Bit of a story, but there is a question in it.
I recently (a couple of weeks ago) re-acquired my old flame, a CZ-82. Long story short, the very next day (in fact less than twelve hours after I bought the CZ-82) my friend Todd gave me this call:
"Hey *******, someone posted a Sistema on Midwestguntrader.com. I've wanted one..." blah blah "... So I'm going to sell my Sigma to help pay for it. If you want, I'll give you a good friend discount." :fire:
I spent $360 total for the CZ, two extra factory magazines, and four boxes of ammo. Here he is offering two guns that I'd been mulling over for a long time and he's going to throw in a discount. If he had said anything else this frustrating I'd have gone over to his house and beat him to within an inch of his life, or beat his smart-ass cat.
He wants $325 on the Sigma. My price, everyone else would have to pay $25 more for either.
This made me put my CZ up for sale. But when I gave the MWGT ad's some looking over, Todd's offer stopped being my number one frustration (the others being the Chiefs and the Rams). There is a Taurus 92AF for sale, and an EAA EZ9. I've been doing some research on all of them and the results are mixed. Mostly because Glock owners love to toy with us who [strike]are heterosexual[/strike] don't share their peculiar love.
I'm going to be using this pistol mainly as a range pistol. I want to hit things 20 yards away. At the same time, I want something I can use in the unlikely event that I'm put into a Self-Defense situation. Preferably something that doesn't have expensive magazines, that's where I struck-out on the CZ-82 as ALL magazines for it are $30+.
I asked this on the High Road and then remembered that thehighroad is a place where people get off topic or give advice you didn't ask for before they get to any questions!
All I want to know is this: between the EAA, Taurus, and Sigma, which is a less frustrating 9mm that will meet the requiremets listed? When I say less frustrating, I mean I never want to send it back to the manufacturer, and it needs a good amount of aftermarket parts and magazines available. $45 dollar magazines is what burned me out on the CZ-82.
Well HH, strictly by my way of thinking, given that both EAA and Taurus have bad reputations for poor customer service, which means they get sent back often, and given that parts for them don't grow on trees, I think I'd go with the Sigma if you can learn to love the trigger pull and it's not one of the older ones. It's a Smith and everybody and their dogs will be making mags for it, and parts are usually just a call away. Same for holsters and mag pouches.
Be aware that the Sigma pretty well blew it in the police market in its earlier versions....it was a real jammomatic..... but Smith reengineered it and from what I've read from users on the gun forums recently I wouldn't be afraid of one if, like I said, it's a newer one. IMHO. Best of luck in making your selection.
If I may answer a question you didn't ask, be careful about putting a huge round count on a gun you might want to defend yourself with. Once it starts moving into the beat-to-crap stage, get something else for defense. Sorry, I'm a retired cop and instructor and things like that worry me. Couldn't help myself.
I can't say anything about the EAA or the Taurus. I don't have experience with either one. But $325 for a USED Sigma is too much. They can be had online for $333 BEFORE the $50 rebate (can also choose 2 free mags instead of the rebate)
I can get a new Sigma doe under 300 before the rebate. And Buds does have the for 333.00 as stated in the earlier post. They are good pistols but market value is market value.
yes 325 for a used sigma is nonsense....I see them everywhere for under 400 and that doesnt include the 50$ rebate.....Its a good gun though, mine has been very good to me, I like it the more I shoot it..
some good things about the Sigma....I cannot comment on the other guns but I have had my Sigma for a while now and have shot it alot....
It fits great in your hands, especially with a Hogue slip on grip that can be had for 10 bucks.....its as easy as it gets to break down and clean, holds alot of amo(17 in my 9mm), is fairly light, not too big, shoots great and I have good accuracy with it.....Its not gonna win any beauty pagents, but thats just because its made to be a good gun for not much money....Its also made in America, and has a lifetime warranty....
Not sure about the price of magazines, they seem to be pretty expensive for most guns, except Glocks, which I see alot for 25 bucks,....when you buy a new Sigma until Dec 31, you get a coupon for two extra mags or 50 bucks back.....so you could have 4 mags, or 64 bullits loaded up.....should handle your home defense needs unless you have 100 zombies attacking...:smt023