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Looking for a decent .40 for first handgun?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Scruffalufigus, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Scruffalufigus

    Scruffalufigus Newberg New Member

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    any suggestions? looking around the +/- $600 range.
     
  2. eddieb

    eddieb Tigard, OR Member

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    You can get a really nice Sig P229 CPO for about $550. You wouldn't find a better firearm than a Sig.:D
     
  3. Comunistul

    Comunistul SE Portland Member

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    Smith and Wesson M&P .40
     
  4. Scruffalufigus

    Scruffalufigus Newberg New Member

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    im liking the sig. i have been reading up on them and people have said they are amazing guns.
     
  5. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    In my opinion, you can't beat a Glock. A 23 is a really nice size. Then you have a tiny little 27 of a fullsize 22. There's also the even longer one than a 22 I think, but I don't know the model number. You cann get one for around 500 and get ammo too!
     
  6. Friskyou

    Friskyou Forest grove New Member

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    Since you posted it's ur first handgun, I would say the Glock. Bone head simple, easy to maintain and reliable. Just MHO
     
  7. CounterOfBeans

    CounterOfBeans northwest Active Member

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    I'm still pretty novice to the handgun consumer thing myself. I just acquired a Springfield XDm 9mm and I'm reasonably happy with it (it's very accurate). But one thing that nags me slightly is whether my choice to buy a pistol with plastic major components is a good one. Most reports I read and hear seem to be positive about plastic guns, but I have a hard time kicking that little doubt I have about the strength of plastic compared to steel. I do like my XDm so far but below are some of the pros/cons I still think about.

    steel pros? - strength, balance, durability in abusive conditions, others
    cons? - heavier, higher cost for machining, rust w/ blued finish wear,
    higher cost with stainless, others

    plastic pros? - no corrosion, lighter, lower cost, others
    cons? - more fragile in abusive conditions?, top heaviness of pistol,
    others

    p.s. If you need a smaller grip, I've found more options available with standard size plastic pistols than steel ones.
     
  8. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    Glocks have been proven reliable and durable with their "plastic" frames. Also, in my experiance, the larger the model of gun, the nicer it shoots. I was shooting a compact Xd9 back to back with a Tactical Xd40 and the 40 was much nicer to shoot. Also with my subcompact Glock 40 compared to my dads fullsize Glock 40 (a G27 and a G22). The 23 is a nice medium. Just my opinion. Sigs are great too, but I have not been real impressed with the ones I have shot. Soooo...get what feels good to you but with Glocks, Sigs, or Xds, you can't really go wrong. Also, Glock are the easiest gun I've ever seen to take apart, which is very nice!
     
  9. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    There is a threat out here explain between all different handguns, i may be wrong here but to me its exactly right:
    glocks and xd are japanese car...... You can get cheap parts fot it
    sigs&hks&walther are bmw........high maintence (each mag cost over 45 bucks)
    1911 either you love it or hate it.... Its a dodge, gas hog or money gobbling. A lot of people hold and shoot the 1911 they hate the feeling of it, some love it so much that they have to had it.

    To me the best way to find a effect handgun is go to the range hang out there i like do, talk to the shooter and see the functionality of each type of guns. If you are lucky to see nice guy like me..... I will offer you a few mags tried out my handgun.
     
  10. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    First gun?

    Glock, S&W M&P, Springfield XD are three in your price range. Get your
    hands on all of them, shoot them if you can.

    Personally I like Glocks. Simple, not expensive. Easy to strip and clean.
    Extra magazines are reasonably priced, and there is a huge aftermarket
    in sights, parts, etc.

    If I had $600 ± and wanted a 40:

    I would go to Keiths and buy a good clean police trade-in second
    generation Glock mdl 22. Offer him $350 cash + background. He has
    lots of G22's.

    I would immediately add something to the grip--the 2nd gen guns feel
    a little slick to me. Skateboard tape, slip on grip? My favorite is
    A-Grip from Brooks Tactical--it's a kind of stick-on suede that works well
    in all conditions.

    40 ammo isn't as cheap as 9mm. I would seriously consider a 22 caliber
    conversion kit. Shoot cheap 22 long rifle to get more trigger time.

    Shoot it--a lot. Get some training if needed. A Glock is NOT the easiest
    gun in the world to shoot accurately! Good grip, trigger control and technique
    are rewarded. If you have bad habits it will spank you harder than a heavier
    all steel gun.

    If you want to try one PM me and we will see what we can do. I'm a member of the CVSC
    range at Dundee---not TOO far a drive from Canby.
     
  11. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a Sig P239 .40 For $530 Amazing gun. I'll be keeping this one for sure, I know you wont be disappointed with a sig
     
  12. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I would agree that you should narrow your choices to a couple and shoot them before you buy. There's plenty of people on here that would let you, or there's ranges that have guns to rent, Clackamas County Range, A Place to Shoot, etc.
    But you definetly want to find out what gun fits you better before spending the money.

    I also like the Glocks, but I would rather have a Sig, there more money, but worth every penny. I've also read up on them and I was talking to a friend of mine that worked for the DEA and "The Agency" and he said he used a Sig with the Dea and when he retired and worked for intel they issued him a Glock and he hated it compared to the Sig.

    I personally don't have a Sig, but have been waiting until I find some money to pick one up. And I sold my Glock 27 when I needed some money. I don't regret that.
     
  13. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    You know if Glockguy is saying you won't be disappointed in a Sig.. ?????
     
  14. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hey when I made this name i had a glock 27! lol.. I still like glocks too! lol. I honestly like the look of my Sig better tho.
     
  15. M.Link

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    I had a G27 too, and traded it away. It wasntmuch fun to shoot and was not super accurate. For a Glock ide get a 23 for a first one.
     
  16. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    Yup... get yourself a used Sig!
     
  17. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    like it has been said before,

    Glock, Sig, XD, M&P, they are all very nice guns. Each has features the others don't. Try all of them out, which ever one feels best in your hands, is the one to buy. If it is comfortable you will shoot it more. If you shoot it more, you will get better with it. After that, you can decide what to get next.
     
  18. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    Smith and Wesson, M&P40. I love mine, never a failure. It's Made In America too. Plus, I recently penciled mine out...for $644...I have an M&P 40, a 9mm Conversion barrel from Storm Lake and 4 mags in 9mm, and a .357SIG barrel (that uses the .40 mags). I did get mine when they had a $50 rebate...so you might pay a bit more. But, for the prices of "a gun an a half", I have 3 calibers I can shoot from a very reliable and accurate gun. The ergos are great on it as well. Definitely check it out...their customer service is awesome as well.
     
  19. Collateral

    Collateral Monmouth Member

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    Look around for a new or used Sig Pro. P2340 or P2022. Excellent pistols that, for one reason or another, never seemed to catch on. The Sig guys were leary of the 'plastic pistol' and the the tupperware crowd already had their Glocks.
    Swap out the barrel and you can also have a .357 sig.
    There can be some good prices to found if you are patient.
     
  20. tackdriva308

    tackdriva308 Cottage Grove, OR Member

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    i bought a springfield XD 40 sub compact for ym first gun and i absolutely love it. i shot the hk sub compact 40 the glocks and i honestly think that the XD is the way to go.