Looking for a 9mm

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Sean1916, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Sean1916

    Sean1916 New Member

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    Hi guys I am new to the forum I am looking for a 9mm pistol that is reliable, accurate, and good for home defense. I am still relatively new to firearms but have experience shooting .22s I have seen a couple pistols I liked but I am not a fan of the decocker safety. I realize no safety can be perfect but I would feel much more comfortable with a manual safety. I am thinking I have a budget of no more then $500 any thoughts or am I asking for to much ? Any help would be much appreciated thank you.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion would be to start going to gun stores and start by looking and holding different ones until you find one that fits your hand well. this will be the biggest factor as how well the pistol fits your hand will play a big part in how well you shoot accurately with it. next step, if you find one that exceeds your budget, then look around for one like it used if possible. another option would be to see if the store has a layaway plan, many do now, because they know money is tight. then when you find one and buy it, buy a bunch of ammo and practice, practice and practice some more. buy any decent JHP SD ammo and you should be good to go.
     

  3. kycol

    kycol New Member

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    Rock Island 1911. 9mm. $400 leaves you $100 for ammo. Accurate, reliable and to me the1911 is the most recognizable intimidating there is.
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Glock 17 or 19, Springfield XD or XDm. Reliable handguns that don't require a home equity loan.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    None have a manual safety-
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    Might look at a Ruger SR9 or Sr9c & listen to what axxe said :)
     
  6. DallasShooter

    DallasShooter New Member

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    I like the RIA 1911 9mm, but the Bersa Thunder Pro 9 HC is a good shooter, reliable, aluminum alloy, strips/cleans easily and isn't expensive. Bersa doesn't advertise much in the US but has a big portion of the police and military market in South America. Mine has been very reliable and is my backup home defense gun.
     
  7. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Try a CZ 75b.

    For $500 it'll meet all of your criteria and then some. And I don't think anything else can even compare (based on your prefernces) for $500.
     
  8. barneygoogle

    barneygoogle New Member

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    I don't like decocker's either. This is one of my home protection guns, very reliable. It is a 9mm Beretta model 920. It doesn't have an exposed hammer nor does it have a safety, but a crisp trigger makes it safe to carry or store.
     

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  9. Quentin

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    Any chance you would later want to carry concealed? Many fine pistols have been mentioned but can be large for CCW. I'm a fan of the 1911, Hi Power and CZ 75b but they are large and heavy so compare with polymer guns. I still have my 1911s and HPs but carry a smaller gun, the Glock 27 40S&W.

    If you can get passed the manual safety the 9mm Glock 19 is great or the G26 for CCW. Nice thing about a small gun like the G26, it can easily become bigger and easier to hold with larger capacity magazines and magazine sleeves.
     
  10. jjfuller1

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    how has no one mentioned the SR9 and SR9C. both great pistols, under 500. manuel safeties.. also i would recomend Springfield xd and xdm.
     

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  11. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I did about 4 posts back :)
    I have & love my XD but the Springfield xd and xdm do not have a manual safety-
     
  12. USMC_Richey

    USMC_Richey New Member

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    There is a crap ton of posts for people new to the forums or about "what gun should I get, I'm new to guns?!?". Really, you gotta learn more before you go out and buy one. The eagerness could lead to a bad purchase. Also you need to figure out what other needs you would demand from the gun besides home defense. Metal or polymer, hammer or striker, DA or SA, yadda yadda yadda. As far as good companies go, there are a lot of options out there: Springfield, S&W, Glock, Sig, Beretta, Ruger, etc. I'd personally stay away from the "money savers" like Hi Point and Taurus.

    Do lots of research, go shoot a bunch, hold them all, and pick which ever one fits your needs best.. Most ranges and even some shops offer rentals and test firing, so you can get an idea of how they shoot. Gook luck brotha, let us know what you end up with! :D
     
  13. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Pretty much agree-
    I venture to guess that among those that ask this question--
    30% already know what they are going to buy-
    30% can't think of anything else to ask-
    20% honestly need opinions--
    10% are in the "OMG if you have to ask" :eek: group--
    10% are just to dumb to own a handgun--
    10% are just bored & full of ****-------------
     
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I got this Browning Hi Power for $500 on gunbroker.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    That's a nice deal Cane!
     
  16. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I really like the Beretta 92fs.
     
  17. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Dang :eek:
    I have to start looking on GB again :(
     
  18. therewolf

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    And the 92A1 isn't that much more, NIB.

    I've got both, and nary a FTE or FTF yet.
     
  19. kycol

    kycol New Member

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    Do you want your money back"........
     
  20. Nighthawk63

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    Myself I prefer my Smith & Wesson model 59 9mm. I like it for a conceal carry weapon because I can have it on me and no one is able to see that I even have it on me. I am old school and I also own a Colt 1911 A1 and a Remington 1911 R1 and a few other good hand guns. Truthfully it is going to be hard to find a really good handgun in good shape for $500.00. I am not saying you can't but it will be hard to do. Remember you get what you pay for.