Another "what to get" thread
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September 8th, 2006 04:17 PM
Another "what to get" thread
You all are probably tired of these by now, but I'm looking at getting a carry pistol. I was origonally looking at getting a para warthog, but Im not sure I want something that small. Now im looking at a sig p220 or ruger p89. I'd like to be able to do idpa events etc. Im fairly certain I want to stick with a .45 (or at least a .40) but still open to suggestions.
A little info on me, Im turning 21 on sept 30th (22 days). I live in on the east coast and s/w florida. 6ft, 145-150lbs.
heres just a quick list of .45s i picked out just on looks, still open to suggestions etc.
September 8th, 2006 04:36 PM
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I am a little biased but the SIG 220 would be one good choice - as long that is as you like the DA/SA platform. I do and my EDC is a 226.
The Ruger also would serve well and best of all - save you a bunch of dollars - quite a good starting off gun. i have a P97DC and still like it to shoot now and again.
Lot's of folks are enjoying the Springer XD-45 these days - might be another one to consider.
Best yet - get your hands on any you can and try em out - and see what suits you personally - can't beat that approach IMO.
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September 8th, 2006 05:14 PM
Frankly, I would get a full sized 1911 from springfield armory or smith and wesson.
I would not worry how to conceal it or how to dress to conceal it.
get a *** bag from galco and a holster vest. Depending on the weather use the bag or the vest.
I ' d get a .45.
Now I got a baby eagle .40 because it fit my hand and came up on target; however it does not conceal any easier than a full sized 1911.
This day and age nobody thinks any thing about a *** bag and it slips easily to your side half under a shirt.
Unless you live in a war zone, I'm not sure you have to be quick draw McGraw. Some planning and vigil will make the these options viable.
September 8th, 2006 05:20 PM
Go to an indoor range and rent a few guns.
September 8th, 2006 05:26 PM
welcome aboard. Make sure you take your time and pick the right gun. It is a big decision and investment, not to mention it could save your life.
I carry a Kimber ultra carry II in .45acp. I would recommend it, if you like the 1911 platform.
I would rec. something in the .40 or .45 caliber, if you feel you can handle it. They make MANY models in every shape and style, try them, and find the ONE. shot a DA, DA-SA, SA. then make a decision.
IF the gun is too big and bulky or difficult to carry, you will eventually start to leave it home, and that does no one any good.
If you want my opinion...as they say everyone has one....
I would go with a kimber, sig, or the XD line. just my 2 cents.
Then get a quality belt and holster, that makes all the difference, esp. the belt.
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September 8th, 2006 05:32 PM
I'm partial to the USPc .45
Second choice would be a 1911 of some sort....
September 8th, 2006 05:53 PM
As already said, take your time and get what feels right to you. I'm kinda partial to Glocks but own a SIG229 and think it would be an excellent first carry gun. Buy the extra barrel and you can also shoot 357SIG (or vice versa on a 40S&W barrel) with this gun. Whatever you chose practice and carry safe.
September 8th, 2006 06:23 PM
September 8th, 2006 06:40 PM
Get a Glock!... lol.. I wanted to be the first Glocker to do that.
out of those choices I would take the Kimber. Then a Sig.
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September 8th, 2006 06:48 PM
Holy crap! You need a boat anchor just to keep yourself from blowing away, which is probably why your looking at these large pistols. The XD is one that has had lots of great write ups. The people that I know that have one swear by them, and they're cheap in comparision.
Originally Posted by JustinL
Last edited by stmichps; September 8th, 2006 at 06:49 PM.
September 8th, 2006 07:24 PM
Well it seems our fondness for IH Scouts isn't the only thing we have in common. Currently my only centerfire pistol is a Sig 220. I love it. One question you have to ask yourself is what is the amount of money you are willing to spend. If you budget is lower than the Sig then I'd have to say a Springfield XD would be another good choice.
September 8th, 2006 07:52 PM
Ok, i forgot to say a little bit about my experience with guns. This past weekend, I was able to shoot a .45, a 357, 9mm, and a few other misc pistols. I have no problems shooting any of them. I want something I can use, however I am going to college, and want something "on the down low" (hint). There was a security guard murdered just before I got here (2 years ago), and I watched my friend right next to me get carjacked (only reason it wasn't me was because I was in the left lane). The school is just outside of the ghetto, and i have classes that get out at night.
Anyone have any problems with the HK? That seems like a quality gun and has a nice capacity. I wouldn't mind an XD, but one of my friends already has one and the other is going to get one as soon as the funds are there. I like to be different.
September 8th, 2006 08:18 PM
No problems with H&K USP...
As a previous poster said, the H&K USP compact is one of the best carry guns made. I've had one in .40 caliber for about a year, and it is one of my top picks for CCW out of my 30 or so handguns. You mentioned capacity - the .40 caliber USP compact holds 12+1 rounds, while the .45 caliber holds 8+1. I personally believe that the .40 caliber is just as effective as the .45 caliber for defensive use, when using the best ammo.
Originally Posted by JustinL
USP 40c in Kramer holster
September 8th, 2006 08:24 PM
I want a new 45 carry piece so bad I can tast it. Compact, double action.
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September 8th, 2006 11:02 PM
HKs have a sterling reputation for reliability. I rented a 9mm USP at my range. I found it flawless and accurate. However, I'm going to stick with Sigs. I found the USP to be thicker, grip texturing was too sharp, controls felt a little cheap, and the loaded mag wiggled when inserted.
As far as caliber you will get more rounds with the 40s in nearly the same size package. And the majority of the Law Enforcment Departments use 40 caliber guns, primarily Glocks. I have started to like the 40 S&W and I believe it is a very good middle ground between power, capacity, and recoil.