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High quality 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by benzy2, Apr 29, 2012.

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  1. benzy2

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    I've been looking at a new 9mm and have a little doubt in what to pick. Use is basically a range toy and something to admire. I don't play in any games and don't plan to use this for defense. Budget varies. I would say $1000 is about the max and less is better. I've considered an sti spartan and cz 75b on the cheap side. A kimber, sti Trojan, sw 1911 on the upper price range. Also thought about a browning hi power or a cz custom shop cz. I'm not really looking for a polymer gun. Already have a glock 34 that functionally does everything I need. This is more about a fine tuned machine, even if not the most practical option. I'd like something with a great trigger. I'm sure I've left quite a few good options out but these are the ones that have most recently been in mind. Thoughts?
     
  2. Serenity

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    Sig P226. Good ergonomics for different hand sizes/shapes. Smooth trigger. Pretty.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    You don't have to spend a grand for a "high quality" 9mm. They start at a bit over 300 and move up from there. I'm thinkin' Ruger P95 on the low end. You might not like the trigger or some other about the gun, but it will feed about anything and go bang every time and it's more'n accurate enough for duty carry or CCW.

    In the upper price ranges, I would prefer the Sigs with frame mounted decocker. Very ergonomic, at least IMHO.
     
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    For a range-oriented 9mm, you'd be hard pressed to do better than a CZ 75B SA. Sigs are said to be great shooters, and they certainly are neat looking.

    If used suits you, look for a Browning High Power or a third generation S&W. Not a prettier 9mm out there IMHO; these are both classics. They are also said to shoot well, though I have not had the privilege as yet.
     
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    Browning hi power and have the trigger worked on. Get a nice blued one. Then have a good smith work on it.
     
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    A SIG P226 and in particular the P226 Stainless Elite for a very fine range pistol with a nice trigger out of the box and very beautiful to look at.

    I plan on getting one myself eventualy or a P226 X-FIVE Allround.
     
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    Or more accurately that website SHOULD be

    _http://www.IMObest9mmunder$600.com ;)
     
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    Browning HP 9mm with no hesitation.
     
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    +1 to me the BHP is the auto' 9 that is the standard the rest try to emulate.
     
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    Cz 75b sa.
     
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    Browning Hi Power.Finest handgun ever made. Thank me later.
     
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    Browning hi power. The trigger will be heavy but crisp, a new hammer and sear or trigger job will make a wold of difference. The bhp is the finest pistol ever made. I'm a big 1911 guy and even that doesn't compair to the bhp.
     
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    I've been extremely impressed with the Tangfolio witness pistols... the 9mm I shot the other day seemed to embody the word "smooth" in every way... It's my understanding that these are a CZ75 clone but i've never really managed to get my hands on a CZ
     
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    My favorites are the XDM and CZ75. The Ruger P series is cheap and are decent pistols too.
     
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    Brand New? CZ75/Baby Eagle

    Out of every option out there? S&W 5906.
     
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    A W. German Sig P226 or P228 in excellent condition would be my thought.
    A stock BHP or a CZ 75B without some trigger work is not going to have a great trigger.
     
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    The 75th anniversary BHP's are available in blue rather than that epoxy style finish. Might be exactly what you have in mind. CDNN has them in stock.
     
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    Walther P99AS

    I have shot thousands of rounds with both the P99AS and P226. P99AS is more accurate and the better handgun in my opinion.
     
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    For a range toy, almost anything would be great... DEFINITELY doesn't require $1,000, or even $500. LOL... My "range toy" 9mm is the Taurus 24/7 with a 5" barrel. I bought it for $300. The first 100 rounds had a few issues, but has been flawless for about 300 rounds. Trigger is pretty decent and it's extremely accurate. From about 15 yards the other day, I hit a plastic water bottle 34 times in a row (2 mags).

    Also, the Ruger SR9/SR9c is about $400 and definitely a great choice. The Sig 2022, Sig 250, Ruger P95, Arcus "Hi-Power", Springfield XD, etc... All good range toys in the $300-$400 range. Why spend more for a non-defensive firearm? Maybe I'm just biased. ;)
     
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    The Browning Hi-Power most closely matches your criteria except that the out of the box trigger normally requires a bit of work... Your ruling out polymer guns disqualifies some of the prior recommendations mentioned on this post.
     
  22. benzy2

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    I'm not totally against another polymer gun. The problem with them is that the glock 34 I currently have functionally does everything I could ask a pistol to do. It goes bang every time. It's more than accurate enough. It's high capacity. And it fits into at least one category in most competitions if I wanted to try one. That leaves me looking for something different. Something that is almost as much a work of art as it is pistol. If it doesn't hold the most rounds or isn't best suited to a specific game it doesn't matter. This is to have something that shoots well and when examined makes you feel like there is quite a bit of attention to detail and quality effort put in the design and manufacture of the item. The sig 226, especially the EE version, a cz custom shop pistol, and a BHP with a trigger/action job all three seem to fit that desire very well.

    For those mentioning budget pistols, I understand their usefulness and value but this buy isn't looking for the value pistol, it's looking for the quality feel and function. I've used very inexpensive pistols and they have worked well (most of them) but I'm looking for something where you can admire the quality as much as anything. I've filled all of my functional needs and am now looking for a pistol that stands out from a quality point of view rather than strictly a functional item.
     
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    If the Browning HP fits, maybe the blued version Dr. Rob mentioned. The grip on that pistol is too short for my hands and the recoil spring on the one I tried was way too stiff for my taste.
    I've had a CZ75b for 7 years, and my preference for a range gun would be one of the SA's from CZ Custom in AZ. The pure custom guns from CZ Customs are all over $1000, but you could order the box stock Single Action model and change a few things for under a grand.
    The Kadet .22LR conversion for these pistols is a very nice extra incentive.
     
  24. COgunner

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    Best range 9mm I've ever had is my Walther PPQ. Most fun to shoot AND admire is my Walther P1 (used - $329 from Bud's). Still looking for a great WWII-era P38 that I'm sure would be even better.

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    The blue Hi-Power has class and works very well. Get factory target sights or at least high profile fixed. Remove the magazine safety and call it good.
    The Hi-Power is probably the easiest pistol to hit with.
     
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