My BIL texted me the other day saying he is looking into getting a semi-auto handgun and was asking my opinion. 40 vs 9, brand, etc.
My series of questions were along the lines of
1) What purpose will it fill? On person carry, HD, car, range?
2) How much does recoil matter to you?
3) How much or often do you intend to shoot?
4) What features matter to you? Hammer or striker? Manual safety? DA, SA, both?
5) Large or small frame? Metal or poly frame? Hi capacity matter?
After a number of texts and eventually a phone call, it seems he is looking for an all-in-one gun. Something to use at the range, carry (he wants to get his permit), car, while hunting, HD, etc. He prefers larger guns that fit his hands better and he also thinks if it has a lot of recoil he won't shoot it as much as he would like.
He also said he prefered a striker-fired vs. hammer but after discussing the merits of DA/SA with de-cocker that may not be an issue.
So, at this point, if he is going to buy only 1 gun to cover all fo these functions then price really isn't as much of an issue. So, I would be leaning towards suggesting an HK P2000 in 9mm. We discussed the merits of many makes, models, and brands and in the end this particular firearm stands out in the crowd.
Now, let me also say that I personally do not own any HKs but this has me thinking I may have to change that.
Any HKp2000 owners out there have anything to add? How does the LEM trigger differ from the standard trigger set-up? Does the size and weight of this weapon loaded still lend itself to fairly comfortable carry?
Clarification: I am just helping him CHOOSE what HE will purchase.