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Old November 3, 2005, 10:41 AM   #1
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Best Target pistol in 9mm

I'm going to purchase a target pistol in 9mm (for various reasons it must be 9mm) and I have it boiled down to a Kimber Custom target II, a Para-Ordnance Target and a Springfield Armory 9mm. Any thoughts? I will not be using it as a carry piece.
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Old November 3, 2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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Go all the way and get a SIG 210 !!
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Old November 3, 2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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Sig 210 or HK9s target, or SW 952! In that order.

Sig has been considered the top of the line by many
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Old November 3, 2005, 11:17 AM   #4
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for a target 9mm..
the Sig210 and the Smith 952

otherwise custom build it..for tighter barrel fit, frame to slide fit, better trigger.
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Old November 3, 2005, 11:29 AM   #5
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S&W PPC 9
You will have to get it from a cop, S&W will not sell them to Americans because they do not have enough safties.
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Old November 3, 2005, 11:38 AM   #6
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Define target? Do you mean bullseye?

If you mean bullseye then what rules? especially do you intend optical sights?

No question the Sig and others mentioned will have better accuracy and better triggers for bullseye. Some of the earlier iterations of the 952 may be available used at the lowest price for a 9mm target pistol.

What else do you expect to shoot currently or in the future? Any particular reason to stick with the 1911 frame style?

I might consider the Kimber as a starter with the intention of getting it or another gun upgraded if I had any intention of putting a Marvel top on a 1911 frame. That would be nice for a league or indoor gallery pistol use.
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Old November 3, 2005, 12:05 PM   #7
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The Sig P210 and the S&W 952 as mentioned would be the top of the line.
I went with a Springfield loaded target 9mm.
The trigger is fantastic after a break in of about 300 rounds. No firing pin safety helps a great deal.
The kimber will have some form of trigger safety.
I've been getting fantastic groups with my Springer and CCI Blazer ammo.
Winchester USA JHP's also shoot tiny little groups at 25 yards.
I did have to go to a 10 pound recoil spring from the stock 14 pounder to get 100% reliability.
Springfield now installs 9 pound springs.
They come with the new Metal Form Mags.
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Old November 3, 2005, 12:05 PM   #8
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Yes, I should have been more clear. Mostly I will be interested in Combat Competition. I own a Walther P99 in 9mm and a PP in 32 acp. I was looking to reduce recoil and add barrel length, but without any compensators or other fancy modifications. It will probably never be more than a hobby for me.

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Old November 3, 2005, 02:51 PM   #9
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One more thing.
The nice thing about a 1911 pattern 9mm is they do have VERY low felt recoil in 9mm. They also have the fastest trigger reset, a low bore axis and terrific ergonomics for most shooters.
You can start out with a basic model and go from there. Hand fitted match barrels & bushings, trigger jobs, .38 super conversions, .22lr conversions, Arched or flat mainspring housings, grips, etc...
I just got back from the range (my definition of a nooner) and my little Springer behaved beautifully.
There is a reason almost all top Bianchi, Steel Challange etc... competitors use a 1911 in either 9mm or .38 super. They are fast and accurate.
They do demand a little more attention, but for a hobby gun, nothing tops them.
That said, My Sig P226st in .40 caliber is still my choice for protecting me and mine.
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Old November 3, 2005, 04:07 PM   #10
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Yes, I should have been more clear. Mostly I will be interested in Combat Competition. I own a Walther P99 in 9mm and a PP in 32 acp. I was looking to reduce recoil and add barrel length, but without any compensators or other fancy modifications. It will probably never be more than a hobby for me.

Mike Mollow
oh..now that is a whole nother answer..for USPSA/IDPA shooting...a 1911 in 9mm, a CZ 75/85/SP01, Glock 17/34, Beretta E2, Sig226ST, Smith 5906PC would all be good choices..
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Old November 3, 2005, 04:20 PM   #11
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Your Walther 99 is perfectly adequate for IDPA, USPSA/IPSC, or "combat" local match. Suggest you try it out before spending money on a new gun recommended by a bunch of strangers.
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Old November 3, 2005, 04:42 PM   #12
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Does no one like the long slide Grock long slide? What about the HKP9S? I've got an HkP9S with olympic grips kit that I don't need.
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Old November 3, 2005, 05:11 PM   #13
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My 952-2 has been the smoothest shooting and most accurate 9mm that I own or have ever shot.

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Old November 3, 2005, 08:30 PM   #14
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If you want one of the most accurate and easy to shoot guns made OOTB this is one of them.......



I agree about the 1911 9mm's....very very nice. But for less than 500$ my CZ SA's, all 3 of them Ive had, have all shot as well as my Kimbers and STI's did.

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Old November 3, 2005, 08:33 PM   #15
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S&W 952 is a dandy for target shooting.



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Old November 3, 2005, 09:23 PM   #16
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SIG P210-5.

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Old November 3, 2005, 09:31 PM   #17
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Cz !!!

My only choice would be the CZ Tactical Sport. All others pale by comparison.
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Old November 3, 2005, 09:38 PM   #18
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I second the CZ, but go for one of the new SP-O1s for production. 18 rounds in the stick is always a plus. However if you want to shoot Limited, I would strongly recomend a .40 SW. A price point would be helpful as well as which division and sanction that you wish to shoot.
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Old November 5, 2005, 01:42 AM   #19
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S&W PPC 9mm has been taking the prize at a lot the matches.
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Old November 5, 2005, 01:52 AM   #20
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Old November 5, 2005, 02:23 AM   #21
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Get a 1911 built from the ground up by a well known g-smith. For target purpose the Briley spherical bushing is a must combined with a quality 1911 barrel from BarSto, Ed Brown, Nowlin, EGW, Briley and Kart. 1911 is the best platform because of all the after market accessories offered for it. One great advantage of a 1911 is once the pistol start to lose accuracy due to wear it will be easy to build up again by just getting a new barrel installed. You can get a trigger that is in the 1.5 lb range, and the grips available for it are just endless from plain jane to fitted wood target grips. You want to scope it, then a visit a g-smith for tapping some holes on the frame and you can install a scope mount with the correct centering. Hard to beat a 1911. josh
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Old November 5, 2005, 08:07 AM   #22
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A Sig 210 without doubt... A walther P-88 may suit your needs too...
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Old November 7, 2005, 06:46 AM   #23
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Sig P210

As explained in my article.
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Old November 7, 2005, 06:59 AM   #24
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Michael,

Just reread your 210 article. I didn't see anything that really explains why a 210 would be better than a S&W 942 or PPC 9. All three are forged steel 9s with excellent accuracy and triggers.
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Old November 7, 2005, 08:31 AM   #25
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sig P210 no doubt! this pistol is the most accurate 9mm I've ever shot.
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