What to get...?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by bravozero, Oct 22, 2010.

Which handgun to get?

Poll closed Oct 29, 2010.
  1. Beretta 92 Series (M9, 92FS, 92A1)

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  2. H&K USP9 fullsize

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  1. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    I'm in the market to buy another handgun. I'm looking for something practical for range shooting and maybe competition, but I'm not going to get ahead of myself of that one. It's going to be a 9mm, since the cost of ammo is a BIG factor (otherwise this issue wouldn't exist... 1911 would have been purchased :D).

    Right now, I've tried out a bunch of guns and while they're not the cheapest, they're not the most expensive. I've narrowed my choices down to a Beretta 92 series (M9, 92FS, or 92A1)and HK USP9 full size (if I can find one cheaper, maybe an Expert or Elite).

    I've shot both handguns and to be honest, I love them both equally. The recoil isn't bad, both are large but that doesn't matter since I'm not carrying either of them, both are reliable and accurate. I guess it all comes down to "do I want a polymer or metal frame" and "how much do I want to spend".

    Opinions? (There is a poll at the top too, BTW.)
     
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  2. NGIB

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    I've owned both and while they are nice guns, they weren't "keepers" for me. I never like slide mounted safeties like on the Beretta and the H&K mag release never felt right to me. All my 9mm guns are currently Sigs, 226, 228, 239. In a full-size gun, it's hard to beat a Sig P226. Here's mine...

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/nightstand-gun-33384/
     

  3. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    I shot both the P226 and P229, while they're nice I never got used to the trigger on it. That and it didn't feel right in my hand. I'm wierd, I know. I will get a Sig to add to my collection some day.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I haven't shot one, but there are 1911's chambered in 9mm. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=196802570 Just an example.

    Regarding the polymer vs. steel framed question, i have an XD45 and a Cz75b; The think i like better about the XD is the caliber and the grip safety. I don't think there is any functional advantage on the steel framed (for my uses), but the CZ feels really nice and solid in my hand and would be better for the pistol-whipping.
     
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  5. bravozero

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    True, I've seen them before. I've even seen the Para Ordinance P18.9 used in Hitman... just not a fan of the idea. To me, buying a 1911 in anything but a .45 is like buying a Mustang in anything but a V8... doesn't work. I've been researching as to what 1911 to get, but that's for another time.

    Back on topic...
     
  6. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I agree with you about the 1911, .45 or nothing.

    Both guns you mentioned would be excellent choices.
    Just as NGIB said, I'm not crazy about the slide mounted safety of the Beretta, or the mag release on the HK, but that's just me.
    Out of the two, I prefer the feel of the Beretta, and I like steel frames much better than polymer.
    My advice is to handle (ok fondle) the two, and shoot them both if possible.
     
  7. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    The slide-safety on the Beretta won't matter since it's only going to be used at a range or whatever, I don't ever plan on carrying it. And I own a USPc and like the mag release, so that's not a big deal either. I may go this weekend to the local range and rent them again and shoot them. This time I'll focus more on what's comfortable, what feels more solid. Like I said, both guns feel equally as good to me.
     
  8. bravozero

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    michigan0626 New Member

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    What about 10MM?
     
  10. FreedomFighter69

    FreedomFighter69 New Member

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    You mentioned the 1911 but 45 ammo being too expensive. How about a 1911 in 38 Super ? There is a lot of target 38 Super ammo out there and it's about the same price as target 38 Special ammo. About the Sig P series pistols a good handful of folks say they don't feel right in the hand. They have the feel of a P-38 to me and I like them, I wish I had one ?
    As far as a 9mm for shooting, between the two you have listed I'd go with the HK only because it can probably handle more rounds. If it was for carry purposes I go with the Beretta because I love the way they feel and look. If you want a quality 9mm that can handle many rounds how about a Browning Hi-Power or CZ-75 ? The Browning is the "King" of 9mm's and the CZ-75 is an excellent copy of the Hi-Power. You cannot go wrong with either of these fine pistols !
     
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  11. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    You say the HK can probably handle more rounds... you mean as far as longevity of the firearm? As far as I know both the USP and 92 have an average service life of about 30k rounds.
     
  12. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    I went to the range today and shot the 92 again and realized a few things. Its weight isn't all that bad compared to a Sig P226 I shot last week, the recoil is nothing, and it's quite accurate even at 25 yards. I was able to hit center of mass no problem (yes, I'm amateur, I know). I've also noticed how some people say the grip is too big. I am 22, 5 foot 7 with an average body composition and I don't have the biggest hands in the world yet I found it quite comfortable to hold and shoot. The USP is the same way.

    The only USP in 9mm they had was the Tactical version with isn't a fair comparison so I skipped shooting that one.
     
  13. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    Anyone else want to chime in on this? I'm still undecided.
     
  14. Flat4sti

    Flat4sti New Member

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    next on my list is a Browning Hi Power. just saying try that one out.
     
  15. sweeper22

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    Both are fine guns, so it's really a personal choice.

    My personal choice for a full-framed 9mm is a CZ 75b, which I'm very happy with. Might be worth looking at. Great performance, plenty of affordable aftermarket grips to spruce 'em up a bit, and price wise they're a relative bargain.
     
  16. WoodysKJ

    WoodysKJ New Member

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    How come nobody suggested Glock?

    Get a 19 or 17, maybe even a ported G17, have an armor put a comp trigger in it, look at Glocks website for GSSF matches in your area

    Match in Oxford N.C in November

    Shoot them they are a blast. get good enough and maybe win a couple of guns. They give away a bunch of guns at these things.

    Latest Glock Report has rules and dates and award info.

    These can be a bunch of fun! DOn't discount a glock
     
  17. bravozero

    bravozero New Member

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    Hate to say it, but I'm not fond of Glock. I owned a G23 as a concealed carry pistol and the more I shot it the more I hated it. The grip angle sucks, it was way too light for anything than a 9mm so muzzle flip and recoil were a bit harsh, it felt cheap, and quite honestly I couldn't stand the trigger especially with the safety. I couldn't shoot the dang thing very well, so how was I supposed to rely on it in a life-or-death situation?

    I sold it and got an HK USP40 Compact for concealed and love it MUCH better. My girlfriend just bought a Glock 19 a month or so ago and she loves it, I shot it and I don't like shooting it either. The grip and the trigger are what do it in for me. The 17 is too big and the finger grooves are horrible since I have smaller hands. So Glock is out of the question.