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I can only afford one so which one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jackslayer, Jun 14, 2008.

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  1. jackslayer

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    I can only afford one pistol and don't anticipate that changing any time soon. I would really like a pistol with the ability to switch over to .22 LR to get more practice in and cut costs. If you could only buy one pistol, and it had to have a .22 lr conversion available, which would you choose?
     
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    Based on the .22lr conversion requirement, that pretty much means (unless I'm missing something) Glock, Beretta 92/96 series, 1911, and Browning/FN Hi Powers
     
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    CZ 75 plus the Kadet conversion kit
    EAA Witness range with conversion kit
     
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    The CZ P-01 plus the Kadet .22LR conversion
     
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    If cost is an issue and you're happy with 9mm, then the CZ75 and kit.

    If you want a .45 then, obviously, the 1911. There are several kits available.
     
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    crap, I completely forgot the CZs, and I've owned 3, including a Kadet kit!
     
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    CZ75 with Kadet Kit. I got the BD model a few years ago with the Kadet. Great system. Kadet is all steel and accurate as heck. Go with 9mm for cost of shooting.
     
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    if i can only afford one gun i would like it to be an expensive one


    seriously,if cost is an issue,i think you can get a .22 handgun for less than the cost of a conversion kit
     
  12. jackslayer

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    CZ

    Thanks all for the sugestions

    I was already considering the CZ but didn't want to steer people to what i had already considered. I wanted personal opinion. Now that a few people have mentioned it, would someone that has one give me a review. I know i could buy a .22 LR handgun for about the same price but i want to practice and become proficient with the same weapon in both calibers. Not a big 1911 guy. I know that won't win me any friends but to each his own.
     
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    I would go w/ a steel 1911
     
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    CZ and the Kadet. It fits on any current CZ-75 variant. It sits on both my 75B and PCR.
     
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    I'm not sure what you are looking for in a review. I have smallish hands, so the CZ fits me better than Sigs or some others. I have a BHP, and the CZ feels as good as or better. I got the BD because I wanted a decocker. As time goes on I'm moving to single action more for the range, but double action is good for a defensive gun.

    My 75 was very accurate and totally reliable. I screwed up and double tapped over a squib reload. Got a bulged barrel out of it enough so the gun would not run. No other consequences. I got a BarSto 5" barrel fitted by the company. It is now ridiculously accurate. It runs with my S&W952-2 and Les Baer 9mm.

    The CZ Kadet is an all steel replacement slide. The magazines are the same size as standard with a .22 insert welded in. The .22 feels just like the regular, unlike most kits which are made of aluminum. My Kadet fits on the BD and the P-01 frames I own. My Kadet is as accurate as my Ruger. It comes with an adjustable rear sight. I liked the rear sight well enough that I put one on my BD. I also added a fiber optic front sight.

    Back in 2002 my 75BD with the Kadet cost right at the same price as the BHP.

    I have spent a lot of time shooting a couple boxes of 9mm and a brick of .22 on an afternoon with the CZ. A great way to become a better shot.

    Aside from the barrel problem I did have the slide stop pin shear off after tens of thousands of rounds. CZ sent me one free the next day.

    When I was buying the CZ at a gun show one of the onlookers remarked "Who would buy a CZ?" and the gun dealer replied without missing a beat "Someone who wants to own a $600 gun for $400". Adjust for inflation and the same holds true today.

    Yours won't look like this out of the box

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  16. Northalius

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    I'd get a Glock. They easily convert to .22, as well.

    Simple, reliable, durable; with MANY aftermarket parts (replacement and enhancement)... etc. etc.
     
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