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Any of you pistol gurus out there?
Looking to buy a Ruger SRc9. I have not heard anything poor about the pistol on reviews. Any opinions or thoughts on this or other pistols you would recommend?
shoulda got a glock
What so you plan on using the gun for? Concealed carry, target shooting, home defense? Then I can better recommend the appropriate handgun for you.
Don't know that I'd deem myself a "guru," but I've shot a bit.
The SR9c is a nice little pistol. I've shot it's larger brother, the SR9. Most people I know who have either the SR9 or SR9c seem happy with them. All of the reviews seem good.
My only complaint with the SR9c is that - in my opinion - it's too small to be a decent home defense/range pistol, and too large to be a decent concealed carry weapon. To me it's just a awkward size. I know Ruger is trying to bridge the gap between the SR9 and the LC9, but I'm not sure why you want to be on that bridge?
But if you like it, it fits your hand well, and it's within your budget, I think you'll do alright with it.
Really just for fun. I will end up getting a CCW next year. Would certainly use it for home defense if the situation came up, but not the primary purpose. Really going to the range and having fun with it.
It's all about feel...when I was shopping for a 9mm several years ago I was pretty sure I would end up with a Glock, but I went and shot/held several different guns and ended up getting a SA XD9. I don't have an opinion on that particular model but if it is comfortable in your hand, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Ruger.
Glocks are what properly kills a man
Agreed. It is all about feel. I would use a larger gun that fits my hand better for home defense and range shooting ... I have a Glock 19 for these uses. 9mm ... Keep in mind different caliber can vary in cost. I have cleaned the glock once in 10 years. The glocks rarely need to be cleaned. I shoot it once a week.
For my concealed carry I have a sig saur p238 ... Very small and you can't tell it is in my pocket. More accurate than my glock. .380 caliber. This gun needs to be cleaned once fired so I rarely bring it to the range.
Colt 45 1911 ... My favorite gun. But only has 7 rounds and needs to be cleaned constantly. It is also very heavy whereas the glock is light.
Like Texastech said hold the beretta, glock and ruger (all good guns) and see which maker and which model feels best for your hand.
Awesome great advice fellas.
concealed carry? in DC?
I live in virginia and work in DC.
Dual wield these
I am a Springfield honk (XD40 sub compact), the fit and feel are perfect for me. Be sure to check those out.
This post was edited by FC Juventus 19 months ago
I, too, am a self admitted Springfield whore. I tend to favor the 9mm (Am I the only one that finds the .40 too "snappy?") but give me an XDm in any size and I'm a happy camper.
But, with regard to the OP - there's going to be a bit of a step up in price from the Ruger you referenced to a Glock, Springfield, or S&W. Something to consider if you're trying to fit a budget.
Xdm 40 compact here as well.
yeah my budget is $500 firm. I really like the glock but don't want to buy a used one. I also shot both and they felt about the same to me and to be honest the slight edge went to the ruger. So I don't really see the difference in price for me.
Only 3, Bob? Gosh I know times are tough, but you gotta start saving up.
Agreed the glocks are not that accurate in my experience. But they will rarely jam.
Per some other posters ... The springfields are good too. Guns are like clothing in that different brands fit people differently.
along with Travelin'... we got ourselves a XD party up in here, up in here!!
Well if you just stick with the 9mm Springfield XDm, you need four to have one of every size. I'd still be pretty paranoid if I were you.
The way I see it buy it. You can always buy more better suited for other uses. My philosophy is that you can never have too many guns.
This post was edited by LoneWolfSparty 19 months ago
i would like to second the sig p238 as an excellent carry option. it's also very easy to disassemble for cleaning.
I'll be getting my CHL pretty soon, and am looking for a home defense gun and gun that I can carry on myself when out. What is recommended for someone who is brand new to guns?
Got to love how Sakimano shows up in every gun thread with his brand of sarcasm. Speaking of sarcasm, it isn't like it ever gets old.
I would recommend going to the store and fondling as many as possible. As others have pointed out, how a particular pistol fits your hand will be different for each person. You need to find one that is of good quality, that you're comfortable with, and fits your budget. Invest some money at your local range renting various guns and finding what you like.
In general, I'd say a carry weapon and a home defense weapon are very different. You want a carry piece to be small. As mentioned previously, I tend to prefer 9mm pistols, so when I think of carry weapons, the Ruger LC9, Kahr PM9, Sig P290, Beretta Nano, and things like that come to mind. Those are easy to conceal, but they can be more difficult to shoot because of their size
For home defense, I like a larger weapon that fits my hand better. No need to worry about hiding that thing in a pocket or IWB. Glock 17/19, Springfield XDm, Smith and Wesson M&P9, CZ 75, Browning Hi Power, H&K USP9 - those are the types of pistols that come to mind when I think home defense.
If you're truly limited to one pistol, there are some smaller guns that have extended magazines. The Springfield XDm 3.8c and the CZ 2075 RAMI come to mind, but there are many others. This would allow you a better grip for home defense, but you can go with the shorty mag for carrying. You can't do anything about the shorter sight picture, though. It's a compromise. Kind of like how a multi-tool isn't as good as using a screwdriver, pliers, hammer, etc.
As you shoot, you'll find certain pistols "feel" better than others. You'll find features you like and don't like (safeties, sights, etc.) and you'll start to narrow it down a bit.
This post was edited by TravelinMan 19 months ago
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