Brain storming for a friend

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    Brain storming for a friend

    My non gun owning buddy is looking for a gun to buy, I need help narrowing things down before going shopping and shooting. He is a complete newby, I just converted his way of thinking, and he wants to go shopping this week.

    Here is the challenge... It must be compact or full size, double action (DAO is fine too) and have a thumb safety.

    What I don't want to hear about is sub compacts, XD's or retro fitted aftermarket thumb safety on Glocks, or renting before he buys blah blah blah. Been there and done that.

    I'm just wanting to toss out as many suggestions that fit the criteria for him to look at.

    Poly or steel is fine, I'm open to all other suggestions. Whatcha got?
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    What about a good full sized wheel gun?

    Guess I need to read more carefull next time. Didn't see had to have thumb safety ;)
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    Is he going to be carrying, or merely have a "house" gun for defense?
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    Sorry, I forgot to mention that part... its a house gun, a carry gun will come later.

    I suggested a revolver, but he wants a auto with a thumb safety.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    S&W M&P variant with a thumb safety.

    When you say thumb safety, do you want safety only, or slide mounted decocker/safety?

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    HK usp compact or full size

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    Beretta's M9 is the first thing that comes to my mind.
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    CZ has a few very nice models to choose from. I wouldn't mind having another.

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    The CZ 75 might be a good place to start. Ergonomic, reliable, accurate, with some having thumb safeties. Smaller variants also allow the same basic platform to be retained when going to carry in the future, with a subsequent purchase.

    HK USP perhaps.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKtexas View Post
    HK usp compact or full size
    That would be my vote. Like them or not, there hard to beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    S&W M&P variant with a thumb safety.

    When you say thumb safety, do you want safety only, or slide mounted decocker/safety?
    I'd prefer a deococker for him, but I wont completly rule out a safety only. He doesnt know the difference (Yet) but I think it will be easier to train him with the decoker and safety.

    Thanks for the HK suggestion, I forgot about them.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    CZ 75 Compact, available in either 9mm or .40 cal.

    CZ 75 Compact
    CZ 75 Compact .40 SW

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    LOL, Archer, I knew it would be you who chimed in with the CZ suggestion. They are on the top of his shopping list, CZ's are great.
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    Doesn't Ruger make a thumb safety semi?

    If not, your buddy absolutely cannot go wrong with a Sig. I'm not an auto guy, but a Sig is about as good as ANY gun gets.

    Congrats on making a convert.
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    3rd gen S&W... take you pick.

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