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    njmaxpayne is offline Junior Member
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    Hi guys new member from NJ.I need to hear your opinions on some options for .40

    I just got my permit and purchasers card.I went to a gun range and tried a bunch of guns and I really liked the .40 and the .357 semi autos. I shot a glock 22 a SIG a springfieldXd an MP SW....and I really liked the glock and the SIG....to start with my first experience....I told the guy i'm renting a .40 cal.so he gives me the glock and 4 boxes of ammo I told him that I wanted.I go in my lane start loading the glock all goes in fine without any visual for noob like me differences.

    So I go to shot the first shot and the glock jams...I take out he mag pull the slide took the shell out..i figured old gun..bad amoo...whatever.Then I load the mag again take one shot and the frickin thing jams again....then I do the same thing all over clean it out take the bad shell out and call the guy thats taking care of the lanes sweeping shels and stuff and helps you out.and I'm like:that gun jams like twice with every shot WTF?he looks at the gun takes the box of ammo and hes like!is that your ammo?? I'm like NO i just got it.turns out the retard behind the counter gave me a 9x19 ammo for .40 call...I'm like WTF?what if that exploded in my hand an rip off my fingers right?

    then I got the right ammo shot all the other guns and everything was cool.but that got me thinking and do a little more research on failure on glocks and any other polymer frame guns and the pictures I saw and stories I read were horrible.Now I know that most of the cases was caused by reloaded once shot shells and all...but there was a whole bunch of them that happened on glocks with stock ammo too.As you can tell I'm a noob so Thats why I'm asking for your oppinion.So all that research and the stuff that I saw and read and what happened from common sense I decided I want to go with a all steel gun.I like the full size guns like the glock 22. 4.5" barrel or a 4" barel like the sig that I shot looks pretty damn good.

    I'm not in law enforcment or anything like that.No competition shooter.It's just for home protection occasionaly going to the range like 2-3 times a month.I know most you will say get a revolver but I don't like revolvers.

    So give me your options on a good all steel gun,4-4.5" barrel,that is in the 400-800 price range and that is a recent model made now so I can order a brand new one.

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    Beretta 96......I have two of them.....great out of the box, accurate, pretty much gobble any ammo.....my favorite firearm, besides a 92., and the prettiest gun on the market....

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    Hi and welcome ......Sig P229/P226 for under 800 and never look back they are solid.....Ruger P series if you want to lower your budget some.....JJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    Beretta 96......I have two of them.....great out of the box, accurate, pretty much gobble any ammo.....my favorite firearm, besides a 92., and the prettiest gun on the market....
    I'll second that motion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chessail77 View Post
    Hi and welcome ......Sig P229/P226 for under 800 and never look back they are solid.....Ruger P series if you want to lower your budget some.....JJ
    i did shot the sig i forgot if it was the 229 ot 226 but it felt light.are they both all metal pieces?

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    Sig has two poly handguns currently that I am aware of the P250 and SP2022 both are excellent but don't fit your criteria ...Sig P229 and 226 are all metal firearms..stainless slides etc....JJ

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    Welcome to the site!

    The new Gen4 Glocks in .40 caliber seem to be working flawlessly. I'll have one by the end of the summer, if not by the end of this weekend (taking some trade-bait out for a gunshop tour tomorrow).

    I have two Gen3 Glocks in .40 caliber; a full-size G22, and the G35 practical/tactical (same frame, but slightly longer barrel & slide than the G22). Neither one has ever given me a problem of any kind, but I also don't shoot them nearly as often as the 9mm Glocks (due to ammo cost differences).
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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    how about the baby desert eagle by magnum reaearch.it comes in 9mm .40 and 357 I think.I was told that they are also a all metal frame guns.(alloy).have any of you guys shot or owned one and if yes please share opinion.thanks!

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    Welcome... also from Jersey

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    I have three gen3 Glocks in .40S&W and have never had a problem with any of them. One of those, a model 23, was my primary carry gun for open and concealed carry for 4 1/2 years (I switched to an M&P 9 Pro Series). I also have .40's in M&P, Springfield Amory XD, and Kahr.

    You not have any problems with a quality polymer handgun in the .40S&W. They have been around for a while and have proven themselves to be trustworthy and reliable. So if a Glock or a Smith and Wesson M&P or a Springfield XD series fits your hand like a glove, is a natural pointer for you, and a gun you shoot the best, go for it. You'll be fine.

    And congratulations for getting a carry permit in New Jersey. I had thought that was next to impossible in that state; how did you manage that one? Now you have the other problem of not being legally able to use expanding (hollow point) ammunition.... unless that has changed.

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