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    Looking for a range gun..

    I am going to put my S&W Model 59 in semi-retirement, no problems yet just because it's 40 years old.
    I have a MOD-2 9mm sub-compact and I was looking at a MOD-2 Tactical or a Walther PPQ 5in.
    Ant thoughts from the experts that have used both??
    It will be used as nightstand and range duty..

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    When you say "MOD-2" you're meaning within the Springfield XD line of handguns, I'm sure, but just want to be specific. I've never owned an XD and probably won't. I don't like that Springfield had to go outside the country to import a striker fired pistol rather than develop their own. Springfield has a long history of being the US armory and even privatized, should remain US in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of various imported handguns, just not from Croatia to Springfield.

    That said, since you already own an XD subcompact and are probably used to the layout, buying another larger version might be wise. Again, I don't know how well you like and have practiced with the one you have. You also say this will be a home defensive weapon as well as a range gun. I think this adds significantly to your needs. You're really going to practice and drill in stressful situations in order to become proficient enough with it. You also might be better off with a less cumbersome 4 inch barrel. It wouldn't be short enough to hamper accuracy at the range, but might be faster in a defensive situation.

    My home defensive handgun is a Walther PPQ and I love it. You can check my range report and review right here in the Range Report section if you'd like. I rented or borrowed a lot of various firearms before selecting the PPQ over the Sig P320 on the short list. It has the sweetest trigger of any striker fired weapon I've ever used though that P320 is close. It is night and day better right out of the box than the trigger on a Glock or S&W even when you spend the money on a gunsmith. My M&P with an Apex trigger system is much better than it was, but not even close to the Walther. I think this makes the PPQ a real pleasure to use on the range and to train with. A quality trigger does more to ensure good trigger control than almost anything else, IMO, and good trigger control does more to help one with accuracy than about anything else except maybe grip and the PPQ excels there as well.

    When trying the PPQ out in a store, it may not feel as good as it will be after a good cleaning and a few rounds. They fill it with so much Cosmoline and there is so much factory grit inside, you just can't tell much until you clean it up. I was a little underwhelmed when I first unboxed mine, but after a box of ammo and a real top notch cleaning with both solvent and then greasing, a huge smile went across my face when I functionality tested it. I then understood what everyone was saying about it. Smooth as silk and the sweetest trigger in the business.

    So, take my opinion with a grain of salt because I admit, I've become quite biased lately. The PPQ is a real gem among gems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craigh View Post
    When you say "MOD-2" you're meaning within the Springfield XD line of handguns, I'm sure, but just want to be specific. I've never owned an XD and probably won't. I don't like that Springfield had to go outside the country to import a striker fired pistol rather than develop their own. Springfield has a long history of being the US armory and even privatized, should remain US in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of various imported handguns, just not from Croatia to Springfield.

    That said, since you already own an XD subcompact and are probably used to the layout, buying another larger version might be wise. Again, I don't know how well you like and have practiced with the one you have. You also say this will be a home defensive weapon as well as a range gun. I think this adds significantly to your needs. You're really going to practice and drill in stressful situations in order to become proficient enough with it. You also might be better off with a less cumbersome 4 inch barrel. It wouldn't be short enough to hamper accuracy at the range, but might be faster in a defensive situation.

    My home defensive handgun is a Walther PPQ and I love it. You can check my range report and review right here in the Range Report section if you'd like. I rented or borrowed a lot of various firearms before selecting the PPQ over the Sig P320 on the short list. It has the sweetest trigger of any striker fired weapon I've ever used though that P320 is close. It is night and day better right out of the box than the trigger on a Glock or S&W even when you spend the money on a gunsmith. My M&P with an Apex trigger system is much better than it was, but not even close to the Walther. I think this makes the PPQ a real pleasure to use on the range and to train with. A quality trigger does more to ensure good trigger control than almost anything else, IMO, and good trigger control does more to help one with accuracy than about anything else except maybe grip and the PPQ excels there as well.

    When trying the PPQ out in a store, it may not feel as good as it will be after a good cleaning and a few rounds. They fill it with so much Cosmoline and there is so much factory grit inside, you just can't tell much until you clean it up. I was a little underwhelmed when I first unboxed mine, but after a box of ammo and a real top notch cleaning with both solvent and then greasing, a huge smile went across my face when I functionality tested it. I then understood what everyone was saying about it. Smooth as silk and the sweetest trigger in the business.

    So, take my opinion with a grain of salt because I admit, I've become quite biased lately. The PPQ is a real gem among gems.
    Thanks!!
    Iam really liking the PPQ alot, by all of the different forum reviews.
    I never read paid reviews I follow the everyday person who really uses theirs...

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    This is a nice "range" gun........

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    If you're strictly looking for a range gun and home defense, I like a full size 1911, less felt recoil at the range means more comfortable equaling more range time. And look what happens you become very accurate with a comfortable gun that wiil get the job done.
    I have some extended ten round mags for my sig Sauer 1911. Started my love connection with the 1911 colt 70 series govt. model.
    Carrying an all metal non alloyed 1911 will pull your pants down ,lol. But you did say range gun and home defense


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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    If you're strictly looking for a range gun and home defense, I like a full size 1911, less felt recoil at the range means more comfortable equaling more range time. And look what happens you become very accurate with a comfortable gun that wiil get the job done.
    I have some extended ten round mags for my sig Sauer 1911. Started my love connection with the 1911 colt 70 series govt. model.
    Carrying an all metal non alloyed 1911 will pull your pants down ,lol. But you did say range gun and home defense

    I have never owned a 1911, makes good food for thought...
    Thanks!!
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    How about a Glock 19?

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    Check out the new CZ P10 in the CZ thread. I don't know when it hits the market but I'm following this because I may be getting one for range use. MSRP $500.
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