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Handgun opinions (vanity)
4/26/2010 | SnakeDoctor

Posted on 04/26/2010 7:56:18 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor

Although I own a couple of guns, they are mostly heirlooms or antiques, and don't get much use. I am in the market for a good all-purpose defensive handgun -- for home defense, target practice, concealed carry, and general training. I don't have a CHL at this point, but want to begin training to get one. I have had several models recommended to me -- HK USP Compact (45 or 9mm), Kimber 1911, Walther P99, Sig Sauer P229, Glock 19.

I went out shopping a bit this weekend at a local dealer. I was inclined to go with the Barrett 50 cal, but it isn't quite concealable enough (haha). Based on recommendations and reviews, I am leaning toward the HK USP at this point (though I am undecided on whether to go for the 9mm or the 45). From what I have heard, the HK USP is pretty-well the top-of-the-line for defensive handguns. The dealer also pointed me toward some new HK models that are supposedly upgrades on the USP -- the HK45 (the 45 version) and HK P30 (the 9mm version).

So, for FR gun enthusiasts -- what are your recommendations? Is the USP the appropriate choice for a general all-purpose handgun? Is it an appropriate weapon for beginning a training program? Would the Sig, Glock, Kimber, Walther or another model be a better choice? Would you recommend going with a 9mm or 45? And, for those that have tested both the USP and the HK45 or HK P30 ... are the upgrades on the newer models worth the additional $200-$300 price tag?

Thanks.

SnakeDoc


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1 posted on 04/26/2010 7:56:18 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor
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To: SnakeDoctor

You’ll get no opinions on this forum.....


2 posted on 04/26/2010 7:58:18 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: SnakeDoctor
Take a look at the Springfield XD series. They're considerably less expensive than HK and the like. Although truth be told if this is your first handgun for self defense purposes I'd recommend a good used revolver in .357 magnum.

They're much easier to learn to shoot well IMO and the money you save over a new auto-loader can be put into ammunition, training, and range time.

Just a thought.

3 posted on 04/26/2010 7:58:23 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

I love my Sig P239/9 in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II.


4 posted on 04/26/2010 7:58:27 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SnakeDoctor

I have a question.

Anyone on the list collect antique handguns?


5 posted on 04/26/2010 8:00:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SnakeDoctor

For the same price as a USP, you could carry five Hi-Point C9’s and at least some of them are bound to work at any given time.

:^)


6 posted on 04/26/2010 8:01:18 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: mlocher
You’ll get no opinions on this forum....

LOL--in rare cases, someone will make fun of you for not being an expert . . . which leads to the question: if one is an expert already, why would he ask the question?

7 posted on 04/26/2010 8:02:11 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Lurker

I agree with Lurker. The Springfield XD is a much better gun to me. It really boils down to testing each gun and seeing which one is most comfortable for you to hold. The Glock and HK’s are great guns but I liked the feel of the Springfield over both.


8 posted on 04/26/2010 8:03:17 AM PDT by pblax8
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To: Sloth

I’m disinclined to buy I gun that would be of better use when thrown at an intruder.

Haha.

SnakeDoc


9 posted on 04/26/2010 8:04:19 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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To: SnakeDoctor

# Models available = # of opinions you’ll get :)

My 2 pennies - if you ever plan to carry this on a daily basis, make sure its compact enough (and light) to comfortably wear. There are alt of Clint Eastwoods out there who will steer you towards large caliber...but the 9mm have enough energy to be perfectly adequate.


10 posted on 04/26/2010 8:04:51 AM PDT by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: SnakeDoctor

Glock for carry and 12 gauge tactical pump for home defense.


11 posted on 04/26/2010 8:05:02 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: SnakeDoctor

Small pocket nines work best for concealed carry, not so good for target and hunting.

If you want a CCW, then concealment and weight should be top consideration. I think a full nine is the minimum defense weapon, ammo is cheap(er) and easy to find around here.

If your local range has a try before you buy, then that should be your first stop. I find a Glock 19 to be a fine compromise, cheap, and quite re-salable if you don’t like it. I personally carry a Glock 26, the wife goes with the Glock 19. I can drop my 26 in my jeans pocket and you can’t tell it’s there. Both are hard use serviceable.

Not really a Glock fan boy, my all time favorite is a 1911, but cocked and locked doesn’t work for most concealed carry for me. I open carry that.


12 posted on 04/26/2010 8:05:35 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: SnakeDoctor

I’m an HK USP40 owner with no regrets.
Get what you comfortable with


13 posted on 04/26/2010 8:05:37 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: SnakeDoctor
Given the parameters presented, for general, all-purpose, “can only have one,” “wash-and-wear,” low maintenance, always handy, affordable, and unbelievably easy to field strip and clean, go with the Glock 19. Take it from a life-long magnum six-gunner, the Glock 19 ended up as “the other woman” who stole me away from wheel guns.
14 posted on 04/26/2010 8:06:46 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo)
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Just get a gun that fits your hand and feels right.

Kimber is great in .45. Love it and the feel. Shoot it all day long. Requires a tool to break down. Don’t care, just love the darn thing.

USP is also terrific and breaks like a traditional pistol. No tools.

As for accessories, it’s a personal thing.

Would recommend a Serpa Holster and place a piece of stairway strip on the release mechanism for greater feed back on your trigger finger.

Go to your local range and rent the Kimber Tac II and the USP. See which one you like.

I would tell you more but I have no recent experience with guns, due to a boating accident.


15 posted on 04/26/2010 8:06:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

the pissin match on .45 vs 9mm begins in 3...2...1


16 posted on 04/26/2010 8:07:05 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: KeyLargo
http://www.horstheld.com/default.htm

Antique Handguns Horst Held
interested in collectible small arms: derringer, pistol, revolver, engraved, cased,
odd system, early self-loading = semi-automatic,
self-employed since 1965

***
My favorite antique handgun site and I would love to have most of the weapons(wish).
My favorite on the site is the first revolver, it was a flint lock.

17 posted on 04/26/2010 8:07:25 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: Lurker
I kind of agree with you on the .357. S&W make great ones. My wife has two or three, from the full size to the sub compacts. You can go to the range and shoot .38 ammo for a decent price and use the more powerful .357 rounds for carry.

I'm not sure why the poster is not looking into a .40 cal. I myself think it's the perfect bridge caliber between the .9MM and .45. Better impact than the .9MM and very close to the .45.

18 posted on 04/26/2010 8:08:20 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 188)
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To: lacrew

I figure I’ll have to buy a second gun for some carry situations ... I live in Houston and thus can’t bundle up much. I’m inclined toward the Wather PPK for carrying in hot weather — but want something with a little more kick for training.

The HK Compact line seems small enough to carry between September and April around here. I’ll probably still need a summer gun, though.

SnakeDoc


19 posted on 04/26/2010 8:08:33 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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Have you handled the P30 or the HK45(not to be confused with the HK45C)? The grips are fantastic. I own a P30. I’ve run 1500 or so rounds through it in the past year and never had a failure of any sort. All sorts of different brands of ammo as well.

As for concealment, they’re all pretty big but HKS great guns.


20 posted on 04/26/2010 8:09:01 AM PDT by Malsua
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