Decisions, Decisions...please help

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Big Bad Bob, Oct 3, 2014.

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  1. Big Bad Bob

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    Hey guys, havent posted in awhile, good ole uncle sam has had me pretty busy. anyway, the old lady has cleared me hot to buy a new handgun, since this maybe my last gun purchase for at least a year I am putting some heavy thought to it.

    I want a fullsize 9mm catered to competition for IDPA. I currently have 1911's in .45 for CDP division and I have an M&P9 fullsize for carry.

    I have narrowed my options to three guns, Springfield Range Officer 1911 in 9mm, Beretta 92a1 and Glock 34 gen 4.

    Obviously, shooting the 1911 in 9mm is going to move me to ESP, thats cool. Alot of guys sandbag in SSP anyway, so competition is about even. I shot an M&P 9 Pro and didnt feel any noticeable difference between the longslide and my current fullsize model.

    My goal is minimal recoil impulse to get back on target quicker and accuracy. Given these three choices, which would you pick and why.

    thanks
     
  2. gunsablazin

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    Since you are wanting a new gun, and already have a MP 9mm, which would be fine in SSP class, I'd go with the Springfield 9mm 1911, you already like the 1911, and a 9mm is a pussycat to shoot, and would be a ball to play with in ESP class. Go get it, and have FUN!
     
  3. CB900F

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    Big Bad Bob;

    The latest American Rifleman has a test of the Springfield featured in it. I'd say that's about as an authoritative test as you could get. Should help you in making your decision.

    900F
     
  4. Blue Thunder

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    The SA folks have done a very good job with the Range Officer models. I have one of their Custom Gun Shop's 1911's from the mid 1990's and it is up there with the best I have ever shot.
     
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    I bought a G4 G34 over a year ago. I just about stopped using my '45's
     
  6. RustyShackelford

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    Glock gen 04 34 9x19mm.....

    Id suggest the Glock 34 9x19mm gen 04. :D
     
  7. psyopspec

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    I love my Springfield 1911, but my Glock 34 is something else for defensive pistol games. It's all subjective, but I haven't regretted mine for a second.
     
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    I would go with the Beretta. I like the DA/SA ability and the higher capacity over the Springer. The Beretta fits my hand good and I like the trigger.
     
  9. sikiguya

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    I am puzzled...since the 34 is the same as the M&P Pro, what would you be gaining with a 34? You are already familiar with the M&P operation and have the magazines... The 34 is a good choice...regardless.
     
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    Really not a bad choice to be made amoung the three, I would want to shoot the G-34 before I made a final choice, but I think I'd rather have the Range Officer, since I really like full size 9mm 1911 pattern guns.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I agree, since you already shoot a 1911 in competition there will be very little learning curve with a 1911 in 9mm. Those Springfield 1911's are good solid guns too...
     
  12. AustinTX

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    Beretta 92A1 for me. I don't care for 1911s not chambered in .45, and I shoot a 92 better than a Glock.
     
  13. Bronden

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    Have you tried a cz 75 shadow. All steel, very good trigger, nice low slide etc.
     
  14. Big Bad Bob

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    Well, took yalls advice into consideration and went and rented a Glock 34 gen 4. My only experience with Glocks to this point had been 22's, 19's and 26's and all I can say is wow. I had a hard time giving it back. For some reason it pointed more naturally in my hand than my M&P.

    So I bought one. and Im pretty stoked to say the least. Now Im ordering a holster.

    Now for sights, my 1911's have 10-8 Performance sights but I like the Wilson Combat Vickers Battle Sight set up. Any thoughts?
     
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