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What Pistol For My Collection?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dynasty, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Dynasty

    Dynasty Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    I want to add another firearm to my collection. I want to purchase a handgun since I'm satisfied with my long gun collection for now. However, I'm having trouble deciding what I should get.

    I'm narrowing my search to the 9mm caliber only.

    So far I have the following firearms in my modest collection:

    - Marlin Model 60 (.22LR)
    - Browning Buckmark Camper (.22LR)
    - Colt LE6920 MOE (.223/5.56)
    - Chinese SKS (7.62x39)
    - Remington 870 (12 gauge)

    I want something that will fulfill the role of a plinking/range, home defense, possible conceal carry, and SHTF pistol. I'm leaning towards the Glock 19 as most say it's a superb all around pistol. However, I'm open to suggestions.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I like the Springfield XD's better then Glock because they fit my hand better, generally have better triggers, and have a grip safety.

    But if I didn't already have a .22 range training pistol, that is what I would get first.
    Then I could afford to shoot it enough to get really good with my second handgun.

  3. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    There are many fine choices available in 9mm, all of which will no doubt be suggested in short order. My advice - go to the LGS and handle as many as possible. Find a range that rents guns and fire as many as possible. Use that hands-on experience to decide what you want.
  4. Kyl3

    Kyl3 New Member

    Mar 24, 2011
    I'd get a Browning Hi-Power. Probably not the best choice for concealed carry however.
  5. Buck Kramer

    Buck Kramer Active Member

    Apr 17, 2009
    Sounds like a polymer 9mm would fill a niche here. I'm a big xd fan but a G19 would do you well. Lately I've been looking into a CZ P-07 Duty, but mags are expensive. It looks like you are into "classic" firearms i.e. R870, marlin, the 6920 ect. Maybe look at 3rd gen S&W's like the 5906 etc.
  6. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Mentor

    Nov 5, 2006
    Doofus over here behind the keyboard didn't read that search is limited to 9mm only. My fault and my apologies all around.

    Mods please feel free to delete.
  7. CPshooter

    CPshooter Participating Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Whether the XD has a better trigger than the Glock is highly debatable. I've owned at least 2 models of both Glocks and XDs. The XD trigger is metal and more comfortable to the touch, but the Glock definitely offers a better trigger pull. It's less mushy and reset is faster. I shoot both well, but the XD has always been the most accurate pistol in my hands for some reason. More accurate than my H&Ks and Sigs have been even. Something about how it sits in the hand and the way it points makes it dead still in my hands throughout the trigger pull and I don't even have to try when I shoot it. They are tanks and extremely well built. IMHO, it's one of the only guns I've owned that appears to be as well made and durable as an H&K (what I feel is the gold standard for workmanship and precision for a polymer pistols). The drawback to the XD is that because it's built so well, it's bigger and heavier than other guns in its class. Not the best choice for concealed carry.

    That brings me to the Glock. The 26 and 19 are guns everyone should have in their collection. The 19 can do it all well, including concealed carry. The 26 is the ultimate concealed carry pistol if you want maximum firepower in the smallest package.

    My vote is for the 19.
  8. Manny

    Manny Active Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    NE Ohio
    I think a Glock would be a supurb choice, but unless you want it for CCW I would recommend going with a G34 or 17L instead. Better triggers and the longer sight radius is terrific for shooting.
  9. Stringfellow

    Stringfellow Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    the Bay Area
    It depends what you mean by "collection". A well-rounded selection of pistols could mean a lot of things to a lot of people.

    I suggest you go for the classics:

    - 1911 (but it is .45)
    - Hi Power
    - SIG P220/226 (P220s can be had in 9mm)
    - CZ75
    - Beretta 92FS/M9
    - Makarov (different kind of 9mm - i.e., 9mm Mak)
    - S&W 3rd Gen. - i.e., 5906

    Wow--that reminds me--I grew up shooting a Marlin m60. What a fun rifle. Too bad my little brothers abused, then gave it away when I went off to school... :banghead:
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2012
  10. shaolink9

    shaolink9 New Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Glock 23 can be converted to 9mm easily . Gives you two calibers in one gun.
  11. Pukindog12

    Pukindog12 New Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Walther P99 AS or PPQ.
  12. benzy2

    benzy2 Senior Member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Lots of quality 9mm options available today new and used. Looking new, anything from any of the even moderately big companies will be a decent choice. Some fit one role slightly better than others, but there aren't many terrible or even moderately bad pistols being made today by the big names. Looking used, you have all of the classics from the Hi-Power to the older CZs, to the early glocks, to the S&W 39 and 59 series, etc. There are many price points, all of which have slightly different feature sets and values to different users. I'd find the best gun shop that stocks a large selection of pistols and handle as many as possible. Even better if they have a range and let you test some models out. There is no one single pistol that's best at everything.

    It's hard to find a good range/target gun that's also easy to conceal. It's hard to get all the bells and whistles along with a deep blue on a budget price point. Some compromise must be made to make a single pistol do everything. The point is that maybe the best option is to focus first on what you value the most, be that range time, competition, home defense, conceal carry, etc. Find a pistol that does that well and when the time comes to worry about another issue look for another tool that fits that problem better. A glock 19 (or similar pistol) is a fairly well rounded pistol. It works well for defense and well enough for many for concealed carry. It would be fine to plink with at the range but it certainly isn't going to be the choice for any target/competition shooter (casual or highly competitive). It sounds like you value casual range time and home defense first, and for that a full size pistol may be a better choice.
  13. Skribs

    Skribs Mentor

    Oct 29, 2010
    Lakewood, Washington
    Fits for plinking, not for HD or carry. He can always get a .22 second.

    The G19 is a fine pistol. I don't own one, and probably never will (I personally like different options), but my generic one-size-fits-all suggestion for what 2 guns someone should own would be a G19 for carry/nightstand and a Mossy 590 in the closet.
  14. X-Rap

    X-Rap Mentor

    Sep 23, 2006
    I can't say enough about how well I like my G19, I am in the market for a 22 conversion for the Glock, if it is as fun and accurate as the Kimber kit I got for my 1911's it will be money well spent. Of course if you must have just 1 then let it be a 23 with 9mm barrel and 22 conv. kit. 3 in 1.
  15. firesky101

    firesky101 Participating Member

    Nov 21, 2011
    You must go fondle and hold until you find one that you know is the one. Personally for me I enjoy hammers so the cz75 route made sense. After you find your 9mm, I think you are certainly missing something else. A BUG like a 5 shot revolver (fills your wheel gun hole and your compact CCW).
  16. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Mentor

    Jul 13, 2008
    Near Camp Perry
    I think you're overthinking the entire concept. I can't decide what fits your hand, I can't decide what is an interesting gun to you, I can't decide what your CC/OC parameters are.

    Go handle a bunch of 9x19 shop guns
    Go shoot a bunch of rented 9x19 guns
    Go shoot a bunch of your friends' guns
    Pick out at least a grip angle and some features you like or dislike, then someone here might be able to help you

    The G19 is an OK pistol for casual shooting, and OK for carry if you don't mind the width. Glock makes an extremely reliable gun. If it fits your hand and is really something you'll carry, then go for it, they surely aren't expensive and magazines are everywhere for reasonable prices, you can probably find a holster for one without much hassle, too.
    Personally, I'd take an XD over a glock any day, specifically the XD9 subcompact, if we're discussing 9x19mm striker-fired polymer guns.
    Or you could get a RIA 9mm 1911 in officer's size, for an all-steel carry gun they're pretty slick and not too expensive.
    Or you could get just about anything used / police turn-in
    Or you could get a purpose-built carry gun like a Kahr, or the Walther PPS, or a Kel-Tec pf9/p11, or a copied Kel-Tec (Ruger lc9), or the Beretta nano, or a Kimber solo, or a Springfield EMP

    But your specification of:
    gun, do-all, shtf, 9x19mm, range, plinking, carry, HD

    ... it is just to vague, and some of those purposes are at odds with each other (for instance, you don't need a HD gun to be light and short in the grip, you want it heavy, fat, and long in the grip for easy shooting and low recoil - while a carry gun is the opposite)
  17. el Godfather

    el Godfather Participating Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    Sig Sauer 226 X5 Allround

    The name says it all. Since you want an allround gun, nothing beats it in its price range.

    I have one in my collection and I am content. May be X6 down the road as well.
  18. golden

    golden Participating Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    GLOCK 19, XD Sub-Compact or XDM 3.8 Compact or WALTHER P-99AS

    In plastic guns, I have experience with all three of the above manufacturers and highly recommend all three.

    I like the grip feel the most and the double action trigger of the WALTHER.

    I like the grip on the XD Sub Compact more than the GLOCK grip and really like the compact size. For me, it shoots better than the GLOCK 26.

    I carried a GLOCK 19 for several years as a duty gun and think it was the best pistol in the world, bar none when it was introduced. Now, the better feel of the XD and P-99 grips, make me prefer them.
    I would still have no qualms about carrying a GLOCK 19, espesially in a hostile enviorment.
    My agency's H&K pistols showed rust in our dockside work, while this was never a problem with the GLOCKS.

  19. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Active Member

    May 30, 2012
  20. Buster34233

    Buster34233 New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Sarasota County, FL

    My suggestion would be a Kahr CM9 or even better a used PM9:
    Small enough for pocket carry and accurate enough to have fun plinking with to sharpen your skills and can be had for under about $375.
    Your .22 collection is not done until you get yourself a Smith and Wesson model 41 tho.

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