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marinejcksn
04-17-2009, 07:30 PM
Now that I'm moving back to a state that actually RESPECTS the 2nd Amendment and allows Concealed Carry, I'm in the market for a great pistol and I think I'm in love:

http://gundirectory.s3.amazonaws.com/guns/20216-1.jpg

Probably going to go with the .40 caliber over the 9mm but I'm not sure yet. Anyone here have some recomendations or their own favorite handgun? :cool:

Rockntractor
04-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Go with the 40 cal more knockdown power.

Rockntractor
04-17-2009, 07:38 PM
http://hipowers-handguns.blogspot.com/2008/06/40-vs-9mm-hi-power-which-is-best-for.html
A little more info.

M21
04-17-2009, 08:15 PM
Walther P99 AS in 9MM is my favorite. Take this one for a test drive before you buy.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/M21/Walther_P99.jpg

asdf2231
04-17-2009, 11:01 PM
Smith and Wesson's M&P series semi auto pistols.

Stomp down fantastic weapons.

FlaGator
04-17-2009, 11:44 PM
I picked up this Taurus .45 in January at a gun show.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b26/flagator/tm.jpg

I really like it. It is small, easy to conceal and the clip holds 10 rounds. For target shooting and in-home defense I have the Colt .45 1873 Cattleman replica from Uberti.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b26/flagator/1873_cattleman_nm_brass.jpg

Not a good weapon to conceal but does blow big holes in soft things.

signalsgt
04-18-2009, 09:17 AM
The .40 Cal ammo (If you can get it) will cost more than the 9mm ammo (If you can get it).

At least that is my experience.

:)

M21
04-18-2009, 12:21 PM
The .40 Cal ammo (If you can get it) will cost more than the 9mm ammo (If you can get it).

At least that is my experience.

:)


Buying a .22 subcal barrel would pay for its self in no time.

Odysseus
04-18-2009, 01:01 PM
Not knowing your needs, it's hard to critique your choice. Is the gun for concealed carry or home defense? Are you more concerned with accuracy or stopping power? How much do you want to pay for it? Will anyone else in your household be shooting it? Do they have your level of training and if not, do you have a plan for getting them there or is simplicity of operation a factor?

That being said, in terms of quality, you can't really go wrong with Sig-Sauer. The Swiss are great a precision engineering, and their weapons are sturdy and reliable.

AlmostThere
04-19-2009, 03:11 AM
The .40 Cal ammo (If you can get it) will cost more than the 9mm ammo (If you can get it).

At least that is my experience.

:)

Ain't that the truth. I've got a Glock 23 that I haven't found new ammo for it in over a month. :eek:

Odysseus
04-20-2009, 01:55 PM
Ain't that the truth. I've got a Glock 23 that I haven't found new ammo for in over a month. :eek:

The advantage of 9mm is that in the event that things really hit the fan, you can replenish supplies from military stocks. Same with 5.56mm and 7.62 mm NATO rounds.

Bubba Dawg
04-20-2009, 07:18 PM
I picked up this Taurus .45 in January at a gun show.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b26/flagator/tm.jpg

I really like it. It is small, easy to conceal and the clip holds 10 rounds. For target shooting and in-home defense I have the Colt .45 1873 Cattleman replica from Uberti.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b26/flagator/1873_cattleman_nm_brass.jpg

Not a good weapon to conceal but does blow big holes in soft things.

I'm partial to the 44 Special and I have a Taurus snub-nosed in that caliber. They also make a 45 LC caliber in titanium that would be a great pocket pistol. Couldn't find a picture but here's a link.

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?model=450SH2C&category=Revolver

marinejcksn
04-20-2009, 08:53 PM
Not knowing your needs, it's hard to critique your choice. Is the gun for concealed carry or home defense? Are you more concerned with accuracy or stopping power? How much do you want to pay for it? Will anyone else in your household be shooting it? Do they have your level of training and if not, do you have a plan for getting them there or is simplicity of operation a factor?

That being said, in terms of quality, you can't really go wrong with Sig-Sauer. The Swiss are great a precision engineering, and their weapons are sturdy and reliable.

I'm planning on using it for concealed carry and target shooting. I'm not too concerned with stopping power, being that I'm pretty proficient with the M9 Beretta I can get off several shots in succession while maintaining accuracy; I don't care what people say about the 9mm, if you hit someone 2-3 times quickly it induces shock and they're going down unless they're hopped up on goofballs.

And yes Sir, the Sig is a great piece of machinery. I'm planning on getting a Sig556 SWAT eventually too...before 'Bummer tries banning "assault weapons" like all the Dims do.:mad:

Odysseus
04-20-2009, 10:06 PM
I'm planning on using it for concealed carry and target shooting. I'm not too concerned with stopping power, being that I'm pretty proficient with the M9 Beretta I can get off several shots in succession while maintaining accuracy; I don't care what people say about the 9mm, if you hit someone 2-3 times quickly it induces shock and they're going down unless they're hopped up on goofballs.

And yes Sir, the Sig is a great piece of machinery. I'm planning on getting a Sig556 SWAT eventually too...before 'Bummer tries banning "assault weapons" like all the Dims do.:mad:

I agree with you on the 9mm, especially if you vary your loads. What you want to do is go into a store and look at the weapon and get a feel for it, especially if the store has a range and loaner guns. The size of the frame and barrel length will be an issue for concealed carry, and you won't be able to judge your comfort level unless you actually handle the weapon. Usually, less barrel and less weight equals less accuracy. You might want to check out the Walther PPS (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=13152&storeId=10002&productId=60492&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=44304&isFirearm=Y), which is designed for concealment and offers a 6, 7 or 8-round magazine. Also, the Smith and Wesson M908 (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=11101&langId=-1&productId=12754&tabselected=tech&isFirearm=Y&parent_category_rn=15712) has similar features.