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Ruger vs FN vs Steyr HELP picking firm firearm!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by thepanda, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. thepanda

    thepanda Member

    First of all, hello. This is my first post to the forum. I have spent several weeks reading about handguns and have finally decided to ask for personal advice.

    I am going to buy my first handgun sometime this month. I want this firearm for range shooting, but am most worried about a reliable gun for personal defense. I'm currently considering the Ruger P345PR in .45 ACP, the FN Herstal P40, and the Steyr M9. I can purchase each gun for similar prices (around $360-$370), but was wondering what the general consensus on each firearm is. Are there any other guns I should consider? Is the Taurus 24/7 worth considering? How about the CZ 40p or cz 75?

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2005
  2. cz75bdneos22

    cz75bdneos22 Well-Known Member

    i vote for Ruger...:scrutiny:
    any caliber will do...
    get whichever is the best "value" to you..YMMV
  3. TDR911

    TDR911 Well-Known Member

    Your best bet is to go to the range and rent every type of gun you are thinking about. First time owners are easily let to a gun that does not fit them for many reasons.
    First hand comfort. Trigger pull, correct size for your application, Concealment, available accessories and trigger enhancing add ons.
    Most of the lower priced guns do not have any accessories available.
    The Ruger is the most popular and has more accessories, The FN is #2, and the Steyr is #3 in my personal rating.

    Good luck. Tony D
  4. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    Personally I would go for the Steyr, but I've always been a little hooker for german guns. The Taurus 24/7 and the CZ75 are VERY good choices also. Never been a fan of Ruger autos though, they were however, the runner up against the Berretta 92 for the USG contract during the field trials back in the day. They cant be all bad, I did not like the fit (rattle) and finish on their guns. They are all reliable good choices though. Have fun, shop around. Check out some police dept, trade ins or refurbs, I've seen nice Sig 220 .45's go in the high $300 to low $400 range lately.
  5. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I own the Ruger P345, accurate & 100 % reliable ! Made in the USA ! JDGray
  6. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Its a personal choice, go fondle them and if possible shoot some. I have a couple of CZ-75's and a Steyr M9. They're all good, but I prefer the CZ's.
  7. KONY

    KONY Well-Known Member

    Being nitpicky here but Steyr is actually an Austrian product ala Glock.
  8. Flashpoint

    Flashpoint Well-Known Member

    I like the Rugers, they're tough guns, but they point real low for me. On the other hand, I haven't found a more natural pointing gun the the Steyr. I would let pointablity be the first test to fit.
  9. Rob96

    Rob96 Well-Known Member

    I like the P345 but the thing that keeps me from it, is that darn loaded chamber indicator. Something about it just gnaws at me. So for a 45acp Ruger I will stick to my P97.
  10. Gun Wielding Maniac

    Gun Wielding Maniac Well-Known Member

    I dislike guns with decockers. Ruger feels really thick and beefy in my hands, as well. I'd choose a CZ-75 or a BHP. I own both and they are great guns. The fact that the trigger pull is the same between each shot really does eliminate part of the learning curve.
  11. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Some folks I know and respect think highly of the Steyr.

    Personally, I've never thought very highly of Ruger semiautos.

  12. KONY

    KONY Well-Known Member

    Very underrated pistols. You can still get them cheap from CDNN. I am a big fan of their manual safety. I wish other pistols borrowed this design. :(
  13. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    I have handled all three, and I would say that I prefer the FN first, the Ruger second, and the Steyr last.

    All are good guns, but the FN is my pick -- it just feels best to me. The ruger is a nice, solid gun, but feels topheavy to me. The Steyr dosn't feel topheavy to me, but the grip angle is all wrong for me... the trapezoid sights are pretty cool, though.

    The only way to know for sure is to handle them all yourself, and if possible, shoot them.

  14. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    My P90 is my absolute favorite center fire autoloader. I'd pick the Ruger hands down. Rugers work, and my P90 is match grade accurate right out of the box. It don't get no better.
  15. CAnnoneer

    CAnnoneer Well-Known Member

  16. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    Another for Ruger. Good products, good service.
  17. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

  18. gudel

    gudel Well-Known Member

    Who does the warranty work for FN or Steyr, where are they located?
  19. Rob96

    Rob96 Well-Known Member

    Isn't it incredilble how accurate they are. From what I have heard. During the development of the P90, Ruger went to Barsto for input on the barrel.
  20. The Drew

    The Drew Well-Known Member

    Of the choices, I think you'll get about the best value from the ruger, dollar wise It'll be about the cheapest. You won't be able to pick up a CZ75 for much less than $400.

    I have heard good things about the steyr, but I'm not sure of the state of their importer. At one time not long ago I heard they went out of business... You may have trouble with warranty work if you go that route. (but check this, I may be wrong).

    Since this will be a range gun, I'd reccomend a pistol in 9mm since you can shoot about twice as much for the same $$ for .45 You may want to look at a ruger P95 they can be had for around $300 even... and you'll have enough left over to buy a holster an extra mag and a bunch of ammo...

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