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Posted: 9/21/2005 2:52:47 PM EDT
My friend is looking to purchase a fullsize pistol in 40 S&W. He wanted me to post on here and get some opinions from you guys.

He is looking at the Sig 226, HK USP 40, Springfield Armory XD 40 and the Barretta 92FS. I personally like the Sigs and the HK, but he wants to know what is the best value for the money, overall best buy considering quality, price ergonomics, etc.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 2:55:16 PM EDT
Sig P229. It's the same as a P226 pretty much, just more compact. I have one and I love it. It's the BMW of handguns.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 2:55:27 PM EDT
Might want to add a Walther P99 to the list. Real nice gun. Good quality, compact (for a fullsize), and fits nice in the hand.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 2:56:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
Sig P229. It's the same as a P226 pretty much, just more compact. I have one and I love it. It's the BMW of handguns.



Especially if he can get a police trade in.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:03:05 PM EDT
My suggestions would be (in this order):

1) HK USP Full size
2) Sig 226


I have both but slightly prefer the HK due to ergonomics and a sweet Match Trigger kit installed.


CMOS

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:03:41 PM EDT
I have a Springfield XD-40 Tactical model and I love it. I've shot hundreds and hundreds of rounds through it and it's never given me a bit of problems. It's got a great trigger on it, and feels much better in my hand than a Glock. I have several friends that own Glocks, and a few of them have even went out and bought an XD after shooting mine.

I may be a little biased....but I'd say go for the XD-40.

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:05:02 PM EDT
SIG p-226/p-229

HK USP
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:08:10 PM EDT
Berettas are a top notch gun. If concealment is not an issue.

Tough to beat a G23

Any of those you listed will be great.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:08:32 PM EDT
I'd strongly suggest the P226 if you're getting a fullsized gun....the 229 would be my next choice, and I wouldn't go any further that those 2.

HH
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:15:41 PM EDT
It depends on what he needs it for. Range gun or CCW
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:17:43 PM EDT
I would not recommend an XD "Tactical" (5" Barrel) for CCW. It's way to big and heavy. Stick with a standard XD (4" barrel)
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:19:24 PM EDT
He wants one for a Range Gun/Protection around the house.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:20:16 PM EDT
SIG P226.


My personal choice would have been the H&K, but that's because I'm partial to single action guns (my two pistols are a BHP and a 1911).


The Springfield XD isn't double action.

Berettas are just junk.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:21:30 PM EDT
allow me to be the first to say CZ-75. i think it is one of the finest 9mm service pistols in the world. and at around $300 an unbelievable bargain. it will eat anything. +P+ included.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:22:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
Sig P229. It's the same as a P226 pretty much, just more compact. I have one and I love it. It's the BMW of handguns.



But since most people would rather have a Rolls Royce over a Beamer, get the HK USP
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:23:40 PM EDT
Have him shoot the XD and the Glock 22. He shot buy whichever he shoots best.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:25:07 PM EDT
For a number of reasons that will not get into right now, I say screw the .40. Get a G19 or a 1911 in 9MM or .45ACP, respectively.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:37:19 PM EDT
A couple of the guys I work with were selected to test a handful of weapons for our agency. Some of the guns tested were the XD, Glock, HK, Sig, S&W, and Beretta. Among some other requirements such as accuracy and durability, was a 10,000 round test. HK and Sig did very well and won some large contracts.

I would recommend taking your friend to see and handle both, then making a decision on what feels more comfortable vs price.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 4:20:16 PM EDT
Walther p99
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 4:25:06 PM EDT
The P226 is an excellent choice.
It's one of the few I sold and really wish I had back.
However I recently purchased a P220 used and I love it.
If you can find one at a decent price, you might want to consider it as well.
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