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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kingcheese, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. kingcheese

    kingcheese Well-Known Member

    Well, my 21 birthday is coming up so i have a question, I'm looking for a handgun under 800 bucks, and I'm looking for something 9mm, 40sw, or 45acp, I'm looking for a gun that fits my fairly beefy hands, that has cheaper mags, and is a fairly easy to use platform, I've looked at sigs, glocks, berretas, and kahrs, out of them all i like the feel and size of the kahrs the best, so any suggestions on other guns or which of thoose is comparable better then the rest?
  2. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    You're all over the map man. You kind of need to go to a couple of LGS's and big chain stores and try a bunch on.

    You've forgotten Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Kimber, Springfield, Stoegar, FN, Magnum Research, EAA, Walther, Steyer, Colt, Para, Kel-Tec, H&K, and CZ to name a few. And yes, there is also the Taurus company :barf:. Other's will add more to the list that you should look at.

    Single action, double action, SA/DA capable, striker or hammer fired, and you really need to try out all those calibers to see what you like. Start with 9mm and 45, then try .40.

    You have to narrow things down a bit or you will get no relavant advice here. Oh yeah, what is the purpose and use of the gun? Those are biggies.

    Beefy hands, and a Kahr feels best? That puzzles me.
  3. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Shoot as many as you can using the oft-described natural point of aim techniques. Consider what task(s) you want this handgun to perform and how much you can afford to spend on ammo.

    We can help you more effectively if you ask better questions.
  4. targetshooter22

    targetshooter22 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, go browse and handle some guns. I made the mistake of wanting a low cost one, and have always been a Ruger fan, so I bought a P95 without much investigation. That turned out to be a really bad fit for me, and ended up selling it at a loss, and buying a CZ which fit and pointed really well. Lesson learned: see what fits your hand best, and what site picture seems to "work" for you (in my base, the Glock was alright, the Sig made me feel like I was looking at a building, and the CZ was just right - YMMV).

    If you have some friends with guns in the category you want, try to get them to take you shooting. If you have a LGS and range that would let you rent, definitely do that.

    Also, think about the caliber and what you like to shoot, what you can afford to shoot (price them 45's before buying one!). It didn't say, but it sounds like a gun you plan to shoot at the range a lot, so might want to think about these things.

    Good luck, and good shooting. For $800 you should be able to get a good gun, some extra mags, a holster, and hopefully a few hundred rounds of ammo.
  5. kingcheese

    kingcheese Well-Known Member

    I didn't forget sw, keltec, or para, i don't like them, i also prefer a heavier gun, ill hit up the shops and ask some more
  6. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I have big hands also. The 1911 fits the best and it could be considered heavy. I have two Rock Island Armory 1911's a .45acp and a 9mm. They are not expensive are a simple platform have good triggers and are accurate. It's a good company with good customer service.

    Be aware that you can change grips on just about any pistol or revolver, to find the ones that fit you the best. I've had to change grips on all my handguns. Additionally, you can buy magazine extensions for most semi auto pistols that will keep your pinky finger from floating in space.

    I put Pachmayer grips on this RIA 1911.
  7. shafter

    shafter Well-Known Member

    You can hardly go wrong with a 1911. I'd go with a Springfield Armory but the new Rugers and Remingtons look pretty nice too. I already have a 1911 and I'm not really looking for another autoloader but if I was it would definitely be a Glock 19 or 23.
  8. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    Which Kahr? I have a Kahr CW9 and it has been perfect.................

    for concealed carry. If I was not going to carry it I would definitely go with a full sized.

    Have you checked out Ruger's SR9 or SR9c? The SR9c if the ergos are good for you may be a good fit. Ten round mag for carry and 17 round mag with adapter for at home. IMO its curves makes it carry thinner than it really is. Really good value.

    Another maker that has fantastic ergos is CZ. Plenty of people on here carry their compact guns and I have the full sized SP-01. Great gun but I would not want to have to conceal it.

    These are just shots in the dark, pun intended. Other than that I would have to agree with some of others that we really need to know more about what you want to do with this gun. Most modern guns are going to be reliable and while some mags are more expensive than others, there generally isn't a huge difference that would make you not pick a gun merely on that issue alone.

  9. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    If you have a range that rents guns nearby, spend the bucks and time to shoot every gunthat interests you. Holding 'em and shooting 'em are sometimes very different things.
  10. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I own 1911s and Glocks, primarily. I'd suggest that you just go find a good deal on a Glock 17. Mags are inexpensive, and the manual-of-arms is about as simple as it gets. Every part can be replaced by the consumer with no special tools, inexpensively. Glock will fix a Glock forever, free, unless you blow it up shooting reloaded ammo, then they'll fix it free or offer you a killer deal on a replacement.
  11. elrowe

    elrowe Well-Known Member

    More than feel... Make sure you can deal with the trigger cycle. Kahrs are great (I own and sometimes carry one), but have a longer and heavier trigger than any of the others you mention.

    Long/Heavy trigger = more muzzle movement = lower accuracy and slower rate of fire

    Another major factor is your intent. Plinking/Range? Hunting? Concealed Carry? Each has different impacts on selection.

    Finally, "cheap magazines"... In firearms, anything cheap now means "replace later" if you're going to use them much. Better to buy quality once.
  12. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    I will give you that Kahr triggers are a little longer compared to most striker fired guns, but heavy? Mine is not nor have I ever heard another say theirs was. Mine is right around six pounds and accuracy has never been an issue with me. For the record I could care less if Mr. Cheese buys a Kahr, but heavy trigger it is not.

  13. kingcheese

    kingcheese Well-Known Member

    The kahr that i was looking at was a cw9, I've shot a g17 and a g19, the 19 was what i liked size wise, the gun i get will go to the range frequently, and probably get used for combat classes, outside of that, i just want something solid, ammo price really ain't a concern , but if there was a modern gun chambered in 7.62x25, id be seriously interested
  14. kingcheese

    kingcheese Well-Known Member

    Also i care more about trigger resets and smooth triggers then i do a guns rapid fire ability
  15. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    Heh! Like 460Kodiak said, you're all over the map!

    Only you can answer this question. But, in my opinion, your answer should be based on the following (in this order):

    1. What it's to be used for.
    2. How well it fits YOUR hand.
    3. What your personal tastes are.
    4. What your budge is. (Which you've already established. However, keep in mind that the cost of shooting the pistol should be factored in here, if this is important to you.)

    1. What it's to be used for:

    Target shooting/plinking? Hunting? Personal protection? Collectors item?

    You need to answer these questions for yourself. It's hard to beat a .22 for target/plinking...the cost of .22 ammunition is dirt cheap compared to centerfire. And there are quite a variety of pistols in this caliber, too.

    If you're looking for something which might later be used for personal protection/concealed carry, there are a whole host of additional calibers to choose from and entire pages could be devoted just to this. Of the many pistols out there, the ones which would probably be the most affordable to shoot and still be considered excellent for personal protection would be the ones chambered for 9mm, .357 (because you can shoot .38 in .357 revolvers), and .45 acp. And this ammunition is found all over the place, too.

    If it's mainly for personal protection, then this opens you up for other, more expensive kinds kinds of ammunition. But remember...LOTS of practice is still required to obtain and maintan a decent level of proficiency.

    (Remember...this is just a guide. Certainly choose any reasonable caliber based on the intended use. There are lots of perfectly good calibers out there that I didn't list above.)

    2. How well it fits YOUR hand.

    This is not to be underestimated. If you're not comfortable with the pistol for whatever reason (too big or too small a grip, it doesn't "fit right" in your hand, it doesn't aim naturally for you when you extend your arm, or whatever), then you won't be comfortable shooting it, it won't be any fun to shoot, you will resent it, and in generall it will be that much harder for you to learn to poperly handle it and become proficient with it.

    3. What your personal tastes are.

    What I like isn't necessarily what you like. For instance, Glock makes outstanding firearms. Top notch in reliability and accuracy. However, I won't own one simply because I think they are ugly as sin. You, however, may like them.

    Revolver, semiautomatic, single shot, black powder...not to mention all the different brands and designs out there. Find something that appeals to YOU.

    4. What your budget is.

    I know you've settled on a budget for the purchase of the pistol. But there are other after-purchase costs as well, arguably the biggest being the cost of ammunition. Don't forget that.

    Consider a used pistol in good condition. You may be able to buy a more desirable pistol at an affordable used price which you would otherwise be out of your budget.

    SO- Get out to some of your local gun shops and physically handle some of the pistols which interest you; See how they feel in your hand...and if any of the shops have some for rent at their range, rent some and see how they handle when you shoot them. See what they sell for, and if used pistols in good condition are available at a lower cost for you.


    This doesn't have to be the best pistol at everything. (There's no such thing anyway, really.) It just has to be something that YOU are happy with owning, for the purposes you intend for it.

    There will be plenty of opportunity in the future for you to expand on your pistol ownership, as you grow and learn more from your previous experiences. This need not be your ONLY pistol ever.

    Good luck! (And please let us in on what you finally get!)
  16. Lawdawg45

    Lawdawg45 Well-Known Member

    You won't find a more simple design than a Glock, easy to field strip and interchangeable magazines. I also have bear paws and I could get all 4 fingers around a G19 (their mid sized frame).;)

  17. mbopp

    mbopp Well-Known Member

    In a 1911 I'd have to look hard at the Springfield Range Officer, lots of features for the money and excellent customer service.
    For some reason I don't like the way a Glock fits in my hand. I find that the S&W M&P, CZ75B, FNP, or Springfield XD feel more comfortable.
    But yes, you'll need to narrow down your criteria a bit.
  18. elrowe

    elrowe Well-Known Member

    I should have qualified "heavy" better - that is not a comparison to other striker-fired guns, but to the 1911 that I typically carry and train with. Admittedly, it's a bit of an apples to walruses comparison, but applies to the Sigs and Berettas that the OP's mentions that are DA/SA also - at least after the first shot from them.
  19. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    The Kahr CW9 has a very smooth trigger, but short reset it has not. If that is important I would rule Kahr out because as far as I know they all have a long reset.

    You mentioned Beretta, did you look at the M9 or 92? The are solid, reliable, with smooth trigger and short reset.
  20. kingcheese

    kingcheese Well-Known Member

    I did look at the m9 and 92, I'm interested in concealed carry, and home defense, and i don't want anything with a mag less then 12 rounds

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