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    Heirloom Quality Choices

    If I was looking to get an "Heirloom Quality" Semi or Revolver in 9mm or .38 cal only what would be some suggestions?

    Kimber Aegis II?, S&W K frame? (Model 67 perhaps), Sig?

    I am guessing a Polymer wouldn't be a good choice for this purpose.

    It would be something that I would take my 9 y/o son and shoot together with and then eventually give to him. I am imagining the whole father/son going to the range and then someday giving him the gun (in his 30's or something), but it would have meaning and purpose to him because it was something we did together and reminded him of good times. I don't want to purchase something with the intent of increasing in value. It is more about something built in top quality to me right now. An Heirloom.

    I thought a S&W 627 would be a nice compromise for the .357/.38 + option, but I worry that is way to big for a 9 y/o.

    I would like to keep the budget around $1000 or less and prefer buying new for this purchase and I am trying to avoid the 22 caliber.

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    The first thing that comes to mind is a revolver such as a Python or S&W 27. You can still find new revolvers that are no longer in production at places such as Fugate's (they advertise here). These would be somewhat largish for him, but they are heirloom quality. Otherwise, a steel J-frame .357 would do nicely. Take a look at the S&W 60 Pro Series, which is an impressive smaller revolver that should fit your requirements well.

    I would also stay away from poly semi's as well. The nice metal ones are over your price range, but a good 1911 from Springfield or Kimber or Colt would do fine. Since they come in so many different sizes and calibers, I'm sure you can find something that suits you. One that comes to immediately to mind is the Springfield EMP, which is 9mm and fairly small. It would cost about $75 over your budget if you order it from Bud's Gun Shop, but what's an extra $75 when you are already looking at a grand?

    Some others to consider are a Sig 232 or Walther PPK/s. They will have a bit of kick to them, but they will most likely fit. Be aware that ammo could be very hard to get right now. Another choice is the Kahr MK9. It is a jewel of a small handgun with a trigger that becomes unbelieveably good over time.

    If you would consider at least one used handgun, take a look at the H&K P7PSP. These are definitely heirloom quality. There is however the potential problem of hand size being to small to wrap around the grip well enough to cock it.

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    You know, if your son is only 9, and you want something that you can pass down to him, will last more rounds than the 2 of you could put through it, hold value very well(not that you would sell it), and have more parts available than other handguns, both today and 20 years from now.... go with a 1911

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    That EMP does look nice. The only issue I see is that there is some custom part for breaking it down. Their do seem to be a few good 9mm 1911's out for me to look at.

    As for hand size, he can very successfully handle a Mark III, so that is kinda my guide.

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    Heirloom

    Colt king cobra or python stainless

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    Just a thought, he is only 9 now, and propably wouldn't handle a full size all steel 1911 very well, but if he learned to shoot that gun as he grew into it... he would propably become very efficient with a handgun! I started out on shotguns, a 20 ga, then moving to a 12, but I can only imagine if my father had started me on something like that.... watch out!

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    Look into a S&W K22 or something along those lines. A 22 cal will be easy to shoot and inexpensive to shoot. A vintage K22 if taken care of will be around for him to leave it to his kids.

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