Sig SP 2022......
I just bought a small defensive carry pistol but I would really like to purchase a 9mm for fun at the range. Don't want to break the bank but love target shooting. I know this is probably a Ford/Chevy thing, but what is an affordable 9mm semi that I should consider?
Instead, I strongly suggest putting in lots and lots of practice with your "small defensive carry pistol."
Effective pistol shooting is a fungible skill that requires continual practice to maintain. This is doubly true if you carry a small pistol, as they are harder to control and to shoot effectively than is a full-size gun.
Have your fun while shooting, but do it with your carry pistol.
Glock 17 and/or Sig P226.
Personal preference is CZ the P07 Duty in 9mm can be had for $400 or so and is fun as all get out, it has a great SA trigger and is more accurate than my Glock. You don't need to spend $1000 dollars to get a GOOD RELIABLE ACCURATE pistol.
i really like the stoeger cougar 8000... for around 400... a great shooting pistol..
+1 on the Stoeger Cougar, great gun for the money.
To me, a "fun" 9mm range gun means a full size, long-barrel'd, low recoil, nice grip / fit in my hand, and accurate gun. To that end, I have 2 suggestions; a Rock Island Armory 9mm 1911 Tactical, or a CZ 75B. Both of these can be had brand new for less than $500 (online prices).
Smith &Wesson 5906. Not made anymore, but available as police trade-ins for a reasonable price. They are heavy which means low recoil, and are fun to shoot.
I vote for a full size 1911 or full size CZ. both will do you good.
there are a lot of good suggestions, may i add, not knowing what your carry gun is, but does that company make a full-size model of your carry model, or is there a model with a similar trigger style and sights. i get the range gun idea, it's beneficial to shoot a couple hundred rounds in a less punishing gun to hone your shooting skills, then finish off with atleast a couple of mags in your carry gun. happy shooting
My carry gun is a Ruger LCR in .38. Again, it is new but I can't imagine it would be a lot of fun to run a bunch of Ammo through it. I fully intend to become proficient with it and shoot it every time I go to the range. But I also like to make a lot of noise (lol) when I go there. I'm long in the tooth, as we say in the south, and grew up shooting a lot but haven't done it in years. I am waiting on my carry permit, which I should get in a couple of weeks. A new range opened up a short 2 miles from my house and I love going up there when I have nothing to do. I like the idea of a full size semi-auto with good sights. Our group at church has talked about forming a men's league at the range so I want a full size pistol to make one big ragged hole! Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming.
The CZ 75B is a great shooting fun weapon. Reasonably priced and will last for ever.
The Ruger SR9 is also a very fun to shot inexpensive handgun that makes a lot of noise when it goes to the range with me.
Good luck on what ever you pick!
Hardly any one here but a few will tell you to buy a Taurus PT-92 because most hate the name. The few here who actually own them will tell you it is an awesome range pistol for not a lot of money. I absolutely love it, but now that I have said that, your post will be hijacked with all the haters. But fear not, I also second crescentstar, I own and ex-police S&W 5904 which I will never sale. That tells you how much I love that pistol and it will eat any ammo you put in it. I've never had any failures even using the Bosnian crap. But by all means, don't hesitate on the Rugers, CZ's and Glocks!
I'd also suggest the Sig SP2022 or you could also try the Springfield XD/XDm or the Smith M&P series, I own and like all 3. Good luck!
I like the feel and look of the Beretta 92 but hand sizes very so you really need to try on a gun to see if it fits. Sigs for example don't feel right in my hand but I know a lot of people enjoy sigs. and I have nothing against the gun other than the grip just doesn't feel right in my hand.
This is doubly true if you carry a small pistol, as they are harder to control and to shoot effectively than is a full-size gun.
Guys, I shot my LCR yesterday for the first time, firing close to 100 rounds at ranges from 3 to 6 to 10 yards. I am deadly at 3 and 6, less so at 10 but I doubt I will ever need it at 30', hopefully. I was still on the target, just not the groups I was getting at 3/6. Having said that, this little pistol has a bark. Everyone at the range yesterday had some sort of auto loader and I found most watching me with this little pistol barking down range. It is perfect for its intended use (after I paint the sights so I can see them against a dark background) but I want a larger pistol more than ever now.