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    Question trying to decide on which handgun to purchase

    Hello. Im new to the forum and am looking for some advice on which handgun I should purchase. Ive been doing some research and shopping around but there are a few guns out there that I cant seem to decide between. So far Im interested in 1) XDM 45 2) Ruger SR40 3) Sig p250 4) Beretta Px4 storm 40 s&w. This would be a self defense/ carry weapon. Thanks for the help and advice

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    Although we all have opinions, nobody here can do your deciding for you.
    There's not a lot of difference in accuracy and dependability among your choices.

    The best thing you could possibly do is find a gunshop or shooting range where they rent time on a bunch of different pistols, buy some ammunition, and try your choices out. Buy the one that best fits your own hand and shooting style.

    In any case, starting out you probably should avoid traditional-double-action (TDA) triggers. That is, the kind which are double-action for the first shot, and then switch to single-action for all subsequent shots. Straight DA or SA would be better.
    Probably you should also avoid the smaller pistols, since it is very difficult to shoot small, lightweight pistols effectively and well.
    Don't worry too much about caliber, as long as your choice is at least as powerful as the .38 Special revolver cartridge. Bullet placement trumps caliber, just about every time. All you need to do is learn trigger control and sight alignment.

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    Thanks for the advice. I havent found anything bad about the xdm and I liked the way it felt in my hands however after some online/magazine searches I like the SR40 too. Unfortunatly there isnt a gun store with a shooting range in my area.

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    You MUST try many handguns to avoid buyers remorse................fit, feel, function......

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    Beretta 9mm PX4 Storm Compact. You can thank me later. Seriously, they are all great pistols, but if you are gonna do alot of CCW you may want to look a little smaller, but not too small w/o having to give up capacity and a great all day shooting range pistol as well.
    Last edited by denner; 01-31-2012 at 07:53 PM.

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    Welcome to the site!
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    Thanks for all the advice and support after a long time of shopping around, internet searches and reading magazine articles I finally made my mind up and went and got a Sig Sauer P250c .45 hopefully I can get some time this weekend to put a few rounds through it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbowden View Post
    Hello. Im new to the forum and am looking for some advice on which handgun I should purchase. Ive been doing some research and shopping around but there are a few guns out there that I cant seem to decide between. So far Im interested in 1) XDM 45 2) Ruger SR40 3) Sig p250 4) Beretta Px4 storm 40 s&w. This would be a self defense/ carry weapon. Thanks for the help and advice
    Any would work great for a defense weapon, but two of them would work better for carry. The two I would carry comfortably would be either the SIG or the Ruger. The others can be carried fine, with a good holster, but are a little on the "bulky" side. JMHO.

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    Welcome from snowy AZ....You are gonna love that Sig as I have two and they have been flawless........JJ

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    thanks I really like the forum and people on here. I heard something about it being alot more difficult to swap calibers from the .45 to either the .357, 40 or 9 because of the size or the handle or something does anyone know if this is true or If i just ordered an Upper from Sig and be fine?

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    The P250 exchange kits are easily swapped out as the only thing changed is the fcu.......don't know about swapping just the upper.....Jim on here did a series on the P250 Sig that was very informative....JJ

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