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Hi, I am looking at purchasing my first handgun.  I currently do not have my concealed carry permit, but plan on getting it very soon.  It will be used for primarily target shooting at the farm and carrying in and out of my treestand.  I am thinking of either going with a .40 or .45.  Not to sure yet, but I do like the look and feel of the Smith and Wesson M&P .45.  Anybody have any personal experience with this gun??  Thoughts/ comments?? I am open to other options too, but would like to stick with a semi-auto for <$700 if possible.  I really would like a colt 1911, but they are a little to pricey for me. 

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9mm is fun to shoot and ammo is cheaper, something to consider.

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I bought a Springfield XD .40, American made, nice grip, double safety, and lets you know if you have one in the chamber. I think I paid about $550 for it just a few months ago. I really like it, low recoil, and a box of 50 round FMJ is about $15.00
Just my $.02

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I bought a Springfield XD .40, American made, nice grip, double safety, and lets you know if you have one in the chamber. I think I paid about $550 for it just a few months ago. I really like it, low recoil, and a box of 50 round FMJ is about $15.00
Just my $.02

That was the other gun I was looking at, except it was an XDM.  Is it worth it to get the XDM over the XD?  What is the main difference between the XD and XDM?  Different Grips?  Are the sites adjustable on the XD/XDM or would I be better off to upgrade the sites? Both guns, the M&P and the XDM fit me good at least when I handled them at the gun show last fall. 

Lycanthrope- I appreciate the input, but I am going to stick with the .40 or .45. 

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I have the M&P in both a 9mmC adn 40S&W full size. The thing I liked about the M&P over the XD was the grip. The XD was just too plastic feeling for me (same with the Glock). The M&P has more of a rubber feel to it with the changeable grip sizes. The M&P just felt better in my hands. Both are American made so that's a plus. I would like a 45 in the M&P too but I don't think I need all 3...I had to tell my wife the 9mm was "hers"...once she learns to shoot it. I figure I'm safe because she never wants to go shoot it.

I don't think you can go wrong with either...or Glock for that matter.

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You can get some nice 1911's for that price range. Springfield, Taurus, Remington, and Para.

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snowgoosehunter Said:
That was the other gun I was looking at, except it was an XDM.  Is it worth it to get the XDM over the XD?  What is the main difference between the XD and XDM?  Different Grips?  Are the sites adjustable on the XD/XDM or would I be better off to upgrade the sites? Both guns, the M&P and the XDM fit me good at least when I handled them at the gun show last fall. 

Lycanthrope- I appreciate the input, but I am going to stick with the .40 or .45. 

I didnt buy the XDM because the XD seemed to fit me well, and I believe the only difference was the changeable grips. I saved a few bucks by buying the XD, and like I said it felt comfortable in my hand, so I went with it.

Came with a nice case, 2 clips, a little belt holster, auto loader, lock, and barrel cleaner.

Really fun to shot, not terribly loud, not a bad kick to it, and fits nice in my glovebox.

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Get a .357 Magnum.  Has more knockdown power than a 40 or 45 and you can shoot .38 specials if you just want to plink.   Taurus makes one with a 4 inch barrel for about $400.  Very accurate.

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get a highpoint $150 it will be the best money you have ever spent on a hand gun

 

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Fracman Said:
get a highpoint $150 it will be the best money you have ever spent on a hand gun

And when it breaks beyond repair in about a month you can use it for a conversation starting paperweight.

Is it impious to weigh goose music and art in the same scales? I think not, because the true hunter is merely a noncreative artist. Who painted the first picture on a bone in the caves of France? A hunter. Who alone in our modern life so thrills to the sight of living beauty that he will endure hunger and thirst and cold to feed his eye upon it? The hunter. Who wrote the great hunter's poem about the sheer wonder of the wind, the hail, and the snow, the stars, the lightnings, and the clouds, the lion, the deer, and the wild goat, the raven, the hawk, and the eagle, and above all the eulogy to the horse? Job, one of the great dramatic artists of all time. Poets sing and hunters scale the mountains primarily for one and the same reason--the thrill of beauty. Critics write and hunters outwit their game primarily for one and the same reason--to reduce that beauty to possession. The differences are largely matters of degree, consciousness, and that sly arbiter of the classification of human activities, language. If, then, we can live without goose music, we may as well do away with stars, or sunsets, or Iliads. But the point is we would be fools to do away with any of them. 

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Meelosh Said:

Fracman Said:
get a highpoint $150 it will be the best money you have ever spent on a hand gun

And when it breaks beyond repair in about a month you can use it for a conversation starting paperweight.

they have a lifetime warrenty  so me another gun that has that

 

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Kia offers a great warranty too. Doesnt mean that their product is any good.

Is it impious to weigh goose music and art in the same scales? I think not, because the true hunter is merely a noncreative artist. Who painted the first picture on a bone in the caves of France? A hunter. Who alone in our modern life so thrills to the sight of living beauty that he will endure hunger and thirst and cold to feed his eye upon it? The hunter. Who wrote the great hunter's poem about the sheer wonder of the wind, the hail, and the snow, the stars, the lightnings, and the clouds, the lion, the deer, and the wild goat, the raven, the hawk, and the eagle, and above all the eulogy to the horse? Job, one of the great dramatic artists of all time. Poets sing and hunters scale the mountains primarily for one and the same reason--the thrill of beauty. Critics write and hunters outwit their game primarily for one and the same reason--to reduce that beauty to possession. The differences are largely matters of degree, consciousness, and that sly arbiter of the classification of human activities, language. If, then, we can live without goose music, we may as well do away with stars, or sunsets, or Iliads. But the point is we would be fools to do away with any of them. 

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I really like the Beretta PX4 great little gun.  I liked knowing I had to physically switch a safety on and off unlike some other models

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My Smith & Wesson M&P is the most comfortable handgun I've ever held. It fits so nice in my hand and I love shooting it. I agree that if you're looking for plinking a 9 mm would be less expensive than a .45.

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huntorride365 Said:
You can get some nice 1911's for that price range. Springfield, Taurus, Remington, and Para.

dont forget the Ruger 1911.  it might be tough to get you hands on one.  I have one it is a shooter.  one bad thing is the Kimber 22 convertion kit will not fit it.  you cant go wrong with a 1911 they are a great gun.  if you go with a 1911 i would also by a 22 kit for it  way cheaper the 9mm ammo.   i also own an M&P i have no complants.  FNH make some great pistols. Sig Sauer make some more great gun. 

 

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i have had the opportunity to shoot a lot of hand guns and the 40 smith is by far my favorite "doing lotsa stuff" round, there are better hunting rounds, and cheaper plinking rounds too but to have a combo of KO power, affordability and availability.

i have shot the ruger SR40, FN-P40, XDm, glock and M&P

of them i liked the ruger the least and the FN the best.

a pistol HAS TO FEEL RIGHT in the hand or you will not shoot it.

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Fracman Said:

huntorride365 Said:
You can get some nice 1911's for that price range. Springfield, Taurus, Remington, and Para.

dont forget the Ruger 1911.  it might be tough to get you hands on one.  I have one it is a shooter.  one bad thing is the Kimber 22 convertion kit will not fit it.  you cant go wrong with a 1911 they are a great gun.  if you go with a 1911 i would also by a 22 kit for it  way cheaper the 9mm ammo.   i also own an M&P i have no complants.  FNH make some great pistols. Sig Sauer make some more great gun. 

What .22 conversion kit would you recommend for the Remington 1911 A1 Standard?  I really like the looks of that gun.  I came up with the Ciener kit.  Anybody ever use this kit?  The way it sounds it should fit.

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I have a  "handful" of pistols...
M9
XD Subcompact 40SW
Kimber Tac Custom II 45
Remington R1 45

 
I always tend to grab the 1911s first.... the XD is second... the M9 is dead last as the grip I still do not have that great of feel for...about ready to change out grip plates, and if need be, trade it off for a 38 Super in a 1911...
Just wish a place around this hell hole carried a few raceguns to play with...
 

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I have a  "handful" of pistols...
M9
XD Subcompact 40SW
Kimber Tac Custom II 45
Remington R1 45

 
I always tend to grab the 1911s first.... the XD is second... the M9 is dead last as the grip I still do not have that great of feel for...about ready to change out grip plates, and if need be, trade it off for a 38 Super in a 1911...
Just wish a place around this hell hole carried a few raceguns to play with...
 

How do you like the R1?, would you happen to know of any .22 conversion kits for it, I found this one
http://www.22lrconversions.com/1911-pg.htm.  But it says A1 instead of R1.

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The R1s trigger is a bit heavier than my Kimber, but it breaks like glass.
I run Accurate ##7 and a 250 grain flat nose colt bullet in both of them...
I have probably run a grand total of 100 230 grain hardball in those both combined.
I was getting bored at the Bismarck range a while back.. was futzing around at 75-100 yards... Not hitting every shot, but was dancing around the desired targets and was maybe a breath less than 50% at those distances...
 

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Ciener Kimber,Marvel and Tactical Solutions make 22 kits.  i know that the kimber is kinda picky what fram it goes on.  it fits my Colt and ofcourse my Kimber But it will not fit my ruger.  when you are buying the gun you should ask the store if they will try to fit it to the gun before you buy it. 

 

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If you want a 1911 and think you would like the conversion, look at the price of a 1911 in .22LR. About the same price if not cheaper. I have a couple of buddies who bought the GSG 1911-.22LR and they absolutely love them and it was cheap. Plus you don't have to worry about breaking the gun down to change it over.

I personnly have an XD in 9MM and like it, but I picked up a Springfield 1911 Range Officer this winter and Love It, paid either 800 or 850 for it can't recall.  Also have a Beretta Neos 22, good little gun and very fun to shoot, put a holographic sight on it and my wife and daughter like that one alot.  Also have a Taurus in .357 with a 6" barrel and a 7 round cylinder. Enjoy that one alot as well.

Oh and by the way, XD's are make in Croatia, not the USA, says so right on the top of the slide.

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check out Dry Dock in Carrington, he has a lot of 1911s for about the same price as a good 9mm

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check out Dry Dock in Carrington, he has a lot of 1911s priced about the same as a good 9mm. Have to agree with .357 tho, still my favorite

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snowgoosehunter Said:
Hi, I am looking at purchasing my first handgun.  I currently do not have my concealed carry permit, but plan on getting it very soon.  It will be used for primarily target shooting at the farm and carrying in and out of my treestand.  I am thinking of either going with a .40 or .45.  Not to sure yet, but I do like the look and feel of the Smith and Wesson M&P .45.  Anybody have any personal experience with this gun??  Thoughts/ comments?? I am open to other options too, but would like to stick with a semi-auto for <$700 if possible.  I really would like a colt 1911, but they are a little to pricey for me. 

Thanks

I have the M&P in a .45 and absolutely love it! It is a great shooting gun and is very durable. I am using mine for the same thing that you will be. If you are not dead set on getting a .45, my recommendation to you would be to buy the M&P .40 and the interchangeable 9mm barrel. Essentially get two guns for about $150 more.

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Correction : Springfield XD is made in Croatia. The xdm has a match grade barrel and doesn't require you to pull the trigger to remove the slide, but it doesn't have the cocking indicator like the XD.I prefer the original XD to the XDM. Also, you can easily get an XD for $450-$525 depending on caliber and size.

Glocks and M&P are also very nice guns. If you want a plastic pistol at a great price but you like having that hammer on the back, check out the Sig p2022 in 9mm or 40. You can get one from CDNN Sports for $369 + shipping and FFL fees. You could get one from your local gun shop for around $400. Prabably the best bargain out there and a has a great trigger.

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walkswithwhispers Said:
Correction : Springfield XD is made in Croatia. The xdm has a match grade barrel and doesn't require you to pull the trigger to remove the slide, but it doesn't have the cocking indicator like the XD.I prefer the original XD to the XDM. Also, you can easily get an XD for $450-$525 depending on caliber and size.

Glocks and M&P are also very nice guns. If you want a plastic pistol at a great price but you like having that hammer on the back, check out the Sig p2022 in 9mm or 40. You can get one from CDNN Sports for $369 + shipping and FFL fees. You could get one from your local gun shop for around $400. Prabably the best bargain out there and a has a great trigger.

Yup just goggled it, the gun store told me American made so I took them at their word. Turns out they import it, put it together in a nice case, put their stamp on it, then call it the first in American guns.

Either way I really like the feel and handling of this gun, and recomend it as an imported croatian gun....

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In addition to the match grade barrell, the XDm also has a match grade trigger.  FWIW Croatia builds fine firearms.

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GLOCK!!!!  

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 GLOCK!!!!!

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Honestly I would go with a .45 for the first handgun. Everything about them is expensive and only getting worse.

I have a ruger sr9 9mm and love it, also bought an issc m22 22lr. Its basically a g19 copy. Very cheap to shoot and very accurate. I can hit targets at 100yrd with it. Not 10 out of 10 times mind you but out of a 10 rd mag I can usually hit it 2 or 3 times.

Imho 9mm would serve you just fine, however if you want a .45 then id say buy what you want, you will always be happier if its something YOU like.

Happy shooting and let us know what you pick up

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* I Wouldnt go with a .45*