Help Me Pick a 9mm

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by CA357, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Hi folks. I'm looking to pick up a 9mm for around the house and possibly to eventually carry if we ever get out of California. I'm on an extremely tight budget and had to sell a gun so I could buy this one. My budget is $500. or less plus or minus tax and fees.

    Here's what I'm looking at:

    1. A used LE trade in Sig P226 for $449.

    2. A new XD 9mm for $469.

    3. As a very distant third, maybe a new Ruger P95 for around $400. +/-

    I should be able to pick a good Sig out of the stock, because it's at the shop where I used to work.

    The new XD is a 20 mile drive twice. Once to buy it then again to pick it up in ten days.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Westy

    Westy New Member

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    You could pick up a Ruger SR9 or a SR9C for $ 400 or less. I have a SR9 and have been really happy with it. Nice carry gun.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with the Sig P-226 of the choices you put out there. The XD would be a distant second place on my shopping list.

    I have shot, probably, 10 Sig Sauer pistols. Of the ones I have shot, the 226, 228 and 229 have always been pistols that eat what you feed it, works every time and puts rounds where you want them to go.

    For awhile, Sig was running a program where if you owned a Sig pistol, you could send it back to them at the factory and they would refurbish the whole pistol, including night sights, for a very minimal charge. I do not know if that program is still underway. Please don't buy a pistol based on my fuzzy memory of such a service, call first - which I know you would do. :)

    Of the list you put forth, I don't think you can do better than a Sig. They make a hell of a pistol.

    Please keep us informed with what you go with.

    JD
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm definitely leaning toward the Sig. The XD is in there because it's new. The Ruger is in there strictly for price considerations.

    If I can High Grade a Sig tomorrow, I'll likely go that way. The only thing stopping me is that folks really seem to like their XD's. For twenty bucks more, I get a new pistol. But personally, I prefer steel and alloy over polymer.
     
  5. GeauxTigersGuy

    GeauxTigersGuy New Member

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    My pick of the litter would be the XD. The P226 is on my list of "must-haves", that I will eventually buy one day, though I think when I do, I will try and find one that wasn't pre-owned by LE, unless there is a factory refurbishing program that is current, or it is for sale as factory refurbished.
     
  6. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I think you should get a Sigma:D, you can get it for like $290 after discount. then you have money left for ammo. Just Saying.

    Thank you, I'll be here all week, and try the veal.:D
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Ya' want to hear something really stupid that really ticks me off? J&G Sales has FM Hi Powers (Argentine) for $339. in VG to excellent condition. At that price, I can pay the FFL's $65. fee and still come out ahead.

    But NO.... they can't ship them to California because they're not on the CA DOJ list!

    I had a hard chromed FM and although it wasn't a Browning, it never missed a beat for me. I had a Browning, but it got sold and the FM was it's eventual replacement. It was an excellent pistol. I sent it to Novak's and had a touch of work done on it and I would have staked my life on that pistol.

    We're trying really, really hard to exfiltrate this state post haste.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I just went to the Springfield Armory website and checked out the XD 9 Service Model. I don't like it, it's got that Glocky looking trigger thing going.

    I'll probably just get the Sig unless someone else has a better idea. (No Sigma's please Shi. ;))
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    BHP

    I'd go with the Sig Don. BHP

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    But something else is on the tip of my tongue? BHP

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    It will come to me soon. BHP

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    I'm saving my pennies for this baby!

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  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'd love another Browning Hi Power, but they're $1,000. at the shop. :eek:

    I was also hoping to find a smaller 9mm. When I hit the shop tomorrow or Saturday, I'll see what else they have. Maybe I can find a CZ 75 Compact. That would be ideal for size. Decent capacity and a bit smaller than the Sig.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2010
  11. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What about an M&P? It's not a Sigma.
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I just have problems with polymer pistols Shi. I know there's some good ones out there, I just can't seem to warm up to them. The M&P and the XD are excellent pistols. I've handled them and sold them at the shop. Maybe I'm just too old. :eek:
     
  13. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    The Sig P226 sounds like the best choice in this case. I hope you like it or the CZ!

    A shame you can't get an FM Hi-Power delivered to you, what a deal! I have one and like the one you had it's been 100% reliable with good ammo. I'm tempted to get another at that price.

    Nice to see a lot of love for the Hi-Power here!

    Edit: I'm not recommending this because there are lots of bad reports but my Taurus Millennium Pro 9mm has been a great little gun and reliable. Love that it holds 12+1 and has good sights. Accurate enough for a small pistol and you get used to DAO.
     
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  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yeah, Taurus makes some nice pistols, but I'm scared of their reputation. The shop won't carry them because of quality control and customer service issues.
     
  15. Tackleberry1

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    Sounds like your leaning Sig...

    My 226 .40 has never let me down and is trusted as my bedside gun for this reason.

    If your open to another suggestion, the CZ75B has a very BHP "feel" to it. The B indicates a thumb safety rather that a decocker so you can carry locked n cocked just like the BHP or 1911 and they run in the mid 4's NIB for the matte finish on an all metal gun. I picked up on in SS about 3 months ago and have been quite happy with it.

    Tack
     
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  16. Mr. Bluesky

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    I like my M&P, but if you want all-steel and can get a Sig on the cheap, I don't see any reason not to.

    Good! More shops need to be like that one.
     
  17. NGIB

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    I don't know if they're CA approved but TopGunSupply has the CZ-P01 for $459 and in stock. Great compact version of the CZ-75. I agree that the classic Sigs are great pistols and an LE trade-in wouldn't worry me one bit. I prefer the 228/229 to the 226 mainly as it's a tad smaller and can be carried easier...
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    If it's a 9mm you want and you want to save a few bucks then the CPO Sig Sauer's are the best way to go. You get a quality weapon that has went back through the Manufacturers hands again to make sure it's OK. Also you might look into a P6 Sig 9mm. Most of these are German LEO trade ins and are many times very reasonable. You might have holster wear to deal with but they a re a great bargain. A friend of mine picked one up with the leather duty holster that it was carried in at a gun show for 425.00. THey are a single stack though and a lot of 9mm people think that's crazy. So a CPO 226 might be the better rout if capacity is an issue.
     
  19. JuggNuttz

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    STFU and get the ****ing Sig!!!!!! thats my only recomendation..... STFU AND GET THE SIG!!!!! youll never go wrong with a Sig, and the 226 is known to be one of the best pistols around! =D
     
  20. NGIB

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    The only knock against the Sig P6 (or its commercial brother the P225) is that mags are hard to find and pricey. I've owned both and they are very nice guns...