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    Looking for a hammer fired semi auto 9mm

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    Why hammer fired?
    All my semi auto handguns are striker fired and I want to try hammer fired.
    Criteria:
    Hammer fired 9mm
    Reliable
    $1000 limit
    Separate picks into "battle 9" vs "range" gun
    I'm interested in:
    Sphinx SDP
    p226
    Hk p30
    (These being the max $)
    Cz sp-01
    CZ 75B
    Beretta 92fs
    cz p-09
    IWI Jericho
    FNH
    I'm also interested in knowing best value.
    Are the Sigs, HKs, sphinx worth the extra cost? Please add to the list if I missed any.
    I know I should try to shoot some first and then make my decision I just want help narrowing it down.
    I forgot to mention,

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    Most 1911a1, CZ 75, Beretta 92/M9, even a Browning Hi-Power are good ones to start with.


    All my semi's are hammer. About half of them SA the rest DA.

    If carrying with a round in chamber, I prefer SA for safety.

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    Well, I can speak on the following:

    Sig P226 (Tac Ops)
    Beretta 92 (G-SD)
    CZ 75BD (Police Model)

    As far as performance, all 3 of these are top notch. The price difference is related to fit & finish and features.

    The CZ's perform as well as handguns costing twice as much, but lack the refinement of the others. Sights are not as good, tool marks are seen inside the slide and weight is greater than most guns of this type. Trigger is a little "gritty" but smooths out over time. Accurate as any choices above though and built like a tank. Great choice in their price range.

    Sig's & Beretta's are very refined and are made of lighter materials than the CZ 75 series. Sights are great, trigger pull is smooth and crisp. Great finishes and features make these 2 guns legends. These 2 are the probably the easiest handguns to disassemble for cleaning... wonderful design on both. Accuracy is on point and you'd be hard pressed to find better handguns... it would honestly be personal preference if you felt something was better (HK or Sphinx).

    You got a great list and i've shot most on it... you're off to a great start. Choosing will be hard, but go with the one that feels natural in your hand and has the features you want. As far as triggers, in my experience i've learned I can adapt and become proficient with practice... not a deal breaker imo or i'd never have bought the CZ 75BD, lol.

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    This thread may help out a little... CZ-75B vs Sig P226

    It compares the Sig P226 to the CZ 75.

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    These are cheap and reliable. Usually around 300.00. When I first went for my CHL, I borrowed one to qualify and It was making a large jagged one hole group. (With my help. )




    It's an FEG.

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    Best value, in my opinion is the CZ-75B. For $1000, you can even pick up their superb Kadet .22 conversion. So, in addition to having a very accurate and sturdy 9mm, you can have a .22 that will likely surpass your other .22's in accuracy and reliability. I bought my CZ-75B several years ago, before most folks learned what a great pistol it is, for about $450, and then added the Kadet kit for just over $200. It is a great combo for teaching new shooters, and just a great pistol for range work. I don't carry it, as it's all steel construction is a bit heavy with 16 rounds of ammo. I also have a RAMI, the cut down model, which is a good carry gun, and by far my most accurate double-stack compact.

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    Thanks for the responses. I plan on calling my local ranges to see what I can rent.
    I forgot to mention, I have a "target 9", a compact 9, and a subcompact 9. I'm not a soldier or a cop but I kinda like the idea of a "battle 9", just for the sake of my collection. something duty sized, a proven work horse, and tactically driven. I put a $1000 cap because I know guns like these aren't cheap, but I'd rather not spend that much if I can help it.

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    That looks like a hi power/ cz clone. $300!! I'll definitely check it out.
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    It is.

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    I'd add the Ruger to your list. I've had a P95 and still have a P94. They're both full size guns, solid, reliable, accurate, and well within your budget.

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    I would go with the Browning Hi-Power or the CZ-75B. Both are going to need a little work to get a good trigger but that's not expensive and is well worth the effort and cost. The CZ benefits greatly from a simple hammer spring replacement (go with the 13-pound unit) and the Browning shines with a trigger tuning job.

    These are fine guns and will serve you well.

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    If you want an all-out battle pistol, look at the Sig P226 Tac Ops... overbuilt with every feature a combat handgun should have. $1,100 is average price... but comes with four 20 rd mags standard. I think I did a long review on it a while ago. I can post pics and answer questions if you want.... simply amazing gun that is packed with the best features possible.

    Found it... Sig P226 Tac Ops just aquired!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPnRACK View Post
    If you want an all-out battle pistol, look at the Sig P226 Tac Ops... overbuilt with every feature a combat handgun should have. $1,100 is average price... but comes with four 20 rd mags standard. I think I did a long review on it a while ago. I can post pics and answer questions if you want.... simply amazing gun that is packed with the best features possible.
    Hell yes I would like to see pics!!

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    Just posted link in my post above... with lots of pics.

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    Why is it that when you go to your local shops (I mean all of them) they never point you in the direction of cz or their variants but every forum and enthusiast love these guns. Thats not sarcasm, im serious.

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    Grand power K-100 - because you want a 'full size'. I own the P1 (shorter barrel). Excellent reliability with varied ammo, much better than average DA, excellent SA. The K-100 is a popular competition gun in Europe. I see no reason why it should fall short of your requirements in your other environments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emax123 View Post
    Why is it that when you go to your local shops (I mean all of them) they never point you in the direction of cz or their variants but every forum and enthusiast love these guns. Thats not sarcasm, im serious.
    Because, counter-intuitive though it may be, local shops are often clerked by people who don't know that much about guns...or they just bad-mouth or omit everything they don't sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyDog View Post
    I'd add the Ruger to your list. I've had a P95 and still have a P94. They're both full size guns, solid, reliable, accurate, and well within your budget.
    Never heard of this. I love my Ruger sr45 so I'm definitely going to look into it. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillman View Post
    Grand power K-100 - because you want a 'full size'. I own the P1 (shorter barrel). Excellent reliability with varied ammo, much better than average DA, excellent SA. The K-100 is a popular competition gun in Europe. I see no reason why it should fall short of your requirements in your other environments.
    Another I've never heard of. Very cool. I look forward to the research. Do you own one? I'd like to see pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPnRACK View Post
    Just posted link in my post above... with lots of pics.
    Sorry, I'm having trouble seeing the link.

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