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Old May 8, 2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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$2000 Budget Two Gun Challenge

During the next 9-10 months I want to purchase two new handguns - one for my birthday and the other with bonus check money, which just happens to come around the time of a big gun show. I'm listing the guns to choose from with the following conditions:

1) One gun has to be a EDC candidate while the other can be a safe queen/show piece
2) You can choose the options (size, finish, caliber, variant/model - if not specified) but please list how much you reasonably expect to spend NIB
3) $2000 is the absolute maximum combined spending not including taxes/shipping
4) Only one 1911 and only one revolver but one of each is fine

Here's the choices:
Sig P22X (I love the Elite Stainless but anything else is fair game as well)
GP100 4"
686 4"
Beretta 92FS
CZ75/85
STI Trojan 5" (stainless strongly preferred but probably too expensive for the exercise)
Baby Desert Eagle - steel
Colt King Cobra
Other 1911 in the $700+ range made in the USA


Have at it!

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Old May 8, 2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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i'd get a CM9/CW9 for EDC and that leaves you about what? 1500 for one or to more? thats a great amount for a nice 1911 or a CZ75 + a GP100.
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Old May 8, 2013, 10:11 PM   #3
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I think I would look toward the 1911 platform for the EDC, to use a name you brought up, the Desert Eagle 1911 runs about $800 or so. That leaves $1200 +/- for a nice Python! Definitely doable.
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Old May 8, 2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Personally I think every one of your choices is far too large for a EDC, but I also dress mostly in jeans and a tshirt.

Also it's tough to recommend a gun when this is the criteria
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2) You can choose the options (size, finish, caliber, variant/model
What specifically do you look for in a carry gun? Size, weight, trigger/action type, preferred caliber, frame material...

I guess I can start by recommending what I use. My dedicated carry gun is a Sig P232 .380 in stainless and my dedicated home defense pistol is a Beretta M9A1. Although since one of these pistols will be a safe queen like you said you really cant go wrong wit a nice 1911 for that application.
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Old May 9, 2013, 06:06 AM   #5
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Personally I think every one of your choices is far too large for a EDC
That is a concern but I figured people had choices within the 1911 category and have the "carry" options for many of the Sigs and a few others.

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Also it's tough to recommend a gun when this is the criteria
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2) You can choose the options (size, finish, caliber, variant/model
What specifically do you look for in a carry gun? Size, weight, trigger/action type, preferred caliber, frame material...
These will be your guns at the end of the day (as far as the exercise) so you get to make those choices. I want to learn what others would choose given my general restrictions. I'm pretty new to guns but have picked some makes I like - the options are where I need the most help.
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Old May 9, 2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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I would buy a Fusion long slide 10mm... and none of your other choices really interest me.

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Old May 9, 2013, 07:54 AM   #7
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Baby Desert Eagle and 1911. However, you never listed any Walthers. EDC = PPK and the PPQ is hard to beat by any platform.
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Old May 9, 2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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S&W Shield for EDC, CZ75 for range HD and a Springfield Range Officer. Should still have about $300 for ammo
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Old May 9, 2013, 09:35 AM   #9
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Depending on how big you are and what you typically wear, a great EDc gun would be a Glock 19, Glock 26, or Kahr PM9. As for a fun gun/range queen the Springfield TRP in stainless sure looks nice!

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=340395899
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Old May 9, 2013, 12:19 PM   #10
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That is a concern but I figured people had choices within the 1911 category and have the "carry" options for many of the Sigs and a few others.
Even then those choices are still rather large for my liking. The Sig 229 although smaller than the 226 is still a beefy gun. It's just as thick, only the barrel and grip are slightly shorter. Not something I would carry day in and day out concealed. As far as smaller 1911's, they have never been able to get them to run as reliably as full sized.

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I want to learn what others would choose given my general restrictions. I'm pretty new to guns but have picked some makes I like - the options are where I need the most help
Since you are in the market for two handguns, the best advice I could give you is to do yourself a favor and get something small and easy to carry, especially since your second handgun will be a full size. Makes no sense to have two full sized handguns when one is intended for daily carry. It's always enticing to want to carry a full sized gun like the ones you listed, but I found out real quick that carrying a full size and going about your normal day to day activities is just way too much of a hassle and you are forced to alter your lifestyle somewhat. You have to dress around your gun day in day out, and I found myself having to remove my holster and lock my gun up in the car more often than not when doing simple things like tossing the ball around at the park with my buddies. Plus you could always carry your full size on days you feel like it, so picking up a mall concealable gun is a win win.

When choosing both guns, make sure you are familiar with the platforms. I would start with trigger type. Realize that out of all the guns you listed the triggers differ vastly, make sure you know what you like before buying one.

- DA/SA (Berettas, Sigs, CZ) - First trigger pull will be a long double action pull similar to a revolver. Essentially what you are doing with a double action trigger is cocking the hammer and dropping it all in one pull, hence the term double action. After the first shot the slide retracts automatically cocking the hammer for all subsequent shots giving you a light crisp single action pull. So say you have a Beretta 92 with 15 rounds, for the first round the trigger pull will be a heavy double action trigger, the next 14 rounds will be a light single action trigger.

- DAO - Every shot will be a long double action pull.

- Striker Fired (Glocks, XD's, M&P's, SR9, etc..)- No hammer, there is a spring loaded striker or firing pin that is basically cocked and set to firing position when the slide is retracted.

- SAO (1911's) - All shots are fired in single action, gun is carried with hammer back and saftey on. If you are not comfortable carrying a gun with the hammer cocked back at all times, even with a saftey, I would stay away from the 1911.

I would personally recommend any of these for carry guns.

For small very easily concealed guns I would look at the Ruger LCP or LC9, Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 or Shield, Smith & Wesson J frame revolvers or Ruger LCR, Kahr PM9 or CM9 or P380, Sig 232 or 238...

For slightly larger but easily concealed check out Glock 26 or 27, Smith & Wesson M&P9C or 40C, Springfield XD compact, Ruger SR9C or 40C, Sig 239...

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Old May 9, 2013, 01:59 PM   #11
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A used P220 and a can of bear spray, should be under $2k
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:08 PM   #12
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A used P220 and a can of bear spray, should be under $2k
What does bear spray have to do with anything?
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Old May 9, 2013, 02:40 PM   #13
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Were it me, I'd go with a nice 1911 for EDC, I'd want officer or commander size to carry (I carry a Commander sized 1911 currently and love it). The other would be a GP100 or 686. That should come to less than $2k pretty easily.

If you can get nice 1911 and the Colt revolver under $2K... I'd maybe do that.

I'm not clear on the wording, but does that violate your criteria #4? Regardless, that's how I'd spend my money. Have fun spending it whatever you choose!
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Old May 9, 2013, 03:12 PM   #14
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Have you considered the Springfield XD line?
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Old May 9, 2013, 04:03 PM   #15
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A couple of quick replies: I do have an XD9 and I meant only one revolver and one 1911 but one of each is fine (that was confusing sorry!)
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Old May 9, 2013, 04:17 PM   #16
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Out of those its easy. The smith and wesson 686 and the baby eagle in 9mm. and you still have 700 to spare on ammo
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Old May 17, 2013, 12:10 AM   #17
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First off, I carry a CZ-75BD as an EDC both open and concealed. With it's slender frame, it actually conceals nicely, and in 9mm that's 16+1 plus whatever spare mags you have. That would be one- although finding one NIB would be kinda tough.

I also love a good revolver, but I tend to prefer the older ones. Of the ones you listed, I would try to pick up the Colt King Cobra, but were it MY money, I'd look for a Smith and Wesson K frame in VG to Excellet condition.

Between the two, I'd think you'd spend $600-$750 on the CZ and the Smith, and maybe $1000-$1200 on the Colt. If you do well, you should still have some coin left for ammo/holsters.

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Old May 17, 2013, 12:29 AM   #18
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$500 can get you a Springfield XDS for EDC...

Which leaves about $1500 for a 1911.... which I would go with a nice STI, either Duty One, or Lawman? OR a Springfield TRP.
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Old May 17, 2013, 12:38 AM   #19
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Skip the TRP. I like the RangeOfficerr much better.
But if it don't fit you must quit. FInd the gun that fits you properly and then work on budget. An EDC is to important to shortcut.
But I would get another 1911 and another 686 run me about 2000,00.
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Old May 17, 2013, 06:37 AM   #20
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I'd buy a Walther PPS in 9mm and with the rest of the money, say $1,400, I'd buy a nice 1911. Perhaps a Springfield TRP or any other 1911 that strikes your fancy. Once you spend around $1,000 on 1911, they are all pretty damn nice.
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Old May 17, 2013, 03:34 PM   #21
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$2000 Budget Two Gun Challenge

Sig P22X (I love the Elite Stainless but anything else is fair game as well)
GP100 4"
686 4"
Beretta 92FS
CZ75/85
STI Trojan 5" (stainless strongly preferred but probably too expensive for the exercise)
Baby Desert Eagle - steel
Colt King Cobra
Other 1911 in the $700+ range made in the USA
2 grand to spend on 2 guns.

If it was me, one would be a stainless Springfield Milspec. A basic 1911, pretty much the only 1911 that appeals to me, and inexpensive enough that I'm not going to fret when it picks up the inevitable marks of use, abuse and handling.

Nothing else on your list really appeals to me.
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Old May 17, 2013, 04:13 PM   #22
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With $2000 to spend -- there are so many options.
For me -- 1911 9mm for range fun and a Kahr K9 9mm for EDC.
1. 5" 1911 9mm:
--- STI Trojan Blue ($1000),
--- Kimber Custom II Target SS ($8-900)
--- Springfield Armory Loaded SS ($8-900),
--- STI Spartan - Blue?/Parkerized ($7-750).
2. Kahr K9 9mm ($650-700)

Have you shot the items on your list or at least held them to figure out if they fit in your hand with proper grip and good trigger reach?

For EDC, have you thought about how it will be carried - IWB, OWB, 2, 3, 4 O'clock or pocket carry? Seems like most of the handguns listed are big and heavy for EDC --- doable but not as comfortable than smaller lighter weight handguns.
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Old May 17, 2013, 05:44 PM   #23
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LNIB Smith 3913, or mint Detective Special or Smith 36, to carry. Either the 686 or pre-B CZ75 for fun at the range and HD.
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Old May 18, 2013, 06:32 AM   #24
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I'm now 3000 on one gun.
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Old May 18, 2013, 07:44 AM   #25
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Ak71, if I read your post correctly you have your heart set on one 1911 platform auto-loader, correct? So I would look for a Colt Combat Commander in either 9 M/M or .45 the choice is yours. As for a classic revolver my choice in the following order would be,(all Smith and Wesson's) (1) M- 27 3 1/2", (2)- M-19 4", (3) M-19 2 1/2" (4) M-586 4".

Best what ever you do.
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