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elberettas
05-31-2012, 7:56 AM
Hello Everyone,

A friend of mine is in the market for a new 9mm pistol. I gave him the following recommendations, which he says all feel good to him. Please explain which one you would pick and why.

daybreak
05-31-2012, 8:00 AM
Voted glock because you did not put any CZs on there. And Glock is a great first gun, especially if he already liked handling it. Easy to clean, maintain. It's durable and reliable, and I don't know why I keep responding to these threads when there is at least one a week.

760knox
05-31-2012, 8:05 AM
What's it going to be used for? And how much shooting?

.45 ftw!
05-31-2012, 8:18 AM
I voted for the Glock 19, but, personally, I'd go Glock 17. It feels perfect in my hand. For the most part I like full-size handguns. I live in San Diego so carry is of zero consideration for me. My 2

morrcarr67
05-31-2012, 8:18 AM
Can't see the poll from my phone.

My vote is for the Browning Hi-Power. Can't go wrong with a gun designed by John M Browning.

verb1
05-31-2012, 8:27 AM
Of those, I'd go with the G19 due to durability and ease of cleaning.

But I'd also have him handle (and shoot, if possible) a Beretta 92FS and a CZ 75 as well.

cwin
05-31-2012, 9:01 AM
I'd go either Sig P226 or Glock 17. I have both and they've been extremely reliable and very accurate. Both are great choices IMHO. I also prefer the 17 size to the 19 if he's not planning on carrying it.

SNCaliber
05-31-2012, 9:05 AM
what about an XD9?

compulsivegunbuyer
05-31-2012, 9:05 AM
I would tell him to go to a range, rent them all, and buy what he shoots best.

Tee Why
05-31-2012, 9:11 AM
All are good but I'm a recent Glock admirer. I like the low cost, simplicity, size/ergo's, accuracy, and dependability of the Glock the most out of the choices here.

modls7
05-31-2012, 9:13 AM
I voted Sig.

Why no CZs, FNH, or 1911s?

Glockshooter626
05-31-2012, 9:22 AM
Glock 19. Excelent first gun.

calif 15-22
05-31-2012, 9:29 AM
what about an XD9?

EXACTLY . . .I vote XD9 either in Service or Tactical length. As good as (or dare I say better than) a Glock :cool:

Capybara
05-31-2012, 9:34 AM
I write-in a vote for the CZ75 SP-01. The other guns, while all quality firearms, are about as generic and boring to me as a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, although the Beretta is at least somewhat interesting.

Your friend, your recommendation.

Shenaniguns
05-31-2012, 9:35 AM
EXACTLY . . .I vote XD9 either in Service or Tactical length. As good as (or dare I say better than) a Glock :cool:



Thanks for the laugh :43:

scglock
05-31-2012, 9:35 AM
Those are all good choices but I'd choose glock or m&p

njineermike
05-31-2012, 9:37 AM
One question for your friend: Does he favor strict dual action, or single/dual. I have a Taurus PT dual, my gf has a FNP with SA/DA. We both like the SA/DA better than the strict DA due to the trigger pull length issue with a DA. Since both SA/DA and DA types are in that list, might have him consider that as well.

orangeusa
05-31-2012, 9:37 AM
Can't see the poll from my phone.

My vote is for the Browning Hi-Power. Can't go wrong with a gun designed by John M Browning.

Hey, I just bought one of them.. Still in 10 day wait.. :)

mc21
05-31-2012, 9:38 AM
Voted sig since that was what I bought after weeks of research and range time to find my 9mm pick. The USP was up there for me too. I would say shoot them first if you can. Pretty sure I would have picked the USP followed by mp9 if I could only have based my decision on pictures and reviews.

1911Vince
05-31-2012, 9:55 AM
I'd go with a Glock 17 or 19. It'll last a 'couple' rounds through it!

Lead Waster
05-31-2012, 9:59 AM
I also voted G19 because you didn't put the CZ-75b (in it's many variants) on there.

Maybe after shooting the G19 for a while, he'll go and try a CZ and appreciate it more.

Zartan
05-31-2012, 10:01 AM
CZ75BD...which I picked up yesterday, otherwise P226 EE

high_revs
05-31-2012, 10:01 AM
I would tell him to go to a range, rent them all, and buy what he shoots best.

this. i've shot them all. i don't mind them all also but if i had to pick one based on fondling it and shooting it, it's either the sig 226r or the p2000. have him rent/try. get the feel for the grip, trigger, etc.

all are good choices imho. it's a matter of personal preferences. you'd hate to recommend something your friend hasn't tried but end up not liking it later, sell it and buy another one. it'll just cost rental and pricy ammo from store to try it since rental stores mandate you buy their ammo to shoot the rented pistol.

rubber duckie
05-31-2012, 10:04 AM
first gun? cz75 and dont look back. polymer price tag but comes in all metal.

tbc
05-31-2012, 10:12 AM
For fondling purposes, HK P2000.


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ir0nclash86
05-31-2012, 10:17 AM
xd9

orangeusa
05-31-2012, 10:17 AM
For a low cost 9mm that will last and last - has your buddy tried Ruger P95? Or a used P89?

But as others have brought up - is this for plinking, SD? Does he like DA/SA, striker, DAO, SAO ..? All make a world of difference in controls... and feel.....

xSARSx
05-31-2012, 10:45 AM
a m9 cuz i havent gotten one yet.. and you can ninjafied it out:shuriken:

toby77
05-31-2012, 10:46 AM
Sig p226

Lumpia is sarap!
05-31-2012, 10:46 AM
Hk, because it spells out quality.

DArBad
05-31-2012, 10:59 AM
I vote the Beretta. It is a very high quality, refined, reliable firearm that is relatively widely available at fair prices. Aftermarket parts also are easy to comeby at fair prices.

Josh3239
05-31-2012, 11:03 AM
I am a Beretta guy. Great shooters, easy takedown, and I guess I am one of the few who like the safety/decock mechanism and DA/SA handguns. Beretta is the choice of the US military. Had a Glock and hated it though I'd like to give it another try since they are well made handguns. I haven't tried Sig yet but I'd really like to, their 1911s are gorgeous, the P-series are supposed to be great but IMO are uglier than Glocks.

onegtalon
05-31-2012, 11:09 AM
I had a G17 but didn't shoot it well so I went with the P226R. Felt right and I shoot it better than the other ones.

I need to try a M&P 9mm with a trigger mod yet (I like the feel but hate the trigger).

socal44
05-31-2012, 11:13 AM
SR9

tacticalcity
05-31-2012, 11:16 AM
I would go with the Glock 17 9mm instead of the smaller Glock 19. Larger grip surface area is very useful when actually shooting it and the increased sight radious makes it more accurate.

I would go with a Glock because the action is easier to master than that on the other guns. Learning to shoot is challenging, at least learning to shoot well. There is a lot to it. So the less things you have to learn to do all at once the better. The Glock has the exact same trigger pull start to finish. So you only need to turn one pull into memory. And of the Glock like triggers/actions the Glock has the shortest reset...which once he learns to shoot he will know aids in both speed and accuracy. The lack of a thumb safety also makes it easier to master. One less thing to worry about doing in that fraction of a second you have to draw and fire in a gunfight.

Kind of like learning to drive a car. You want to limit all the possible excess distractions. You want to start with an automatic rather than a stick because it is easier. You want an large flat empty parking lot rather than trying to learn on the crowded one way steep hills of San Francisco. Basically the simplier the better.

Glock offers that simplicity which makes learning to shoot a handgun correctly easier.

PandaLuv
05-31-2012, 11:17 AM
Sig baby! All day all night!

GunHo
05-31-2012, 11:19 AM
I highly recommend the 1911 9mm. The 1911 platform with a 9mm offers an amazing and smooth recoil. It turned out to be my favorite gun. Bonus, you'll love looking at it as much as shooting, which you won't get with the option options. Well maybe with the P226 but certainly not with the Glock.

MrChubbyMcLard
05-31-2012, 11:31 AM
I remembered when I purchased my first 9mm -Beretta Cougar 8000 - Model F

I then told myself, I don't need anymore 9mm's, I already own one. Well, right now I own four 9mm's! LOL

These are the following 9mm pistols I own;

Glock19
Ruger LC9
Beretta Cougar 8000 - Model F
Sig P290

These aren't the actual pictures, but my Sig P290 does have the factory laser attached to it! When ever I go to the ranges here in Ventura County, people are always amazed when looking and handeling that Sig!

http://i50.tinypic.com/9bg3zo.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/350l6ae.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/11kyq79.jpghttp://i45.tinypic.com/5xpk43.jpg

dellgsg5
05-31-2012, 11:36 AM
I vote for sig p226

SIGSHOOTR
05-31-2012, 11:38 AM
SIG P226R and/or Glock 19 (Gen 3). I'm a little biased as I own both :p.

straykiller
05-31-2012, 11:41 AM
sig 226, just bought one and absolutely love it

clutchy
05-31-2012, 11:44 AM
I don't think you can go wrong with any of those :)

I have a G19 & 17 and love them both.

I'd really like to try an M&P. I can't shoot the sig for crap :(

mc21
05-31-2012, 11:44 AM
This reminds me of high school where student body elections were nothing more than a popularity contest. :)

dem0critus
05-31-2012, 11:47 AM
If the p226 wasn't on the list I'd have gone glock :P

Bubba281
05-31-2012, 11:49 AM
OTHER: XD-9 from Springfield Armory

Zepplin
05-31-2012, 11:55 AM
I was in the same boat about a month ago, trying to figure out my first 9mm pistol purchase... First pistol purchase ever to be exact. I rented and shot a G17, Sig226 and the M&P multiple times over a course of two months to figure out what I liked. It turns out I liked how striker-fired pistols operated and felt more so than DA/SA, so the G17 and M&P were my top choices. In the end, I purchased the M&P. To me, the M&P felt more natural to hold than the G17 did. With that being said, I'm still considering in picking up a G17 as my second pistol.

Whatisthis?
05-31-2012, 1:05 PM
All are fantastic choices. I would opt for glock 19 or sig 226 depending on preferences.

Lead Waster
05-31-2012, 2:01 PM
This reminds me of high school where student body elections were nothing more than a popularity contest. :)

Not many people own all of those guns and there is nothing glaringly wrong with any of those.

As usual, the buyer has to go to the range and hold them at the counter, then choose the ones that feel best to them and rent them, then buy the one that leaves the most holes in the 10 ring.

ie; We can't tell the buyer what he should buy. OP can suggest to his friend which guns are good, but they ALL are. And also the price difference in those guns ranges about $500! ie; if the choice went down to Glock and Sg 226, with everything being equal, then why not save $500? But then the glock is also much lighter than the Sig and the shooter might want the heavier gun...etc.

If a friend asked me straight out "I want a 9mm, which should I get" then I would say the Glock 19 or 17. Why? Because if someone is such a new shooter that they are asking someone else what they should buy, then the Glock is the simplest to operate and most "fool proof", or rather "newbie proof". The features that might be awesome in the other guns might not make sense for a guy who is asking someone else for a recommendation.

Having said that ... look, rent, shoot, buy.

hefedehefe
05-31-2012, 2:04 PM
Sigf or FNP 9, or XD. Had to vote sig on this 226 is great, but the sig pro 2022 is comparable to the glock you have listed because the 226 is in a different(better) class

morrcarr67
05-31-2012, 2:05 PM
Hey, I just bought one of them.. Still in 10 day wait.. :)

You're gonna love it. Pictures and a range report due. :)

icenix
05-31-2012, 3:20 PM
Springfield XD-9. I bought mine back in November and I went and shot all the others and this was the one I liked best, and for me, it wasn't even close.

POLICESTATE
05-31-2012, 3:27 PM
Can't see the poll from my phone.

My vote is for the Browning Hi-Power. Can't go wrong with a gun designed by John M Browning.

Yeah this is it. But since it wasn't an option I settle for the next best thing: Sig P226

EmmaGoldman
05-31-2012, 5:27 PM
CZ75 or Browning.

GixxRacer
05-31-2012, 5:33 PM
HK all the way

CBruce
05-31-2012, 6:04 PM
Assuming that your friend has already:

Actually tried handling and shooting more than 100 rounds out of each. Try loading rounds in the magazine, loading magazine into the gun, first DA trigger pull (if applicable), follow up shots, operating slide, safeties, decocking, magazine release, ergonomics of grip, visibility of sights, etc
Rejected making a decision based on expected duty/purpose
Rejected making a decision on DA/SA, SA-Only, DA-Only function
Rejected making a decision on safety, decockers, integrated rail, or other features
Rejected making a decision on whether he wants a metal or polymer gun
Rejected making a decision based on price or availability
Rejected making a decision based on appearance


If none of those things have swayed his decision one way or the other, then just go with the one that's the most natural fit for him? Have him grab the pistol, raise up up to eye level and point it at a target, and then look down the sights to see where it's actually aimed. I don't see anything on the list that's not a fine handgun, so outside fo making a decision based on anything else go with the one that is the most natural pointing handgun for him.

mc21
05-31-2012, 6:35 PM
Not many people own all of those guns and there is nothing glaringly wrong with any of those.

As usual, the buyer has to go to the range and hold them at the counter, then choose the ones that feel best to them and rent them, then buy the one that leaves the most holes in the 10 ring.

ie; We can't tell the buyer what he should buy. OP can suggest to his friend which guns are good, but they ALL are. And also the price difference in those guns ranges about $500! ie; if the choice went down to Glock and Sg 226, with everything being equal, then why not save $500? But then the glock is also much lighter than the Sig and the shooter might want the heavier gun...etc.

If a friend asked me straight out "I want a 9mm, which should I get" then I would say the Glock 19 or 17. Why? Because if someone is such a new shooter that they are asking someone else what they should buy, then the Glock is the simplest to operate and most "fool proof", or rather "newbie proof". The features that might be awesome in the other guns might not make sense for a guy who is asking someone else for a recommendation.

Having said that ... look, rent, shoot, buy.

Not sure why I was quoted? haha anyways was just saying that it's obvious everyone voting will be voting on their experience. This is usually what they have, so it's a popularity contest between the different guns. It doesn't matter what we think. It only matters what your friend thinks. :)

Oldnoob
05-31-2012, 7:06 PM
From your list:

Sig > HK > Glock (I do prefer 17 over 19) > M&P > Beretta

Rorge Retson
05-31-2012, 7:12 PM
None of the above. CZ 75 SP-01 (I did).

bsg
05-31-2012, 7:19 PM
of the handguns listed, i voted for Gen 3 G19.

SURVIVOR619
05-31-2012, 7:52 PM
Can't see poll on my phone... Another XD vote here :D


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jayfarley3
05-31-2012, 8:01 PM
My vote was for Sig P226. I just picked one up and its a really sweet pistol! and I like the trigger way more than I like the glock trigger. :2guns:

frank8097
05-31-2012, 8:13 PM
All options listed are great and solid choices. Personally I'd get another g19 cause that what fits my hand and what I shoot best with. You should buy what you want most and shoot best, not what everyone else likes and shoots best.

ogarcia_02
05-31-2012, 9:09 PM
OTHER: XD-9 from Springfield Armory

+1!

igorts
05-31-2012, 9:13 PM
G19, because I sell one now (:-).
Keeping my Beretta, fits me better

seainc
05-31-2012, 9:14 PM
HK USP EXPERT 9mm

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj540/seainc/Forum/2df0237c.jpg

p1choco
05-31-2012, 9:18 PM
If we're talking about keeping the gun bone stock, I'd go with the glock even though the ergos and sights suck. Otherwise I'd go with a M&P or SR9 with a trigger job.

Firemark
05-31-2012, 9:26 PM
Recently attended a handgun course where all 5 models listed were being used on the range for the multiple day course. After almost 1000 rounds, Glocks were the only ones that had ZERO issues or failures, no misfires, jams, or double feeds. I was not shooting a glock for that course but after the course I have switched my primary handgun to Glock. Id rather relearn the grip and trigger pull of a weapon that performs without question or failure, than stick with a handgun that is known to fail or have issues.

INFAMOUS762X39
05-31-2012, 9:33 PM
I am torn between a Glock 19 or a XDm-9 3.8C.

This is a great video I am watching that reviews both.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QqCJxVmbPY&feature=relmfu

brownfeathermedic
05-31-2012, 9:34 PM
I'm a Browning Hipower fan. they feel excellant in my hand and I dare say that i like the CZ75 platform,and the Sigs . they are weapons tried and true,to bet your life on. Good luck.

darkjedi351
05-31-2012, 9:38 PM
I really hate it when people ignore the op's list and start in with their fanboy choices.

from your list would be m&p 1st and glock 2nd

The guys at oak tree gun range have nothing but high praise for the m&p over all other handgun rentals. reliable as hell

ap1040
05-31-2012, 9:38 PM
If the OP's friend has tried all on the list and they all feel good, get the least expensive, all are good guns.

I would suggest either a G17 (mine) or an XD9 (wife's) . . . . . although I find myself shooting the XD more then the Glock . . . .

ICONIC
05-31-2012, 9:45 PM
I say go with the Beretta M9. It fits my hand better than the Glocks and is more accurate than my XD.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
05-31-2012, 9:48 PM
I went with the G19, having just picked one up. Not biased or anything... :D

All the listed pistols are quality firearms, though. It'd be hard to go wrong with any of them.

orangeusa
05-31-2012, 9:49 PM
But, but, but, .... this is CALGUNS!! haha

I really hate it when people ignore the op's list and start in with their fanboy choices.

from your list would be m&p 1st and glock 2nd

The guys at oak tree gun range have nothing but high praise for the m&p over all other handgun rentals. reliable as hell

Sig Fan 55
06-01-2012, 12:58 AM
You should consider going with the .40cal and using conversion barrels. I wish I could go back in time and do that with my 229r. I have one by lone wolf in my Glock 23 and it works great. Get to save money and shoot 9mm at the range but switch it out for to .40 for HD.

Just a thought…

kwansao
06-01-2012, 3:16 AM
CZ 75b. Dont care for glock or sig.. Or polymer guns.

htfan
06-01-2012, 6:10 AM
M&P for ergos... feels the most comfortable in my hand

the86d
06-01-2012, 6:14 AM
"The average reliability of all M9 pistols tested at Beretta U.S.A. is 17,500 rounds without a stoppage."

"The average durability of Beretta M9 slides is over 35,000 rounds, the point at which U.S. Army testing ceases."

"The average durability of M9 frames is over 30,000 rounds. The average durability of M9 locking blocks is 22,000 rounds."

Just saying... :)

TATER313
06-01-2012, 6:23 AM
The glock 19 impressed me for being a compact 9mm, right back on target. I love my CZ 75 very well made gun. Glocks are easy to work on and clean, you can completely disassemble them in less then 5 minutes. Beretta 92fs never really like them, Sig, and hk are great guns also, My next 9mm will be the glock 17, and 26.

Shenaniguns
06-01-2012, 6:58 AM
"The average reliability of all M9 pistols tested at Beretta U.S.A. is 17,500 rounds without a stoppage."

"The average durability of Beretta M9 slides is over 35,000 rounds, the point at which U.S. Army testing ceases."

"The average durability of M9 frames is over 30,000 rounds. The average durability of M9 locking blocks is 22,000 rounds."

Just saying... :)


That may have been impressive in 1986 :43:

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
06-01-2012, 7:07 AM
SIG Sauer P226R

J.D.Allen
06-01-2012, 8:04 AM
Glock or M&P, only because there's no CZ on the list. But either one he gets tell him to get the trigger reworked. He won't regret it.