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What is your favorite 9mm to shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Got_Lead?, Sep 5, 2013.

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Which is your favorite 9mm to shoot?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2013.
  1. Beretta

    43 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Browning Hi Power

    68 vote(s)
    14.5%
  3. Glock

    85 vote(s)
    18.1%
  4. Springfield XD/XDm

    25 vote(s)
    5.3%
  5. CZ-75

    60 vote(s)
    12.8%
  6. Smith & Wesson M&P

    21 vote(s)
    4.5%
  7. Walther

    20 vote(s)
    4.3%
  8. Sig Sauer

    52 vote(s)
    11.1%
  9. Luger

    2 vote(s)
    0.4%
  10. Smith & Wesson 39, 59, etc

    24 vote(s)
    5.1%
  11. Revolver

    1 vote(s)
    0.2%
  12. Other

    69 vote(s)
    14.7%
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  1. Got_Lead?

    Got_Lead? Member

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    That's an interesting observation, I have observed the same thing, I don't think I have ever seen another Hi Power on the range. Everyone seems fascinated with the latest Glocks, Berettas, Judges, and 500 S&W's. But that doesn't mean they're their favorites to shoot.

    My Hi Power sat in my guns safe for nearly a decade, while I played with many other pistols, and one day I took it out and realized how much I enjoyed shooting it. It handled so well, and had such a slim profile. It fits easily in a holster without having to stretch the holster out like snake that just ate a piglet. And it's very accurate.

    I think you would see more of them if they were as prevalent as Glocks are in the gun shops, and if the prices were a little less, they have always gone for a bit more dollars for as long as I can remember. Nice guns though.
     
  2. Inebriated

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  3. jrod

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    I love the BHP! Fun to shoot!
     
  4. 1006

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    The top dog in this category ( for me ) is, without a doubt, the Smith and Wesson 5906TSW. M&P's are nice guns, but this Pistol is in a whole different League. Belgian Hi powers are very nice. :)
     
  5. mljdeckard

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    I love a lot of these, but lately I can't get enough of my wife's XD-9, and she is starting to get upset about it.
     
  6. Bobson

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    I've never seen a BHP at the range either. In fact, I've never seen a 1911 there either. I always see Glocks, a lot of revolvers, and rifles.
     
  7. divotmaker

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    walther ppq
     
  8. DRYHUMOR

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    The only 9s I own are 1911s..... and they are my favorites.
     
  9. Shuler13

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    CZ75. It's as if it were built for me.

    Followed by Caracal C.
     
  10. bannockburn

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    I have quite a few 9mm. pistols to choose from but my one true favorite is my Browning Hi-Power Mk.II.
     
  11. wow6599

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    Browning Hi-Power.
     
  12. TennJed

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    The hi power seems to dominate this thread
     
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  13. Gary A

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    "It's a Hi Power thing. You wouldn't understand." LOL (with apologies to Jeep)
     
  14. Critical J

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    I prefer the Beretta 92, myself...

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  15. el Godfather

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    Voted other in favor of HK. Like Expert, Elite, P30, mp5sd, P7.....
     
  16. csa77

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    browning hi power

    I like it more then the 1911 I used to worship. in the hand, the hi power feels like it melts into my hands becoming part of my arm. now it took a little money time and research to fix the trigger issue. the factory 12lbs pull had to be fixed.
    after 22lb hammer spring, C&S hammer and sear,lightened sear spring, stiffer 18.5 recoil spring w/buff and removing the mag safety I have a pull weight of 4.8 lbs and no hammer follow. throw in a set of maccassar ebony grips from craig spegel, and Iv got a gun im taking to the grave.
     
  17. MedWheeler

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    I only have two, neither of which is on your list, so I chose "other". Those two I do have are from Kel-Tec (PF9) and Ruger (P95.) Believe it or not, it is actually difficult for me to say which is more fun to shoot. Each has its own traits that both enhance, and detract from, the range experience.
     
  18. Gary A

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    I love the P95 but for entirely different reasons than I love the Hi Power. The P95 is the AK47 of 9mm handguns. It ain't a beauty queen but it'll always be there for you when you need it to perform.

    It's not nearly as much fun to shoot, though.
     
  19. Walkalong

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    Here is one of my favorites 9MM autos. I shot it, along with some other pistols, revolvers, and calibers today.
     
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    I don't own any full-size 9's, preferring compact/subcompact for off-duty, and retirement, usage.

    I own a couple of G26's, a 3913, CS9 & a SW999c (in the original AS mode, giving it DA & SA capability).

    After having worked as a LE firearms instructor for more than 20 years, I don't shoot for "enjoyment". (Unless it's a Single Action revolver, perhaps, which provides some nostalgia in the form of remembering when I was growing up and first learning to shoot. ;) )

    For those occasional instances when I find myself choosing a 9mm pistol to use while working a range session, and I don't feel I'll need one of my .40's or .45's for instruction & demo purposes, I'll sometimes choose either my 3913 or my SW999c. Both are lightweight (although the 999c is obviously a bit lighter, having a "plastic" frame), and for those times when I feel like running slow-fire drills out at 50-75+ yds, the SA trigger on the 999c is outstanding.

    Sure, I've run both of my G26's out to 100 yds for accuracy drills, and they're capable of doing the job. Good enough "tools" for their intended roles. I can make them work ... but their grip, ergos and triggers are ... not something that makes me go "hmmm".

    I bought a M&P 40c instead of a 9c, but the 9c's I've used have all been better balanced and possessed of more comfortable ergonomics. Their triggers are also a bit lackluster, but certainly serviceable.

    If I'm looking at it from an overall perspective, though ... meaning more than just a good quality "service" gun ... I simply like the grip angles, ergos and balance of the 3913 & 999c. I prefer the trigger pull & recovery characteristics of them to that of the G26's. Also, as good as the 3913's trigger pull is in both DA & SA modes, the 999c is noticeably better when it comes to smoothness and lightness.

    My CS9 runs a close second to the 3rd gen S&W and the S&W/Walther.

    Now, if I were going to be picking a full-size 9mm for range enjoyment & target shooting, it would be the 5906PC I borrowed from another instructor some years ago. The all-stainless steel frame gave it a great heft to mitigate the already-reduced recoil of the 9mm cartridge, and the accuracy was amazing. The PC trigger was amazing, and the tight tolerances of the PC gun, its Briley barrel bushing, made it seem amazingly easy to overlap holes on the targets. It handled and was even easier to shoot than an early 6906PC "training gun" I used off & on for many years.
     
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  22. Nordeste

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    Difficult to pick up just one. I haven't ever shot a Hi-Power (would love to), but out of those 9s I've shot, I'd say the CZ Shadow and G17 are the ones that fit my hand better. I also like my 92FS a lot and love my STAR 30M (the trigger is perhaps the best of all the group).
     
  23. Esoxchaser

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    Today Sig P226 Elite. Yesterday it was a Sig M11-A1. Tomorrow it will probably be a Springfield EMP. Love the one you're with. :)
     
  24. mikey01

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    Walther PPQ
     
  25. CharlieDeltaJuliet

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    My absolute favorite is a Sig P229. An Hk would be a close second.
     
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