Handgun decision/ Caliber discussion

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by ApacheBunny, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    I decided its time for a new gun, I am 6 months off from purchasing one, and have been studying on what would be right for me, so I want everyone's opinion on these firearms:

    Springfield XD (leaning towards)
    Glock (whichever model)
    Sig P226
    FNH P40 (shot it before)

    also to help narrow it down I decided to give the .40 S&W round a try since I always lean towards a .45 but give your input on whichever caliber
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I have been very happy with my XD45. It has never jammed or FTF or FTE or anything like that. I shoot recreationally and regularly. I don't carry.


    edit* Mine is the "tactical" 5" barrelled model (in OD Green).
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    whoah! sorry about the big pic
     
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  3. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    yeah i was gonna get an XD .40 sub compact for my wife later on for concealed carry
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    These are snappy little guns to shoot (like all small .40s are)...
     
  5. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    she'll be alright after getting used to it since we pretty much live out in the middle of nowhere all we need is a crate of ammo, cant decide on a .40 or a .45 4.5-5" for myself
     
  6. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Ok, sure. Have you ever shot an XD .40 SC? Living in the middle of nowhere has nothing to do with it, I was speaking about the nasty recoil pulse of small .40s - not many women enjoy shooting something like that...
     
  7. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    no but i have shot a .38 Special P+ in a snub nose the recoil much more than a normal size so i understand the difference in recoil from different sized barrels so i can imagine the .40 having considerable kick, what i meant by that we live out in the middle of nowhere is that we dont have to go to a range to have her get practice in so it will seem less like a trial for her
     
  8. DrJason

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    From 50 people you will get 50 opinions on what you should get.

    Bottom line, what fits and feel comfortable in my hand may not in yours and what you like your wife might not like.

    Try to find a range that rents guns and try as many as you and your wife can.

    I personally went with a 9mm for a couple reasons; cost of ammo, availability of ammo, relative low recoil, and good stopping power. Every round has pros and cons. As for a handgun, in my hand a S&W M&P felt great.

    Good luck in your search and remember you don't have to stop at one ;)
     
  9. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    well a 9mm may have stopping power it is relatively lower than the .40 and .45 its why i steer clear of them, my friend is completely whipped on 10mm, but i would like to hear what guns you guys are using these rounds in not just the round effectiveness i know terminal ballistics
     
  10. DrJason

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    Of course .40 and .45 has "greater" stopping power, whatever that really means. But I ask you, would you want to be shot by a 9mm? The caliber debate has been beaten to death here on the forums, do a search if you like. Like I said, for me, the 9mm was a nice balance of cost and effectiveness, that was all I was trying to say.
     
  11. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    No handgun has "stopping power" no matter what anybody on the interwebz says...
     
  12. canebrake

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    I have NEVER heard of anyone getting use-to something that isn't fun. You see, if it sucks, it doesn't suck less the more you do it!

    I, along with many others here, find the .40 S&W a real POS as far as shooting pleasure goes.

    I can shoot 9mm and .45 ACP all day long and have a smile on my face. After 2 mags of .40 and I'm ready to short the range visit and head for happy hour.

    And should you continue to refuse to listen, much less take the advice you asked for, you may want to listen up for this important one. DO NOT pick the gun or caliber your wife will shoot! Trust us on this one.
     
  13. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    yeah i am pretty sure it has being a firearms forum no one will agree on anything and its everyone's opinion til facts are filed, and i sort of hate the word stopping power in the contexts of someone saying that it stops someone in their tracks, i use it in context for the round expending all of its energy inside someone and causing hydrostatic shock, which is not common with a 9mm, anyways i am steering clear of 9mm, its an alright round for fun shooting
     
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  14. ApacheBunny

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    yeah i get that part, and thats what i wanted to hear from someone, their experience with the .40 S&W, and the wife chose the gun, i am just trying to get some help on choosing caliber, but also this is for myself because i am getting a 5" for myself.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My XD45 stopped me in my tracks when i saw it; i had never seen a OD green pistol before, much less in .45ACP.
    ;)
     
  16. canebrake

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    Want a great all-around handgun? Try one in 9mm that has been around for 75 years:

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    Or how about one in .45 ACP that has been around for 100 years?

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    And as to 9mm efficacy; (stopping power?)

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    I'm comfortable with it.

    We (men are pigs) don't give women enough credit when it comes to recoil.

    My 18 yo daughter with her favorite pistol, my 5" government in .45 ACP.

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    Picking the gun for your SO to shoot is like rape. You may love it but she's hating the whole experience!
     
  17. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Oh yea? Don't you have one of these??

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  18. ApacheBunny

    ApacheBunny New Member

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    yes i have one of "those" that has been around for 100 years and she can shoot it without complaints, and a target riddled with bullet holes doesn't tell me anything about what i just said my context of stopping power (terminal ballistics is the proper word) is that was just overkill which is great 15 rounds is better than 7 heavy recoil rounds against an attacker for my wife, which shows me you have proper training and can shoot effectively. my wife said it should be energy expended vs. recoil, this being said a 9mm might be right for her, though i have seen her tackle a .50 AE but that was with a bench rest for anticipation of recoil
     
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  19. luckyg

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    The Glock 23 is very nice...

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    But I think that the Glock 27 is even nicer...

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    I don't care for the trigger of the XD pistols.
    Even though they are single-action, I find them to have too much travel and to be just a bit on the heavy side.
    I like Glock triggers much better....and if you put in a 3.5 lb connector in them they are fantastic.
     
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  20. USMC-03

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    For me personally I'm a fan of XD, XDM, Glock, and M&P for full size handguns. For a compact model I like my Glock 27 or M&P compact. I'm just not a real big fan of the compact XD's for whatever reason.