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First Centerfire Pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Lord Bodak, Mar 30, 2004.

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  1. Lord Bodak

    Lord Bodak Member

    Jan 10, 2004
    Chesapeake, VA
    I'm thinking about buying my first centerfire. Not going to buy right away, but probably in the next two months.

    I love my Ruger 22/45 so I am definitely tempted by the P-series. I like the P944 in .40S&W but it is probably too big to be a comfortable carry pistol. I do not have my CCW yet but I will also be getting that in the next few months. I'm not completely set on .40S&W, and the P97 in .45ACP is also an option from Ruger.

    I fired an H&K USP Compact .40S&W when I first started shooting (as a rental before I bought my .22) and I liked the ergonomics and the size; how well does a USP Compact work as a carry piece? That would also leave .45ACP as an option.

    Since it's my first centerfire, is an H&K more money than I should be spending? The P-series pistols are quite a bit more affordable but if I want to carry concealed I will need something smaller anyway.

    Enough rambling... suggestions welcome :D
  2. goon

    goon Member

    Jan 20, 2003
    For carry I would recommend something small. The smaller and lighter the better IMO. I have been carrying my P-225 and I am currently in search of something smaller that still has a reasonable amount of power.
    If you are looking at price, try the CZ pistols. I would say that if you like the HK and you can afford it, get it. You won't be satisfied if you don't get what you want. Trust me on this one.
  3. sundance43.5

    sundance43.5 Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    Can't go wrong with the USP, but the Ruger is probably a little big to conceal, although I'm sure some can pull it off.

    Rugers are ugly as sin, but reliable and inexpensive.

    That being said, I would recommend the Springfield XD. Stone-cold reliable, accurate, decent looking, and all at a great price.

  4. azrael

    azrael Member

    Jan 5, 2004
    Staley NC
    Springy XD-9 compact<~~~decent price and 100% reliable

    BUG...P3at or P-32<~~~great price good guns
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