1st time @ range in 10yrs+
The search, research and fun continues. Working toward my 1st personal handgun, CPL is turned in and waiting for approval. I have been researching my 1st purchase and settled on 9mm full size. I am not going to carry this 1st gun, it is going to be my all around home/range gun so I want comfortable and cheap to feed. I will follow it up with a compact/sub for ccw later once I am more comfortable. I have narrowed it down to 10 pistols, many are submodels and clones of each other so really 6 unique.
Had the chance to go to my local shop & range today and test fired 5 of them, and scratched a 6th off the list just based on feel in hand at the counter. Being my 1st time @ the range with a pistol in so long I was more nervous than I thought I would be. I actually put the 1st gun down and and took a step back because I could feel I was too wound up and starting to not pay attention.
Anyway, the nervousness and jitters show on guns 1&2 which should have been the smoothest shooting of the bunch based on being full steel highly regarded models. All 9mm @ 25ft
CZ75B full steel version
Ruger SR9 full size
S&W M&P full size
Springfield XD Full size
I tell you I was very pleasantly surprised by the 3 Poly framed guns. I was expecting them to jerk/kick much more, but they actually felt smoother than the full steel frames. I plan to go back next week on free rental day and fire them all again in reverse order to get my jitters out on the poly frames and give the two steel's a fair showing. I did however like the M&P very much and it is probably my top pick at this time..
Last edited by lamrith; 04-27-2012 at 11:22 AM.
Reason: Mistake on Distance units. was Ft no Yds
Congrats...sounds like you have done this right, you'll get a ton of opinions but do what works best for you, I admit to being biased toward the S&W because they offer a lifetime warranty and also pay to ship it back to them, and their customer service is excellent, all are good choices, enjoy and safe shooting.....JJ