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Posted: 4/30/2015 10:41:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2015 10:51:46 AM EDT by Curse_The_Sky]
I'm heading out to the LGS this weekend to pick up something new as a reward to myself. The problem is, I'm not really sure what I want to get. It all comes down to what they have and how much it'll cost, but I have a few ideas floating around in my head.
My budget is around $1000 max (maybe a little over), though I'd prefer to spend a bit less if possible. I'm limited to 10 rounds or less, and I don't see a point in buying a full size, 15-17+ round pistol when I can only have 10 round magazines. This will mostly be a range toy, and (depending on what it is) may be for home defense or carry. I'm not looking for anything in particular though - just adding to the collection.
My standard calibers are .22, 9mm, and .45 ACP. Between my wife and I, we also have .25 and .380s. I don't have any plans to get into .40 S&W, but may consider a 10mm, .38/.357, and .44 some day.
I'm primarily a 1911 fan, but I already have several. I like 9mm for the cost and low recoil, but there isn't much in the 10 round or less category that is fun to shoot at the range. I've never owned an HK or Glock, though I do have Rugers, S&W, Sigs, and a few others. One of my favorite 9mms for the range is my Sig P225; I absolutely love that pistol.
HK45c (I hate the looks of the full size)

Ruger SP101 .357 3" (I don't own any revolvers yet)

Some flavor of S&W revolver in .22, 38spl Airweight, .357, or 44 Magnum (again, I don't own any revolvers yet)

Colt Commander XSE (I already own several 1911s, but my only Commander length is a M1991 beater and the new one would likely get carried)

SIG P227 (I love the style, love the capacity, love the manual of arms... but the grip feels a little wide for my hands; I love my P220 though)

CZ 97B (never held one, may be way too big)

M&P 45 (just another 10-round .45 that sounds like the grip will fit my hands)

Glock 30s (I don't own any Glocks, and it's 10 rounds... but it looks too wide to carry comfortably, and too small for dedicated range use; why can't Glock have a G19-sized, 4"+ barreled, 10-11 round .45?!)

Ruger MKII or MKIII (I have an SR22, but I don't have a .22 "target pistol")

Some kind of mouse gun, just for kicks (Colt Vest Pocket, Baby Browning, etc.; my wife already has a Baby Browning clone, and I have a few small 9mms and .380s, but they have a lot of recoil compared to .32 and .25)
Any other ideas? I'm undecided, so I figured I'd let someone else talk me into or out of something. :)

Link Posted: 4/30/2015 10:44:23 AM EDT
I vote for a revolver

I dont have any yet so they are high on my list....I really love the rugers so +1 on a SP101 (i want the gp100 match champion)
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 11:51:51 AM EDT
I'd get the M&P45.  For $1,000, you could get the gun, some good sights, APEX trigger upgrades, and even a light.  Hell, even regardless of price, the M&P45 is my favorite 45 as it handles recoil extremely well and the grip shape is perfect.  I used to have a 45c and I almost never cleaned it.  That was D-I-sgusting, but it never missed a beat.  
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 12:14:45 PM EDT
That's a varied list.  Sounds like you have 1911s covered and you don't have a revolver so my answer is, ahem, get a revolver.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 12:42:51 PM EDT
For a revolver, get a Ruger SP101 in .22lr or the GP100 Match Champion in .357.  Everybody should have both a .22 and .357 revolver!

For a 10 round semi, get a Springfiel XD .45 compact.  I have the XD and absolutely love it.  Looked at the M&P but just didn't care for the feel of the .45 (I've got it in 9mm and .40).
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 1:23:35 PM EDT
revolvers are a ton of fun so that gets my vote, .357 or 44 magnum.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 1:57:14 PM EDT
Revolver will never let you down......
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 2:21:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2015 2:29:55 PM EDT by JBP_89]

This S&W 627
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 2:52:00 PM EDT
The G30s is almost the same size as the G19 and the slide is slimmer than that G30/G30SF.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 7:04:16 PM EDT
Would like to recommend a S&W 686 4" in .357 Magnum.  IMHO you just cannot go wrong with a L-frame Smith & Wesson!  
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 9:18:26 PM EDT
If buying new, I'd go with a Ruger 4" GP100.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 10:29:48 PM EDT
USP Tactical 45


HK45C Tactical

Link Posted: 5/1/2015 12:02:12 AM EDT
If you're thinking about the HK45c, have you thought about the USP Compact 45?
Link Posted: 5/1/2015 12:49:54 AM EDT
I can see we've helped a bunch
Link Posted: 5/1/2015 7:12:03 AM EDT
revolver, but I say get one in .38 if it is only a toy/range gun.  The other larger ammo is pointless and more expensive if that is the role of the gun.
Link Posted: 5/1/2015 9:11:10 AM EDT
cz 97b
sp 101 in 327 mag 6 shot.
Tanfoglio witness 45.  Takes the same mags as the 97b so you can share magazines if you buy both.   10 shot double stack magazines BTW
Link Posted: 5/1/2015 1:02:29 PM EDT
with out a doubt,.357 and .44.(both)

ruger or pre-lock smith.

Link Posted: 5/1/2015 8:28:30 PM EDT
You don't have a USP? Get one.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 12:29:00 AM EDT
SW 629 is my vote. Very fun gun to bust out at the range!
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:02:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2015 8:03:34 AM EDT by cruze5]
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:52:31 AM EDT
Revolvers are a must if someone is an avid shooter.  A Smith & Wesson 686 Plus 4" barrel was my first revolver.  Fricking fun to shoot and accurate when I do my part.  Glock pistols aren't for everyone but seems like firearms forum members like to suggest a Glock 19 for the first Glock model to own.  I would also suggest getting a Glock 30.  It is basically the same size as the Glock 19 just a bit wider.  I'm limited to 10 round magazines in the Aloha State but if I ever could carry here, I would go with the Glock 30.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 3:09:26 AM EDT
S&W 686+
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 9:17:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/3/2015 9:29:24 AM EDT by AirRaceFan]
For a first revolver, I'd get a full-size. The USP45c is about the only HK I desire. If I had your budget, I'd be looking for the tactical version with the threaded barrel.

Hope this helps.

Edit:typed too fast.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 9:25:16 AM EDT
HK45c or USPc 45
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 10:13:02 AM EDT
I vote for a revolver.
My suggestion is a stainless Ruger Bisley 5.5 inch barrel in 45 colt or a 3 inch barrel S&W model 29 in 44 mag.
I have many revolvers but the Ruger in 45 colt and a S&W model 29 3 inch barrel are my favorites for range use and woods carry.
Mike B
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