Newbie needs helps selecting 2nd firearm!!

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by 1911newbie, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. 1911newbie

    1911newbie New Member

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    First let me say that this forum is awesome!! I researched for a couple months, primarily here, before purchasing my first pistol and think I made a very good choice. I got the Kimber Eclipse Pro ll .45 and love it so far!

    Now I'm getting ready to make another purchase and would like some input.

    I want to get a compact 9mm primarily for ccw. I'm open to any and all suggestions but have narrowed my choices down to the cz75, h&k usp, and the glock 19 so far. I also really like the browning hi-power but price and size are the deterants for me unless convinced otherwise.

    Again, thanks for all the prior help and I look forward to hearing your opinions on the 9mm's.

    -Joe
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Well. First off, Welcome out of the Shadows and into the FTF Community. The guys and gals usually like new members to stop by the Introduction section and introduce themselves. I will leave that decision up to you. ;)

    As for your short list, you have done EXTREMELY well in your research. Both the CZ-75 and the HK USP are excellent weapons. I had a USP Tactical USP for a couple of years and it's a very well made piece of kit. The CZ-75 is one hell of a well engineered weapon and having shot them, I can say without a doubt that I would have no problem recommending them to family or friends.

    The Glock? Eh, not for me, but they go bang every time you pull the trigger, which is important in a carry piece.

    Have you shot any of these choices yet? I would encourage you to do so before you slap down any hard earned cash because they ALL have different grip angles, different safeties and different designs. You really need to see what fits YOUR hand the best.

    As you are already a 1911 owner, I would strongly suggest the CZ be shot LAST. It's the closest to what you have now, so don't taint your new buying experience with testing it first. You need to try the other two first.

    Trust me on this. Find a good range that rents guns and spend some money for a range day.

    Once you shoot all three, the decision will provide itself. ;)

    JD
     

  3. 1911newbie

    1911newbie New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response JD! I'll head right over to the Introduction section and introduce myself!

    I have not shot any of these weapons. I have however held the HK and the Glock for a considerable amount of time. Honestly, I was totally against the Glock before holding it, but it fit nicely in my hand and from what I've read they are very reliable firearms. It is definitely last on my list, but the price point is definitely attractive.

    The Compact HK USP was a beautiful pistol and it really felt great in my hand!! And I'm probably leaning towards it until I shoot them all.

    The range will definitely be my next stop, as well as this board to see any other responses.

    Thanks again!

    -Joe
     
  4. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    I've carried my CZ 75 Compact in 9mm for quite awhile

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    It's heavier than a fiberglass gun.

    But it's great to shoot.

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  5. ballfan4141

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    ruger sr9c glock 26
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I am in love with Don's CZ 75 Compact.

    I've never owned an H&K. I have owned a full size CZ 75B and a Glock 19. In my mind there's no comparison between the two. It's the CZ all the way.
     
  7. Jpyle

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    Was feeling the same...that's a sweet looking gun. Have you seen the Beretta 92 compact?

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  8. misterballistic

    misterballistic New Member

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    Your narrowed down choices are all nice choices. For the HK, make sure you hold the new P30 too.
     
  9. loaf_fan

    loaf_fan New Member

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    CCW 9mm

    I have heard good things about the Bersa, and Kel-Tec. That said, I don't own either, the advantage of the Bersa is you can get that and the Firestorm (Bersa) 22. Being really similar, you can practice ALOT with 22lr cheaper.
     
  10. Samples.32

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    I own all three guns, and all three have their benefits. The glock doesn't exactly feel great to shoot, but I am not afraid to sweat on it or get in water with it or drop it in the mud. The CZ is a great shooting gun and quite accurate. Not to mention the fact that the thing is built like a tank. I have put MANY rounds through my cz 75 that had terrible case failure and the gun just kept going without a hiccup. The HK Is a nice balance of the two if you ask me. It shoots nicely and you don't have to be too concerned with harming it.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Springfield EMP. Such a sweet, sweet gun.
     
  12. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I was also going to suggest you add the Springfield EMP to your list. All the guns you listed are great (or so I am told about the ones I haven't shot myself). Having the same controls on guns is important to many people, and the EMP will give you more of the same feel as your Kimber, so you won't get confused under stress. You could also look around for other 1911 pistols in 9mm.
     
  13. ManInBlack83

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    For compact 9mm I went with a CZ P-01 and a Sig 225 and I love them both. The Sig only holds eight rounds, but it's also much slimmer because of the decreased capacity.

    Included in the pic is a box of .308 to give a little scale.

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