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Old January 30, 2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Best 9mmsemi-auto pistol for under $600?

Hi all,
This might have been brought up before. But I'm new to the gun market. I'm thinking of picking up a Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm for $550.
But just for the sake of research... What is your choice for a 9mm semi auto under $550??
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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You're going to get a lot of opinions on this one. There are quite a few really good 9mm handguns out there under $600. My choice would be a CZ 75 PCR without a doubt.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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I would suggest Springfield XDm 3.8 Compact in 9mm or Glock 19. Also, have a look at the Ruger SR9c. All excellent choices for under $600.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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Define "best".
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:38 AM   #5
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This might have been brought up before
Best 9mm on a given budget? That's a new one to me

CZ 75 is on my short list, but for a first gun it's hard to argue against a Glock 17 or 19. Autoloaders don't get any simpler to use or maintain.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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While the Beretta is a fine choice I would give the nod to the CZ75 BD Police.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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You can get a used HK USP for definitely under $600, often under $500.

Summit Gun Broker currently has used USP 40's for $489.

If you're opposed to the used market, the M&P 9 or Gen 4 Glock 19/17 would be my recommendation.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:51 AM   #8
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Very subjective, but it all depends. I love the Sig classic series. I had a PX4 that was outstanding (one of the most accurate I've ever fired.) Right now I'm mostly a Glock guy. The M&P series is also a good buy. Stick with a quality firearm and then see what fits your hand the best. I think the PX4 is a great purchase.
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Old January 30, 2014, 11:56 AM   #9
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Under $550: Glock 19 or S&W M&P 9
Under $600: Beretta 92FS/M9 or CZ 75

Strictly my opinion of what I would buy given those budget limitations.
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:08 PM   #10
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By "best" I mean.. If u didn't have a 9mm semi and had $600 which gun would you buy?
I totally realize the responses would be all over the map. I'd actually prefer that as I'm trying to learn about different brands etc..
Thanks from a newbie!
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:10 PM   #11
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Oh, I'm mainly looking at new since this is my first gun..
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:22 PM   #12
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Walther P99 AS or PPQ.
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:36 PM   #13
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With your budget, most reputable manufacturers offer a 9mm that should be reliable, accurate, and most of us would (and do) trust our lives with.

As you said, you are just looking to get a list of names to see what else is out there, here is the list I would look at: Glock 17/19, S&W M&P, Springfield XD, Beretta 92, CZ 75, Ruger SR9, Sig 2022, Beretta PX4, FN-FNX, Kahr P-9, Walther P99, Walther PPS. I am sure there are others, but these were the ones off the top of my head.

All of these are "quality" guns that can be the "the best" depending on what you are looking for, and in the end you will most likely not be disappointed with any og them.

The best way to know would be to see what feels best and what you shoot best. If possible, try and rent the ones you are considering at a local range and get a feel for them.
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:42 PM   #14
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M&P 9c or full sized
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:45 PM   #15
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Maybe:
1. Walther PPQ
2. Glock 26/19/17
3. RIA FS tactical
4. EAA Witness Elite Match

It has been a while since I looked up prices. The pistols listed above should be near the mark.
What do you plan it for? CC? Target/Range?
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Old January 30, 2014, 12:48 PM   #16
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IMHO Sig SP2022
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Old January 30, 2014, 01:23 PM   #17
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Can you go to a range and rent some guns to see which one you like the most?
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Old January 30, 2014, 01:35 PM   #18
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G19, unless specifically for concealed carry. If so, then XDS or Shield.
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Old January 30, 2014, 01:36 PM   #19
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Can you go to a range and rent some guns to see which one you like the most?
Bingo.

When I was first looking at guns I went to a public range that had a very good selection of rentals. I spent a good amount of money, but it definitely paid off.
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Old January 30, 2014, 01:36 PM   #20
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anything metal from CZ

i'm not a fan of the px4. it's bulky, especially for the capacity.
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Old January 30, 2014, 02:54 PM   #21
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I walked out of the store with my cz P-01 after taxes for $609. I would recommend the P-01 or its rail less brother, the PCR, maybe at a few dollars cheaper.
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Old January 30, 2014, 03:44 PM   #22
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I was in that same situation and bought a CZ BD Police.

I am very happy with it for home/car defense, range use, and hopefully competitions one day, but I doubt I will ever be able to conceal it in summer clothes. For concealed carry I would but the most compact CZ I could find, maybe the RAMI
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Old January 30, 2014, 04:18 PM   #23
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The PX4 has the advantage of being an exceptionally soft shooter, and therefore easy to learn on. The rotating barrel (full size and compact models) play a big role in that, but the ergonomics are good for most people on the PX4. I personally think it is quite a good value. My daughter has one and loves it. As others have said, though, there are quite a few quality pistols in your price range, so look at all the features, handle them, shoot what you can, and then make up your mind.
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Old January 30, 2014, 04:26 PM   #24
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The Walther PPQ, the SIG SP2022, and the M&P are the first pistols in that range I would look at - And in that order.

I was once a huge fan of Glocks. I've owned 5 of them since I got into shooting. The latter 3 were all Gen 4s made here in the US. Ever since they started building Glocks in the US, I haven't had a good experience with them. I hope they get back to their Austrian made quality levels at some point, but for right now I'm over the whole Glock phase. I took too many ejected casings to the forehead on ALL THREE of my Gen 4s to go back any time soon. YMMV.

As for the XD, I just don't like them. That's just me though. :P
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Old January 30, 2014, 05:53 PM   #25
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For the money, I have a pretty high opinion of CZ pistols, in particular the P-01.
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