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Suggestions for (used) 9mm single stack for range use

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Bob01, May 26, 2011.

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  1. Bob01

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    Hello All,

    Upon researching 9mm single stack pistols - I ran into the S&W 3913/908s, from the looks of it, it appears what I am looking for:
    - Metal Frame
    - Small Grip/9mm single stack
    - Good Build Quality (Suppose less so for the 908)
    - Stainless (well except for the alloy frame, sights, etc.)

    However it looks like the prices for the used market has inflated a bit. Also, looking more for a range gun not a CCW - any suggestions for something that fits the above constraints in the used market for $400 or under?

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
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  2. docnyt

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    1911 in 9 mm.
     
  3. Lothar Allen

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    1911 in 9mm isn't really going to happen for $400. although you could possibly find a RIA for that price
     
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    beretta 1951
     
  5. kayak-man

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    May be wrong, but I think AIM surpless har Star ModelB's for $380
     
  6. docnyt

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    You can find a NEW RIA 9 mm for close to $400, and definitely a used one for under.
     
  7. rellascout

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    Sig P6 surplus gun. $300
    RIA 9mm used/new depending on your local market $400
     
  8. moonpie

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    the commander sized Star model BM is a good pick
     
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    My bro-in-law was going to let me have what he called "some junk spanish thing" for $100. He couldn't get it apart and he stated he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it. Being the helpful person I am, I took the box from him and told him I'd clean it up and we'd take it shooting the next evening.

    I opened up the box and it was a star super b with really nice and nearly pristine blueing. I cleaned it up and we took it shooting. Stupid thing ran like a top and shot really tight groups (in my hands). I explained what it was and told him I'd take it off his hands if he didn't want it, but he should rethink his price. He decided to keep it and I don't blame him. I can borrow it at any time, though.

    Now I want my own. :(

    Keep us informed on what you get as I'm in the same boat. I either want a cheapo range piece like the star super b or a cz-75. I'm not buying anything for awhile, my ammo stash has gotten embarrassingly low across the board. :eek:
     
  10. blakeci

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    The Walther P1/P38 pistols that are on the market right now are going for $315 to $390
    They are pretty decent single stacks for range use, and except for not coming in Stainless, they seem to fit your criteria
     
  11. jrdavidson

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    Sig P6 and other single stack nines

    I'm a big fan of police surplus european nines. All my single stacks came to me this way.

    My Sig P6 was a great single stack value for the money, as it is the German Police version of the highly appreciated commercial P225. I got mine for $365 and refinished it as it had a lot of holster wear, but it was pristine inside. Side by side with my P225, the only difference is the rollmarks. Many feel the P6/P225 grip ergonomics to be superior to later Sigs. All steel frame with stamped steel slide and internal extractor. The recoil is softer than with many smaller nines, and its easily carried great too, if and when you want to go there.

    I also have a Sig P239 which is a good single stack as well, but its ergonomics are not as good, and its alloy frame means it kicks more (in my experience).

    My Walther P1 (the alloy framed version of the German Army P38) is a classic single stack, but its open slide design means ejected cases come up and left rather than out the usual right side. I also find it doesn't manage recoil as well with two smaller side mounted recoil springs as opposed to a larger centrally mounted recoil spring, but its a fun gun to pull out at the range and pop away with. I only shoot WWB loads (softer) through my P1 because of a concern over cracking the frame.

    Dan's Ammo has NIB P239s right now imported from Germany for $640. That's a good price for a modern single-stack nine. He also has Grade 1 P38s available. Check out the SigForum classifieds for used and not-so-used P225s and P6s.

    Good luck!
     
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    They haven't been $300 for a while. You still can probably find one for around $375 though. I personally think the P6 is a better choice than the Walther P1. Of course, neither of these is stainless.

    Also, AIM is sold out of the Stars - they're also not stainless either.

    Personally, I really think you're limiting yourself by insisting on a single stack. The only area where I think that really buys you something (CCW) is the area you explicitly stated you're not interested in.

    I think you're going to have to give up something here - your list is just a bit too specific.

    If you're willing to compromise on the double-stack then the S&W 5906 is a good choice.
    If you're willing to compromise on the price then the S&W 3913 or a stainless 1911 in 9mm is a good choice.
    If you're willing to compromise on the metal frame and double-stack then the Ruger SR9 is an excellent choice.
    If you're willing to compromise on the stainless then the SIG P6 is a good choice.

    When it comes down to it, I think you need to pick something out of your list that you can live without and remove it. It's hard to be a picky shopper on a firm budget ;).
     
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    Another vote for the Sig P6. You'll pay somewhere between $325 to $425 for one. These can be really great guns, as mentioned above. Just make sure to check the feed ramp to see if the ramp will take hollowpoints, and check the rails (esp. the sides of the rails) for discoloration that indicates the anodizing is worn through.

    The P6 has lots of after market parts and customizing that can be done. Sights, short triggers, different grips, different strength mainsprings, refinishing. You can buy a stock one and leave it stock or make it a truly custom gun.
     
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    Another vote for the P6, my 11 year old likes it because of the grip size and weight.
     
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    If you are patient and know where to look you can still find P6s for $300. Places like GB are not the right place. LOL but even there you can find them for under $350.
     
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    Star BM, if you can find a deal on one. They were around $200 a few years ago; dunno what the going price is on one today.
     
  19. 1KPerDay

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    How about a Walther P.38 or (even cheaper) P1?
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  20. Furncliff

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    The RiA 1911 9mm is a good choice. Centerfire Systems has it for $430...http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911TACA9MM.aspx

    I like my Star b well enough. It's accurate, reliable enough for range gun, cheap. But the one I have has cost me money to get running correctly and I get hammer bites every other time I shoot it (big hands). I like the size and heft of it, sort of a 7/8 ths scale 1911. I've heard good things about the StarBM, nice especially with the shorter barrel. A good used CZ 75(I know not single stack), mine cost $375, is a good choice.
     
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  21. Bob01

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    Liking that 3906 - but appears to be quite rare...

    How is the RIA 1911 vs the Taurus?

    The Bulgarian Markarov 9x18 (single stack) looks to be good for small hands?

    Open to options to non-stainless now :)
     
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    Well do you want a 9mm (9X19, luger, parabellum, nato) or a 9x18 Makarov?
     
  23. Bob01

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    I'm open to either now it seems - Wanted a pistol for range use that was cost effective to feed. The 7.62x25 Yugo M57 was on the top of my list until the surplus ammo all of the sudden dried up....
     
  24. wrench

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    If you're wanting a single stack for small hands, you've really got to hold a S&W 3913. Marvelous.
    I like SIGs, but SIGs don't like me. Trigger reach on a 225 is too long despite the single stack grip. 239 feels like I'm holding a furring strip. :p
     
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    Perhaps a used Kahr K9?
     
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