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#3173117 - 02/22/13 01:31 PM Need y'all's advice on handgun
8 Point

Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 2051
Loc: alabama

I have never owned a semi auto pistol , I have leaned to the revolvers side, with that said I am in the market for a good semi auto , I have no one type or cal in mind so I am pretty much open to all makes , I would like it to be either a 9 ,40 or 45 cal , it will mostly be for plinking and just to say I have one , but would like to be able to carry it if need be , I don't want no jam o matic so I want to stay will a good name brand , I have a budget of 600 or so , I don't much like the looks of a glock but would still be happy with one if its the right fit , the one that's kinda caught my eye is a beretta 92fs , my local shop has a used one for 389 or new for 600 plus tax , just kinda wanted to hear y'all's suggestions before i buy, I one thing I would love to have on it is a laser site or the ability to add one later . Of course ammo selection and price is a big factory as well , thanks for your advice .
#3173147 - 02/22/13 02:03 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: southernhunter]
10 Point

Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 3862
Loc: crossville tn

Glock or kahr or S&W mp
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#3173157 - 02/22/13 02:12 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: southernhunter]
8 Point

Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 1802
Loc: Hickman County, TN

With a budget of $600, pretty much everything (except custom shop pieces or some of the pricier 45's) is available to you. If you can find a shop that has one and are interested in a compact, check out a Walther PPS. It comes in either 9mm or 40S&W and you can mount a laser on the rail under the barrel.
#3173222 - 02/22/13 03:42 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: woodchuckc]
6 Point

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 892
Loc: Unicoi Tn.

Opinions are like rear-ends, everybody has one. I tend to be a .45 cal fan. But if you say it's just for plinking and some carry, I would go with a 9mm of some sort. They are cheaper to shoot. You really should shop around and handle a few. See what fits your hand the best. Most of the leading brands will give you good service.
#3173225 - 02/22/13 03:43 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: woodchuckc]
10 Point

Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 2520
Loc: Washington County

I carry a Kahr P9. It is the most comfortable and concealable pistol I have ever carried.
Some people are alive simply because it is illegal to kill them.

#3173229 - 02/22/13 03:50 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: rdl65]
1 good shot
10 Point

Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 2580
Loc: memphis

i gave my berretta 92 away never did like it
i've shot several never had any consistancy with any of them

#3173247 - 02/22/13 04:33 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: 1 good shot]
8 Point

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 1656
Loc: Maryville, TN

#3173446 - 02/22/13 08:20 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: Nhill]
8 Point

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 1709
Loc: Collierville

For a standard semi-auto, you would be hard pressed to beat a Glock or Springfield Armory XD. I really like the .40 cal but that is just my opinion. I carry a Glock 23 which is a good compromise on size for carry. It is still big enough to be fun shooting but conceals well. A 1911 will be a step up but also has some advantages. I also carry a KImber Pro CDP II and really like the way it fits my hand. I would hold as many as you can and most likely you will find one that "just fits."
#3173536 - 02/22/13 09:14 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: TNRifleman]
10 Point

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 3543
Loc: Knoxville

So many smallmouth, so little time.

#3173627 - 02/22/13 11:09 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: Kimberman]
14 Point

Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 8467
Loc: Collierville,TN.

Glock or sig no doubt

Edited by W.Seay (02/22/13 11:10 PM)
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#3173646 - 02/23/13 12:13 AM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: W.Seay]
8 Point

Registered: 01/22/12
Posts: 1240
Loc: shelby co TN

I recomend a sig or beretta
#3173650 - 02/23/13 12:26 AM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: W.Seay]
4 Point

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 111
Loc: Washington County, TN

The best advice I can give anyone is to shoot some first. Try to find an indoor range that does rentals. Find the action your looking for or what fits your hand not mine. I would just stay with the major brands sig, glock, Springfield, kahr, ruger, ect.... 1911s are nice but if your not willing to carry cocked and locked then I wouldn't recommend one. I personally carry a sig p238. Its basically a miniature 1911 and in .380. Easy to carry and conceal and dependable. Extremely accurate for its size. Pic out dif aspects that your looking for. Do you want an external safety. Single action double action. Short or long trigger. I'm going through all of this with my wife. So far is between a sig like mine vs Smith body guard. Hope this helps. If I had to recommend I would say tarus slim, Springfield xd, or glock.
#3173679 - 02/23/13 03:51 AM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: TNRifleman]
8 Point

Registered: 01/21/13
Posts: 1092
Loc: TN, Rhea,

XD no doubt. It won pistol of the year for how many years? Also it wont break the bank and is reliable. 9mm for plinking and economical ammo. TNrifleman I agree about the kimber (I have a Ultra CDP as well) but that is a bit over the 600 mark.
We the unwanted, do the unthinkable, for the ungrateful.
In Each Other We Trust.

#3173743 - 02/23/13 07:10 AM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: Nhill]
18 Point

Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 21393
Loc: lenoir city,tn

 Originally Posted By: Nhill

there is nothing else.

#3173967 - 02/23/13 02:52 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: stik]
4 Point

Registered: 08/18/11
Posts: 116
Loc: Arlington

Springfield XD 45
#3173995 - 02/23/13 03:40 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: southernhunter]
8 Point

Registered: 07/14/08
Posts: 1469
Loc: Nashville, TN

If you can get a used Berreta 92 for $389, I would be all over that. Berreta's are great shooters but they are finicky about cheap ammo. A freind of mine has a 92 and I have an M9. You have to shoot quality ammo out of them, no russian surplus.
#3174258 - 02/23/13 09:08 PM Re: Need y'all's advice on handgun [Re: JimFromTN]
16 Point

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 16574
Loc: Tampa FL


American made 16 rounds of reliable fire power.

I carry a M&P45 and absolutely love it. No problems what so ever other than the price of ammo. 40 cal is much cheaper.
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