View Poll Results: What are your thoughts on these pistols?

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  • Sig 232

    4 9.76%
  • Bersa Thunder .380

    4 9.76%
  • Walther PPK/S

    2 4.88%
  • Kel Tec P-3AT

    4 9.76%
  • Glock 26

    9 21.95%
  • Revolver (If so, please list)

    10 24.39%
  • Other (If so, please list)

    8 19.51%
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    Thoughts?

    When I originally started out on my CCW mission, my original choice was to be the Bersa Thunder .380. I had the great opportunity to hold my current USPC and from there it was all over. I don't regret my decision at all. :-D

    I am now looking back at the Bersa or a gun similar to it for my girlfriend and/or myself. I basically wanted to know if any of you have or currently own these pistols I've "polled" and what your feelings are about them.

    Also, we looked at revolvers for her as well such as the S&W 340PD based on the simplicity and reliability as her first gun. Light little thing and seems and felt very good in both hers and my hand. She's not into this "new" thing as I call it as much as I am. I do however want her to be protected and to me it's just another good excuse to expand my collection. :wink:

    I appreciate any feedback and/or advice.

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    I forgot to mention that $$$ is fortunately not an issue right now. So I don't know if that would affect your input at all but I wanted to mention that anyways.

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    I don't get your poll??

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    HK P2000sk
    Sig P239
    S&W 642,442
    HK USPc.......

    Just my choices

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy
    I don't get your poll??
    I am now looking back at the Bersa or a gun similar to it for my girlfriend and/or myself. I basically wanted to know if any of you have or currently own these pistols I've "polled" and what your feelings are about them.

    Maybe I should've asked "Out of these, which do you prefer?"

    I don't know....

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    P99c
    SW99c
    USPc
    P2000

    4 best, IMHO

    I had a Glock 26 for 8 years and was never a huge fan. The Walther is much better

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    I have both Glock 26 and a Kel-Tec P3AT. I am very satisfied with both, but they really perform two different missions.

    The Glock 26 is extremely versatile. With a Pearce finger rest, it makes a fine belt/IWB gun. Replace the mag with a standard (flat floorplate) one and it works as a pocket (in cargo shorts/pants) or ankle gun. Replace the mag with a full-cap from a Glock 17 and it becomes a good home defense gun.

    The little P3AT is strictly a pocket or exercise gun. When I am dressed in a suit or other constricting clothing, I wear it in a front pocket holster. I can also clip it to the elastic waistband of my running shorts when I exercise (and it's light enough that they don't fall down!).

    If I could have only one defense pistol, it would be the Glock 26, no question about it. It can do almost anything I need it to do, while the Kel-Tec is more of a specialized "niche" carry gun.

    I used to have a J-frame S&W revolver that served as a pocket gun for over a decade. I ditched it because I shoot the 11-round Glock way better than the J-frame, and the Kel-Tec is smaller and lighter, functioning better as a "deep concealment" piece. The J-frames don't particularly lend themselves to really fast and accurate shooting at speed, at least in my hands.
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    my choice was the Bersa simply because I own one.
    It's affordable.
    Accurate.
    Reliable.
    Will eat anything, at least so far.
    I have heard warranty work is great, I've never needed it.

    It's maybe the best gun bargin out there.

    AFS

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    I'd go with the revolver, probably a steel J-Framed Smith&Wesson.

    I believe that for the average lady that the revolver is the most intuitive in use. Certainly its reliability and dependability is weel proven.

    Bob Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco

    The Glock 26 is extremely versatile. With a Pearce finger rest, it makes a fine belt/IWB gun. Replace the mag with a standard (flat floorplate) one and it works as a pocket (in cargo shorts/pants) or ankle gun. Replace the mag with a full-cap from a Glock 17 and it becomes a good home defense gun.
    Yes, when I had my G26, I did use a hi cap in it sometimes. I just never mastered the trigger. Never shot it as well as others could. That's why I like the P99 better now. I can use a hi cap in it as well, if I choose. And they make curved and flush mag plates as well.

    Of course, it is much easier to find a G26 than it is to find a P99c w/ the A/S trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Yes, when I had my G26, I did use a hi cap in it sometimes. I just never mastered the trigger. Never shot it as well as others could. That's why I like the P99 better now. I can use a hi cap in it as well, if I choose. And they make curved and flush mag plates as well.
    The Glock trigger is funny. I found it quite easy to master, as did my wife (who has basically stolen my 17!). Most new shooters find it very easy to shoot acceptably well, but then again most new shooters don't really know what truly good shooting looks like.

    But lots of fairly experienced people don't like it. I often find that this is because they have not mastered the reset concept, or "riding the link" as John Farnam likes to say. Once the correct reset technique is mastered, the "low left Glock syndrome" tends to go away for most people, and speed of accurate shooting is increased to near-1911 levels.

    No doubt many subcompact pistols have the same versatility as the Glock 26. The Walther, the HK P2000SK, 3" XD, etc., can probably all fill the same role. The Glock works for me, and is faster and easier to shoot well than the others in my hands. The Glock is less expensive than most of the others (except the XD), is totally reliable and proven, and has a raft of holsters and other accessories readily available for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco
    I have both Glock 26 and a Kel-Tec P3AT. I am very satisfied with both, but they really perform two different missions.

    The Glock 26 is extremely versatile. With a Pearce finger rest, it makes a fine belt/IWB gun. Replace the mag with a standard (flat floorplate) one and it works as a pocket (in cargo shorts/pants) or ankle gun. Replace the mag with a full-cap from a Glock 17 and it becomes a good home defense gun.

    The little P3AT is strictly a pocket or exercise gun. When I am dressed in a suit or other constricting clothing, I wear it in a front pocket holster. I can also clip it to the elastic waistband of my running shorts when I exercise (and it's light enough that they don't fall down!).

    If I could have only one defense pistol, it would be the Glock 26, no question about it. It can do almost anything I need it to do, while the Kel-Tec is more of a specialized "niche" carry gun.

    I used to have a J-frame S&W revolver that served as a pocket gun for over a decade. I ditched it because I shoot the 11-round Glock way better than the J-frame, and the Kel-Tec is smaller and lighter, functioning better as a "deep concealment" piece. The J-frames don't particularly lend themselves to really fast and accurate shooting at speed, at least in my hands.
    Thank you very much Mike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco

    The Glock 26 is extremely versatile. With a Pearce finger rest, it makes a fine belt/IWB gun. Replace the mag with a standard (flat floorplate) one and it works as a pocket (in cargo shorts/pants) or ankle gun. Replace the mag with a full-cap from a Glock 17 and it becomes a good home defense gun.
    Yes, when I had my G26, I did use a hi cap in it sometimes. I just never mastered the trigger. Never shot it as well as others could. That's why I like the P99 better now. I can use a hi cap in it as well, if I choose. And they make curved and flush mag plates as well.

    Of course, it is much easier to find a G26 than it is to find a P99c w/ the A/S trigger.
    Thank you Shipwreck. I didn't even think of the P99c.....whoops. Have you heard anything on them possibly bringing back the A/S trigger?

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    Too Many Choices!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy
    I don't get your poll??
    I'm not too sure either but if you are asking for the best carry weapon without price consideration, the list would be very long. There are a lot of fine guns manufactured now. I'm a great fan of the plastics for weight, dependabitity, & ergonomics. Probably the SW99OL compact or the Walther P99c would be logical choices even though I don't own either (yet).

    I do own a Bersa T380 and agree with "airforceshooter's" opinion. I carry it often. My wife has a S & W 642 which is a great carry gun. All the S & W light weight, J frames would make a good carry companion.

    The best answer is to buy the top seven and carry a different one every day! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Method

    Thank you Shipwreck. I didn't even think of the P99c.....whoops. Have you heard anything on them possibly bringing back the A/S trigger?
    I hear it's coming. So far, apparently some distributors in the US has them. 1 guy on the Walther forum claimed that he just got a new model. I'm still waiting to see some myself....

    I occassionally see compact A/S's for sale online, though.

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    My wife carries a Sig 230 which is the earlier version of the 232 and she really likes it. It does have a bit more recoil than some .380's I've shot but it's not bad. I carry a Ruger SP101 in my front pocket. It's a little big but it fits my pockets fine. I really like that revolver. My top choice would be a sub-compact xd though. In my opinion you can't really beat that gun for CCW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Quote Originally Posted by Method

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    I hear it's coming. So far, apparently some distributors in the US has them. 1 guy on the Walther forum claimed that he just got a new model. I'm still waiting to see some myself....
    Im getting a 9mm P99 AS on the 13th(I'm also on the Walther forum, same name), and the P99 is NIB, though Im not sure of the production date.

    I'll try and get pics up when I get it, and find the date code on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliffBurton
    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Quote Originally Posted by Method

    [/b]
    I hear it's coming. So far, apparently some distributors in the US has them. 1 guy on the Walther forum claimed that he just got a new model. I'm still waiting to see some myself....
    Im getting a 9mm P99 AS on the 13th(I'm also on the Walther forum, same name), and the P99 is NIB, though Im not sure of the production date.

    I'll try and get pics up when I get it, and find the date code on it.
    Cool.....lets see some pic's! 8)

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    Well, I got my P99 yesterday. It IS and 2006, date code of AG. So, I guess that means that some are already making there way around in the US. I'll see if it can get a camera later and take a couple pictures.

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    You will find people that like each of the guns that you mentioned in your poll. I wouldn't recommend buying a gun on popularity. What the most people like might not be what is best for you and your wife. The best way that I have found to buy a new gun is to go to gun shows and find what you like and then go to a range or friend that has one and shoot it. Good luck in finding what you and your wife like.

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