What is the Best 9 mm for me?

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    What is the Best 9 mm for me?

    I'm in the market for a good 9 mm. I currently have a 1911 45 ACP, LCR 38 (my wife's but I may steal it for a bug), Kel-Tec P32, and Ruger SR40c. Now I want a 9 for the higher capacity. I've primarily narrowed it down to the Glock 19 and M&P 9 mm full-size. I've also considered an XD 9 and Sig SP 2022. I've researched them all and held them all but haven't shot any. I'll most likely open carry but will occasionally conceal carry when I'm not in the mood for my SR40c. I'm 5-11, 215 pounds by the way and in pretty good shape, so body size shouldn't be an issue.

    I'm a field biologist that needs a tough gun for fieldwork. I spend extended amounts of time up in the Appalachian and Ouachita Mountains and in arid southwest Texas. I'm always in mud, wading through rivers, on four-wheelers, dealing with high humidity and temps, etc. Plus, working in extremely remote areas can put you in a bad situation with people not wanting to be found (if you know what I mean). Anyways, I need something that can hold up to some abuse. But, I would also like it to be comfortable enough for me and my wife to enjoy at the range. I know a revolver best fits the bill for ruggedness, but I want a pistol (unless I find the money for a Ruger Alaskan).

    Hopefully, I'm not asking too much. I know I need to shoot them first, and I know that this is a Ford vs Chevy thing. But, sometimes someone will tell you exactly what you are looking for.

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    Given the likelihood for abuse, I'd choose between the Glock and the M&P - both are as rugged as the day is long. If I knew more XDs were in hard use with LE agencies that might move me to include them, but that's not the case (at least in this country).
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    I agree with gasmitty, the Glock 19 or M&P.
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    +1 on Gasmitty's comments.


    However if you come across a very inexpensive used 92-FP (and your body size will accomodate it as a CC - IWB best), snag it. It is a great weapon for Condition 1 carry (it was designed for the US Military = 8th grade education).
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    I have owned both a glock 19 and M&P 9mm.... either will fit the bill exceptionally well. Both are tough as nails, super accurate, easy shooting and generally awesome. The M&P's feel much better in my hand than glocks, but I wont trade my Glock 22 for nothing. YMMV
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    What is the Best 9 mm for me?

    If at all possible, find a place that rents them out. I took my wife to an indoor range last week because she wanted to buy a lcp. They have a rent a gun, so we rented the lcp, the bodyguard, and the Kahr cm9. She ended up hating the lcp, but she almost bought that one based on all the great reviews. Ended going home with the Kahr.

    So my advice would be to find a place that you can try them. I love my 19, but some people don't. My brother in law wouldnt trade his xd for anything, but I can't stand it.

    Big difference in feel between the gen 3 and the gen 4 as well.
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    You said it best, you need a revolver given your working conditions. In the middle of nowhere is not a good place to have gun issues. If you really want a 9mm, get a ruger blackhawk 357 mag with a 9mm conversion cylinder. These guns are tougher than a tank and you'll have your 9mm and the luxury of a really nice defensive round in the 357 mag. I have this gun and it's a real joy to shoot.

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    I have the M&P 9fs. Feels great in my hands.
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    Between the options you gave the Glock would probably suit you best. It would stand up in the durability department and it's design is closer to the SR40 that you're used to. Choosing the right gun will be the easy part. Good luck finding 9mm ammo though.

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    I have to say go with the Glock for durability and cap + thier customer service is great. I have a 17 4th gen and was concerned about reports of problems I called they took my serial number an said even tho you have no prob we are sending you new spring just in case they told me its about one out of every couple of thousand guns that had a ejection prob but play it safe get new one had it in 4 days. Have put about 500 rds through not one prob. Gun is accurate easy to shoot low recoil easy to cc or open carry. That being said if I was way out in the boonies I would carry my sp101 2.4 as a bug. Good luck

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    Take a look at the Beretta PX4 Storm. It comes in full size, compact, and subcompact. The full size and compact are a joy to shoot, very smooth, extremely accurate, and disassembles and reassembles with extreme ease. It also is equipped with a rotating barrel in the full size and compact platforms. I'm not a big fan of the subcompact, mainly because my hands are too big for it to feel comfortable. I carry the compact. It's a little thick, but very light. Also the 15+1 capacity in a pistol that small is very nice. Good luck, and like another guy said, good luck finding 9mm ammo!

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    G19....

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    You mentioned you have a Ruger SR40c, so what about a SR9?

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    M&P 9 here. Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sioux565 View Post
    You mentioned you have a Ruger SR40c, so what about a SR9?
    Thanks for all the great replies. For some reason, I like to have diversity in my guns, so I wanted something different than another SR. Plus, holsters have been a nightmare to find. I've spent a lot of money in ordering custom made holsters and there aren't any level-2 holsters made for the compacts. I also don't like the full-size SRs as much for some reason and their slides seem prone to oxidation spots.

    I use to sell long guns part-time at Cabela's and made a lot of connections. Hence, I get ammo put on hold for me all the time before it is made available to the public.

    I definitely want a SP101 as a bug but haven't been able to find any amidst the panic buying. However, it is a little low on round capacity. As you know, most confrontations only last a couple of rounds. We are usually on the lookout for primarily marijuana growers. Comparatively, I would expect that they might put up a little more of a battle. Unfortunately, I have come up on some highly sketchy situations. My current defense is to turnaround and also notify a game warden of where I'll be before I set out. I've also worked on the Rio Grande in the remote Big Bend area doing fish work. I don't think I have to say anymore about how sketchy that was.

    I'm starting to lean towards the Glock 19, because the M&P 9 seems like it might give me more trouble if I had to work on it in the field due to the extra parts.

    I just need to shoot them as well. I also want the one with less perceived recoil and the fastest follow-up shots.

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