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Old January 28, 2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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What pistol to buy??

Going to get a new gun, but not sure what. Price: below $700. I was thinking like a standard 1911, maybe a hi power, I dont know GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS!

size: full size
caliber: 45 or 9mm
use: anything but ccw

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Old January 28, 2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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For 1911 at that price range I would get a Ruger SR1911 or RIA 1911 Tactical.
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Old January 28, 2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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You are going to have to set some criteria. Caliber, intended use, size , etc.

But don't ask me . I can't make up my own mind!

OP, Thanks for the edit. I still won't be any help. For me a full size 45 has to be a 1911. That's just the way God meant it to be, IMHO. Otherwise I got no suggestions. Good luck.

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Old January 28, 2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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After today I'm in love with my Walther PPQ in 9mm ($472 from Cheaper than Dirt). But, my FFL just got my new STI Spartan in on Friday and I pick it up Monday; it's a great looking 1911 for $588 shipped!
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Old January 28, 2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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1. STI Spartan 1911 9mm
2. EAA Witness Match 9mm
3. Springfield Armory Range Officer in .45
4. Walther PPQ in 9mm.
5. Sig P6 (approx $350).
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Old January 29, 2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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I have a range officer

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Old January 29, 2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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look at my signature. any of those work. fan of the walther ppq and sig p226 as well
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:16 PM   #8
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Go to your nearest or best gun store, handle several different models from the 1911's to the glocks and everything in between. You may well find one for much less than $700 that "Speaks" to you, or you may find one that is slightly more. But yes you will need to set some sort of specs or you will never narrow down the choices. i.e. is it primarily a target gun, plinker, SD for home or auto. Any particular models you have handled and liked??
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:51 PM   #9
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:54 PM   #10
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id pick up a highpower, or a used hk usp in 45 from cdnn
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Old January 29, 2012, 07:02 PM   #11
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If you don't already have one I would suggest a 9mm Glock. Other then the Glocks I like the CZ75 and the Beretta M9/92, and definitely a 357 Magnum if you don't already have one of those. The last pistol I bought was a .40 and I kind of regret it. I like that it has more stopping power and all that good stuff but I really wish I would have just stuck with the 9mms. I have also wanted a 1911 for a long time but every time I think about how much ammo is for it compared to the 9mm I just can't do it. I've decided that if I can't afford to practice with it then there's no point in getting it. You should just get whatever fits your hand the best in the biggest caliber that your hand and wallet are comfortable with. Good luck.
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Old January 29, 2012, 07:36 PM   #12
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I like an all steel gun.

Sti Spartan 9mm or 45acp
Beretta 92
S&W 5906 or 4506
RIA {match grade} 1911

After that, the skies the limit for me. Your buying a gun, just to buy one? I envy you. I'm always looking to upgrade my carry gun or shoot something different in competition. I CAN NEVER MAKE UP MY MIND!
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Old January 30, 2012, 02:29 AM   #13
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I see these kinds of threads all the time on various forums, and they all remind me of guys asking what kind of girl they should date. If you don't know yourself I don't think other guys can help you. The only sensible answer is to tell you to get off your butt, start hitting all the local fun stores and handle a few to see what appeals to you.
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Old January 30, 2012, 07:28 AM   #14
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Glock 17/34 or 21
M&P9 Pro
Springfield Loaded or Milspec (depending on price, I've seen Loaded models for $699 in the past year...)
Ruger SR1911
RIA 1911
SIG 220 or 226
Walther PPQ

Any of the above will do the job you're asking your gun to do. All but the 1911s will be extremely reliable out of the box (entry level 1911s sometimes take a little tuning/love to run properly, some run fine out of the box though...), very accurate, and easy to maintain. If you're looking to use a light for HD, that will exclude the Ruger (unless you want to use the trigger guard mount...).

As always, try them out and see what you like if you can. If you can't shoot them, at least hold them to see if the ergos appeal to you and they point naturally.
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Old January 30, 2012, 09:07 AM   #15
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Hlds54...If it's a 1911 you're interested in, I'd recommend the new Ruger SR1911, if you can find one...they're going for $650 or so, and come with all the extras you'd expect from a more expensive piece: to whit...beveled mag well, two magazines, Novak sights, extended safety and mag release, SS construction in slide, frame and barrel, "humped" grip safety (almost a necessity if you're a "ride the safety with my thumb" grip shooter), a checkered backstrap, and lastly...and maybe this should have been first...superb accuracy right out of the box, and you won't need 200 rounds of expensive ammunition to get it or reliability either....the two pics below were taken with the first couple of magazines fired...and too, at 800+ rounds and counting, I've yet to have a FTF or FTE with factory rounds.

I read nearly every SR1911 evaluation I find on this forum, as well as the two most popular Ruger forums and have yet to find a negative on the gun's's how that new Ruger stacks up against some Colts and a few others that I've got experience with: at present, I've got the following in the safe or over at one of my sons: I've shot the big 1911 for almost 50 years's the list...
Colt Series 70 Gold Cup .45,
Colt satin nickle Series 70 Gov't .45,
another satin nickle Combat Commander .45 (with add'l slides in 9mm, .38 Super and .22 lr),
two blued Colt Series 70 Gov't .45's,
a blued alloy frame Colt Commander .45,
a two tone Colt Gold Cup Elite 40 in .40 S&W
and finally, a blued Colt Series 70 Gov't 9mm.
Remington-Rand 1911A1 .45
a S&W first gen. 745 .45.

I hand load for all of the above, have extensive notes on what works thru all of them, both factory and hand-loaded, and have changed the bbl's on some to either Barsto or Wilson target makes with fitted bushings. On a 'good eyes' day for me (I'm 65 now), all of them will keep a full magazine inside 2" at 25 yds from a sitting position...The Gold Cup with its stock Colt barrel, and the Combat Commander with it's .45 tube will dump them into half that...1" at 25 yds....

Now the surprise: Ruger's SR1911 will beat that 2" group size with several brands of factory ammunition as well as my hand loads. It's truly a remarkable pistol and its price is half that of the Colts of Series 70 vintage with all the accurizing and barrel swapping necessary to get them to shoot sub-2" groups. It's no contest...the Ruger is the better value by far. While you can certainly pay a lot more, say with a glitzy Kimber or somebody else's "Loaded" hyped gun, you won't get anything better. Give the Ruger a try...I'll bet the farm that you'll be amazed. My only regret is that they did not bring it out in 'Commander size with a 4-1/4" barrel for easier CCW use. When and if they do, I'll be there with my wallet out.

Here's some eye candy...BTW, that's a blue/black Marvel .22 lr Conversion Slide in the right hand pic...JMHO, Rodfac

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