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    only one handgun. What would you get?

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wibowhunt View Post
    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.
    If you have truly shot different .40 cal then you should narrow down your choices by specifying your preferred action: SAO, DAO, DA/SA, etc.

    If you do not understand the differences between the different actions, please take an NRA approved Basic / Safety Handgun Course.

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    Surprisingly I wouldn't choose a Ruger....It would be a Colt M1911A1.

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    Me, too...
    For $800.00, you could get one heck of a slightly-used M1911A1 or Government Model .45 ACP.

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    .40 S&W is my favorite caliber for handguns, I like them because you can get more punch that a 9mm and less size than a .45 ACP.

    I own 4 .40's a SIG SAUER P226R, a Full Sized M&P40, a GLOCK23, and a Smith & Wesson SW99c.

    Out of these the SIG P226R is my favorite, it has the least recoil and is DA/SA pistol, 12rnd mags and is fun to shoot. It is a little heavy and a little pricey (New ones at my local GS are $725, look for a used one, I bought mine as a police trade in), but its a great overall gun.

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    i know 2 people that are in the police/security and have a sigsauer .40
    i don't really know if you can get one for under 700

    i would look at the XD or the Glocks
    go handle them to see how they feel
    both are very reliable
    the xd is VERY easy to take down to clean - the glock is a bit tricky until you get it down
    the new xd-M has interchangeable back straps to fit your hand perfectly - ie customize it to fit your hand

    PERSONALLY - i'd get a 45acp but since you want a .40 - then go for it
    the 45acp ammo is cheaper and easier to find and is more versitile in ammo choices (muzzle energy)
    happy hunting

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    i forgot to add that the xd has two easily identifiable ways to see if there is a cartridge in the chamber
    the glock doesn't

    also i have had heard that for some: the glock hits a little high and the xd hits a little lower than where you are aiming - maybe others can add on this issue

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    i forgot to add that the xd has two easily identifiable ways to see if there is a cartridge in the chamber
    the glock doesn't
    Actually, the current Glock generation does have a loaded chamber indicator. They redesigned their extractor with a bump that sticks out her past the slide on the outside.

    Loaded Chamber Indicator
    To comply with the ever-tightening gun laws of some states, Glock has added a loaded chamber indicator to all models. The indicator is simply a re-shaped extractor that sticks out from the side of the slide when a round is in the chamber.
    From this site: http://atlantisarms.com/basecamp/news_rumors.htm


    Personally I always know the condition of my sidearm. It's rather important for me to know. As far as the OP and the original question----I've chosen Glock for all of my calibers other than the 45acp. For that I chose a SIG P220. To me, the 45acp also has less perceived recoil than the 40 cal. The lighter or smaller the pistol is in your choice of 40 S&W, the more pronounced is the recoil in my opinion and experience. G22 would be my choice.
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    One pistol only? I would want it to be a 1911 in 45 ACP.

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    I only have one pistol...and believe it or not, that's really all I want to own. I like to keep things simple. I have a CZ P-01 and for my taste, it's the "perfect" handgun for me. Although, I do have a kadet kit for it...so it's almost like owning two pistols.

    It's primary purpose is HD and Car duty, and after I get my CCW, the occasional carry piece. If I decide to carry daily, I'll most likely look at adding a Smith & Wesson J-Frame.

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    For $800 You can get an EAA Witness .40cal , a 9mm and a .22lr barrel and slide assemblys,( for cheaper parctice sessions ),which are all interchangable on the one frame. Imagine, 3 guns and enough money left over to buy some ammo. The Witness pistols are very good guns, built on the same design as the CZ75, AR 24, Baby Eagle and a few others. They come in polymer, and all metal, and in 3 different sizes, and even more barrel lengths. Their competition guns are all the rage in European IPSC matches even out shooting 1911's.

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    I was able to purchase my used Sig P229 in .40cal for significantly less than your $800 budget, you can come close to purchasing one NIB for that price.

    I absolutely love it, and highly recommend.

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    .40 S&w

    I am a fan of the .40 S&W as well. I own 9 different variants of the caliber in semi-auto handguns. My CCW choice is a Beretta 96 as it fits me better than all the rest I have tried or owned. I continually shoot possible in qualification with it and have never had a malfunction. Carrying it concealed is not problem due to my size and the excellent leather available today. My next holster will be an IWB with a sweat shield due to the summer heat here the way it's going. I purchased a used 96 for $375.00 from a local shop but it is a DAO Centurion and that may not be your cup o' tea. Kinda a long trigger pull, but smooth! Just take a look at the ballistics numbers on the .40 and you will see that you have made an excellent choice. Enjoy and shoot what fits you, your hand, your stance and style. Every weapon is different and some fit where others just don't. The handgun that works well for one is an anethma for the next person.

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    Glock 19, IWB holster, 2x mag carrier, belt, CCW class, CCW permit and maybe a case of ammo for $800. G23 if you really have to have a .40.
    *IMHO, G19/G23 are probably the best 1 handgun to have since they carry alot of rounds for their size, are relatively easy to conceal, rugged as hell.

    Then just buy tons of ammo and save up for a Fighting Pistol class.

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    I am going to change my vote
    I would pick a Glock 17 (17 rounds +1) or 19 (15 rounds +1)
    I would probably pick the glock 17
    the original - totally proved - totally reliable
    cheapest centerfire pistol to shoot and practice
    many different loads
    with the latest technology of bullets it can equal a 45 in terms of muzzle energy.
    Fits anybody's hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    I am going to change my vote

    Fits anybody's hands
    Not mine sadly. I want a G19 soo badly, but my web folds up and in the line of fire of the slide. Maybe I am holding it wrong, but 2 different stores with 2 clerks each confirmed I was holding it right, just have too much skin I guess.

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    For $800 or less, USPc 40. I wub mine.

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    you dont plan to carry it?...

    Glock 17 or M&P-9.

    carry?...

    Glock 19 or M&P-9.

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    You can get a Sigma with 2 extra mags for less than 800 in 40 cal.

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    only one handgun. What would you get?



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