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Old 01-13-2013, 7:15 PM
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Hello ladies and gents, I'm new here, but I've been lurking about for a while now.
I've got about $500 or so to spend on a first gun.
I've tried at least one of a striker fired and a hammer fired pistol, and I don't prefer either. My wishlist is like this so far: Sig SP2022, Springfield XD Service 4" and the S&W M&P9. I'm also interested in CZs and Steyr, but can't find 'em anywhere, at least not a price I'm comfortable with. With that said, can anybody give me a quick rundown of some pros and cons? I definitely want to try them out before I buy, but so far the only one I've been able to find to rent is the Springfield.
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:21 PM
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I picked up a sig sp2022 in .40 with night sights as my first gun. I really like it. although you can find one for about $400 without night sights you do have to take into consideration it comes with a cardboard box and only one magazine.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:22 PM
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The CZ75B was my first gun. I would highly recommend it, very accurate, feels great in your hand, and easy to clean. MSRP is $499.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:24 PM
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I always thought a Sig p6 was a good starter gun. You can usually find them in the 350 - 450 price range. Sig quality and allows you to get into the hobby. Its an older gun but fun to shoot.

If you own a gun - even a low cost one, when you go to the gun range you can usually go by yourself and rent anything they have.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:34 PM
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I picked up a sig sp2022 in .40 with night sights as my first gun. I really like it. although you can find one for about $400 without night sights you do have to take into consideration it comes with a cardboard box and only one magazine.
Does that mean the night sights version comes in a case and another magazine? Also, I have to buy one that comes w/ 10 round only right?
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:37 PM
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All three will have a different feel. All three are very nice. I take it you are looking at 9mm. With that consideration, if you can, try to shoot all three. One will call to you I'm sure.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:48 PM
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Thanks, I'm really hoping I can, but most gun ranges only have Glocks to rent. =/ I've held the Sig before. I've heard that the felt recoil is higher.
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What about a Ruger SR9? Compact or full size, great carry gun in smaller form, and most people who own them say they would put their life on the line for one. Striker fired, 17 round capacity in a free state, and generally a good shooter.


Just one to add to the roster for you, but all of the guns mentioned are solid choices, just pick the one that fits you best.
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You should check out Riverside Magnum Range they do have more than Glocks to rent. And 2nd on the SR9, great gun I now have over 6k through mine without a single problem. Also if you have larger hands the Ruger P95 is a great first pistol it should be under $400 otd comes with 2 mags and plastic case. You can use the extra money for ammo (if you can find it).
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I think you should follow your own instinct to shoot the models first. Many years ago when I decided to expand from rifles and buy my first handgun, I did the same thing. I lived in Southern CA at the time, and had an idea of what types of pistols I was interested in. Just like you right now. So I called around to all of the shooting ranges in the surrounding counties until I found the pistols I was interested in for rent. I had to do some traveling that is for sure, but it was worth it to me.
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Make any decision on which one you liked the best?
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Old 01-14-2013, 4:15 PM
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What about a Ruger SR9? Compact or full size, great carry gun in smaller form, and most people who own them say they would put their life on the line for one. Striker fired, 17 round capacity in a free state, and generally a good shooter.


Just one to add to the roster for you, but all of the guns mentioned are solid choices, just pick the one that fits you best.
I thought the limit was 10 rd magazines? And speaking of limitations, so sad to find out that many of the guns I was interested are not legal in CA. Good bye, EAA Witness! =(
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I don't think you can go wrong with any of the guns you've mentioned. I say pick the one that you shoot best. I love my XDM and CZ. Would like to own an M&P sometime soon.
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CZ's are worth probably double what they retail for.

Try to find one.

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You can rent a M&P9 at Insight Firing Range in Artesia. Rented one when I owned a Glock 17. Sold the Glock to get a M&P9 lol. I have shot a Shig 2022 and I did feel the recoil is higher than the M&P, Glock, and XD.
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M&P 9...Avoid the sig at your price range. There are better guns in regards to accuracy at $500+
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Old 01-15-2013, 8:52 PM
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No SIG huh? Why is it less accurate? Shorter barrel?
What can you tell me about the M&P 9 from an owner's perspective? I've only watched videos and read reviews so far but comments about the trigger seem to pop up.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:03 PM
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I have owned a Sp 2022 and CZ 75 in 9mm.
I currently own a M&P9 and an SR9.
I have shot an XD quite a bit.

My assessment is that a SP2022 with night sights for $450 is about the best value in handguns today. Very accurate and simple to maintain. One of the better stock DA/SA triggers. Even better than the CZ.

My current 9mms I like for roughly the same reason. The M&P and SR9 both are very accurate and shoot smoothly. They are backed by top notch CS and just feel right in my hands.

The XD is a great pistol with equal warranty and CS to the M&P, but I didn't shoot it well and it had more perceived recoil than the other pistols.

The CZ 75 is an amazing pistol. Definitely the most accurate of the bunch, but every pistol here is above average in accuracy. The only reason I wouldnt recommend it is because it is a little more complex manual of arms and accessories can be a bit pricey. Same can be true for the Sig. The CZs do have a great following and support system of knowledgeable owners.

In the end, buy what feels good and you shoot the best. You won't go wrong with any of them. Just add the SR9 to your rental list.
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Old 01-16-2013, 6:21 AM
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Having done the same thing late last year, my suggestion would be to keep your eyes on the private sale forum here and if you see a gun you want for sale in your area, make an offer! I have bought 2 guns from people on Calguns and both times it went very well. Obviously it makes sense to shoot the gun first, but it may be tough to find a CZ range gun considering that you cannot find one to buy anywhere. I tried for quite some time to buy a CZ SP-01 and had no luck. I have shot the SP2022 in .40 and it was exactly like people say; accurate, easy to maintain and fun. I liked the SR9 too but the CZ SP-01 is in a class by itself in feel, accuracy, recoil and quality. I cannot wait to own one!

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Old 01-16-2013, 6:39 AM
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All of your selection are great choices. Those were also my choices plus the Glock17 when I bought my first handgun last month. I ended up with the M&P9. As I kept renting them in the shooting range, the M&P just felt greatest in my hands. I wasn't keen enough but my wife noticed the XD had the most recoil. SP2022 will be about $100 cheaper out the door, the best value among others.

I see your in Sac area. Try visiting the Bay and go to Reeds in Santa Clara. They have all your guns for rent, at least if it is not busy.
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Old 01-16-2013, 5:43 PM
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My friend tells me that Island View in Ventura has the CZ for rent, so I'll be heading down there sometime soon to see what the fuss is all about xD. I read that the M&P series has an aftermarket trigger kit. Is the trigger pull enough of an issue to warrant purchasing one? Again, thanks for all the replies everyone.
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