will have to keep researching. If anyone can add to what's been said, please post with hope of anyone going through this same problem can find the help needed in making the right choice.
As others stated both are good. I have an xd and sig 226. The XDs trigger Is better but both feel good and have functioned great.
 

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All three are great options. I have to admit, the PX4 surprised me -- when I first saw it, I didn't think I would really care for it. Now, it is one of my favorite pistols -- and in over three decades of shooting, I have had a bunch. You can swap out the back straps to get a really good fit to your hand, they are extremely accurate, 100% reliable, the recoil is very controllable and with just a little tweaking the trigger is smooth as glass. A slightly reduced power mainspring from Wolff for $5 makes a very noticeable difference in both the DA and SA trigger pull. When you check out the PX4, see if they will let you try it out with the different back straps as it feels very different will each one. I swapped mine out until I found the one that would let me bring up the pistol with the sights immediately aligned on target. Being able to easily change out the grip is a helluva perk.
 

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I have the Sig and the XDM. For me, grip wise, the Sig feels much better than the XDM and is easier to bring back in target, however, the XDM is a good bit cheaper and you can add stuff, like a laser or TLR-1 with the extra money you save if you go with the Springfield. One more thing to consider, the XDM comes with a nice case and accessories, with the Sig you just get their case, which is kinda blah, and if your are left handed you can call Springfield and they will send you another holster for free.
 

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I have the Sig and the XDM. For me, grip wise, the Sig feels much better than the XDM and is easier to bring back in target, however, the XDM is a good bit cheaper and you can add stuff, like a laser or TLR-1 with the extra money you save if you go with the Springfield. One more thing to consider, the XDM comes with a nice case and accessories, with the Sig you just get their case, which is kinda blah, and if your are left handed you can call Springfield and they will send you another holster for free.
Let's be practical here. When you find yourself in a defensive situation, is that spiffy case or add-on goodies going to matter as much as what is in your hand at the moment? If you want to choose a kitchen blender based on what comes in the box then fine. But if it's something your life may be depending on, then the dollars and cents need to take a back seat to what fits your hand and allows you to be most accurate. So what if you have to save up longer and pay more $......shopping self-defense is not something that should be done while simultaneosly pinching pennies.

Having said that, I would highly reccomend the Sig 229 in. 357sig. As has been mentioned, it's a very accurate round with more than enough power to do whatever needs to be done with a handgun.

The form factor is smaller as it was developed as an answer to women entering into law enforcement that couldn't quite rap their hand around the somewhat larger grip and trigger-reach of the 226.

I have both and the 229 does feel better to my smaller hands, but I carry the 226 in 9mm for the 3 extra rounds I get in the deal, allong with the longer barrel.
 
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