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What 9mm??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rem29, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. Rem29

    Rem29 Member

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    So I am looking for the best all around 9mm pistol (not revolver)
    Looking at:

    Browning Hi-Power w/ adj sites

    Smith and Wesson 1911 9mm Pro-grade

    Baretta 92 FS (maybe Type M9A1)

    Any advice from experience would be greatly appreciated.
    PS- Living in Mass so it has to be Mass compliant....sigh

    Thanks - Gary
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    Para-Ordnance. Many different models to meet your needs. Although mostly in 45 ACP.
     
  3. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Best all around would probably be one of the plastics like a Glock or S&W MP..
     
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    320090T Well-Known Member

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    I have a HP and a Sig 226, both are easy to carry and great to shoot. The Sig is less finicky about ammo. My HP doesn't like all reloads so I feed it factory hardball only.
     
  5. Shooting Coach

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    What are you going to do with it? House gun, fun gun, carry gun, range gun?

    Makes a difference.

    If you are going to carry, this is the priority. Compact and dependable. Glock 19. Small enough to carry, big enough to take a class with, easy to shoot.

    House gun? Glock 17. Dependable, lots of rounds, easier to shoot well under stress.

    Fun/Range gun? An upper end 1911 with adjustable sights.

    For the latter, I would suggest the 45 caliber, but you asked about 9mm.

    I don't care for double action autos, simply because there are TWO trigger pulls to master. Revolvers? I always shoot them double action.
     
  6. HSLDS

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    I'm a big fan of SIGs...

    Do love my Hi Power as well (first pistol I ever bought)

    Glocks are fine, just don't fit my hand.

    Look at the new XDM's

    Kahr? Love them or hate them...

    320090T

    Look at the feed ramp on your Browning - you will see milling marks running left/right.

    If you polish these out the pistol will fed like a champ (be gentle - it doesn't take much).
     
  7. Steve W

    Steve W Well-Known Member

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    I own all models mentioned above except the XD.

    I tested all kinds of ammo I can get my hands on, extensively, including some factory seconds and cheap, dirty, third world countries surplus. I spent more money on ammo than firearms just to see how they work. I can tell you from my own experiences, 92F is the most reliable service pistol I ever fired, even more so than Glocks.
     
  8. Rem29

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    Thanks all for the info!!

    I do own a Sig 1911 Target Nitron .45 and it is my absolute favorite. The 9mm is for shooting more and saving $ on ammo. as well as teaching pistol to newcomers without the recoil of the .45.
     
  9. CalvinMD

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    So many good ones out there...you need to handle them to see what feels good and has the features you want..adj. sights, manual safety ..round capacity, etc.....I love the Belgian Hi Powers..all steel so its 1911 tough..very accurate ..holds more than enough rds for me and the manual safety and visible hammer...just my prefs
     
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    HK P7. None better. JW
     
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    From what you indicate about the application for the pistol, I would go with the HiPower. I have one of the Belgium made - assembled in Portugal P35s and it has been an extremely good shooting gun with no funtioning issues.

    I don't know what Mass. compliant means - hopefully the P35 would fit that criteria.
     
  12. mtimney

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    I'm with Shooting Coach and his ideas.
    Mark T.
     
  13. FIB

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    Glock 17, Kahr K9, Sig P226, HP 35, HK P7, there are lots to choose from.
     
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    I have seen gun ranges that rent handguns. Go and find one in your area and try what they have. That way you buy what you like and what fits your needs.
     
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    Take a look at a Sig 210... reliable enough for the Swiss Army, accurate enough for a target-shooter, great trigger out of the box. Work the action; very tight but buttery smooth. Single stack magazine; single action. A little pricey but worth the bucks. You may also want to look at a Sig 226X5. Chichay
     
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    Of your 3 choices I would pick the browning.
     
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    Of your 3 choices I would pick the browning.
     
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    Guy has one listed on here today, its a s&w mp 9mm for $500. Not a great price but fair.
    Chris
     
  19. noknock1

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    Of your 3 choices I have shot thousands of rounds through the 92 and a few hundred through a Browning.

    Of those two off your list, I would go High Power. I love the 92 though... Just a really big gun for holding so few bullets.

    For pure reliability... Glock 17 or 19, 4th Gen. I like the changeable back strap. I also like that there are tons of them around to include mags!
     
  20. shannon391

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    I love my BHP but not for every day carry, all steel and 13 rounds is on the heavy side.

    Same for the full sized 1911. They are great to shoot and very reliable but can become cumbersome for everyday carry in local suburbia.

    Thats why I agree with Coach, It's hard to pick a one gun-do all.
     
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