Buying my first handgun
I am looking to purchase my first handgun. My gf is in the police academy right now and thought it would be good to keep practicing with her as a thing to do together and keep her practiced.
She an a Springfield Armory XD 9mm. It is a good gun but doesn't fit what I like to shoot at the range. The trigger pull is long, feels a little small for me, and obviously made for what she'll use it for, carrying as a cop.
I'm also looking for a 9mm pistol since the ammo is cheap, powerful enough, and makes it easy for her to shoot too. I'm also wanting to meet the need that if her gun does ever have an issue that she can use mine as a carry gun on the job while springfield repairs hers.
The two guns I've come down to are the CZ SP01 and the Taurus PT92.
The taurus is obviously a bit cheaper and mimicks the 9mm of my dads i've been shooting (maudi made 9mm from an old beretta factory). I also was able to shoot one at the range that another fellow had and good god did the thing have the smoothest action and amazing trigger pull. Accuracy was good considering how poor a shot I am since I have not shot pistols much.
The taurus is obviously riding on their reputation for reliability as a negative for her to use it as a police weapon. The safety seems to be well made and thought out that it is secure enough for her to carry. Reliability of the 92 though on all the message boards I've seen has been quite amazing. So for $400 would it be trusted to be used for a couple months while another pistol got fixed?
The cz's always feel the most comfortable to me when I hold them. The sp01 has a rail like the 92 but seems more oriented to be used by a police officer in all aspects. The trigger pull looks to be a bit heavier with a 12lb double action and in the 6's for single action. To lower this, also adds onto the cost making the pistol without work $200 more than the taurus and with it $300 more.
Which should I chose? I don't know enough it seems to be certain but i seem to be letting the reputation get in the way of taurus and the price on the cz.
I like the CZ the best as they have a long track record around here as being as solid as a rock. The 92 seems to be one of the better ones coming from the big T but their warranity seens to have gone to potts. I know it's for a life time but like a friend said it may take a life to get it back from them. He had a lot of trouble with them. So far as the GF her Chief will tell her what she can use and what not for a replacement if needed.
Actually that is the thing, they really can use anything since they have to buy their own gun. I think about the only gun they would say no to is a fn five seven due to the bullet and anything like 50 caliber or above, so basically any 9mm, 40, or 45 should be fine.
If I was training to be a officer I think I would buy a second gun that was the same as my issuse gun. I would practice until I was as good as I could get and then practice somemore. I mean everytime they step out the front door in unifrom they are a target for some BG. Tell her good luck in her new career.
I have the Taurus. It suits me. In fact if at all possible to love a gun, I love it. That's just me. I've had it for one year. Only one FTF with a crappy range load. It was shooting low for a while, but is now right on. Or I'm finally learning how to shoot it.
I've only heard of one complaint about a PT92 at the other forum.
Now the CZ.
I almost bought the CZ75 instead. It has the same record of reliability, almost perfect. So either choice would be sound.
The CZ grip is contoured a little differently and may be easier for your girl friend to handle.
Also with the CZ, she could pick up a Rammi model for back up/ off duty carry. It has the same manual of arms as it's big brother.
I forsee a three CZ household in your future.
Also go to the forums dedicated to both companies and see what actual owners have to say about each one. Maybe I'll see you over at Taurusarmed.net.