Buying Decision

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by aandabooks, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Beretta PX4 Storm

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  2. Ruger SR40

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Smith & Wesson M&P40

    14 vote(s)
    46.7%
  4. Springfield XD40

    11 vote(s)
    36.7%
  5. Smith & Wesson SD40

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Hello All,

    I recently acquired a Colt 1911a1 in .22. This is my first handgun and you can find a post about it in the Range Review section.

    I have already made the decision that I am definately going to want something bigger. My wife said that it would have to wait until after Christmas but I like to research. I'm thinking semi-auto but a revolver does hold a high appeal for me. Based on a price cap of $550 or so, which pistol would you choose? All of these seem to get mainly good reviews. I have no experience with centerfire pistols but will definately be getting one.

    Ruger SR40 ($450)
    Springfield XD40 ($550)
    Beretta PX4 Storm ($529)
    Smith & Wesson M&P40 ($550)
    Smith & Wesson SD40 ($450)

    I've already decided on .40 unless I get talked into either 9mm, .38 or .45. I really only see the .45 if I were to go with a 1911. These are all prices that are at retail locations of a store near me. I won't order a gun from an internet vendor and I want to see/handle the gun in person before laying down any money.

    I haven't yet been around to any of the LGS in the area that I deal with but if they have a price that is similar, then I will almost always buy from the local dealer.
     
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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    You have some good choices there. If possible get to the gun shop and handle all of them. Then see if you can rent or borrow the ones that appeal to you. You'll probably be able to narrow it down pretty well and shooting them should almost automatically make the choice for you.
     

  3. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Unfortunately, I don't have a gun range in my area to rent a gun to try out. I have searched and unless someone out there can point me in the right direction, I am going to have to go on feel at the sale counter. I have looked in the Peoria, IL area and can't find a range.

    I shoot at my own property, so it's not like I don't have somewhere to shoot.
     
  4. USMC_Richey

    USMC_Richey New Member

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    Lucky.. :mad:
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Why only include polymer frame guns as options in the poll? There are plenty of other metal frame models that will fit within your price range.
     
  6. cswann1

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    Without knowing really what this guns primary purpose will be, I'd suggest looking into the 9mm more.

    For every argument for the 9mm there is one for the .40...or .45 or whatever. All cartridges will have strengths and weaknesses but purpose will dictate what is best.

    The reason I mention the 9mm is because I consider it the ideal round for "general" use. Meaning home defense, concealed carry and practice/sport shooting for fun. But I don't want to be a derailasourus. I just wanted to offer an opinion on the caliber.

    As to your gun choices. All will likely serve you well. I always try to buy American when I can, and when I was in the market a couple of years ago, I handled several of the same guns. The Smith & Wesson M&P felt best in my hand and that's what I went with. The gun has been flawless every time I've shot it.
     
  7. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    .40 caliber in a polymer frame wouldn't be my first choice. Or my second, or my third, or my fourth...

    But that's just me. I had to own one before I realized I don't care for them.
     
  8. Lindenwood

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    I voted for the XD because I think it's the best weapon on that list, but I also would recommend a 9mm over a .40. What convinced you to go .40? Less capacity, snappier recoil, more expansive ammo, and all for pretty much the same terminal effectiveness of 9mm.
     
  9. CA357

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    Books, if you'd give us some more information, we could help you better. What will be the pistol's primary use? Will it sit on the nightstand and just be shot occasionally? Will you eventually be carrying it? Are you locked in on a .40 cal and are you locked in on a polymer frame?
     
  10. sweeper22

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    The guns you list should all function about the same, as they're all quality polymers of comparable size. So the answer is probably just to figure out which fits best in your hand. My own preference would be the XD or M&P, but that really shouldn't influence your decision at all.

    If I were to suggest something similar in price, but a little off your radar...CZ 75b. It's an all-steel gun, a 9mm (though they do offer 40sw), and available new for a little over $500. There are many CZ fans on these boards, mostly because it's a well-made gun that many of us find easy to shoot well. I have more expensive firearms than my 75b. So do all of my friends that I shoot with. But we all seem to find our mark better behind that gun than any other.
     
  11. melensdad

    melensdad New Member

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    I'd go for the CZ75, which is not a gun on your list.

    Other than a 1911 the other gun that I really trust is the CZ75. Its hard to beat them for reliability and durability. It may not be plastic but its a darn good pistol.
     
  12. Firearms4ever

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    I recommend you go to some local gun shops, look at their inventory, and see what feels the best to you/fits the bill. As for caliber I'm not going to get into the whole caliber religion, but I will say I carry 9mm and .45ACP, because that's my personal preference. Caliber choice is, like all firearms, based on personal preference.
     
  13. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Sig Sauer 226 is also a good recommendation for an all-metal pistol. You can find a nice used one for $500 or so.
     
  14. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    The gun will be used for target and plinking. Highly unlikely that I will be carrying it as I live in Illinois. For home defense, the 12 gauge in the corner loaded with 5 rounds of 00Buck should suffice.

    I figured on .40 because it seems like an inbetween round. Power, price and recoil. I would be looking to go to .45 if I could find a well made 1911 in my price range. (Highly unlikely) 9mm has some appeal, especially based on price.

    I really didn't realize that all of the pistols were polymer framed. I have been looking at the Gander, BassPro, MC Sports websites for prices and reviews. They in the area and I haven't had time to make the rounds to the LGS yet. I have several that I frequent.

    An option in addition to the poll choices is that I know where I can get a Rock Island Armory 1911 in .45ACP for under $500 OTD. Just haven't decided if I want to take a chance on a lower end 1911.
     
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  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I voted the M&P .40 because I'm familiar with it. With the XD, I've only handled one, and can't really say that I was too impressed, although that very well could have changed if I had been able to actually shoot it. The XD's trigger guard seemed to be extremely cramped to me, and I have small hands.

    The others, I've neither handled or shot, and can give no opinion.
     
  16. Quentin

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    I would also handle the Glock 23. I love my new Gen4. Didn't vote but the SR40 interests me the most on your short list. Of course it's hard to resist a good 1911.
     
  17. CA357

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    Books, take a good hard look at 9mm. It's cheaper to shoot and with a good SD round you won't be undergunned. The recoil is mild enough that your wife should be able to shoot it comfortably.

    Check out the Ruger SR9. I had an SR9c and it was a great pistol, especially for the money. It the most affordable of the bunch and it's a darn good pistol. If you want to go with a steel pistol, take a look at the CZ's in 9mm. They're very close to your price range.

    As far as Rock Island 1911's, I went through three of them over a few years until I got a good one. My local gunsmith/FFL went through the last one to make sure it ran. Then I sold it. ;)

    BTW, here's a link to the review/report I did on the SR9c: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f66/range-report-ruger-sr9c-32266/
     
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  18. WDbeej

    WDbeej New Member

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    Which pistols are made in the good ol US of A? It was definately a factor in my purchase of a handgun.
     
  19. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Check out the Browning High Power. It's what Jesus shoots. (according to Cane)
     
  20. USMC_Richey

    USMC_Richey New Member

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    I still can't stop myself from laughing everytime I read that..