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First Handgun 9mm

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by vumeister, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Dirty Bob

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    The Glock 19 suggestion was a good one. It's small enough (for some) to carry, yet big enough to be fun and easy to shoot.

    I have a K-T P-11. I love it, but the trigger is very long and heavy. If you buy one, invest in snap caps! You can't dry-fire a Kel-Tec without them, and dry firing is the best way to get used to the P-11's long trigger. By the way, the range is an excellent -- and safe -- place to practice dry fire. I use my fireplace as my "backstop" when dry firing, just in case the unthinkable happens. Instead of a tragedy, I'd have some damaged bricks.

    All my best,
    Dirty Bob
     
  2. jwhite75

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    Listen to everyone else....the Glock 19 is the way to go. Best balance of everything you need in a good defensive handgun. If you shop you should definitely be able to do 500.
     
  3. Sigsense

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    For $500, you can get a new CZ-75B or a used Sig 226, both great, battle tested weapons.
     
  4. Monocrom

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    Try out both the Glock 19 and the smaller Glock 26.

    Go to a gun shop that will let you try out both models on their range. Rent them, fire them.

    Been my experience that while the model 19 is a very good handgun, I've noticed that muzzle flip can hinder fast follow-up shots a bit. Try them both out yourself. Also, see if you can rent a Kahr PM9 if the Glock 26 works well for you.
     
  5. DemskeetSkeet

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    I'm sure you are just saying under $500 because that's what his limit is. Usually those Police trade-ins are/should be a lot cheaper than $500.

    I am getting my Gen4 G23 for $525. Comes with 3 mags, cleaning brush/rod, back straps, etc.

    Great package. Now I just need it to get here.
     
  6. thchip

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    I recently purchased a CZ PO7Duty. It is a very good pistol and I have found it to be very reliable and accurate. Price point is around $500.00.
     
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    In Memphis there are G19 in dealers cases for $495 NEW, $545 with Night Sights. G23s are the same prices
     
  8. grayman

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    +1 and I've got four Glocks as well, but I'm carrying the CZ.
     
  9. knuckles

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    I am behind CZ's..get you a used 75c or PCR..done deal ..I love my CZ's...everytime I take mine out ..they outshine all the others ..ergo's, accuracy..great guns
     
  10. Circle of Owls

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    I have a Ruger P-series (P-90); it is a great gun, very reliable, but very bulky - really not appropriate for CCW. The Glocks are not comfortable for my hands, YMMV, but try them out first. I'll be getting a Kahr when I have the money for a CCW.
     
  11. Relayer

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    Another vote for the recommendation for CZ... at least see if you can rent one to shoot at a local range. I love mine.
     
  12. macman37

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    I dunno if they're still running the sale but CDNN was selling SigPro 2022s (their polymer 9mm) for a VERY good price, well within your price range.

    I am also highly impressed with the Smith and Wesson M&P 9 full size... Order it through gandrtactical.com and you'll be within your price range also.
     
  13. grayman

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    Puchase and M&P right now and you can get either a $50 rebate or 2 free magazines.
     
  14. cutt

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    Kel-Tec PF-9, easily concealable, dead reliable, never had a mag drop out under ANY circumstances other than pushing the mag release. Get the optional pocket/belt clip for $10. Mine is always tucked in my waistband right above my wallet on the right side. Only downfall would be the 7-1 capacity. Some complain of recoil but it just takes some getting use to and a firm grim. Put a rubber sleeve on the grip. It is accurate and reliable. Thinnest 9mm made. Around $300 in black. DA only so it's safe to carry with one in the chamber.
     
  15. Desertrat1

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    Glock 17. Without a doubt. Good recoil, rate of fire and accuracy. Built to last and easy to shoot.
     
  16. flash lite

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    my first was a SW model 19 357
    great hand gun
     
  17. EdD270

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    Of the ones listed in the OP, I'd go with the Ruger. However, my first choice would be a glock G-17 or G-19, or a Springfield XD, if you really mjust go with a semi-auto.
    I'd suggest a .357 mag. revolver, either a Ruger or S&W, but Taurus makes good ones, too.
     
  18. grayman

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    I've always been a little leary of Ruger pistols. A buddy bought a new P95 after he got out of the Marines and we'd regularly go to the range. It constantly mis-fired with a wide range of ammunition. I initially thought he was an isolated case, but a father and son duo started shooting local IDPA matches at my club and they had similar problem with one of their pistols as well. My barber bought a new LCP and it gets recalled. Doesn't exactly give me confidence in Ruger pistols, but that is just me.
     
  19. Chains

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    My Kahr CW9 is a very solid and reliable 9.Easy to conceal and very accurate.$459.00 brand new.
     
  20. Dreadnought

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    Nothing is better than a Glock, IME (I own ten). Best 9mm model is the G19. Best model period, IMO, is the G30, but that's a .45ACP. However, the G19 is a close second. In a full sized Glock the G21 is the King, again IMO.

    I own four Kel-Tecs, one of each of all of their pistol models. I have had NO problems with any of them. P3AT (.380ACP) 2300+ rounds. P32 (.32ACP) 650+ rounds. PF-9 (9mm Luger) 1150+ rounds. P-11 (9mm Luger) 750+ rounds. Again, ZERO malfunctions of any kind. The PF-9 is a great gun for concealed carry. But the P-11 is a great little gun. MUCH smaller than a Glock 26 AND it holds 12+1 rounds of 9mm (Kel-Tec factory 12 round magazine). It will even accept certain, common S&W 15-round magazines (spacer required). I know of no other gun as small and light as the P-11 that holds 13 rounds of 9mm. This is a gun you could (I do) pocket carry that holds 13 rounds with a flush magazine. Yep, flush. The trigger is long, as others have noted. But for a gun with no external safeties (the way I like 'em) the extra effort to actuate bang is a good thing. Best part is you can get a P-11 with a blued slide for around $225 regularly. I bought my hard chrome P-11 at a gun show six months ago for $250 tax, tag and title. It is also not as punishing on your hands at the range as the PF-9 can be, though neither are particularly bad, to me. The P3AT is more punishing than either.