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Your "favorite" semiauto

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by John_R, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. bassjam

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    You say you've never shot a CZ75 or Beretta 92, so do yourself a favor and go rent them. I love my 75b and after shooting a friends 92f am on the lookout for one of those as well. I'd pick up a SIG226 for the right price, but I don't think they're worth the $300-400 more over the CZ and Beretta that I typically see.
     
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  2. HPCadm17

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    It is very difficult to pick a "favorite" semi-auto, because my preference changes with the wind... I like them all, but at the moment I'd have to go with the SIG P229r in .40S&W. This thing tames the snap of the .40 and is very accurate in SA mode. But next week it will be a different gun, I guarantee it.
     
  3. John_R

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    It's on my to-do list this week. The only rental range here has a P226 Mk 25, a CZ75 SP01 Tactical, and a 92FS.
     
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    :) Yeah, see my above post. CZ, Sig, Beretta, in whatever order you please.

    With patience and a couple years on the trail, I landed all three. I prefer the CZ of the bunch, but they each hold their own against the other. They all have "IT".
    I prefer the older guns without the tactical rails (thus the CZ 75 pre B over the SP01, and the W German P226 over the newer Sigs), but that's a personal preference.
     
  5. ATLDave

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    Full-size Tanfoglios. I use them for competition, so I shoot them a lot and frequently.
     
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    +1

    only thing I find mine useful for is spending a lot more time cleaning.
     
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    We can be friends.

    If I had to narrow it down to just one:
    P226
     
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    It's a heck of a shooter and I would happily let you try it out if we lived anywhere near each other. But alas we are states apart.
     
  11. doubleh

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    IMO no other semi-auto trigger system is as good as the 1911. Since I'm the one that has to be satisfied that makes my 1911's my favorite center fire semi-autos.Some of the others have pretty good triggers, just not quite as good as the 1911's.
     
  12. Bartojc

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    Of semi-autos that I own my 1911 in 9mm is my favorite. I started with plastic pistols years ago, then my BIL let me try his third hand Sig. Not even sure what model, but it was in 9mm as well. That Sig was so nice it was then that I realize that there was more to semi-autos than black plastic. :)

    re: Ruger SR9c. I almost let mine go at one time. Was going to sell or trade it then I had second thoughts. It is my best shooting polymer pistol I own and I am glad I still own it .

    -Jeff
     
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  13. George P

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    Of the semi auto CF guns I own, (as opposed to a few friends let me shoot), my favorites are my HK P7s. TOTALLY ambidextrous, no levers anywhere; heavy enough to make control great; fixed barrel for better accuracy; eats everything and will even work without an extractor if need be.
    Besides, they just look cool
     
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  15. MTMilitiaman

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    I'm not a fan of 1911s, or pretty much any single stack auto. Seven or eight rounds in a two pound gun just doesn't do it for me.
    My first handgun was a HK USP Tactical 45. It was never very reliable and had a crappy trigger. And HK customer service was a bunch of uber snobs. My friend has a USP 45 that I shoot every once in a while, and I am constantly amazed at how much muzzle flip it has. IMO, HK isn't worth the added money over something like a Glock.
    I have owned a SAO SIG P220 .45. The gun was smooth and very reliable, just not enough bullets. I would love to own another SIG, but I am thinking SAO Legion P226, so I get that sweet trigger and some capacity.
    I have some time on a Ruger P90 .45. Trigger wasn't fantastic, but it was built like a tank and was very accurate. Good gun for the money, but it was a decocker only model and again, it was a single stack. Also have shot a few Ruger Mk Is and MK IIs. Actually learned to shoot a handgun on one. Fantastic little plinkers. If I needed a rimfire auto, it would be a Ruger.
    Also have some experience with a pair of Beretta M92FSs. The Beretta is everything a handgun shouldn't be to me, and I despise it. It is a double action auto and it makes you carry it hammer down. Two different trigger pulls on the same gun? Not acceptable. Strike one. The safety was obviously designed by someone with more experience eating leaded paint chips than using a handgun, because it is in the least convenient place and operates in the least convenient manner imaginable, and possesses not one single advantage over a properly placed frame mounted and down swept safety. Inexcusable, strike two. The pistol is too big and complicated for the amount of firepower it offers--a Glock 19 has the same capacity but is simpler, smaller, lighter, and has a better trigger. And the triggers. The triggers on both the Berettas I have fired are truly atrocious--like dragging a cinder block across gravel with your finger. Strike three, and four. Beretta is probably my least favorite handgun of all time.
    There are three Desert Eagles in my family--two older Mk VIIs in .44 Mag and one newer Mk XIX in .50AE. They are obnoxiously fun--accurate, loud, powerful--but too big to be practical for anything but the square range. I could give them a pass on the single stack mag, since the cartridges it is chambered for mean the Desert Eagle can only really be compared to revolvers, but that safety is still no-go for serious use. Fun yes, but personally, I'd spend my money on a lever action carbine if I needed a the capacity and power of the Desert Eagle, because the carbine would be only marginally heavier and offers much more utility.
    Also shot a few rounds out of an older S&W 9mm. It was okay. I remember the safety being a little complicated, but the pistol was the proper size and capacity and seemed to do what I think a handgun of that type should.
    Fired a few different Springfield XDs. They again, are okay. I am more established on the Glock and found the XD to be pretty underwhelming, really. I remember when they said the XD was going to be a Glock killer. Ummm, no.
    Also have a few rounds through a Walter P99. That was a pretty sweet little gun. It shot really well. If I wasn't so invested in the Glock, the Walter might be the striker fired handgun for me. Also handled a PPQ at a gunstore, and marveled at the trigger. Still prefer the simplicity, modularity, and aftermarket support of the Glock, but Walters are nice, for sure.

    I like Glocks. I know they are ugly and utilitarian, but that is kind of why they appeal to me. They are all business, crude and unrefined, but reliable and effective. People like to diss on the Glock trigger, but I personally prefer the Glock trigger to any double action auto I've experienced. It is the same from the first round to slide lock, it has a short reset, and the mushiness smooths out considerably with use. I don't buy the current misconception, that a crappy trigger is a safe trigger. I think I am sticking to Glock for my striker fired pistol needs.
    I also don't mind SIGs, although my interest is limited to their SAO models. I don't have a lot of experience with CZ, although again, I would limit my interest to models with a safety that can be carried cocked and locked, rather than the decocker models. I am interested in the Browning Hi Power, and may have to scratch that itch eventually.
     
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    Hate Glocks, and other than having an aftermarket advantage, I just don't get it... 1911s are okay, but too heavy for the low round count. Plus, I prefer no safeties on my carry weapon.

    My favorites are metal CZs, S&W M&Ps, HKs, Walthers, and XDs.. My XDs actually feel better in my hand, and I prefer them over my M&Ps I currently own and Glocks I've happy did away with...
     
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    I like SAO pistols! Its not all I have but I like them best.

    My favorite Semi auto Is a Tanfoglio Elite Match in .40. Awesome pistol! I have put allot of aftermarket parts into it. But out of the box it had the best SA trigger of any pistol I've owned including pistols costing 3-4 times as much. A new favorite of mine is the CZ Shadow 2 9mm which I converted to SAO and installed a flat trigger from Cajun Gun works.. After polishing the internals it has about a 2 lbs trigger with short reset.

    They are my favs!
     
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    Have always love this well built, solid performer. Nice mild shooting, 17 round magazine for a Compact. Always dependable.


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    Of all of his creations? The Ma Deuce :evil:

    Of his handguns? The Browning High Power, acknowledging of course that it wasn't completely his creation.

    Also wouldn't mind having a BAR :cool:
     
  22. jstert

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    i’m a revolver guy, don’t even own a glock or 1911, so it’s pretty easy for me to pick two semiauto pistols: sig p238 380acp and ruger sr22 22lr.

    the p238 is new, i’ve only put 100 or so rounds through it but what a joy to shoot. 380acp works well for my needs. is there a better semiauto ccw? i don’t know but my search is done.

    i’ve had the sr22 for 3-4 years and put many 1000s of all kinds of 22lr ammo through it. very handy, very easy and very reliable, the sr22 is great for plinking, range fun, walking around, for youngsters and oldsters alike, a true swiss army knife of a semiauto pistol.

    my dad’s ww2 bringback, a german marked browning hipower 9mm that he carried 1944-45 as an m.p., would be a favorite but some lowlife stole it just before he died and i returned from japan on emergency leave.
     
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  23. Sistema1927

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    Ok, so you don't weigh the same as a duck. We won't burn you.
     
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    My new favorite has become my recently acquired Walther PPQ M2 .22
     
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    Beretta 92
     
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