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    sigma, Mark III, or buckmark

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    i am buying my first handgun, and it will be used solely for protection and plinking, i have narrowed my decision down to the

    ruger mark III .22
    Browning buckmark .22
    or smith and wesson Sigma 9mm

    i like the cheap price of .22 ammo but prefer the power of the 9mm.

    anyone got any opinions or new suggestion i would like to spend under 300

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    How about leaving the protection part out at frist. This will not be your last gun and you will buy more later. If your new to shooting buy either one one of the .22's that you like the best and learn a little about shooting. Enjoy it and talk to people at the ranges. Maybe take a class if they have one. Then go looking for a pistol for protection. Good luck.

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    let me specify

    this gun will not be used for protection from people it is for coyotes while plinking ( live in montana) for protction from ppl i have got a glock 19 ( which i love and take everywhere) any ways i know a .22 will stop a coyote but this is mostly for plinking
    sorry for confusion.

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    If i was picking from the 22's then the buckmark I like better than the Mark III. It's just a fit thing for me mostly. I like the way the Browning fits my hand more. And the mark III is not near as good looking as the one that come before it (Mark II). The camper model is the one I got last. It's a pretty nice plinking gun

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    If U end up with a 9mm - PLEASE don't get sucked into a Sigma. There are some Sigma fans here - but honestly - the trigger is bad. 99% of the newbies I see who say they bought a Sigma end up posting their very next post saying "How do I lighten the trigger." I see it everyday on all the gun forums. Over and over and over.

    The Sigma will function. But, it's not really a plinker. You won't be able to shoot as well as you like - at least not w/o LOTs of practice - maddening practice. Too many newbies get sucked in because of the price of the Sigma.

    Go buy a Stoeger Cougar - it's around $300, and it is really a clone of the Beretta Cougar (Beretta transferred the machinery to make the gun to Stoeger, a subsidiary). Heck, even a Ruger semi auto would be better. They are DA/SA - their DA isn't always the best - but the SA trigger on the Ruger will be better than that Sigma trigger.
    Last edited by Shipwreck; 12-21-2007 at 08:07 AM.

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    Now you have another Ruger option: The Charger, looks like an adapted 10/22 rifle with pistol grip and short barrel. I think it uses the same 10 round mag as the rifle.

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    Since there has only been one recorded case of a coyote attacking a human in the last fifty years, and it happened all the way over in Massachusetts, I'd guess you could probably play the odds and get one of the .22s.

    I prefer the Buckmark to the Ruger.
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    Yes, I was down to the Buckmark and RUger back in feb. I rented a Buckmark and loved it - went with that. Much easier to take apart and clean too.

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    Happy Buck Mark owner...

    Your trigger finger will cramp up before your wallet is dry!

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    If you already have a GLOCK, then forget the SIGMA 9mm. I own one and like it (it's trigger is not nearly as bad as many people think it is), but it's NOT a plinking pistol. OTOH, I also own a Buckmark .22 and highly recommend it as a plinker and target/range pistol. I you now own one, I think you will find you've made a good choice.

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    Buckmark all the way!

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    good to go

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    I've been known to go on and on. Don't have to with this selection

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    Yeah, the Sigma doesn't really fit into this equation. I have one, but you will have more fun with a .22. Get comfortable and then spring for a 45

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    As to the 22 choices I think the Buckmark has a much better fit. I'm not a big fan of the Mark III. They shoot pretty well I just don't like the feel as much adn I really don't like how they look either. I do like the Mark II. That is a pretty wild set of choices...two 22's and a 9mm..It's like which one of these does not fit in the picture. I like those Sigma pistols though. I have the 380 and a 40. I've shot a 9VE and likes it ok..But you get any Sigma Smith you best get ready to do some trigger work on it to get that bazillion lb trigger to get around the standard Glock pull (Wolff Spring striker spring can help you there. That and a LOT of shooting to smooth it out more as well as allowing you to get used to it. You seem to be looking at a 22 a little more....go with the Buckmark

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    I have done the Wolff striker spring. Took it out immediatly after the gun wasn't firing.

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