Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
    (Schuylkill County)
    Posts
    175
    Rep Power
    892304

    Default Need help choosing a pistol

    My father is looking for a mid-sized carry gun similar in size to a G19. Specifically, he likes the Sig P228 or P229, but we are having a hell of a time finding a used one locally. I'd like to get other options in case he decides to expand his search.

    His criteria:
    Similar in size to a G19 or P229
    Either DA/SA or possibly striker fired WITH a safety
    9mm

    I really only know Glocks and he is convinced he will shoot himself with one. So I need some help giving him options.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Chester, Pennsylvania
    (Chester County)
    Posts
    588
    Rep Power
    3567969

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    Ruger SR9C or SR40C. Striker fired with safety, about G19 sized. I have the 40 and it is pretty good.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    (Allegheny County)
    Posts
    5,224
    Rep Power
    12461556

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    Something to think about for a carry gun. You didn't mention your fathers experience level so...I also assume he's right handed!

    Striker fired handguns have the same trigger pull all the time (and a rather light and semi short pull). DA/SA kind of sucks because they typically have a that long and hard first pull and then a very light short pull for the remaining rounds.
    I find that beginners have a smaller learning curve and generally do better with a striker fired pistol.
    With a DA/SA handgun, almost 9 times out of 10 beginners will want to always cock it for the first shot. This can be problematic if not corrected right from the start, for a weapon that will be used for self defense. DA/SA revolvers fall into this trap too.
    I would suggest a DA only pistol before I would recommend a DA/SA.

    Man, those two SIG's are great guns, but not for a beginner (if he is). I would also be hesitant to CC them due to their size and bulk.

    You can't go wrong with the G19. Just tell him that as long as a pistol is holstered the gun is safe regardless of it's mechanical safety.

    Budget pistol that meets his requirements = Taurus Millennium G2
    Last edited by Hawk; April 24th, 2018 at 03:39 PM.
    Toujours prÍt

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    South-Central, Pennsylvania
    (Fulton County)
    Posts
    134
    Rep Power
    430697

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    I'll second the Ruger SR9C suggestion (great trigger, manual thumb safety). Also the Smith & Wesson M&P M.2 line, and S&W Shield are reliable, as is the Springfield line with grip safety, or the new Springfield XD-E with thumb safety. These are mid-range priced pistols, reliable, and have good customer service.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    (Philadelphia County)
    Age
    38
    Posts
    74
    Rep Power
    379601

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    Would a vp9 work?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    warminster, Pennsylvania
    (Bucks County)
    Posts
    2,244
    Rep Power
    21474847

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    m&p 9c with a thumb safety?
    There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy - Dante.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    carbon cty, Pennsylvania
    (Carbon County)
    Posts
    1,239
    Rep Power
    21474846

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    .

    I had a ruger sr9c

    jamomatic

    traded it
    Ecclesiastes 10:2 ........... United States v. Cruikshank

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Apolacon Township, Pennsylvania
    (Susquehanna County)
    Age
    72
    Posts
    4,844
    Rep Power
    9550271

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    if at all possible go to a commercial range and rent a few of the type you want and see what fits you best.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Quakertown, Pennsylvania
    (Bucks County)
    Posts
    3,721
    Rep Power
    21474849

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    A CZ75 Compact variant.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
    (Schuylkill County)
    Posts
    175
    Rep Power
    892304

    Default Re: Need help choosing a pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Something to think about for a carry gun. You didn't mention your fathers experience level so...I also assume he's right handed!

    Striker fired handguns have the same trigger pull all the time (and a rather light and semi short pull). DA/SA kind of sucks because they typically have a that long and hard first pull and then a very light short pull for the remaining rounds.
    I find that beginners have a smaller learning curve and generally do better with a striker fired pistol.
    With a DA/SA handgun, almost 9 times out of 10 beginners will want to always cock it for the first shot. This can be problematic if not corrected right from the start, for a weapon that will be used for self defense. DA/SA revolvers fall into this trap too.
    I would suggest a DA only pistol before I would recommend a DA/SA.

    Man, those two SIG's are great guns, but not for a beginner (if he is). I would also be hesitant to CC them due to their size and bulk.

    You can't go wrong with the G19. Just tell him that as long as a pistol is holstered the gun is safe regardless of it's mechanical safety.

    Budget pistol that meets his requirements = Taurus Millennium G2
    My dad is not an experienced shooter. He has his mind made up and will not carry a gun that's not either DA/SA or has a safety. I'm a Glock fanboy - believe me, I've tried to convince him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Christen View Post
    Would a vp9 work?
    I'm not seeing a safety on that - did I miss it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakebrake View Post
    m&p 9c with a thumb safety?
    That looks like a good option. In fact, we shot a friend's shield and he did very well with it. I'm guessing this will be very similar for him. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brick View Post
    if at all possible go to a commercial range and rent a few of the type you want and see what fits you best.
    We are looking into that also. I just needed to know the other options first so I knew what to ask for. I didn't find anyone with a P228 or P229 to rent yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockIsland View Post
    A CZ75 Compact variant.
    This also looks like a good option. Thanks.

    As far as the Ruger guns, I have heard enough questionable things about the Ruger guns to make me second guess their reliability. I suppose it's a last resort option though.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Choosing my first pistol.
    By darnskewered in forum Pistols
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: June 17th, 2016, 02:35 PM
  2. Replies: 40
    Last Post: May 27th, 2015, 05:05 PM
  3. Choosing a spotting scope for a pistol box?
    By smitty56 in forum Optics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: May 1st, 2012, 09:08 PM
  4. Help Choosing Integral .22 Pistol
    By 919Parabellum in forum NFA/Class 3/Title II
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: April 12th, 2012, 07:25 AM
  5. Replies: 14
    Last Post: April 5th, 2011, 06:59 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Local gun shops | Local shooting ranges | Philadelphia Shooting Ranges | Philadelphia Gun Shops | Pittsburgh Shooting Ranges | Pittsburgh Gun Shops