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    Looking for a new 9mm pistol.

    Hello, I am looking for a new 9mm pistol. I really like 1911 models they feel good in my hand and I like the weight. The price does not matter to much for me I was hoping to spend under 650$. I want a rail so I can add a flashlight or a laser. Im not to picky about how much ammo but i would like around 10-12 rounds, I want the abillity to use a high cap mag. The more magazines the pistol comes with, the better, if it comes with a holster and magazine holser thats awesome! Bottom line I need a durable, reliable, good quality, 9mm pistol. Thanks!


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    I would always recommend looking at the Smith and Wesson M&P. It is a professional grade firearm designed for military and police (m&P). It holds 17+1 but I do not know of any magazines with a high capacity. It is highly similar to the Glock but many thinks it has a better feel. Both are firearms of high quality and fine capacity. The Glock, though, you can easily find 33(?) round magazines for it.

    If I am not mistaken, all M&Ps come standard with a rail.

    Lastly, they fit your budget.
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    My M&P VTac 9mm. Love it. I did not like the feel of the glock in my hands. This on the other hand felt great. The grips are shaped better for the hand. Click image for larger version. 

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    @09jisaac and @BFDMikeCT thank you I will look at the m&p models on Saturday when I go to the gun shop.

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    Spoke to a LEO today in my home town. They just switched from sig to M&P and went from 9mm to .45 caliber. He loves the new M&P and says its really really accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodooguns View Post
    @09jisaac and @BFDMikeCT thank you I will look at the m&p models on Saturday when I go to the gun shop.
    ??? Isn't that the point of a gun forum? To spread your opinion to a mass population so you always have support, so you always feel right?
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    You could get a double-stack 9mm 1911. As few of choices as there are of those, there are even fewer ones that come with a rail, though.

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    I know you said you like a 1911, but I just bought a Beretta PX4 Storm full size and LOVE IT! (has a rail too!)

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    Re: Looking for a new 9mm pistol.

    I have a Ruger SR9c. I love it. Rail, accurate, and came with two mags. A 10 round a 17 round. Msrp around $500?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 09jisaac View Post
    I would always recommend looking at the Smith and Wesson M&P.
    My thoughts exactly. AND get a trigger job. Otherwise get a Glock.

    That's not to say that other guns such as FNP's and XDM's aren't just as capable, but for me, the preference would be the M&P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    My thoughts exactly. AND get a trigger job. Otherwise get a Glock.

    That's not to say that other guns such as FNP's and XDM's aren't just as capable, but for me, the preference would be the M&P.
    I have three M&P's and I have modified the trigger in all of them. My 9mm Pro Series and my .40S&W(both 4.25") have the Apex USB (Ultimate Safety Block) which completely removes the gritty/sandy feeling in the pre-travel. And it makes the trigger smooth throughout its travel. The Pro Series has an improved sear so that with the USB is very sweet. My .45ACP (4") has the Apex DCAEK installed but I didn't use the trigger spring that comes with this kit. Instead I used the OEM factory spring to get a 5 pound pull. The break is almost 1911 like in its feel. Very crisp.

    As for my Glocks, I have modified all but one of them with after-market trigger parts. The Glock responds quite nicely to mods and can deliver a very good trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voodooguns View Post
    Looking for a new 9mm pistol.

    Hello, I am looking for a new 9mm pistol. I really like 1911 models they feel good in my hand and I like the weight. The price does not matter to much for me I was hoping to spend under 650$. I want a rail so I can add a flashlight or a laser. Im not to picky about how much ammo but i would like around 10-12 rounds, I want the abillity to use a high cap mag. The more magazines the pistol comes with, the better, if it comes with a holster and magazine holser thats awesome! Bottom line I need a durable, reliable, good quality, 9mm pistol. Thanks!


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    My emphasis added

    You sir, need a Springfield XD or XDm: between the two take your pick of 4",4.5",5",5.25" barrel lengths and up to what? 19 rounds in the XDm? 1911-style grip safety and grip angle. 3 position rail, and all the XD/XDm goodies for free? Yup

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    Going to have to recommend a Glock 19, easy enough to both OC and CC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twpetry View Post
    My emphasis added

    You sir, need a Springfield XD or XDm: between the two take your pick of 4",4.5",5",5.25" barrel lengths and up to what? 19 rounds in the XDm? 1911-style grip safety and grip angle. 3 position rail, and all the XD/XDm goodies for free? Yup
    This completely... though don't discount the sub-compacts either. The 3" XD's also have a rail mount on them. =)

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    A warning about flashlights on semi autos. It seems Glock had some problems with cracking frames on a model used by a police dept, a problem I believe they remedied. But now the Marines are having problems with the test MP45 pistols cracking before 12,000 rounds, they are also being shot with a flashlight. Might be a good ideas to practice without the flashlight, unless night shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numenor View Post
    This completely... though don't discount the sub-compacts either. The 3" XD's also have a rail mount on them. =)
    I don't know, if i'm going down to a 3" barrel i'm probably going to want something thinner and lighter than an XD. IMHO there are better options in the sub-compact arena: glock 26/27 for example is 6 oz lighter, or i'd go for a single stack. Don't get me wrong I love XDs, but the 3" versions are kinda the odd man out, they just aren't competitive in that category.

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    I have the CZ 75 PO-7 DUTY in 9mm -
    I particularly like the decocker, it is well made and shoots straight. I cannot fault it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twpetry View Post
    I don't know, if i'm going down to a 3" barrel i'm probably going to want something thinner and lighter than an XD. IMHO there are better options in the sub-compact arena: glock 26/27 for example is 6 oz lighter, or i'd go for a single stack. Don't get me wrong I love XDs, but the 3" versions are kinda the odd man out, they just aren't competitive in that category.
    The Glock's may work for some, they don't for all. I personally can't stand their grip style/angle. Also that weight given for the XDs is with the mag included, the 20oz Glock weight is w/o the mag.

    IMHO they are a better gun, but as has been said before, it is all subjective.

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    My personal opinion, the Beretta 92 Steel 1, 9mm, cannot be beaten. If one can buy one in the states is another question. I was told by some people on another forum, they are not available in the USA any more? Is that correct?

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    CZ75 or Sig 226.

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    FNX-9, 17+1 capacity, positive grip, decocker/safety, and fairly light weight for a full-size.

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    I would go m&p it's ergos feel like a 1911 to me and the mag release is in about the same spot. It's easier to take down than a glock or 1911. I sold my m&p though.

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    Re: Looking for a new 9mm pistol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfstanus View Post
    I would go m&p it's ergos feel like a 1911 to me and the mag release is in about the same spot. It's easier to take down than a glock or 1911. I sold my m&p though.
    Man any easier and the pistol will self strip & clean itself for you.

    On topic - you have been giving many good suggestions. Please let us know what you get and what you like/dis-like about the pistol after you get some range time in with it.

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