What are my options?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Scratchammo, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    I'm by no means new to handguns but at the same time not familiar with every make & model. Here's what I'm looking for:

    Semiauto
    Ambidextrous safety
    Plus P rated
    CCW size
    9mm or .40
    Double action
    Preferably light
    American, Italian, or European
    Doesn't have a service life
    Extremely durable
     
  2. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    Please clarify some things.

    CCW size: What you consider carry size may differ greatly from what someone else thinks is carry size.

    Double action: Do you mean DA/SA or DAO? Some consider striker-fired pistols to be double action. There are also LEM and LDA triggers.

    Doesn't have a service life: I don't know what that means.

    Based on assumptions from what you posted, I'm going to recommend H&K and Sig models.

    They make enough models to fit whatever you think of as CCW size.

    I'm not sure, but I think you can get them with ambidextrous safeties, though you might have to special-order them or buy them as after-market parts.

    They are both light and extremely reliable, are available in 9mm and .40, and I'm pretty sure they are +p rated.

    In addition, you can get some (if not all) H&Ks set up as SA/DA, DAO or LEM configurations.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    What is meant by "Doesn't have a service life"?

    I am confused. All firearms have a service life to some degree. Just as anything mechanical, there is a "drop-dead" time. The military looks at a firearm to last only "so-many" rounds before the weapon is rebuilt, retired, destroyed, etc...

    I personally would like to know my firearm has a service life of "5000" over "no service life".
     
  4. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Depending on how you take care of your weapon, it wouldn't have a service life...as a whole. Different parts will definitely have thresholds where they should be replaced/serviced. If you can keep all these parts working and in good condition then there is no service life. But then that leads to ask this: what's the difference between "no service life" and "extremely durable"?

    Do you have any brands you are leaning towards? Do you want steel or polymer? I assume by light you would want polymer which would tend to exclude most 1911s. Any consideration for capacity? Hammer or striker-fire?

    Some more info is needed to help you adequately.
     
  5. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    Sorry about my vagueness. I meant DA/SA with an external hammer. By service life I mean any brand weapon that specifies a round limit. A good example is Kel Tec, they have a service life of 6000 rounds. I'm not dissing any Kel Tec owners by the way.
     
  6. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    I guess for me CCW is a 4" barrel or less.
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Take a look at the Diamondback in 9mm.
    (or a used H&K PSP P7)
     
  8. dnthmn2004

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  9. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    ruger SR9C.... its small yet can hold 10 or 17 rnds. 9mm. its fairly accurate... i love that it fits my hands well even tho its a compact.
     
  10. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    If having a hammer and ambi controls are both high priorities to you, I'd start there, because that'll really cut the options down. That rules out XD, Glock, and many other polymer guns.

    Being right-handed I don't pay a ton of attention to the ambi issue, but one line that I know fits most of your citeria is FNP/FNX. Most people are quite happy with them and they seem to have a reliability that will measure up to most of the other polymer staples, which is pretty outstanding. I believe they offer compacts, but I'm not sure about subcompact frames.

    Other guns with hammers fitting your criteria that can be found with ambi safeties are Beretta PX4 and CZ 2075 RAMI. And in full-framed guns, Beretta M9/92 and Browning Hi-Power.
     
  11. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    I'm interested in that Px4. I already have an SR9c & my accuracy with it is not what I thought it'd be. I can tolerate a non-plus p if it's a .40. I'll see there are a few da/sa pistols at the range this week.
     
  12. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

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    Have you looked at a Compact 1911 in 9mm. I would have recommend the Sig P229 in 9mm but it does not have the ambi safety. Sorry, could not help you more.
     
  13. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    How about a Springfield EMP. Or wait, you said DA right? How about a Smith Chiefs Special auto?
     
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    With the exception of the DA/SA requirement;

    The Browning Hi Power.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    Sorry I hadn't been responding, I didn't get any email updates. I like what y'all have been posting. I looked for the Px4 Compact but they're rare, the subcompacts are everywhere. I looked at a Para .40, very familiar feel to me.
     
  16. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I'll second Sweeper, and suggest an FNP.