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sosaysmorvant
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Back Vacherie, LA
Member since Feb 2008
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9mm recs
The only pistol I own is a hand me down from my dad....a little .22. Looking to get my first handgun. I'm not dead set on a 9mm, but that seems like a natural fit. This would be mostly for self defense with some shooting for fun whenever I feel like it.

Any recommendations? I know they are somewhat hard to find now-a-days. I might hit up a gun show, but never been to one. Holla!


skuter
LSU Fan
P'ville
Member since Jan 2005
5806 posts

re: 9mm recs
There’s many that would fit that criteria. Go shoot someone’s or rent at gun range to find one you like


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LSU Tiger Bob
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South
Member since Sep 2011
2665 posts

re: 9mm recs
S&W Shield.


Sparty3131
Michigan State Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2019
162 posts

re: 9mm recs
Handle different ones and shoot different ones. See what fits in your hand well.

I would never own a glock. They don't fit my hand well and I don't like how they look. Great guns, not my thing.

Plenty of main brand options. SIG, Kimber, Ruger, S&W


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upgrayedd
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Lifting at Tobin's house
Member since Mar 2013
112806 posts

re: 9mm recs
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S&W Shield.

Definitely not this.

You need either a full size or compact but definitely don't go subcompact for what you listed in the OP


Kashmir
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2014
4184 posts

re: 9mm recs
sig p365


Mr. Curious
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God's Country
Member since Aug 2004
464 posts

re: 9mm recs
Sig P365xl if you have a bigger hand.


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Nguyener
UNO Fan
Member since Mar 2013
14068 posts

re: 9mm recs
Go to a range and rent a few different 9mm pistols and shoot them.

I’d recommend you try the:
Ruger SR9
Sig p365xl and/or p320,
Glock 17 and/or 19,
S&W M&P full and shield,
WaltherPPQ full and compact.

I own everything on that list but the sig.

Buy whichever fits your hand best and you like the most.

If you’re in the New Orleans area go to Jefferson Indoor Range. They have great rental packages and a knowledgeable staff and most importantly a very well lit and clean range.

If you’re too lazy to do that and it’s your first gun?

Glock 17 or 19 cannot be beat for your first handgun you have no interest in training with. I would argue you shouldn’t buy a gun at that point, but many do anyway.

Everyone should own a Glock if they’ve never shot anything else.

And even after you catch the bug and buy more pistols, it’s still nice to have ole reliable at home.
This post was edited on 10/18 at 6:15 pm


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LSUGent
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2011
1008 posts

re: 9mm recs
Beretta 92fs


HeadSlash
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TEAM LIVE BADASS - St. GEORGE
Member since Aug 2006
37356 posts

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Try several guns and see which one points best for you.


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Cash
SMU Fan
Vail
Member since Feb 2005
36052 posts

re: 9mm recs
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Beretta 92fs



I was going to recommend this. Great pistol.

ETA: good enough for John McClain, good enough for me.
This post was edited on 10/18 at 8:12 pm


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rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
5484 posts

re: 9mm recs
See what fits your hand and budget and whether you want striker fired or single/double action. Can't go wrong w/ Glock 17/19, Walther PPQ, H&K VP9, CZ 75, Sig P226/229. Those are all outstanding companies and pistols.


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fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
30818 posts

re: 9mm recs
It's hard to say. Like others have said, go to a shop and see what feels good in your hand. It's odd but many popular weapons don't feel good to me.


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007mag
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Death Valley, Sec. 408
Member since Dec 2011
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Jcrew
Mississippi St. Fan
Gulf coast
Member since Aug 2012
514 posts

re: 9mm recs
Don't blindly buy one. Find which fits your hands the most comfortably. I own a Sig and Springfield. Both are fun to shoot for me.


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2BRKnot
Member since Jul 2020
28 posts

re: 9mm recs
Taurus G3c


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TigerstuckinMS
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2005
28126 posts

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Beretta 92fs

It's old, tried, and true. It's utterly reliable, stupid accurate, and it's just a goddamned beautiful gun. I have one in my EDC rotation and I love it. The grip is a bit too thick for some people and it's definitely not as "slim" as newer striker fired weapons.

I'd go with the 92G, though. It's the version with a decocker instead of a manual safety.
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bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
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re: 9mm recs
I’ve been teaching concealed carry classes for about 8 years and have yet to find a single student who can’t shoot a full sized 9mm. It is easily the best starting point for any new handgun owner.

There are a lot good brands out there and some are mentioned in this thread - don’t be blindly loyal to one brand but also don’t go overly cheap. Realize this is a tool that needs to be reliable and it will likely outlive you. It is an investment for a lifetime (or until firearm technology takes another leap forward ).


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
US Space Force Fan
Here
Member since Jan 2011
56216 posts

re: 9mm recs
Budget?

If you've not shot a bunch of them, try some stuff. Lots of different actions out there and plenty of choices with each type. Some of the common go-to's are

Sig p226 (my favorite 9mm)
Glock 19 or 17
Smith and wesson m&p 9
Beretta 92
Ruger SR9

That list right there should keep you busy shopping for a while


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seawolf06
LSU Fan
Raleigh, NC
Member since Oct 2007
7530 posts

re: 9mm recs
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Any recommendations?


Buy new if you can or used from someone you trust.

Stick to the major brands if you're only going to have one.

Shoot a few different models to find what you like before purchasing. See if you can take a course somewhere that allows pistol rentals.

Do not get a sub-compact. Compact pistols have come a long way, but for what you want I'd suggest at least a 15rd capacity. Also, don't underestimate the value of additional magazines included - be sure to understand cost of additional mags and availability.

Consider getting something that has capability to add a red dot sight and light. You don't need these right away, but it's always best to have options.


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