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Old January 15, 2013, 08:25 PM   #51
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I'm not saying there are not any better choices, but you can't go wrong with the Smith and Wesson SD9VE/SD40VE.
I have the SD9VE (9x19mm version) and I haven't had one issue with it even with cheap ammo.

Accuracy isn't amazing out of the 4-inch barrel and the trigger is heavy to some at around 8 or 9 lbs. but I think for the price, $340-380 (in my area) is a bargain
Definitely a great choice that mirrors a Glock in many respects (in fact weren't there lawsuits when S&W released that model)? And quite a bit less expensive...Not a Glock I'm just sayin'...
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:46 PM   #52
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My Ruger P95 is nice, but a bit large for my hands. That was made worse by adding the Hogue hand-all, but it really has a nice feel to it with the cover.

The double-action pull is long, but the single action pull is crisp. Very similar feel to the S&W 6906. The 6906 has a mag safety, the P95 doesn't.

If cash out of pocket is an issue the P95 is worth a look, or if a local range rents, they probably have one you could try. Worth looking into for all of them....
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Old January 15, 2013, 09:12 PM   #53
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dont know how many before me said it but one more time

Sig Sauer SP 2022
amazing gun
best price
full size
did I mention its an amazing gun?

you can get it in 9mm or 40 for the price you are looking for

the only thing you may change a THOUSAND rounds later is the guide rod, its polymer stock, you may want to go stainless
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Old January 15, 2013, 11:23 PM   #54
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@PT-92

your right. S&W had to fork over some money to Glock for copying the design, but the lawsuit was over the SD-VE's predecessor, the sigma, which was made well before.
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Old January 18, 2013, 06:19 AM   #55
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I have a bunch of guns that would make this list. All were $400 or less, some a lot less:

Beretta 92FS, used 98%, $400 with 3 factory and 2 GI mags, in the case with all the paperwork, etc.
S&W 5906, used 98%, 3 factory mags, $325.
Tanfoglio "Mossad" (Same gun as early EAA Witness) in satin nickel, 90+%, one factory mag $320.
EAA Witness, same gun as above, different name, almost in 100%, 2 mags, $325, seller had all kinds of problems with it. I cleaned away the hunk of case stuck under the extractor, and it runs fine.
Astra A-100, eats anything, 98+%, with three mags, $269. "Rust" was actually some kind of polishing compound that came off with CLP.

My picks would be the 5906 or the 92FS, but all these guns are as reliable as a gun can possibly be (Yes, even the Astra), and none of them have any "limp wristing" nonsense as several of the guns I've had over the years have had.
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Old January 18, 2013, 06:26 AM   #56
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Used P225.
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Old January 20, 2013, 03:05 PM   #57
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I really like the feel of the stoeger cougar.
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:39 PM   #58
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It's thin pickings out there right now, but I just recently picked up an Arcus 98DAC and it definitely should be on the list of ones to consider. I found one for $260 out the door and it's a solid gun.
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:52 PM   #59
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It's thin pickings out there right now, but I just recently picked up an Arcus 98DAC and it definitely should be on the list of ones to consider. I found one for $260 out the door and it's a solid gun.
I think they are a "hidden-gem." I have one and it has become one of my favorite 9mm's (feels just like a Hi Power balance wise).

Your price was mint-used I am assuming? NIB I have never seen less than $317 (before the panic).
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:38 PM   #60
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Today my dad bought a Springfield XD 9mm and I fell in love with it, and I want a handgun of my own similar to it. I am looking at spending around 300-400. Any feedback is welcome, Thanks!
Sig 2022, hands down.
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:57 PM   #61
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I have a Ruger P95 9mm that cost me $300 out the door brand new. I have over 10k rounds through it and it's never jammed. That was 4 years ago I think. I imagine you can find them for a similar price today, maybe a little more. I've always kept it immaculate but I've never replaced any springs or anything.

Despite me having more powerful, accurate, and aesthetically pleasing pistols today, I still shoot that P95 like a champ and it "feels right" in my hand, and it never misses a lick. I've even shot several hundred rounds of really hot +p+ ammo through it and it's been no worse for wear, have shot thousands since then.
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Old January 31, 2013, 09:01 PM   #62
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S&W 5906 LEO trade-ins.
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Old January 31, 2013, 10:47 PM   #63
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So where did the OP go and is he leaning towards any one gun in particular...? Inquiring minds want to know ...
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Old February 1, 2013, 03:12 AM   #64
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I own the sig pro 2022. Was around $400 w night sights. Amazing gun, amazing trigger. Buy it!!!!!!
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Old February 1, 2013, 08:34 AM   #65
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You know, I was at an LGS recently and they had a bunch of the German surplus Sig P-6's in stock in really nice shape. I believe they were priced at $425. With a couple spring swaps it would be a really nice carry pistol.
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