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Current good 9mm options for IDPA

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by minutemen1776, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Member

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    I'm getting back into IDPA after being away for far too long. Though I already have a few suitable service pistols in 9mm and .40 S&W, I've been looking into getting a striker-fired 9mm just for IDPA use. I know Glocks are super popular for IDPA, but they have never fit me very well. I've seen a few of the available options (CZ P10C, Walther PPQ, S&W M&P, Beretta APX) but don't really have a way give them a test drive. What are the best options for me right now? Thanks!
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    Best is to at least get hands on of your top contenders and see if you like the way they feel, triggers, etc. Any of your list would be fine, and I'd add the H&K VP9 though the trigger trough bothers my finger, personally.

    The new M&P 2.0 Compact might be the most versatile for you because (I think) it qualifies for CCP division as well as SSP (and ESP if you want to add stippling or an aftermarket trigger of course). The PPQ has a very nice trigger out of the box. I haven't shot a P10C or APX yet.
     
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  3. Jim Watson

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    I can't be much help. They are all equivalent.
    I have come to consider "glock" as a generic term for a striker fired plastic pistol.
    My example is a Smith & Wesson M&P glock. One friend shoots a Springfield XD glock, another actually shoots a Glock glock.

    Other brands of glock are in the single digits when seen at all around here, so all I really know about them is what I read on the internet.

    I know a guy who really liked the Canik glocks but he got so worried about a minor make imported by a dodgy shop and potential loss of support, that he traded around and now shoots a gun he really doesn't like because there are a lot of parts available.
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    Don't overlook the SIG 320.

    It has 3 different length grip modules, 3 sizes (girth) in each module size, and 3 different slide lengths; which you can interchange yourself. Plus it has interchangeable barrels for calibers changes...all based on the same frame (serial number) They just added a dedicated competition model (X-5) for all the Action Pistol sports
     
  5. ray15

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    I'm not a competition shooter of any sort, but have had a PPQ and P10C. For me it comes down to the shape of the grip and its angle. I like the grip angle of the M&P and the P10C, and found this trumps all other concerns for me. I'm not sure the trigger matters as much as you'll probably change it anyway; I like the P10C's best. But you've got to at least dry-fire the guns or it's a crapshoot.

    I'd shoot something from your existing inventory for a while. Surely you'll have the opportunity to sample the guns of other competitors once you start shooting matches.
     
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    yep
     
  7. minutemen1776

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    Thanks for everyone's input. I've looked around at a few different options, but only one so far has really appealed to me. I handled a Sig P320 Carry the other day, and I liked it, but not really enough to buy it. For now, I think I'll shoot the P-series Sigs I already have. They're not quite as quick as the striker pistols, but I do shoot them well. Besides, in a real life-or-death situation, I'd reach for my P226 or P220, so it makes sense to get practical experience with those rather than getting something different for gun games.
     
  8. Corpral_Agarn

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    Don't underestimate the DA/SA P series Sigs.
    They work just as fine as any other and I do not believe there is any real disadvantage worth mentioning.

    DA/SA Sigs are all I shoot in competition and do not have any trouble keeping up.

    Although, I will be honest, as soon as I find a SAO P226 for sale, I am going to grab it!
     
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    I shoot a DA/SA P226 in IDPA and classify Expert (not that this is particularly difficult, but just for reference). Lots of fast dudes shoot this type. Ernest Langdon for example. They don't have to be any slower than anything else. You just have to practice. Advantages include a smooth DA trigger, a great SA trigger, great accuracy, perfect ergos, and high reliability.
     
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    I have a SAO P226, and it is my favorite gun right now. However, as soon as you go SAO, you now have to shoot in ESP or CDP rather than in SSP for IDPA, and in Limited Division rather than Production Division for USPSA.

    I love SAO guns, and prefer them over anything else by a country mile. I have one striker-fired pistol, but all of my other pistols are SAO, including my EDC gun (SIG P938).
     
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    Sure. But to be honest that doesn't bother me. I have fun and do my best to increase my skills.

    I actually prefer the DA/SA for pistols I carry or would depend on as a secondary to my rifle or shotgun, but in a competition environment, SAO is pretty sweet.
     
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    A lot of folks feel that way, and of course everyone is different and that is awesome. I carry in Condition 1, cocked and locked with SAO. I am so used to hitting the safety that when I shoot a gun without one, I find myself reaching for it every time. It is all what you are used to and train with.
     
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    Agree 100%.

    DA/SA just gives me the same warm and fuzzies that I get from a revolver.
     

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