Need help!!!

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by ThinkFastHolsters, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Hey guys! I'm new to your forum and I had a question. I'll soon be 21 (yea I'm a youngin) and getting my first handgun. For the longest time I was considering a 9mm Stoeger cougar but recently have been looking for more "comfort carry" options such as a sig p2022 and the like. I do have a fairly small budget ($400-$500). Can I get some ideas and opinions on a good carry AND home defense pistol in that price range. And if anyone has any experience with CC of a Stoeger cougar let me know what you thought!
     
  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Haven't any experience with either one, but; I'm sure someone will address your question soon.

    In the mean time, Welcome to the FTF and; why not drop by the Introductions thread and tell everyone a little bit about yourself and how you found our forum?
     

  3. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    On a budget, for your first gun, I'd honestly be looking into the Taurus models. The Taurus 24/7 is a GREAT gun for the price, and will leave you enough to buy a good holster and belt if comfort is a major factor (if not, you can easily get by with your regular jeans belt and a $10 Uncle Mike's holster from academy). Then, still, the weapon will shoot well and be a good HD gun.

    I'd recommend some training DVDs also! That, and some snap-caps for dry-fire practice, as that will make the biggest difference in your capabilities as a handgun shooter.
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    For 500$ he can afford a Springfield Armory XD or a Glock. I've had too many Taurus guns come into my shop for repair/return to manufacturer to recommend them. You're taking a chance with Taurus. Having said that I own 2 Taurus firearms and both have been 100% reliable. I have shot a Stoeger Cougar and was favorably impressed.
     
  5. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Thanks guys! Yea I've looked into a few Taurus models especially the 24/7 and 800 series and I'm trying to stay away from glocks just because I've shot a couple(17, 22) and wasn't very impressed. The reason I am hung on the Stoeger is because I love the beretta 92f and the Stoeger is basically its compact brother but it's still a very bulky frame and I'm not sure it would make a comfortable CC pistol.
     
  6. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Actually the Cougar is a totally different design. It has a rotating barrel vs a tilting barrel.
     
  7. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Oh yea, I totally overlooked that aspect. Thanks for the correction
     
  8. Seven

    Seven New Member

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    Here's mine in .40. Same frame as the 9mm.
    I used to daily carry it, so I have some insight for you.

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    This is just in my opinion.

    Pros:
    ~Very accurate
    ~Reliable
    ~Built like a tank

    Cons:
    ~Heavy
    ~Hard to find accessories.
    While the Stoeger will use the same holsters, grip panels, mags as the Beretta Cougar, they aren't exactly everywhere.

    They're probably the most underrated pistols out there, but
    I switched to a Glock G26 after being a Glock hater for years.
     
  9. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    okay, i think a couple great options for you are, a springfield xd, and a ruger sr9c, both are great shooting pistols, accurate and 100 percent reliable as long as you dont use bad ammo, with cheap cheap ammo my xd has a hiccup or too. both are within your price range, got my sr9c for 470 and my xd was used for 340. the sr9c is very comfortable yet is not a super small pistol as far as some ccw. which is great for me because i like a good thick grip. they both sit very comfy in my hand. just my .02 but i really like mine!!
     

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  10. jdwohlers

    jdwohlers New Member

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    I would have to say Taurus as well. I have never had a problem with any of mine. I have heard of others having issues, but that can be said of any firearm. For the money I would go with a new Taurus or a lightly used XD. For CC I love my Taurus Slim
     
  11. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    @SEVEN: thanks bud! I did realize after looking over the web that the cougar accessories were definitely not a dime a dozen but as long as i can find a nice IWB holster and spare mags (which i know Beretta still sells) I should be happy but at the same time getting a more well known gun like the Xd which has accessories o' plenty would always be nice.

    @ eveyone else: 1st I want to thank you all for being so courteous. 2nd thank you for your suggestions and opinions. They are definitely appreciated!! I still have about a month before I am able to get it but as soon as I do I will certainly post some pictures and range reports!!
     
  12. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I might suggest you look at an M&P9c
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