Any 'oddball' recommendations


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wbwanzer
June 6, 2012, 05:14 PM
I'm looking for an 9mm semi-auto that is on the 'road less traveled', so to speak. Something out of the ordinary. I've already got mainstream pistols like SIG, S&W 3913, XDm, Witness Elite Match, and a Stoeger Cougar.

I was considering a Colt All American 2000 First Edition, until I did a little research. Didn't find much positive about them. So what else is out there that is on the 'rare' side? Something that not everyone has? I'd like to stick with 9mm and $700 or less. And not a problem child, like the AA 2000. Any suggestions?

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tuj
June 6, 2012, 05:18 PM
S&W 952? Probably too expensive, but rare and high performance.

wbwanzer
June 6, 2012, 05:21 PM
tuj - just did a quick search on Gunbroker for '952'. There was only one there and it was $1850. Sounds good but way more than I want to spend. Thanks anyway.

wnycollector
June 6, 2012, 05:30 PM
How about a Norinco 213? A 9mm tokarev is most definitely not a run of the mill pistol.

Skribs
June 6, 2012, 05:31 PM
It seems to me like you're chasing an enigma. Something under $700 that works and nobody has is going to be a hard model to find. If it's under $700 and works, a lot of people want it. If it's under $700 and people don't have it, it's probably because it doesn't work. If it works and its rare, probably over $700.

I don't know how many people have it, but have you considered a Baby Eagle? Don't know if its rare or not, but it certainly looks distinctive.

ewlyon
June 6, 2012, 05:32 PM
vis 35 from radom is a bit odd. looks almost like a 1911 with hi power internals. real nice pistol in my experience and ive seen some at gun shows for around five to seven hundred

JEB
June 6, 2012, 05:33 PM
not sure what they are going for right now, but a walther p-38 would be a real cool addition. my lgs has an old broomhandle mauser that i would love to pick up "just because" but it is pretty well above your $700 price range.

if you are wanting something new, maybe a walther p-99? not too different from everyone else but still not all that common.

Loosedhorse
June 6, 2012, 05:34 PM
vis 35 from radomGood suggestion.

Let me add the HK P7 or P9S--but you may have trouble with that $700 limit!

harmon rabb
June 6, 2012, 05:45 PM
H&K P7 for sure.

But if you want to stay under $700 for sure, just get a Walther P38. Should be able to find one for $350 or so, maybe less. Iconic WW2 look, cheap magazines, kind of the grand daddy of the Beretta 92, and they're actually great shooters. They eject to the left though, look out. I didn't know this the first time I fired mine and I was like ***.

Bohemus
June 6, 2012, 06:01 PM
How about vz.52 in its original caliber - 9mm luger? Or Steir GB.

chieftain
June 6, 2012, 06:07 PM
Walther PPQ.

New 9/40 with an excellent clean breaking trigger, and a reset faster than a Glocks.

A scoushe taller and longer than a Glock 19, but with a grip built for human beings.

Quite a boast, isn't it.

Runs on line from about 480- 575.

Just a suggestion. I put a fiber optic on mine and parked my PRO9 S&W for right now for Club steel and local IDPA. It is fun and accurate.

Good luck.

Fred

wbwanzer
June 6, 2012, 06:15 PM
Thanks guys. I appreciate all suggestions and will look into each. To Skribs I know that I used the word 'rare', but I'm really looking more for not 'run of the mill'. You are right. Rare will be expensive.

I'm liking the Baby Eagle.

JN01
June 6, 2012, 06:53 PM
Something from Star? Model B, BM, Firestar?

Polish Radom P-35?

Skribs
June 6, 2012, 06:55 PM
Oh! Calico. The Liberty III is MRSP $890, and I don't know anything about their quality or availability, but that's a 50-round 9mm pistol.

LightningMan
June 6, 2012, 07:37 PM
How about a Boberg XR9S? Thats what I have my name down on the list for, as it is very different. Look up, www.bobergarms.com
LM

Taffnevy
June 6, 2012, 07:54 PM
Check out Caracal. If you can past that they are Saudi they look interesting and have gotten great reviews.

Designed by a guy that had a hand in both Steyr and Glock designs.

toivo
June 6, 2012, 08:37 PM
+1 for Star.

skt239
June 6, 2012, 08:57 PM
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Check out Caracal. If you can past that they are Saudi they look interesting and have gotten great reviews.

Designed by a guy that had a hand in both Steyr and Glock designs.
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GCBurner
June 6, 2012, 10:41 PM
On the "off the beaten path" 9mm list, I've got a Mauser M96 "Red 9", a Star Super 9mm Luger / 9mm Largo convertible, and a Walther P-1. On the beaten path, I've got a Glock 26 and a Taurus PT99.

Moptop
June 6, 2012, 11:01 PM
9mm semi-auto that is on the 'road less traveled', so to speak. Something out of the ordinary.

How about a Hi-Point? Accurate, reliable, and a lot less than $700. Or go with a Browning Hi-Power but definitely no SIG anything!

beatledog7
June 6, 2012, 11:09 PM
I was gonna suggest a Baby Eagle, but you already went there.

Caracal?

Fishbed77
June 6, 2012, 11:32 PM
Get a Walther P88 if you can find one.

Probably the the best full-size, double-stack 9mm pistol ever made.

CDR_Glock
June 6, 2012, 11:49 PM
Something from Star? Model B, BM, Firestar?

Polish Radom P-35?

Avoid the Firestar. It's junk. So is the Diamondback DB9.


YMMV

Nullcone
June 7, 2012, 01:28 AM
P5/P6/P7

Probably a stretch on the last one unless you can find a beater police turn in.

Money well spent on any of them.

777TRUTH
June 7, 2012, 04:53 AM
Walther P1, Walther P5

lechiffre
June 7, 2012, 05:53 AM
Some recommendations :

Walther P-4
Walther p-5
FN Hi-Power Double Action
Browning BDM
Armilite AR-24

bannockburn
June 7, 2012, 05:59 AM
What Nullcone listed: Walther P5, SIG P6, H&K P7.

For something from quite a few years back: MAB PA-15.

Gtscotty
June 7, 2012, 06:24 AM
How about that new RIA 9mm/22TCM combo 1911.

It's a high capacity (18 rds) 9mm 1911, which is not a terribly common pistol in an of itself, but the package also includes a barrel in the new 22 TCM caliber.

Otherwise I'd second the Caracal, It's new enough to still be quite rare, but the reports that are out there seem very favorable. Also, its available at Centerfire Systems for $399 shipped.

Havok7416
June 7, 2012, 06:42 AM
My vote is for the H&K P7 also. They can be found pretty easily in good condition and are typically under $700.

wbwanzer
June 7, 2012, 09:02 AM
I'm the OP here. The H&K P7 has been mentioned numerous times. I'm interested. But the one in my LGS is $899. CDN had them a few years ago at a real reasonable price and I was on the phone to order, but they won't ship to Maryland, so that was the end of deal. I could look again.

LeonCarr
June 7, 2012, 09:05 AM
Another vote for the S&W 952. Quite possibly the most accurate factory built 9mm.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

Havok7416
June 7, 2012, 09:07 AM
I'm the OP here. The H&K P7 has been mentioned numerous times. I'm interested. But the one in my LGS is $899. CDN had them a few years ago at a real reasonable price and I was on the phone to order, but they won't ship to Maryland, so that was the end of deal. I could look again.
I had a friend of mine recently (8 months ago) buy a chromed P7 for $600 on Gunbroker. Obviously local prices vary but the internet can yield some good deals.

gpwelding1
June 7, 2012, 11:10 AM
Avoid the Firestar. It's junk. So is the Diamondback DB9.


YMMV
Avoid the Firestar.It's junk.
Im not sure if you are talking about later production models,but i have a m-43 firestar.
i traded it a few months ago for a S&W 4506-1.
after 2 months of it eating away at me,i traded back and got my M-43 back.
it's one of the best,most dependable handguns i've ever owned.
a tad on the heavy side,but MUCH easyer to carry than the 4506-1.
definatly not junk IMHO!

scramasax
June 7, 2012, 01:09 PM
I'll put in my vote for a Walther P5 or P5c. Also for consideration you might look for an Inglis HP with a shoulder stock. I own all of the above plus a few others. They are all good. Have fun hunting the prize.

Cheers,

ts

jehicks87
June 7, 2012, 01:10 PM
Hi-Point, Tokarev with 9mm conversion, Walther P99, any 9mm 1911...

Ash
June 7, 2012, 03:11 PM
Republic Arms 401 9mm, offers cocked and locked plus a decocker and one of the smoothest triggers I have ever encountered.

Astra A-75

South African Tressitu TZ-99

Croatian PHP 9mm - Evolved Walther P38, made for the Croatian military, double stack 9mm available pretty cheap.

greyling22
June 7, 2012, 04:36 PM
steyr m9?

Shear_stress
June 7, 2012, 04:41 PM
What Nullcone listed: Walther P5, SIG P6, H&K P7.

For something from quite a few years back: MAB PA-15.

Exactly what I would've suggested. I have all four of those and they are very cool. You could also see if you could locate a S&W 3906, Benelli B76, Polish M95, or a Beretta 951.

Girodin
June 7, 2012, 04:50 PM
Steyr M9/M9A1

Don357
June 7, 2012, 07:50 PM
TZ99. It's a South African version of the CZ99 Scorpion and the Golan. Resembles the Walther P-99 and Sig 229.

Zeke Markham
June 7, 2012, 07:55 PM
Maybe a Daewoo? Don't be scared by their cars, the guns are very well made. Mine has had lots of use and still shoots great.

Ash
June 7, 2012, 08:35 PM
Of course, many Suzuki cars were actually rebranded Daewoos. By the way, Don lives in the one of the very few cities in America that happen to be a palindrome. I drive through multiple times a year. Highway 98 also goes through my town.

spyder1911
June 8, 2012, 12:52 AM
I always liked the EAA Witness 9mm polymer with the .22lr conversion slide but I've heard that EAA customer service sucks...

The gun on the other hand is quite cool and based on the CZ 75 (IMHO it looks even better)

7mmb
June 8, 2012, 09:05 PM
Witness P S. They are built on the small frame and there's a bunch out there for around $300. I got one to go with my Match. Not quite as accurate but no slouch either.

foxmoor
June 8, 2012, 09:58 PM
What about an STI Spartan in 9mm? Great starter level 1911-style gun and in 9mm, it's affordable to shoot. STI is a Texas-based company with amazing customer service. And it is less than $700.............

Kent in MI

B!ngo
June 9, 2012, 12:16 AM
You can find pre-owned P7's or PSP's (not P7M8's) for around $700. Just gotta keep looking. And they are keepers. You will get very attached to their design and likely seek a few more.

http://www.hkpro.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68:psp&catid=6:the-pistols&Itemid=5

However if you really seek rare and obscure, and H&K P9(s) can be had near the $700 mark. Totally beautiful and addictive as well.

http://www.hkpro.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:p9&catid=6:the-pistols&Itemid=5

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