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Old October 29, 2012, 05:26 AM   #1
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Inexpensive and Reliable 9mm or .40 S&W Hammer-Fired Semi-Auto?

I've been wanting to get a reliable and inexpensive 9mm or 40 S&W handgun for carry and range shooting. I much prefer hammer over striker and something that I could pay less than $500 OTD (also prefer new). So far the only one I've been able to find is the 9mm Ruger P95, does anyone else have some suggestions?

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Old October 29, 2012, 05:56 AM   #2
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I suggest the Sig P250. I own several brands but this is my favorite carry, whether in a belt slide or IWB holster. Easer to conceal than my XD pistols.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:28 AM   #3
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EAA Witness 9mm---mine is a tank--0 issues ever. The issues you see with the Witness guns are primarily in the large frame guns in 10mm and 45ACP but in your caliber choices they seem to perform well and you can get one for around $300.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:36 AM   #4
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:53 AM   #5
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Ruger P-95, a hammer fired SA/DA in 9mm.

Inexpensive = I can find one locally for $298 cash price. (blued model)

Reliable = I have two of them. One has around 10k rounds thru it. Stone reliable in my experience.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:05 AM   #6
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In addition to the ones I see I'd mention
Sig 2022
CZ 75b

I've owned neither of them, but those that have seem to have naught but good things to say about them.

If you're willing to buy used there are a lot more.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:08 AM   #7
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Here is the best quality/price in 9 mm CC:
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:25 AM   #8
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I highly recommend CZs as a reasonably priced, reliable gun for range/carry.

My P-01 is my fave in the stable.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:27 AM   #9
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My CZ-75BD has been every bit of reliable, with 1,500 rounds w/o an issue. All steel, built with some heft...will last a lifetime
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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Here is the best quality/price in 9 mm CC...
Uhhh, the Bersa BP9CC isn't hammer-fired...

In addition to what other posters have suggested already, in no particular order...

New Handguns:
  • Beretta PX4
  • Rock Island Armory M1911 9mm "Tactical"
  • Stoeger Cougar - this is actually a license-built Beretta 8000 clone
  • Taurus PT99 - I'm not normally a fan of Tauruses due to their iffy QA/QC, but this gun gets better reviews than anything else in their lineup
  • Arcus / Century Int'l Arms 98DA & 98DAC - the DAC takes cheap and readily available Browning Hi-Power mags, but just so there's no confusion, the gun is NOT a BHP clone!
  • Magnum Research Baby Eagle - nice gun, but like the CZ 75b, recent MSRP increases may have pushed it out of your budget

Used Guns:
  • Beretta 92 series
  • SIG Sauer Certified Pre Owned or CPO guns - these come in a red case with a red band around the grip rather than blue/blue like a new SIG; these are factory-rebuilt guns with a factory warranty at a big discount, BUT model availability and price varies quite a bit from month to month, or even week to week, YMMV!
  • S&W 3rd-generation metal-frame 9mm- 39xx, 59xx, 69xx, and 9xx series - super-solid build quality, very accurate, a bit heavy; feel and shoot like SIGs, but resale value is much lower due to a flood of LE trade-ins. If you want one, IMHO you should buy one NOW, people are realizing what a great deal they've become and they are NEVER going to be any cheaper!
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Old October 29, 2012, 10:07 AM   #11
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I have been very impressed with my daughter's PX4 Compact 9 mm, and it came in just a hair under $500 with shipping, FFL fee, and all. Very soft shooting, accurate, well-made pistol.
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Old October 29, 2012, 01:11 PM   #12
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If you're trying to go "inexpensive," think USED, and look at:

the Ruger P95, (or some of the older metal framed Rugers)
any Witness in 9mm or .40,
any Third Generation S&Ws in .40 or 9mm (i.e., 4006, 4045, 4046, 5906, etc.)

You'll find them in the $300 - $400 range. A used CZ might be available in that price range, too, but typically a bit higher.

All of them are good, solid guns.
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Old October 29, 2012, 01:42 PM   #13
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On those 3rd Generation Smith and Wessons.. for the 40S&W cal,4006 is a great one!I have one and it still shoots like it did when it came off the assembly line,absolutely great.They are all stainless steel,which makes them heavy but accuracy and reliability are excellent.

If you can find one,get it before someone else does.They are a good value.
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Old October 29, 2012, 01:48 PM   #14
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CZ P07 or Sig Sauer Sp2022 for new guns. Huge recconmendation for the 3rd gen Smith & Wessons as have been mentioned. Awesome quality for how cheap you can get them now.
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Old October 29, 2012, 01:50 PM   #15
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You may be able to swing a FNX -40 or FNX-9. Top USA quality with very hi capacity for its size.
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Old October 29, 2012, 02:14 PM   #16
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The Ruger P-95 should not be overlooked. It is as tough as they come and as reliable as can be. The price is pretty good, too.
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Old October 29, 2012, 04:30 PM   #17
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I second the suggestion of the FNX-9/40 or the CZ P-07 Duty.

I have a CZ 85B and it has been flawless out the box so far with over 300 rounds down range. It is a full size gun though which means its pretty heavy so I wouldn't suggest that for carry.

The FNX is 21.9 ounces empty and the P-07 is 27.2 ounces while the CZ 85B is 34.08 ounces. While it may not seem like much that extra 12 ounces is a lot.

If I had to suggest only one I'd go with the FNX.
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Old October 29, 2012, 05:14 PM   #18
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Another vote for the Sig Sauer P250. You can get it in three flavors, depending on your preference - full-size, compact or sub-compact. Inexpensive, very reliable and very accurate. Also easy to maintain.

Another one I like is the Stoeger 8000 (Cougar). Very accurate, reliable as can be, high quality and a bargain. My favorite, as it happens.

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Old October 29, 2012, 06:00 PM   #19
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I vote either Beretta PX4 or Sig 250. Both good guns.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:09 PM   #20
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No but seriously, the SP2022 fits the bill here nicely. Probably would be my #1 choice. A used FNH FNP is also a very good choice. I like the newer FNXs but I am not sure if you can get one new for that. Definitely seen used FNPs in the $400s.

Used doesn't necessarily mean bad by the way. I've owned over two dozen handguns. I've had far more issues with the new ones, than the used ones.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:13 PM   #21
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When I read this thread title, the first thing that popped into my head was Ruger P-95.

I've got one, and had nary a problem with it in 12 or so years. First centerfire handgun I ever got from Pops.

Mecgar makes good after market high cap mags for them now, too.

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"Ruger P-95 because a bajillion security guards can't b wrong."
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:14 PM   #22
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The P95 is great, probably a little large for CC.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:16 PM   #23
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Yeah, I could see that, but a lot of it depends on body type.

For instance, I carry a Glock 21 as my EDC, so a Ruger P-95 wouldn't be that big of a difference.

But I'm a tall, rangy fellow that shirts just hang off of.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:47 PM   #24
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The 3rd Generation S&W pistols were mentioned above.

Can 100% recommend any of those in either 9mm or 40S&W.

Mine is a S&W 6906 bought new many years ago.
(While not recommended for +P ammo to be run through them, they are awesome pistols and eat any standard pressure ammo you can run through them...)

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Bersa is pretty well regarded. I've never owned one, but they're high on my list of future purchases.
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