welcome from southern oregon
I'm new to the forum so forgive me if I'm in the wrong place or breaking some other etiquette. After reading several posts, I had a question that I thought I could get some feedback on.
I have recently liquidated a couple of guns to raise some cash, and am now looking to limit myself to three handguns that will pretty much handle anything I might want to do. I own a Sig P239 in 9mm for concealed carry, and I've pretty much decided that I want a S&W 686 357 mag for a larger frame revolver. But I want an "in-between" semi-auto. The question is what caliber and what gun? I'm thinking maybe a .45, but I really don't have any convictions. Maybe a 1911? I don't know.
Anybody got any advice?
Perhaps something with a slightly larger bullet, bigger in size than the SIG, but not as heavy or long as a 4" or 6" revolver, like a Glock in .40 caliber. Or maybe a larger gun for target-shooting that uses ammo you already keep on-hand, like a Glock 34 in 9mm? For range/target use, a reliable, accurate .22 pistol is always a good choice, and the ammo is cheap enough to let you shoot all day long. How about a Ruger or Browning Buckmark .22 pistol?
Yeah, I've never had to buy .45 ammo, so I was unaware of that.
My thinking was more of a full sized gun for range use (accuracy at at greater distance, etc.) or any other purpose that doesn't require concealment. And as long as I was entertaining the idea of a third gun, I thought maybe something in a different caliber with a little more knock-down power than the 9mm. A Glock in .40 cal is a possibility. Any particular model? Do you prefer Glock to other manufacturers? I guess there's something to be said for just staying with the 9mm and not having to buy two types of ammo.
I appreciate your thoughts. I've owned some handguns for years, but have only recently been trying to get more educated about them.
I love my Beretta 96.......92fs also nice
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the site.
I would suggest you look at a CZ 75B or the SP-01 because I like the gun. I am not sure if you will nor not, but I like it. It is a semi auto it comes in 9 and .40 not a .45.
Everyone should own at least one CZ.........
I hadn't really thought about CZ. I'll check them out. That's why I'm asking.
I just bought a bunch of range ammo today, and it drove home the value of just getting a full size 9mm. It would save having to buy two types of ammo. Are the ballistics of the .40 cal enough better to justify a different caliber gun? Based on what DJ Niner is saying about the cost of .45 ammo, I think .45 is probably out. I'm not looking to go broker than I am already.
Berettabone, I looked at the Beretta 84FS Cheetah pretty seriously before I ended up getting the Sig P239. I'm left handed and liked the ambidextrous safety. Went a different direction, but liked it.
If you are lefty and want the ambi saftey in CZ you will need to look at the 85 not the 75. 75 is righty only 85 is the Ambi model
The G22 in .40 caliber is another option; it's probably the most-used police handgun in the U.S. right now, and Glock owns about 65% of the police market here in the States. It is less expensive than the G34/G35, and you might be able to find an older police trade-in gun for an even bigger savings, if your budget is tight.
Just like the .45, unless you want/need the .40 for something specific, keeping your logistics simple by staying with the 9mm makes a lot of sense, and you get significantly more bang for your buck with the 9mm. I'd suggest a G34, and the best recommendation I can give you is this: I like the G34 so much, I have two of them.
How about a pocket bug, 642? I carry mine everywhere.
if you still are believing that this is a full size gun for home and the shooting range then i would also go with the glock 34
used extensively in professional competition and if you really get into the local competition the GSSF has events at several LGS's
the G34 trigger is the lightest of all glocks because of made for competitiion
I own an 84 fs Cheetah.......love the gun..used it for qualifying for CCW.........fit, feel, function, and very accurate out of the box.......nothing wrong with the Sig, I just prefer Beretta......
I really liked what I could find out about the 84FS Cheetah, berettabone, but availability seemed like a problem, and I wound up moving to the P239. I'll have to keep it on "the list" though.
Sounds like Glock and CZ are where I should focus for now. Anybody feel strongly about caliber - .40 cal or something else, verses just staying with 9mm?
I'm going to look into the CZ 85 for sure, recoilguy. I'm definitely a leftie, so I prefer ambidextrous or safetyless. I can manage most of the other stuff with my left hand.
DJ, I really don't understand the Glock trigger/safety system, and that is probably one reason I've never gone very far in looking a them. Is that something that takes some getting used to?
The internal automatic safeties all operate on trigger movement, the theory being if you are moving the trigger to the rear, you want/need to fire the weapon. When you release the trigger to the forward position, all safeties reengage automatically. Use a proper-fitting holster and keep your finger off the trigger and indexed when you're not shooting, and a Glock is as safe as any ready-for-action handgun can be.
Thanks. It's time I just go shoot one at the range. Gotta admit, that G34 is pretty interesting.