Round 2 at the range..suggestions?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Grog, May 23, 2010.

  1. Grog

    Grog New Member

    I started another thread about giving revolvers a second chance. Planning the next range outing for this weekend. Any suggestions for gun rentals. They have about 85 different models...some I want to try they do not have.

    Tried these revolvers.
    S&W 38 J frame snub nose (forget model)
    S&W 357 model 60 with 3 inch barrel and CT...pass but kinda big

    Will try Ruger SP101
    anything else that is kind of small?

    Tried these pistols.
    Glock 26...pass
    Glock 27...pass
    S&W M&P40...pass but kinda big
    S&W M&P (i think) 10mm...pass but kinda big

    I want small small small but no smaller than 9mm
    A Kahr MK9 sounds perfect but they do not have one to try. What do you guys think of them?

    This is what I am coming up with.
    M&P 9 compact?
    M&P 40 Compact?
    The new to come out S&W SD?
    Springfield XD?

    I need some suggestions because they might not have all the guns I want to try.

    Just some background info...I do not have a flat screen HD TV yet (plasma) and it barely bothers me. I do not drive a BMW or Audi. No offense to those that do. I just have no desire. I am a mechanic and when I buy my work tools I buy the good stuff. Snap-on, Mac, Matco etc. I have no need for show and it does not have to be sexy. I just want a really good quality tool that will not let me down.
    Thanks, Brian.
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member


    The King of Nines.

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    My CZ75b is the best performing 9mm I have ever had the opportunity to shoot. :cool:
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    I had a Kahr MK9 for a time and it's a good size for a pocket gun but it's also heavy as it's all steel. The PM9 is the same size but with a poly frame. Kahr makes a nice gun but they are pricey. For an all-around gun, you probably need to focus on something between pocket sized and full sized. None of the teeny pocket sized guns are fun to shoot and a full size is more difficult to conceal.

    There are quite a few to fit the bill. I know some folks swear by the Glock 19 as being the ideal size for a general purpose gun. I'm not a Glock guy but one other in that general size is a Sig P239. I just picked one up Saturday and it's a great all-around gun. Big enough to shoot well, small enough to be easy to conceal. Another choice is the next size up in a Kahr - the P9 (or K9 if you want an all steel gun). The first pic is a Sig P239, the second is my P9 next to an XD9 Service...

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  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    I agree with NGIB, The Kahrs should be looked at. A co-worker has an XD compact in .40 and loves it. I too, am not a Glock person (it's nothing with the gun, but my trigger finger "slides" on the trigger guard, and makes for a painful outing). Too bad the Heckler Koch PSP P7 is no longer in production.
  6. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

    One I have not seen mentioned is the FNP's. Admittedly I am not a big poly fan but I do like those. I have a Browning Pro 40 (only poly pistol I still own) that's for the most part the same weapon. THey have the FNX's out now too. I've not held one of those yet so I can't say much about them. The thing I like about the FNP over others like a Glock,XD, or M&P (All fine weapons) is it has a hammer. Call me old fashioned but I liking having a "regular" hammer over something striker fired. If memory serves they are iving away some goodies with the pistols but I"m not exactly sure what. being you can shoot both DA/SA for me is a plus. And they have a safety and decock. Changeable back straps allow for more of a chance for a good fit to the hand too. They are chambered in 9mm, 40, and 45ACP.

    I'm not trying to sound like a fanboy or anything. I just have not seen anyone mention them and thought I'd put that out there. They are pretty good shooters. Even without the much hallowed lower bore axis that I hear about when talking about the striker fired weapons. Recoil is more manageable than with a comparable sized Glock or XD. I've not shot enough of the M&P's to say.

    Here's a LINK to their site

    If it was me and I was not looking at another 1911 I'd give these a look. Also anything from Sig Sauer. I have yet to see a bad weapon Made by Sig yet.
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    You pretty well covered it on small revolvers. The SP101 is what I have. I can tell you that the long trigger pull is going to take some getting use to.

    I like Springfield XD's, but haven't tried the M&P pistols.

    I'd suggest you try some 1911 bases pistols as well. If you want to keep on the small side, check Springfield's EMP or some of the other manufacturer's compacts.
  8. Grog

    Grog New Member

    I understand that you like the that right? (itsa joke son)

    The problem is that no one has one to test fire. I do appreciate the link (from before) to the one at auction but would you recomend buying one without even holding it? Do you like them that much?

  9. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    Cane really likes the classics and the HiPower is another designed by JMB. If you're looking for a full size, all steel gun - a HiPower is a great one. I personally wouldn't want to carry one around during the hot SE GA summers though...
  10. KBlue

    KBlue New Member

    Check out an XD for sure. I've been shooting them for 3 years now and I have never had a failure to feed or fire (I do about 5000 rounds a year +/- 500). The price is right, you get a grip safety (and in some cases a thumb safety), and they are very easy to maintain.
  11. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

    Since you said "small, small, small" and no smaller than 9mm, the M&P Compact 9mm is a great little gun with nice feel, especially with the extended mag that comes with it. Plus you can get it with a manual thumb safety, one reason I prefer them over the XDs which aren't available with a manual safety (just personal prefernce). Also the new Ruger SR9c--I have the full size and it has performed flawlessly. Good luck!
  12. utf59

    utf59 New Member

    You might also look at the Walther PPS. I don't own one, but I've read good things. It's single-stack, comes in 9mm or .40, striker-fired (like Glock, XD, M&P), and polymer (light).
  13. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    Brian, I grew up shooting a Colt military 1911 and an S&W Model 10 at cans and whatever else Mom wouldn't miss, and have shot (Not owned) a grunch of firearms over the 20 years I spent in the Navy. The BHP comes to hand like nothing else I've ever fired. It really, truly does fit the hand naturally, to the point where I wondered aloud where it had been all my life. Its legend is earned.
  14. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    I like shooting steel framed guns best. But if you want an all-around gun, mid-compact sized, with potential for carry...polymer is tough to beat. $400-700 opens up most options. Haven't shot Kahr's myself, but they're a very popular carry gun in these parts. About the only complaint I've ever heard is the price tag.

    The Glock 19 is about the most common "multi-purpose" pistol, but there are similar options available SA/XD, S&W, FN, etc. The Ruger SR9 might be worth a look, since it's a little slimmer than it's competitors. And one of my personal favorite manufacturers is CZ. If the steel is heavier than what you're after, CZ also offers some polymer (P-07) and aluminum alloy (2075 RAMI) options for carry. So my suggestion would be to try on a CZ...but that's little more than my own personal slant.

    The vast majority of $400+ polymer options are durable, high functioning, low maintainance guns. It's all about your own fit from there.