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Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:21 AM

So I'm finally old enough and have the money, meaning I'm now looking at handguns.

I'm more or less decided that I want a 9mm, because my Dad and two friends all have 9mm's, so we can bulk order ammo and save some cash. I was looking at the Springfield XD-9, but thought I'd see if anyone had any other opinions. I've shot a Beretta 92, and the other friend has a Glock 17 that I can try out at some point.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:24 AM

If I could find a 22/45, I'd be sold.

Looks like some of it may be a PITA, but overall doesn't look too bad.

We shall see how my cash flow is like in the coming weeks/months to see if that pans out.


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So I'm finally old enough and have the money, meaning I'm now looking at handguns.

I'm more or less decided that I want a 9mm, because my Dad and two friends all have 9mm's, so we can bulk order ammo and save some cash. I was looking at the Springfield XD-9, but thought I'd see if anyone had any other opinions. I've shot a Beretta 92, and the other friend has a Glock 17 that I can try out at some point.


I have an XD9, and it works perfectly.

The main thing to look for is your grip and what "feels right" to you. Go to a gun store and try holding/manipulating some choices until you find what is best for you. Your hand may gravitate towards the XD type grip, or it may gravitate towards the angled Glock grip.

It's better yet if you have a local range that lets you try rentals, so you can also shoot them.

All the options you listed are good.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:41 AM

XD9 is solid. Thalion has had one for YEARS so he could give you a better overview.

Also look at the XD(M)9, it's the same system tuned up. Good deal for all the extra work that goes into it. Better trigger, more aggressive grip, and the gun is about the size of a Service (slightly longer IIRC), with the sight radius of a tactical. And the XD(M)3.8 is even better. Full grip, slide about the size of a G19. and 19+1 is hard to argue with.

I hear the XD(M)45 is out, but I haven't seen one yet. God I want to.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:08 PM

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XD9 is solid. Thalion has had one for YEARS so he could give you a better overview.


That I have. Works well. It has not once given me a problem, from hotter loads (not quite +P realm, haven't tried that) to wimpy seconds that a guy gave me to test with that was causing all manner of issues in his gun (he was pleased to know it was just ammo and not his gun causing problems). The other guy's gun was a S&W Sigma (the Glock-copy ones) and had issues every magazine with that wimpy ammo. The XD fed it just fine.

Some semi-autos are prone to limp-wristing issues (where if the shooter isn't shooting properly, failures to feed or eject can occur). My XD was used by a smaller female (a friend's fiance) who had previously never fired a weapon before. No difficulty at all.

I haven't done a "round count torture test" with it yet, but I will say that hundreds of rounds are nowhere near enough to make this consider failing on you. I ran it at a 2-day tri gun shoot in the middle of rainy conditions (light rain with a few minutes of total downpour here and there). I'm not sure exactly how many rounds I put through it (close to 500 give or take), but it just kept running.

The gun's safety is mainly a grip safety - it ensures you're gripping it in order to fire. There's also a trigger safety like a Glock. Both provide zero issue as long as you are intentionally pulling the trigger while holding the XD (Note, never rely on mechanical safeties alone, but you know that already)

Trigger's great for a DAO striker-fired polymer pistol. There's some movement up front before getting to activation point, but the reset doesn't require that full travel and is pretty minimal (for this design of gun anyway).


The XD(M) does offer some benefits, the most obvious being magazine capacity. The standard XD9 is a 16+1 gun; the XDM a 19+1 gun. Magazines are not interchangeable; XD mags for XDs, XDM mags for XDMs.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:16 AM

I was wondering if you guys could help me with a small problem. I recently received a Mosin Nagant as a gift. I haven't fired it yet, but I loaded it just to test the action. I didn't notice any problems until the last round, which jammed up and wouldn't go into the chamber. It seemed like the rim of the round was catching on the edge of the spring in the magazine. I was thinking of bending the edge down so it wouldn't catch, but I don't want to go messing around with it if I can fix it without, well, doing that. Any suggestions? Anyone else have this problem?

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:32 AM

You sure it isn't just the sticky bolt that Mosins are notorious for? If the ammo it's been fed is laquered, that laquer will melt into the bolt and chamber, making it hard to cycle. A good cleaning will usually solve that.

If it's definitely the bullet rim catching, always try something easy to reverse, like a shim or something to extend/cover that rear edge, before you go bending stuff.
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:36 AM

I cant help you with the Mosin.

How ever, I just bought a couple boxes of clays, and have the shotguns packed, taking them with and doing some shooting over the next few days!
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:40 AM

Yeah, I gotta go find some trouble to get into myself. I wish these pay checks would hurry up and post, I'm making a killing lately. And there's a Marlin 336 in .30-30 for $299 at the local pawn shop that I've been trying to talk myself out of.
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:54 PM

PW is correct. Try checking the action, and be sure to apply a good cleaning to it. Don't do anything permenant until you have exhausted any and all possible temporary solutions.

I get tomorrow off since I've worked enough consecutive days. Going to get out and shoot some hopefully.

That Marlin sounds like a good deal there for you, but you already have a rifle in that range. May want to diversify further - get a larger caliber (7.62x54, 7.62 NATO, .30-06) or smaller (maybe a cheap .22 for plinking/survival?)

That of course comes after you have a handgun. Handgun is more useful for you where you're at now.
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:28 PM

Yeah, I REALLY want a handgun right now, but alas, bureaucracy and paperwork. Not sure whether I want a Magnum wheelgun or an autoloader. I'm thinking maybe a G20 or 21, or 29/30 (if I go compact) should I chose to go autoloader. I primarily hang out WAY back here in the sticks, so I want a little more thump. Animals are tougher than people. I want something bigger than a nine out here in the woods.

Or a 1911. Regardless, that is at the TOP of the "want it" list.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:19 PM

Well, I bought a little something today, sorta. Put $45 on it today, paying the rest ($184) on July 2nd. I was told that the gun came in used yesterday, so they have to hold it for 10 days before it can leave the store, so they can check it to make sure it wasn't stolen or something. $229 for a Yugo SKS? Hell yeah.
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:28 PM

Is it bad I miss the days of the SKS being cheaper yet?

But in today's market that's good.

Now you need some blanks and the right grenades :P

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:38 PM

Yeah, $210 before tax is a damn good deal, considering how much I've seen others go for around here...
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:59 PM

NICE. I like a good SKS.

I really should get one myself, since I already stock that ammo.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:45 AM

Focus - pistol first, then SKS.

The handgun need is greater than a second rifle.
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