How much are you looking to spend?
This is a discussion on Help me buy another Handgun!!! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hello All, I'm trying to select a new handgun that would be used as my primary home-defense gun (don't suggest a shotgun/rifle --I own them ...
I'm trying to select a new handgun that would be used as my primary home-defense gun (don't suggest a shotgun/rifle --I own them too but they are too difficult to use when clearing a house alone) and possibly serve as a carry gun. It must have a light rail, .40 or a larger caliber, hi-cap magazine (at least 12 rounds). Price is not an issue because I want the best available (might have to save for a bit longer but that's ok). So what do you think would be a good choice???
How much are you looking to spend?
Well, I paid a good bit for my HK P2000, but I love it. It fits my hand great and points even better. It took the place of an HK USP40 that I had for about 8 years. Never had a single malfunction out of it. My P2000 doesn't have very many rounds through it, but so far it has been flawless. At the same time I bought it, I picked up a Streamlight TLR-1 weapon light.
CZ 75 P-06. 4" barrel, light rail, night sights. Standard mag is a 10 round, but the MecGar 12 round 40 cal mags for CZ work flawlessly in it. Install the CZ 40 cal baseplate and it fits flush with bottom of the grip.
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Don't bust the bank... there are enough other things like bullets to spend your money on... take a look at a Glock 23... $500, 13+1 .40S&W capacity, small enough to carry, and large enough for good range time... and then there is that 100% reliability issue that all Glock's have.
Find a range that rents guns and take any guns out and test fire a box of ammo thru each before you buy... that should give you a good feel for how the gun shoots for you.
Be Observant and Be Safe.
Current: DW V-Bob 1911, S&W 442, Springfield XD9sc, XDm9,
and Glock G26, G19, G23C, and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
Former: Taurus 92SS, SIG P220 TT, S&W 360, SIG P239-40, Ruger 22/45 MKII
Another vote for the Glock 23.
I personally love my S&W M&P. Most comfortable gun I've ever held and softest .40 I've ever shot. I have about 5000 rounds through mine, no FTF, FTE whatsoever. You can get them for around $400.
Basically all quality guns will be "reliable" There is no gun that is immune from having a malfunction. Someone's Sig, HK, or Glock can be just as reliable or worse as what I have. So don't base your decision on what is "reliable" providing it is from a quality manufacturer. Buy a gun based on how well you can shoot it, the other stuff is secondary (sights, mag capacity, plastic vs. metal, size, weight, ect). Don't spend an extra $500 dollars on a big name pistol just because "everyone" says that it is perfect. But I do wish I had a HK and a Sig.
Gun control can be blamed in part for allowing 9/11 to happen.
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I am not a big Glock person but many people love them, the price is good, and if you don't like it some one will always want it.
"The only purpose for a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should have never laid down". -unknown
Glock 22 or 23 with Streamlight M3 or M6!
If money is not a concern, the best of the best in a .40 sized pistol is a 226. Add a quality WML, you have the best money can buy for under 1k.
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