The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 7, 2014, 11:28 PM   #51
Join Date: January 20, 2014
Posts: 22
Thank you all for the replies, I settled on the STI Tactical SS 5.0 in .40 cal. Found a good deal online new for $1550. Can't wait to get it.
Varekai is offline  
Old February 7, 2014, 11:51 PM   #52
Senior Member
Join Date: May 13, 2012
Location: SW FL
Posts: 953
You're going to spoil yourself by buying the STI!
Kevin_d77 is offline  
Old February 8, 2014, 11:15 AM   #53
Join Date: January 20, 2014
Posts: 22
Lol good, already bought it and selected my FFL. Now just have to wait.
Varekai is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 12:46 AM   #54
Join Date: January 20, 2014
Posts: 22
Wanted to thank you all for helping me to decide. First coming to the forum I was going with the Sig p226. Now look where I've ended up, STI Tactical 5.0 SS. See all of you around the forum!

Varekai is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 01:04 AM   #55
Senior Member
Join Date: January 27, 2013
Posts: 988
Looks nice, man. Let us know how it shoots.
Semper Fi

Marine, NRA member, SAF Defender's Club member, and constitutionally protected keeper and bearer of firearms
SHE3PDOG is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 04:27 AM   #56
Join Date: June 24, 2013
Posts: 37
Make sure to take advantage of the gun insurance that comes with your NRA membership!
JettaRed is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 05:06 AM   #57
Pond, James Pond
Senior Member
Join Date: July 12, 2011
Location: Top of the Baltic stack
Posts: 5,686
Sig and glock are the best handgun brands.
My Glock excelled at shooting reliably, being easy to clean and getting sold for something I could aim properly...
When the right to effective self-defence is denied, that right to self-defence which remains is essentially symbolic.
Freedom: Please enjoy responsibly.
Karma. Another word for revolver: because what goes around, comes around!
Pond, James Pond is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 07:11 AM   #58
Senior Member
Join Date: October 24, 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 3,318
The HK was reccomended by my a co workers son who own's a gun shop
I think this was rock solid advice but it looks like you got something else with excellence written all over it. I hope it exceeds all your expectations. The .40 was a great choice.


don't be thinking this is the end; it's only the beginning. You will buy others.
kcub is offline  
Old February 22, 2014, 04:58 PM   #59
Senior Member
Join Date: March 7, 2009
Posts: 532
Originally Posted by kcub
The 9mm is akin to .38 special and the .40 is akin to .357 magnum.
9mm is a bit hotter than .38 Special or .38 Special+P. .40 is certainly hotter than 9mm, and .40 is hotter than .45ACP. .45ACP has more momentum than .40 (so it's max recoil velocity is higher), but the slightly smaller momentum of the .40 gets delivered over a much shorter time, and feels harsher ("snappier") to many people ... .45ACP is often described as a "slow, heavy push". .357mag is MUCH hotter than .40 (and considerably hotter than .357Sig, despite its namesake). At full-spec, .357mag and 10mm are about the same, and both are FAR above .40 and .45ACP.
Mike_Fontenot is offline  
Old February 23, 2014, 07:53 AM   #60
Senior Member
Join Date: December 1, 2008
Location: Southeast, IN
Posts: 123
OP, Congratulations on your new gun. I hope you enjoy it for years to come. One thing though, go back and look at the picture you posted. Look at the trigger. I'm sure you are new with firearms and I do not say this to be critical but please get familiar with the safe firearm handling rules.

#1 treat all guns as if they are always loaded
#2 never point it at anything you don not intend to destroy
#3 never put your finger on the trigger till you are ready to shoot
#4 always know what is beyond the target

You will find quite a few variations of these but these are crucial. You spent a lot of energy finding the right gun, now it is time to get a little training about how to use it safely. Again, I don't mean to sound critical or condescending. We were all new at this too at some point and most of us were lucky enough to learn from others misfortune. Put yourself in that category and enjoy a safe lifetime of shooting.

BTW on a little more fun note, those guys telling you that you will buy more guns... you're doomed sucker!
Headgear is offline  
Old February 23, 2014, 08:25 AM   #61
Join Date: January 20, 2014
Posts: 22
I know the rules, don't worry. I had just taken it out of it's plastic wrapper in that picture and removed the yellow empty round flag/tool thing from the chamber. Hadn't bought ammo for it yet.

As far as buying more guns, my fiance has gotten a thing for the pink STI Elektra, so who knows ;-P
Varekai is offline  
Old February 25, 2014, 01:34 PM   #62
Senior Member
Join Date: February 12, 2005
Location: North central Ohio
Posts: 6,522
Get a 9mm. Because it's more popular, you'll have an easier time getting ammo for it. There's some question about the future of the 40.
I see that the op has opted for the .40-a proven cartridge that I'm sure he'll be happy with. And, contrary to the above quoted opinion, I don't think there's any "question" about the future of the .40 S&W cartridge-it will be readily available and popular for a very long time, imo.
NRA Benefactor Life Member
dgludwig is offline  
Old February 25, 2014, 01:49 PM   #63
Senior Member
Join Date: July 6, 2009
Location: Rocky Mountain West
Posts: 3,395
^ I hadn't noticed that post you quoted. Definitely a false statement.

There might be those who don't care for the .40, but there is in no way a question about its future, at least for the next few decades. It remains easily one of the most popular calibers in the U.S., as well as the cartridge for the majority of U.S. local, state, and federal law enforcement. The ammo advances in recent years have certainly increased 9mm market share, but .40 still owns LE and as long as it does there will be zero trouble finding it.

In addition, paradoxically, the popularity of the 9mm is often used as a selling point for ease of finding ammo, but during the current ammo crunch that very popularity has made 9mm scarce while I have had no trouble finding .40
16 Pistols, 5 Rifles, 1 Shotgun, no time to shoot them
LockedBreech is offline  
Old February 25, 2014, 02:24 PM   #64
Senior Member
Join Date: December 14, 2013
Posts: 383

Wheres the pictures of the range shots
mrdaputer is offline  
Old February 26, 2014, 01:41 AM   #65
Join Date: January 20, 2014
Posts: 22
I'm really hoping for thursday when I get out of work.
Varekai is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09647 seconds with 7 queries