What Pistol For My Collection?


August 9, 2012, 08:33 PM
Hey everyone,

I want to add another firearm to my collection. I want to purchase a handgun since I'm satisfied with my long gun collection for now. However, I'm having trouble deciding what I should get.

I'm narrowing my search to the 9mm caliber only.

So far I have the following firearms in my modest collection:

- Marlin Model 60 (.22LR)
- Browning Buckmark Camper (.22LR)
- Colt LE6920 MOE (.223/5.56)
- Chinese SKS (7.62x39)
- Remington 870 (12 gauge)

I want something that will fulfill the role of a plinking/range, home defense, possible conceal carry, and SHTF pistol. I'm leaning towards the Glock 19 as most say it's a superb all around pistol. However, I'm open to suggestions.

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August 9, 2012, 08:38 PM
I like the Springfield XD's better then Glock because they fit my hand better, generally have better triggers, and have a grip safety.

But if I didn't already have a .22 range training pistol, that is what I would get first.
Then I could afford to shoot it enough to get really good with my second handgun.


Sergei Mosin
August 9, 2012, 08:57 PM
There are many fine choices available in 9mm, all of which will no doubt be suggested in short order. My advice - go to the LGS and handle as many as possible. Find a range that rents guns and fire as many as possible. Use that hands-on experience to decide what you want.

August 9, 2012, 09:01 PM
I'd get a Browning Hi-Power. Probably not the best choice for concealed carry however.

Buck Kramer
August 9, 2012, 09:08 PM
Sounds like a polymer 9mm would fill a niche here. I'm a big xd fan but a G19 would do you well. Lately I've been looking into a CZ P-07 Duty, but mags are expensive. It looks like you are into "classic" firearms i.e. R870, marlin, the 6920 ect. Maybe look at 3rd gen S&W's like the 5906 etc.

August 9, 2012, 09:09 PM
Doofus over here behind the keyboard didn't read that search is limited to 9mm only. My fault and my apologies all around.

Mods please feel free to delete.

August 9, 2012, 09:55 PM
Whether the XD has a better trigger than the Glock is highly debatable. I've owned at least 2 models of both Glocks and XDs. The XD trigger is metal and more comfortable to the touch, but the Glock definitely offers a better trigger pull. It's less mushy and reset is faster. I shoot both well, but the XD has always been the most accurate pistol in my hands for some reason. More accurate than my H&Ks and Sigs have been even. Something about how it sits in the hand and the way it points makes it dead still in my hands throughout the trigger pull and I don't even have to try when I shoot it. They are tanks and extremely well built. IMHO, it's one of the only guns I've owned that appears to be as well made and durable as an H&K (what I feel is the gold standard for workmanship and precision for a polymer pistols). The drawback to the XD is that because it's built so well, it's bigger and heavier than other guns in its class. Not the best choice for concealed carry.

That brings me to the Glock. The 26 and 19 are guns everyone should have in their collection. The 19 can do it all well, including concealed carry. The 26 is the ultimate concealed carry pistol if you want maximum firepower in the smallest package.

My vote is for the 19.

August 9, 2012, 10:06 PM
I think a Glock would be a supurb choice, but unless you want it for CCW I would recommend going with a G34 or 17L instead. Better triggers and the longer sight radius is terrific for shooting.

August 10, 2012, 12:09 AM
It depends what you mean by "collection". A well-rounded selection of pistols could mean a lot of things to a lot of people.

I suggest you go for the classics:

- 1911 (but it is .45)
- Hi Power
- SIG P220/226 (P220s can be had in 9mm)
- CZ75
- Beretta 92FS/M9
- Makarov (different kind of 9mm - i.e., 9mm Mak)
- S&W 3rd Gen. - i.e., 5906

Wow--that reminds me--I grew up shooting a Marlin m60. What a fun rifle. Too bad my little brothers abused, then gave it away when I went off to school... :banghead:

August 10, 2012, 01:41 AM
Glock 23 can be converted to 9mm easily . Gives you two calibers in one gun.

August 10, 2012, 12:34 PM
Walther P99 AS or PPQ.

August 10, 2012, 01:07 PM
Lots of quality 9mm options available today new and used. Looking new, anything from any of the even moderately big companies will be a decent choice. Some fit one role slightly better than others, but there aren't many terrible or even moderately bad pistols being made today by the big names. Looking used, you have all of the classics from the Hi-Power to the older CZs, to the early glocks, to the S&W 39 and 59 series, etc. There are many price points, all of which have slightly different feature sets and values to different users. I'd find the best gun shop that stocks a large selection of pistols and handle as many as possible. Even better if they have a range and let you test some models out. There is no one single pistol that's best at everything.

It's hard to find a good range/target gun that's also easy to conceal. It's hard to get all the bells and whistles along with a deep blue on a budget price point. Some compromise must be made to make a single pistol do everything. The point is that maybe the best option is to focus first on what you value the most, be that range time, competition, home defense, conceal carry, etc. Find a pistol that does that well and when the time comes to worry about another issue look for another tool that fits that problem better. A glock 19 (or similar pistol) is a fairly well rounded pistol. It works well for defense and well enough for many for concealed carry. It would be fine to plink with at the range but it certainly isn't going to be the choice for any target/competition shooter (casual or highly competitive). It sounds like you value casual range time and home defense first, and for that a full size pistol may be a better choice.

August 10, 2012, 01:21 PM
But if I didn't already have a .22 range training pistol, that is what I would get first.
Then I could afford to shoot it enough to get really good with my second handgun.

Fits for plinking, not for HD or carry. He can always get a .22 second.

The G19 is a fine pistol. I don't own one, and probably never will (I personally like different options), but my generic one-size-fits-all suggestion for what 2 guns someone should own would be a G19 for carry/nightstand and a Mossy 590 in the closet.

August 10, 2012, 01:30 PM
I can't say enough about how well I like my G19, I am in the market for a 22 conversion for the Glock, if it is as fun and accurate as the Kimber kit I got for my 1911's it will be money well spent. Of course if you must have just 1 then let it be a 23 with 9mm barrel and 22 conv. kit. 3 in 1.

August 10, 2012, 02:17 PM
You must go fondle and hold until you find one that you know is the one. Personally for me I enjoy hammers so the cz75 route made sense. After you find your 9mm, I think you are certainly missing something else. A BUG like a 5 shot revolver (fills your wheel gun hole and your compact CCW).

August 10, 2012, 03:22 PM
I think you're overthinking the entire concept. I can't decide what fits your hand, I can't decide what is an interesting gun to you, I can't decide what your CC/OC parameters are.

Go handle a bunch of 9x19 shop guns
Go shoot a bunch of rented 9x19 guns
Go shoot a bunch of your friends' guns
Pick out at least a grip angle and some features you like or dislike, then someone here might be able to help you

The G19 is an OK pistol for casual shooting, and OK for carry if you don't mind the width. Glock makes an extremely reliable gun. If it fits your hand and is really something you'll carry, then go for it, they surely aren't expensive and magazines are everywhere for reasonable prices, you can probably find a holster for one without much hassle, too.
Personally, I'd take an XD over a glock any day, specifically the XD9 subcompact, if we're discussing 9x19mm striker-fired polymer guns.
Or you could get a RIA 9mm 1911 in officer's size, for an all-steel carry gun they're pretty slick and not too expensive.
Or you could get just about anything used / police turn-in
Or you could get a purpose-built carry gun like a Kahr, or the Walther PPS, or a Kel-Tec pf9/p11, or a copied Kel-Tec (Ruger lc9), or the Beretta nano, or a Kimber solo, or a Springfield EMP

But your specification of:
gun, do-all, shtf, 9x19mm, range, plinking, carry, HD

... it is just to vague, and some of those purposes are at odds with each other (for instance, you don't need a HD gun to be light and short in the grip, you want it heavy, fat, and long in the grip for easy shooting and low recoil - while a carry gun is the opposite)

el Godfather
August 10, 2012, 03:45 PM
The name says it all. Since you want an allround gun, nothing beats it in its price range.

I have one in my collection and I am content. May be X6 down the road as well.

August 11, 2012, 03:20 PM
In plastic guns, I have experience with all three of the above manufacturers and highly recommend all three.

I like the grip feel the most and the double action trigger of the WALTHER.

I like the grip on the XD Sub Compact more than the GLOCK grip and really like the compact size. For me, it shoots better than the GLOCK 26.

I carried a GLOCK 19 for several years as a duty gun and think it was the best pistol in the world, bar none when it was introduced. Now, the better feel of the XD and P-99 grips, make me prefer them.
I would still have no qualms about carrying a GLOCK 19, espesially in a hostile enviorment.
My agency's H&K pistols showed rust in our dockside work, while this was never a problem with the GLOCKS.


Chevelle SS
August 11, 2012, 03:28 PM
glock 19

August 13, 2012, 03:15 PM
My suggestion would be a Kahr CM9 or even better a used PM9:
Small enough for pocket carry and accurate enough to have fun plinking with to sharpen your skills and can be had for under about $375.
Your .22 collection is not done until you get yourself a Smith and Wesson model 41 tho.

August 13, 2012, 08:41 PM
19+1, match grade barrel, great warranty and service.

August 13, 2012, 08:53 PM
Springfield EMP9

August 13, 2012, 08:55 PM
lol, no limit to choices, hmmm, one of each, then its on to another choice
good luck with it, always a rough one, hence the reason I keep buying gun safes, heheh.

August 13, 2012, 08:57 PM
Use that hands-on experience to decide what you want



Jed Carter
August 14, 2012, 04:47 AM
Glock G19, I chose a CZ PCR instead of the G19 about 4 years ago. The CZ "felt" better and it shot ok, but the DA trigger really sucked. About 3 months ago I tried a G19 head to head with my PCR, traded the CZ for the G19. I am amazed at this compact pistol. I owned three other Glocks prior to the G19, it shoots as good, better in my hand, than my G17, not quite the pistol that my G34 is. I can see why many have said it is Glocks best pistol.

August 14, 2012, 05:52 AM
I don't know about the OP but I have bought various pistols for various carry/defense scenarios. I have the fat double stack poly, the all steel 1911, the pocket rocket .380 and the bedside revolver angles covered.

My next sidearm will be a single stack 9mm, as slim as I can find.

August 14, 2012, 06:29 AM
The Glock 19 is a great choice. I also like the Ruger SR9c and the CZ P-01 for range use, HD, and CCW. Slightly larger in overall size I would consider the Browning Hi-Power, CZ 75, Glock 17, and the SIG P229 to be excellent choices as well.

August 14, 2012, 11:28 AM
I'd give a serious look at a Smith Model 6906. Though now discontinued, these superbly accurate and well-built compact pistols can still be found rather readily at gun shows, pawn shops and on the net for relatively affordable prices ($400.00 or so for ones in very good condition).

August 14, 2012, 11:45 AM
my generic one-size-fits-all suggestion for what 2 guns someone should own would be a G19 for carry/nightstand and a Mossy 590 in the closet

That's superb advice. Add a quality semiauto defensive rifle to that line-up, and you'd have about all you'd ever need.

stinger 327
August 15, 2012, 12:51 AM
RIA 1911.45 ACP, Sig P-220 ACP, Glock 21 .45 ACP :D

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