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Best shooting 9mm under $500

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tnieto2004, Dec 2, 2008.

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  1. tnieto2004

    tnieto2004 Member

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    I am looking to add a 9mm to the collection. I have a glock and an XD. I am now looking for something with a good trigger strictly for the range. I am thinking possibly the S&W 910S. I want that single action option on this gun. Any thoughts? Thanks!
     
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    CZ 75B
    Most models are DA/SA but a SAO model is available, and should be in that price range.
     
  3. david_the_greek

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    damn it DZL HOG you beat me. +1 on a cz variant.
     
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    +1 for the CZ 75B. Actually, I went with the CZ 75B Compact @ $460; flawless performance all around and excellent ccw.
     
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    Used P226 or new CZ75 are good options. I've been putting in range time lately with a Ruger P95 and while the trigger pull isn't the best OOTB, it does get a bit better over time and the pistol is very satisfying in general.

    ETA - if you really want the slickest trigger pull in a 9mm (within some rasonable cost ceiling), then you're probably going to wind up looking at the current crop of 9mm 1911's...
     
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    I know you already own a Glock but have you considered a G34 or 17L. A little more than $500 but they are great range guns (and my G34is my bedside gun as well). The extra length on the slide/sight radius made a big difference for me.

    You should be able to find a Browning Hi Power for about $500. It was the forerunner of todays high capacity 9's. One of the many guns I've sold or traded that I wish I still had.
     
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    Fnp 9
     
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    FNP-9 all the way.:)
     
  11. Just One Shot

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    You can get a Ruger P-95 for under $400.00 and it will shoot the cheapest ammo you can find without jamming. I got mine on sale for $299.99 (reg. $359.99) at MC Sports.
     
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    I'm sorry, but the P95 trigger is :barf:

    I would say CZ-75 variant.

    FN is something I haven't tried, but looks promising.
     
  13. Rossshady120

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    how about best gun under 400 and it won a couple of ISPC open's. thats right the Bersa/Firestorm 9
     
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    First, I LOVE 3rd Generation Smiths..

    I consider that the 3rd gen Smiths as an OVERALL package are a wonderful choice for a self defense 9mm pistol.. Reliability in spades, self defense accurate, built like a Mack truck, quality and value, hard to beat for the money.

    Having said that I have never had a 3rd gen Smith 9mm pistol that was as accurate, right out of the box, as my Glock 26's, Sig P239, Walther P99's, even my Bersa Thunder 9/uc, and not nearly as accurate as my HK P7....

    Or, as a dedicated "range" gun,a 3rd gen Smith would not be my first choice..

    I've heard you can improve the accuracy of a 3rd gen Smith with a barrel recrown job, but since my 3rd gen Smiths are more than adequate for self defense, at self defense range, I never bothered..

    I like my Smiths to the extent my CS9 finds it's way into my FIST Kydex IWB holster a lot of the time when I'm carrying a 9mm pistol, but it's not there because it's awesomely accurate... It's there because it's awesomely RELIABLE, TDA, sufficiently accurate for self defense, and I like the way it feels in my hands.

    I hear CZ's are very accurate, though that's one brand I have no personal experience with.

    Hopefully you will be able to shoot a example of whatever pistols you narrow your final choice down to.

    Just personal opinion,

    Jesse

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  16. Pilot

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    Another vote for the CZ.
     
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    do a search for CZ trigger jobs first...
     
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    Witness Elite Match.
     
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    If you are looking for accuracy, the SIG 226 should be the ticket. I have never owned a SIG that was accurate. I like the 226 over the 228 but try them both. They handle different so you may prefer the 228.
     
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    Do you mean "inaccurate"?
     
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    3rd Gen S&W if you can find one. These are no longer produced, but you can get some in good shape used.

    A CZ75 variant is another good option.

    For range use only, this may not be the best, but if you ever want to carry it, I will be the first to suggest the Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact. I have one. I love it. I will never sell it. GET YOUR OWN! :) It and my XD9 are among the most reliable handguns I've ever had the pleasure of handling.
     
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    Used Sig 226, New CZ, Bersa's are good, Ruger's P series are good.

    Anyone notice the SR9 virtually never gets recommended?
     
  23. JZ06

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    hmm, perhaps the glock 19 wasn't mentioned because they're a smidge over five hundred bucks? it's one HELL of a good firearm!!
     
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    Another vote for the CZ75 but in a stainless flavor:D that is my new range gun and it is perfect now that I am used to the trigger "revolver shooter"
     
  25. f4t9r

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    under 500. the answer is CZ
     
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