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Heavier 9mm semiautos

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Corner Pocket, Nov 30, 2008.

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  1. Corner Pocket

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    I only have one 9mm firearm, a very inexpensive Hi-Point, model C9. I bought it as a truck gun, and for its use, it serves its purpose well.

    All of the semiautos I own are the "teflon" variety. I have been thinking lately of looking into acquiring a 9mm that has the older, heavier-type frame. (Is it aluminum they are made of?) Since I know little about such metal-framed guns, I'd appreciate your help. Does anyone still make such a pistol? I'm open to your insights and thoughts on the matter... (Though I'd probably prefer buying new, buying a used piece is no problem.)

    Corner Pocket
     
  2. Deanimator

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    CZ75B
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    Various SIGs
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    S&W 59xx and 39xx
    Jericho 951/Baby Desert Eagle
    EAA Witness
    Armalite AR24

    And that leaves out more obscure brands.

    You've got a lot of choices.
     
  3. gitnsige

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    I like the CZ 75 B (full size) and PCR (compact but heavy). I own the PCR and its a great shooter.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    The CZ pistols, as noted, or a Witness "CZ like" pistol. The Witness Elite Match models are extremely accurate, have a real nice SA trigger, and recoil of the 9MM from them is mild.
     
  5. j1979

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    I just bought a DW PM9 in 9mm. 1911's also make for a great, all steel 9mm.
     
  6. shamus

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    cz-75b and Hi-Powers: all steel, steel frame.

    Beretta's and Tauruses have aluminum frames and will be a smidge lighter.
     
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    I would recommend that you look to a pistol line for which you can immediately afford to buy a number of normal-capacity (15rds) magazines from the pistol manufacturer or MecGar.

    I am most fond of the P226 Sig, and very much like the 92F/PT92 and CZ75. Mecgar makes magazines for all three of these, and these magazines can be had for less than $25/each.
     
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    CZ75B SP-01

    The light rail adds some decent heft to the muzzle end. Personally I find the gun more ergonomic/comfortable than the standard CZ75B. It is a very heavy, all steel high-cap(19+1) and is the most comfortable gun I have ever held. The weight makes shooting it very fun. The SP-01 also has night sights, rubber grips, beveled magwell, extended beavertail, and a little front/rear grip stippling if you're into that sort of thing. The only thing holding it back is the trigger, which is no worse than any other CZ.
     
  9. highorder

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    You should have no problem finding a S&W 5906, used police issue, for around $300.00

    They are stainless steel slide and frame, and as reliable as they come.
     
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    kahr

    K9 all stainless, double action.
     
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    Ditto on the Smith 59-series. If you can find a "Tactical9" so much the better. These are incredible bargains in a quality used gun.
     
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    Don't forget the "69" series S&W, compact, alloy frame, and hold 12 rounds of 9mm.:)
     
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    The Stoeger Cougar is a commander size, all metal 9mm...and ya, it's heavy compared to my Glock.

    What? Heavy? Are you going to use your pistol as a hammer.
     
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    If you can find 'em try out a Star. My model BM is a great, reliable shooter and heavy as a brick.
     
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    For a compact pistol the HK P7's are heavy.
     
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    Look at 3rd gen Smiths, like the 5906. Great guns accurate as all get out and you can get very good deals on them.
     
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    CZ 75B - 15 + 1 cap. cast steel & frame, and a
    hammer forged 4.9" barrel - weight empty = 35.2 oz.

    It's a got a frame mounted thumb safety, so the
    hammer has to be manually lowered for Double Action
    (DA) first shot, with subsequent Single Action (SA)
    shots, though it could be carried Condition One, Cocked
    and Locked for first shot. I got one in May and have
    over 1,000 rounds without any FTF/FTEs. It is also very
    accurate and the weight absorbs recoil very well for
    range sessions.

    Randall
     
  18. Corner Pocket

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    I really appreciate the replies to my query. I've never really "dug in" to possible choices in the 9mm world, and this is indeed helpful. I confess that I am partial to semiautos that have exposed hammers, so that will help me pare down the possible candidates... :) Thanks again!

    CP
     
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    S&W 952-2. Heavy, single action, accurate, low mag capacity (9) and relatively expensive. I like everything about mine except the safety.
     
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    All steel 1911's, S.S. frame full-swize Sigs, Kahr T9, S&W 952 if you're not on a budget, and maybe Baby Eagle & Beretta to some extent. O.T.O.H. there are others, available (at this time).
     
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    The CZ SP-01 Shadow comes with the competition trigger right out of the box. The DA pull is a touch rough at first (probably EVERY new DA gun suffers the same thing) but some dry firing smoothened mine up nicely. The SA pull was butter smooth from the get go. Nice heft and great sights for lining up fast thanks to the stock fiber front sight.

    Another all steel and very fun range gun is the STI Trojan in 9mm. Classic single stack 1911 feel and enough heft to suck up the sharp recoil of the 9mm and get back onto the target again. The only issue, if it is of concern, is that being single stack you can only get 9 rounds in the magazine. But if this is for range fun then it's something to just work around.

    The other personal favourite that was in the front running for my first pistol before I got the opportunity to test fire and buy the Shadow was the IMI Baby Eagle. It's a CZ clone as well but with a few minor changes that alter the feel. A nice gun to shoot and again all steel.
     
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    Heavy means less recoil.
     
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    I don't understand why anyone doesn't want a heavy gun! Less recoil, stronger, and if it jams or breaks, a better hunk of metal to hit someone with.
     
  24. Corner Pocket

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    Thanks again to all who have replied. I like what I'm seeing out there in CZ-land, and that is likely where I'll find my next toy...

    CP
    'glad to have found this place!' :)
     
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    Ruger P-Series. Recoil is more than managable, plus they're extremely durable. If you run out of ammo, it would also make an excellent club!
     
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