View Full Version : RS Pistol suggestions

04-20-2012, 04:24 AM
So I've been considering buying a nice handgun for quite sometime, but I just haven't narrowed down what I want yet. I have a few hand me down pistols, but nothing really nice though. So I was wondering, what would you guys recommend for a good sub $700 handgun in 9mm? I'm stuck between a Glock, Sig 220/226, some kind of 1911, Walther, XD, or possibly an M92. Any suggestions would be great!

04-20-2012, 07:35 AM
Take a look at the Beretta PX4. I've had a couple Rugers, Taurus, Springfield 1911 and have shot plenty of others. The PX4 is by far one of my favorites.

04-20-2012, 09:16 AM
for conceal carry or no?

04-20-2012, 10:18 AM
H&K Compact USP!

04-20-2012, 10:53 AM
Go to a indoor range that rents guns and rent a few. A handgun can not be returned to the store if you don't like it so it is better to find what fits you and what you like first. The guns you listed are all very different in the way they feel in your hand, the 92 is big and wide, 1911 has a thinner grip etc. Also take a look at the S&W M&P series. I have shot a few of them recently and they shoot well and are a good value for the money. Or just do what I do, buy them all!
You can never be too good looking, have too much money or have too many guns, as for the first two in this list will never happen, I have chose to concentrate on the last one!

04-20-2012, 12:12 PM
if its for defense (home or personal) I would say .40-.45 for Semi auto and of course the Judge has some good comments. AND it shoots like what 410 load, .45, and 357?

04-20-2012, 12:20 PM
Nice, thanks for the advice guys. I have 2 compacts right now that I'm planning on use for concealed carry when I get my permit later this year. It's been a while since I last when to an indoor range to try out the different guns, but I'll definitely have to do that. I'm looking for something that has the most reliability, aftermarket accessories, and also style, haha. I was thinking about a Glock for the reliability, price, and accessories, but they're just so ugly, haha.

04-20-2012, 12:42 PM
I Have a Glock 30 (.45) and a 1911. Both are great guns but the 1911 just wins out in style. If you dont own a 1911, get one. I like the springfield stainless models as they are well built and accurate and give out quite a bit for the money. Low budget go mil-spec. Higher budget get a range officer.

I do love the concealabilty of the glock and the way it handles, but I just love owning a 1911. The design is over a century old and still one of the very best!!!!

04-20-2012, 02:47 PM
Thought about a Sig SP2022 or Steyr M9-A1?

Both are quite underrated and can be found under $500 last time I looked.

04-20-2012, 06:30 PM
I like the XD's and a Taurus 1911. I have both and love them.

04-20-2012, 08:08 PM
Sig Sauer p226 is second to none... And it IS concealable

04-20-2012, 08:09 PM
I carry a S&W M&p .40 at work and it is a great shooting gun. I would buy one, if this one wasnt already mine.

04-20-2012, 11:01 PM
For that kind of money I wouldnt hesitate to but, a FNX or FNP of any type. I particularly have my eyes set on a FN 5-7 and a FNP .45 tactical., but thats just me. In all cases you cant go wrong with a Glock, particularly a glock 20 in 10mm. Now before people start rambling off, you can buy lone wolf .40 s&w and .357 sig barrels for the glock 20 and its a multicaliber gun. You dont have to change the slide or mags because the bullet diameter is the same for all three rounds. check out this vid:

04-20-2012, 11:40 PM
I LOVED my old airsoft 1911 and I love the style/look of a 1911, but when I actually shot one, I wasn't a fan. I wish I could remember the brand it was, but the beaver tail was a pain, the thing kicked like hell, and it jammed every 3 shots. Unfortunately, it was a friend's gun, so I dont remember anything about it, but I wasn't a fan. If/when I decide to carry concealed carry, I plan on getting an S&W M&P .40. I have never heard a bad thing about it and they look pretty nice.

Then again, I am not even of legal age to buy a handgun, so what do I know? :P

04-21-2012, 09:35 AM
CZ 75-P04 i was really impressed with it and its under $500

04-21-2012, 09:46 AM
I have a Taurus P92 that I got way back in the day right after Taurus bought the Beretta factory in Brazil. Taurus got to keep the molds, so basically it is a Beretta with a Taurus logo on the grips. This thing is over 20 years old and is rock solid, I have never had a problem. The grip is wider than a 1911 and others, but I like a wider grip. It is also larger and a little bulky for concealed. I even found a picture of it online: http://cdn.armslist.com/images/posts/634033917101593750sae0igux.jpg
As said above, the best thing to do is try several out and see what fits your hand the best. Even if it is ugly, that may suck, but the most important thing is what you can hit with it, not how it looks. With RS, what you can hit is the most important thing, it is only with airsoft that how you LOOK is the most important thing...lol. Good luck.

04-21-2012, 10:36 AM
Thats why hands on experience is the only answer. We can all make recommendations but the user must try them to be sure. I love the 1911 in my hand and the way it points for me. I shoot with it much more easily than my glock .45. For each person they will find something that works. That being said I love .45. It was shown by Masaad Ayoob's police shooting analysis to have a 83% one shot takedown, It is a large low fps (wont shoot through walls or people as much as a 9mm) bullet that makes a huge hole, stays in someones body transferring all kineic energy and has a very easy recoil to control.
It is cheap to shoot, especially with the russian ammo (clean right after shooting!) I like that many of the hollowpoints are the same weight and fps (230 grn 880 fps) So I can train with cheap surplus ammo and keep my federal hydroshoks loaded for self defense.

Plus...ever look down the barrel of a .45 from the other end? (do so at a safe angle please)
That huge hole is pretty damn intimidating.

Dr Seuss
04-21-2012, 07:15 PM
im with TC and fluke on this one. i love my m&p!!!

04-21-2012, 09:34 PM
M&P 9mm Compact/M&P .45 Full Size. They both can use the same mags btw.


04-22-2012, 01:36 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I got a chance to handle a few pistols today and I was particularly fond of the grip of the Walther PPQ. I'm going to hit the range next weekend and try out a few different ones though.

04-22-2012, 10:57 AM
the one thing i will add about the M&P is that they have three interchangable handgrips to fit the persons hands better.