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Favorite Autoloader, $500-$1000

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Atom Smasher, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Atom Smasher

    Atom Smasher Well-Known Member

    So I want to purchase my buddy (who's done a lot of work for me) a handgun to thank him for the work he's done. I want to spend between $500 and $1000, so I have a lot of room to work with. He's interested in IDPA, so something practical for that, although I think that most guns in the price range will be okay stock for IDPA. I just wanted to hear people's favorite guns, mainly just an excuse to list out your favorite mid-price-point autoloaders!

    I'm leaning towards getting him a Browning Hi-Power 9mm, just for ammo cost and it's a gorgeous gun, although there are some Sig pistols I was looking at too. Thoughts, THR?
  2. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I was going to say Hi-Power until I got to the IDPA part. My "T" series BHP has a magazine safety and that means magazines don't drop free. IDPA rules specifically disallow disconnecting or disabling any safety device. So I can't remove it or prevent its action and remain legal.

    I shoot IDPA with a Glock 20. Big heavy gun with little recoil with the right 180 grain load. I've also used my G17 and G19 with good success, but there are many other makes and models in your price range that work well too.
  3. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Well-Known Member

    IDPA SSP div? Either a Glock 34 or M&P9 pro series. There's others, but these are by far the most popular.
  4. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member


    He would be most pleased with either of these great handguns.
  5. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    You need to check the handgun laws for your state...
  6. gearhead

    gearhead Well-Known Member

    FNP-45. Not sure if the Tactical is IPDA legal but that would be my recommendation.
  7. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    If he likes steel guns, a CZ 85C with trigger work from the CZ Custom shop.
    For polymer guns, M&P9 pro series with IDPA-type trigger work.
    Both are very good guns with some minor trigger tweeks..
  8. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I'd go with the Hipower, I shoot my .40 in IDPA with no problems at all. The newer mags for the .40 have the spring to pop them free.

  9. Walking Dead

    Walking Dead Well-Known Member

    A Talo Glock would be a nice choice.
  10. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I'm not a gamer guy, but I think the word on the forums is IDPA has removed the restriction against removing magazine disconnects.
  11. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

  12. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    HK P30. There is no finer factory handgun.
  13. UnclesNucleus

    UnclesNucleus Member

    Beretta 92 fs. New American classic
  14. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I downloaded the latest rule book from the IDAP site on 3/12 and it's still in that version. In fact, the reference is "E." on the attached. Truthfully, I hope this is some sort of oversight on my part or the site's. Maybe the BHP is specifically exempted and I just missed it ... I'd love that.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  15. Manson

    Manson Well-Known Member

    I'd like to reinforce Blue's point. You need to check the law in your state on how to "give" someone a gun. You don't want to run afoul of the straw purchase rule's.
  16. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Colt Government Model Series 70 .45 ACP.
  17. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    Once it became SOP to fill out a federal form to purchase a gun, I ceased gifting them. A simple handwritten bill of sale is all you really need although there are examples all over the internet.

    If you've ever had the law show up about a gun you own being used in a crime, not to mention a fatal shooting, being able to prove you sold it prior to the event is a good thing.

    The feds do not track or regulate individual gun sales; my state follows suit. Not all states may be as "gun owner/sale friendly" as mine.
  18. BerettaBob

    BerettaBob Well-Known Member

    My personal favorite is and always will be my Inox Beretta 92fs. Great gun in my opinion. Just make sure its made in Italy. The U.S. made 92's leave something to be desired. Don't get me wrong I always buy American if I'm able but a Beretta is just something that doesn't take well to being outsourced. Just my .02.

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