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D/A Semiauto to bet your life on

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by garrettwc, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. garrettwc

    garrettwc Well-Known Member

    There were lots of interesting posts to the "Your favorite 9MM" thread. Check here http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1053 if you haven't seen it.

    I would like to expand on that a little. A friend of mine recently got a job that requires you to carry. The employer had some strict guidelines on what was allowed, and my friend had to pay for it out of pocket.

    So the question is, given a set of guidelines, which semiauto would you pick and why?

    Here are the guidelines:

    1. Must be SA/DA or Double Action Only
    2. Must be 9MM or .40 cal
    3. No polymer frames

    There are a couple of other guidelines, but they are not necessarily relevant, and are even more restrictive than the three I list above.

    Have at it folks. What's your pick? Give reasons to support it.
  2. Nick96

    Nick96 Well-Known Member

    Any Sig or Beretta within the parameters stated - just because they tend to have a pretty consistent positive track record among all their various models.
  3. Dr. J

    Dr. J Active Member

    Whichever Sig fits your hand the best.

    The reasons? Quality, reliability, trigger.
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    :( No poly frames? :(

    Well, then I'd go w/ the Beretta 92fs (or variations there of) :D
  5. Flashpoint

    Flashpoint Well-Known Member

    Ruger P89

    I would pull out my Ruger P89, it fits the bill and it goes bang every time I pull the triger.:D I don't understand the poly gun thing.:(
  6. Handy

    Handy Guest

    I can't see any of Beretta's huge products for carry.

    Sig is great, maybe a 239 to keep cost down. Light, great trigger, accurate.

    Kahr. DAO, all steel, nicely made.

    FN HP DA (or whatever they're calling it) All steel hicap descendant of the BHP.

    Longshot: HK P7. Hey, couldn't hurt to ask (it's kinda DA).
  7. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

    Based on your criteria, I'd pick a SIG, Beretta, CZ, or 3rd generation S&W auto.

    PCRCCW Well-Known Member

    CZ 75 and all model varients....great guns at any price
    3rd Gen Smiths........had 39/69/59 series...all 100%
    Sigs....great but ergonomics vary...try them for feel.....
    Kahr.....again....top notch all of the way......
    Taurus PT9**....best safety on the planet, all around great gun.
    Lots of other choices..these are my fav's in d/a 9mm's.......
    shoot well
  9. New_comer

    New_comer Well-Known Member

    Then I'd pick:

    1. CZ75B first...

    2. then any of the Taurus PT9XX series, pref PT915/911,

    3. Maybe a FEG PJK9HP, but its only SA...

    The others are comparatively more expensive
  10. NEtracker

    NEtracker Well-Known Member

    If you can conceal it & it fits the hand, the SIG P226 9mm.
    Excellent shooter. Easy to hit your mark out to 50 ft.
    No felt recoil. Quality piece.
  11. bikerp97

    bikerp97 Active Member

    Ruger P89 and P94....I would rather say P97 but cant under the restrictions you posted above..

  12. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    SIG 229 in .40 caliber would be my first choice, although a bit pricy.

    Second Choice would probably be a CZ75 PCR/P01 with a backup full capacity full size CZ75 magazine or two.

    Beretta Cougar seems really nice, but I have no first hand experience with it.

    Ruger P94 would make an excellent inexpensive .40 cal that I would most likely have not problems trusting my life to.

    I hear really good things about the current generation of Smith and Wesson autochuckers. Everybody seems to like the TSW pistols and some have even compared them to SIG, they most certainly must be wrong but hey what do I know.:D Anyway they make a model for every size and caliber and pre-ban 9mm mags should be cheap and easy to find.

    What about a Browning High Power. Everybody but me likes those. My personal misgivings aside, they are an excellent world class pistol.

    Based on the above you are looking at prices from about $450-$750 depending on what you choose. All should be first rate extremely reliable pistols so it really comes down to what fits the best, what caliber you want and how much money you want to spend.

  13. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member


    metal frame only, 9mm/.40 & SA/DA or DAO, buy it myself

    Based on how my KP-90 Ruger performs, [eats ANY ammo, goes BANG! evey time I mash the trigger] I would pick the P89 Ruger..MSRP of $475. Probably can be out the door well under $400. My 2 closest local shops do not carry CZ's.
  14. garrettwc

    garrettwc Well-Known Member

    Good so far.

    For those of you that questioned the poly gun thing - it's a little complicated to explain. I'm going to let the thread run for a littel bit before I give more details.

    Suffice to say in the meantime, that the spec for the sidearm was written by attorneys, not those who would be "in the field".

    I'll give more details, including what I recommended, and what my friend eventually got after this runs for a little bit.
  15. 355sigfan

    355sigfan member

    I would take any sig in 9mm and up. My faviorate is the 239. The Beretta 92 is also a good gun. But I would miss my Kimber and my GLocks.
  16. Berg01

    Berg01 Well-Known Member

    Sig P239, P228, P229
    S&W 3913
    CZ 75B PCR
  17. Spackler

    Spackler Well-Known Member

    Just about any 3rd Generation S&W would fit the bill for me. I'd also consider something from Sig. I personally don't care for Beretta pistols, but if they're your cup of tea, that works, too.

    I really like the CZ pistols, and a bunch of them fit the criteria.
  18. DeltaElite

    DeltaElite Well-Known Member

    Sig 226 or 229, since I can get full capacity magazines, inexpensively. ;)
    Sig 239 if you want something compact.
    I would up the ammo choice and go with 357Sig, if not that than the 40sw.
  19. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    CZ or SigSauer.
  20. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    My Choice?

    9m/m SIG-Sauer M11 or P228

    Reason? Compact, or "mid size" 9m/m; with these same
    basic quality's that are found in all SIG "Classic" P-series

    a) RELIABILITY - second to none!

    b) ACCURACY - with practice the P228 can be found
    to be darn near as accurate as its big brother, the SIG P226!

    CRAFTSMANSHIP - by design, it along with the SIG
    P220 make it one of the companys "BEST SELLERS"!

    *FootNote- the only negative comment you will find about
    any standard SIG "Classic" P-series product will be
    about its factory blued finish. But, you know if any of these
    weapons are taken care of properly (TLC); that problem is
    not an issue. Example- My current .45 caliber SIG P220A
    was purchased NIB on 31 January of 95; and after count-
    less rounds fired, as well as carried "Mexican style" it still
    looks brand new. No scratches or ding's are present on
    the surface; and I have always protected this gun
    (and all other's) with BREAK FREE CLP!

    So to sum up, yes the SIG-Sauer P228 would be MY one
    and only choice; based on your criteria.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

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