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Carry Gun Selection HELP

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Nix, Oct 6, 2007.

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  1. Nix

    Nix Member

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    ok i have an xd9 and a taurus 1911 .45

    im looking for a carry gun with a few specific traits

    1. i want to be able to carry it in condition 1 (external thumb safety)
    2. i want it in .40 cal
    3. i dont want a glock.

    ive asked on other forums and i never really got a definate answer.
     
  2. prolanman

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    HK USP Compact.
     
  3. DWARREN123

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    CZ 75 Compact 40 S&W.
     
  4. SKM&P9

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    Since you already have the PT1911, I'm surprised you didn't look at the PT140 Millenium Pro.
     
  5. Nix

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    well i didnt look at the pt140 because i was told that the taurus models OTHER than the 1911 was not a good handgun... is that the truth? ive heard the new ones arent too bad except for the trigger... so if i spent the money for the trigger would i have a carry gun thats a good one? i mean i have the money if i must to buy the usp, but can the taurus be made as decent for less or the same amount of money?
     
  6. chaim

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    My PT 140 Milennium Pro has been a great gun. 100%, the one issue was a ammo situation that might have resulted in a kB in some other handguns. I love it (around 1K rounds right now, mostly various JHPs).

    If you want a .40S&W carry gun that can be carried "cocked and locked" here are some suggestions:

    -Taurus PT 140 Milennium Pro
    -Taurus 24/7 Pro (depending upon how big still means "carry gun" to you)
    -Taurus PT 940 (I really want that gun myself)
    -4" 1911 in .40S&W from any of the big manufacturers (personally I'll take my 1911s as .45s, but you said you wanted a .40S&W and the 1911, while a great .45, can also be a great .40).
     
  7. Rexster

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    Does FN or Browning still offer the .40 High Power? Mine were 100% reliable.
     
  8. Setzer77

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    FNP40 comes in SAO with an external safety. I prefer a DA/SA w/ decocker, but for what you describe a USP would do the trick.
     
  9. possum

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    he said it befor ei could. that is what i would look into as well, my wife is dead set on the taurus pt111, i have enough to get her any gun she wants and she wants that more than anything, so i guess that is what it'll be. that series from tarus meets all your requirements.
     
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    I don't see a benefit of a .40 over a .45.
     
  11. Autolycus

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    HK USP compact would do the trick nicely.
     
  12. jmancini

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    +1 for USP compact.

    Without starting the debate over calibers again, the main difference between 40 and 45 in a carry gun is usually magazine capacity; you can debate the relative merits of 6+1 .45 vs 9+1 .40 all you like.
     
  13. orionengnr

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    Kimber Ultra CDP. Has the familiar 1911 layout, somewhat rare in .40 but available. Drop dead gorgeous, two-tone, rosewood grips, night sights, ambi safety.

    I have owned four Kimbers so far (serial owner). I hear some people relating negative experiences, but each of mine has been 100%.
     
  14. Guitargod1985

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    USP Compact is a great selection for your purpose. In .40 S&W, the mag holds 12 rounds and the pistol is only 5" tall and 6.7" long IIRC. The only problem that I ever had with the USP Compact was that the slide is a bit thick, which can make it difficult (for me, YMMV) to carry IWB, which is my preferred method of carry. It's a fantastic gun. The polymer frame really helps out with the weight. It has a red-painted loaded chamber indicator, it's DA/SA, has thumb safety/decocker which can be mounted on either side, can be carried cocked and locked, and has an internal slide locking mechanism. Frankly, i don't think you can go wrong with an HK USPc. I had one for over 30K rounds and I never did any "torture tests," but I never had any failures with that gun. I have a P2000sk in 9mm now, but I've only shot around 800 rounds through it so far. No failures yet, but I don't anticipate any in the future.

    EDIT: One thing I forgot to mention is that due to the polygonal rifling, you won't be able to shoot lead.
     
  15. Euclidean

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    Smaller 9mm sized frame with .45 ACP power. (Don't believe me, check out some gel tests).

    Higher capacity.

    There's disadvantages too, just remember 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP all suck and no gun holds enough fire power.
     
  16. 10-Ring

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    HK USPc :cool:
     
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    +1 on the CZ range, available in the sub compact 2075 RAMI as well as full size with the 75B's
     
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    HK 40C For Me...
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