Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Walking Dead, Aug 16, 2012.
As far as the others on the list, I'd also like to try the FNS without the manual safety. I've always liked that company as well, but have no real hands on experience with it.
They redefined the word compact when they hit.
That said, for the poll choices, I will admit that I've never handled nor fired an FNS or an XD. I own a Glock and M&P and have shot a Ruger SR9. Between them I prefer the M&P.
Ignoring price, between the SR9 and the Glock I'd say that the Glock is a better gun simply due to the lack of annoying features (shark-fin LCI, thumb safety, mag disconnect). If Ruger took those off I'd consider it every bit the gun that the Glock is, and even as-is I think that the annoyances are made up for by the difference in price (basically, I still think the Ruger SR9 is a better value).
Kahr or Glock would be my choice.
Springfield XD (But not the "m")
Why: very good ergonomics, point shoots very naturally
Havent handled the FN or the M&P yet.
Ergonomics, Aesthetics, Size
Ergonomics, aesthetics, size.
A Glock is a Glock is a Glock. Be it one with night sights, or a 3.5# disconnect, etc. Boring, uninspired pieces of polymer where a "parent" would have a hard time picking out their "children" from a line up.
...but I'll be damned if I don't own three of them I hate it, but I love them. The ease of maintenance, the quick field strip, the round count that they handle without needing major work. I'm also a huge Ruger fan. I had an SR9 that peened. Sold it. I handled a P95. Nice gun, but not my favorite.
Glocks are NOT perfection. Hell, they might not even be the "best", but they work for me, and when I shop for a striker fired gun it's a good bet that I'm coming home with a Glock.
I've found Kahr, especially the steel framed ones to be the most finely made of the striker fire pistols.
My M&P9 is one of the most comfortable guns to shoot that I own and as a combat pistol would take it in a heartbeat over a Glock, XD, etc... but that doesn't make it better. It just means it fits ME better. The guns are probably objectively the same level of quality.
I'm curious why HK isn't on there. Or the Ruger P series and SW SV series; they're a great value. If I ever came across a good deal on a used P or SV, I'd jump on it just because.
So of the ones I've actually fired, I rate them Glock, XD, SV-9, Sigma, HK USP dead last.
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