Looking for range/fun gun

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    Looking for range/fun gun

    I'm considering a 9mm full size auto of some sort for range and tactical shoots. Plinking and stuff like that. I had an xd40 and I really liked it. Now im looking at the xdm9 full size. I really like it. Any opinions pros cons..?
    I'd love a nie 9mm 1911, but I really am not looking to spend much more than the low $500 range. I dont need new either, locally I know of three xdm9s for around $530.
    Im open to other suggestions on guns as well. No glocks please, not that I dont like them, the grip angle and I just do not mend well.

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    How about a quality .22 semi-auto? Once you get one, you'll be so glad you did.

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    S&W is running a sale on the M&Ps, go for a full size 9mm variety and it may save you a few $$ (I've seen them sub $400 lately), if you like the feel of the grip; but if you're carrying an XD40 then staying with an XD framed gun (though it sounds like the XD would be loosely based depend upon which review I've read) would have some carry over training wise.

    Variety has it's place too, so if were to be range only I'd say it's worth it to look at .22lr ARs as a plinker, or you can find used 9mm and .22lr GSG-5s for about the same price range, again if you were looking just for something fun at the range.

    The good thing is that with your budget, you've got quite a few options open to you.

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    M&P 9, XDM 9 would be great if you liked the 40.
    as for other suggestions, .22's are great fun at the range. And much cheaper to play with. I like them in revolvers. Seams to me that auto's gum up. unless cleaned every 25 rounds. Just my thoughts.

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    For a fun gun think about a .22. I have my eye on the new Walther 22 when I get the spare cash. If you reload it might be an almost non-issue, but if you're like me, don't reload and like to shoot, ammo expense will make you broke and you'll end up shooting less than you'd like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronny View Post
    For a fun gun think about a .22. I have my eye on the new Walther 22 when I get the spare cash. If you reload it might be an almost non-issue, but if you're like me, don't reload and like to shoot, ammo expense will make you broke and you'll end up shooting less than you'd like.

    I don't reload...yet. Is it even possible to reload .22 LR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceapea View Post
    I don't reload...yet. Is it even possible to reload .22 LR?
    No, you can't reload rimfire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceapea View Post
    I don't reload...yet. Is it even possible to reload .22 LR?
    I think perhaps he was talking about someone who reloads 9mm or something and is basically getting ammo for pennies (assuming they have components on hand). If not, then .22lr is far, far cheaper. I don't think it was intended to insinuate reloading .22lr, I don't know if it can be reloaded myself. I've never heard of someone doing it.
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    No, one can't reload rim fire cartridges but that is part of the beauty of it. It is so inexpensive and effortless to shoot that an enthusiast may obtain a lot of practice and fun without a lot of expense or labor. Good .22 handguns are fabulously accurate and are very gratifying to own and shoot.

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    I still like the big old bang from my other guns but if there's one thing I know it's that .22lr is good for non-shooters. Something they might enjoy at the range with you and you might just find someone who will go with you and buy targets, ammo, maybe even buy their own gun. That's always a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronny View Post
    No, you can't reload rimfire.
    I didn't think so. I realize now that I misunderstood based on the way that it was worded.

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    Yeah I would go with what a lot of others have said and get a .22LR pistol, revolver or semi-auto. So much cheap fun.

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    You can get a CZ 75 B, 9mm, for the low $500s, upper $400s and could always get the Kadet kit that would give you a .22lr upper. You get the best of both worlds with the best in ergonomics and accuracy (9mm). What's more, being that only the upper changes, the controls remain the same and the Kadet kit helps to break-in/smooth the trigger.

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    You won't beat a CZ-75 for quality at an affordable price.

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