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Old December 30, 2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Which Is The Best AMERICAN Made Semi-Auto 9mm Pistol?

Feel free to be bias if youd like, though some 'reason' would be nice to read. And clearly 'best' is very subjective....maybe it should be said that it is designed very well, or very accurate, or most reliable in a home defense situation....those may be better criteria to define 'best' American 9mm.

It doesnt need to be originally designed in the US....just as long as a gun is currently made in the states.

To keep things limited -- please limit your pistols to ones that can be found for under $1,000.

Looking forward to what gets posted below!!

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Old December 30, 2011, 10:38 AM   #2
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SIG P226, P228, SP2022, etc. Made in my home state these days and despite some issues lately I still think they are quality firearms. I shoot them better than anything else.

Now if price is an object, I'd say the Smith and Wesson M&P. While I don't have mine anymore, it is a nice gun that for me was utterly reliable. My biggest issue with it was the trigger. However, a lifetime warranty through Smith and Wesson is worth its weight in gold, imo.

You might want to specify if the gun needs to be currently in production or not.
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Old December 30, 2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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a great point TunnelRat ... I did edit the original post...limiting this to guns that can be found for under $1,000 -- so while the M&P is surely fitting that, the Sig P226 and other Sigs will surely fit in that range too!!

Thanks for the reply!
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Old December 30, 2011, 10:59 AM   #4
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M&P is hard to beat these days. Basically its a glock without the glock dificiencies. Get the pro, much better stock trigger. It points well, and cosistant trigger pull each time unlike a DA/SA Sig.
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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+1 on M&P. Smith and Wesson really has it together right now. Putting out some fine pistols that are even making the Glock lovers go buy one and take a look. Also, I know you said American but Beretta puts out a fine 9mm. Most of the gun is "made" in Italy and I know there's a Beretta factory in Maryland where guns get fixed and assembled. So it's 33% American. Haha! Good Luck
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:15 AM   #6
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So, everyone up to this point ranks the M&P over the CZ 75B SP-01, FNH FNX-9 and the Springfield XDm? and all but one like it over the Sig P226?


thanks for sharing!!
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:33 AM   #7
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S&W has some nice PC 9mm 1911s and others.
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:59 AM   #8
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If you want a DA/SA pistol then either the SIG P226, P229, or SP2022 and those are my choices over all the rest American or otherwise.

If you want a striker fired pistol then whatever your favorite striker fired pistol is. My preference by far is the Walther PPQ. If I had to choose an American made one it probably would be M&P Pro.

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Old December 30, 2011, 12:19 PM   #9
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Definitely the M&P.

Great quality, reliabilty and durability for a very reasonable price.
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Old December 30, 2011, 12:21 PM   #10
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My favorites are Sigs and Berettas, with my preference leaning toward the Beretta.
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Old December 30, 2011, 12:42 PM   #11
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For around $1,000 --- Sig 226 hands down....in my opinion...

Over $ 1,000 ----a 1911 chambered in 9mm ( like Wilson Combat - made in Arkansas...but it'll put you in the $3,000 price range these days) ...but Wilson Combat has a 1" guarantee at 25 yds making it very hard to beat !!

but a lot of opinions are based on what fits your hands the best...some guns may be technically accurate ( but not in my hands, they're too small ), etc...where the Sig 226 fits me very well ...it may be too big or too heavy for a lot of shooters.
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Old December 30, 2011, 01:51 PM   #12
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As much as I like the M&P series of semi-auto pistols, I carry a Ruger SR9C every day. That's another, well under $1K and with the best trigger of any polymer 9mm pistol, IMO. With the savings you could buy mags, holsters, ammo, lunch....
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Old December 30, 2011, 02:46 PM   #13
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This one....easily!

http://ruger.com/products/p95/models.html

Preferably the KP series.
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Old December 30, 2011, 03:25 PM   #14
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I would have to say for an American-made 9mm semi-auto... either a U.S.-made Beretta 92FS or Ruger P95. I don't dig the M&P at all when it comes to the feel of its grip, its trigger or even its godawful looks, which is probably the least-important consideration and why I rank it last, but still a factor.

I have to add I much prefer European 9mms particuarly the Hi-Power and HK USP.

American-made for .45s, European for 9mm, IMO.
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Old December 30, 2011, 03:33 PM   #15
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M&P 9 Pro.


Or, if you're overseas, Glock 17. They don't sell them here but they make them here...
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Old December 30, 2011, 03:52 PM   #16
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I am not sure about where they are made. But the best 9mm pistols like cars are designed in Europe.
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Old December 30, 2011, 04:01 PM   #17
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For me, a Maryland-produced Beretta 92A1.

Honorable mention, a Smith and Wesson M&P9.

I have decided that, when I am able to start afford collecting for real (post-student), the theme of my collection is going to be service pistols. I consider these two guns to be two of the finest modern service pistols.

Both are ergonomic, recoil comfortable, reliable, have a light rail, and have a 17+1 capacity and stacks of available accessories.

I'd include the Sig P226, but I'm not sure how much of those are still made in Germany.
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Old December 30, 2011, 04:23 PM   #18
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Beretta 92 - It should stay in the U.S. Military Arsenal for a least another 75 years.
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Old December 30, 2011, 04:35 PM   #19
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If it doesn't have to be "current production", the S&W 2nd and 3rd generation 9s are very well made and quite accurate and reliable. Mine have some of the best DA\SA triggers I've ever felt.
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Old December 30, 2011, 05:02 PM   #20
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Old December 30, 2011, 05:04 PM   #21
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SW M&P far and away.
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Old December 30, 2011, 05:06 PM   #22
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Another vote for the Ruger P95.
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Old December 30, 2011, 07:59 PM   #23
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The American made Beretta 92s are also fine guns.

It would be good if you could specify what purpose. Concealed carry, home defense, range use. Why? Because this can help us specify something based on weight and size as those might be issues for carrying.

Lastly you probably should try and figure out if you want a striker fired weapon, like the M&P, or a Single Action/Double Action hammer fired weapon like the SIG P226. That will also help narrow the field.
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Old December 30, 2011, 08:06 PM   #24
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I think the best value is the Sig SP2022. Cost $350 to $450 (with some shopping or waiting for sales you can get it with night sights a t$400.

Its made in Exeter NH.

Me, I like the SA/DA setup though many do not. If you want consistent trigger pull you can always cock it and shoot it that way.

Actually the trigger pull is consistent in DA and SA and smooth, so what the post was saying a trigger pull that does not change from the first shot to the second!

Quality wise it matches up with the $700-900 guns (I have shot it side by side with an HK P30). the HK has some things I like and the Sigh has things I like. Neither is perfect but both are reliable which is the first and should be the foremost consideration. both have a high quality feel to them.

After that for me price rules. If someone gave me an HK I would never sell it, but I would not buy one when I can get the SP2022 for the price (or 2)
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Old December 30, 2011, 08:20 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by BearArms2
So, everyone up to this point ranks the M&P over the CZ 75B SP-01, FNH FNX-9 and the Springfield XDm? and all but one like it over the Sig P226?
I believe these pistols are made in The Czech Republic, Belgium and Croatia, not the USA as you specified.

Sorry, the FNH is American made.
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