Pistol Recommendations

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  1. Cain
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    I am looking for recommendations from people for a pistol to use on-duty, and just to have. I am looking for something that is bigger then a 9mm but smaller then a 50 caliber rifle shot lol. Here are my preferences:

    Cost: Not a issue if it's under 2-3 thousand
    Caliber: Anything about a 9mm
    Magazine: 15+ shots
    Size: Any size
    Brand: Don't care

    Why do I want it? Mainly for practice, and fun. Secondly, from my understanding once I get the job I am shooting for (Air Force Security Forces) sometimes you can carry your own side-arm, or just have two, and I'd love to have my own.

    I was wanting my dad's (was my grandpa's) .357 S&W but he won't sell it to me so eh.
     
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    If you are in the military, they will furnish you with whatever firearm they want you to have. I would be very surprised if they let you use your own. It doesn't work that way in the real world son.
     
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    This is just me, Cain, but if I bought a gun to carry I would never get anything but a .38. I do not like the slide mechanism you need to pull to fire the others, and a .38, if kept in good working order, will (almost) never fail.

    It has only 8 shots (or is it 6?) but I dun plan to attend any gun battles a la the Valentine's Day Massacre.

    One last thing: if you decide to carry, get training from a law enforcement officer. Listen to him or her about WHEN to brandish a weapon....and give it some thought. If you dun know for sure that you will shoot to kill, all you do is contribute the gun to your assailant.

    That is why I don't carry.
     
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    Get a .357 S&W that you can someday give to your grandkid. :thup:
     
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    Well, I have had a few guys in the military tell me they where able to pack their own weapon, dad.

    I'd be willing to pull the trigger in self-defense, that is the whole point of having one. I usually have one on my when I'm outside working just because I've had so many run ins with animals lol. That is usually as 12 gauge though.
     
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    The greatest handgun ever invented is 100 years old. John Moses Browning pistol is still in use and relatively unchanged. It's ironic that the Military chose to convert from the M-1911 .45 Cal pistol to a relatively anemic 9mm to conform with NATO specs when many of the elite law-enforcement agencies like the FBI are going to the more potent .45 round. My guess is that the influx of weak wristed girls forced the Military to go to the lighter and less recoil 9MM. "Weak wrist" is a real term used in the shooting fraternity to denote the failure to chamber the next round when the wrist is held too losely and the slide doesn't pick up a round from the clip.
     
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    I wouldn't trade my Colt 1911 for anything... Well maybe a Wilson Combat 1911...
     
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    The best thing you can do is go down to the local gun shop and handle as many differnet handguns as possible. Find one that you just love to have in your hand. For me it's the 1911 and the Colt SAA, I just love the way they feel in my hand. If they feel good you'll shoot them well.
     
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    If you're allowed to select your own weapon, I agree with those who are offering the .45. The advantage of the 9 is more rounds. After training, you're not going to need a lot of rounds to hit what you're intending to hit, so knock-down power is going to become a more important issue than number of tries you'll get to hit your target.

    whitehall has been around a firearm or two in his/her life :) Good insight in those few lines. Westwall's also (it probably isn't a coincidence that most of us "gun nuts" migrate to the 1911 frame. For me, that's almost all there is anymore, and the Hi Power is truly a classic).

    Springfield XD 45 will hold 13 rounds. When I'm not carrying a 1911, that's the one on my side. In the military, your sidearm is really only used to allow you time to get to your primary weapon. I assume you'll be carrying/issued an M4 as well? If that is true, mag capacity isn't as big an issue.

    For the money, I think Springfield is hard to beat (ESPECIALLY their 1911's). If money isn't an object, find an old Colt Commander, Hi Power, or have Bill Wilson build one for you (or build one yourself). Bill's work is excellent, if you allow him to fit you properly and don't have a "I want THIS no matter what" attitude going in.

    Best of luck, and thanks for your service!
     
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    The Military is full of "story tellers". The only personal weapon you can use on duty and during deployments is a knife. And there are restrictions on that as well.

    AF Military lesson #1: When an Airman tells you something, confirm it with an NCO before doing it.
     

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