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Budget 9mm poll thread

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dxkj21, Oct 6, 2005.


Which 9mm?

  1. S&W Sigma

  2. Taurus 24/7

  3. Glock 17

  4. Springfield Armory XD

  5. Ruger P89

  6. CZ 75

  1. dxkj21

    dxkj21 Well-Known Member

    Which do you prefer for regular shooting (100-200 rounds a month~)

    I know the prices are different on each gun, but for the most part between 300-400 which puts them all in the same ballpark when making a choice... if I wasnt cheap I would buy a HK USP or a SIG...
  2. farscott

    farscott Well-Known Member

    I only have experience with only two of the guns on the poll, the Glock 17 and the CZ-75B. Of those two, I like the CZ-75B. The option of SA/DA, the ability to carry it "cocked and locked", and the steel construction all sway me to the CZ-75B.
  3. marshall3

    marshall3 Well-Known Member

  4. Dollar An Hour

    Dollar An Hour Well-Known Member

    Tough call. The Rugers are bulletproof, I just don't like the grip on the 9mm Rugers, too blocky. Terrific value though! The XD is super right out of the box and I've heard of quite a few Glock converts, high praise indeed. The CZ is the one that feels like a 'real gun' with the absence of polymer, but I'm disappointed that CZ continues to ship handguns with terrible, gritty triggers, and they don't seem to care.
  5. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    I think the XD is probably the cheapest of that bunch except for maybe the Ruger. I've got an XD exactly for this reason: budget 9mm. I wanted something to shoot with that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to feed.
  6. tbeb

    tbeb Well-Known Member

    I purchased a new 9mm CZ75DAO this year. I fired a Glock 17 before I made my purchase. The CZ feels more comfortable in my hand, and I also can get the front sights back on target faster in rapid fire. I have medium hands, and my trigger finger is just long enough to reach the trigger. I've fired about 150 rounds of FMJ and 100-150 rounds of HP without a malfunction. I never fired a Ruger 89, but I once owned a Ruger 95. I like the CZ a little better than it. I think the 89 would compare better because it is heavier than the 95. Anyhow, I voted CZ.
  7. Kramer Krazy

    Kramer Krazy Well-Known Member

    I typically shoot 45 ACP, but I like the 9mm guns. I actually voted for the Ruger because they are fairly inexpensive and never seem to fail (I've got a P-89DC). I would have rather voted for the Glock 17, as I prefer to shoot my 19 over my Ruger, but the additional $100+ just isn't worth it to me for your question, but.......You didn't offer the 9mm that I'd have prefered to have voted for......a S&W 5903 or 5906, ex-cop gun. We picked up a really clean 5903 ex-cop gun for $348 at a gun show back in November for my wife. It cleaned up VERY well and is one of the most accurate guns that I've shot. I've even been tempted on getting one, myself, but I haven't run into one that has been as clean as my wife's. The one that came close, I didn't have the money at the time. Also, in about 2500-3000 rounds, we've only had ammo issues or cleanliness issues (failure to go to battery because of extreme filth and dry rails). The gun will feed and extract everything you give it. We've even shot cheap, steel-cased ammo such as Wolf and Brown Bear but also WWB. I know my wife is very pleased with it.
  8. dxkj21

    dxkj21 Well-Known Member

    Kramer- Its funny you mentioned that gun. I actually shot it at the firing range (Tactical 9 on the side) and I liked it....

    However It is about 50-100% more expensive than some of these models so it doesnt fall into the budget range... i would rank it up there with the P229, HK USP, etc..
  9. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

    If I was nine-shopping right now, I wouldn't buy until I'd had a chance to shoot the S&W M&P.
  10. dxkj21

    dxkj21 Well-Known Member

  11. Vitamin G

    Vitamin G Well-Known Member

    FM browning hi-power retails for about $325. You could alternatively get an FN for $75 more.

    My 9mm of choice
  12. MrMex

    MrMex Well-Known Member

    If I was to buy a 9mm right now with a budget, Id go with the FN FNP-9. Polymer frame, 26 oz with 16 rd cap. Comes with 3 mags. Can be found for close to $400.

    Everyone that owns one says nothing but great things: great trigger, eats anything, +P rated, excellent fit and finish. Everything you can expect from FN.
  13. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member


    Yup, that's it. I realize they're not out just yet, so that won't work if you're hot to buy right now.
  14. Kramer Krazy

    Kramer Krazy Well-Known Member

    I mentioned the S&W 5903 and 5906 as, eventhough they are quite pricey when new, you can find them all-day-long in the $325-$425 range with all the police trade-ins. I recently saw someone advertising the blued 5904 at under $300 ($249 rings a bell). Plus, the original poster didn't state if he was actually looking at new or used, and for the same price, there are a lot of 9mm police trade-ins that I'd rather have at $350-$400 than a new gun at the same price.
  15. dxkj21

    dxkj21 Well-Known Member

    the CZ75 is dominating the poll despite the gritty trigger?
  16. camper

    camper Well-Known Member

    I definately like the XD9s. Have two, but if you can do a little research, you can get a NIB Sig 228 for about $550.00. Little more than the XD, but of all the 9s I have, I like and use the 228 most.
  17. TC-TX

    TC-TX Well-Known Member

    Of this mix - SIGMA wins in my book...

    The S&W SW9VE is:

    Least expensive of the bunch (<$300.00)
    Great Capacity (16+1)
    Light Weight
    Rock-Solid shooter

    NOW - if I can hold out long enough for the S&W M&P :)
  18. dxkj21

    dxkj21 Well-Known Member

    Man, poor sigma is losing badly with 2 votes heh
  19. Sinsaba

    Sinsaba Well-Known Member

    I read about the Kel-Tec P-11 that it is reliable if you keep it clean and lubed. I have a Steyr that I bought from a friend. After I'd been practicing with it a while it started to FTE. I talked to him about it, he asked me how many rounds had I shot through it. I explained I had put about 400 since I bought it and he said ... "well you do have to clean it, it isn't a Glock!"

    That's why I like a Glock ... pull the trigger, it goes bang! Simple as that.
  20. duncan

    duncan Well-Known Member

    A used second gen Glock 17 can be had for $399 on a good day if you buy regular from a good gunshop.

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