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The instructor in my ccw class emphasized that you should get the biggest gun you can comfortably conceal and comfortably shoot. For me, that's my Ruger LC9 and two additional magazines. Light, very concealable, sort of fun to shoot, and more than accurate enough. Good luck on your search.
Glock and M&P dominate in this category.
They also dominate the market for available accessories like magazines and holsters.
I found a nice Sig P229 last summer, used for 600.
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I carry the Glock 19 and 26. Both are very accurate.
Another vote for Glock/M&P. They're not for everyone, but they're at least worth a look.
Glocks are good.heard Springfield xdm is a good one..Havent shot the s&w m&p shield but havent heard anything negative,yet
I bought my first G17 a few months ago for about $480 plus tax. I carry .40 caliber Glocks on most days for ccw....... but always wanted the G17....... since it seems to be the one which set Glock on fire many years ago.
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Your budget is very realistic, so you won't have any issues finding a number of quality firearms at that price.
As far as what to look at, I'm going to echo Live_2_ride and suggest that you get the largest size pistol that you feel you can realistically carry. That will likely mean more magazine capacity than a smaller pistol, as well as making it more controllable with the same cartridge - which means that you're likely to shoot it better and enjoy training with it. For most people, this is probably a "mid-sized" pistol - essentially a slightly scaled down version of their service pistol offering. Generally this means a somewhat shorter grip, a slightly shorter barrel, and slightly reduced magazine capacity.
There are a few Glock Fanbois that will answer "Glock 19" to every single question that is every asked....but in this case, their answer is perfectly valid. The S&W M&P compact would also be a sound choice, or something mid-sized from the Springfield XD family. As you pointed out, H&K also makes great pistols, but I believe that you'd have a hard time finding one new inside that price range. A used H&K might be do-able...but is by no means the only thing that will work for you.
Personally, I think that pistols in this size range are an excellent choice for a "do it all" pistol. As an example, I have a H&K USP Compact - it's small enough to carry concealed in a Comp-Tac IWB hybrid holster, but large enough that I can use it to shoot IDPA without being handicapped. I will have to improve my skills a LOT before the capabilities of a mid-sized pistol become a limiting factor in my performance.
One thing that I don't recall reading earlier in this thread....buy a pistol that fits your hand comfortably. Ergonomics (the way the pistol fits your hand) is far more important than any doohickey, go-fast feature, or splashy graphic.
If you do choose a psitol from the range that have been suggested to you by the majority of the posters here, I have no doubt that you'll be well served by it. Glock/S&W/Springfield/H&K are all quality pistols and I would be surprised if you're anything other than happy with your purchase.
Last edited by wsquared; January 13th, 2013 at 09:08 PM. Reason: Typos
ok. let me address some issues brought up.
i know what sizes I like. this isn't my first.
I appreciate the durability and quality of Glock, but for some reason I just can't get myself to care for them. I feel like i'm damaged because I know I SHOULD love them, lol. also, and I know it's illogical, ever since i shot my friend's s&w LE9, i was so turned off from s&w--however, I know that's their crummiest handgun and the M&P has a lot of people raving.
Not much mention from you guys about the sigs.
Are there any H&Ks I'm over looking that might be close to this price range? I'm not sure If I want a polymer lower anymore either, which I know is the big difference between the p250, p2022 and the p226
Kahr pm9 which I have carried for five years. Just added a Springfield XDS in .45 and still can conceal easy.
OH. the other thing i was going to bring up.
I know NOTHING about the CZs people were suggesting. I checked their website out and I saw a tab on there for Dan Wesson--that got my eyebrow up...what's the relation? Can someone tell me more about this brand? Sorry if it's a newbie question.
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