View Full Version : * * BEST 9mm for HD & Range? * *

02-26-2010, 8:52 PM
So, I want to get a 9mm (my 1st handgun). It will be used for Target practice @ the Range, but will also be HD gun, if needed. I'm debating Sig 226R (kind of too much money for a 9mm, but I like it), CZ 75B, 92FS. I am not considering any "plastic" guns like Glock/XD (personal choice). What do you guys suggest??


02-26-2010, 9:35 PM
if money is no issue get the sig you will be very happy, I would personally go with a 1911 in 9mm

02-26-2010, 9:45 PM
Which ever fits your hand best. Try them all until you find "the one".

02-26-2010, 9:45 PM
I would personally go with a 1911 in 9mm

Such as?

I feel a little hesitant about the 1911/Single-action guns. I don't want to play with the safety in a "stress" situation...things can go wrong. I prefer decocking instead - that way I get the 1st shot as a Double action, and SA after that (kind of like Sigs)....

.. But open to suggestions & learning..

02-26-2010, 9:55 PM

I know is an little bit more money but is worth it. My buddy has an CZ-75, it shoots pretty good but I would take my 226 over it any day. The Beretta is nice, has an nice recoil and is nicely weighted.

226 is an fun range gun and great for home defense..

02-26-2010, 9:57 PM
I wouldnt trade my 228 for anything

02-26-2010, 10:00 PM
XD, M&P, or Glock. Simple, reliable, effective, superb value for the money. After that, I would go with Sig or Beretta.

02-26-2010, 10:04 PM
[QUOTE=Gryff;3874476]XD, M&P, or Glock. Simple, reliable, effective, superb value for the money.QUOTE]

^^^Gotta agree with this^^^

02-26-2010, 10:19 PM
Yeah try em out at a range before you make your choice...yes even the glock & XD's. Then decide from there.

02-27-2010, 2:19 AM
Head over to Jackson Arms (near SFO) and rent a bunch. They have a wide selection of 9mm guns you can rent to see what you like.

I shot a bunch of guns before deciding to just get the Sig.

02-27-2010, 8:45 AM
I agree with some of the guys here... I recomend on renting various guns that youre intersted in before making your decision. I beleave the best gun that your looking for is what you can shoot and feel and fit you comfotably. Good luck...

02-27-2010, 9:26 AM
If you don't like plastic, take a good look at the CZ P-01. My friend just bought one and they are sweet. Too bad the grip doesn't fit my hand otherwise it'd be my choice. Instead I'm having my dealer order me a Sig P2022

02-27-2010, 9:30 AM
sp2022, great choice; I have three!

02-27-2010, 9:33 AM
Always a great question, but it's really up to you.

I've owned/own SIG P226/CZ 75/Beretta 92FS. My favorite is the SIG for the best ergonomics and feel in the hand, a close second the CZ 75 for it's heft and low recoil. The Beretta (Italian made to boot) I never had any luck with, it was a jam-o-matic no matter who shot it and what ammo we used. It also felt fat in my small-medium hands. Other's have been reliable. On a budget, the CZ 75 is the best deal.

I have several plastic guns as well. They make good throw-aways in a HD situation. (i.e. it will be confiscated by the police and you may not get it back for a long long time or may never get it back). But yea, I've moved away from the plastic too and prefer metal.

02-27-2010, 9:38 AM
Yeah try em out at a range before you make your choice...yes even the glock & XD's. Then decide from there.

Absolute best information in this thread. Yes, make sure it fitis your hand well, BUT you must test fire the pistol first to really get a feel for the weapon.
Remember, the handgun should feel like an "extention of your hand".

My Glocks fit my hand pretty well, but my Sig P226 feels custom made.

02-27-2010, 9:51 AM
You are so lucky because there are many 9mm pistols that can actually fill the specifications mentioned. I'm not sure what you like, but what I'm seeing is you've been introduced to the wonder nine type and not the 1911. If it was me my first choice would be a 1911 in 9mm, and the Springfield Armory Target in 9mm is perfect or the S&W 1911 Pro series in 9mm - not so sure if they are in the approved list. The Sig X-5 AR will be my second choice, then the EAA Witness Limited Pro, which is not in the approved list. CZ SP-01 with target sights is a good choice.

02-27-2010, 12:18 PM
If you absolutely like the Sig and you are looking at new prices, try hanging out awhile and watching the for sale section of this site. You'll save money and still get a great gun. You may also consider going .40 since you can then later by a 9mm barrel for it, just saying. You can't start with 9 and get the 40 barrel.

02-27-2010, 12:38 PM
2 years ago I was in the same situation as you so what I did was I whent to the range and and rented just about every 9mm they had.(it was a 2 day event and cost me about $300.00)The 2 piostols I liked the most were the CZ75b and the Baby eagle their pretty much the same gun but I opted for the BE cuz the wife liked it more. Do what I did and later on you'll have no questions on weather you have the right gun or not.

02-27-2010, 12:44 PM
I say SP2022 if you like Sigs but just want it at a lower price. Head down to Turners, they have 2022s on sale right now. You can prob still find them cheaper online, but atleast you can handle one in the store. Although they're polymers.. I really think they feel and handle more like a metal Sig (aside from field stripping). For the money, I find it hard to beat the value of the SP2022.

Outside of that.. look around for a certified pre-owned P226. I have a P226 in all Stainless, love the gun to death.

02-27-2010, 12:46 PM
$300 dollar? I wish I could afford that to know if I got the right one. At that point I'd just narrow it down to two and just get both. But maybe you can find a nice calgunner to let you shoot the handguns you are into. Just maybe throw some ammo their way.

02-27-2010, 12:56 PM
P228 for 9mm

02-27-2010, 2:00 PM

love mine.

02-27-2010, 2:19 PM
Love my CZ-75 P-01. Fits my hand great and no manual safety which is ideal for HD in my opinion.

02-27-2010, 3:59 PM
I just picked up my first pistol, was in the same exact boat as you. I ended up going with a Sig P226R Navy in 9mm.

02-27-2010, 4:11 PM
Don't forget the FNP-9. Great gun, great ergonomics and made in the USA.

02-27-2010, 4:58 PM
If you don't want to consider a Glock a used 226 would be a great choice. Very accurate and reliable as well as no saftey. The only down side to this is the DA/SA transition. You should be able to find a good used 226 in the $550 range.

02-27-2010, 4:59 PM
What does everyone think of the USP 9mm for this purpose? I will be 21 in 2 months, and this is what I am considering for my first handgun...

02-27-2010, 5:07 PM
Try them out at a range and then decide. I was previously not a fan of "plastic" guns, but after firing one (Glock 19) last year, I was hooked...

02-27-2010, 5:19 PM
Beretta 92FS (Inox is nice, but hard to find) - There are 3.5-4 Million of them out there (M9's mostly) for good reason. And I love the look, but I love the way it feels and shoots better. I average ~4000 rounds a year w/o a hiccup. Actually, almost all handguns sold are just fine in 9mm. And almost any gun you get will keep it's value....

But - again - I bought mine (and many others) after shooting at the range. So try before you buy!

And used handguns are not a bad idea either.. Most guns are barely used by their owners!

BTW - The CZ and Sigs are of course great guns. If I had Xtra dollars - I would get a CZ SP-01 (has comp barrel!!)
Glocks are fine guns, but have different controls (and trigger) than the ones you mentioned... But they shoot straight!!! :)

02-27-2010, 5:45 PM
Seeing how this will be your first hand gun.
It will also be used for your HD gun where low lighting will come into play.
Try as many as you can.
Most important aspects for a good HD Choice.
A handgun that fits your hand well and that naturally points in the same direction your hand points.
Pick a spot on the wall about 10 yards away.
Hold your supporting hand as a finger pistol using the trigger (index) finger as a sight (barrel).
Find this spot target with your finger pistol about ten times each time with eyes closed. Open eyes and se how close you are. This is your natural hand aim. Now try this exercise about five to ten with the hand gun and see if it is close to your natural hand aim.

02-27-2010, 5:51 PM
CZ 75B - I just got mine and it's awesome!

Check out this website: http://www.best9mm.com/

02-27-2010, 6:22 PM
PLASTIC GUNS! huh, no comment.

02-27-2010, 6:44 PM
CZ 75B - I just got mine and it's awesome!

Check out this website: http://www.best9mm.com/

+1 , My cz75 sp-01 is the best 9mm I personally fired, accurate, well balanced and fits my hand like a glove. :-)

I have glocks, xd, beretta, sig, walther, ruger, hk, and 1911s and my favorite one is te CZ75 sp-01.

02-27-2010, 11:18 PM
GO buy 500 rounds of 9mm off the internet... So you get a fair price.

Then go down to your local shop where they rent guns. And have a Blast... Then you will know which gun fits YOU're needs.

Done... Oh and it will prob be a SIG. :2guns:

02-27-2010, 11:33 PM
Then go down to your local shop where they rent guns. And have a Blast... Then you will know which gun fits

Some ranges make you buy their ammo for their guns. Check into that first.

02-28-2010, 12:01 AM
I was sure I wanted a P226. (I kinda still do.) Then I held one - it just didn't fit my hand well. The USP fit much better. The P2000 fit the best and that's what I bought.

That being said...if we get the new "E2" versions I will try again. I still like the idea of a P226.

One thing to remember - for about the price of a P22 (if you can find it) you can get the .22LR conversion kit. (One reason I really wanted to like the P226.) That way you can get cheap ammo and still get the muscle memory you need.

02-28-2010, 12:14 AM
If you're not into polymer framed guns, a Sig P226R would be more than a fine choice. They are great shooters that are comfortable to shoot for long trips to the range and hundreds and hundreds of rounds at a time. Accurate and dependable. Triggers are really smooth for being an out-of-the-box duty ready pistol under $1k.

02-28-2010, 7:58 AM
I run a CZ75 in .40 . It is my HD and range/competition gun. It's all steel and accurate out of the box. All of the other posts are right. Find the one that fits your hands best.
+1 vote for the XD also. That is probably my next one also.
Good luck and if you can't decide, buy 1 of each...haha