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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Baldman, Dec 9, 2012.

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  1. Pilot

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    You don't have to just stick with a polymer framed gun, especially since you won't be carrying it. I suggest looking for a CZ-75B, or other CZ-75 variant like an SP-01, or P-01. These are accurate, reliable, and comfortable pistols to shoot at the range.

    Others to consider:

    Sig P226/P229 (aluminum alloy framed)
    Beretta 92FS (aluminum alloy framed)
    HK USP (polymer framed)
    EAA Witness (CZ clone, steel framed)
    Glock G17/G19 (polymer framed)
     
  2. mesinge2

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    Good advice, and you can often either find a conversion kit or complete gun in the same platform/size/~weight as your primary. For example:

    .45 ACP Colt Combat Elite

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    .22 LR SIG 1911-22

    My22LRSIG1911-221.jpg
     
  3. BearGriz

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    And just saying "You want ______. Period." not only has the hint of fanboy, it doesn't offer much compelling information. I don't doubt that you have loads of guns (seriously 100? that is impressive and...wow). I guess I just tire of posts that say "What you want is this!!" without any additional information.

    In your second post you offered some added information that helped make your case and gave more information to the OP (like your background, experience, and some reasons why the Glock fit the bill). I like posts like your second one more than your first one; but, like you said, we're all free to offer opinions and thoughts (brief or extensive).

    In the end it looks like the OP now has a more focused list of possible handguns that he can go and test drive (and he sounds satisfied), so everyone wins! :)
     
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  4. otasan56

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    I'd get a 3rd or 4th Generation Glock 17 or 19. It can accept laser pointers and flashlights, and they are 100% reliable. They can handle +p+ ammo just fine. I have owned a G17 since 1989.
     
  5. Shadow 7D

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    USED guns (honestly, most guns get shot VERY little)
    Stoeger Cougar (same gun (Beretta 8000 series) built on the same equipment, in a cheaper labor market - Turkey)


    Try before you buy, or accept you will 'move' through a number of guns

    And DON'T expect one gun to do it all
    cause we all know that is what a laser pistol in the 40Kw range is for...... (it don't exist)
     
  6. targetshooter22

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    Hey, I know this is the Autoloader part of the forum, but have you considered a revolver? In your price range there are some pretty nice Smith's and Rugers, and with the exception of the laser sight, nearly all your stated requirements are met. In addition to those, a revolver is likely to be most accommodating to small hands and easy operation.
     
  7. B!ngo

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    That. I suppose you could rent one to be sure, but if you're a new shooter, it will take some time to work through the vagaries of all of the options. The sure fire (sorry), lowest risk, easiest handling, value retaining, accessories available, less-than-$500 shooter is the Glock 19. It's hard to imagine you can go wrong.
    If you want to spend the time and run through the complete science experiment by testing (renting) all of the ones listed above, reading all of the review on same, by all means do so. But it is most likely that you will end up with the same one, and if you choose another, in six months you may be saying, 'Well, I really should have just purchased that G19'.
    I don't even own one, but everyone I speak with, and every comment I read leads me to the same conclusion.
     
  8. el Godfather

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    Over the years I have bought and sold many handguns, but since 1990 Glock 19 has stayed with.
     
  9. rskent

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    Glock 19, You could do a lot worse.
     
  10. Kabal

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    I am curious as to why so many of you guys recommend the Glock 19 instead of the Glock 17.

    The Glock 19 is obviously a little easier to carry and to conceal than the Glock 17, but the OP clearly wants a gun for target shooting, not CCW.

    Does the 19 fit your hands better than the 17?


    By the way, I'd still get a Gen 3 model, unless the Gen 4 backstrap feels significantly better in your hand.
     
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