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    Opinions on the M9

    Ok, I have heard quite the range of opinions on this gun. Some people say it is one of the best guns ever made some say it is a complete piece of junk. Please give your thoughts on reliability and accuracy.

    I have an opportunity to trade my brand new Taurus PT92 + $200 for a used M9. It looks to be in great condition and comes with the lazer max grip(I think that's the name of it?). Would this be a good decision?

    Of all weapons people seem to have extremely different opinions on handguns. I can understand personal opinions and preferences but a good gun is a good gun. For example, I absolutely hate the remington 870 shotgun but I respect and acknowledge that it is probably one of the most reliable well built shotguns ever made. Sounds stupid that I could hate such a gun but I just do (maybe it's because everyone seems to have one). I'm new to this sport and just do not understand how a gun can be rated the absolute best and the absolute worst at the same time?

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    Why would you go from a PT92 to an M9? I fired both side by side and could not see or feel the difference.

    Also, new 92FS's can be had for the upper 5's...your new PT plus $200 does not sound like that great of a deal...

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    I carried an M9 for a year in Afghanistan, along with a few hundred of our other guys. It worked fine. We had one breakage while we were there. One M9 had the spring for the takedown lever break. It didn't disable the pistol, it just couldn't be field-stripped.

    The M9 is super reliable as long as good mags are used. The low-bidder Check-Mate mags some of us were issued overseas sucked, but OEM mags are great.

    Downsides of the M9 are mainly the same as for the Taurus copy: lousy crunchenticker trigger, smallish sights, huge grip. The M9 also has a backwards safety.
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    I was just having a few concerns with the slide fit on my Taurus but I may just be anal. Hopefully it is being fixed as we speak. I may just be feeling a slight bit of buyer remorce. I figured they couldn't be much different just based on looks but I have never shot an M9. I'm leaning towards putting money into small modifications of my PT92 and just shoot the $hit out of it.

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    Hmmm can't say much in regards to the Taurus, haven't gotten to shoot it.

    The M9 though, I have shot and do own one. Absolutely love it. Some say the grip is too big, I find it rather comfortable myself. Field stripping is a breeze with it, and most importantly to me, it eats any ammo I run through it without issue.

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    M9 vs Taurus

    I have a Beretta 92FS, basically the same weapon and it is a super handgun, accurate as all get out and reliable to a fault, never had a glitch with well over 6K rounds through it, mostly european ball ammo that I got at a deal. Mine came with two spare OEM mags and I have since purchased three 17 round mags and 8 OEM used mags that work flawlessly, plus three parkerized GI mags, no hangups on any of them. I carry CCW a Beretta 96 FS and it has never had a hiccup as well. I am a fairly large guy and the grip size is a plus for me. The grip angle and size allow a natural "point-to point of aim" relationship in my hand with my wrist muscle memory. My first DA shot in every qualification round is dead on in the center of the 5X ring, second shot is around 1 1/2" to 2" from that one. The handguns are great. Their e-store and customer service leaves a lot to be desired from recent experience.

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    Yeah, I have BIG hands and the gun is a perfect fit for me...

    No offense to anyone, but I am still trying to find the reason that the 92FS is $200 more than the Taurus??

    The PT also has the frame mounted safety and allows for the "cocked and locked" position..

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    PT 92 +200.00 for a used M-9

    I'll have to agree, I don't see the extra $200.00 for a used M-9. Of course, how used is the question here. Fit, finish, and performance sold me on Beretta, with the change out to a "D" spring, the double action is managable. Never had an issue with it. Slide mounted safety/decocker has not been an issue either. Carry mine with one in the pipe and safety off. Just as safe as a DA revolver. Seems the source has a margin to maintain and they consider the M-9 an upgrade for you, especially with the issues you are having. Rent and shoot the M-9 and see if you do any better with it. The laser grip adds a dimension to the cost as well. I know I paid $300.00 plus for my LaserMax guiderod laser sight and it has been worth every cent. The final decision is yours, shoot it and see if it's worth it to you.

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    The Berettas I've examined seemed of generally higher quality than the Tauri, so I expect that accounts for the price difference. Doesn't really matter in a range/plinking gun, but I'd take the Beretta for defense.
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    I always though the Taurus PT looked cheapo, especially their chrome looking finish. They might be just fine but I'd rather own a piece of a legend. I'm on day 1 of 10 of my waiting period.

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