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    Seeking Opinions: Breakout of additional guns

    Hi All,

    I'm developing a strategy to take to the wife and could use some points in the right direction. I currently have a S&W 686+ revolver.

    My wife and I have an additional 2 handgun permits getting approved now and we were going to add a variety of semis. I was originally thinking a tack driving .45 like the Supermatch would be fun, but the ammo is expensive. She was going to get a HK P30 9mm.

    These guns will live life as range guns, but will be the backbone of our collections for years to come. I already have a shotgun for HD and consider the revolver the secondary gun, so I'm not sure I need a .45 atm.

    Here's my question: Would it make sense to consolidate those two guns into a Sig X-five 9mm, which may in fact be cheaper (I've seen X-fives for $1600). Can't have a much better plinker, the X-five uses the cheaper 9mm ammo, and as Mike B would point out, a good 9mm defensive load is as good as a .45 if the shottie and revolver couldn't be within reach in an emergency.

    Do you guys think one X-five can realistically replace both? Or, at the end of the day, is it just another fine gun that would deliver no more accuracy and fun than either the P30 and/or Supermatch.

    I hope this question makes sense. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robanna View Post
    Here's my question: Would it make sense to consolidate those two guns into a Sig X-five 9mm, which may in fact be cheaper (I've seen X-fives for $1600). Can't have a much better plinker, the X-five uses the cheaper 9mm ammo, and as Mike B would point out, a good 9mm defensive load is as good as a .45 if the shottie and revolver couldn't be within reach in an emergency.
    Zowie! A budget of $1600 for a plinker? I don't think all my Glock and KelTec defense guns together are worth that much! If you can afford that for a plinking gun, are you really concerned about the price of .45 ammo? It's only about $50 more per 500 if you buy in bulk.

    To clarify, I do think the .45 has more "stopping power" than 9mm. However, I think the difference is marginal enough that it doesn't outweigh the 9mm's advantages in ease of shooting and economy. Anyway, a shotgun beats either!

    Do you guys think one X-five can realistically replace both? Or, at the end of the day, is it just another fine gun that would deliver no more accuracy and fun than either the P30 and/or Supermatch.
    Well, it's not what I'd choose for a pure range gun, but pretty much any gun can be a plinker. Just choose what you like. If the X-five floats your boat more than the others, go for it. I'm not sure what the other two guns can do that the X-five can't, in terms of poking holes in paper.

    However, if the point is just fun at the range, you might consider a wider variety of guns. Some folks like to shoot lots of different guns versus one really nice one. $1600 will get you a decent .22, 9mm and a .45 if you shop carefully!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    [B] Zowie! A budget of $1600 for a plinker?
    Thanks for the input Mike. I appreciate it. Yea, I know, it sounds crazy. Whatever I get into I like to collect always wind up spending tons of $, which makes no sense. It's more about the enjoyment of owning it I guess than its practicality.

    I figure a gun like this would open lots of doors if I chose to shoot competitively at a local club--not that other pistols wouldn't, but I'm a lil' nuts

    Thanks again!

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    wow

    robanna: wow; I haven't paid any attention to 'sig x-five'. Before I thought about commenting I Looked: WOW; "Handgun Magazine", WoW is the only descriptive. Sir; I agree with 'Mike Barham' I agree with 'you' as a collector? or maybe someday competition type; WOW; Sir; $2,499.00 Jan. 6th 2006
    Give strong consideration to "Mike's' thought. Practicing with his choices gives you a stronger background to shooting. Thereby greater appreciation to this hobby; that also provides available daily protection.
    Shotgun for the house; preferably a Pump.
    Do follow up with your thoughts. I for one am curious.
    and thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by neophyte View Post
    robanna: wow; I haven't paid any attention to 'sig x-five'. Before I thought about commenting I Looked: WOW; "Handgun Magazine", WoW is the only descriptive.
    Hi Craig, Thanks for taking the time to respond. That price you saw is actually the MSRP for the L1 model, which is way beyond anything I would need or would be allowed to spend by wifey. In fact, it's SAO and I want a DA/SA. The only X-five that offers that (to my knowledge) is the X-five Allrounder.

    I can score an X-five Competition shipped to me for $1500. The X-five Tactical or Allrounder can be had for $1320. Still pretty high, but not at the level of a custom 1911.

    Cheers!

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    I have to say I have shot some really nice guns from HK's to super high end 1911s and at the end of the day they all put lead down range it simply comes down to what you really want. I personally would never in a million years spend that kind of money on a hand gun... I mean you could get two very nice guns and have money left for ammo for that price. However, if you are anything like me if I lay my hand on something and decide that I have to have it, it is a waist of time and money to buy something substandard. To address your question of consolidation; that is something I would warn against, if that’s the only way you can afford this firearm maybe you should save more or simply find something else. As a rule I would never exchange one tool for another, you wouldn’t sell your circular saw to buy a high quality drill, in the same way weapons are tools and each weapon has its use and if you are serious about building you collection you should hang on to what you have. There is nothing an HK handgun can do that a Springfield XD (or insert your preference of a mid grade handgun) can’t so maybe looking elsewhere may be the key for you. Just my 2 penny’s my friend, anyway you look at it at the end of the day you get a new gun and that’s always cool

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