9mm Full Size Indecision


D Boone
March 10, 2009, 12:03 PM
I currently don't own a 9mm, and I am having a terrible time deciding one. I really like the price of the EAA Tanfolio steel frames. I have always wanted a sig 226. There is always the glock, but the XD's seem a bit more to my liking and the grip angle is preferable. I want to add one to the stable soon, but I need your help!

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March 10, 2009, 12:16 PM
You cant beat a glock but you did say you liked the feel of the XD better. The XD IMO is a great gun you might want to try on a S&W M&P it has more of a 1911 feel to it and is not as thick as a glock or XD.

March 10, 2009, 12:30 PM
yup. is there a reason you left the M&P off the list?

March 10, 2009, 12:47 PM
You've always wanted a P226, so might as well get that now and worry about others later.

I have a P226ST - a great gun that is perfect for long range sessions.

David E
March 10, 2009, 12:50 PM
yes, you need to add M&P to the list. It has several advantages over the others listed.

March 10, 2009, 01:18 PM
XDm incredibly easy to shoot well.


March 10, 2009, 01:24 PM
if you like steel/3rd generation smith wesson,you could own 2 or 3 smiths around these parts for what sigs go for.1 compact and a fullsize,smith police trade ins fly off the shelves,go to summitgunbroker.com,sigs,smiths,glocks,cheap police trade ins.

March 10, 2009, 01:25 PM
Check out the FNP-9, as well. I have one and love it. Never a problem through 800 rounds fired.

March 10, 2009, 01:27 PM
Get the Sig. You said you always wanted one. Yeah they might be a little more pricey, but in the long run you'll be spending at least 10 times the difference in cost of the gun on ammo, so a small price difference now is nothing.

March 10, 2009, 01:36 PM
If you've always wanted a Sig 226 and get something else... you're
still going to want the Sig. A friend just got a refurb'd at SIg
LEO trade in - he went to a range and shot one as well as a CZ
75B ( like mine ) and went with the SIg. He's happy with his Sig
I'm happy with my CZ 75B and congratualated him on his choice.


March 10, 2009, 02:29 PM
I feel pretty generic, but I voted for the Glock. I think everyone should have at least one 9mm Glock. I have a beloved 226 also, but I can't say I get more gun for the extra $200.

I don't think any of the options you offered are bad so grab the one you want... except that I am not a fan of Tanfoglio's pot metal steel frames. If I buy a metal frame, it must be machined from forged billets.

Anna's Dad
March 10, 2009, 02:44 PM
I voted Sig 226. I've owned a 226 and XD but ended up selling both. The 226 was my preference between the two, however.

As mentioned by others, I think you owe it to yourself to consider the M&P as well.

March 10, 2009, 02:50 PM
I voted Sig 226, but if you haven't shot or checked out the CZ75B, your missing the boat:D

Just One Shot
March 10, 2009, 02:52 PM
Out of the choices listed, I would go with the XD since I have an XD .40 and it shoots very well.

Keep in mind that Ruger has some nice choices in the 9mm.

March 10, 2009, 03:47 PM
I like the XDs better than glocks but the sigs are better, but also cost more. If you want cheap cheap but functional, glock, if you want real quality, go Sig. If youve never shot one, find a local range that rents pistols and shoot one.

March 10, 2009, 03:48 PM
I would also shoot an HK if you can, theyre like what a glock wished it could be but cant.

March 10, 2009, 03:59 PM
I have always wanted a sig 226.There's your answer.

Buy what you REALLY want, and you'll always be happy with it. Buy something different that's only X amount cheaper, and you'll inevitably think to yourself "Man, I could've had that 226 I've always wanted if I had only spent X amount more money," or you'll explain "I got this in lieu of that 226 I've always wanted, because this thing was X amount cheaper."

Save up, buy what you really want, and you'll be much happier. Needing to convince yourself that something's a good deal doesn't automatically make it a good deal.

March 10, 2009, 04:05 PM
A lot of enthusiastic opinions for the M&P, so if you can qualify -

I got an email yesterday from budís Gun shop. Between Buds Police Supply and an S&W promotion, you can get a 9mm or .40 M&P and 2 extra mags for $399 including shipping, or a .45 for $471 including the extra mags, I think. You have to be provably "qualified" as follows:

* Active Military personnel - all branches
* Retired Military personnel - all branches
* National Guard personnel - all branches
* Military Reserve personnel - all branches
* Fire Fighters - including volunteers
* Paramedics and EMTs
* TSA Employees
* Commercial Pilots
* Federal Flight Deck Officers
* Court Judges
* District and Deputy District Attorneys
* All sworn Law Enforcement Officers - city, county, state, and federal
* All retired Law Enforcement Officers - city, county, state, and federal
* All Corrections Officers
* State Licensed Security Companies

which I am not, so I pass this on.

I've done business with Bud's before and thaey seem to be straight shooters.

The link is http://www.budspolicesupply.com/cata....php/cPath/4_8

March 10, 2009, 05:48 PM
"I would also shoot an HK if you can, theyre like what a glock wished it could be but cant."

True... I was after an HK P30L. SWEEEEEET gun. but, almost twick the tag of the Glock 17. Check ou the HK if you want to drool a bit.

March 10, 2009, 06:38 PM
+1 on the S&W Third Generations. I have a S&W 5906TSW that I've really enjoyed. They're bigger, and heavier, but very robust and good looking (IMHO) pistols. Pretty easy to shoot, too - even with hot loads; the weight and balance of the gun soaks up a lot of the felt recoil. Plus, I'm partial to DA/SA guns. SA trigger pull on my Tactical is nice and crisp. Got a great deal, too - it was one of the Colorado Springs PD guns, but was basically LNIB condition. I have a lot of respect for the way those guys took care of this gun. I field strip after every range outing, and I can tell they did, too (doesn't everybody?).

March 10, 2009, 06:54 PM
+1 fnp-9

March 10, 2009, 07:01 PM
I like my M&Ps in 9, I really like my P226s and CZ75s and 92Fs, I <heart> my BHPs, but my FAVORITE full size 9mm is my Kimber Stainless II.

March 10, 2009, 07:51 PM
I'd give a strong recommendation to the Walther P99 AS, but I suppose that is more of a mid-size pistol rather than a full size. More along the size of a Glock 19. Still a great pistol. Mine is still pretty new but is 100% through 1030 rounds.

Jed Carter
March 10, 2009, 08:07 PM
The SIG P226 with Tritium night sights, unbeatable combination in my opinion.
Don't compromise, maybe an H&K USP could tie, but for the money the SIG is the one.

D Boone
March 10, 2009, 08:52 PM
I left out the M&P because I really know nothing about them, but I am not against looking into one. I also left out the CZ. I assume the CZ and Tangfolio both are evolutions of the Browning design? They seem close in appearance, so I am not aware of what the big differences would be. Any good Eastern NC places to check all these out? My local shop is thin in choice and $$$ in price on everything. When I purchased my 1911, I knew I wanted a 1911, and all I had to do was find the one that fit me. The amount of choice in 9mm is daunting and has me stumped. Thanks for all the comments!

March 11, 2009, 02:07 AM
BHP or CZ-75B as some others have said.

March 11, 2009, 04:36 AM
Other - CZ-75 (B or SP-01 if you like)

March 11, 2009, 07:28 AM
the tangfolio is a CZ clone.

M&P is a good gun. any of your choices work, you'll just have to go do some shooting and figure out what works best for YOU.

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