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11-26-2006 01:27 AM  11 years agoPost 1
sixeven

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Hey all,

The recent gun threads have sparked my interest in picking up a new handgun.

What do you guys think of the Walther P99 QA vs. Springfield Armory XD vs. Glock.

I like the extra safety features with all of them and the compensated/ported models by S.A. and Glock are a plus.

The purpose would be mostly target shooting while being decent home protection as well.

I was thinking .40 S&W but the S.A. and Glock also come in .45 ACP and .357 Sig.

Thanks in advance for the opinions...

SiXeVeN

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11-26-2006 01:29 AM  11 years agoPost 2
sandals4me2

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357 all the way baby Just gotta love em.

Kevin

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11-26-2006 01:33 AM  11 years agoPost 3
helo_chris

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You cant beat the stopping power of 45 ACP

I have a Glock but would seriously consider the Springfield XD, have heard really good things about them.

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11-26-2006 01:38 AM  11 years agoPost 4
jimco

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Since we are going for "Target Practice". I would definitely go for the 45 ACP. Don;t won't them targets , walking away. hehehehehehe

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11-26-2006 01:39 AM  11 years agoPost 5
sixeven

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Yeah, Bass pro shops has a great price on the XD right now. Has anyone fired the Walther P99? It is certainly comfortable to hold.

Also, not sure what caliber.... Shooting .45 ACP can get expensive compared to 9mm. (Yes, more stopping power with the .45... but the odds of me needing that feature are hopefully very small)

SiXeVeN

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11-26-2006 01:45 AM  11 years agoPost 6
RQ-1B DRIVER

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XD

I like the XD in .45 caliber, I have the 4 inch and have ordered the 5 inch barrel. It fits large hands well. Shot my walther today , Picked up
2 P22's one short and one long barrel. Out here in Mexifornia law abiding citizens have to wait 30 days between DROS of handguns . Gun show tomorrow at the Orange county fairgrounds.

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11-26-2006 01:46 AM  11 years agoPost 7
OUCaptain

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I shot buddy's Walther a while back. By then I had gotten use to weight of my Beretta 92fs so the walther seemed a bit lite. The action was beautiful though. Very smooth not to mention comfortable.

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11-26-2006 01:57 AM  11 years agoPost 8
sixeven

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walther seemed a bit lite
That's the problem with all the polymers. A little weight is a good thing (unless your carrying). After sending a 100 or so rounds down range with my old Glock... my hand would start to go numb from all the recoil shock. Yet, I could shoot my buddies Desert Eagle .357 all day. It is a shame that some of the more weighty/substantial guns don't have the safety features of the high tech polymers.

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11-26-2006 01:58 AM  11 years agoPost 9
sixeven

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If you guys had to choose...

Walther P99 QA vs. Springfield Armory XD

SiXeVeN

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11-26-2006 02:04 AM  11 years agoPost 10
jimco

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Chances are that, you ain't packing all day , everyday, go for the knock down power, and forget the macho, I own this, BS/.Common colt 45 is a bad mother. Forget the $1000.00 plastic , Macho whatever. You ain;t killing nobody, anyway. Just like me and my 9 mm lugar, beside my kitchen table, or shot guns in the living room and den.
Get what works and forget the big bucks.

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11-26-2006 02:05 AM  11 years agoPost 11
Heli of Hazard

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Springfield all the way, mainly because i want the tactical 45 out now But i wouldn't get a Glock in 40 SW, read of to many kabooms from factory ammo. If you have big hands the Springfield would be great, smaller hands the Walter would fit nice. I like the p22 and p99 but they are just uncomfortable to me. If you just shooting paper get Winchester White Box, super cheap and sell me the empy brass with box.

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11-26-2006 02:16 AM  11 years agoPost 12
OUCaptain

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Don't know about the other two, but the Walther is very concealable. That was the main reason buddy chose it. So far, this is the only reason I havn't gotten my carry permit. The beretta is just too big to fit anywhere (I'm a rather thin guy). But wieght and balance makes it a dream to shoot. Smooth as a prom queen's thigh, only not as risky.

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11-26-2006 02:23 AM  11 years agoPost 13
planesarenofun

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i had a p99 AS, and it was a great gun. comfortable, accurate, some nice features, very nice gun all around. i carried it IWB for a year or so, and never had any problems.

put a couple thousand rounds through it too, and never had any problems

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11-26-2006 02:48 AM  11 years agoPost 14
Justin Barry

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Personally i like the power of a good .45 ACP



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11-26-2006 03:44 AM  11 years agoPost 15
sixeven

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If you have big hands the Springfield would be great, smaller hands the Walter would fit nice.
Interesting. I tend to like guns with a smaller grip as it is easier to position my hands for an accurate shot. Guns with a larger diameter grip seem less stable somehow. Maybe I have smaller hands? If so, don't tell my wife!

SiXeVeN

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11-26-2006 05:09 AM  11 years agoPost 16
Havoc

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Most any gun shop will let you handle and dry fire any you want so that you can see which one feels best to you in your hand. Opinons on handguns are like opinions on helis. Also toss in the Smith and Wesson M&P as a possible choice. It lets you change between three grip sizes. It's hard to beat 9mm for target shooting because you can get a 100 rounds per box at wal-mart for less that $14.

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11-26-2006 02:53 PM  11 years agoPost 17
Defiant

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If you guys had to choose...

Walther P99 QA vs. Springfield Armory XD
The XD was my choice..

I resently bought a XD.40 as a new carry gun, it has good safety features and is very accurate. Since the age of 13, I was trained on fullsize steel frame guns, so it was hard to make the move when the tacital Tonka guns became popular. Glock, HK, Sig, Walther, ...etc, they are all great, but theres something about the feel of an XD that sets it apart. Alot of people think the XD is fairly new, but its actually been around for a while, previously called the HS2000 it didnt have much advertisment. Not until SpringField Armory took it over was it given the attention it needed. Its still made in Croatia, the quality is very high.
The purpose would be mostly target shooting while being decent home protection as well.
If your not gonna carry it, then weight or size really shouldnt be a factor. Another one to consider would be the Beretta 92 or 96.
the 92FS is is a awesome firearm, I carried one for the past 8 years, and is by far my favorite handgun.
just a thought..
But with the final purchase, reguardless of brand or caliber, make sure its a Firearm that fits your hand well, and that you feel comfortable with....IMO

-Javier

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