College Auto Idea


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pikid89
October 19, 2010, 09:41 PM
I just sold a j frame
as much as i liked it, the ammo cost was just too prohibitive on a college budget

so now im looking for a automatic 9mm replacement
and i need some ideas for a nice 9mm under or equal to $600
im leaning towards medium to small like no bigger than a Glock 19 and no smaller than a Kel Tec PF9
im getting a glock 19 for graduation so thats out

ok THR gimme your ideas

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MICHAEL T
October 19, 2010, 10:05 PM
Bersa Thunder in 9mm about 400 Great little 9mm

http://bersachat.com

postalnut25
October 19, 2010, 10:09 PM
M&P9 compacts and XD subcompacts can be had for under your $600 limit. They also fit your size requirements.

Zerodefect
October 19, 2010, 10:15 PM
Glock 26
Kahr pm9, mk9
Dan Wesson Guardian
Deosn't Colt, Kimber, and Springy make a little 9mm now?

pikid89
October 19, 2010, 10:18 PM
id love a 9mm 1911 but i dont want a RIA and the ones you mentioned are all close to a grand

Shadow 7D
October 19, 2010, 10:43 PM
EAA M88
Norinco 213
HiPoint C9

I haven't heard much bad about full size bersas

MikePGS
October 19, 2010, 10:49 PM
id love a 9mm 1911 but i dont want a RIA and the ones you mentioned are all close to a grand
STI Spartan's run about 650. They are also Armscor guns, but finished off by STI.

pikid89
October 19, 2010, 10:49 PM
what does anyone think about the beretta 92fs centurion

md7
October 20, 2010, 12:19 AM
pikid,

i really like the 92fs series. alot. except for the external safety. i hate that. but if you like, prefer, or don't care about the safety, then the 92 fs in any flavor would do you well. i like the looks and feel of the 92. good gun imho. except for the safety. that is subjective though, and only my humble opinion.

FatPants
October 20, 2010, 12:23 AM
Is this a carry gun, or a range toy, or what?

md7
October 20, 2010, 12:23 AM
also look at the CZ 75 B and its compact versions. last i priced any they were around your price point. i think. nice pistols.

J.R.W.
October 20, 2010, 12:25 AM
Tanfoglio Witness Compact

UpTheIrons
October 20, 2010, 12:49 AM
It may be the red-headed step-child of the bunch, but look at the Ruger SR9c. My wife got hers for $340 VERY gently used (like new, really). Zero problems and the low price gives you more ammo to shoot! New, they run around $400-425 here.

pikid89
October 20, 2010, 01:12 AM
^theres an idea ill look into that

InkEd
October 20, 2010, 12:30 PM
Definitely go with the 9mm for ammo cost.

XD9 for polymer. (Glocks can be had cheaper though.)
Spartan or RIA for 1911.

Maybe just buy a Ruger 22/45 in case of another tutition increase. (hehehehe)

MrIzhevsk
October 20, 2010, 01:28 PM
you mentioned you sold a J frame so I suppose you want something to fill that role again? What about a walther p99c? I've seen a couple for around 500 in 9mm.

Fisherdave10
October 20, 2010, 11:02 PM
I second the suggestion for the SR9c. I'm also a college student and I will be 21 in about 6 months. I've been looking around and reading about many 9mms and the SR9c is looking like the best bang for your buck if you want something to fill multiple roles reliably, including concealed carry. The SR9c also comes with a full size grip sleeve and full size magazine. Nearly all reviews I've read are extremely positive about the pistol. You can also buy a "drop-in" Ghost trigger connector for improved trigger feel. The SR9c's internals are very similar to a Glock, with the benefit of a manual safety.

pvthouse
October 20, 2010, 11:17 PM
Save the headache and go with the glock

jon86
October 20, 2010, 11:42 PM
Either a kahr pm9 or a glock 26. If you are getting a glock 19 eventually than the 26 will accept the glock 19's magazines. They will both accept the glock 17's 17 round magazine. The 26 and 19 are the same width, so some holsters will fit both of them. Something to think about. But, if you are looking to replace your j frame size, get a pm9.

Lucky Derby
October 21, 2010, 12:22 AM
My college auto was a '77 Buick.
Sorry no help here.

kulprit
October 21, 2010, 01:05 AM
Bersa Ultra Compact 9. Supposedly the best gun Bersa makes. Compact, uber-reliable, and can be had for < $400.

Also, Glock 26. But it's $150 more, less concealable, and fairly bland. BUT, it's reliable and will do what you want it to when you want to do it.

Locojmc
October 21, 2010, 11:32 PM
I would go with a FNP9 or the Glock 19

o Unforgiven o
October 21, 2010, 11:38 PM
M&P9, can easily be had at under your budget and is a very nice gun.

bconwil
October 21, 2010, 11:44 PM
beretta Px4 Storm or FNX-9

Prion
October 22, 2010, 12:44 AM
CZ P-07 polymer 9 for $450

ArtP
October 22, 2010, 02:05 AM
It would be helpful if you stated your preference for metal or plastic.

I have a Beretta 92 compact, which you don't see very often. It is only a little smaller than a full size as it hold 13 instead of 15. It's been absolutely reliable in the 20 years I've owned it and is a stunner to look at with its walnut grips. Can be had used/mint for $550 or so.

If you're looking for plastic/striker fire than I've wasted my time.

jwash3rd
October 22, 2010, 08:14 AM
Nobody mentioned the Kel Tec P-11 or PF-9 which are reasonably priced and lightweight for CC. My P-11 has been reliable and accurate, but it does have a pretty heavy DOA trigger.

Keeterbird
October 22, 2010, 10:40 AM
Do you think you'd like a briick? The Ruger P95 is out there. They always go bang and they are accurate enough to use until you get a job. Best of all you can pick them up for about $300.

look into them. I have had one for ten years and I love it and shoot it at the range about three times a year. Now has round count in the 2K, never misfired.

GunTech
October 22, 2010, 10:56 AM
Keep in mind you can get a used quality auto for a lot less. A Glock or XD with a few thousand rounds through it are barely broken in.

GunTech
October 22, 2010, 10:57 AM
There's also the S&W Sigma. Smith is running a $50 rebate on a new Sigma, and they retail around here for $350, so that puts the gun at about half your budget with cash left over for ammo.

ForumSurfer
October 22, 2010, 11:12 AM
what does anyone think about the beretta 92fs centurion

Excellent. I regret selling my 96fs. I was accurate with it out to 50 yards, a great rnge gun.

I didn't care for it as home defense weapon or ccw piece. Too big for me to carry without wearing huge clothes and the safety is in the wrong place and operates backwards from what I am used to...but that's just me. Train on it and it's a great piece.

Since you know you are getting a 19 soon and if there is no immediate need, go ahead and buy some reloading gear and supplies. Have about 1000 rounds or more built and ready to go along with a lone wolf barrel safe for reloads. That way when you get that 19, you can become intimately familiar with it.

One other thing. I recommend buying about 200 or more rounds of 9mm. Rent a glock 19 and an xd 9mm. Shoot 100 rounds through each, back to back. I wish I had done that before I bought my 19.

Steve C
October 22, 2010, 12:49 PM
If you want to shoot on a budget, get a .22. Browning or Ruger are reasonable in price, accurate and the ammo is as cheap as you will find. When I was in College I had a Ruger Single Six convertible and shot it as much as I the opportunity. My .357 mag got maybe a box or two a rear shot through it. Can't imagine not having a .22 pistol and even now shoot more .22 than anything else.

DonRon
October 22, 2010, 12:58 PM
For the money, the Kel Tec PF 9 is an excellent buy at around $300.00 bucks. The Warranty Service is outstanding and second to none also.

ForumSurfer
October 22, 2010, 01:26 PM
If you want to shoot on a budget, get a .22. Browning or Ruger are reasonable in price, accurate and the ammo is as cheap as you will find. When I was in College I had a Ruger Single Six convertible and shot it as much as I the opportunity.

Great advice.

No collection isn't complete without a 22.

Lots of new people I've met haed 22's because they say it just isn't enough gun for fun. I've never understood this. Then again, I've pull the trigger on some big bore revolvers and a .50 caliber rifle...so after those experiences, everything can seem a little anemic. It's hard to argue the fun to be had in 1000 .22 rounds for under $40 and a fun day slaying some paper or evil insurgent soup cans. :)

pikid89
October 23, 2010, 01:03 AM
I do have a MKII Target and the Single Six Convertible so im set for 22s

I shot about 10 different 9mms at the rental range today...
Beretta 92
Ruger SR9
Ruger P95
SIG 226
Beretta Storm
Walther P99 (hated the AS trigger)
Walther PPS
M&P9
M&P9c
XD9
Glock 19

of all of them i shot by far the best with the SR9 and M&P9c... bullet holes touching at 7-10 yards
i think im gonna go with an SR9

Jbabbler
October 23, 2010, 01:30 AM
I've seen mention of the 92FS safety being an issue in a few posts in this thread. I just wanted to point out that the safety can be made into a decocker only in about 5mins by simply removing the little bb and spring that hold the safety lever down in the detent. I removed it from mine and the lever now acts as a decocker only just like my Sigs.

benzy2
October 23, 2010, 02:29 AM
I shot about 10 different 9mms at the rental range today...
Beretta 92
Ruger SR9
Ruger P95
SIG 226
Beretta Storm
Walther P99 (hated the AS trigger)
Walther PPS
M&P9
M&P9c
XD9
Glock 19

of all of them i shot by far the best with the SR9 and M&P9c... bullet holes touching at 7-10 yards
i think im gonna go with an SR9

I think the SR9 is good option. How long do you have until graduation? I would personally take the SR9 now, and ask for reloading equipment for graduation rather than the glock 19. Not that there is anything wrong with the 19, just that if you like the SR9 better, why pick up another pistol you don't like that much? Reloading equipment (especially $500 worth instead of the 19) will get you cheap ammo for a long time to come. For that budget you can pick up a Dillon square deal and components for 1000 rounds (or close to it). The square deal is a good press that will be able to punch out a bunch of ammo pretty quick. Just a thought. If the 19 was something you really enjoyed shooting then that would be a different story. If not though, reloading equipment gets you a good head start on cheap ammo.

The Lone Haranguer
October 23, 2010, 07:13 AM
S&W M&P compact. :) One I had shot accurately and functioned 100% perfectly from the very first round. Even my Glock 19 didn't do that. (Glock had to replace the magazine followers with a different design before it would feed hollowpoints, although it ran with FMJs.)

Caliper_RWVA
October 23, 2010, 11:37 AM
If the plan is for just one pistol at this time, I vote SR9c. I am eyeing one for my next pistol. Seems like it would be comfortable for range sessions, especially with the extended grip magazine (copies the full size SR9 grip and mag cap). The compact mag is good for concealment and just makes the gun just look better to my eyes.

BlayGlock
October 23, 2010, 12:14 PM
Easy. You are getting a glock 19 for graduation, so get a G26 for backup.

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