I have a NIB Beretta CX4 Storm 9mm carbine F/S. I bought two one for me and one for my wife. She would rather I keep one CX4 and get a 9mm pistol. This is why I am selling it. $599.00 plus shipping and insurance to your FFL.
Get a used Walther P-38, P-1 or P-4. They are fun, well made, and accurate. And as mentioned above, 9mm is cheaper to plink with.<br>
(I have the most fun Walther P-38. It's in 5.6mm (.22 LR).)<br>
As for a Glock, my advice is to not get one. Glock specifically says not to shoot lead or remanufactured/reloaded ammo in their guns, and for good reason. They are not safe with other than new factor jacketed ammunition. If you want to educate yourself with the issues surrounding Glocks, click the link.
I am by no means the handgun expert. I have shot a bunch of Glocks in all calibers and I swear the 9mm has more snap and unpleasantness when shooting then the 40. In a Glock I would shoot a 40 for no other reason then that. If you are seriouslt asking which is better or which should you use the answer is easy.40 all the way. Jeff
Glocks do transmit more recoil into the hand than other handgun designs. I have a Colt Delta Gold Cup 10mm, and it shoots considerably softer than a Glock 20. Ditto for just about any "conventional" 9mm vs a Glock 17 or 19. If recoil is an issue, this is something to consider.
Yes, the .40 is better for defense than the 9mm. But that's not what he wants the gun for. He wants it for, and I quote, "some fun shooting at the range". That to me means this is not a situation that puts defensive qualities of the cartridge as the primary determining factor.
You need to define what fun shooting is for you, and how much noise & recoil you want or will tolerate. For me, fun shooting means a High Standard .22 rimfire. But that's because they're scary accurate, solid, dependable, and cheap to shoot, so I shoot 500-1000 a month through them. If you want more noise & kick, then get a 9mm, and I'm with Chuckles, a 9X19 HiPower if you plink but want to do it accurately. Want to just make noise? Glock 17. Phil E
I shoot practice with my Glock 17-9MM, as stated the ammo is cheap at WalMart and eliminates the need for reloading ... I save the good stuff for when practice is over and it goes back into the business mode ... I do not shoot reloads in any gun that I own, but save the brass for the guys I know who do reload ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
I found a brand new Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm compact and stand M&P .40 at Gander Mountain in Wichita, Kansas for $499.00 each. Decent price for high quality pistols and the ammo is really cheap. M&P`s Glocks or XD`s are all good choices and decent priced
I recently had the same question, already had a Glock 22 (40 cal). After having shot a H&K and Sig, I bought a Sig 229 in 40 cal. Much loke the H&K LEM trigger, The Sig DAK trigger is double action every time with built in safeties.
There are lots of pistol forums on the web and those guys are very friendly.
You can also buy quality 40 cal ammo cheap if you look around.
But the gun that fits your hand best and points like your index finger does.