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What's Your Favorite 9mm Pistol to Shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tallball, Aug 14, 2021.

  1. Tallball

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    Mine has changed over time...

    I must have been about 23 years old, and it was probably 1988. I'd heard that the Hungarian FEG Browning High Power "clones" were pretty good (probably read it in a gun magazine). I got one at a gun show for $200 and was pleased with it. It was my first 9mm pistol. It was reliable and I could shoot it fairly well. The small sights didn't bother my young eyes much, and I was used to DA revolver triggers, so the somewhat gritty SA trigger didn't seem bad.

    A couple of years later the Clinton magazine ban thingie was about to go into effect. I decided that I would get myself a high capacity DA/SA 9mm while I still could. I'd heard that the Taurus "clones" of the Beretta 92 were dependable pistols, so I bought one NiB at the LGS. It was the model with large adjustable sights, so it was easier to shoot. It became my new favorite 9mm pistol.

    About 25 years after that, I decided I would get myself one of those CZ75 thingies that everyone liked so much. I got an Israeli surplus Tanfoglio "clone". It had a very nice trigger, decent sights, and fit my hand like a glove. So it, of course, became my favorite...

    Until I heard how great the Walther PPQ was. I happened to run into a used one (not a clone, for a change) in nice condition for a very nice price. Its trigger was divine. I was able to put the larger grip panels onto it for my XL hands. The sights were excellent. I shot it well. I had a new favorite.

    Then something weird happened. I'd owned a couple of 1911's. They were cool pistols... you know, big 45's. But a couple of years ago there was a nice-looking 1911 pistol in the used case at the LGS... and the crazy thing was that it was 9mm!! I liked the trigger and sights and I got it for not much, so you know... I had another range toy. I took it to the range with me sometimes. I always take at least one 9mm pistol with me.

    So I had a great CZ75 clone, a great PPQ, some nice Glocks, Rugers, S&W, whatever, in the gun safe, but the 9mm pistol I kept taking to the range with me instead was the cheap used 1911. It definitely became my favorite 9mm pistol to shoot. I thought my taste in 9mm pistols would keep getting more and more modern, and I was completely incorrect.

    My goal is to never sell a gun I like, so I still have all of my favorite 9mm pistols. :)






     
  2. guzzi

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    One of my favorite is owned by a fellow who provided the the ammo and does the cleaning.

    It's a CZ Parrot. What a joy that this is.
     
  3. LocoGringo

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    I've owned Springfield Armory XDs, XDMs, I own a Glock 17, my wife has a 3.5" bull barreled 1911, a Kahr CM9 and I have a STI Marauder. I love 1911s, high capacity, fiber optic sights and a great trigger...guess which is my favorite...

    I would like to own a Dan Wesson Specialist Commander in 9mm.
     
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  4. JR24

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    Easy, the one that replaced my earlier favorite.
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    [Wilson Combat EDC X9]

    Runner up is a Sig 226 Legion

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    S&W 639 is so heavy the recoil is like a 22LR
     
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  6. JDGray

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    Mine used to be my CZ75B SA, but my P226 Legion has swayed my opinion.
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    1. Any of my 3 Hi Powers

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    2. Edit: removed the CZ97B as I see the OP specified 9mm
     

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  8. gc70

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    I was fickle about pistols until the late 1980s. Then I came across a Mauser Parabellum 29/70, which was Mauser's 1970s reissue of a 1929 Swiss Luger. That gun was not such a great shooter as it was fun because it was so different from what I had owned previously.

    Later, I found a Colt M1991A1 in 9mm which was a great shooter and it replaced the "Luger." After 20 years of fun, I traded the M1991A1 for a newer Colt Model O-1992, which I still have.

    Shortly after my state passed a concealed carry law, I bought an HK P7. That gun was incredible for concealed carry and its manual of arms was as natural to me as breathing. Unfortunately, the manual of arms was so different from everything else I owned that I soon recognized I needed to commit exclusively to the P7 or let it move on; I chose the latter.

    After the P7, I floated along for a number of years shooting my 1911 and dabbling with other pistols. Fairly recently, I surprised myself with a new favorite shooter. Over time, I had owned four Beretta 92FS/M9 pistols which had been okay, but nothing special. Then I bought a Beretta 92A1 and everything changed. It had subtle changes from my earlier Berettas that checked all of the boxes for me. I also bought a .22LR conversion kit, so I now get double duty from the 92A1.

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  9. The Last Outlaw

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    I have a few 9mm handguns. My favorite(which I also am most accurate with) is a Grand Power P1. Feels perfect in my hand, ambidextrous everything(I am cursed with being a lefty), and I swear that rotating barrel seems like a gimmick but I think it mitigates recoil slightly.
     
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    I started with a Tanfoglio Witness, then moved to a CZ PCR, then PPQ M2, then Springfield EMP4. All were great guns, and I still enjoy the last 3, but have my eye on a Canik Mete SFX with its longer barrel and other refinements. It's an endless quest for me, but a fun one!
     
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    any flavor of CZ 75 and Sig P226 is ok for me
     
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    Beretta APX Centurion 1-Beretta APX Centurian 9mm.jpg
     
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  13. Buzznrose

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    My favorite 9MM to shoot belongs to a friend. It is a compensated long slide Staccato.

    My favorite 9MM I own that I shoot is my Glock 17.

    The 9MM pistol I shoot the most is a toss up between my two carry guns, a Glock 19 and a Glock 43X.

    I may end up with a Staccato at some point…but for now, my Glocks serve me well.
     
  14. LiveLife

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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    MP40 clone. The 25 round capacity mag is big fun.
     
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  16. mokin

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    Mine is a Browning Hi Power IMG_20210815_072603738.jpg

    Although I've retired it from EDC, I still take it to 3 Gun shoots and we spend a lot of time at the range. Did very well with it in the match yesterday :)
     
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    My 1911's and my Caniks.
     
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    I like them all. Saves from having to pick just one too. :)
     
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  19. doubleh

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    Mine is a stainless Taurus PT1911. It has that unbeatable 1911 trigger and enough weight to make it very comfortable to shoot. A set of those ugly Hogue finger groove rubber grips make it even better.
     
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    Smith & Wesson 659 9 mm when real steel guns were made. View attachment 1018208

    Sadly today, Taurus G3C
     
  21. The Bushmaster

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    M43 Firestar.
     
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  22. LiveLife

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    Citadel 1911 is target model of Armscor RIA 1911. While I consider RIA "Glock" of 1911 with enlarged chamber mouth that will reliably feed even sloppy reloads, Citadel is an underrated 1911 that actually produced slightly smaller groups than my railed Sig 1911 that produced 2" groups at 25 yards.

    Of course, with tighter tolerances and chamber, it does require in spec ammunition to feed reliably, like Sig 1911 with tight chamber and shorter leade.

    I have plans to get a 9mm 1911 in the future along with 9mm AR pistols but in the meantime, I have fun with 9mm AR carbines.

    For me, it's Gen3 Glock 22/23 with KKM/BCA/LW/TK 40-9 conversion barrels.

    Both did not move the front sight when dry fired out of the box (Yeah, it took checking several pistols) and as trigger surfaces smoothed out, accuracy improved.

    They are now my primary choice of defense/carry pistols and using 40-9 conversion barrels allow cheaper (I reload) and more frequent point shooting practice that often run several hundred rounds per range session. I sometimes end the range session with factory/premium JHP 40S&W ammunition I use and POA/POI is readily transferable from 9mm practice at defensive distances and we fight like we train.
     
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  23. Tallball

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    Thanks LL. I knew it was made by RIA, but I didn't know it was a fancier version. Apparently my friend at the LGS didn't either. It's digested many hundreds of rounds of random 9mm range ammo with zero problems so far. :)

    The 1911 is just my favorite to shoot.

    For CC, something like the G43 or LC9s pro would be my choice.

    For HD, probably one of my big service pistols that I have extra high capacity mag for, like maybe the G17.

    But for just punching holes in paper, or plinking at old cans or whatever, I enjoy the 1911 the most.
     
  24. .308 Norma

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    My Sig M11-A1 is my favorite. However, as odd as this might sound to some folks, I really do like shooting my Glock 19 - it's simple, reliable, accurate, and I'm pretty darned good with it if I say so myself.;)
     
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  25. WVsig

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    The one at 12 o'clock.

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