Looking for a good pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fyurstarter, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. ET

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    My vote is for the M&P also. I do own a Glock 21sf & I love the way it feels with a pachmeyr grip, but I do have large hands. I like the M&P because the largest back strap is perfect for me. The M&P gives you different grip sizes with the three back straps that come with it. S&W did well with the M&P line of guns. You could do worse.
     
  2. Four_Speed

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    I'd like to have the full bird someday, but not the shiny obnoxious ones that are out there. They would be perfect for not-so-concealed carry.
     
  3. Dr_B

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    The Sig P250 is affordable, comes in 9mm, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP, and has different sized frames that can be bought to fit your hand.
     
  4. fyurstarter

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    ET- I've got pretty big hands also, but every time I had to drop a mag in my Glock 21, I had to tilt the weapon slightly sideways to thumb the mag release. I've looked at the M&P line of weapons and have heard a lot of positive things about them too, but still have to find somewhere around here that both sells weapons AND has a range to try a few of them out.
    Four_Speed- Aww come on, you know you want the Desert Eagle that's more like a dangerous piece of jewelry....that just adds to the wow factor when you whip that puppy out at the local range and hold it sideways while burning through a full mag without hitting anything you were actually shooting at. :D
     
  5. fyurstarter

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    Dr_B- The P250 looks nice, what do you think about the P220?
     
  6. wilbur970

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    SA?

    I'm really sorry about this question but what is a "SA"? I think on another post I said something about needing a dictionary for the abbreviations that are tossed around on these websites. I love firearms and own 6 of them but I'm new to the web discussions (obviously). Thanks, sorry to be slightly off topic...
     
  7. fyurstarter

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    No problem..
    SA = Springfield Armory
     
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    They are a little expensive but the Kahr's are great. I have 17 autoloading handguns and I keep pulling a K9 out of the safe when I head out...
     
  9. Thompsoncustom

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    Just to make it more confusing for ya it is Also "Single action" sometimes depending on how you are using it. Also my vote would go to the cz 97b or the 75b both are great pistol but the 75b is slimmer, I CCW a cz 75b so I guess i'm a little bais :)
     
  10. chrt396

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    You mentioned the Springfield 1911. Great choice! Good gun..beautiful...and easy to shoot..and very accurate. I warn you however..they are addictive!!

    The Sig is a great pistol as well. I prefer the 1911..but either one would be a great choice. Have fun with whatever you choose!
     
  11. jackpinesavages

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    21sf or Gen 4 with the backstraps...
     
  12. ugaarguy

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    Can you describe in a little more detail what you mean by "general use"? Range, carry, car / truck gun, home defense gun? Primary use will help folks make more informed responses.
     
  13. TXHORNS

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    For me the main advantages are the better quality small parts (easily changed out in the Springer), the fact its made here in the US and that its one of a few "affordable" 1911's that comes blued nowadays. Those things considered I think the Colt is a better value over the Springer FOR ME. Now if I was a big Pele fan or Jiu-Jitsu fighter maybe I'd favor the Springer :)

    1911's are the ultimate gun of preference. I don't NEED a beavertail safety or novak sights. I have guns that closely resemble the original and others with all the bells and whistles. I can appreciate both setups but prefer a regular old Colt. If I was buying a new Colt today it would be an 80 series 1991 or a Series 70 Reproduction. Pretty plain but near perfection for me, only upgrades I'd consider would be sights and a trigger which would be under $150. The XSE lineup is very nice as well if you know you want a few "upgrades" and don't mind the front cocking serrations. Gun market is also soft right now, lots of good deals on used guns all around, including Colts.
     
  14. fyurstarter

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    I'm really considering a Colt....if I can cough up the cash for one. I'm pretty sure that if I were buying one I'd be looking for an 80 series Government Model.
     
  15. Jrsmith

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    I'll weigh in with my $.02

    For a straight up range gun, sweet shooter, I've not found anything personally better than my old W. German Sig P220. That's the single greatest shooter I've got or fired. Everyone I know who's shot mine, tried to take it home :cuss:

    That said, I'm also very happy with my SA GI 1911, with the old school GI sights. It shoots straight, has never jammed, and has a great trigger, what more can you ask? I even shot it next to a buddies Colt (I misremember the exact model) 1911, and I really didn't notice anything different (other than the sights, but I chose those specifically).

    But really, its up to the shooter. Sounds like you're leaning towards a Colt, not a bad choice at all.
     
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    I really like the idea of a new Sig P220 Elite Dark, but I also really like the idea of a 1911.
    I know realistically that the chance of running a suppressor on any pistol I own is pretty slim at this point....otherwise I'd be going with the Sig hands down.
     
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    as in the words of Mr Jrsmith. I ll weigh in my $0.02. I have been a big sig fan since the late 90s. But I do not have any experience with a sig p220, so I wont comment on the 220.
    I do however have a Sig 1911 tactical ops that is just plain awesome. Great shooter no problems with about 2000 rds of standard fmj and hollow point ammo. If you buy any of the sig 1911 s I think you ll be happy with them. In my experience, sig 1911 is hands down more reliable than any SA, made in the last 2 yrs. I have a couple of friends that have colt series 80 1911. And they swear by them. So I think a colt would also be a good choice...
     
  18. Too_Pure

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    And this is how the Glock hate starts.

    "The grip is too big for my little hands. Therefore I dislike Glocks in general."

    Sorry, but that makes no sense whatsoever.
     
  19. Spartan299

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    Nephew, you know you want the Colt Commander. You have desired the Commander ever since you saw mine. Stop droolin' and take the plunge! :neener:

    Bein' serious for a moment, we just need ta get you up to KCMO and let ya shoot all the 1911s I've got. You can try out the XDm40 if ya want, but I'm checkin' yur range bag before we leave (jus' ta make sure ya ain't "long term borrowin'").

    Lots of good suggestions on here (except for the favorable Glock comments). :evil:

    Teasin' boys! Settle yourselves!
     
  20. fyurstarter

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    I don't hate Glocks- at some point I'll probably buy another just because they're so tough and require little maintenance, BUT at this point I'm looking for something in 45 that handles a little better, is a little better balanced than my Glock 21 was, and I'd prefer a weapon with a full metal frame.
    Spartan- Yeah....I need to make it over that way and YES I'd like to have a Colt Commander, but I'm really leaning toward a SA Loaded as my first 1911.
     
  21. fyurstarter

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    I'm a bit surprised nobody has mentioned Kimber...
    Anyone have any thoughts on Kimber pistols?
     
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    I love my kimber, I sold a h&K USP 45 years ago to buy my series 1 stainless target. its more accurate and more reliable(the USP used to stove pipe about once out of 100-150 rounds). also the Kimbers trigger is so crisp, its like breaking glass.


    I dont think you could get a more accurate or reliable .45
     
  23. TXHORNS

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    csa77: You have a nice pistola but its not the same thing Kimber is putting out there today, pretty different from the series II stuff.
     
  24. fyurstarter

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    TXHORNS- Different in a good or bad way?
    I'm going out tomorrow or the next day to check out a few pistols....so hopefully after I've handled a few of the suggested arms from everyone on this thread, I'll have a good idea of what I'm going to throw down some cash on.
    And just in case everyone doesn't already know this...Spartan299 is quite possibly one of the coolest guys ever. :neener:
     
  25. TXHORNS

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    I'd prefer pre-II.
     
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