If you had 4 choices and only 4 which one would you choose?

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  1. XPerties

    XPerties New Member

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    Price $500 to $600


    Ive looked and read many reviews. I've handled but have not shot them at local shop. I'm down to 4 types, all 9mm. If you had to pick which one would you (based on your experience) and why (if you don't mind explaining why :D )


    [1] Springfield Armory XD(M) Compact 9mm
    [2] Beretta PX4 Storm Compact 9mm
    [3] GLOCK 19 9mm
    [4] FNH FNX-9 (local shop turned me onto this, never heard or had any experience regarding this model)


    Thank you in advance for all your feedback.
  2. lonewolf204

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    I would save my money and buy a 1911! :D
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    I'd throw the Beretta out, it's a little fatty and would be the most difficult of the bunch to conceal. With the Springfield you're usually paying for a bunch of extra crap you don't need. Both the FNH and Glock are nice so if only these 4 I'd narrow it down to those 2. However, and you may get some of this in this thread, you should really seriously check out and consider the Ruger SR9c. It's nice and compact, has the mag option of either 10 or 17 rounds(great for both conceal carry and home defense), has a wonderful trigger and also has an adjustable backstrap. The 10 round mag also comes with a pinky extension option if you don't like your pinky hanging off the end. I've shot many 9's and of the compact versions I went with the sr9c.
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    Thanks johnboyc! The Ruger SR9c is a lot cheaper, I'll have to give that a look at and do some searching for reviews.
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    All those guns are pretty big, but I carry a P95 every day. Out of all those, I'd go with the Springfield. But like johnboyc said, look at smaller stuff.

    FWIW, I looked really hard at the SR line from Ruger, pretty much the only reason I bought my P95 is because it was more affordable and had a hammer, the SR9s shoot good, but I just liked the hammer(don't know why). Get something you like because it doesn't matter how good you are with it if you left it at home on the nightstand.
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  6. graehaven

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    Glock 19 all day long.

    If you want something really light, concealable and reliable, look at the Keltec P-11 or the PF-9. Both are 9mm, both smaller, lighter, and less expensive than any of the above.
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  8. Redd

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    My Dad has the P-11, he's got the 12 shot mag and the clip on the side so he doesn't even need a holster. I'd strongly recommend them.
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    I like the Rugers, Mines a p345 i love it.But the lc9 is great ,cheaper on ammo and is an easy carry.
  10. Vladimir

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    This is tough.
    1- HK USPc 9mm
    2- SA XD compact 9 or .45
    3- FNH Five-seveN
    4- My fourth one would be cheating, an Mark 23 or MP412 REX, neither of which would be worth much for concealed carry, but great at the range :D

    I also never held an HK45, might like it, and I would want a snub nose revolver on their too. Argh. I guess if it had to be purely for concealed carry it would be

    1- USPc 9mm
    2- XD compact 9mm
    3- XD compact 45
    4- Snub nose 357/38
  11. CampingJosh

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    If your four choices were the only ones, I'd probably go with (1) the Beretta or (2) the FN. There is your simple answer. :)

    But... I'm not really a fan of your choices there. How did you narrow it down to those? Just recommendations from your local gun shop?

    If concealed carry is your first priority, you should look at some single-stack options. Thinner magazines mean that the gun itself is (likely) thinner. In my experience, it is easier to conceal a thin full-framed gun than a thick subcompact. Your experience may vary, but it's something you ought to consider before making your purchase.

    The 9mm Ruger and Keltec that have been mentioned are both nice. The Walther PPS is also a good choice, but it may be at the high end of your price range. I found it for $578.

    You may also want to look at some options from Kahr Arms. I don't have any experience with them, but I've heard many positive reports.
  12. savage170

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    My 4 would be
    1911
    smith and Wesson 19
    Browning hi-Power
    Ruger sp 101


    Out of your choices I would go with the XD
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  14. SwampYankee

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    Out of those, I'd favor the XDM. I'd also second the suggestion of the Ruger SR9c, and toss in Taurus 24/7 C as another option. I've heard varying reports, but I have one as my EDC and I've had thousands of rounds through it without any issues.
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    Out of the 4? FN. Great guns. Very controllable. They have a more efficient recoil system than any others that you mentioned. I would shoot a Glock before you decide to buy a glock. The frame rake on them does not agree with every shooter.
  16. Old Guy

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    I would narrow it down to 2. I have both an XD and an FNP. Both are excellent guns. One has an external hammer (FN) and one is striker fired (SA). The FN is a full sized gun and the XDM is offered in a shorter length barrel and grip. Both are wide and for me anyway not so easily concealed. For house guns, range guns, or open carry they are both excellent. For concealed I have gone to the Kel Tec PF9 as it is lighter, much thinner, and is DAO (less to fool with under stress). Again, that is my choice. Good luck.
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    Easy. G19.
  18. hogger129

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    I really like the XDm and I would also go after the Glock 19. Have never used the FN pistols except for the Hi-Power or the Five-SeveN, and have never used the PX4 Storm. Have tried other Berettas like the compact .380 one (I thought it was called the 84 or the Cheetah), and the 92FS.

    But to be honest... My top four would be this

    1) Springfield Armory Custom Shop Professional
    2) Springfield Armory TRP
    3) Springfield Armory Loaded Champion
    4) Colt 1991-A1 Officer's ACP (Just because I liked my buddy's so much)

    The Pro is a 100% custom gun. FBI Hostage Rescue Team has used it since 1998.

    The TRP is everything the Pro is, but I don't think it's a full custom job. Still just as good IMO though.

    The Loaded Champion I picked because it's got all the bells & whistles, but the barrel is shorter (4") and I might make one or two modifications to it.

    The Colt Officer's I put in there because I liked my friend's so much.

    Reason I chose Springfields is more or less because their customer service is great. Should anything be wrong with the pistol I don't have to worry about hassles. Don't know about Colt's CS. And I picked all 1911s because it's not as wide of a gun, therefore more easily concealable. The .45ACP round is also a proven stopper, and TBH I probably won't need to shoot off more than 7 rounds in self defense.
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  19. ozo

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    Not being 'brand specific', as each one will feel
    different to each individual........

    Ranch/Mini 14 [exception to 'brand specific]
    Lever action carbine .357
    Revolver 6"bbl .357
    Revolver or semi-auto .22

    Reasons:
    Mini 14 will 'reach' with accuracy and is dependable
    Lever .357 is a wonderful SD/hunting choice
    [and compatible with]
    6" .357 --on your hip---same reasons as above
    .22 because of it's versatility and everyone should have one
  20. JLA

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    Of the 4 choices listed, The best IMO is the FN. I think they are far more controllable thant the others. The XDM would be a close second. I dont much care for the PX4 and the Glock.

    My own personal addition to the list would be a STI spartan in 9mm, Contact Double D here, he has one in stock. It is a tried and true 1911 chambered in 9mm, and comes with a top notch metalform mag and fire sights. Its geared toward entry level IPSC right out of the box.

    Another TOP choice IMO, is a CZ75 or 85. I have a 75 and I LOVE IT. Best way I can describe it is a BHP on steroids. If the BHP and the Beretta M9 hooked up and made a baby, its the CZ75/85 series.
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