Best pistol?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Brian 11B, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Jay

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    Caliber doesn't count until AFTER you hit your target. Start small and get the fundamentals right, and you can shoot any caliber.

    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike. Buy a handgun just like you would buy a pair of shoes. If Ol' Joe over here says he likes Charlie China tennis shoes, and you're looking for a new pair of shoes, do you run out and buy Joe's pick, just because HE likes 'em? Probably not. If a new shooter is asking what to buy for a carry gun, it doesn't matter what works for me, or anyone else. I suggest telling that new shooter to go to many gun shops, and/or gun shows, and handle all the guns they can get hold of. Just like they would try on shoes. Before long they'll be able to make a list of guns that feel ok, pretty good, real good, and "that really feels great in my hands". The last two are the ones to pursue, and here's why I say that....
    If a given handgun doesn't feel "right" in your hands, you'll not shoot it enough to become proficient with it, because it's not comfortable, and you won't like shooting it. Just like you rarely wear shoes that are UNcomfortable. If you're not gonna become proficient with it, save your money, and buy a ball bat to carry. With proper fundamentals, he/she can learn to shoot almost any handgun, or any caliber. Very few folks can re-train their hands to make just any handgun feel comfortable. The last suggestion.........proper shooting techinques, practiced slowly, but proficiently, will breed speed. Do it slowly, and do it the right way, every time.......If you practice speed first, and introduce less efficient techniques into your training, you'll have to do it all over again to get it right.

    By the way..... anyone who introduces a new shooter to our pastime by having them start with a large-caliber handgun, makes a very poor decision. Yes, some folks do ok starting out with large calibers, but the vast majority will not continue to shoot if their very 1st experience is with .50 S&W. Start with a .22 caliber something, and as your technique/accuracy improves, work up from there.

    Again, just my ramblings.... but they work for me...

    Shoot Safely....
  2. permafrost

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    have you looked at the EAA Witness line of pistols? They make a very good rendition of the CZ 75, one of the all time great guns. And the price is excellent. Stay away from plastic guns, they will melt in the Egyptian sun.:D
  3. carver

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    Jay, good advice! I relate to motorcycles, I have seen many men go out, and buy a new bike, ride it home, and then offer the wife a ride. They haul butt, and scare the wife half to death, and then wonder why their wives will not ride with them on group rides!
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    your right on jay, but my thought was hes military and should have already shot 9mm or 45 my bad was not saying practice makes perfect
  6. Brian 11B

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    yeah i have shot a glock 9mil but that is it. In the army the only time you will get a pistol is if your an officer, medic, or 240Bravo gunner lol. I have begged to shoot with the pistol as i did pretty decently the one time i shot out with some friends. That was good advise on starting slow. Trust me when i say i read ALL the posts and i consider them all deeply. The Egyptian sun melting the pistol i found hilarious. it has been extremely hot out here recently, but form what i hear its like that in America currently as well lol. I guess my biggest disadvantage so far is i keep hearing "go to a gun show and get the feel".. well i have never been to a gun show, nor can i for a few months. Even when i do get back, i cant ever remember a time where we had a gun show were we lived. Hopefully i can find some though. It seems like the pistols that are in my view that i would like to get the best view on is the; glock, XD, M&P, and possibly the USP (but the price turns me off on that its around a thousand dollars right?)
  7. Double D

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    Brian, the m&ps are under 500 the xdms are under 600 the glocks are under 500 all new. Used prices much better.
  8. CampingJosh

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    Those HK pistols (the USP you mentioned, though I'm a real fan of the P30L) are very, very nice. But I don't own one, and it is solely because of the price tag.

    Glocks, XDs, and M&Ps are all nice handguns, but they're all rather similar. You may want to take a look at some other options that will give you a bit more variety, including pistols from CZ, SIG, and Beretta. I'm not necessarily trying to point you away from polymer frames and toward steel (I have and love both), but it's something you need to decided for yourself.
  9. Brian 11B

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    yeah im not to big of a fan of the SIG look, the CZ is arlgiht, but from what i hear in the military everyone bitches about the Berretta so i dont know how much i would want that lol
  10. jonboyc

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    As people have said on here, there is no BEST pistol. Every person can have a different answer. For me, I prefer the 9mm also, in compact/subcompact guns the recoil from .40's and .45's is just too much for me to be as accurate as I want to be(although I have a small .40 that I can rapid fire and do fairly well with). That being said, with the larger pistol(full size 1911) I prefer the .45. I can rapid fire a Kimber Tactical II and be extremely accurate with it but it's just too big to carry. My advice would be to find a gun range(once you get back to the US, assuming that's your intention)that rents guns and try out a few. My local gun range will let me swap out as many guns as I want for 10 bucks an hour. So essentially I can spend 10 minutes with 6 different guns.
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    I've had nothing but wonderful experiences with the Berretta. Not sure why everyone would be bitching, it's a damn fine pistol.
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    jonboyc,
    Both of my nephews are/were Jarheads. Both served in Irag - both carried the Beretta because one was heavy weapons expert, other was logistics tech (as he said - "We kick **** out of helicopters for the doggies on the ground.) Both tell stories of how ineffective the 9x19mm 124 FMJ NATO round is in providing quick stops.
    I, myself, for special occasions was blessed with the opportunity to carry the 1911A1 while in the ARMY in SEAsia - never shot anyone with the .45 - but never heard anyone who did complain about effectiveness of the 230 gr FMJ round.
    Your experience may vary.
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    Doesn't that say more about the 9x19 than the Beretta?
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    Specifically 9x19 FMJ ammo, yes. There are some excellent 9mm JHPs that will consistently open up to .45 inches in diameter or larger.
  16. Ranger 61

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    I would agree with the people that recommend buying what feels best in your hand. Since you don't have much previous experience (fewer things to unlearn :)) what feels good and points good are the best places to start. I would also suggest a look at the steyr. They are accurate and feel good to me (especially the M9A1) but many are put off by the unconventional sights.
    FWIW :cool:
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    I can't say there is a single one best pistol. There is a best pistol for you though, but it will take a lot of shooting to figure out what that is.

    From my experience the 1911 style of pistols are the best for me. I feel like I can conceal the slim 1911 as well as some shorter framed firearms. I get the best accuracy due to the trigger and quality of my 1911.

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  18. jbmid1

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    Powerful, accurate and manageable recoil? I'm thibking .357, but you'd have to go with a revolver.
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    There is allways 357 sig
  20. cluznar

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    Best pistol is one in your price range that appeals to you and you shoot well. If you like the gun and are confident in firing it it is the best pistol.

    Caliber depends on how well you handle recoil.

    Size depends on if it's Home Defense and Range

    Conceal Carry

    Or for the pocket
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