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If you could own only one nine........

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by AKElroy, Sep 29, 2013.

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Which 9mm?

Poll closed Oct 29, 2013.
  1. Sig 228/226/2022

    36 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. HK

    10 vote(s)
    3.5%
  3. S&W MP

    19 vote(s)
    6.6%
  4. Beretta M9

    24 vote(s)
    8.4%
  5. CZ 75 & variants

    33 vote(s)
    11.5%
  6. Glock 17/19/27

    78 vote(s)
    27.2%
  7. Springfield XD/XDM

    15 vote(s)
    5.2%
  8. Other

    72 vote(s)
    25.1%
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  1. Mango88

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  2. jrod

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  3. Willie Sutton

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    High Power, the standard by which all else are compared.


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  5. AKElroy

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    This is interesting to me. A few Sig votes, but not a single post that I could find that has a 226/228 as the one they can't live without. I expected a lot of love for the G19, and the thread certainly shows that. The BHP is getting a lot more love than I expected. I get it. Steal frames are hard to come by anymore, especially one so slim.

    I wonder if the 9mm detractors, a few of which took the time to opine, have actually studied ballistic tables and real-life shooting stats as it relates to the 9.
    Ammo design and effectiveness has come a long way. As I type this, I have a P226 Navy sitting next to me with a flush Mec/Gar 18 round mag, topped off with 124gr Double-Tap +Ps giving me 473ft lbs of energy. There are plenty of .45 and.40 caliber loads that do no better, and few carry 19 rounds.

    Not trying to re-litigate the power vs capacity debate, because with modern 9mm ammo, that war is settled for me at least.
     
  6. tomrkba

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    Choosing between the SIG P228 and Glock 19 would be very difficult. There are pros and cons to each. I'm setup for the Glock, but I really like SIGs. If I could have only one, I'd likely choose the P228.
     
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  7. Scrubber3

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    Sig P226 tacops.... That'd be the last of my 9mms I'd sell.
     
  8. mavracer

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    A 228 or M11-a1 is one that I could live with, it's just not "the one".
    I also really like my 6926 which is about the same gun size, function wise.
     
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    CZ75BDPoliceampPCR.gif

    Any questions?

    My son in law has been bugging me about the PCR (top), asking if I might want to part with it. After looking in the safe and realizing that I carry the BD more then the PCR. I decided that I could part with it.

    There is another 9mm that I would use as a backup to the CZ.

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    First Gen. Kahr TP9
     
  10. captain awesome

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    I dont own a handgun in 9mm. If I had to get one I guess it would be an m9. I shot one once and liked the way it felt and it was accurate. The bhp is intriguing also. But I have no need or use or want for a 9mm, and there was no option for that so I declined voting.
    Yes. I have. But I am also a firm believer in the advice given by many expirenced folk In Teaching positions that you should carry the most powerful gun that you wont leave home. For me, thats a lightweight 357 loaded hot, and bigger options when I feel like it. A bulky 19 round capacity 9mm doesnt fit that bill for me. I shoot them all quickly and acurately so I ask myself, why bother with a 9mm. My sister on The other hand, well she shot the compact hk 9mm the best out of several things she tried out, so that's what I told her to get. She carries that around religiously now, and I aM glad she does.
     
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    I carry a G26, enjoy a 17L, compete with a 34. The 19 is second or third fiddle in all catagories - but is probably the best ONE all-around. I also have a M&P 9c, a Shield, and a 2022 with night sights. Two years ago, I didn't own a nine....

    Only one I've not liked was a LC9. Sold it, and made two people happy!
     
  12. ugaarguy

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    I don't even particularly like Glocks, but the Glock 19 may be the best all around 9mm pistol currently available. Unfortunately, Glock doesn't extend their Mil/LE pricing to service connected disabled veterans like S&W does. So, I'll stick to an M&P 9 or 9c for now. Because of that conundrum I'll not vote in the poll.
     
  13. bikerdoc

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    CZ 75 compact and 75BD are my favorite 9's.
     
  14. fastbolt

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    Tough call.

    One 9mm for what?

    Range/leisure/target shooting? 5906PC

    Duty/Service sidearm?

    Metal? 5903

    Plastic? M&P 9 (Runners up plastic? G17, followed by USP9)

    Lawfully concealed carry? Ah, this is where it starts to level out for me.

    I chose other.

    I tend to want smaller/lighter 9's for my needs, which is now mostly only retirement CCW. I spent enough years having to carry larger & higher capacity 9's on-duty. Not a target/plinker, anymore, either.

    While I own a couple G26's, which are fine little guns for basic plastic pistols, I have a couple other preferences for "long haul" 9mm's. I have a late production (end of 90's) 3913, a CS9 and a SW999c (think P99 9c AS).

    The 3rd gen S&W's are reliable and more than accurate enough for my needs (I can use them to shoot wooden clothespins off the target backboards at 7-10 yds with any of the various duty loads we've issued.)

    The 999c has a better trigger (granted, that's after having fired close to 15K rounds fired through it), and after an initial tolerance issue with a Walther trigger bar guide post (occasional light-strikes in DA mode, and it's an pretty uncommon tolerance issue to occur, FWIW), the gun has been completely reliable. It's even a bit more accurate when pushed, too (which I found interesting as I realized it over the years).

    The 3913 & 999c are the 9's I choose when I'm going to be pushing myself (to check basics) for aimed precision fire out at 50-90+ yards. The G26's are also accurate, but they don't have quite the same level of precise triggers as the TDA-type pistols.

    As an armorer for the Glock, S&W and P99/SW99 pistols, I find them all easy enough to maintain. Glock parts are somewhat easier, as the 3rd gen guns have been relegated to LE-only status and parts are getting a bit less available than previously. Walther parts? I guess we'll see how they do not that they've set up their own import business. Waiting for parts to arrive from Germany (to Walther America/S&W) used to be a bit unpredictable. :scrutiny:

    The Sig 9's are pretty decent, and I almost bought a P239 9mm when I went through the Sig pistol armorer class, but they thought very dearly of the 239 when it came to individual officer pricing for their chunky little single stack. :eek: Good guns, though. Spring-dependent (number of springs & longevity of some of them), and they clearly tell their armorers that they're "wet" guns when it comes to sufficient lubrication. If I didn't already have some nice compact/subcompact 9's, and the 239's were more reasonably priced, I'd own one.

    So ... other, it was. :)
     
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    As much as I love all of my 9mm's. In the end I would pick one of my Sig 210s.
     
  18. orionengnr

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    I do only own one 9mm, and that is by design.
    It is the Kahr PM9 that I have owned for eight years. It has more carry time than the rest of my handguns put together.
     
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    My M&P9C works just fine.
     
  21. Smith357

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    I finally broke down and bought a 9mm handgun, just to have one, and only one. I only had one requirement a single stack magazine. Found a nice shooter grade S&W Model 39-2. Don't ask me to narrow my selection of .38/357 revolvers.

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  22. clang

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    If I could only have one, it would probably be a S&W 6906. It falls into the Jack of all trades category like the Glock 19, but all metal, hammer fired, and traditional double action.
     
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    Voted Berretta M9 because that's what I'm most familiar with. Mine has crimson trace grips on it and is my house gun.
     
  25. Corpral_Agarn

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    Only one dedicated 9mm in my collection: Sig 239

    Great carry gun, great range gun, decent house gun.
    I am happy with it.
    Picked the 226 in the poll though, because it is the closest and I have one of those too.
     
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