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Handgun Help

by , Posted to on 04/02/2012 1:06 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/03/2009
Location: ND
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

Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 1:09 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
9mm is fun to shoot and ammo is cheaper, something to consider.
Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 1:15 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
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

LINDY FISHING





Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 1:43 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/03/2009
Location: ND
johnr Said:
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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by on 04/02/2012 1:49 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/21/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 04/02/2012 1:51 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/26/2010
Location: SD
You can get some nice 1911's for that price range. Springfield, Taurus, Remington, and Para.
John Browning=GENIUS
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by on 04/02/2012 1:58 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
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.

LINDY FISHING





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by on 04/02/2012 1:58 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/17/2011
Location: ND
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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by on 04/02/2012 2:11 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/29/2011
Location: nd
get a highpoint $150 it will be the best money you have ever spent on a hand gun
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by on 04/02/2012 2:31 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
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.

Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
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by on 04/02/2012 2:36 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/29/2011
Location: nd


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

Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 2:40 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
Kia offers a great warranty too. Doesnt mean that their product is any good.
Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
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by on 04/02/2012 2:44 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/06/2003
Location: ND
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
I Would Rather Be ______ing
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Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 3:04 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2006
Location: ND
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.

I joined the military not only to fight for my country but to fight for those that can't fight for themselves. Thats why I'm here.

Re: Handgun Help
by on 04/02/2012 5:00 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/29/2011
Location: nd
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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by on 04/02/2012 9:04 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/19/2009
Location: nd
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.
 rEVOLution 2016
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by on 04/02/2012 9:34 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/03/2009
Location: ND
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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by on 04/02/2012 9:43 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/24/2005
Location: ND
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...
 

I'm the devil's son..... call me young gun.

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by on 04/02/2012 9:56 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/03/2009
Location: ND
jokostel Said:
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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by on 04/02/2012 10:07 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/24/2005
Location: ND
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...
 

I'm the devil's son..... call me young gun.

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by on 04/02/2012 10:07 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/29/2011
Location: nd
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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