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Old July 19, 2018, 07:23 PM   #1
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Fun Budget 9?

Hey guys,

I am looking for a fun, budget 9mm for the range. I have quite a few guns already but would like to get something I can put thousands of rounds through that’s fun to shoot and not have to worry about it breaking or putting a ton of miles on one of my HD / carry guns.

I’m open to other suggestions but right now I am looking at the Canik TP9, Ruger Security 9 or may consider spending a little more for an M&P 2.0. The only one I have shot so far out of the 3 is the M&P and I really like it.

Please don’t mention a Glock. I don’t hate or love them and I already have one. Plus they are a bit over the price range I am interested in.

Anyone have experience with either the Canik or Ruger? They seem to best fit the budget right now for me and have read good things about both.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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Old July 19, 2018, 07:38 PM   #2
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Military surplus CZ75 or clone. My Tanfoglios are averaging about $300 apiece. The steel ones are brutes and will last forever. The triggers and accuracy are great. I think they are pretty much all Israeli.
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Old July 19, 2018, 07:50 PM   #3
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I would probably go with a Canik TP9 or a European police trade-in Beretta 92S.

I have also seen the FN FNS 9 on sale at very attractive prices now and again in the last couple of years.
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Old July 19, 2018, 07:55 PM   #4
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Of those, the Canik (closest to my Walther) is the best choice.

SR9 by Ruger would also be a good budget 9
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Old July 19, 2018, 08:26 PM   #5
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+1 for the Canik.I have one I use as a range mule.
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Old July 19, 2018, 08:37 PM   #6
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Go find a Ruger P95, inexpensive, not cheap, reliable, accurate and fun to shoot. Yes, they are blocky, clunky, but they are just fun.
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Old July 19, 2018, 08:43 PM   #7
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CZ 75B! That's the only reason why I got one was price/reliability/reputation. Now its my favorite and most accurate 9mm. 3k rounds and still not a single malfunction either.
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Old July 19, 2018, 08:50 PM   #8
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What about something like a Bersa? Didn't they make a Thunder9 or something like that? Or how about a nice clean Taurus 92 ?
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Old July 19, 2018, 10:27 PM   #9
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Just for grins and an idea... I think the witness SAR K2P is hard to beat at its price range. Admittedly i dont have one. Sarsilmaz has been around a long time though... And the K2P gets great reviews.

I also would look for trade in 92s, or maybe a Taurus 92. They can be found for under 350 on occasion (the Taurus more frequently) and are worth more than you pay it it's in decent shape.
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Old July 19, 2018, 10:53 PM   #10
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I do have a Sarsilmaz K2P and so far between 3-4000 rounds with no gun caused malfunctions. The K2P is a great CZ style handgun that runs under $300. There is a slightly updated version called the SAR CM9 gen2. It may be easier to find than the K2P. The K2P and cm9 are both compatible with cz75b magazines made by Mec-Gar.
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Old July 19, 2018, 11:23 PM   #11
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I'm another that has to suggest the EAA Witness or the SAR pistols. I picked up a Witness Pavona in 380 and it's great fun. It cost me $315.00 out the door. It can also be had in 9mm or 40S&W. I also have a Witness larger frame all metal 45acp I bought used for $450.00 and love shooting it.

Another would be to look for a used Taurus PT92, I have a PT92C and it goes everywhere with me. I found that on GunBroker for $300.00 shipped to my FFL.
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Old July 20, 2018, 12:36 AM   #12
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Look at the Tristar P120. Made by Canik 55. A CZ SP01 clone.
Only spending four hundred bucks doesn't mean it can't be sexy!
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Old July 20, 2018, 01:29 AM   #13
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I have a Taurus PT111 (i think they call it G2C now) that has seen probably 1000-2000 rounds of range fun with no issues. I think they are going for around 200-250 last I saw.
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Old July 20, 2018, 07:20 AM   #14
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The Canik sounds like a winner.

You can also get really good deals on a CZ P-09 -- it's a pretty enormous 9mm pistol and a real tack driver. I own and carry the P-07 (Glock 19 size), while the P-09 is a bit larger than a Glock 17 and has a higher capacity.

The single action trigger is very crisp, the double action is pretty good, and you can configure it either as DA/SA with decocker or as SA with safety.

You can put a set of Dawson Precision fiberoptic target sights on it for like $70.

Another option that can often be had at good prices is the Springfield XD Mod.2 "Tactical." It's just an XD with a 5" barrel, but a great shooter and comes with good sights.
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Old July 20, 2018, 08:06 AM   #15
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Spend a few more dollars and get the M&P.
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Old July 20, 2018, 08:11 AM   #16
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Military surplus CZ75
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They can often be found for under $400 on Gunbroker. The finishes may not be pretty on the surplus examples (giving you a project if you want one), but toss in a new recoil spring and they will have many thousands of rounds of life in them.

The weight, ergonomics, reliability, and accuracy make these very fun range guns.
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Old July 20, 2018, 08:48 AM   #17
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Star BMs are neat surplus 9mms that can be had for around 200. I kind of want one myself.

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Old July 20, 2018, 09:46 AM   #18
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In addition to the Canik TP9 and the Ruger Security 9, take a good look at a Walther Creed, then go with the one that works best for you.
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Old July 20, 2018, 10:56 AM   #19
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My $200 Taurus PT111 G2 has been very reliable and accurate. It is the cheapest handgun I have but a favorite to shoot. I would not hesitate to buy it again.
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Old July 20, 2018, 12:14 PM   #20
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In addition to the Canik TP9 and the Ruger Security 9, take a good look at a Walther Creed, then go with the one that works best for you.
I forgot about the Creed. ^^ What he said. ^^
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Old July 20, 2018, 12:17 PM   #21
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The Canik sounds like a winner.

You can also get really good deals on a CZ P-09 -- it's a pretty enormous 9mm pistol and a real tack driver. I own and carry the P-07 (Glock 19 size), while the P-09 is a bit larger than a Glock 17 and has a higher capacity.

The single action trigger is very crisp, the double action is pretty good, and you can configure it either as DA/SA with decocker or as SA with safety.

You can put a set of Dawson Precision fiberoptic target sights on it for like $70.

Another option that can often be had at good prices is the Springfield XD Mod.2 "Tactical." It's just an XD with a 5" barrel, but a great shooter and comes with good sights.
Another vote for the P-09 or a P-07.

If you are mechanically inclined, they can be smoothed out a bunch with simple polishing on some of the internals. Another $40 or so from Cajun Gun Works and you can have an extended firing pin and either a 18lb or 15lb hammer spring.

Took me maybe an hour to tear down my P-09 and polish the pins & trigger bar one night. Took a bit more to out it back together because I fought the decocker spring. I have maybe 1/2 hour in installing the enxtended firing pin and hammer spring. All in, the DA is really smooth now and pull weight is just under 7lbs for double action ( using the 18lb hammer spring), single action is smoother than stock and around 3.5lbs or so.
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Old July 20, 2018, 01:16 PM   #22
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Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Carry Pro.

I have one and have a couple of thousands of rounds of various and sundry ammo and it has been flawless.

Was approximately 325 bucks a few years ago from Bud's Gun Shop.

My only problem with it is that I am left handed and there is a moving part of the trigger pull on the right side of the gun where I put my right thumb on all of my other guns. A right hander would not have a problem with it. I just have to change my grip slightly.
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Old July 20, 2018, 02:20 PM   #23
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Another vote for a surplus Beretta 92s. For $250 from SOG, they are hard to beat.
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Old July 20, 2018, 02:39 PM   #24
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How about a Arcus 94? They are Hi Power clone/type pistols that use alot of the Browning Hi Power parts and mags. I picked one up and am happy with it.

Or you could pick up one of the S&W 5906 or 6906 pistols, they are plentiful and solid guns that make great house or range guns. I also own a few of these.
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Old July 20, 2018, 05:39 PM   #25
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Surplus Star BMs are available for $200.
Great guns.
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