9mm choice for a newbie


February 26, 2012, 10:56 AM
I'm looking to get a 9mm for target use only at my gun club. No carry, no hunting, no home protection use. I've thought about possibly trying some of the competitive games if I enjoy shooting the 9mm so my choice would have to qualify for that use.

I know squat about pistols other than a Buckmark .22lr that I have.

After pouring through many threads, three I'm considering are the Glock 34, STI Trojan and a CZ Shadow. The configuration for any of these would have to be a 10-round magazine which is the limit in my state. Finally, I am not the handy tinkering type so I would not be able to rework triggers or anything like that.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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February 26, 2012, 11:22 AM
My ruger sr9c is the most accurate auto I have ever shot. I can't imagine the full size sr9 being anything but better with a 1/2" longer barrel. Although the sr9 had a larger magazine. The sr9c is a 10 round magazine. It comes with one 17 round but perhaps it could be traded for another 10 round.

February 26, 2012, 11:46 AM
For a few hundred bucks less than the Trojan, STI offers the Spartan. A few less goodies, mainly adjustable sights, and front strap stipling, but a good deal if those aren't important to you. I'm actually planning on picking one up, soon. Dawson Precision has them for $630 ish.

February 26, 2012, 11:50 AM
Also, companies usually make "CA compliant" models, which have 10 round mags, etc, so that that model can be had in states with hi cap bans.
So if you find a gun you like, but is hi cap, don't be discouraged, you've just gotta find one that has the 10 rd mags.

February 26, 2012, 12:31 PM
Go with the Cz.
You won't regret it.

February 26, 2012, 08:02 PM
There are some really good deals to be had on the FNP-9 right now. They are replacing it with the FNX-9 so dealers are getting rid of old stock. The FNP-9 is a great all around gun and will serve you well for a very long time. Google FNP-9 and see what owners think of them.

February 26, 2012, 08:13 PM
Glock 34

February 26, 2012, 08:55 PM
You could just buy a good single stack 1911 since your just limited to 10 rounds save yourself the extra grip of the double stack guns. idk if you have a certain price range or how hard it would be to get any of the guns serviced in your area if they did have an issue that might also be a concern since your not a handy person.

February 26, 2012, 09:07 PM

February 26, 2012, 09:11 PM
Excellent ideas. I believe the STI Trojan is a single stack but would might be the most difficult to get serviced. The Glock 34 would definitely be the easiest to get serviced.

Not sure about servicing a CZ although there are two dealers.

February 26, 2012, 09:12 PM
Something with target sights. I love my Kimber Stainless Target II, and they make it in 9mm.

February 26, 2012, 10:07 PM
For plinking and competition in 9mm.....it really is hard to beat a Glock 34 without going custom.

But my choice would be a Smith and Wesson M&P9 Pro

February 26, 2012, 10:18 PM
Ruger SR9 - - I have one of these and it's an awesome lil' pistol
Smith M&P9 - I think 10 rnd compliant
Bersa Thunder UC 9 Pro - Underrated in my opinion and 10 or 13 capacity
Springfield XD or XD(m)
Pretty much any 1911 type configured for 9mm - A few hi caps, but not many

February 26, 2012, 10:20 PM
Love my sr9c and my brother's cz 75b. The 75 in stainless is just sexy, and it shoots like a dream.

February 26, 2012, 10:35 PM
for a range gun, get a good single action trigger. skip the striker guns.

sti's a good choice. cz is a great gun too. Personally I like the EAA witness elite match cz clone. $500 bucks gets you target sights and a good single action trigger in a heavy, all steel, recoil absorbing package.

February 26, 2012, 10:55 PM
Browning hi power

February 26, 2012, 10:57 PM
rock on with your Glock on!

cheap, effective, reliable and the Chevy 350 of the gun world. less parts, plastic structure, dependable.

February 26, 2012, 11:15 PM
Of the three you listed, I would go with the 9mm 1911.

Glock 34's are fine guns, but the triggers can take a long time to master.
CZ's are great, I have the 75B, and they would be my second choice for your needs.
The 9mm 1911 will be most likely to have a nice, easy to learn trigger. Recoil is also the lowest of the three. Accuracy is usually outstanding with 9mm 1911's.

February 26, 2012, 11:17 PM
CZ is the way to go.
Let me suggest the CZ 75B

February 26, 2012, 11:51 PM
if you go with a cz75, I suggest the SA. and then upgrade the sights.

February 26, 2012, 11:56 PM
Wildcat Pick Here ....

Sig P229 in 9mm -- has a DA/SA. For simple range plinking, thumb-cock and shoot SA ---- great SA trigger. For Carry, IDPA, use the DA style.

Also comes in .22LR with the 9mm top end separate -- this is how I started. If you are new to 9mm and have the budget, it's the way to go, since you are used to your Buckmark.

February 27, 2012, 06:05 AM
Let me second the idea of the Witness Elite Match. Very accurate soft shooter.

February 27, 2012, 06:17 AM
For target/range use I like The Taurus PT-92 or a CZ 75 BD.

Both are accurate, reliable and modest in price.

February 27, 2012, 06:38 AM
I would go with a CZ variation in SA only. About getting the pistol serviced I know that I would not take my CZ anywhere local here as they might do more harm than good tho you could always send it out to CZ custom or CGW. I just Sent my hammer to be recut as CGW he received it on friday and email me to let me know that it will be shipping out monday, the guy does great work and it priced very well to.

February 27, 2012, 06:54 AM
The Glock 34 is always a good choice and is the one I made. Reliable in the extreme, accurate and comfortable to shoot. The only thing it needs is your choice of sights. The 1911's do edge it in the trigger department and if I was a dedicated bullseye shooter I'd want one, but I believe the Glock to be a better all around gun for pretty much any form of handgun competition.

February 27, 2012, 07:09 AM
A guy at our club let me try his CZ 75B Custom and it's now at the top of my list. Second choice is a FNP-9, followed by a S&W M&P. The Glocks just didn't feel comfortable in my hand.
You can get a trigger kit from Cajun Gun Works for the CZ. And holsters and other accessories are easier to find than for a FN.

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