Skip to comments.Looking for a new 9mm (vanity)
Posted on 06/10/2011 7:29:23 PM PDT by gop4lyf
I am going to a gun show on Sunday and I have narrowed it down to 4 choices. I am not looking for a concealed/carry model since it will be for range shooting and home defense only. I also am not looking for a higher caliber, 9mm only. Does anyone have and experience/opinions on any of these? any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Ruger SR9 Springfield XD9 Taurus PT809 Sig Sauer P250
The XD9 is the only one that i have actually fired. I have held the Ruger and it felt fine in my hand.
Friends don’t let friends buy 9mm .45ACP ONLY!
Glock sub com. Great gun.
My current 9mm handguns are: Glock 19 and Beretta M9. Different as night and day, but both have been superb.
You can't miss me, I'll be the guy wear a Ranger's Cap and a Mav's T-shirt :-)
THe Ruger SR9 would be a good one.
If you were going for the Springfield, get the XDM model (newest). Nicer grip, more capacity.
I have a Taurus 709 Slim. It has been flawless through over a thousand rounds of numerous types of ammo. I love the way it fits my hand and it can be carried in a holster or pocket in most types of pants. I love it! It is a single stack and you must clean it right out of the box before shooting it, but, for my money, it is a sweet little 9mm.
Without regard to your choices, beware the gun-show fares. Yours may differ, but most I’ve been to have far more overpriced guns than bargains.
You and everyone else!
May as well buy a .38 Spcl. Go for a S&W .40 or .45 ACP Terminal ballistics are better. I presume your going light for a reason but for the life of me I can’t understand why if it is self defense your concerned about.
So the question is - if it’s NOT for concealed, then why 9mm?
I have a hard time recommending anything 9mm for home defense.
That being said, I *did* purchase a Baretta PX4 Storm *Subcompact* recently for concealed carry purposes. (They have non-subcompact models, too.) It’s a very well thought out pistol with surprising accuracy for a subcompact, so I imagine the non-subcompact is an even better shooter.
Biggest complaint? No chamber window.
I have a S&W .38 and a 12 gauge that I am currently using for home defense, so maybe this is just going to be a new toy.
Do not overlook CZ handguns
I'm kind of a traditionalist so if I was forced to go with a 9mm I'd probably opt for a Browning Hi-Power, CZ75BD or a Beretta M92/M9 or Or a Taurus PT92.
Having said that, unless you have a compelling reason for a 9mm, I'd really reconsider looking at upgrading to .38 Super, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, 10mm, or of course .45ACP if this is to be used for personal defense.
Avoid the Taurus!!
Get the venerable Glock 17, a reliable classic.
Get any 9mm you like, as long as it is in .45.
Beretta 92FS, Italian
Sig Sauer P226 is truly an excellent handgun
the P228 is a bit more compact. I don’t like it for my hand and prefer the P226.
I also love the Browning HiPower.
While these are not on your list, they still are excellent handguns.
I think all your choices are OK. I know you are limiting your discussion to these particular guns but there are better ones out there.
There is one oddball which I absolutely love. It is the Helwan 9mm. It is made in Egypt and is a quality gun. It is a copy of the Beretta 1951 Brigadier. I have owned enough of them that I actually like them better than the Beretta model 92. They are single action and have an 8 shot mag.
Another great one which seems to fit everyone’s hand and which beginners seem to shoot better than most is the Browning Hi-power. It is single action but very high capacity mags are available. If you want to save money, get an Argentine made one. They are of equal or even better quality yet with a plain finish. I had one which just would not jam no matter what I fed it and that included some reloads I had made many years ago in high school using a Lee loader and a pipe crimping tool so the bullets would stay in the case. It fed it all including some sub-machine gun ammo.
Probably the best is the Sig P-226. The current Beretta model 92 is the best one yet and is a great gun. They have recently made some subtle changes to improve already great reliability.
If you can find a post war Walther P-4 at a good price it is a Walther P-38 lookalike but with greatly improved mechanics. It also is accurate and reliable.
I do not like the various Ruger P series as they mostly don’t feel good in my hand. If they do feel good in yours they are a terrific bargain.
Another odd but great one is the Argentine Bersa. They have changed the models slightly but they are all good.
You have picked some pretty good names. Pick each one up and see how each one feels in your hand
Negative = the safety is between your ears with a Glock. If you don't have a lot of time to practice or are not too familiar with handguns, buy something with a regular thumb safety.
The Sig P250 is a great “friend” to have. Acurate, light weight, and in the matte black invisible in the dark ;)
No idea about any of those particular guns, although my opinion is that all things being equal, the Ruger is probably the best value for the money. That and I think you might ought to reconsider the caliber- 9mm works but it doesn’t strike with the authority of the .45 ACP.
I would stay away from Taurus. Their quality control is hit or miss and I'm being generous by saying that.
Get a Sig, but not the P250. If price is a concern, you’ll be happier with an SP2022.
If it is not, go with the P229 or P226.
LOVE my CZ 75B.
I like my Beretta 92F.
Bought a Sig P226 since The World’s Greatest Gun Salesman was elected, but haven’t shot it yet.
Oh yeah, those and the rest of the them all fell out of my fishing boat this week. I am still very upset about that. I miss them all so!
Why not go for a .45?
But hey, you decided on a 9mm.
Sig and XD are good choices.
Anyone that likes 9mm hasn’t tried .38 special or anything bigger. For home defence, you want a shotgun first and a double action revolver second. Notice autoloader handguns aren’t mentioned. This is no accident.
I accidentally left out the CZs. They are both well designed and well executed. Among the best there is.
Also if you can find one of the old Star model 28 or 30 models, they are beasts. Heavy but reliable and according to shooting ranges they hold up better than any to extensive shooting.
Echo Snowrip on the Sig P229. It is a tack driver and fun to shoot. Worth the extra money.
Good for concealed carry, home defense and it is home on the range.
Mine is a .40 but it is expensive to shoot. I have shot 9mm, .380 and .40 at the same target for comparison. The .40 makes a nice big hole.
Out of those the Sig is the sweetest shooter by far.
In fact, Have you ever fired the Sig in .45ACP??!!??
I haven't got personal experience with the models you listed aside from the Sig SAUER P250.
Let me nudge you toward a 9mm not on your list that's a sublime range gun and thoroughly capable as hell home defense pistol: Beretta 92FS.
That one is better than all others on your list in fit, finish, and function, but at about the same price. A genuine Italian-made model is beyond compare. Fits your bill perfectly since it's too blocky for CCW anyway, but shoots one ragged hole in paper at 25 feet. Italian Berettas come with amusing and fancy paperwork that looks like a Papal decree, plus a nice case. The other guns you list come in cardboard boxes.
A lot of people (including me) don’t much care for 9mm but you’ve clearly looked into it and made your choice. Anyway, while IMO it’s not the best, it’s also certainly not the worst.
I know you are going to get a lot of recommendations for the Glock even though it is not on your list. Personally I never liked the Glock trigger. Perhaps it is because I’m so used to a single action handgun - the Colt 1911.I find the trigger pull so much longer and less crisp than a single action gun.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to try one, I’ve heard very good things about the Ruger SR9, including here: http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-SR9.htm. Note he says that dry firing the weapon without a magazine is very misleading (and not recommended). The main thing is, make every effort to try them all out before you buy - hand guns are very personal - what’s right for your buddy might not be the best choice for you.
Glock 19 works fine for me. If it’s a home defense gun you might want to get a rail mounted flashlight like a Surefire or Glock makes one as well.
My XD9 has never failed to feed yet. I trust it 100%.
It may just be the picture but that Browning seems to have a longer barrel than standard.
Yes they do. By the way I also am an Old Navy Vet.
Taurus has a bad rap. I have a Taurus PT92. It’s a great gun.
Find a Browning Hi-Power if you can. Seriously. I love my Kahr PM-9 but the Browning was the one that made it all happen.
Its gotta be the digital camo. If you stare at it hard enough it kinda morfs in and out.
“Friends dont let friends buy 9mm .45ACP ONLY!”
1911s are great! I have one. But there is something to be said for high capacity magazines in 9mm with the proper ammo. They will be useful when addressing the future street home invasion flash mobs (20 - 40)that many suspect are on the horizon (fewer tactical reloads). One of each in left and right hand are just fine.
Ref. posters request, I would offer XD, Sig, Baretta, and Taurus as mfrs. of quality 9mm, but if it is not a carry gun, get at least 17 mag capacity.
XD 9 would be fine. But check out a Browning Hi-Power.
Excellent choice !
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