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Help me choose a good 9mm range gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Beav, Oct 18, 2003.

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  1. Beav

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    I realized my collection is lacking a good 9mm range gun. I do have a CZ P01 which is a great gun but I want a full size 9mm handgun for the range. One that'll be my main range gun so I can shoot a ton of cheap 9mm ammo through it for practice. I was thinking about a Glock 17 but I'm really not a Glock guy. So any suggestions? :cool:

    Thanks!
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    What's your budget? In 9mm, I like the Beretta 92fs, HK's P7M8, the USP 9, & the SA 1911 in 9mm. There are alot of choices out there & half the fun might be shooting a ton of diff't guns to find the one that you like best ;)
     
  3. Sheldon

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    After reading the article in the latest issue of the Blue Press Dillon catalog about the guy shooting the Glock 34 and cleaning house against all the big name shooter, I would love to give that pistol a try. The few times I have tried the Glocks I could not get used to the triggers or the feel of the pistols in general. I'm sure if I practiced with them enough I'de learn to like them....after dropping in a 3.5lb trigger into it that is.

    As is, I have a couple Beretta 92FSs that I really like a lot.
     
  4. Beav

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    Budget around the $500 mark but I could stretch it if its truely worth it.

    I would prefer to have something different than what I already have and I want a full sized gun. I already have an H&K and a Beretta but in different caliber. The 1911 in 9mm sounds interesting, I'll have to check that out.

    What about the Ruger P89?

    Thanks
     
  5. Pilot

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    Browning Hi Power, 1911 in 9MM or CZ-75B.
     
  6. BevrFevr

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    If you have 500 to spend

    skip the p89.

    That is the gun you buy when you have 200 and stretch it out a bit.

    lots of nice 9mms in your price range. HP, xd, gluck, steyr, S&W.

    If I had 500 for another handgun right now I would look into a nice hp or a entry level 1911.

    If you don't have a full size cz you owe it to yourself to get one. Maybe and 85.

    have fun -bevr
     
  7. CZ52GUY

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    I have 3 9's...

    Ruger P95DC
    Low price, generally reliable, nice trigger, not very flashy, well within your price range for target practice.

    CZ-75B
    A truly tremendous value for the money. Shoots better than most operators. Nice trigger, great value, and expect probably a longer life span than most. Some suggest 124gr minimum, others say that +P is required for true reliability. I've put several hundred rounds of White Box through mine without incident. High cap mag's can still be found for a price.

    SIG Pro 2009
    Sig's Polymer line, very reliable, has some muzzle flip to be adjusted too...has a proprietary slide rail (mine has night sights). I like mine a lot.


    My buddy has a G19 I like to shoot a lot. My G22 & G23 have been extremely durable and reliable. Glock triggers do take some getting used to, but I find that once you get used to it, it's not a problem....you're probably looking for a G17 minimum for the size you described.

    My other shooting buddy has the G34...the "super sized" Glock in 9mm. I've enjoyed the times I've shot that as well.

    XD makes a nice piece (I've only tried the 40) but I'm sure than 9 is quite fine as well.

    There are a lot of great choices out there. I'd suggest some "try before you buy" as a range rental or a "range borrow" from a friend.

    Push comes to shove...I'd recommend the CZ-75B is the best value over the long haul.

    Good luck!

    CZ52'
     
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  9. Blueduck

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    Two weeks ago I picked up a brand new 92FS on sale for $539. LNIB model could likely be bought for far under your mark. After three range sessions and close to 500 rounds gotta say I just keep getting happier and happier with my purchase.

    Very light recoil of course, virtually no annoying muzzel blast due to the longer bbl. Putting 200 rounds downrange in once session is a pure joy (as opposed to feeling like chore with my old G23). 200 rounds for a sawbuck and change from walmart and don't even have to bother picking up the brass at that price. Long sight radius makes accurate shooting fairly easy. Gun looks good and is easy to field strip and clean. Bought 4 milsurp pre-bans for for less than I paid for ONE Glock 19 preban, and I'm convinved these all metal mags will last longer than Glocks should a permanant ban be brought on next year. Current U.S. Service pistol and very popular with both police and civillians so holsters and other accesories abound etc. etc..

    Oh and should the love continue to grow and I want to go a different direction than just a functional range gun there a are a whole lot of accesories and quality smiths dedicated to the 92FS. Would note I did exchange the hammer spring for a D model one which makes for a much nicer trigger pull, about $3 and well worth it.

    Like I said, could not be happier with my pick:D
     
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    Thought of anouther idea.

    Get 2 P-89s and learn to shoot them both at the same time:neener:
     
  12. Beav

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    :scrutiny: @ Flashpoint :D

    Lets not get ahead now, I need to be good with one gun first. Then I'll sign up for gun-kata and then maybe the "shooting from motorcycles" course. ;)

    I'm leaning towards a Springfield 1911 loaded 9mm. Its a bit more than $500 but it just seems like the right gun considering how much I enjoy shooting my Kimber.

    Thanks for all the replies!
     
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    My recommendations are...

    Glock 17/34 (just avoid an "E" series S.N.#), CZ75 or its variants, S.A. XD, Ruger P89/96. All of these guns enjoys a good reputation of reliabilty and durability.
     
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    Beav,
    Just a reminder that a 1911 chambered in 9mm are sometimes finicky. How 'bout a BHP or its clones instead?
     
  15. Beav

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    Ah I wasn't aware of that. Good to know since I want something as close to a "sure bet" as I can get considering my current lemon :banghead:

    My collection is missing a HiPower ;)
     
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    Beretta 92FS:D
     
  17. Dr.Rob

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    BHP

    or for $500 you could buy TWO FEG HP clones.

    That's a lot of shooting.
     
  18. Flashpoint

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    and learn to shoot them at the same time:D :neener:
     
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    And you have to ask?

    You should be asking yourself why you don't have a CZ-75B yet? :D

    Seriously, The '75B is a great range gun and would be great practice for your P-01. Plus it has that super great .22LR Kadet slide as a factory accessory!

    OR

    If you really wannacoolgun, get yourself one of those oh so czexy pre-B CZ-75s. :cool:
     
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    SIG Sauer P226. The best fullsize 9mm made. Period. Just ask the SEALs

    CDNN Investments has them now in excellent condition for $379 and hi-cap mags are affordable. You won't be disappointed.:)
     
  23. BHPshooter

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    Just 3 weeks ago, I got myself a Hi Power clone to complement my real one. It's pretty darn great at throwing lead. If you're looking for a low-cost plinker, it would take a lot to justify NOT getting a HP clone.

    Just my two coppers. ;)

    Wes
     
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    Sig Sauer P226

    It truly is worth the stretch. :D
     
  25. Rich357

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    Hi Beav,

    This is one of the best 9mm range guns, IMHO, the S&W Performance Center 952-1. The going "street" price is about $1,200. It has a steel slide and steel frame. It should hold up well for many rounds.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/Products/Firearms/pc/images/952.jpg

    It has an outstanding trigger, excellent fit and finish. Mine has been completely reliable. With the safety on you can dry fire all you want. The hammer falls on a block and doesn't contact the pin.

    Another pistol you might consider is the SIG P226ST in 9mm. They cost about $900 to $1,000.

    Good luck,
    Rich
     
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