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Old February 7, 2014, 11:28 PM   #51
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Thank you all for the replies, I settled on the STI Tactical SS 5.0 in .40 cal. Found a good deal online new for $1550. Can't wait to get it.

http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-tactical-ss-5/
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Old February 7, 2014, 11:51 PM   #52
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You're going to spoil yourself by buying the STI!
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Old February 8, 2014, 11:15 AM   #53
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Lol good, already bought it and selected my FFL. Now just have to wait.
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Old February 22, 2014, 12:46 AM   #54
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Wanted to thank you all for helping me to decide. First coming to the forum I was going with the Sig p226. Now look where I've ended up, STI Tactical 5.0 SS. See all of you around the forum!

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Old February 22, 2014, 01:04 AM   #55
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Looks nice, man. Let us know how it shoots.
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Old February 22, 2014, 04:27 AM   #56
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Make sure to take advantage of the gun insurance that comes with your NRA membership!
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Old February 22, 2014, 05:06 AM   #57
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My Glock excelled at shooting reliably, being easy to clean and getting sold for something I could aim properly...
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Old February 22, 2014, 07:11 AM   #58
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The HK was reccomended by my a co workers son who own's a gun shop
I think this was rock solid advice but it looks like you got something else with excellence written all over it. I hope it exceeds all your expectations. The .40 was a great choice.

But...

don't be thinking this is the end; it's only the beginning. You will buy others.
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Old February 22, 2014, 04:58 PM   #59
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The 9mm is akin to .38 special and the .40 is akin to .357 magnum.
9mm is a bit hotter than .38 Special or .38 Special+P. .40 is certainly hotter than 9mm, and .40 is hotter than .45ACP. .45ACP has more momentum than .40 (so it's max recoil velocity is higher), but the slightly smaller momentum of the .40 gets delivered over a much shorter time, and feels harsher ("snappier") to many people ... .45ACP is often described as a "slow, heavy push". .357mag is MUCH hotter than .40 (and considerably hotter than .357Sig, despite its namesake). At full-spec, .357mag and 10mm are about the same, and both are FAR above .40 and .45ACP.
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Old February 23, 2014, 07:53 AM   #60
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OP, Congratulations on your new gun. I hope you enjoy it for years to come. One thing though, go back and look at the picture you posted. Look at the trigger. I'm sure you are new with firearms and I do not say this to be critical but please get familiar with the safe firearm handling rules.

#1 treat all guns as if they are always loaded
#2 never point it at anything you don not intend to destroy
#3 never put your finger on the trigger till you are ready to shoot
#4 always know what is beyond the target

You will find quite a few variations of these but these are crucial. You spent a lot of energy finding the right gun, now it is time to get a little training about how to use it safely. Again, I don't mean to sound critical or condescending. We were all new at this too at some point and most of us were lucky enough to learn from others misfortune. Put yourself in that category and enjoy a safe lifetime of shooting.

BTW on a little more fun note, those guys telling you that you will buy more guns... you're doomed sucker!
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Old February 23, 2014, 08:25 AM   #61
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I know the rules, don't worry. I had just taken it out of it's plastic wrapper in that picture and removed the yellow empty round flag/tool thing from the chamber. Hadn't bought ammo for it yet.

As far as buying more guns, my fiance has gotten a thing for the pink STI Elektra, so who knows ;-P
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Old February 25, 2014, 01:34 PM   #62
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Get a 9mm. Because it's more popular, you'll have an easier time getting ammo for it. There's some question about the future of the 40.
I see that the op has opted for the .40-a proven cartridge that I'm sure he'll be happy with. And, contrary to the above quoted opinion, I don't think there's any "question" about the future of the .40 S&W cartridge-it will be readily available and popular for a very long time, imo.
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Old February 25, 2014, 01:49 PM   #63
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^ I hadn't noticed that post you quoted. Definitely a false statement.

There might be those who don't care for the .40, but there is in no way a question about its future, at least for the next few decades. It remains easily one of the most popular calibers in the U.S., as well as the cartridge for the majority of U.S. local, state, and federal law enforcement. The ammo advances in recent years have certainly increased 9mm market share, but .40 still owns LE and as long as it does there will be zero trouble finding it.

In addition, paradoxically, the popularity of the 9mm is often used as a selling point for ease of finding ammo, but during the current ammo crunch that very popularity has made 9mm scarce while I have had no trouble finding .40
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Old February 25, 2014, 02:24 PM   #64
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Wheres the pictures of the range shots
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Old February 26, 2014, 01:41 AM   #65
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I'm really hoping for thursday when I get out of work.
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