question for the 9mm guys

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by atlsrt44, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. atlsrt44

    atlsrt44 Well-Known Member

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    I've got a friend thats looking to get his first handgun and 9mm is where he is heading. So what guns should I recommend? He plans to carry and keep it for home defense. He'd like to spend in the $550-600 range
     
  2. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    some polymer-framed, medium-sized, double-action auto (or safe-action trigger, like a Glock or XD or S&W M&P series).
    Something that holds 12-15 rounds.
    Something that has good sights.
    Something that is pretty popular and has a bunch of aftermarket accessories and holsters available.
    Bottom line, he's going to have to go to gun stores or gun shows and handle and shoot several models to get a good idea of what feels good to him.
     

  3. ookoshi

    ookoshi Moderator

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    Any of the following are good guns:
    Glock 19, 17
    S&W M&P 9
    CZ-75B
    CZ-P01
    Sig P250
    FN FNP-9
    Springfield XD-9
    etc. etc.

    Any of the above manufacturers are pretty solid, it's mostly a preference of ergonomics and features. Does he want a manual safety? Does he prefer the DA/SA, DAO, or the Glock trigger system? Which gun points better?

    There's no one correct answer to these questions, he needs to go to a shop, see how they feel in his hand, and preferably be able to go a range where he can rent some of his options so he knows what he's looking for.
     
  4. Phil1979

    Phil1979 Member Georgia Carry

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    Polymer weapons can be good choices for many, but they can be aesthetically dull, imho.

    My first 9mm recently purchased is an all steel CZ-75B SA. It can be carried cocked and locked, and the single-action-only trigger is nice and crisp.

    Capacity is 17+1 with Mec-Gar flush-fitting magazines, and the heft of the gun makes even +P loads a pleasure to shoot at the range.
     
  5. Yocain

    Yocain New Member

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    All of the aforementioned are fine weapons. I prefer the XD and Steyr M9A1 myself. He needs to visit an indoor range with a good variety of 9mm pistols for rent and see what seems to fit best. Test drive as many as you can.
     
  6. Adam5

    Adam5 Atlanta Overwatch

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    Single stack mag for me,
    thinner/lighter makes for much easier carry

    if you need 18 rounds you need more practice
     
  8. jabara572

    jabara572 New Member

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    in 9mm? I suggest the Noisy Cricket




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  9. Phil1979

    Phil1979 Member Georgia Carry

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    Not always. Lots of armed robberies and home break-ins occur with a gang of multiple thugs. I'd like to neutralize them all without reloading mid-stream. Others may not. To each their own.
     
  10. BWCustoms

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    Springfield XDm 3.8"

    20+1 9mm

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  11. fmlaw1

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    All good (or entertaining) points mentioned above.

    Most importantly, is whether he is experienced or not. because, a trigger-based safety is not to be played with. So, unless he has very good gun handling habits, I'd stay away from the Glocks, XD, and M&Ps. If that is not a problem, I'd go M&P.

    I want to like Glocks, but they have never shot well oe felt good in my hands. I like the XDs just fine, but the M&P feels the most controllable - I would take either.

    An alternative to the plastics is a S&W 3rd Generation (6906, 6904, 3913, others) 9mm. About $400 in VG condition, double or single stack, about 12+1 capacity, steel slide on alloy frame. Extra magazines are $31 at CDNN. So for his budget, he should be able to get a pistol, three mags, two holsters and a mag carrier.

    Rent & shoot, since feeling good in the hand and feeling good while shooting may be two separate results.
     
  12. Adam5

    Adam5 Atlanta Overwatch

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    This.

    What of you are facing multiple attackers? More rounds may be needed.

    Do you know 100% that you will hit your mark with every shot under stress? More rounds may be needed.

    Do you carry the minimum life/auto/health/home owners insurance, or do you have extra coverage, just in case?
     
  13. Rugerer

    Rugerer GeePeeDoHolic

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    I might be biased, but I'm looking at the Ruger SR9 as my next carry gun. A slim profile with 17+1 should make it a good all-around EDC. Plus it has a manual safety that might be important if this is his first handgun. I've heard good things from others who have it.

    I'm reminded of a recent news item that caught my attention.

     
  14. pml

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    I own a CZ 75BD and a Ruger SR9. The CZ is superior as a house defense weapon, the SR9 is easier to conceal and carry. If I'm in the woods, I open carry the CZ. I like them both. I'd like a Glock 19 as well.
     
  15. 45_Fan

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    Have your friend start weighing the pros and cons of size, weight, and capacity if this will be an EDC. Also start narrowing down holster types.

    A gun belt and an old cellphone pouch might be the most informative way to find out about weight. Fill a plastic bag full of fishing sinkers until the required weight is reached. Sizing basics can be covered at any range that has a decent Glock lineup.

    Everybody else has plugged good info on specific models.
     
  16. Nothclif

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    I got a xd9sc for edc, absolutely love shooting it. I suspect a full size would be better for his needs. But any of the guns listed above would be a good choice...just go handle some and see what fits best :)
     
  17. no clever name

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    You should be able to get a used sig p226 in your price range.
     
  18. dam294

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    This would be my advice as well. He should rent as many as he can from different manufactures to figure out what is best for him.

    I also disagree with steering a new handgun owner away from the Glock's, XD's, M&P's and others with a similar "trigger safety". My first handgun was a G22. I had a lot of experience with rifles and shotguns and even a revolver a few times while growing up. My friends and I always followed the safety rules, one of which is to keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire.

    When I purchased my G22 the thought process was the same for me (Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire). I never gave the trigger safety a second thought and with 17 years of G22 ownership I have had exactly zero ND's, AD's or other unintentional discharges.
     
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    Springfield XD/XDm

    Ruger SR9C for compact carry.