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Friend is turning 60 next week. he did about 15-20 in the US Navy. and of late he has worked simple security at gated communities. Had has an offer to go back to work as a security person in a office complex nearby. he says the job would require him to have a firearm. He was thinking that he would opt for a decent but not over priced 9mm. I'd tell him to look at Ruger(SR9C or LC9), S&W Shield, SCCY. I would recommend a G26 but i don't know if he'd want to spend that much. (HiPoint- I never hear anything good about them, is that true because of their low price?)
 

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M&P 9c....

Budget: Bersa thunder UC 9
 
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Great gun, but they cost more than a G26 in my neck of the woods.
Really? The bersa is about 100-150 less than the glock here...
 

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Glock 19. When one may have to put there life on the line the extra $150.00 is cheap insurance. On the other hand the Ruger P-95 will serve just as well.
 

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I'd want reliability and capacity as a security guard...I'm not looking at concealment. I'd go full size S&W M&P Full Size 9 or Glock 17 (don't own a glock so I don't know the price). You can get the M&P for about $450-470 here in Ohio. If he needs smaller but still some capacity...I'd go with the M&Pc (10 or 12 rds). That's in low to mid $500 range I believe. Good luck. Lots of good firearms out in this category. This is just my 2 cents.
 
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Friend is turning 60 next week. he did about 15-20 in the US Navy. and of late he has worked simple security at gated communities. Had has an offer to go back to work as a security person in a office complex nearby. he says the job would require him to have a firearm. He was thinking that he would opt for a decent but not over priced 9mm. I'd tell him to look at Ruger(SR9C or LC9), S&W Shield, SCCY. I would recommend a G26 but i don't know if he'd want to spend that much. (HiPoint- I never hear anything good about them, is that true because of their low price?)
Would this be openly carried firearm? What exactly is required? 9mm?
I'd recommend two actually.....one primary and one back up if need be to open carry. 9mm full size has the capacity most law enforcement have come to depend on. I know armed security gets paid well in some parts of the country, and half what they should in others. Most contractors don't supply the weapons and this could be a good thing or a bad thing. In reality one doesn't want to skimp on a defensive weapon when put in the position. Write the cost off on your income taxes as tools for the trade IMO.
Decent but not overpriced? That's kind of a contradiction in terms especially now. Besides......you need to carry what you can hit with. A visible weapon is seldom a deterrent for those intent on doing damage. Especially with a lone security guard. I've given plenty of thought to contract jobs and doing security myself over the years. Actually, an UZI would do very well in full auto for the lone security guard. Otherwise, it's the best you can afford if you're at risk or in a high risk environment. Ask local law enforcement what they carry on duty or what they recommend for the security scene. I'm sure some of your local LEOs have been involved in shooting scenarios and can give good recommendations. One thing you should never go cheap on is self preservation, and interdiction should be avoided at all costs. Not only invest in a decent firearm, but likely some skilled training on the side, and some body armor as well. Getting paid well for the job is number one since you're putting your life at risk for others or property. Skimping on tools of the trade or what the job actually requires is not only a sin. It's something you'll have to live with or die with. Being at the top of your game doesn't include bargain shopping. Seriously.
 

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Hey, OP!

I just did a post in this general forum on my S&W M&P 9C and I've gotta tell you...
I. LOVE. IT.

I'm a female, and was a little worried about how it would feel to shoot, but I'm in love after our first date this afternoon!
I highly recommend finding someone who has one of these that might let your friend give it a shot (no pun intended, really).

Its a very nice handgun!!

PROS:
decent heft (but not heavy--I don't like 'em too lightweight);
fits my hand really well and has three backstraps so that you can customize your grip;
minimal recoil (esp for a compact model);
no hiccups (at least for me, after shooting it for the first time at the range today);
read a few reviews from various sources, they are all positive;
crazy easy to field strip;
comes with 2 mags (one with extended pinkie grip---which, even as a woman, I prefer the pinkie extension mag, will look into getting another);
Slide comes back very easily and has easy to grip scalloped design for extra "grippiness".


CONS:
eh... a little pricey.
I got the model without a safety (would have preferred to have it, but it IS an option if you can find that model out in your world).
 

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I'd want reliability and capacity as a security guard...I'm not looking at concealment. I'd go full size S&W M&P Full Size 9 or Glock 17 (don't own a glock so I don't know the price). You can get the M&P for about $450-470 here in Ohio. If he needs smaller but still some capacity...I'd go with the M&Pc (10 or 12 rds). That's in low to mid $500 range I believe. Good luck. Lots of good firearms out in this category. This is just my 2 cents.
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No reason for a compact in this application. So go full-size.

And, unusual for me, here I'd recommend a Glock. High capacity, rugged, lightweight, reliable. Or an M&P.
 

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Glock 19. Gen 3 if you can find one, gen 4, if not.

I recommend the Glock 19 over the duty sized carry as its also ideal for CC, and a fine fighting pistol with 15+1 capacity.
 

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A lot of such jobs these days won't allow a DA/SA. He likely should be looking at a Glock 19 or maybe the Sig P250. For a work environment, I'd avoid the low-priced, "junk" guns.
 

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I would take a good look at SCCY #2.
 
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A police trade-in Glock 19 might fit the bill: relatively low-priced, quality, reliable, decent capacity, ubiquitous in the gunsmithing and parts/accessories market, good resale value.
 

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Glock 17.
 
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