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    Looking at buying a new pistol, want thoughts and opinions on a few models

    I'm looking at getting a new gun and there's a few models that I'm interested that I would like some opinions or experiences that you've had with them.

    I currently have a P250 FS and a P250sc both in 9mm. I currently carry the SC most of the time and the FS occasionally so I'm looking for more of a fun/range gun that may potentially get carried.

    The main ones I'm looking at now are:

    S&W 686(or possibly 586) with either a 4 or 6 inch barrel
    Sig P220 (I would ideally like to get the stainless elite version)
    Glock 19 (or maybe a 23)

    If you have any other suggestions of guns similar to the one I have listed I'll definitely look into them.

    Thanks for your time
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    Any of the above would work well for fun at the range. I would be hesitant to carry a 6" 686, although, anything is possible.

    In my opinion, the best bang for combined duty would be the G19.
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    I have owned all the guns you mention. For range fun and carry, I would go with the Glock 19. The 686 and big and heavy for a carry gun. The P220 is also big and a little heavy. I sold off both of these and bought the Glock 19. It is an excellent range gun and easily carried in a IWB MTAC hybrid holster. If you are interested in the P220 because it is a .45, then consider waiting a little bit because Sig has come out with the P227 which is smaller P229. If I was you, I would also ad the Ruger 1911 CMD in commander size. I just bought one and it is a nice range gun and carries surprisingly well for its weight. There is something about a thin 1911 that makes it carry well. In the end, we are strangers and have our own preferences so everything we tell you is basically what we like and think you may like because we do. :)
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    I should note that one of my favorite carry guns is the P220. It just isn't to everyone's taste.
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    I would try to find a gun shop that rents guns. We have one in town where you can rent about anything. Try them out. If none is available get a glock I have the 23, 19, my wife has the 26 and I'm getting another one because she won't share

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    Well, from your suggestions, Glock comes to mind, then there is Glock, and as a last resort...Glock.
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    The Glock 19, unless reliability bores you :) I did a review of it on my site below, if you care for my specific reasoning.

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    I really like the glock because it's simplicity and huge aftermarket and accessories that are readily available for it. I like the 686 and P220 because they are a little bit flashier and if I carried them it would most likely be open carry.

    I have looked into some 1911s but there are so many different ones to choose from that I'm having a hard time making a decision on which one to get if I did end up deciding on one. My roommate has a nickel plated(i think its nickel plated) RIA 1911 that is pretty nice and looks really good when he open carries it.

    I unfortunately don't know of any gun shops that rent guns anywhere near me, so I don't know if I will be able to try any out but I am go out to a few shops this weekend to see if I can get my hands a few different guns.

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    I'd also suggest the G19, though my favorite range gun is a S&W from the 1980s, an all metal 12-round, with a DA/SA trigger. It will accept 15, 17, and 20 round magazines if you can find them. The favorite part is that after the initial DA shot, the trigger goes to a 2lb or lighter SA, which feels like a hair trigger. Because of that I'm extremely accurate with it.

    The G19 has a picatinny rail, and accepts 15 and 17 and 33 round magazines and there's a lot of options and accessories available.

    But if you want to do comparisons, I urge you to check out this great database of handguns which has most of the modern ones.

    The Handgun Information Resource

    You can do weight, size and dimensions and a lot of other cool things (like relative 'effectiveness').

    Good luck!
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    Glock anything from a 17 thru a 39

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerJ View Post
    I'd also suggest the G19, though my favorite range gun is a S&W from the 1980s, an all metal 12-round, with a DA/SA trigger. It will accept 15, 17, and 20 round magazines if you can find them. The favorite part is that after the initial DA shot, the trigger goes to a 2lb or lighter SA, which feels like a hair trigger. Because of that I'm extremely accurate with it.

    The G19 has a picatinny rail, and accepts 15 and 17 and 33 round magazines and there's a lot of options and accessories available.

    But if you want to do comparisons, I urge you to check out this great database of handguns which has most of the modern ones.

    The Handgun Information Resource

    You can do weight, size and dimensions and a lot of other cool things (like relative 'effectiveness').

    Good luck!
    I've spent hours on genitron comparing all kinds of things. I figured I would ask here since I wasn't comparing similar guns like glock and M&P, mine were more of comparing apples to oranges
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    All of the models you detailed are very good, and indeed would serve you well. Recently I was blessed to be able to pick up a 3" inch Ruger GP100 (pictured below). Thus far I have had great success with it as an EDC. The 3" barrel affords more velocity than a 2 1/2" snub, but is much easier to conceal. It also increases the muzzle velocity over a snub and comes with tank-tough fixed sights that will hold up to daily carry. The ejector is also full length, making the use of Magnum rounds easier to manage during a reload.

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    This is one of my plinker's/truck gun- an XD service in 9mm.

    It does everything well, won't break the bank, and its perfectly reliable.


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    You can't go wrong with Glock. Some will complain about the ergonomics of the grip. In that case an M&P is for you either in 9MM or .40SW, compact or full size. (Also .357SIG & .45ACP). I had a Glock 23 & 21 & now I own a full size M&P40 & an M&P40C. The grip is superior although the Glock grip never really bothered me. As far as triggers - the newer M&Ps manufactured after say March 2013 have a much improved trigger over the older models. I like the M&P new triggers a little more than the Glock. Not much but a little. I shoot equally as good with either brand.
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    I haven't held a glock in about a year and half and when I did last it was only briefly so I figured I'll give it another shot. My friend has a M&P45 that I have shot a few times that I like so that may be another potential option along with the XD.

    A couple more that I really liked was a CZ75 or a Beretta 92 Inox but I haven't been able to find any of those locally.

    Aaagh so many guns to choose from... I guess I could have worse problems though

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