Need a bit of direction.

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by friskymcgee, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. friskymcgee

    friskymcgee New Member

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    So here is the deal. I have only shot two different handguns. One was a Beretta 9mm and a Rugger .22lr. I really liked the 9mm round so I think that is what I want to buy.

    I'm leaning towards a Springfield XD or a Sig Sauer P226 combat. Anybody one one or both of these that can give me a bit of an idea what they are like. Where I live I Will not be using it for self defense and there are no places that I can rent handguns before buying them.
     
  2. Recon 173

    Recon 173 New Member

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    I'd go with a Sig in P-226 in a heartbeat. Forget the XD and don't look back. Both the Navy SEALs and Special Forces have had P-226 pistols made for their specialists to use. None of the elite groups even look at an XD. I've shot both so I also speak from experience.
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    ummm... ok...

    I own an XDm .40. They are wonderful guns, and I would recommend one to anyone looking for a good range gun. It shoots far better than I do.

    That said... if you are looking for a strictly range gun, I'd start off with the .22lr over the 9. You will likely get the 9 later anyway, but you'll shoot a 10x more .22 for the same price as the 9. Now if you have a need for a self defense round, start off with the 9.

    But I can pretty well guarantee you that one of your first 2 or 3 guns will be a .22.
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I've owned and shot both - still have the Sig. My experience may not be really applicable though as I no longer have any plastic guns. Of all the plastic guns, XD's are my favorite though...
     
  5. FreedomFighter69

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    They are both good, but the Sig is slightly better. I have nothing against polymer frame guns but they were primarily created to be lower in price. If you notice all the {Quality}
    steel/metal frame guns are $800.00 and higher ! This doesn't mean that polymer is no good however. Glock and Springfield XD series are the two best selling polymer guns. Glock may very well be the best selling gun of all ? The thing is with polymer they all feel and sometimes even look the same. There's just something about holding an all steel gun in your hands, and holster ! Steel is appriciated more, when you look at the machining and smooth lines of a fine steel pistol or revolver, you can see and feel it's beauty, it has more appeal. Polymer just doesn't have that ! It's your choice though and many will have my head because they love their Glocks ! LOL ! I own a polymer gun and I love it but I adore my steel guns !
     
  6. NRS

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    I'd love to own a SIG, but can afford the XD. I have a XD9SC and love it for what I want it for. It is quite accurate for it's size, and never has had a hiccup. 9mm is great for you if you have little handgun experience, but a 22lr is a great, cheaper, option as well.
     
  7. friskymcgee

    friskymcgee New Member

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    MY only problem with buying a .22lr is that I can't seem to find one that I like. I was thinking about purchasing a conversion kit for whichever I decided to get.

    I think I'm probably going to go with the Springfield XD because it has a really good fit in my hand. Thanks for all your replies now at least I am sure I'm not buying a piece of garbage.
     
  8. NRS

    NRS New Member

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    I'd get a single action revolver or a buckmark 22lr....or the ruger (but it is a pain to break down and clean). The heritage rough rider is inexpensive ($150) or there are others similar to it that won't break the bank. I have the heritage (got it for a steal at $50) that is worth the price IMO. It's not heirloom quality but it's a good plinker. If you want a semi-auto, the browning buckmark is a great shooter, and fairly easy to clean. My friend has one. I personally think these are better options (and most likely cheaper too) than getting a conversion kit for a semi. My 2 bits.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    sig makes a conversion for the 226 and 220 and several other in the 22x line. my 22 sig 220 conversion hasnt found anything it wont cycle.
     
  10. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    The reason polymer frames became popular is due to weight not price.

    Both are good pistols so either would be a fine choice. It would be worth a weekend trip to a location that rents firearm to see what fits you best. Who knows you may find a few more pistols to consider if you invest the time before you buy.
     
  11. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I have a couple XDs (one is an XDm) and a P226. I like both platforms and neither has many critics. Both are accurate, low maintainance, and dependable. Neither will let you down.

    Fondle both and weigh the difference in cost...a new Sig will cost 50-100% more than a new XD. Also keep this in mind: Sigs are sort of the Cadillacs of the used gun market. There are some great deals out there on used Sigs.
     
  12. friskymcgee

    friskymcgee New Member

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    Thank you WDB that is the best answer I have received from all of the threads I have on this subject. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks again.
     
  13. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Your more than welcome, stay tuned to FTF there is a wealth of information here and lots of good people to help you along.
     
  14. patret

    patret New Member

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    Please read the warning concerning the use of cast bullets before buying the Springfield XD. I believe it is simular to the Glock with cast bullets. Some people say you can shot cast bullets in both with no problems but the warning says you are not susposed to. I follow the warning labels.

    patret
     
  15. Overkill0084

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    I have shot several hundred rounds of cast bullets (reloads at that) through mine (XD40SC) with incident. Having read your post, I went page by page through the PDF owner's manual on the SA site. I couldn't find anything that addressed cast ammo specifically. There were some ammo specific advisories regarding ported barrels. I am at work right now so I can't check the original packaging. Could you please elaborate on this warning?

    The problem with buying a new gun, is that most of the manual is written with big red warnings on every page, so it's possible to miss some of the more interesting ones. To be fair, I'm not likely to stop shooting cast bullets out of it any time soon, but I would be interested in seeing the warning and perhaps getting some rationale for it's existance.
     
  16. patret

    patret New Member

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    A friend of mine bought a XD. The warning concerning cast bullets was in the box. It may have changed. His pistol is about 4 or 5 years old.

    patret
     
  17. redrover3569

    redrover3569 New Member

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    I have no personal experience with the XD, however for a 22lr I have a Sig Mosquito and I love it. I handled a few different models and it felt the best. It has a full size frame and the barrel is mounted to the frame for better accuracy yet it breaks down very easily for cleaning. If you lean towards a plinker for the range you might want to check it out at Sigs wabsite.
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