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    Glock, if you can reach the trigger while keeping the barrel in line with the bones in your forearm. XD if you can't. Then take the rest of the $800.00 and buy a nice rig to carry it in. A nice rig,(holster,belt,mag pouches) will make practice much more enjoyable. The more enjoyable it is, the more you will do. Along those lines, the 40 is going to cost about twice as much to shoot (practice) with than a 9mm. I have an XD 45 as my primary carry piece. I love that pistol, but it is costly to plink with. As was my 40S&W. I am in the process of picking up an XD 9 Tac for the bulk of my IDPA and other combat practice. Lets face it, I don't need a 45 to defend my home. At in home distances of a few feet, 16 or 18 9mm at your disposal should be all you need. If that wasn't enough, then the 12ga behind the bedroom door should have been called up instead. I'm not putting down your choice of caliber, just making conversation. I think the 40S&W is a fine defense round. With the cost of getting to the range, combined with the rising cost of ammo, I need all the breaks I can get. By all means get what you really want, and go shooting. Handguns are a great pastime, enjoy.

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    My Vote




    Springfield XD(m) .40

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    The german guns are typically considered higher quality, more durable, and better looking. They don't cost that much more

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    since springfield dont make 10mm, I would get the Glock 20

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    Cool

    Why waltz when you can ROCK and ROLL !!!!!!! 1911 in .45 ACP

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    Quote Originally Posted by wibowhunt View Post
    I'm looking for a semi auto. I want a .40sw. I have only about $800 or less to spend. The gun will be used mainly for home protection, and the assoiciated practicing and thats about it. I'm new to hand guns but have shot different .40's and can handle them. What are the pros and cons of the different makes and models thanks.
    I know it's not a .40, but, get an XD .45.....

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    Re: only one handgun, What would you get?

    I can shoot any handgun and caliber with no issue, I'm not stuck on one gun in particular, but if I was to have one and one only, it would be a Kimber 1911

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    Poster said he wanted a .40 S&W and over half the recommendations are for .45 ACP pistols! I have a Glock G23, but any of the .40 S&W guns recommended would be well worth your while. Go to a big gun store and try each for fit and see how they carry on you . When you get into the class of guns discussed, they are all reliable and fine weapons, just find out which one feels right for you! That is how I ended up with my Glock, but G23 may not be right for you, try them all.

    Truth is if I could only have one gun in the whole world , it would be a Mossberg 12 guage, but that wasn't what the post was about!

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    Those XD guns remind me of the chinese car clones. If anyone else was in the basement of the detroit auto show they will know what i am talking about. They try so hard to compete with polymer glock and HK but it ends up looking like a cheap design, and the price matches, along with its WORLDWIDE reputation. Its like the interior of a mercedes-benz vs the interior of a lincoln or dodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JONSCH View Post
    Those XD guns remind me of the chinese car clones.
    Because each and every one of them is made in Karlovac, Croatia. Didn't find the two i shot to my liking (9mm and .40). One of the many polymers i tried before opting for the SP2022. Different strokes i guess. I still would recommend a CPO SiG to fit the OP's price range and have some extra for an ammo purchase to break it in.

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    I like the Glock 23. Reliable, light, easy to shoot accurately, resists the elements well and good ergonomics. The price is also perfect, not only for the guns themselves but also for the magazines.

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    only one handgun?
    What would you get?


    This should be a poll !!!!!!!!!!!
    maybe one of the moderators could establish a long initial list to vote on.
    my suggestion is that there should be at least 2 revolvers on the list for completeness.

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    Just get a Glock, XD, or M&P9 plus a case or so of ammo and a hamburger with the change left over. My preference is M&P.

    If you can only afford or wish to afford 1 gun make it a work horse not a show horse type,


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    A poll would be valid if all of the handguns listed have been used by the voter. It would probably end up being a certain handgun that a person owns and/or favors as it appears to be the case already.

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    229 Sig is a nice 40

    I listed it mainly for the fact it is a SA/DA, will eat anything you put in it, and they are really accurate. Yeah, I have one, It's not one I carry often but of it was my only pistol I would trust my life to it.
    Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 09-20-2008 at 06:58 AM.

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    You can get a CZ-75 in .40.

    It's an all metal, high capacity, DA/SA that gives you top-notch quality and superior accuracy, for about the same price as the polymer guns. Of course, Glocks, XD's, and M&P's are all great pistols. Don't pay any attention to the Glock guys bashing the XD. It's as good, if not better, has very unobtrusive extra safety features, plus the real bonus of having the same grip angle as the 1911.

    My personal favorite gun, to shoot or carry, is a Commander-size 1911 clone (Springfield Loaded Champion), but I'm partial to .45 ACP.

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