Which handgun for Production class competition?
The recent edition of Handguns Magazine noted that competitors are using the following weapons to compete in production class, which requires use of production line pistols, but allows sights, grip tape/improvements, and trigger work. You must use full powered ammo, and you cannot modify the frame. You are allowed to change the trigger spring but no hairpin triggers.
I order of popularity, they were using the following guns:
Smith and Wesson M&P's (5" Barrels)
Springfield XD(M) (5.25" barrel)
Cz SP01 Series (5" Barrel)
Beretta 92 series
So, I am interested in going to compete in the IDPA events, and would like to get a pistol to use:
Which one should I choose? If the gun doesn't come with fiber-optic sight, I will add it (Glocks, ie.) All 9mm.
1) Glock 34, add fiber optic sight and rear target sight, change trigger spring, etc. $600, plus another $150 improvements. [Never owned a Glock]
2) Smith and Wesson M&P Pro-Series includes fiber-optic sight, but standard otherwise. $670, but includes sights. [Not sure I like the wierd safety trigger..feels mushy. ]
3) Springfield XD(M) Competition with fiber optic, but no trigger job. $750. [Nice trigger already]
4) Cz SP01 Target from Custom Shop with Trigger Job and improvements, $1150 [Oh my God!....The Trigger is unbelievable!, great sights, too]
5) Beretta 92 Series, but will have to add improvments. $600 plus another $150 in improvements.
Any experience with any of these guns? Recommendations?