Handgun recommendations

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by tbjers, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    Hello,

    I am new to the forum and I wanted to see if any of you had any alternative suggestions for a handgun. A few weeks ago I looked at several different guns at the local store. For various reasons I elected not to get a Glock, so those are already off the drawing board.

    The gun that I fell for was the Beretta PX4 Storm. I love the grip and the way the gun is balanced. I wanted to use it to go shoot at the range and for personal defense.

    Now, can you guys recommend any viable and preferably cheaper alternatives to this handgun? One that I've read great reviews about is the CZ P-07 Duty, which supposedly is great for CC as well. I can't get a CC until I naturalize (which should be soon considering I've been in the country for years now), so maybe that's not something I will weigh heavily.

    So, between these two, the Beretta PX4 Storm and the CZ P07 Duty, which one would you guys recommend? Also, are there any great alternatives to these two?
     
  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Maybe stop by the 'Introductions' thread and let us know a little about yourself and your experience with firearms.

    Welcome to the community. Enjoy. :)
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Choosing a handgun is more than holding it in the store. How it feels in your hand is one thing - how it shoots from your hand can be another. The only, repeat only, way to find what best suits you is to actually run some rounds through them.

    Find a range that rents the guns you're interested in and shoot them - it's the only way really. BTW, the 2 you mention are fine guns and there are a lot of others as well. I also recommend you jump on over to introductions and tell us a little about yourself...
     
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  4. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    Thanks for the input! Since I am really new to the whole field of handguns, I think it won't make much of a difference in the beginning. I just want a reliable gun that will shoot and perform well. The fact that both the guns I mentioned have very low recoil is good since I would like to focus on learning how to shoot before I go for any of the heavier calibers. I will see if there are any ranges around Charlotte, NC that can rent me any of these guns to try before I buy!

    I also jumped over to introductions:
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f2/new-forums-17458/
     
  5. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I do not have experience with the particular guns you speak of, I do know that CZ and Beretta are both very good weapons and you wouldn't go wrong with either.
    As was stated above, the only way to truly find out if a gun is right for you is to actually shoot it. Find a range that will let you rent the gun you will be shooting, or if you have a friend that has handguns, ask the friend to take you to a range so you can try out his guns.
    That being said, may I also throw a couple more guns on the plate: Springfield XD compact, Smith & Wesson M&P or Sigma series, There are also some very fine 1911 style compact pistols out there, most are a little pricey though.
     
  6. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    I will see if I can find a range that will rent out guns! I have a friend that works in law enforcement, but he's mostly a Glock kind of guy, and I just don't like the way those feel in my hand at all. Apparently he has a S&W M&P as well, I think, maybe I can try that one out.
     
  7. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    You now have a plan. I can't over state how important it is to actually put some rounds through a gun before buying. A few years ago I was browsing my local shop and picked up a CZ P-01. The thing felt like it was made for me personally, the most comfortable gun I had ever held.

    A few months later I picked one up on a trade and it still felt great. Took it to the range and I couldn't shoot it for spit. Never really figured out why I couldn't shoot this gun well but I eventually traded it away - good lesson learned...
     
  8. meek

    meek New Member

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    Why no Glocks? I love Glocks.
     
  9. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Explains the no Glocks pretty well I think as they're not for everybody...
     
  10. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    Well, they are indeed some fine weapons, but I don't like the way they feel, which is a bit upsetting since I've heard great things about them. I also have younger children, and I would like have some kind of extra safety on top of a gun safe. The Glocks are generally lacking in some of the safety features compared to say the Beretta PX4 Storm, or so I've come to understand it. Please correct me if I am in error here!
     
  11. Caliche

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    I have a steel framed CZ and I really enjoy it. Inherently accurate and pleasant to shoot. It seems like you are leaning to the poly pistols, so I wont bring up my purchase.

    Springfield XD would be another option. The XDm9 has gotten a LOT of good reviews. I have shot an XDm40 and think that it is a fine weapon based solely on my brief exposure to it. I have never shot a PX4, but I have a friend that swears by the one he owns. I hope to shoot it soon.
     
  12. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    tbjers,

    The problem is, guns are like other personal items... You have to find the one's that fit YOU best, not ol' Jo Blo. Glocks are excellent quality guns. But I wouldn't own one! To me, they just don't have the "feel" I like in a pistol.

    There is nothing that I (or anyone else) can say that would fit YOUR gun needs. It's all up to you to find that "sweet thang" with a trigger. We can only suggest based on what WE like...
     
  13. sweeper22

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    Do you have a specific caliber in mind? It sounds like probably 9mm, maybe 40sw.

    In the $300-600 range, some of the best values can be found in offerings from CZ, Taurus, S&W, Springfield, and Ruger. Between those comapanies there are plenty of options in both caliber and frame size, whether poly or steel. For me personally, I'd start with CZ if you're looking for a steel gun. For poly, I'd probably take a long look at the P-07, Spring XD, and SW Sigma and M&P. Then of course there's the SR9...the list goes on and on. Just my opinion, but I feel pretty good about a lot of the guns these five manufacturers are offering for $500 or so.

    Fine tuning your choice boils down to your own needs and trigger time.
     
  14. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    I'd get the PX4 Storm

    That's what I did, I asked around and got mixed opinions, I bought the PX4 at Buds gun shop.com never toughed it but when I saw it I had to have it, and I have never looked back. Maybe I got lucky that it fit my hand prefect
    and I can shoot the bulls eye completely out of the target at 7 to 10 yards, its easy to field strip and clean and has a hair trigger mines a .45 so I'm looking at maybe the PX4 in 9mm. I say get the PX4 you can't go wrong, but that's just my opinion and I could be wrong. Good Luck gun shopping:D
     
  15. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    I handled several of the guns at the gun store, and the only one that felt like it really fit was the PX4. It was a perfect match. I love the way it feels in my hand. Since I haven't really fired a handgun in forever (10+ years) I doubt it matters what gun I get in the beginning as far as grouping goes. I just wanted to know if anybody had compelling reasons for or against either one of these two handguns or for a third option that I should look into.
     
  16. tbjers

    tbjers New Member

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    I was looking at 9mm, mainly for the lower recoil if I shoot at the range. I might consider going to a heavier caliber after I've put some thousand rounds through my first gun. A guy I know owns a SW M&P, I will talk to him and see if I can't test his.

    I have yet to even see, yet lay a hand on a CZ P-07, a gun that apparently has excellent recoil handling and shoots really tight groups. I am worried about getting the P-07 without even holding it first. At least with the PX4 I know that the grip fits perfectly and the gun feels good in my hand.