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Posted: 12/26/2005 6:15:53 PM EST
My dad is ready to step up from his .22 target pistol to something a little bigger. He's decided to go with a 9mm because the ammo it pretty cheap. He doesn't want to spend over $500 if possible. The gun will be used for plinking / target shooting.....just having fun.

I've told him to look at the Springfield XD Tactical with the 5" barrel. I have the .40 version of that gun and I love it, I 'm assuming that he would like the 9mm version the same.

Besides the XD .....what other handguns should he look at? The Glock 17 might be something to look at....and I know that Ruger makes a few nice pistols. I saw that Taurus makes a Browning Hio-Power look-a-like for pretty cheap...those any good?

What would you suggest?

Thanks for the help.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:25:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:25:50 PM EST
Ruger P89. Way cheaper than $500, goes bang every time, and pretty damn accurate too. Ugly as hell though.

I keep one of them around for plinking myself.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:47:18 PM EST
SA XD9- there are other guns that will suit you fine but let your dad handle/shoot your foetee XD and see if he likes it. Rugers are OK,they go bang every time, but their ergonomics may leave something to be desired for some people. Whatever floats your boat.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:48:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:51:28 PM EST
sig p226 cpo
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:00:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By Commando223:

+1 on the CZ.

A CPO Sig is also a good choice.

My brother has one of those Indian Hi-powers which is surprisingly nice. The park is a bit course on them, but if you keep it oiled the park will suck in some more oil and the action has smoothed out very nicely. It was $280 at the local funshop and any and all hi-power mags work... Might be worth looking into if you like SA pistols...

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:16:55 PM EST
A used Smith and Wesson 39xx or 59xx or 69xx would be picked up for between 270 to 350. Very reliable, low recoil and good ergodynamics. You can pick up one with adjustable sites.

Here is a link to some:

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:31:10 PM EST
ive got to parrot others on this thread when i say CZ-75. a first class service pistol. as good as any full size 9mm at any price. best part is you can find one for about $350 new. its heavier than the aluminum frame berettas and polymer glocks due to its all steel frame but they are accurate and once worn in they have the nicest double action trigger pull of any service auto i have shot.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:34:06 PM EST
Glock (17/29)
SIG (p-226, used)
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:53:00 PM EST
the mighty smith and wesson sigma
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:21:42 AM EST
Beretta PX4
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:46:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:51:57 AM EST
You can get a factory reconditioned SIG 226 in 9mm for under $500. They're great guns and a teriffic bargain. That's what I'd get.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:54:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By JohnTheTexican:
You can get a factory reconditioned SIG 226 in 9mm for under $500. They're great guns and a teriffic bargain. That's what I'd get.

Ordnance Outsellers CPO Sigs
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 7:40:57 AM EST
Buy a Bulgarian Makarov and then spend the remaining $350 on ammo (9x18 is cheap, too). Or buy those other guns and spend a lot more. Maks are the best $500 gun you can get for less than $200. My .02
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 7:53:55 AM EST
Beretta 92FS is a nice gun and can easily be had for under $500 in like new condition. Glocks are fun to plink with. Either would make a fine choice. Both are extremely easy to maintain.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 2:15:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2Manchu:

Link Posted: 12/27/2005 2:25:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 2:35:11 PM EST
I noticed that the S&W Autos don't get much love here. I was thinking about a 5906. I haven't read anything bad about the 3rd generation autos.

Link Posted: 12/27/2005 2:36:44 PM EST
Any Glock 9-mm series.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 3:09:17 PM EST
ruger p89 for a metal frame and p95 for polymer. they are simple and cheap--generally no more than $350. cz75 are all metal frames. they are sweet and much more comfortable than the rugers. but it can be hard to find them for $350 in full size--but it will be less than $425 for it. the compacts which i think are a bit nicer are around $330-360.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 3:24:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By JohnTheTexican:
You can get a factory reconditioned SIG 226 in 9mm for under $500. They're great guns and a teriffic bargain. That's what I'd get.

Ordnance Outsellers CPO Sigs

That's the site I was thinking of.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 3:53:19 PM EST
+100 for the sig 226. You can do a CPO for high 400's. That's what I did. Or you can just do a used one for high 300's (summit, cdnn, mah, etc).

I loved my sig so much I bought another.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:14:33 PM EST

Used Glock 17 or 19 . . . . or an XD 9mm
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:45:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2Manchu:

+1 Now your talking.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 2:35:06 PM EST
Steyr M9 from CDNN. I think best deal going for a new 9mm. The they have FN HP's for $399. My $.02, Terry
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:42:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By williedikker72:
Steyr M9 from CDNN. I think best deal going for a new 9mm. The they have FN HP's for $399. My $.02, Terry

+1 They can still be had for $300. Spend the extra $200 on mags and ammo.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:52:54 PM EST
Surplus Walther P1 (post-war P38). $250 in excellent condition. I have more fun shooting this gun than any of my more modern guns. Very reliable and accurate. Good sights and a decent single action trigger. I can't believe the Makarov crowd isn't dumping theirs for one of these.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:27:28 AM EST
CDNN for their Glocks -
I got a former LE model 17 that couldn't have had more than 500 rounds through it - other than the old style grip - it was like brand new
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:29:38 AM EST
I like my XD 9 ..very accurate ,and has performed flawlessly ..have about 2500 rnds through it ..
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:37:12 PM EST
When I bought mine they were $489 but now I think they might all be over $500. If I had only one 9mm it would probably be a:

Walther P99.

I think your best bet would be to get him to a range to rent some and/or set up a local shoot and get some arfcommers to bring a variety of handguns. Most arfcommers seem to have no problem letting others try out their guns.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 1:25:34 PM EST
Magnum Research: Baby Eagle
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:18:43 PM EST
I shot my SW99 this morning - the Smith version of the Walther P99. I really love that gun - It is very accurate. Either the Walther version with the A/S trigger (not the newer QA) or the SW99 would be my recommendation (not the SW990L - it has a different trigger).
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:24:05 PM EST
Cz-75 if you have to have a new gun used Glock G17 if it can be used
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:42:30 PM EST
CZ 75/85
Sig P226
Used Glock 19/17
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 2:16:19 AM EST
G17, assuming the ergonomic agree with you. Otherwise, a Sig P226 CPO.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 5:25:01 AM EST
Another one to look at is the FN FNP9, its a really good value for the money as well.....and no there is not a thing wrong with any of the peviously suggested pistols, by the way. I have owned most of them over the years. There is a lot of good 9mm handguns to choose from.
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