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Old September 25, 2012, 06:16 AM   #26
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For under $1,000 you have a hell of a lot to pick from. There really isn't a single best and as you have seen, there are lots of guns that fit the bill.

I'd suggest going to a shop, trying several out, rent what you can and see what you like.

Once you narrow it down, let us know what like and see what the masses think from there.
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Old September 25, 2012, 06:57 AM   #27
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anybody have any experience with the CZ 75 SA Target?
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Old September 25, 2012, 09:32 AM   #28
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With the mechanical accuracy of firearms generally being superior to what people can actually make use of, 'accuracy' becomes a function of:

Sights (distant third place, but a possible factor)

The Walther PPQ has great ergonomics and a great trigger. For strict range duty, swapping out the sights is all that's necessary to have a fantastic system.

One of the best range guns that I have had the privilege of handling was an SA XDm 5.25" 9mm with a trigger job. That is easily in your price range.
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Old September 25, 2012, 09:43 AM   #29
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I would add a Browning Hi Power to your list to check out.
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Old September 25, 2012, 09:54 AM   #30
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Browning Hi-Power or a 1911 9mm would be my picks using your criteria.

Dont eagerly dismiss a 9mm 1911, they are very nice range toys.
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Old September 25, 2012, 10:09 AM   #31
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I'll record another vote for Browning Hi-Power. Beautiful gun aesthetically and functionally.

If a BHP doesn't float your boat for any reason, the Beretta 92 is also a beautiful pistol with excellent design and workmanship. I consider it one of the best values out there when quality is considered relative to price. And you would have a lot left over from your $1K for ammo and range fees.
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Old September 25, 2012, 10:27 AM   #32
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Springfield 1911 Long Slide

Sorry, I forgot you said 9mm.

Other than a Glock, my current favorite is a Springfield 1911 Long Slide. It is a single stack, 6" barrel, stainless pistol that I picked up used for $900 on Gunbroker a few weeks back.

It is a real sweet shooter. I don't like the allen wrench guide rod arrangement that Springfield uses, but it's a minor annoyance.

I have a Sig P226, G34, XDm9 and several other pistols, but I have to say that the extra 1" on the barrel makes a real difference in the accuracy department. Not to mention that it is a real beauty.

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Old September 25, 2012, 10:32 AM   #33
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S&W M&P9 Pro... Or
FNH FNS9 Competition

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Old September 25, 2012, 10:39 AM   #34
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i don't have the sa target, but i do have the sp-01 shadow custom target. let me tell you, the custom shop does some great work. i've heard great things about the sa target.
Favorite range gun for the money - CZ 75B or STI Spartan V 9mm
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Old September 25, 2012, 11:00 AM   #35
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Sig Sauers P series all the way.
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Old September 25, 2012, 12:03 PM   #36
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STI Spartan V 9MM.....Excellent gun backed up by the best customer service in the industry.
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Old September 25, 2012, 01:09 PM   #37
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I love my P226s. I have one with diamond plate slide and another with all black nitron finish. Both with 4.4" bbls. and 15 rd. mags. The diamond plate has alumimum grips and a short trigger. The nitron with std. trigger and poly grips. They handle great and shoot small groups.

I've had two different Hi-Powers in the past a 9mm and a .40SW. Nothing bad to say other than get the bobbed or skeltonized rounded hammer unless you like a hole punched in the web of your shooting hand from a slightly too high grip position. Otherwise a high quality accurate handgun.
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Old September 25, 2012, 01:47 PM   #38
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quote "Either
S&W M&P9 Pro... Or
FNH FNS9 Competition

FNS9 Competition already available?

I heard that there are a lot of accuracy issues with mp9 line, how is mp9 pro in that department?
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Old September 25, 2012, 02:34 PM   #39
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9mm range pistol under 1K.
I would look at 1911 9mm with adjustable rear sights.
1. STI Spartan V
2. Springfield Armory
3. Kimber Custom II Target
4. STI Trojan is just over 1000.

I not 1911, Sig 229 or 226, Walther PPQ, EAA Witness Match.
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Old September 25, 2012, 07:33 PM   #40
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Beretta 92 and a PX4 subcompact. Same safety system, one for carry, one for night stand.
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Old September 25, 2012, 07:45 PM   #41
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Beretta 92 ......nuff said.
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Old September 25, 2012, 07:45 PM   #42
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I can only recommend what has worked for me------Glock.
The others are fine choices, but the Glock has a good track record and with the money you save, you can buy a lot of ammo and extra mags.
The mags may be as important as the gun purchase. Mags can/are expensive and with the coming election it will pay to get as many as possible. I think when you look at the package, the Glock will be your choice.
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Old September 25, 2012, 07:48 PM   #43
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I may be old school but as a range gun a BHP is hard to beat.
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Old September 25, 2012, 07:53 PM   #44
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Gotta ask...why no Glock?
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:23 PM   #45
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At this point, I would suggest that the OP post a survey consisting of the guns of which he has decided are 'in the hunt.' If the Hi Power is among the choices, my money says it wins by a long shot within the defined parameters.
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:33 PM   #46
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My GF recommends to not buy any pistol and strongly recommends to be a girl. She says, "you would be amazed at how much you will be able to shoot for free all of your BFs pistols". She adds, " not just boyfriend's, any man's".

I still vote 1911 9mm (STI Spartan V, Kimber Custom II Target, Springfield Armory).
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Old September 26, 2012, 09:57 AM   #47
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id go hk or browning hp
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Old September 26, 2012, 12:05 PM   #48
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People said SIG P229 and P226 has the best:



But if you don't feel absolute perfect to your hand, don't buy.
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Old September 26, 2012, 12:25 PM   #49
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Beretta 92FS
Sig Sauer P226
STI Trojan
Springfield PI9134LP

My picks... best of luck in your search
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Old September 26, 2012, 03:08 PM   #50
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I wouldn't get so caught up in price and getting the most expensive gun you can buy, go to a few shops or rent some guns and get whatever fits your hand and needs the best. There are plenty of great 9mm's that don't come close to the $1000 mark and are tack drivers. My cousin recently dropped the dough on a Sig 226, and no denying its a great gun, but he got all PO'd when I outshot him with my $400 Ruger SR9C and claimed the gun might be broken. He thought just because a Sig is top of the line it would transform him into a great shooter, and boy he was wrong. He never handled it in the store before he bought it, and it turned out that the gun isn't a good fit for him. It made him even more angry when I shot his 226 after him and put all the shots in a tight little grip on the head of the target.
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